Getting the Girl

Getting the Girl

by Markus Zusak

Hardcover(1 AMER ED)

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Overview

Cameron Wolfe is the quiet one in his family, not a soccer star like his brother Steve or a charming fighter with a new girl every week like his brother Rube. Cam would give anything to be near one of those girls, to love her and treat her right. He especially likes Rube's latest, Octavia, with her brilliant ideas and bright green eyes. But what woman like that would want a loser like him? Maybe Octavia would, Cam discovers. Maybe he'd even have something to say. And those maybes change everything: winning, loving, losing, the Wolfe brothers, and Cameron himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439389495
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2003
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.57(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Markus Zusak is the award-winning author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both Michael L. Printz Honor Books. Markus Zusak's writing career began in high school, where he led a "pretty internal existence. . . . I always had stories in my head. So I started writing them." He lives with his wife and two children in Sydney, Australia, where he is currently working on his new novel Bridge of Clay.

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Getting the Girl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.
MarcusH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Portions of this review were originally posted at LuxuryReading.com:Getting the Girl continues to focus on Cameron¿s youthful struggle to connect with the world around him. Cameron longs to experience love firsthand. He lucks out when an ex-girlfriend of Ruben¿s seeks him out. The girl engulfs Cameron in a blanket of intense emotion that makes him feel complete in one moment torn apart in another. Through the experiences with the girl, however, Cameron begins to realize his self worth. As the final book in the Wolfe Brother's Trilogy, Getting the Girl calls upon the readers' memories of their own struggle with understanding love as a teenager.I highly recommend reading each novel in the series, but this one stands out from the rest.
brigitte64 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I didn`t mind the cussing it made the story more real. A good look inside how yung men feel and struggle going through lifeIt`s not as good as the joker or bookthief but still a very powerfull and emotional book.
mrstreme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wanting to read more beautiful prose by Markus Zusak, I stumbled into the final story of a trilogy for young adult readers. Haven't read the first two, I languished over the insighful Getting The Girl, the story of Cameron Wolfe and his challenges being the youngest brother to popular older brothers.Cameron was a loner, and through Zusak, he comes alive to show the anguish and sometimes-fun of being a teenage boy in Australia. Cameron might have liked to be alone, but he was typical boy - girl crazy, liked sports and wondered what people thought about him. At the end of each chapter, the book changes font, and we get a deeper look into Cameron through his journal writings. It's in these writings that we see the true Cameron.Admittedly, Getting the Girl can't be loved for its plot - for it really doesn't have one - but it can be appreciated for Zusak's lyrical writing style and showcasing of the human spirit. If my boys were older, I would definitely add this book to their shelves. I hope to read the first two books, The Underdog and Fighting Ruben Wolfe, in order next year. Until then, Getting the Girl was a satisfying read - not in the same class as The Book Thief - but a book that's perfect for young adults who, like Cameron, are struggling to find themselves. Markus Zusak knows how to speak to that generation.
RyitGrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantastic look into lonerism in teenaged boys and what its like to long for love from a male perspective. Brilliant, Genius!Can't fault except to say that I hate the name change.Other than that I have to say Markus Zusak himself is a lovely and humble man who not only is a literary genius but still takes the time to listen to his readers.Beautiful.
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!