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Carter's Big Break (Carter Finally Gets It #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  766 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
After surviving freshman year (just barely), Carter is craving his summer break. Unfortunately, when he and his girlfriend, Abby, part ways, it looks as though summer just might break him. Things start to look up when he's unexpectedly cast in an independent film opposite the world's biggest tween sensation, Hilary Idaho. With Hollywood knocking on his door, Carter gets a ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 13th 2010)
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Jul 12, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After spending his freshman year figuring out who he was, Will Carter is ready for a restful summer with his girlfriend, Abby.

But when their drama teacher reveals that local author and celebrity is coming back to town to film an independent film version of his best-selling novel and that he believes Carter and Abby are the perfec actors for the lead roles, suddenly Carter's life can't get any better.

Unfortunately, Carter can't get out of his own way fast enough, quickly alienating Abby during a

I really wanted to rate this three stars. I really did. But that wasn't even because I thought the story deserved it - it was because I loved the first book so much, it pains me to rate this so low.

Okay, I'm being melodramatic. But Carter, what happened? You had such a fun and rocking freshman year, all leading to a boring and uneventful summer? And people might try to argue with me on that one, but think about it. What really happened in this book? He gets the lead for a movie. He rehearses. He
Sep 29, 2012 Ki rated it really liked it
Carter's Big break is a realistic fiction with some comedy and romance involved. Brent Crawford does a great job on expressing the teens feeling and emotions toward the auditions, which makes the reader fall into the story.After the first year of freshman year, carter was awarded with summer break. He wanted his summer vacation to be special and memorable especially with his girlfriend, Abby, And thing start to look really good when he was unexpectedly casted for an independent film with world's ...more
Teresa Mann
Nov 14, 2015 Teresa Mann rated it really liked it
Good Lord, I need to get a life outside of YA reading. Or do I?! I say not! Bring on book #3 in this series.
Apr 29, 2016 Jesus rated it it was amazing
Carter's Big Break is overall a good and well written book by Brent Crawford that was published in 2010. This novel is about a teenager named Carter, who loves drama class and is starred in an important role of a movie. Although it may seem he may be living the life of a Hollywood actor, he also has difficulties in his relationship with his girlfriend Abby on the side which easily distracts him. After Carter and Abby take a "break" from their relationship, he is introduced to a famous kid's chan ...more
Josue Jacobo
Apr 29, 2016 Josue Jacobo rated it really liked it
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Nicole Edwards
Apr 08, 2015 Nicole Edwards rated it liked it
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This was cute and funny and endearing. But not nearly as cute and funny and endearing as the first book in the series, Carter Finally Gets It. The thing about the first book was that Carter was figuring things out for himself. And it was hilarious. And poignant and so honest.

Carter's Big Break was more about Carter finding things out about other people. Which, the way that Crawford writes, is entertaining and taught some good lessons, but it just
Krystl Louwagie
Jan 10, 2016 Krystl Louwagie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books always start out more "immature", but slowly always turn more into "deep" by the end. I think Crawford is attempting to "trick" kids into learning something. Something important. Crawford is probably the most equipped to do just that of almost any writer I've seen. The way he approaches his subject matter is so appropriate and believable that you barely notice it's actually pretty corny and sappy, and moral, and exactly the type of things you'd want your young teenage boy to learn an ...more
Ryan Edinger
Nov 27, 2012 Ryan Edinger rated it liked it
Carter Finally Gets It was probably my favorite book of all time. So when I found out there was a sequel I absolutely had to read it. And for as good as The 1st book was, I knew the 2nd one wouldn't be able to do it justice. And I was right. I still had a few laughs and I still liked the book but it couldn't live up to the sky-high expectations set by Carter Finally Gets It.
Jul 15, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
While I enjoyed this book, it didn't match the excitement and humor of Crawford's first book. I felt it was predictable and cliquish, but I will still recommend it to my middle schoolers because I know they aren't as critical as I am and reading is reading, right?!
Salman Haque
Dont feel like saying something :/ Dramtic build up, pretentious narration mixed with humor. one extra star for the last part. Now shoo....
Sep 16, 2015 Jenna rated it liked it
This review may contain spoilers for Carter Finally Gets It, the first book in the series.

