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Carter Finally Gets It [Kindle Edition]

Brent Crawford
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Book Description

Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it's a lazy nickname, but he didn't have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him: 1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons. 2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day�unless he gets distracted. 3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1). 4. He's about to start high school. 5. He's totally not ready. Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he'll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

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Starred Review. Grade 8–11—Will Carter, nicknamed Carter, is a bundle of confusion as he begins high school. He's pretty sure his stutter will keep girls away and his ADD will make it difficult to be successfulcess in the classroom or where it really matters—on the ball field. But when his older sister gives him advice on how to pick up girls—and not embarrass her—Carter lands a date with Abby. He sweetly stumbles into romance and, of course, quickly screws it up. What makes this story so fresh is that Carter begins as a popular guy—he has friends, girls like him, and he's good at sports—but deep down he is insecure. Carter bumbles his way through the school year and into and out of one funny situation after another. Narrator Nick Podehl turns in a brilliant performance. He takes the humorous dialogue of first-time YA author Brent Crawford's story (Hyperion, 2009) and raises the bar to hilarious, using exaggeration, pauses, and pitch to great effect. Constant mild profanity, lots of locker-room humor, and Carter's fixation on sex make this a choice for older teens. Crawford has gotten it just right. Let's hope there is a sequel.—Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK END

From Booklist

Crawford expertly channels his inner 14-year-old for this pitch-perfect comedy about girls, football, girls, swimming, girls, drama club, and girls. Freshman Will Carter is googly-eyed over everything about high school (did we mention the girls?), and his ADD just makes it worse—no matter what’s going on, it only takes seconds for his imagination to devolve into fantasies about G-strings, exposed navels, and “tig ol’ biddies.” His toughest challenges quickly reveal themselves: gynormous athletes wanting to flatten him, friends intent on humiliating him, and Abby, the no-longer-fat drill-team hottie who seems to get a real charge out of slapping him in public. There’s barely a plot to speak of, and Crawford relies heavily on stock social situations. But his stream-of-consciousness, first-person narrative flails around in an excellent imitation of a freshman, complete with volume changes, dumb jokes, and sudden flashes of elation and despair. Occasionally poignant and frequently hilarious, this will amuse scads of male readers. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423112466
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (February 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D9AN3E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages!!! June 25, 2009
By CeeCee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having recently discovered the YA genre in the past year, I've found some really awesome authors! As soon as I finished Carter Finally Gets It, I knew I had to do a review.

Will Carter, "Carter" to his friends and classmates, is starting high school. He's excited, anxious, worried, and determined to start high school off right. The only problem is everything he's doing, he's doing wrong!

Girls: He stutters when he's talking to pretty girls. Except for Abby. A middle school friend whose lost her baby fat, she and Carter start spending time together. They kiss, hold hands, watch movies together. But even while following Carter's big sister's advice, he still screws up. He doesn't understand how sweet Abby is or how much he really likes her until he stupidly asks another girl to Homecoming. So now Abby and the rest of her drill team hate him.

Sports: He has visions of winning football games, State swim meets, and getting on the high school baseball team. He manages to win a few football games as the kicker (after a rough start of kicking two footballs into a senior's kidneys) and does make it to the State swim meet (after a battle with a disposable razors, and the razors win) but disqualifies his team with an early start, and he's devastated when he gets cut from baseball tryouts.

Family: He's not really close to his big sister Lynn, and even blames her for his stuttering problem. She's bossy and is constantly looking out for him in order to protect her repution.

So how does Carter's first year in high school end? With a lot of ups and downs, run-ins with cops and attack dogs, a fight with the school bully, months of agonizing about his virgin state, Carter does indeed GET IT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious April 24, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Echoing what an earlier reviewer said, this book resonates with people of any age. It is the story of 14-yr-old Carter as he navigates his freshman year. I laughed out loud nearly the whole way through and kept showing excerpts to my husband, family, and friends. It made my high school experiences suddenly make much more sense! My husband assures me that the thoughts Carter experiences are real.
My only issue was the book was how Carter and his friends objectify girls as a vehicle of sex. Only towards the end of the book does Carter really begin to see Abby as more than boobs. Though the book is probably true to the way boys think, I believe that there needs to be conversation with these boys to make sure they "get it".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puberty Was Never So Much Fun January 13, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm pretty sure male puberty is not generally considered to be all that hysterical if you're the one who's suffering through it. If, on the other hand, you're reading about the exploits of fourteen-year-old Will Paul Carter (just call him Carter, even his mother does) it's freaking hilarious. Carter and his boys are about to start high school and they are in no way ready for it.

