Next up is Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford.
This is the story of Will Carter, or just Carter, as he starts high school. Carter thinks he is the last virgin boy in his class, so he is determined to get a girlfriend and have sex with her. Along the way is a serious of hilarious mishaps and misunderstandings, until he finally realizes what really matters.
The object of his affection is Abby, a beautiful girl in his class he didn’t notice until he finds out she likes him. He starts to date her, but due to a misunderstanding and some plotting on the part of her so called best friend, things don’t work out. He then tries his hand at various sports, determined to also get a varsity letter and wear a letterman jacket. When he doesn’t make it onto the team for a spring sport, he instead auditions for the school play, Guys and Dolls, and wins one of the male leads opposite, you guessed it, Abby.
It was tricky to pinpoint a time period for this, but since Carter wears a watch and there is no mention of Social Media or cell phones, and the teens still call one another at home, I would hazard to guess that it is the late nineties or early 2000s, before such things came into prominence with teens. As someone who was in Guys and Dolls as a freshman, part of this book brought back memories of rehearsals and songs. I was just an extra, playing a “bobby soxer” in the Overture who wants to get famous people’s autographs and the ending scene, and strutting my stuff as an annoyed “doll” waiting for her guy to light her cigarette while he’s trying to carry her shopping bags during the titular song “Guys and Dolls” (Some guy’s only doin’ it for some doll..).
In my opinion, the book accurately portrays the high school experience and the voice of a fourteen-year-old boy. There are two sequels as well, that I’d be willing to bet they are just as full of mishaps. After much internal debating, I give the book Three and a Half lightsabers since while the situations Carter and his friends are hilarious, they are at times borderline ridiculous.