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Carter Finally Gets It Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 7, 2009
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More About the Author
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!).
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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".
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!
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an entertaining, quick read. Carter is a likable, funny character, who has a great supporting cast. I am already looking forward to reading about his next adventure.Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey D. Clark
will the second carter book be available on kindle? and aso thethrd ? if so pease tell the world !!thans for you help everyone! very goo book thoughPublished 10 months ago by jurgen willems
The book Carter Finally Gets It is a very easy read. The plot is rather difficult to follow until you get about halfway through the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by janet moody
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!
Wish I could give it more!! Totally rocked!!! Read more
Carter reminds me more of seventh and eight grade but that was back in the dark ages. We bought Guys And Dolls because of this book. Carter is a lot more into G & D than we are. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Brent Crawford’s hilarious young adult novel “Carter Finally Gets It,” the first book in the Carter Finally Gets It series, welcomes the reader inside... Read more
Well worth reading. Just enough truth in its narration to bring back memories.Published 16 months ago by jojoview