The Elephant of Surprise (The Russel Middlebrook Series Book 4)

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And why is Gunnar taking naked pictures of Kevin in the shower? I'm really glad that Hartinger wrote this book because it gives us the closure needed for the series. While Russ and Otto found their happy ending in book three, it felt as though things with Kevin were left unresolved. Yes, I could easily see Russ graduate without ever finding out about Kevin's sacrifice, but it didn't feel quite right.

I also wanted to see Kevin find his own happiness because, while he was a jerk in book one, he did feel bad about it, and he's grown a lot as a character.


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I do have mixed feelings about Kevin. I don't want to forgive him for being such a jerk, but at the same time I understand that he's matured hopefully into a better person. Nevertheless, I was secretly hoping for them to get back together after Russ and Otto realize that they're more friends than boyfriends. And, okay, while I found his freegan way of life interesting, I never got any good vibes from Wade. It always seemed as though he wasn't going to commit, and not just as a boyfriend. You get a better feel for his character the more you learn about him.

What has really stood out to me from beginning to end and what I appreciate most is the friendship of Russ, Min, and Gunnar. They're a diverse group of friends with unique personalities; somehow, they all fit nicely together, and hey. When one of you asks the others to help with a break in or walk straight into the lair of potential terrorists, then yeah you've got a strong friendship. They accept each other, flaws and all, with little complaint or outward judgment and can count on each other for support.

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These are friends that everyone should have. Such friendship is especially important in a trying time like adolescent. Sure, it's not all the sparks and rage that Hollywood makes it out to be, but Russ and his friends do make mistakes. It was a bit odd to me how many love interests Russ goes through over the series. While there are different plots to each book, however, love is on Russ's mind a lot of the time, so that may be the reason why it seems like so much more.

You have to read the book to fully appreciate the metaphor. A copy was provided by Brent Hartinger for review. 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 hurts.

Amazing story!

I hope there will be more! Kevin and Russell deserve happiness, even if it arrived a little too late lol. Such a great ending.

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We've all grown up with Russel. It's hard to let him go. What a great character. 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? 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 hurts. Other books in this series. Add to basket.

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Review: The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger & Giveaway

The Elephant of Surprise Brent Hartinger. Double Feature Brent Hartinger. About Brent Hartinger Brent Hartinger is an author, teacher, playwright, and screenwriter. In , he co-founded the entertainment website AfterElton.

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Read more by and about Brent, or contact him at www. Rating details. The author does a perfect job making this a standalone book and gives readers an informal backdrop on each of the characters so the book moves fluidly along without any questioning.

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Are you saying you wanna get back together with him? The Elephant of Surprise picks up about a year after where Geography Club left off, this time, introducing Russel and his crew to a strange, intriguing cult of freegans, who are principled selectivists who ONLY use what they need in life-or in other words, the unhygienic variation of vegans. I do have to say I was a bit disappointed by this sequel, probably because of how much I loved the first book in the series.

The Elephant of Surprise is fine as a stand-alone novel-I didn't have to read books 2 and 3 to comprehend it-but I think a bit of Russel's original voice and humor was lost somewhere in between those books and those several years. It was great to see how he's doing after having discovered himself, and to visit the more mature, more grown-up version of the same character I adored in the first book.

He's a little less silly and a little less foolish, which I didn't like

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