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Sophie & Carter

Sophie & Carter

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by Chelsea Fine

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While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by troubles at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care four her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two


While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by troubles at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care four her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from their troubles, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, what lies ahead for Sophie and Carter?

Editorial Reviews

Goodreads Review - Angel .
If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted, heartfelt and adorable, yet heartbreaking novella—Sophie & Carter is that book. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Goodreads Review - Misty Baker
Chelsea Fine’s novella “Sophie and Carter” is a very good example of the “gut check” I look forward to (and appreciate) when taking on a “sad” read.
Barnes and Noble Review - J Omullane
Sophie & Carter's first chapter offers and enticing altercation that grabs readers from the first word.

Product Details

Acacia Publishing, Inc. AZ
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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I'm late for English.

This is not uncommon. I have a tendency to doddle at lunch. 'Doddle' is a word my mom would use when she wanted to call me lazy. I never use it out loud, but I use it a lot in my head.

So, I'm late.

I'm running through the halls (well, let's be honest here, I'm not running. I'm walking. Casually. English doesn't excite me, so I refuse to break a sweat to get there) thinking about what my excuse for being tardy will be, and I see him.

Carter Jax.

He makes my heart stop, he makes my breaths shallow, he makes me want to sing.

I know, super corny, right? But, agh, it's true. He's not the most popular guy in school. He's not the hottest guy to ever live. But to me, he's everything.

I'm somewhat disgusted at myself for thinking such dramatic, girlie thoughts. But I can't help myself. He rocks my world. You know how parents always say things like,

"If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?"

Well, if Carter jumped off a cliff, I wouldn't just jump off after him. I'd throw myself over the ledge and dive toward the earth below so I could catch up with him and hold his hand while we plummeted to our deaths.


I'm that much of a sicko.

So anyway, Carter's in the hallway, looking at me with his quirky smile and an eyebrow raised.

He's wearing his faded jeans and blue t-shirt like he just stepped out of a magazine ad. And he easily could have.

Broad shoulders, square jaw, piercing gray eyes...everything about his appearance is pictureperfect. Everything except the scars.

I feel my heart squeeze in my chest and immediately redirect my thoughts to happier things.

Like root canals.

We walk toward one another slowly. It's just the two of us, no other students around, which is rare. We don't typically run into one another during school, at least not when we're alone. And that's how we like it.

We pretend we don't know each other at school. It's a silent understanding we've had for years. It keeps our school lives separate from our home lives and keeps us from going crazy. School is our escape.

As we near each other I absently inhale, welcoming the familiar scent of Carter's soap. It smells like the ocean. I've never been to the ocean, let alone breathed it in, but in my mind the ocean smells like Carter. Therefore, I love the ocean.

"Late again?" Carter smiles. "What's your xcuse today, Sophie?"

I love it when he says my name.

He knows me well, so he knows I'm always late or English.

"I'm thinking about blaming a faulty toilet in he girls' room." I say, as I tuck my hair behind my ear. I sound normal because I'm good at acting ormal around Carter.

He smiles.

I melt.

The conversation goes on. "I wish I was in your nglish class. I'd love to watch your teacher lecture ou on punctuality day after day..," he rolls his eyes, "...after day. Poor guy."

I smile back, because any other response (like umping into his arms and kissing him) would be stupid. "Yeah, well, AP English is for us smarties. Aren't you supposed to be in class right now too? Like, maybe Womanizing 101?"

Carter's not the most popular guy in school, but he's got some serious swagger. I hate this about him. I also love this about him.

"Ah, you know I don't need any classes on women. I've got them all figured out." He gives a cocky smile and I narrow my eyes at him, twitching my lips so I don't smile.

He's not cocky at all, but like I said, we pretend at school. We're completely different kids at school.

We're normal kids.

"Really? Figured out all the anatomical differences between our genders finally?" I tease him because I can. He lets me.

