Carter Finally Gets ItTitle: Carter Finally Gets It
Author: Brent Crawford
ISBN: 9781423112464
Pages: 300 pages
Publisher/Date: Disney Hyperion Books, c2009.

“Just talk to her,” she says. “If you feel yourself trying to brag or be impressive, just stop and ask her a question–a question about her! Ask about drill team. Ask about her singing. Find something about her that you think is especially cute tonight and compliment her on it. Not her boobs or her butt, Carter! Just stick to her clothes or jewelry for tonight. Her hair and her eyes come later. And even if her shoes or toes are cute, don’t say anything about them. Some girls think it’s weird if you like feet. So avoid the subject. And only one compliment, two at the most! You don’t want to cross over into stalker territory. If you run out of things to talk about, just ask her another question. The question is your bread and butter. Got it? Don’t try to get her drunk or drag her into some back room, bathroom, or shed!” (36)

This is the advice that freshmen Will Carter receives from his senior big sister Lynn when he arranges his very first date. So what if it’s not with the girl of his dreams Amber Lee, but her friend — the formerly chubby and totally hot Abby. Carter starts falling for Abby, when Amber Lee invites him to ask her out to the homecoming dance instead. Complications obviously arise, which end up affecting his ADD brain and his shaky position on the football team. As he navigates the rest of his freshmen year, Brent Crawford shows readers how Carter Finally Gets It.

What saves this book from being a “horny guys gets laid” story are all the misunderstandings Carter gets into that so many teens could sympathize with. Carter becomes a victim of the rumor mill, which results in a complicated break up with Abby. The open ending will satisfy both guys and girls, as girls can imagine the romantic reunion they crave, while guys … well, they can imagine whatever they want. Carter’s craze with sports will ring well with boys as they attempt to find their own niche in high school. His unexpected role in the spring play might be where Crawford would lose his male readers, but his troubles to keep his involvement a secret are humerous. With references to barf, explusive farts, porn, and boobs, this is guys humor with a girls sensativity.

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