Getting the Girl (Wolfe Brothers, #3)
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Getting the Girl (Wolfe Brothers #3)

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Cameron Wolfe's life gets very complicated when he falls for his brother's girlfriend in this winning, wise novel from the dynamic author of FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE.

Cameron Wolfe is the quiet one in his family, not a soccer star like his brother Steve or a charming fighter with a new girl every week like his brother Rube. Cam would give anything to be near one of those girls,...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Push (first published November 30th 2001)
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Shirley Marr
The Book Thief ASIDE, I have read the two other "Underdogs" books and now this third and final one. I am ready to take a bullet for Markus Zusak. That's right. I'm willing to die in Markus Zusak's place because he is such a formidable writer of such intense poetic beauty that the world cannot afford to lose him. Fullstop. I was wondering how he was going to top the predecessor, "Fighting Reuben Wolfe". I read the first few pages and could see that the writing had matured. For starters, there wer...more
Annalisa
Jun 16, 2008 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teenage girls
Boys feel just as insecure getting girls as girls do getting boys. I just love that. Although if this had been a woman author I would have written off her sensitive boy as unrealistic, but since the author is male, I give him more leeway with emotions. I'd like to think rather than being chauvinistic, I'm taking a man's word for it since us women can only guess. Literature about finding love is normally the sappy girl's perspective and here you get insight into a boy so anxious to give love and...more
Reynje
The second and third books in Zusak’s Underdog series were basically a left jab right hook straight in the feels.

Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (aka Getting The Girl) are stronger books than The Underdog. Both novels are still primarily character driven, but they read more cohesively and the writing feels more developed, closer to the style associated with Zusak’s later work. While I enjoyed The Underdog, it’s in the next two books that I feel Zusak really hits his stride, settling into...more
Whitney
You get what you get when a teenage boy is the narrator. Very candid sex thoughts every third sentence. Kinda makes me worried about the fact I have sons. Anyway. There are some definite similarities in the writing with Book Thief (ie poetic flowiness), but I don't think Zusak hit his 'come together moment' as a writer until Book Thief. There is no comparison between the two. Since there isn't, I'll try and be fair.

Its a coming of age story with an awkward boy lost in his own family--not to men...more
Sara
I always have to think awhile after closing a Zusak book. He gets me so hard in the gut it's hard to formulate a coherent "review" of the experience.

Getting the Girl is a continuation of the story of the Wolfe brothers begun in Fighting Ruben Wolfe. Zusak writes close to the bone, exposing the marrow of what love is---between a boy and a girl, and between brothers. It's also about Cameron defining himself, as he is ripped away from all the safe places he used to hide, including his identity as...more
Maggie
The Wolfe family has moved into my heart.

********************

Reading the first of the books that Mandee got me -- also why I fell into the Wolfe Brothers rabbit hole.

I love this cover.
Rena
As I started reading this book I was thinking-hmmmm not hitting me like this author usually does. A few pages later I was thinking that I love Cameron Wolfe. Here is a nice guy, a good guy, the guy that should always get the girl but never does. A boy that just wants to be loved-of course he wants sex too, but then what guy doesn't? Most books that I have read in the YA genre are usually girl narrated, and usually have a love interest that is basically an ass that happens to be sooooo beautiful....more
Cami
Nov 17, 2009 Cami rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rachel
Recommended to Cami by: Markus Zusak
The street.
Was empty.
She broke into me.
The city was swollen. The sky was numb.
His voice clung strangely to his mouth.
The moment was cut open. It fell in pieces all around me, and I had no idea what would happen next...
My heart threw itself to my throat.
I clock onto the truth.
But for now, happiness throws stones.
Her hair, echoing down her back in the dark.

I
love
Markus
Zusak.

Can I say that I loved the writing enough for 4.5 stars, but the story only 3.5 and so 4?

