If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be inside the mind of a 14-year-old boy, let Brent Crawford enlighten you through the voice of Will Carter.

Book: “Carter Finally Gets It” by Brent Crawford (young adult novel)



If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be inside the mind of a 14-year-old boy, let Brent Crawford enlighten you through the voice of Will Carter. Known to his friends as Carter, our main character spends his first year in high school trying to find his place in the social ladder.  

Whether it’s avoiding unwanted nicknames or getting puked on by the love of your life, Carter has been there and done that.  

Do you remember the awkwardness of high school? Crawford refreshes your memory with an honest description of how teens view the opposite sex. Will Carter is not politically correct, smooth, or romantically intelligent by any means. Yet throughout the story you can identify with his need to be accepted not only by his friends and the group of hot chicks across the hall, but by his family as well.

You begin to find yourself rooting for Carter in his quest to become a man, and wincing as he falls on his face, but still chuckling as he says and does the exact opposite of what is obviously acceptable behavior. Carter stutters through life the way many of us stumble through it ourselves; we tend to fall at the most inopportune times with the best of intentions.

Carter knows on some levels what he wants out of life, but he has trouble vocalizing it … although anybody would have trouble vocalizing their thoughts at the threat of having his or her face punched in by someone called “Scary Terry.”

I haven’t laughed out loud at a book in a long time. For an extra treat, I recommend listening to the audio version of this book. Read by Nick Podehl, the audio book takes the story up to the next level. You can hear Carter’s feelings (and stutter) through Nick’s voice. If you’re like me and you need a break from the haze of the vampire romance takeover, you should see if Carter finally gets it. Sometimes it’s hard to laugh at yourself and your own situation. So for now, you can laugh with (or at) Carter.