Freeing Carter [NOOK Book]

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His whole life Carter’s fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants. To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free. And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on ...
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Freeing Carter

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Overview

His whole life Carter’s fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants. To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free. And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on her own.

It isn't like she has a problem. Mom loves them. If she doesn't drink every day, she's not really an alcoholic, right?

Wrong.

Then Kira Dawson, a girl with a bipolar wardrobe and rotating hairstyles comes to town. Somehow, she sees the truths he hides from the world. “You have skeletons, too, Carter Shaw. Don’t think I don’t know it.” For the first time, he wants someone to see his inner scars—to really know him.

When his mom finally goes too far, will Carter be able to man-up, even if it means turning his back on her and stepping out from behind the façade he’s fought so hard to keep in place?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014968607
  • Publisher: Nyrae Dawn
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 59,959
  • File size: 159 KB

Meet the Author

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction.

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.


I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    A 1st grader can wtite better.

    Worst book I have ever read. Don't bother waisting your money; its only 150 pages and it seems to be TRIPLE space. Carter has to be the most annoying charter I've read about. His POV is so STUPID; he is so ignorant. Kira is the only person I liked in the book; I actually thought she had the bipolar disorder like it say in the review but he just used that to explain her attitute wich I found it insulting my sister has bipolar & you cant just call someone bipolar when there not. This book os just a waist of money maybe because of the way Carter speaks to the audience I'm not sure but its simply the waist of your time and money.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    Sometimes teenagers carry too much on their shoulders. Their for

    Sometimes teenagers carry too much on their shoulders. Their forced to deal with burdens that are not theirs. It's make them grow up too fast and creates bitterness in their hearts for having something forced on them too fast, too young. This story is amazing!

    What I loved about this story, is the plot. Carter is a faced with a home life that is starting to show. He can't fake his facade any more. And just when he is about to break down he meets Kira. A happy go-lucky gal who can without a doubt, see right through him. I loved that the plot never sways from the importance of Carter finding the truth. He does his best to put it "out of sight,out of mind." But it always comes back to haunt him.

    The love interest is Carter's coping mechanism It reminds Carter of who he is really is and what he should be doing. Kira touches his heart in ways the were never before. She brings peace to him when he needs an escape. And she is first and foremost his friend. Even though she knew from the beginning what Carter is hiding, she doesn't push him but slowly brings him to recognition of what he must do. It's like she was he guardian angel, bring him to the light. Beautiful yet, amazing.

    Freeing Carter is another great debut that you can not miss. It's brings such a heart-breaking situation to light, slowly tearing down every wall that Carter created. Freeing Carter is an amazing yet true scenario of what some teens experiences. Teens are too busy trying to save others, when teens just need someone to saves them as well. Impossible to turn away, Freeing Carter is flawless.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Book

    It made me so pissed off whith all the crap that happened to him. Which made me love kira even more for helping him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Gg

    Hate this book very boring i stoped reading it at page one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Ry

    ?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Great story!

    A little heart wrenching, but a good book. Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Carter is hiding things from his friends, a side of him he doesn

    Carter is hiding things from his friends, a side of him he doesn’t want them to see. He doesn’t want them to see the Carter that takes care of a drunken mom late at night. He wants them to see ‘normal Carter’; the one who has a beautiful girlfriend, the one who loves basketball more than anything. But things are starting to slowly fall apart for him. And all it takes is a free spirited girl named Kira to shake up his world and show him he doesn’t have to hide…that he can be free.

    I am not sure I have ever read a book with a male POV throughout the entire book. I liked it though. Nyrae did an awesome job making Carter sound convincingly enough like a guy should sound…not at all what I am used to with some female authors. Sometime they make the guys sound robotic or nothing at all male. But I fell in love with Carter from the beginning.

    What I loved about the book was the author took something like alcoholism and shined a light right in its ugly face. She didn’t sugarcoat it and make it something cute and fun. She showed what a lifetime of it can do to a person, to a family. The pain it brings to a family and the repercussions.

    But Nyrae also showed us that all it takes is one person to open your eyes and show you the world doesn’t have to be at all like you make it. It can be beautiful and free of restrictions. And I am not just talking about Kira opening Carter’s eyes…but also the other way around. Kira is trying to find out who she is among the world…and Carter may be just the guy to help her along the way to finding herself.

    Freeing Carter is a real quick read that had me hooked from the beginning…when I see how devoted Carter is to his mom. It’s hard not to like him when he is such a good kid. I spent all of my free time reading it, eager to know what would happen between Carter and Kira. And when I finished it I knew I had to read more of Nyrae’s work.

    Fave quotes....
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    “It’s no longer a game. The second she started this truth, I knew that. We really are baring our souls and if there’s anyone I want to show what’s inside of me, it’s her.”