This is written for adolescent boys...more
Mariel
Sep 20, 2010 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: giving up the girl
Recommended to Mariel by: everything but the boy
Family members dumping the "loser" underdogs seems to be a theme in Australian writer Markus Zusak's works (see I Am the Messenger). I felt hurt on behalf of Cam. The fact that it is not true is not important. In the vein of ya trends I cannot stand, the need to prove worthiness on a success scale by the end of the pages is kinda bullshit. It's like proving on a test score what you had learned for the whole year (as if most people don't cram the night before). His brother's success with females...more
Jill
Aug 11, 2008 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This was the first Zusak book I read and I think it's under-rated. Zusak has a way with characters. I literally ached for Cameron and his desire to have a girlfriend. But what I loved most about the book was the depiction of Cameron's relationships with his family and the way in which Cameron is finally able to find himself.
Lauren
My husband read this before I did and he thought it needed "more elf" -- a John Green / Vlogbrothers reference indicating that, y'know, if there's a "girl" in the title, there should be an appropriate amount of girl in the story itself. But I'd read the prequel / companion book, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, about two years ago, and knew what to expect. Zusak clearly loves the Wolfe family, perhaps almost as much as he loves interesting verbs, and the focus here is on Cameron Wolfe's rivalry with his br...more
Marija
Even though this is one of Zusak’s early works, there’s something about his writing that really gets me. Certainly Getting the Girl is not as refined as I Am the Messenger or The Book Thief. And if you’ve read those other two books, you can plainly see that Zusak has recycled some aspects from this earlier work, incorporating them with more explicit detail in those later novels. Yes, the writing style of this particular novel is rough and scruffy, yet it embodies Cameron Wolfe, the narrator, so...more
Laura Hollander
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Joke
Markus Zusak is a writer who knows how powerful words can be. He knows how to put them in a sentence That touch our heart. He can write about whatever he wants. Even if it is about something boring And uninteresting, he can make it magical.
The first book I read from Markus Zusak was The Book Thief. In my review of it, I told you That I read it because of a teachter. This book, I read out of free Will.
The Book Thief is a story about World War 2 And a little girl who discovers the power And magic...more
Lisa
What a sweet, sweet book. Zusak's writing is so beautiful and touching. The story is vaguely similar to "Perks of Being a Wallflower" in that I felt the same when reading it.

My favorite line:
I shiver even now as I remember the feeling of her cool hands on my neck, and the touch of her voice on my skin.
Laura
By telling the story of three brothers, the author shows among other things, the joy of life. The episode with their dog, Miffy, translates this feeling. This book makes you smile when you finish reading it.
Anne-Marie
Oct 06, 2013 Anne-Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers, people who love soap operas
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: I make my own recommendations 'cause I'm badass.
This book is pretty short - I read it in about two hours on Saturday morning. There were some things I really liked about the book and some things that I thought were a little weird.

I rarely read romance novels - but this is definitely one of those. It's about Cameron Wolfe, a really quiet and thoughtful boy, trying to "get a girl" and make his own identity. He's always been in the shadow of his two brothers Steve and Reuben (especially Reuben!). Although I liked the book, it did not win me over...more
Jessica
The book Getting the Girl is about a young man who's brothers are both successful in getting girls but he is not love and never has been. He wants to be in love more then anything, though but just hasn't found a girl to share that with. THen one day one of his brothers brings a girl home that isn't like the rest of the girls he's dated. She has something thats more... natural. Then when his brother breaks up with this girl, she finds out that maybe she was dating the wrong brother. He starts to...more
Sheri
I had I am the Messanger recommended to me a while ago and liked it. I also enjoyed The Book Thief and so I picked this book up because it was by the same author. When I started reading this yesterday, I realized I had done it again; that is picked up a book that I had already read. And, once again I was disappointed in the second reading.

I know this is a young adult novel, but it did not come across as a touching read about a sentimental young man. Instead, it came across (to me) as a slightly...more
Stephanie Loy Son
I have heard so much about Markus Zusak I decided to give him a shot. I decided to start off with his lesser known books, so I can experience his development as a writer. However, I didn't realize this was the sequel to "Fighting Ruben Wolfe," so I had no background details or information. Nonetheless, the book stands well by itself.

First off, I felt as though the summary at the back of the book was not very accurate, thereby, not giving the novel any justice. "Getting the Girl" is a great nove...more
Andréia
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Mais um livro para série coisas que só acontecem no Brasil.
O livro faz parte de uma série chamada ‘Os Irmãos Wolfe’, onde os dois primeiros livros foram publicados pela editora Bertrand, mas eu não sabia disso e li ‘A Garota Que Eu Quero’ sem ter lido os anteriores e não tive nenhum problema com isso. Mas fica a dica para quem tem mania de perfeição e gosta de seguir tudo à risca.

