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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Review: Swim the Fly

Author: Don Calame

Release date: 1st June 2011
Genre: Humour/ Comedy / Contemporary YA Fiction
Target audience: 11+
UK Publisher: Templar

Summary from Amazon:
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. But this mission impossible starts to look easy in comparison to Matt's other challenge: to swim the 100-yard butterfly and impress the gorgeous Kelly West.


Swim the Fly is a contemporary summer read and it is bursting with boy humour. Matt, Coop and Sean are on a mission to see a real live naked girl by the end of the summer. This book is laugh out loud funny and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Every summer Matt, Coop and Sean have a challenge. Each year they get more bizarre and crazy than the last and this year is no exception. At fifteen the boys fit into the category of never having even asked a girl out. Coop reckons that in order to get one step closer to actually doing it, the first step is to actually have seen a girl naked. That way they won’t be overcome with shock or the sheer pleasure of the revelation.

But Matt gives himself an even tougher task this summer. He needs to swim the one hundred yard butterfly for his team at the championships and with his puny muscles doesn’t stand a chance. Of course, he doesn’t volunteer for this challenge out of sheer love of his team. There is a girl involved and she is all his teenage mind can think about.

As soon as I read the tagline for this book, I knew I would love it. It just exuded funny. I was in stitches reading this, laughing from the depths of my tummy. It was highly insightful to see inside the mind of a teenage boy in a very tongue in cheek way. Even Matt’s Grandpa needs advice on the ladies. Matt’s family also add humour and a touching charm to this novel.

The plot is daft, a little crazy and involves a fair amount of toilet humour. It was part romantic comedy, part coming of age story, part adventure and the balance was perfect. The novel was thoroughly engaging. The voices are superb. Calame makes each of the main boy characters sound individual. The friendship between Matt, Coop and Sean is at the heart of the book.

Swim the Fly is a feel good read. It is perfect for a sunny day. As a girl reading a guy’s point of view, it was rather educational. But most importantly, it is downright funny. I cannot wait to read more from Don Calame. This book gets a fist pump, high five or other celebratory gesture. It really is fantastic.

Thanks to Templar for sending the book to review.


junipersjungle.com said...

I've got this on order at the library, your review is making me want it to hurry up and arrive!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

All the brilliant things I've been hearing about this have made me desperate to read it.

Jules said...

I have this on my bookshelves but I still haven't read it! I really must bump it up the TBR pile a bit! :)

Liz. R said...

This one sounds really fun, I'd love to read it! I've heard a lot of good things, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review, I may have to go borrow it from the library!

Fiona said...

I have a proof copy of this which I haven't read yet. Will put it in my holiday reading pile now.

timwarp said...

I couldn't agree with your review more. I suggest you check out the sequel "Beat the Band" ASAP - another book unsafe for reading in public because you'll be laughing out loud.

Fiona said...

I have now read this and it was hilarious. Thank you for recommending it and making me fish it out of the proof pile. Off to look for Beat the Band now.