    ******************************************************************************
    “I like you”. Another one of my truths.
    “I like you, too. Truth or Dare?” she asks. And I know this is enough truths for one night. That we both need a break just to be.
    “Dare.”
    “I dare you to kiss me.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!"!!!:)

    Need to read this. Im very picky with books so i thought this one was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Great book

    I think kira isnt really biopoloar bur im not sure cuz they dont talk bout it in the book but i LOVED the book overall i would totally recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Good read

    I enjoyed this book

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Loved it!!

    Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    eh

    predictable

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    One word

    This book is so amazing. Im reading it again. Lol i have told my whole cheer team about it and thy all love it so far! <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Wow....wow

    Amazing book that touches on a tough subject that happens more then we think.Love this book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Good book

    I really enjoyed this book, Nyrae has a way with writing from guys pov that I love.Carter was no.exception!

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

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    Beautifully Meaningful

    Nyrae has this amazing talent to craft stories that are so beautifully meaningful. Freeing Carter is no different. It's more than a story of a boy falling in love. It's story of the lengths people will go to take care of their family. The lengths people will go just to fit in and feel like they belong. The lengths people will go to hide the dangers they have to deal with.
    Carter Shaw is good at hiding himself. His mother is an alcoholic and Carter constantly is helping her and hiding it in the process. He watches out for this younger sister Sara. He dates Mel because he can, because she makes him feel more normal than ever. Carter also owns the basketball court... what he's good at, his release. Then Kira Dawson enters his life and she makes him question his decisions. Makes him question his choices and what he's worked so hard to hide. It's not one-sided though. Kira wants to know who she is and Carter just may be the person to help her.
    I really enjoy how Nyrae can take issues and turn them into beautiful stories. We've all been there where we do things just to feel normal. Where we do things we may not really want to just to fit in. Where we hide things that we don't want people to see. And most of the time all it ends up doing is hurting ourselves. Carter is that guy in this story. He's good-looking, popular, a guy everyone loves. Yet behind those smiles is a boy with a hidden home world. I loved how much Carter looked out for his family, only a person with a heart like Carter's would take on so much. Watching him meet Kira and finally start to crack made me love him even more. He's strong and he makes the decisions that have to made, not always the ones that he wanted to make. And, I admired him for it.
    The issues in this book are written so well. It centers around alcoholism and figuring out who you are. Yet, Nyrae doesn't make the alcoholism freighting... she puts a loving face on it. A face you would never want to believe has gone too far. It was different than the drunks you normally imagine and that made me love this book so much more because alcoholism hits home with me. Overall, this book was a fantastic read and if you're thinking about reading it... definitely give it a shot.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    The story opens with Carter responsibly helping his drunk mother

    The story opens with Carter responsibly helping his drunk mother into bed. Freeing Carter is a real look into the relationships in a family affected by alcoholism. Carter is a star point guard for his high school, has a hot girlfriend, and an alcoholic Mom. Carter goes through some classic enabler feelings as he tries to protect his 6yo sister with Down't Syndrome. Then Kiera enters Carter's life with an understanding and insight into his life that he keep guarded from everyone. Kiera is a beautiful person changing styles from day to day and treating Carter's sister with great respect. With Kiera's help, Carter begins to face his situation with strength rarely seen in someone his age.

    If you haven't read a Nyrae Dawn book yet, I highly recommend them. I have read all of her books and love the prospective of the guys point of view. She gives you insight in the male psyche of young men who are respectful and have an inner strength. The romance sweetly builds and becomes a beautiful rainbow of emotions. Her books are grounded in reality and fleshed out characters that entice the reader to not want to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Wow

    One word....AMAZING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Dawn has really nailed the pain and shame a kid in an addictive

    Dawn has really nailed the pain and shame a kid in an addictive family
    member deals with. WOW. So not a work I would have expected. I don't
    know why I am at such a loss for words, but I am. INCREDIBLY good. I
    love Kira and her free thinking personality- and most importantly, I
    love how even she isn't perfect. Real characters- real HARD issues and
    fantastic story. Entertaining, without being depressing. It sounds like
    it wouldn't be possible, but this author did it!!! Do me a favor. Read
    this- then have your teen read it. Then TALK ABOUT IT- what a great
    book to use for covering tough subjects!!! A+++++

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    I was fortunate to read to Freeing Carter before it released. I

    I was fortunate to read to Freeing Carter before it released. I thought it was a truly meaningful story of a boy with way too much responsibility on his shoulders, and his road to being &quot;free&quot;.

    Nyrae Dawn is an excellent &quot;character writer&quot;. Her stories always have characters who reel me in with their quiet, emotionally packed narrative. Carter was no exception. As his burden increased, I felt the panic in his &quot;voice&quot;. He's a boy who wants to do right by his family, but also needs to learn to do right by himself. Kira was a fun chick to get to know. A true free spirit, she is exactly what Carter needs in his life. She has issues of her own, but is so strong and handles herself beautifully.

    Freeing Carter is an emotional journey more than an plot heavy story. That's something that I really enjoy about Dawn's books. This was another really good read from a favorite author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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