How I Got Carter is the story of Jackson Willard, and his discoveries on the way to catching the boy of his dreams, the incredible Carter Mulkins. Carter has always been the unattainable god of his wildest fantasies. But at the end of the summer heading into Jackson's junior year, Carter starts to show more interest in Jackson. Little by little their friendship develops, and little by little it becomes more than a friendship.
Danny Bright has been waiting all year to compete, and the day is finally here. He'll have to earn the chance to participate, and once he does, he hardly even knows what he's getting himself into. Make no mistake, it's going to be a day he never, ever forgets. He'll need every bit of his skill, savvy, and a little bit of something special to win... The Contest.
Joel is the odd man out on his cross country team. He's the only sophomore on the team and he's never spent more than an hour or two of practice with the other guys. Now he's been tapped to run in the district qualification meet and that means an overnight trip with the team. He knows he can run just as well as anyone else, but what happens when the race is over?