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Grade 8 Up In this hilarious sequel to Carter Finally Gets It (Hyperion, 2009), readers once again meet up with Will Carter, 14, who has a terrific girlfriend, Abby, and has just come off a terrific run playing Sky Masterson in his school's performance of Guys and Dolls. Carter thinks everything is going his way when he's cast as the lead in an independent film, but he ends up losing his girlfriend in the process. Fortunately, his new costar just happens to be Hilary Idaho, a Miley Cyrus-type character who ends up making Carter forget all about Abby or does she? As Carter gets to know Hilary, he finds things hidden beneath her public persona that he's not sure he wants to know about. Plus, making a movie is a lot harder than it looks, especially when his ex-girlfriend is cast as Hilary's stand-in. Carter is a character who will definitely appeal to boys he's crass, outspoken, and obsessed with T & A. This fast and fun read will definitely appeal to reluctant readers who want to see the underdog succeed in life and love. A must-have, especially where the first book is popular. Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
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Though far less plausible than Carter Finally Gets It (2009), this similarly excitable and hormone-addled sequel is every bit as hilarious. A movie production has moved into town, and Carter somehow snags the lead role opposite tween sensation Hilary Idaho. This doesn't sit well with pissed-off girlfriend Abby or his posse of buds, but hey—at least Carter gets a chance to stare at his favorite obsession: “tig ol' bitties.” Carter is a fantastic character: goofily optimistic, perennial weepy, yet determined to be a playa—hard to do when your favorite exclamation is “Dang it!” Let's hope Crawford keeps 'em coming. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

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  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423112431
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N9BEQO
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leila Roy on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Will Carter's eventful freshman year ended, (SPOILER ABOUT THE FIRST BOOK) he'd just triumphed in the theater AND scored an incredibly awesome girlfriend (END SPOILER ABOUT THE FIRST BOOK).

Only days later, he's lost his girlfriend in what can only be described as Classic Carter Fashion¹, and it looks like his summer is headed for the crapper².

But then, he gets cast in the independent film adaptation based on his Favorite Book In The Whole World -- opposite Hilary Idaho, teen sensation. And suddenly he isn't so sure that this summer will be so terrible after all.

Well, for the first few minutes after he gets the part, anyway. Shortly thereafter, of course, things start to go downhill. Fast. And somewhat uncontrollably.

I'd like to give points to whoever decided to put the warning label on the back of the book:

"This book is intended for immature audiences. If you find teen guys annoying and/or disgusting, this may not be the book for you. There's gotta be something about a cute wizard or a moody vampire around here....Go find it!"

Because while the warning is funny, it's TELLING THE TRUTH. The Carter books are most definitely NOT for the people who're all worked up about the profanity and sexual content in Sherman Alexie's Part-Time Indian.

As with the first book, Carter's world view and voice made me laugh out loud -- this time, from the first page:

"On the last day of school, I'm happily strolling down the hall after Mr. Rumpford's ridiculously hard algebra final. He told me last week that if I failed it, I'd have to go to summer school . . . as if! I studied so hard last night, I thought my brain would fall out. But it didn't, and I aced that sucker with a D+!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In CARTER FINALLY GETS IT, freshman Will Carter feels like he has truly made it. He scores the lead in the school musical Guys and Dolls, and he has an incredibly hot girlfriend. Yeah, his grades still stink, and his best friend, EJ, has gotten way more "lucky" with the ladies, but life is looking pretty good.

It would be nice to get a summer job as lifeguard at the local pool, but that's looking fairly iffy. Right now, the only employment prospect involves helping his dad tear off the old deck and rebuild. That's when Carter hears Hollywood is actually planning to film a movie in his little hometown of Merrian.

After his success in Guys and Dolls, Carter has a fascination and an appreciation for acting. He and his girlfriend, Abby, decide to try out for the movie. They are familiar with the script based on the book Down Gets Out, which was written by a native of Merrian. C. B. Down came to town to see the school musical and even praised Carter's work, leaving him hopeful about landing a part in the movie.

His dream comes true when he is cast as the lead, a young C. B. Down. Unfortunately, Abby only gets the understudy role for the female lead. That's a bummer for Abby, but not so much for Carter, since it means he will be acting opposite Hilary Idaho, an incredibly popular young star. It's the chance of a lifetime, and he knows his pals are going to be totally jealous.

Despite the movie producer's doubts, Carter is a natural. His improvising pleases everyone, but he finds out acting isn't as easy as it looks. The stress causes him sleepless nights and constant upheaval in his relationships with friends and family. As time passes, he sees the same stress take its toll on Hilary, his fellow actor.
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Narrator Nick Podehl does it again, expertly adding just the right amount of flair to bring young Will Carter's voice to life.

School may be out for the summer, but that in no way lessons Carter's adolescent struggles. Life is hard for teens these days, especially when they're forced to face some very grown-up situations and Carter is no exception. Again a large factor to play into his troubles is sex. As with most guys his age, the big question is who's getting some and who's out of luck and as far as his girlfriend Abby is concerned, Carter fits just nicely into the latter category. And his prospects don't seem to be looking up when Abby dumps him (again) and starts hanging out with a college guy. The plan of a laidback chill summer with the guys at the pool continues to diminish to more of a dream than a plausible reality when Carter's dad announces his plan for the two of them to spend the summer "bonding" tearing down and rebuilding the deck off the back of the house. All seems lost for a summer of fun until Carter is unexpectedly saved from sweating the hot months away on manual labor and male bonding with dad, when a movie crew rolls into town and Carter's new found love for the theater and natural ability prove useful when he is cast in the lead role. Carter soon finds being thrust into the "movie star" life doesn't solve any of his current problems, if fact it just aides in adding a whole new slew of issues, some that he may not be ready to handle just yet.

Although just a funny as CARTER FINALLY GETS IT, in this second installment, CARTER'S BIG BREAK author Brent Crawford also
ADDRESSES some very serious issues facing the youth of today.
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