Synopses & Reviews
After an eventful freshman year and a disastrous summer, fifteen-year-old Will Carter returns to Merrian High none the wiser. The year starts off pretty normally. He's back on the football field (the bench area of the field). He and his boys start a fight club to defend themselves against Scary Terry Moss, who is out of juvie and hunting Carter. And he goes to homecoming again with Amber Lee. The good news: she's really into him this year. The bad news: she's all kinds of pregnant (not with his kid, but that probably goes without saying).
When his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Abby, is accepted to the New York Drama School, Carter's world is thrown upside-down. She wants him to apply to the school, too. He knows it would be awesome, and he's pretty sure Abby would let him see her naked in New York. But what about his boys? And with his sister headed to college, can his parents survive without him? Plus, the application is really long.
It will take a lot of soul-searching (and in-school suspensions) for Carter to make his decision. In the meantime, there are plenty of classes to be late to, parties to avoid, and cops to run from.
The laughs and good times continue in Carter's Unfocused, One-Track Mind, the third book in the Carter series.
Will Carter, fifteen, an athletic and gifted actor who is wildly, yet sweetly, horny, funny, and insecure, is now a sophomore at Merrian High. He and his equally goofy posse of devoted "boys" are involved in many of the same hi-jinks that saw them all through the first two entries in this series (Carter Finally Gets It [Hyperion, 2009], and Carter's Big Break [Hyperion, 2010/VOYA June 2010]). Hormones and bloodletting rule the day. They participate in a fight club, improving dramatically when a fellow thespian, who is grateful for Carter's defense of his sexual orientation, shares some of his martial arts secrets. Carter renews wooing gorgeous Abby, who is on her way to the prestigious New York Drama School and wants Carter to come with her, a slim possibility due to his wretched grades. There is also the matter of the murderous Scary Terry, from the first book in the series, who seems determined to break every bone in Carter's body. By turns laugh-out-loud hilarious, groan-out-loud gross, and head-shakingly appalling due to the utter lack of responsibility in some of the actions (binge drinking, unprotected sex, and oh yes, a near-forest fire), Crawford nevertheless adds an appealing level of self-examination and tender insight into Carter's unexpectedly courageous efforts to turn his life around. Crawford nails his intended audience's world with a book that will make parents cringe, even as they will be surprised by the decency of the adults portrayed in Carter's world.-Beth E. Andersen--VOYA
When it comes to hilarious, hormone-addled series from a boy's POV, the two leaders are Don Calame's books, beginning with Swim the Fly (2009), and Crawford's Carter novels. Calame's may be more uproarious, but Crawford has all the heart, continuing in this third volume the travails of goofy, optimistic, boob-obsessed Carter as he founds a 15-year-olds' fight club, geeks out over auditioning for the school play, and tries to score with his girlfriend before she moves. It's a PG-13 blur of parties and oh-so-close make-out sessions, with Carter as our irrepressible guide. Pretty dang fun. - Daniel Kraus--Booklist
After an eventful freshman year and disastrous summer, fifteen-year-old Will Carter returns to Merrian High none the wiser. His sophomore year will present a host of new problems: the return of Scary Terry from juvie, the pregnant presence of Amber Lee, friends-with-benefits negotiations with Abby, prom night expectations, and the ever-constant harassment from his boys. When Abby announces that she might be transferring to a New York arts school, Carter's world is turned upside down and he'll be forced to make the biggest decision of his life. In his signature voice, author Brent Crawford details young Will Carter's high school struggles, this time focusing on Carter's discovery of his true passion and the sacrifices he'll need to make.
About the Author
Brent Crawford (www.brent-crawford.com) is the author of the critically-acclaimed Carter Finally Gets It, Carter's Big Break, and Carter's Unfocused, One-Track Mind. Born in Kansas, he moved to Los Angeles and then New York to pursue an acting career. He has worked in theater, film, TV, and commercials and has written numerous plays and screenplays. He lives in Kansas City, Kansas.