"Ah, you know very well I figured all that out years ago."

No, actually, I don't 'know very well'. But I have ears and my ears know very well.

"Women," he begins, puffing out his chest and speaking with authority, "are simple. Just compliment them all the time and they'll think you're awesome."

This, I know for a fact, is not true. Because Carter has never complimented me. And I think he's awesome.

I'm stupid. I don't care.

"And men," I counter, stepping closer because when we're at school he always shifts uncomfortably when I'm near, "are weak. Because all you have to do is pout your lips and bat your eyes and they'll do anything you say."

I bat my eyelashes a few times and hold my gaze steady as he tries not to make any expression.

I know him so well.

"Careful, Sophie." His voice is so low I can feel it brushing my waist. "Keep saying things like that and I'm not going to believe you're as innocent as you look."

He's knows all about me, so his words are empty.

We stare at each other without moving. Our breaths are silent and I'm sure my heartbeat is echoing up and down the hallway. I don't want to break our gaze, so I don't give in. Neither does Carter, which is fine with me. I'd gladly stay locked in his gaze until I died of starvation.

See? Sicko.

These rare encounters at school, when no one is around, let us act like every other high school senior.

Flirting, loitering in the hallway, breathing in each others pulse...just like normal teenagers. But in real life, I never feel like a teenager, which is why I wish moments like these would never end.

A defeated sigh tumbles down the hallway in our direction. "Can't you kids get to class on time like all the other students?" It's our principal, Mr. Westley. He sounds weary, but we know he's not mad. He's all talk.

"No." We both say at the same time as we turn our attention to him. We don't look at one another. Saying things at the same time is nothing new to us.

Mr. Westley sighs and shakes his head. "Right. Okay, then. Get to class."

He walks away without looking back to make sure we're headed to class. But our moment is over, so we're parting.

"See you later?" Carter asks. It's the hitch in his voice, the hopefulness I hear, that breaks my heart and completes me at the same time.

I wink, because it's not weird for me to wink at him. "Of course." I say. Because I'm a sure thing. We've never had sex. Or made out. Or kissed. But when it comes to me being there for him and blindly holding my heart out to him, then I'm a sure thing.

And he knows it.

And he's careful with it.

And that's why Carter Jax is my best friend.

