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Getting the Girl

(Wolfe Brothers #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,376 ratings  ·  568 reviews
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,
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Push (first published November 30th 2001)
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Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Somehow, I read this book before the others in the series which should probably have made it confusing. However, even without having read the previous two books I feel as though this one stands quite well on its own.
The beginning of the book sees Cameron (Cam), Ruben and Octavia together with Cameron narrating. Cam has such a strong voice and one which is really enjoyable to read. Out of him and his brother, Cam is the one to be seen as the weaker of the two. He definitely doesn’t have the succ
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.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.


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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Dogs Cry is the third in the Wolfe Brothers series by Australian author, Markus Zusak. The audio version is narrated by Stig Wemyss. Another year has passed and the Wolfe family is in a better place: Cliff has plenty of work and Rube and Cam are working Saturdays with him; Mrs Wolfe is still working two jobs; Sarah is working hard and taking candid Polaroids in her spare time; Steve is working hard and winning weekend football; Cameron has taken to standing outside Stephanie’s place in Gleb ...more
Nov 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Laura Hollander
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: guy-books
My colleague really doesn't like this book. She describes it by saying, "It's about this pathetic guy who stalks a girl, and then nothing happens." Knowing the reputation of I Am the Messenger and The Book Thief, I wondered if her evaluation could be right. Markus Zusak has written some fine, fine books. Surely she's missing something? I decided to see for myself.

I'm glad I did. I think it is a good book, one well worth reading, but my colleague is also right: there's just not much in the way of
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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After reading The Book Thief I was immediately a fan of Markus Zusak and without thinking got other books from him. Unfortunately, Getting the Girl was nothing like The Book Thief.

I'm partly to blame, since I got the third book in a series, but still even if I couldn't understand all that was going on I still expected something more. I couldn't feel any of the charm and awesomeness I had expected so I was actually really disappointed b
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-books
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.
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.
Mihaella T.
thank you, Markus Zusak, for always breaking my heart in such a poetic way
Having read the Wolfe Brothers for the first time after finishing BRIDGE OF CLAY, it is clear the echoes of this first family saga float through Zusak’s most recent epic. These are more subtle, less flashy, but truly divine.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Completely and unexpectedly beautiful series. I love Markus Zusak!!
Paging Snidget
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very realistic characters rendered in a style that is at times intensely poetic and strangely captivating.
Susan Finck
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner by Markus Zusak! I enjoy getting inside the mind of adolescent males, struggling to find their way in the world. Growing up in a household of females has certain drawbacks.
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3.75 stars* i really liked the writing style and a lot of cameron’s thoughts and feelings i could relate to. apparently this is part of a serious mm i’m confused
Jules Starlord
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book. Full Of layers and meaningful moments.
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
(Original review posted on my livejournal account:

Why I Read It: It's Markus Zusak. In 2009, I read and fell in love with The Book Thief and to this day I consider it one of my all-time favourite books. In 2010, I read I Am The Messenger and I *also* consider that book an all-time favourite.

I actually read this already in 2009 (after I had read The Book Thief) and was considerably underwhelmed. But I've got say, having Underdog and Fighting Ruben Wolfe u
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
i can now say with pride that i have read everything markus zusak has written and put out in the world. i can also say, in a more disappointed tone, that this series was pretty terrible. it just has debut written all over it. the underdog trilogy, if i'm being honest, is like a poundland bridge of clay, with much poorer writing and even less action.

yes, i did find an unexpected mild enjoyment for the second novel in this series. the other thing that i personally enjoyed was the setting of these
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages – establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.

To date, Zusak has held the number one position at,, the New York Times

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