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Carter finally gets it by Brent Crawford

Carter finally gets it (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Brent Crawford

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Title:Carter finally gets it
Authors:Brent Crawford
Info:New York : Disney Hyperion Books, c2009.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Read, OSLRI, 2013, ebook, Kindle, Fiction, YA

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford (2009)


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I haven’t read many books that have a male main character. But I’m so glad I read Carter Finally Gets It. Brent Crawford had me laughing my butt off.

Will Carter is an ordinary 14 year old boy. He only thinks about girls and the possibilities of sex. He also has many opportunities to grow during this book. He makes choices, some of them obviously bad, but he has to decide if he’s going to keep acting stupid, or learn from them. Most of his decisions involve Abby. He learns that girls can be fragile under the right circumstances, and that he’ll never understand them.

I love the fact that Brent Crawford didn’t sugarcoat the fact that boys of this age have a hard time controlling their hormones, and that girls boobs and butts take up a lot of their mental space. The events seem like they are nonstop, but really everything takes place over Carter’s freshman year. Abby is probably one of my favorite characters. She’s not a push over, and doesn’t care what people think.

I’m excited to read the rest of the books in this series, and I hope they are as funny as this first installment. ( )
  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
This book really captures horny teenage boys. It's super relatable and doesn't feel as if it was written by an older author, teens will definitely get a kick out of it! The story follows Carter as he enters his freshman year of high school. He's trying to fit in, lose his virginity, be good at sports, understand girls, and understand what the allure of drinking is. It's brutally honest and teenagers will absolutely relate with it. There is lewd and illicit behavior, cursing, cops, underage drinking and sex so some conservative teens and parents might not buy into this book, but I didn't think it detracted from the story, it just made it more believable. Laugh out loud funny and will bring back painful memories of high school for all who read it. ( )
  ecataldi | Oct 14, 2015 |
This is why I love goodreads.....
This was recommended when I wrote a review on Carlos Is Gonna Get It. This one, however, looks pretty good. If the description makes me laugh, I think the whole book ought to be a riot.
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |

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 the head of Will Carter, a fourteen-year-old boy with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Carter is about to start his freshman year at high school and he is totally not ready. But who can blame him? Life is not easy when you are constantly distracted by hot chicks who make you stutter, bullies, peer pressure, expectations, alcohol, your hormones and ADD. “Carter Finally Gets It” is a highly entertaining high school comedy full of “lewd humor, underage drinking, illicit fantasizing, and very bad decision-making.”


1) Laugh-out-loud hilarious.
This book is truly funny. Yes, some of the humor is inappropriate, some of it might even be offensive, and almost all of it is quite silly; nevertheless, “Carter Finally Gets It” will get out of you at least a chuckle (but most likely a non-stop guffaw).

2) Convincing portrayal of a mind with ADD.
I don’t have any experience with the disorder myself, but if I imagined what happens in the head of a teenage boy with ADD, it would be something similar to Carter’s train of thought: impulsive, random and crowded with distractions and day dreaming.

3) Fast and light read.
“Carter Finally Gets It” has a nice flow, short chapters and tons of action thus it is a very quick read with a single purpose: to entertain.


1) Not very realistic (I hope).
Since this book is a comedy, some of it seems quite exaggerated. Though I do understand that teenagers are at times impulsive, reckless, irresponsible, aggressive, indecisive, mean, adventurous and, above all, horny, not ALL are like that and not ALL the time. I also believe that if they are like that, most of the parents would not be totally OK with it and would do something about it. And finally, I simply refuse to believe that quite a few girls in the same high school by the age of 14 can already have a reputation as “village bicycles” and are eager to “seal the deal” with random guys in the backyard bushes during a high school party.

2) Not much more than a funny brainless read.
This book is a great entertainment but not much else. The characters are rather one-dimensional (except for Carter, maybe) and thus are not very relatable. The plot is action-packed but not very thought-provoking. There is not much to take away from this book either; there is some kind of message at the end, but it is not very unique and rather underdeveloped.

VERDICT: 3 out of 5

“Carter Finally Gets It” is a guffaw-inspiring and action-packed high school comedy, which is entertaining, fast and light but not much else. ( )
1 vote AgneJakubauskaite | Nov 16, 2014 |
Good YA book but confirms my previous idea that teenage boys are rude and crude!! If that is offensive to you, then avoid this book. However it did a good job of showing the thoughts of a 14-year-old boy & felt quite true-to-life. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 2, 2014 |
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To my boys-B.C.
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In the back room of the Pizza Barn, with only two weeks before the start of high school, my boys and I are at the Freshman Mixer.
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(From back of book) Meet Will Carter. Here are 5 things that 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, get caught in a messy love triangle, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.
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Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

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