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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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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.


“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 |
Oh my gosh, this book was over the top and I loved it. I was often repulsed by Carter and his actions, but he is so damn funny in his inner monologue, and he means the best--especially when you consider he's pretty much a normal teenage boy. I never was one myself, but I have to imagine that most of them have the same kind of thoughts Carter has. And of course, he does finally get it in the end and isn't so much of a jerk.

And now I also know why everyone raves about Nick Podehl's narrations. He was FANTASTIC. He uses every advantage he can with sound and is not afraid to scream if it's necessary. I can't wait to listen to another book narrated by him. ( )
  Tahleen | Feb 16, 2014 |
I waivered between 3&4 stars due to the voice. In the end the fact that Carter was so endearing won out. It was a great peak into the mind of the average teenage boy. The mistakes were heartbreaking and the triumphs, well triumphant.

As others have mentioned, the voice sometimes reads as a 30 year-old trying to talk like a 14 yearold by using "what the kids say on that MTV." Overall an impressive debut young adult novel. ( )
  ErikaWasTaken | Sep 22, 2013 |
Laugh-out-loud funny, literally! I listened to this with a huge grin on my face so often, it was embarrassing! Nick Podehl is a master narrator! ( )
  baystateRA | Jul 20, 2013 |
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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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