Meet the Author

Chelsea Fine’s passion for writing began when she took a creative writing course during her studies at Arizona State University and found herself not only enjoying the class, but energized by it. She has been dabbling in fiction ever since. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two children who graciously tolerate her obsession with superheroes and complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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Sophie & Carter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Sophie & Carter is about one hundred and four pages. It's a short read, but it's a powerful one. There's no way you will put this book down until the last word. And it's even longer from your heart to let it rest. I'm still crying as I write this review. Chelsea Fine has written a beautiful, heart-melting story. She's an astonishingly talented author. I'm amazed at how strong and beautiful this story is, and can't wait to see more from this author. Sophie has lived next door to Carter since the third grade, and through the years, they've watched each other's abuse from the windows of their homes. Sophie has watched Carter's father abuse him and his mother, and Carter has watched Sophie take on the responsibly of raising her three siblings because of her mother's neglect and drug problem. Sophie's porch swing has become their meeting place at the end of day. Their sanctuary, and a place where they draw strength from one another. And where they are able to then leave, whole, to be able to face another day. But something else has been building between them in that swing they've shared, and Sophie and Carter have started to realize it. They're eighteen, and fixing to graduate high school. They're about to start their own lives. And they're facing their true feeling for each other. It's been a long time since a book has touched my heart like this one has. I will be waiting for Chelsea Fine's next book, and help me if she writes a three hundred pages book. I'll problem won't stop crying for a week lol. I highly recommend Sophie & Carter as a must, must read! This is one book you don't want to miss out on!
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Sophie & Carter's first chapter offers and enticing altercation that grabs readers from the first word. This is a dramatic love story for two kindred spirits. Sophie is a responsible and dedicated young woman that is raising her three younger siblings in the absence of her drug addicted mother. Carter is your hero and protector that is dedicated to his own tragedy. For years her endured fatal abuse at the hands of his father, and when he became a man his father abandoned the family leaving Carter to care for his Mother and her mental illness as a result of her own nightmarish abuse. Sophie and Carter are next door neighbors, and while each pretends to be the normal teenagers; they are fare from normal and help one another through their own horrible lives. This story is gut wrenching and sickening, but it offers a genuine love story that we captivate readers every inch of the way. The deep seeded love previewed between these characters is palpable and awe inspiring. This is an extremely short story will a powerful punch that will leave readers stricken far past the last page. In my experience I finished this book in just a couple hours. It was impossible to put down! BookWhisperer Recommended!!!
djfcc More than 1 year ago
This young adult-geared book is fascinating, riveting and one of those page-turners you can't put down. It is a moving story of two young people living and rising above the emotional and physical obstacles that life has put in their way. Well-written, warm and real, this book makes me look forward to the next book by this author, Chelsea Fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Powerful. Short and Sweet. The author developed a great story, with great characters, flawlessly, within about a 100 pages. Highly recommended.
onyx9 More than 1 year ago
Having seen the worst of each others deep dark secrets, it was no wonder that Sophie Hartman and Carter Jax had become the best of friends. Living next door to each other for so long, they each had a perspective on the others lives that most never saw. After being beaten for so many years by his own father, watching his mother take the abuse also, Carter had finally become strong enough to stand up for them both but only after the scars had been left and his mother had paid a high price - her sanity. Raising her siblings while at young age herself, Sophie found the strength to confront her own mother in the uncomfortable atmosphere of a strip club but with the support of Carter she could find a way to ask for the money her and the kids needed. Through out high school, Sophie and Carter kept their acquaintance and their close friendship a secret, only talking to each other in the privacy of their homes and yards. With each acting the adult of the households, it was only a matter of time before they realized the feelings they held for the other was more than just plain admiration. **** Short and sweet, this one took me by surprise how much I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this one far exceeded anything I was looking for. The book is set up with 2 different type fonts, one for Sophie and another for Carter, the format is set up somewhere between a journal entry and a "he said, she said". I have read others that have been set up like this before and found that this one is really well done. The flow between the two points of view is good and you don't seem to lose continuity like can sometimes happen in this format. What a wonderfully encouraging and inspirational story about young adults that have been able to take on so much and still came out of it as really good people, it is sad that this is probably not far from truth for some kids. I have never read Chelsea Fine before, but I will be sure to look for other books by her. I am giving this book a 4, but it does lean toward the 5 star category. Great book, I am so grateful that I was given the chance to receive this book as a free reviewers copy.
queenpanda0 More than 1 year ago
