Saturday, June 18, 2011

REVIEW: Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Title: Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Pages: 336
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Publication Date: 9th May, 2011
Format: Paperback
Source: Publicist

Summary (Goodreads):

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. 

Now. What can I say about Swim the Fly, apart from that it was one of the funniest, most entertaining books I've read in a long, long time? I know that whatever I write here will not do the book justice, but know that while I'm writing this, I can't stop smiling, remembering all the fun I had whilst reading the novel. It kinda looks like this:

Matt, Sean and Coop are best friends and every summer, the boys set themselves a goal to be reached by the end (of summer). But this year has got to be one of the hardest yet: to see a real, live naked girl. Now you're interested, right? The lengths these guys will go to to try and achieve their target and beat the other two is extraordinary, and I can guarantee that you will be laughing out loud! But that isn't all.. we also get to see Matt with another mission on his hands: to swim the (100 yard) butterfly - one of the hardest strokes EVER, in effort to impress his crush, the gorgeous Kelly West.

There wasn't one moment in the book where I felt like putting the book down at all, and I couldn't bear parting with it when I actually had to go do something! There was so many exciting characters, Grandpa Arlo, just springs to mind when I think about them! He was - I can't even explain! You'll have to see for yourself! All the secondary characters as well as the main ones were well-developed and interesting and just so REAL.

Being a girl, you probably wouldn't think I'd be up for reading such a 'boy-ish novel' but I have to say that Swim the Fly is as fantastic for the girls as is it is for the boys. I mean, an insight into the world of those weird-creatures we call boys? Who WOULDN'T be up for that?! Let's form an orderly queue, girls! 

Don Calame has created a side-splittingly HI-LARIOUS, coming-of-age novel that will be loved by many, I'm sure. (Especially teenage boys :3). As well as being laugh-out-loud funny, Calame has managed to weave in fresh, snappy dialogue, engaging subplots and a dynamic cast, and then there's the most horribly embarrassing bits which I can't even BEGIN to describe. #teensFTW. Each page has been paced with the utmost care in an expert manner and it flows soooo well.

Swim the Fly is YA 'dude-lit' at its utter best and I can't possibly recommend this to you enough. It's the kind of book that SCREAMS to be on the big screen. ARE THERE ANY BIG-SHOT MOVIE-PEEPS LISTENING? ;)

The short version: THIS IS ME, TELLING YOU TO BUY THIS. The *perfect* book to be relaxing with this summer! It'll be a highly-memorable experience you definitely won't forget!

Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. This books sounds so funny! Your review has made me wan to read it!

    Is that Santana from Glee in that smiley video?


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