Jukebooks: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Brent Crawford is a very funny guy who writes the kind of YA novels that leave ninth graders howling with laughter. We’re talking humor that features boobs, dildos, diarrhea, and other verboten topics, all covered in Carter’s ADD-tinged stream of conscious narration. Hapless Carter seems an unlikely candidate to star in his high school production of Guys and Dollsand yet there he is; forgetting dance steps, zoning out on his lines, and gawking at the Hot Box Girls. The crazy thing is, Carter’s trying to pull off this whole “starring in a musical” gig without letting his guys find out. And he’s kind of in love with his leading lady. Hilarity ensues.

Carter’s big number in the musical is Luck Be A Lady. In MGM’s 1955 film version of Guys and Dolls, Marlon Brando sings this song. Didn’t know Brando could sing? Well, the clip below will not convince anyone otherwise. You will spot a young Frank Sinatra in the background; his version of Luck Be A Lady is an all-out croon. To be thorough, both versions are offered below.

If you’re hooked on Carter, don’t miss Carter’s Big Break  and Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind.

And now, Frank Sinatra!

-Diane Colson, currently reading The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (advance readers copy)