My tenth novel, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, will be released December 15! It’s about being young, gay, and living in Seattle in 2014.

Here’s the cover!


So a lot of people have asked me, “Is this another Russel Middlebrook book?”

And the answer is: yes … and no.The main character is Russel Middlebrook, the star of the Russel Middlebrook Series, and also the lead character in the movie version of the first book, Geography Club.

But it’s really not part of that series—it’s a book for adults, not teens. Russel is no longer sixteen years old. You also don’t need to have read the earlier books for it to make sense.

Hopefully, it’s all the things that people liked about the earlier books (funny, readable, relatable). But it’s different too—longer for one thing. Plus, it’s quite a bit edgier. Since it’s a book for adults, there’s some (ahem) hot sex, but it also deals with the issues that most folks in their twenties face: figuring out what to do with your life, money problems, the importance of friends, and the difference between hookups and love.

You could call it a “reboot.” The plan is for it to be the start of a whole new series, about this character in his twenties. I’m calling it Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years.

The second book will be out in August 2015 with the third book out January 2016.

Coming December 15, 2014


(or get a signed copy)

(Pre-orders at Amazon are currently only available for the e-book, not the print version.)

Oh, and if you’re a book reviewer, respond to this email, and I’ll send you a review copy as soon as they’re available!

If you’re curious about the story, here’s the book jacket blurb:

The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know

I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. Who knew?

Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life—either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore.

What’s the secret? What does everyone else know that he doesn’t?

Enter Kevin, Russel’s perfect high school boyfriend. Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track? Or maybe the answer lies in a new friend, an eccentric screenwriter named Vernie Rose, who seems plenty wise. Or what the hell? Maybe Russell will find some answers by joining his best friend Gunnar’s crazy search for the legendary Bigfoot!

One way or another, Russel is determined to learn the all-important secret to life, even if it’s a thing he doesn’t even know he doesn’t know.

Author Brent Hartinger first made a splash writing books for teens. The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, Hartinger’s first book for older readers, is just as much of a page-turner as his earlier works, with plenty of his trademark irreverent humor. But now his books have grown up along with his readers, exploring the issues of new adults, especially the complicated matter of love and sex.

Coming December 15, 2014


(or get a signed copy)

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8 Responses to “THE THING I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW Cover Reveal!”

  1. Jim 22 October 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    is this an ebook? That is the only way I have found it on AMAZON. I hope not I hate ebooks.

    • bhartinger 23 October 2014 at 1:28 am #

      Not to worry! It\’ll be out in paperback too. The paperback edition just isn\’t yet available for preorder. :-)

  2. Courtney 24 October 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Really looking forward to it! Going to miss teen Russel but excited to see what new adventures the book brings :)

    • bhartinger 24 October 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks, Courtney! I hope you like it. ;-)

  3. @PerieWolford 30 October 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    So looking forward! Geography Club was the first ever gay book I've read, I've followed the series ever since and it ultimately inspired me to write my own gay series. Brent, you are an amazing author. Thank you for what you do!

    • bhartinger 30 October 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      You\’re very kind to say that. Thanks so much. :-)

  4. Maryam 16 August 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    hi…at first let me apologize for my bad english…english isn't my first or even second languag.e
    I just wanted to say I love ur books so very much…I just finished the first serie and that was absolutely amazing.
    I'm from Iran and comming out here isn't an option!there is no gay book to read and it took me forever too find a way to buy ur books from amazon…
    I'm about to begin reading the second serie…I'm so exited and OMG I realy hope Russel and Kevin end up together again!I ship them with all my heart.from the moment I saw them in the movie and then read the books…they r just so cute together
    I'm sorry i talked so much :) and thank u for this amazing books

    • bhartinger 16 August 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      Hi Maryam:

      Thanks so much for the great comments. I\’m thrilled you discovered my books, despite being in a place where they are hard to get.

      And your English seems great to me!

      Thanks again. I hope we meet in person one day.

      Brent Hartinger

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