Getting the Girl (Underdogs) Paperback – 4 Apr 2013
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The final book in the Underdogs series, from bestselling author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
From the Back Cover
Rube never loved any of them. He just wanted each one because she was next, and why not take the next thing if it was better than the last?
Needless to say, Rube and I aren't too much alike when it comes to women.
Cameron and Ruben have always been loyal brothers. That is until Cam falls for Octavia – Rube’s latest girlfriend.
But she would never go for a guy like Cameron anyway.
An affecting, heart-felt novel from the author of the international bestseller, The Book Thief.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've just added 'Fighting Ruben Wolfe' to my Wish List and can't wait for Zusak's next offering.
This is a great read but I only gave it 4 stars because I found it more geared to the teenage market and, unfortunately, I left this age bracket some time ago (not the author's fault but my rating has to reflect what is good for me).
Aside from that, it makes a great read and it is a book that you can pick up and just read from start to finish. I had an instant liking to the main character and I would buy anything else that this author has written because he writes with style and wit.
It reminded me of "Catcher in the Rye", in that the main character is a loner struggling to find his place in the big wide world, and wanders round observing other people without actually making his own mark for most of the book. I actually preferred this book to "Catcher in the Rye", though, as it's easy to imagine it being set in any large town or city in the UK (although it is in fact actually set in Australia), and easier to identify with the "hero".
There's also the added dimension of tension between 2 brothers, after one of them starts dating the girl his much more popular older brother has unceremoniously dumped.
It's a sad, poetic book, about loneliness, love and family. It's very short (large type and few pages)but in my view well worth a read.
But if you haven't bought "The Book Thief" yet, buy that first. Because that's sadder and more poetic still.
But although The Messenger didn't disappoint, Getting The Girl was a complete let down.
The storyline is so flimsy you basically know what's going to happen long before it does. There is no guessing, there is none of the eagerness to follow on with the story and there certainly isn't the 'can't put it down' factor. It's just a story about a boy in a small town who dreams of being more than just the 'weird' quiet little brother to two young men who are very strong characters.
The undertones of stalking and obsessive behaviour didn't sit comfortably at all, especially as it's implied that no one really minds because it's just Cam being odd. It just didn't ring true, no teenage girl would enjoy that. And her family would be on the phone to the police!
I read it all the way through, hoping it would improve but at the end felt that even if I'd read this as a teenager I'd still be left feeling I'd wasted my time on this.
I didn't especially warm to Cam or any of the other characters, it all felt very forced.
Not worth your time or money unless you want a badly written book about a boy who is as interesting as mud.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. Its not a very long storey but its good for holiday reading. Don't let the bad reviews put you off this book. its a great read.Published 24 days ago by Bartug Soylemezli
Lots of spelling mistakes made me stop reading it after two chaptersPublished 11 months ago by Hannah :)
I loved The Book Thief so downloaded this author's other books. I liked them all but thought this one was particularly well written.Published on 7 Mar. 2014 by Barbara J
I chose this item because i had previously read Figting Ruben Wolfe and The Book Thief, although this is a book for teenagers i really enjoyed it, and i flew through the pages.Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by Allison Amparo
Somehow, I read this book before the others in the series which should probably have made it confusing. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by Fiction_Fan
Markus Zusak is a favourite author of mine - The Messenger in particular, as well as The Book Thief, are really great and interesting reads. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by Tricia
Getting the girl is to books what naifs are to paintings. Beautifully written in a simplistic but creative way. Read morePublished on 10 July 2011 by Simi