From School Library Journal
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