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Freeing Carter
     

Freeing Carter

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by Nyrae Dawn
 
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

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?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014968607
Publisher:
Nyrae Dawn
Publication date:
07/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
311,806
File size:
163 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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Freeing Carter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me so pissed off whith all the crap that happened to him. Which made me love kira even more for helping him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little heart wrenching, but a good book. Loved it!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
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.... ***************************************************************************** “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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need to read this. Im very picky with books so i thought this one was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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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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I enjoyed this book
baby11696 More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!
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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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Amazing book that touches on a tough subject that happens more then we think.Love this book!!!!!
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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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jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
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.