Carter Finally Gets It
Title: Carter Finally Gets It
Author: Brent Crawford
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages: 320 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 14 – 9th grade
Language: mild profanity, use of the word “bitch” and other name calling, some crude humor
Sex: kissing, making out, light petting, references to having sex, references to masturbation
Drug/Alcohol Use: characters drink and attend parties
Violence: minor fighting, physical competitiveness in football setting
Social Issues: going to high school, dating, rumor-spreading, teen drinking
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13
Will Carter – known as Carter – is about to embark on his freshman year in high school. He’s not sure what to expect, but what happens to him over the course of the year is almost more than he can handle. Right before school starts, he realizes that his friend “Chubby Abby” is no longer chubby but an actual hottie, and she’s interested in him! The two begin dating after Carter takes some good advice from his older sister, Lynn, and things are going great. That is, until Abby’s friend – and Will’s long time fantasy girl – Amber Lee tricks Carter into asking her to the homecoming dance. And Carter’s football buddies pressure him into revealing just how far Carter and Abby’s make-out sessions had gotten, giving everyone the false impression that he and Abby had “done it”. Before he knows what’s happened, all of the girls in Carter’s school, including Abby and Amber, hate him, and he fears he’ll never lose his virginity.
Meanwhile, Carter is trying to survive being the newest kicker on the football team. The school’s scariest juvenile delinquent – Scary Terry – is out to get him. Carter attends his first high school party and can’t understand why all of these kids like to drink and get drunk. Through all of this, Carter must deal with his ADD which gives him the tendency to “space out”, plus all of the distractions caused by so many girl girls girls.
Potential Points of Concern:
Carter is obsessed with girls, breasts, butts and getting laid. He watches a porno movie and does his best to get through the “bases” with Abby. When he’s pressured by his friends on the football team, Carter tells them what he and Abby have done, and the rumor become exaggerated until it reaches Abby. She breaks up with him.
Kids hold a party in an empty house that is for sale and vandalize the house severely. Police show up and the kids run away. Carter tries beer and decides he doesn’t like it.
Carter gets a three-day suspension when he hits another student in the face with a text book while defending himself from the school bully. He doesn’t tell his parents and blackmails his sister into signing the paperwork his parents are supposed to sign.
Amber Lee tricks Carter into taking her to the homecoming dance, where she meets up with her “real” boyfriend and ditches Carter. He is devastated.
Carter is fiercely competitive with Andre, the boy who spread the rumor about Abby and then begins to date her after she’s broken up with Carter. They play on the football team together and compete on swim team against each other. There competitiveness becomes fairly physical.
When Carter fails to make the boys baseball team, he tries out for the school musical. He feels that he must hide his participation from his friends or risk being labeled “gay” or a freak.
Age Appropriateness: 13 +