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Grade 8–10—Will Carter is about to start high school and worries about finding his place and making his mark, especially when it come to girls. Carter isn't exactly smooth, he's got ADD and tends to stutter in moments of duress (expecially when fixated with boobs, tits, and belly buttons), but he has a great group of friends, dogged determination, and a wise sister who'll help him stumble through his freshman year, find his first love, face down the school bully, and learn who he really is. Crawford's debut is hysterical from start to finish. Readers will find themselves muffling uncontrollable laughter as they rush to find out what clumsy escapade Carter will plunge himself into next. Few writers have captured the real-life awkwardness of puberty with such comedic candor. Carter might finally get it (or maybe not), but it's readers who really feel lucky.—Terri Clark, Smokey Hill Library, Centennial, CO
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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

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423112466
  • ASIN: B00375LN8S
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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