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Carter's Unfocused, One-Track Mind (Carter Finally Gets It #3)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  259 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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. Wh ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion (first published June 7th 2011)
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Sarah Billington
I'm a huge fan of these books, I love Brent's writing style. Can't wait for it's release!

He did it again. I laughed out loud a whole bunch of times and had to share some passages with friends (who couldn't have cared less but also laughed because the passages were funny), as well as identifying with Carter, as Brent Crawford weaves in some fabulous insights, some universal truths that you often feel are unique to you but are in fact shared by everybody. Did that make sense?

I don't care.

I love s
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Terry
A fine conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy. This one spans Carter's sophomore year, including more shenanigans with his boyz, foolish exploits aplenty, and confusion that befits his ADD. I thought the second installment fell short of the original book, taking a turn away from reality and entertaining too much Hollywood, but this seems to return to the voice that made Carter Finally Gets It such a success. Curiously, I thought the action wasn't as prominent, but there was more character developmen ...more
Brandy
You know what? I really, really loved this one. Carter is a fantastic character, very real and true and he's really grown up and matured through the series. I love him.

And I don't know why Nick Podehl won't narrate my life, dammit.
Denise Monegato
Laughed til I cried! Which goes to show I've got the emo of a 15 year-old horny teenage boy up to no good
Sonya Kaye
I think that this book was the funniest of all the Carter books! I have never laughed so hard in my life!
Tammi Drevers
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Brent Crawford. He is so damn funny and inappropriate.
Debby
It was pretty funny, but I did not realize that this was the 3rd book in a series. I didn't really care since I got this for free!! Carter a typical teenager, focused on one girl, and um, yeah, doing things that teens shouldn't be doing. I enjoyed the funny parts, but overall, not highly recommended. I was happy that he found his true self at the end but the misadventures he meets along the way are very inappropriate. Of course, he's a teen, so he's still learning. Thankful that I have a daughte ...more
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Jul 31, 2013 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like this series.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by: Public library, Goodreads.com
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Ok, I first have to admit that I didn't realize this was the third book in a series, until I got home because I'm always at a rush at the library. But that didn't confuse me while I was reading because it explained the big events from the first two books. So anyway, I kinda have mixed feelings about it. The plot was very funny and at time I really liked how Carter and his friends joked around at times. But at other times, it kinda annoyed me by the way they acted. Next, the characters were all f ...more
Purelyamuse
I love this series! I've been trying to find similar books, and I can't. No one gets that fine line of joking round like real, crass boys (and not grossing out your reader) like Brent Crawford. He is a master at this genre, and I hope he writes more.

Carter and his friends are at it again--being stupid, doing stupid things, saying stupid things. And I love them all. I love that every time Carter's in trouble with the cops he hands over his friends name. I love that every time he's with Abby he's
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Superadam64
This book is obviously the third book in the Carter series. While it still wasnt as good as the first one, I can honestly say it was a Great book!! This book is definately for any teenage guy who loves a funny book or for anyone who loves stupid teenage dude humor, just as the other two are. This book was good, but some things didn't quite make sense, like how the author hardly metioned qnything about the movie Carter was in. I do love the way Brent Crawford wirtes, making it sound like an actua ...more
Margaret
Not as fantastic as the first book, but more realistic than the second. Carter is still funny and smart and easily distracted, and Nick the narrator still does a fabulous job reading it, but Carter's life is not the potential disaster that it was in the first book, which reduces the hilarity somewhat. I appreciate the Carter books especially because, unlike many YA books the scenario seems real. He has parents and a sister who are supportive and affectionate - not something you find in many YA b ...more
Mr.T thelibrarian
This is the third book in the Carter series... and it might just be the best! Carter and his friends are still immature, raunchy, and hilarious. But Carter has actually grown up -- just a little bit -- since his misadventures in the first book, and he's just self-aware enough to make him the charming, sensible one in his group (although in his crowd, that's still not saying much!). This book was as cringe-worthy and funny as the other two, but a little bit touching as well, without being too dor ...more
Alaina Sloo
Book 3 in the terrific Carter series for older middle school and high school readers. Not as good -- not as true -- as the first two books, but fans of the series will want to read it. This is a series to read in order, though, so read the other books first. Carter Finally Gets ItCarter's Big Break
Cynthia
Hilarious - and eye-opening as to the mental state of a teen-age boy!
Adream adream
These books make me laugh out loud. A lot! I always love BPOV. These are actually written by a guy, which is awesome. There is nothing forced about Carter. He is just...everything you want a teenage boy to be basically. There's no doubt about what he's thinking, ever. His ADD is absolutely hilarious. I love the way they're written. I love the heart of this character. I want so badly to be a 15 year old girl again just so I can find a guy like him and help him out! :D I truly, truly hope there ar ...more
Brianne
This series is got to be the best I've ever read. They are so funny ..like there was something to laugh about on every page funny. Whether it was something dumb that he did or just something funny he said and I enjoyed all the stupid but entertaining things Carter did with his friends. It's also great to read something in a guy’s perspective too, normally I have a hard time finding good books written by guys that don't make the guys sound like total jerks or make the girls sound too dramatic. Ho ...more
Kirsten
Carter and his friends are still a whole lot of fun. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, especially while listening to the audio version.
I just wish that narrators would do their homework: Nick Podehl, while doing a fabulous job voicing the teenaged characters, sang the wrong tunes to both Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and Lerner & Loewe's "If Ever I Would Leave You." How hard is it to sing the songs the right way? It can't be harder than making up a melody to an extant song. Is it a copyright
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Kate
Loved this book even more than the second one...possibly more than the first! I liked Carter's Big Break but it wasn't as realistic as Carter Finally Gets It and Carter's Unfocused, One-Track Mind is completely relatable. I loved every bit of it! I also highly recommend the audiobook version; Nick Podehl is Carter, body and soul. Love it!

