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Review: Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Published by Templar Publishing
Series: Swim the Fly #1
Source: Review copy

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. 

Swim the Fly is an awesomely funny read and a refreshingly different boy friendly offering in the YA genre.

Ever since Kindergarten Matt and his friends have set each other a list of goals for every summer. This year the most important goal for the boys is to see a real live naked girl!

This book is laugh out loud funny. I found myself chuckling away like a loon whilst reading away. The boys get into some incredibly funny situations which get worse and worse and the consequences get even more hilarious. What I loved about this book was that the author kept the laughs coming and it wasn't just one incident which held the story up. I can't begin to tell you them all but there are several that stuck with me as I was giggling away through them.

I loved the gang of boys who the story revolved around. They were all real characters who were written brilliantly well. The conversations between them were written really well to the point where I could imagine those sort of conversations going on amongst the boys I teach.

The final resolution of the book was both funny and really satisfying. Definiteky a read I would thoroughly recommend for anyone but especially for boys who are reluctant readers.


Erin said…
Noticed that Amazon has the Kindle version on sale for $1.99 until June 15. Bought it based on your recommendation! Thank you for sharing!

Erin @ Quitting My Day Job
Annette Mills said…
Very few books ever make me really laugh out loud. This one did. Loved it. You are right - great for reluctant boys. Thanks!
Oh, wow - this one sounds fabulous! Another one to add to my wishlist :D
YAY for funny books. That pushes this book a bit further up my TBR pile. I always appreciate when a book makes me laugh!
I'm in the middle of this one at the minute and its great so far :D