Carter’s looking forward to the summer after his freshman year of high school. With Abby by his side and long days ahead to spend with friends, it’s going to be a great summer. Then his drama teacher convinces him and Abby to audition for a movie that’s being made in town. You would think a role in a real movie would make a great summer into a fantastic one, but it’s all kind of a drag. First, he and Abby b
May 10, 2015 Kelby rated it liked it
I had as much fun reading this book as I did the first one. Very entertaining, and even more funny than the first book. Crawford does a tremendous job writing this novel.
Just the same as the first book, I would for sure recommend this to my friends. They would find the book hilarious just as I did.
Relating to this book was easy, because it seemed like all of the situations that Carter is trying to overcome are the same situations that I have heard of or been in.
As the first one did, this bo
Why I picked it up: It’s on the list for a YALSA challenge I’m doing.

This book starts on the last day of Carter’s freshman year. He and his girlfriend Abby find out that a movie is going to be filmed in their town that summer and the writer/director, who grew up in their town, wants the local kids to audition. But the producers want the stars of their Kidz Channel, including just-out-of-rehab Hillary Idaho. Apparently this is a sequel to Carter Finally Gets It, though I have not read it.

This boo
This fair book is a sequel to a great book, so I'm a little disappointed. I can't heap enough praise on Carter Finally Gets It, with its fresh blend of goofy humor and honest adolescent guy. I love Carter because he's a lot like guys I have known, wrestling with familiar problems. My best friend could have been Carter. I could have been Carter. My eight-year-old son occasionally drops hints of Carter-osity, at which I simultaneously grin and cringe.

In this book, Carter remains grin-and-cringe w
Narrator Nick Podehl does it again, expertly adding just the right amount of flair to bring young Will Carter’s voice to life.

School may be out for the summer, but that in no way lessons Carter’s adolescent struggles. Life is hard for teens these days, especially when they’re forced to face some very grown-up situations and Carter is no exception. Again a large factor to play into his troubles is sex. As with most guys his age, the big question is who’s getting some and who’s out of luck and as
Penny Johnson
Apr 06, 2012 Penny Johnson rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of this title as part of a challenge to read/listen to YALSA's Best of the Best during the next three months. I rarely listen to audiobooks, but I am so glad I found this one! It was hilarious!