Eu curto muito o autor pelo ‘A Menina Que Roubava Livros’ [faz um coraçã...more
Maiara Viégas
É visível o desenvolvimento dos personagens ao longo da série. Achei "Bom de Briga" muito mais maduro do que "O Azarão", e em "A Garota que eu quero", percebe-se o crescimento (não apenas de idade) dos membros da família Wolf. Recomendadíssimo.

Para quem não sabe, esse não é um livro isolado, e sim faz parte de uma coleção. Os dois primeiros foram lançados pela Bertrand Brasil, e o último foi lançado pela Intrínseca como se fosse um livro único, mas acredito que a leitura não seja tão boa para qu...more
Melissa
The final book in the Underdog trilogy shows us Cameron Wolfe’s evolution from boy to man. He’s constantly trying to figure out who he is and where he fits into the world, but he’s never quite sure. He can’t help comparing himself to his brothers, but he also can’t move forward in his life until he lets go of that comparison. He begins to find himself in the words he writes, a passion he doesn’t share with either of his brothers.

I think it’s impossible not to see yourself in relation to your fa...more
Beth
This sequel to Fighting Ruben Wolfe (Arthur K. Levine, 2001) features the two Australian brothers, cocky Ruben and quiet Cam. Cam, a self dubbed loser and perpetual underdog, falls for his brother's girlfriend Octavia. He bides his time; after all, Rube uses and discards women at the rate of one every few weeks. Cam appreciates Octavia's beauty and musical talent, but he wants to get inside her head, not just her pants. His patience pays off and Cam is there when Octavia gets dumped, but once Oc...more
Jill
Markus Zusak has created a character that I'd be proud to call my son. It is not easy to portray being a teenager, and too many adult writers fail at it, painting pictures of adolescents who are shallow or immature. But there are plenty of teenage boys that are actually very deep, wonderful human beings, who adults don't see because of the stupid stuff they get themselves into because they're boys, and that's part of what you have to do to grow up. Anyway, I thought it was great. :) I read it at...more
Amy Gwynn
May 17, 2011 Amy Gwynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older Teens
The cover is so misleading. There was such a perfect under-lying theme in reference to dogs: the last name Wolfe and the pack references with his brothers, walking Miffy and (view spoiler) being a turning point, the howling, etc. I haven't had enough time to think about it because I finished the book 15 minutes ago, but the connections I've already made are really enlightening.

Young Adults would benefit from the dramatic change the main character undergoes througho...more
Kelsey
Markus Zusak strikes again. I didn't like this one as much as I liked I Am the Messenger or The Book Thief, but I believe this one was written before those. I am completely drawn to Zusak's writing style and this book was definitely not a disappointment. His writing is what I can only describe as beautiful. It packs a ton of meaning and always leaves me feeling better about life in general. I have a book quote journal, and I never fail to find at least a few gems in Zusak's books to write down (...more
Shelli
Markus Zusak's writing = Flawless. Cameron is a teenage boy who has not found that quality that makes him special. In short he is a Loser living in the shadows of his charismatic and talented older brothers. Cameron is more of an observer in the world then a person living in it. Until Octavia. Beautiful Octavia, who is yet another one of his brother Rubes many conquests. Even after she is carelessly discarded can the brother's code allow Cam to find happiness with Octavia and possibly himself? I...more
Sharon
Cameron Wolfe is used to his older brother Ruben getting all the girls---he's attractive and built, and can actually talk to them. Cameron is used to shyly hiding in the shadows until, in a bizarre twist, one of Ruben's ex-girlfriends is drawn to Cameron. Now Cameron must deal with a rift in the most important relationship in his life---the one he has with his brother---as well as turning all his fantasies of having a girl into a reality, with all the difficulties that may bring. The characters...more
Norberto Alves
Depois de ter lido A menina que roubava livros em meados de 2009, fiquei de olho nos outros livros de Markus Suzak para saber como o autor se sairia em outra história que não uma das que mais me chamou a atenção até hoje.

A garota que eu quero foi um achado que pude ler em e-pub e gostei. É o terceiro livro de uma sequência que não perde a essência se lida fora de ordem, como eu fiz, lendo primeiro esse. Conta a história voltada a Cam, um dos quatro irmãos Wolfe, dos quais três (os três homens) s...more
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Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 375 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.

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