Sophie and Carter A tender loving story, that focused on two teenagers that make the most of the lifes they are handed. They become friends before either realizes it and they have always been in love. It brings reality to the fore front of the story and shows that love can be found any where and in any situation. This story is heart-wrenching, story of friendship and love that can only be found when the person knows all the truth about you. I love that the story goes from Sophie to Carter and back again. You never guessing what the other character is thinking because you read it in their actions as well as their words. I have read this story two times already and have started reading it for the third time. I highrecommend this book to everyone, you wont be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ksoo, i read the sample, and it was great! Im definitly buying the full version. I recommend it to anyine whos in the mood for a great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very different narrative twist and I loved the way the author shifted back and forth between the two perspectives of the dual-MC's. It was truly riveting to see, fish-bowl style, their dysfunctional and tragic lives up close. What was really interesting is how much alike they were on the inside, regardless of gender. Two kids that live next door to each other witness the systematic abuse of the other over their mutual childhood and find solace in each other...as friends. When graduations looms they ask themselves (both without the other knowing), if they can bridge the gap to romance. Sophie and Carter are terrified to trust...can they overcome their fear, left my circumstance, to achieve real joy? I loved this books guts! (Read it and you'll see what I mean with that!) The only small flaw ( and it really isn't one), I wanted MORE! This is a short read and I was left wanting to see what would evolve from the pair in the future... Keep writing, Chelsea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoulutly amazing book, I wish I could read it all over again like i never read it before. Although I'm a sucker for teen romance books this one was so much more. Sophie and carter had something real that made you believe in love lasting forever. I'd reccomend this to anyone
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
Sophie and Carter is a very simple, short story. It is about a boy and girl who both come from troubled family backgrounds. They’ve suffered abuse in the past, whether it’s emotional or physical, and each day is still a struggle for them. Both of them are best friends and they both look forward to each night when they would sit on the porch swing and share each other’s company. I liked the way the chapters alternates between Sophie and Carter’s point of views. Both of them have their own fonts, so it’s easy to remember and distinguish whose point of view you’re reading. Also, it’s quite obvious which is a male and which is a female point of view. For example: Sophie: I’ve got five hours until everyone’s in bed… until I have a minute to think… until I can connect with the only person who really knows me. Carter. (p. 18) Carter: I stretch my neck and start walking to the living room. Just a few more hours until I can relax. (p. 24) Of course, you can easily guess which point of view belongs to who because only a girl would count the hours! Guys aren’t as detailed as girls are, after all. Sometimes, their narrations would overlap for certain events. Other times, it wouldn’t. The overlapping narrations were good because we can understand where both of them are coming from. There are just a couple of things that nagged at the bookworm inside of me. The story lacked depth. There were many issues that weren’t explored in a deeper level. In fact, few issues were explored at a deeper level, besides the ones connected with their individual pasts. Another thing is the repetition of certain actions or phrases. Sophie used the “I love his/her guts!” way too many times. If I were to read the book aloud, that phrase would sound pretty awkward and unnecessary. Carter stretches his neck way too many times. I don’t know if that’s a bad habit he has or what, but it was too repetitive in the story. Nevertheless, despite the slight oddities mentioned, the story is captivating. It can be read in under an hour and the story isn’t really complicated despite the darker themes, but its simplicity is the drawing point. It doesn’t go too much into technicalities. There’s always something going on in the story. Whether it’s family problems, bad past, jealousy, plans for the future, or other issues. After I finished reading the book, I promptly reread it. Nowadays, it’s harder to find secular Young Adult books that are clean. I was happy that this book is a clean read. It’s definitely one of its plus points. Another plus point would be the issues touch upon in this book. Sophie and Carter are teenagers with adult problems. They are forced to grow up and take more responsibility than they should be having at their age. Despite all their problems and no matter how bleak their future seem to be, they find hope in each other. They encourage each other in their own little ways. Their friendship and relationship is just so sweet! There is a touch of innocence in it with could be incongruous (but isn’t) due to what they’ve went through. Conclusion: I was surprised to read that Sophie & Carter is the author’s debut book. While there could be improvements, the storyline is good and the writing, for the most part, varied and interesting. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through the Review the Book book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a book u can read over and over with out getting bored which means alot coming from me cz i nv rd
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but not my favorite.
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Short story but worth the read.
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rtkj More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. This is a short read, but Chelsea Fine has managed to fit so much in a few pages. It is the "day" read at the beach.
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Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel! It isn't long at all, but it isn't too short either. Usually with shorter books you feel like more could have happened, but I think since Chelsea kept the story so simple and tried not to make it too deep it worked perfectly. I still wish it was a longer book, because I loved the story so much, but I think it is perfect the way it is. Chelsea and Carters characters are wonderfully done and I love their relationship. The way their interact with each other is so graceful and beautiful. It really just calms you think about how easy they move around each other. I highly recommend this novel to everyone everywhere who loves YA and I cannot wait to read more from Chelsea Fine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book"!