By Brent Crawford
This perfectly-titled, frantically funny book tells the tale of young Everydude, Carter, who’s just starting high school full of attitude, testosterone and social clumsiness. He wants fit in, to be known. He wants to meet girls. He joins the football team, demos his best diving stunts, joins the conversation. Invariably he starts out well, but he like, you know, loses focus, deviates, not through lack of talent, but, um like, because of his like wondering, empathic, inquiring mind which darts from this to that, him to her. Call him distractible; call him ADD; Call him A-D-O-L-E-C-E-N-T B-O-Y. But by whatever name, he misses the field goal, loses the girl, falls flat, gets slapped.
The day does dawn, however, when opportunity calls and Carter’s kind, optimistic heart responds. It shoves him in quintessentially impulsive Carter style into the audition of/for his life. Spoiler alert!-- He gets the role; He gets the girl; and finally, he “gets” himself.
Get this book. You know this guy. ‘Gotta love him.
Reviewed by Vivian