Audiobook Review: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.)

Here are five things 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, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

Carter Finally Gets It is a hilarious account of Carter’s freshman year of high school: classes, girls, friends, sports, embarrassing moments, and all. Carter’s inner monologue would have you believe that he’s on the middle rungs of the freshman class; he’s not. Carter’s on the freshman football team and the swim team, he goes to parties (that get busted by the cops!), and pretty girls like him (some of the time).

Carter gives the reader (listener, in my case) a candid peek inside the mind of a teenage boy. Carter is as honest as he is clueless, but he has one thing going for him: he’s miles ahead of his friend EJ when it comes to girls. This is especially apparent at the arcade one Friday night when EJ attempts to talk to a girl, who ends up in tears after EJ misunderstands Carter’s talking-to-girls advice and hits her with a barrage of insulting questions (“Where did you get that shirt, the Salvation Army? What the hell is with your hair?”)

Carter, at least, has gotten to second base. At least he thinks he has, not being quite sure where the line is drawn between second and third.

Carter screws up a lot, but who doesn’t at that age? He tries to do the right thing. He’s not a bad guy. He’s stupid and he makes bad choices because he’s 14, but he’s not a lost cause. He’s so easy for me to relate to because Carter reminds me a lot of the guys I knew growing up.

I downloaded Carter Finally Gets It for free through Sync‘s summer program last summer. I doubt I would have discovered it on my own, so I’m thankful to Sync. I think the fact that I was listening to Carter Finally Gets It as an audiobook made the book for me. Nick Podehl does an excellent job and I can’t wait to hear him narrating the next two Carter books.

4 stars



  1. This looks like a relaxing read. Been looking for those so going to have to keep this one in mind.

  2. It’s great! I hope you enjoy it.
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  3. This sounds so funny and I bet it is even better as an audiobook! Super cute!

    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
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  4. This sounds so cute and funny!! I think I need to read it! Last year I read a lot of books with teen male narrators and loved almost every single one. Not sure why I relate so hard to immature boys… but somehow I do!! This one sounds like Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar. Like it seems like it has that same feel or something 🙂 Great Review!!
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