Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review - "Swim the Fly'' by Don Calame

Publisher - Candlewick Press
Release Date - April 14, 2009
Number of Pages - 368
Series - Swim the Fly #1

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.

My Thoughts:
 1.This was fun and hilarious! SO much different from regular YA. It felt like an adventure book, but without dragons, beasts and unicorns.
2. The main character and his sidekicks were awesome, very realistic and definitely not flat.
3. Unlike most YA books, it did not end on a cliffhanger. The ending was very clear.
4. I recommend this to everyone. Even to those who refuse to read anything that does not have vampires in it.

Rating - A+


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