So discovers seventeen-year-old Russel Middlebrook in The Elephant of Surprise, a stand-alone sequel to Brent Hartinger’s landmark 2003 gay young adult novel Geography Club (which has now been adapted as a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky).
In this latest book, Russel and his friends Min and Gunnar are laughing about something they call the Elephant of Surprise – the tendency for life to never turn out as expected. Sure enough, Russel soon happens upon a hot but mysterious homeless activist named Wade, even as he’s drawn back to an old flame named Kevin. Meanwhile, Min is learning surprising things about her girlfriend Leah, and Gunnar just wants to be left alone to pursue his latest technology obsession.
But the elephant is definitely on the move in all three of their lives. Just who is Wade and what are he and his friends planning? What is Leah hiding? And why is Gunnar taking naked pictures of Kevin in the shower?
The Elephant of Surprise includes Hartinger’s trademark combination of humor and romance, angst and optimism. Before the story is over, Russel and his friends will learn that the Elephant of Surprise really does appear when you least expect him—and that when he stomps on you, it really, really
Ever started to read a book thinking that it was about one thing and find out that it’s something completely different? This is that type of book for me by far. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting with this book, but I sure wasn’t expecting a lesson in life!
The Elephant of Surprise could have been about anything at all, but in the case of this book, I was surprised to learn about the Freegans. I didn’t know anything about them, yet I learned a lot about them in this story. I think that this book was more an educational type read than anything else.
Sure there is the drama and romance that takes place with the typical teenagers’ hormones. Of course the breaking and entering that always takes place as well 😉 Overall if you are looking to expand your horizons and learn about a different lifestyle, this is the book for you.