Swim the Fly – Don Calame

This book had incredibly boyish humour that was outlandish and silly. But to be honest, I found myself laughing out loud every now and then!

Synopsis

Three adolescent boys with a single goal: see a real live naked girl. The result? Razor-sharp, rapid-fire, and raunchy, of course. And beyond hilarious.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time — quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team. In the spirit of Hollywood’s blockbuster comedies, screenwriter-turned-YA-novelist Don Calame unleashes a true ode to the adolescent male: characters who are side-splittingly funny, sometimes crude, yet always full of heart.

Review

This book had incredibly boyish humour that was outlandish and silly. But to be honest, I found myself laughing out loud every now and then!

The motives were crazy, the laxative scene was insane, bootcamp was the best, and the constant plotting was ridiculous. The story read more like the screenplay for a sitcom. What a zany summer romp!

I’m glad Matt came to his senses regarding Kelly, and like how innocent the boys were. I have to admit, I ruined some of the best scenes (e.g. “That’s what she said night”) by reading the top quotes ahead of time. Still, there were enough fresh scenes to be enjoyable. The plot was generally predictable, but I’m glad Matt ended up where he did.

I think Coop was the most insecure with his appearance and relationships (romantic and among the three amigos). I wish he would chill every now and then. Ahh, the growing pains of youth. I’m confident these three boys will all end up okay, but I don’t care enough about Sean and Coop to read about the rest of their exploits.

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  • Winger – Andrew Smith
  • Slice – Steven Herrick

Rating: 3/5

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