Carter has always had this problem with daydreaming. He loses focus and then loses track of where he is and what he's supposed to be doing. Technically, he has ADD. In reality, Carter doesn't get the world - it just doesn't make sense to him.

If you consider Carter's ADD, slight stutter, and the fact that the sight of a girl's belly button is like kryptonite to his mental powers, you'll have a good idea of why he makes so many BIG mistakes during his freshman year. For instance, Carter learns that it is not generally a good idea to tell one girl you love her and then ask another girl to the homecoming dance - especially if the second event occurs within five minutes of the first. Similarly, shaving, it turns out, requires you to pay at least a little bit of attention if you wish to avoid massive blood loss. And those are just a couple of the life lessons Carter learns before he finally gets it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come for the sex; stay for the advice March 22, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First, the sex in this is pretty mild. Less explicit than "I Love You Beth Cooper", (also a hilarious book), more explicit than Spinelli books, it's all pretty good-natured, (like "Swim the Fly"), without being too crude.
Second, the advice Will gets from his sister, his coach, and others is actually pretty good, in a goofy off-the-wall sort of way.
So, funny and good for you. Go figure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GreenBeanTeenQueen Reviews January 1, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is hilarious! Seriously, pick this one up!! Brent Crawford has captured the awkwardness of adolescence and made it a fun read. I couldn't stop laughing.

I think this one would be a great read, but I loved the narrator for the audiobook. I had seen the book around, but a co-worker told me to listen to the audio and I'm so glad I did. The story goes through Carter's freshman year and the way narrator Nick Podehl captures Carter's voice is so perfect and makes this one a really fun listen. Check out the sample audio. Carter Finally Gets It is one of my new favorite audiobooks and must haves for those new to trying books on CD. (and of course long time fans too)

The thing I liked most about this one, aside from the great narration, is that Carter is relateable. He plays sports, but he's not really a jock. He goes after girls, but he's not the smooth popular guy. He joins the school musical, but he's not a drama nerd. Even though this one is about a fourteen-year-old boy and told from his point of view, it has lots of female appeal too. Anyone (and any age) can relate to Carter-we've all be freshman, we've all competed for something and had that first love.

I highly recommend this one. If you're thinking of reading it, try the audiobook-you won't be sorry!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun lite read
I definitely think this book is rated incorrectly as far as age appropriateness. I think it would be better for older kids or adults who have gotten through all this stuff and can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars for the Story; 5 Stars for the Narration
OM! I got this as a free audio download this past summer when Sync was doing their two free audiobooks per week. I never really expect TOO much out of those. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SandySomewhere
1.0 out of 5 stars Family Values
If you have any family values, you will not want your child to read this book. It has sexually explicit details about how this young man fanticizes about having sex. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lena Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
By Brent Crawford

Narrated by Nick Podehl

A brilliant coming of age book. Carter is a loveable character which grows on the reader with every second past. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely adored this.
By Brent Crawford
Narrated by Nick Podehl via Sync audio YA

A brilliant coming of age book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA Novel (As are its two sequels)
I read all three of Brent Crawfords "Carter" series this summer. They are all great YA novels and should be in all junior high and high school libraries. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eric McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book ever
Carter finally gets it is my favorite book and is I my opinion is the best book of the century
Published 20 months ago by Penname
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
Funny book great for YA boys or adult men who remember what it was like to be that age. Look for the other books by this author.
Published 21 months ago by Mary-Lane Kamberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Truly the best way to enjoy this book is to listen to the author read it to you in an audio book form. Brent Crawford is a gifted story teller and can bring his characters alive. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Colleen
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovable but confused, lust-addled, virginal, ADD kid
Take one hormonally challenged teen-aged boy. Add in one strong case of unmedicated ADD, Liberally spice with lust, bad decision making, and an overactive teen-aged brain and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Havan_IronOak
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More About the Author

BRENT CRAWFORD was born in
Kansas but moved to Los Angeles and then
New York to pursue an acting career. He has
worked in theater, film, TV, and commercials.
He's also written numerous plays and scripts,
as well as waited tables, bartended, sold
hardware and clothing, worked construction,
and even dumped airplane toilets (where do
you think it goes?). He's now a pro writer,
back in Kansas (yeah!).

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