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Me and Carlos

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  949 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A darkly comic reflection on American class divides and coming-of-age regrets by Tom Perrotta, the New York Times bestselling author of Election and The Leftovers.

Henry “Digger” Diller has never been anyone’s MVP—he’s the guy who gets called up from jayvee soccer when the star player gets hurt, and who volunteers to take his crush’s best friend to the prom. But Digger is p
Kindle Edition, 24 pages
Published July 16th 2020 by Amazon Original Stories
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Perrotta does a fine job at chronicling the thoughts of a teen age boy in this short story aimed at young adults. Jealousy is a tricky thing to master, and sometimes it gets the better of us. There's also a ripped-from-today's-headlines element that makes for a powerful read.


This was a lucky Goodreads giveaway win for me, but you can pick up a copy for under two bucks - FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
Elyse  Walters
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook by Jackson White ....

This is a terrific powerful short story. It’s only 49 minutes long.

I had questions about the ending - including not wanting it to end....
But this was a great book to listen to after finishing “How to Be an Antiracist”...another GREAT BOOK .....( review on that one later)....
I’m in need of pool time and a shower....
So forgive my lazy reviews... ( or not).... lol

If you love author Tom Perrotta....can afford to spend a little over a dollar....
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This short story is classic Tom Perrotta, including the combination of honesty and naïveté that one comes to expect from his characters. Here, he touches on the topic of undocumented immigration, through the lens of a presumably white, suburban teen (Digger), who is mostly concerned about soccer and prom. The premise of the story - Digger befriends an undocumented immigrant named Carlos - fails to make any revelations or insights beyond the obvious. Perhaps the simplicity of the story is the poi ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom Perrota is one of my favorite authors. The first book I recall reading from him was Little Children. I have not read that book in years but I remember falling in love with the plot and the characters. I have since read most of his novels,my favorite being Bad haircuts:Stories from the seventies!

I love the nostalgia from this book,it reminds me so much of high school. All the teenage angst,first loves and infatuation came rushing back to me! While I did feel that this never had a full in def
Kasa Cotugno
This is a slight book with familiar material which says a lot in few words. I can understand Tom Perotta's reasons for not fleshing out the story any further -- no more really needs to be said. But everyone has something from their past they wish could be undone, whether or not there were any resultant consequences. ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - It was really good.

An impactful story considering its incredibly short length.
First Sentence: I’m the hardest-working person I know.
Sean Kottke
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Perrotta is a master observer of white middle class suburbia. This quick coming of age story lacks his satiric eye and instead goes for earnest, though muted, social commentary. The problem is that the protagonist really doesn't come of age; he experiences jealousy, has "a moment," brown-skinned characters suffer, and the protagonist moves on, feeling a tinge of guilt, but otherwise unchanged and looking forward to the bright future his white privilege affords. Maybe that's Perrotta's point, tha ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I was very happy to win a copy of Me and Carlos in a Goodreads giveaway. I'm a huge Tom Perrotta fan. This is an excellent short story, so my only complaint is I was left wanting more. It's very short and can be read in a single sitting. Tom Perrotta is the master of "suburban coming of age." This story revolves around a teenage boy who plays on his high school soccer team. He welcomes a new kid named Carlos from Honduras into their tight knit group of friends. And that changes the dynamic of th ...more
Angus McKeogh
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty good short piece that touches on high school life and the current immigrant situation. Waiting on Perrotta’s next novel.
I took like, a month-long break in between reading this short story because it felt so random and boring, and immediately after finishing it I was like, damn the protagonist was insufferable and what was the point of any of that, but then I reread the synopsis's first line, A darkly comic reflection on American class divides and coming-of-age regrets, and realized that Henry's self-involvedness and being so far removed from Carlos's reality was the point. Interesting how Henry also was just an o ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
My first audiobook ever! Because of the ominous cover and description I though this was going to be a thriller, haha. I was very wrong but the story was fine.

The MC, Digger, was a funny narrator since he was pretty unlikable and morally grey. (Author Tom Perrotta writes a very realistic teenager). The content was okay as well.

I liked it, but I probably won’t read it again
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very timely short story about Digger and Carlos, their friendship, their girl problems, and their jealousies. I've read and enjoyed Perrotta's other books so I knew I'd like this one even though I'm not usually a fan of short stories. But there's a lot packed in a short number of pages so it's realistic and very relevant to current events.
Thanks to Goodreads for this giveaway!
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I’m always excited for anything from Tom Perrotta, even a short story, but this was a little too message-y for me. Not that I don’t agree with the message! But it sort of felt like an after school special.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting short story

Interesting short story about a teen and his friendship with the new kid in school. Well written, capturing the self obsessed nature of a teenager.
Brenden Day
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
As short as this story is, it still managed to make me evaluate my way of thinking on certain things. Very powerful message in a small package.
Jon Koebrick
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Me and Carlos is a good short story. Perrotta is always fun to read.
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
3+ rating.
This is a novella that can be read quickly in one sitting, as I did. It’s more a coming of age story between two boys in high school. Carlos is one of them, a new student from Honduras. The other is called Digger, who befriends him. A simple story of friends, sports, competition and teen angst.

