Getting the Girl

Getting the Girl

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Getting the Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
In Getting the Girl, Markus Zusak takes us into the world of Cameron Wolfe, a high school boy living in the shadow of his older siblings: Steve who's smart and driven and successful at everything he does, Sarah who works hard, and Ruben, a fighter who earns the respect of all the guys in the neighborhood and who easily gets any woman he wants.

But Cameron is a loner, with no friends outside his family, no girls to go out with, and nothing to do at night but wander the streets around his home. Things start to change for Cam when Octavia comes into his life. Octavia is the latest in a long line of girls dumped by Ruben. Cam sees her as different from the rest, and when she makes it known she's interested in him, Cam doesn't hesitate. But how does he open up to someone when he's so used to being alone? And how does he tell Ruben that's he's dating one of his ex-girlfriends?

Cameron is an unlikely hero. Quiet and unassuming, he's caught between wanting to find someone who appreciates him for what he is and wanting to be more than what he lets others see of him. Getting the Girl delves into complex issues of family and the roles played by different members, and finding a way to be true to yourself while not being overshadowed by more forceful personalities.

Markus Zusak has a way of writing that makes you forget you're reading about a fictional character and instead think you could run into Cam Wolfe on the street one day. Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe this book just wasnt for me, but the main character-Cameron Wolfe seems really odd. In a way, this book freaked me out. no offense to those who liked it. I kept reading and I thought it was ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of curses and gay stuff. No go, bro.
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Marin More than 1 year ago
this book was great. I enjoyed reading it. I read it as a freshmen in highschool along with "fighting ruben wolfe" (which was also good) and they were unforgettable because of such a unique story line. i recommend it to anyone who is just looking for somthing different to read. its not your regular love story..
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really good. i loved how realistic his problems seem and i think alot of people can relate to the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this after fighting ruben wolfe and it was great! both stories are from cameron's point of view, although it still focuses on other people. it shows how he lives and grows as a young man. and getting the girl really shows that. i like the realistic family bonding and fighting that the book has, the family-no matter what-are theer for each other!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cameron Wolfe is the youngest sibling in his family, and yet he feels that he is the least important one in the family. He feels that nobody really cares, just as long as he does his chores, and does everything he is asked. He has two older brothers, and an older sister. He doesn¿t really talk to his sister, she keeps mostly to herself. His closet to age brother, Ruben talks to him a lot, and they get along great, until one of Rube¿s girlfriends come over, and he slowly falls into love with her. His oldest brother Steve, plays soccer, and is very well known for it. Everyone wants him on his team, and Cameron wants to be just like him. When Ruben brings home his ¿new¿ girlfriend, Octavia, Cameron falls deeply in love with her. She¿s not like the other girlfriends Ruben brings home. She actually cares for him, and acts like he is a human being. After awhile he starts writing on small pieces of paper what he feels. They become the major part of the book. He writes as though he is distant from himself. When Ruben breaks up with Octavia, Cameron takes advantage of it, and throws himself at Octavia, who gives in and they start hanging out. Ruben finds out and throws a couple punches at Ruben, and then Octavia¿s and Ruben¿s relationship is over. From then on they fight to keep each other close. There became many fights to show each brother that they are still brothers for life. In the end, Cameron saves Ruben¿s life, and never really gets the girl back. In the last piece of writing he writes. He writes about how its not about getting the girl, its about how the girl gets you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I read Fighting Ruben Wolfe this year and I loved it just as much. In Getting the Girl, the story focuses more on Cameron rather than on both Rube and Cam. Also, Steve and Sarah's characters were more developed. I felt like I could really relate with Cameron and his family, and I think that everyone could in some way. I recommend this book to anyone, but I sugest that you read Fighting Ruben Wolfe frist. This book rocks!