P.S. I am very concerned that guys were thinking about getting laid this much when I was in high school...they hid it remarkably well...or I was totally oblivi
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Lisa
Carter’s girlfriend has been offered a scholarship to an art school in NYC, Scary Terry is out of Juvie and wants revenge and Carter can’t get his mind off sex. Book 3 in the Carter series has everything I like about teen books: Drama, sports, love, school, friends and everything I hate: teen alcohol use, excessive language issues, sexual references. I cannot recommend this book for a school library, too many mature issues, but it would be fine in the "edgy" section of the Public Library.
Newport Librarians
Carter provides a unique, and probably more honest than I'd like to believe, viewpoint of the high school male mentality. I like seeing that he has grown some: a mature relationship with Abbey and Amber Lee, applying himself some in school and the like. I also like that Crawford hasn't "grown him up" entirely over the course of one year. He still says bonehead things to the girls and is a total jeuvinile delinquent with his friends. Go Carter! Go Crawford!
Carolyn
I really like Carter and this series is great. Nevermind that I am twice as old as, and the wrong gender for, the target audience. While this series doesn't need more books to be great, I would still like more. Everything came to a satisfying conclusion in book 3, but the characters are just so awesome! You would probably enjoy this, if you liked the Swim the Fly series, though these are a bit more mature by book 3. Teenage boys are funny
Sarah
I've really enjoyed watching Carter grow up through this series. In this third book we follow Carter through his sophomore year. He's still in football, swimming, and drama, and his friends still lack some major people skills, but now he's got his drama department friends too, and when the possibility of an elite drama school in New York is offered, Carter finds himself able to focus like he's never been able to before.
Samantha Boyette
And we're back to the Carter I know and love. I mean, honestly, this guy cracks me up. He gets in ridiculous situations but I love every minute of it. Some people have reviewed these negatively saying they are basically wish fulfillment reading for teen boys, but so what? I would argue that many if not most books are wish fulfillment books. That's kinda the point of reading sometimes.

Really can't wait for the next one!
Tami
Once again, Brent Crawford writes another wonderful tale about Carter and his hilarious friends and their misdeeds during their sophomore year of high school. Still, after three books, laugh-out-loud funny. So funny in fact, I taped my husband laughing hysterically over Carter's experience at a typical high school party. Well done Brent Crawford! Can't wait for the next installment . . .
Kenny
I could not stop myself from comparing this Carter to the others in the series. As sequels usually go, it wasnt as great as the first 2. It wasnt entirely awful though. I did enjoy Carter'S querky-ness and all the mini misadventures with his crew, thats about all i enjoyed. It didnt really make me laugh though like the others did. This one kind of disappointed me.
Michelle Sallay
I am pretty confident that I will never tire of Carter. He is just too loveable. There were parts of this book that I loved like crazy, but I got tired of Carter's constant brawls with his "boys". I re-read the first one before I read this, and it is by far the best of the bunch, but I will read more Carter books if Crawford doesn't get too tired writing them.
Tony
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Brilliant.
Heather
Will Carter is back in this third installment. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

Summary: Fifteen-year-old WIll Carter's sophomore year at Merrian High presents new problems, from the return of Scary Terry to friends-with-benefits negotiations with Abby, but when Abby considers transferring to a New York arts school Carter's world is turned upside-down.
Emily
This book totally redeemed the series for me...I was a little iffy about it, but reading the third just brought it all together. I love the character's Crawford created and am actually a bit sad there is no more to their story. His writing makes me laugh out loud in one moment and then groan and cringe the next. Love it.
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