REVIEW: Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak

Getting the Girl by Markus ZusakGetting the Girl
By Markus Zusak
Completed November 26, 2010

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.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. raidergirl3
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 21:54:12

    I’ve read Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and I really like it. It was sweet, with, as you said, Zusak’s strong style. I wish my library had this book too.

    Not as strong as I Am the Messenger and The Book Thief, but you can see the writer he would become. When is his newest book coming out? Bridge of Clay I believe it is called.

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  2. bermudaonion
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 21:57:03

    The book must be pretty good if it stood up that well even though you read it out of order.

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    • mrstreme
      Nov 27, 2010 @ 22:36:49

      Looking at other reviews, I guess Getting the Girl is strong enough to “stand on its own” – but I bet the other two books will offer more insight into the third one!

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