The warning on the case is indeed true: "This book is intended for immature audiences. If you find teen guys annoying and/or disgusting, this may not be the book for you." The main character, Carter, is a high school freshman, and he and his "boys" are stereotypical in m
Nov 08, 2011 Russell rated it really liked it
Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford is a very funny and interesting book.
Carter’s Big Break has some mature content but it is not too bad.
An example of a funny part is “I fail tests all the time because I don’t get the details right, but I get the ideas: History: war is good. Social studies: war is bad. Geography: wars were fought here, here and here.” (pg 82) This part is funny because this is how I sometimes think about Social Studies. Carter says lines like these a lot of times during the bo
Carter survived his freshman year, barely, and is ready to rock his first high school summer. Things are going great with Abby, his fabulous girlfriend and he just found out that a hollywood movie will be filming in Merrian and his drama teacher wants him to try out for the lead role! Seems like everything is going his way, but we all know this can't last long, when everything falls apart. After making an insensitive suggestion to his girlfriend he is single again. He gets the lead role in the m ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it
I would recommend the book Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford because some kids might be able to make self-connections to events in the story. Crawford says, “My face is hot from riding hard, so the embarrassment shouldn’t be that obvious,” (41). Some students can relate to this because most of them try to cover up mistakes when they do something wrong or embarrassing. Embarrassing moments can make everyone laugh at you so most kids try to cover up the situations. Crawford also states “I overc ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
This sequel to Carter Finally Gets It was entertaining and made me laugh out loud a few times, although overall I don't think it was quite as strong as the first book. Set the summer after Carter's freshman year of high school, the school break begins on a bad note when his girlfriend dumps him after he makes an incredibly daft comment. He wants her back but isn't sure how to go about it because successfully dealing with girls is definitely not a talent he has, but a distraction quickly appears ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Kenny rated it really liked it
I loved the secend one just as much as I loved the first.This book was just as funny as the first.In this book Carter thinks about his life and whathe wants to be when he's older,and what's right and whats wrong (the rocketship question is wrong). Carter tries to figure out what kind of man he wants to be:"Am I supposed to intimidate other people?C.B has all those tatoose,and so do most of the crew guys.He wears dreadlocks,a beard,and has muscles like armor.What don't I know?What is so dangerous ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Chassidy.706 rated it it was amazing
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this book was amazing i loved everything about it i would recommend this book who can have a sese of humor because this book is hilarious. throughout the book carter learns that being an actor is hard between rembering your line getting your lines together an it was tough for hilary who is an actor nd eveybody thihks that she is a fake but thats not true she has problems at home and her acting is all she has to save her family from bankrupt she has a body guard and is rude to her
I really, really, really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment as a follow-up to the seminal, Carter Finally Gets It. It seemed to me like the author rushed to get this sequel to the presses, and just couldn't recapture the same magic as with the original. I also find it quite annoying and transparent that he was obviously trying to write about himself with the director character. While this book had some funny moments and I suppose some important lessons, I want ...more
Grayson Young
Apr 03, 2013 Grayson Young rated it it was amazing
Carter's Big Break is for pretty much anyone that likes a good laugh and people that have a good interest in reading a good series that are funny. I rate this book about a 4.5 because I thought it was a really good book and that it kept me reading and reading. I think this book is better in my opinion because I think more things happen and interesting in this book. Overall I really like both books. I can kinda see Carter being like some of my friends because some of them act like him and that my ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Superadam64 rated it really liked it
This was overall a Fantastic book!! It is the sequel to the awesome book "Cater Finally Gets It". I think this book was written for any teenage boy or people who find immature teenage dude humor funny. I'd have to give this book four stars because it was very fun to read and the story was funny, but it wasn't as good as the first book. I did think this book was frigging hilarious, though, and I can relate to Carter so much with his girl problems and stuff like that. Even when he's helping his da ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Nate rated it really liked it
Carter’s Big Break
Carter’s Big Break by Brent Crawford tells the story about a young man through his way of adolescence. Carter has a tough time managing the people he care about and his rising acting star. Carter gets the “big break” of a lifetime as his town is hosting a movie audition at his high school. This book is a great read. Brent Crawford was able to use vivid language and give the reader a great theme, friends and family are what really matter. Personally, I felt like i could relate
Andrew To
Mar 30, 2013 Andrew To rated it really liked it
This one took me a little longer to finish than the first... sounds a little strang considering the first book was actually longer. But thats because i found the overall story to be a little less engaging as the first... this was more to do with Carter (still the same main character of the book), but insteads focuses him on him drifting off to star in a hollywood movie... and trying to get his head. This leads to how he deals with the tension and how hes going to cope with it all... which is alm ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In CARTER FINALLY GETS IT, freshman Will Carter feels like he has truly made it. He scores the lead in the school musical Guys and Dolls, and he has an incredibly hot girlfriend. Yeah, his grades still stink, and his best friend, EJ, has gotten way more "lucky" with the ladies, but life is looking pretty good.

It would be nice to get a summer job as lifeguard at the local pool, but that's looking fairly iffy. Right now, the only empl
Jeff Raymond
One of the funnier movies of the last few years, I think, was Superbad. It was genuinely funny, for certain, but a lot of it was just the fun of hearing high schoolers be over-the-top profane for no real reason.

Carter Finally Gets It was sort of a Superbad for YA books for me. A lot of needless, but fun, profanity, and relative hilarity throughout. You'll notice, though, that Superbad never went back to the well. I think there's a reason for that, and Carter's Big Break is a great example as to
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