One impressive idea from a teacher revolved around recognizing depressed and suicidal students who may need intervention. It gave the students the opportunity to anonymously report their peers f
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

Very engaging short read. The audio book was even much better and it was only 49 minutes long. The author's writing is remarkable as if he was writing a memory from his childhood, a memoir of his past. I couldn't help feeling the ambition and determination coming out from the main character. Jealousy is an ugly thing and the main character may somehow seems to be less compassionate to some readers. Yet it is very real. The main character is not perfect and that makes me love the story mo
Dulce Natalie
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I thought I was going to read a story but honestly, this felt more like a summary of events. You could even say an essay about a time you regret. The title implies that it is about two boys but really it's just one boy who is telling the story and sharing his feelings of jealousy and regret. I didn't feel like there was much plot or anything deeper than a summary of events. The boy telling the story is jealous and doesn't seem to really learn anything from his actions. I would not read this agai ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Story of Two Boys with Different Futures

This coming-of-age story, is a first-person, late high school narrative of "Digger," an okay member of a high school soccer team. The storyline focuses on Digger's insecurities among his subgroup of team players, all preparing for college and trying to be recognized.

The storytelling describes Digger's friendship and changing perspectives of Carlos, a new soccer-playing student from Honduras. Digger's own self-centered approach to friendships makes him more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good short interlude.
Thought provoking.
Brought up many thoughts but, in less than an hour, didn't have time to deeply delve into many. That left it up to the reader.
Some of the topics of HS, sports, prom (or this year lack thereof), college, immigration, etc. etc. were relatable to me.
It was easy to listen to but some of the content was hard to hear. Narrator + Jackson White
Certainly a well spent 45 minutes!
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The good kind of ashamed

I remember reading one of Robert Heinlein’s books, where a main character wrote under several different names in several different genres. In the midst of writing a serious tear jerker, he commented to a good friend something along the lines of “I really have no shame at all, heartless really, or I would never write anything like this”.
This was shameless. But beautiful anyway.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was an okay book, it's a short story (49 minutes if listened). I listened to the free Kindle Audible version, it's from the same author that wrote Mrs. Fletcher. I guess I was expecting more. It's about a kid in high school who is an outsider, then Carlos moves to town and they become friends. Probably more for high school kids or young adults. It was quick and easy and I listened to it on a morning walk. ...more
Jeffrey Hart
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Carlos is a Mexican-American kid who come to the narrator's school and immediately distinguishes himself as good a math and soccer. The narrator befriends Carlos but when Carlos proves to be better at soccer and at wooing narrator's first choice for the prom, the narrator thinks to out Carlos as the child of illegal immigrants. I listened to the audio book which was fairly short. Tom Perrotta decided to make the narrator into a shallow person that the reader will probably not admire. ...more
Mary Vogelsong
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Me and Carlos is a short read. I didn't realize that when I made the purchase.
The plot progression is subtle. The most forward prgression deals with the character arc and internal dialog of the main character. Very little of the plot is physical. This character arc is played out with only mild success. It is a little story that gives you a little to think about.
Miranda R
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perotta captured the essence of a shitty teenage boy with the main character, Digger. Very relevant story on today’s culture created by Trump’s obsession with the border and “outsiders.” Story left kind of open so you can definitely hope for the best - which I will too. Really excellent writing by Mr Perotta!
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I was enjoying this until I got to the end and it appeared that the author intended this simply as a political statement. I read to get away from politics.
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
Excellent story about class differences and the desperate lives of those on the run.
Alan Wolk
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tom Perrotta has always been one of my favorite authors because he's one of the few current writers who actually gets what middle and upper middle class life is like in the predominantly white suburbs of the Northeast and he's been "getting" it since his early works 20+ years ago. You would think there would be more writers who could reflect this world, but Perrotta is pretty much it. (Though happy to hear suggestions about others who do I may not be aware of.)

"Me and Carlos" is a very accurate
Bobby Keniston
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tom Perrotta Shines With This Timely Short Story

I have been a fan of Mr. Perrotta for years--- I may be one of the only people in the world who read "Election" before seeing the movie and actually preferred the book. I have always enjoyed his short stories, particularly his collection "Bad Haircut".
" Me and Carlos" takes the deceptively simple premise of the new kid in class and the narrator who feels overshadowed by him, and turns it into a timely meditation on race and what privilege really m
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Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston. ...more

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