Call the Shots (Swim the Fly, #3)
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Call the Shots (Swim the Fly #3)

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And . . . action! As the uproarious trio returns, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight — scripting a low-low-budget film while fielding unexpected female fans.

Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean’s point of view. What’s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and M...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press
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The final book in the series???

Fun, adolescent male humor that (based upon the reviews and video for the book) evidently appeals to females as well. Maybe for insight into the minds of teenage boys? I wouldn't think it too difficult to figure out, but as a former teenage boy myself, what do I know? Or maybe it is to simply laugh at the stupidity of my gender?

I've loved hanging with Matt, Coop, and Sean throughout their adventures in this series and their ability to make me literally laugh out lo...more
It has been a while since I first read Swim the Fly, and then Beat the Band is always checked out. So for me, "Call the Shots" is a stand-alone, even though it is the third book in this cycle. Either way, it is funny and plays like a good guy-centered comedy. While the other titles came first, they aren't necessary to enjoying this entry.

I don't love Sean as a character; he's cautious and nerdy and sniffs his hand whenever he's anxious. Which is much of the time. But he is a fine example of Star...more
Finally, it's Sean's turn for a book of his own! His sister is a total bitch, his parents are insane, and there's a new baby on the way--a new baby who will need a room of its own, so their parents have the bright idea to make Sean and his twin sister Cathy share a room. Who thinks this is a good idea? Coop has a great idea--make a short horror movie and win the $50,000 prize at TerrorFest, and use the money to build an extension on Sean's house.

Yeah, Coop's idea works as well as you'd expect. I...more
Jules Goud
Awesome book. It was hilarious and totally awesome.

I haven't read any of the other books so I was sceptical going into this one. But, it turned out great!

It is always interesting to read a book from a guy's perspective because I so rarely do. Sean and his friends were very entertaining. It was cute that he wanted a girlfriend and I hate to say it but Evelyn was insane. It wasn't surprising what ended up happening with them. I couldn't believe the stuff that Sean, Coop, Matt, and everyone else we...more
"Call the Shots" is the third book out of the series, this book is in the perspective of Sean Hance.
Sean's mom is having a baby, which means Sean has to share a room with his monstrous sister. How will Sean and his friends help get enough money to build a new room in Sean's house? By creating a big block buster movie of course. How will Sean succeed his goal while juggling the new baby on the way, his crazy new girlfriend, his Uncle Doug and his feelings for a new girl? Read to find out.

I chose...more
Jan 31, 2013 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jamie by: YALSA's BFYA list.
Shelves: 14-16, movies, humor
Such a fun series - crude, funny and real. I liked how it was shown that most of Sean's problems stemmed from his inability to stand up for himself, and how each of his girl relationships worked out. And the sexting confusion. Actually that was REALLY hilarious!
Donna Siebold
It's Sean's turn to be the main character in the story. Although I liked this story I do think it is the weakest of the three. Sean's misery is constantly compounded by Coop's inane ideas. How that boy gets his two friends to go along with his crazy schemes is beyond my ken. Their gullibility is helpful for getting them into scrapes, though. This time they are trying to win a horror movie contest. The prize they are seeking is $50,000 and WHEN they win, they are going to give the money to Sean s...more
So sad that this series is ending, but a great note to end it on. As with the previous two, Cooper, Matt and Sean are best friends who pick wild and crazy things to do to challenge themselves and have fun. As with the first two, told from two of the three boys, this one is told from the remaining friend, Sean's perspective. Unfortunately Sean's a little bummed about a few things-- namely that his mother is going to have a baby leaving him to room with his twin sister (who is going through a Goth...more
Sally Kruger
Buddies Sean, Matt, and Coop make a final appearance in Calame's latest, CALL THE SHOTS. This time Sean is front and center as he struggles to deal with a changing family, a new girlfriend, and a sister who is trying to convince everyone he is gay.

When Sean's mother and father announce their BIG news, that his mother is pregnant and that Sean and his sister Cathy will have to begin sharing a room, Sean looks to his friends for help. He is at least hoping for some much needed sympathy, but he get...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

I have enjoyed and laughed my way through the outrageous madcaps of Calame's Swim the Fly series. I picked up Swim the Fly on a whim, loved it; carried on to Beat the Band, which was great; and now Call the Shots, which I think has pulled out all the stops.

Call the Shots is a raunchy, hysterical, over-the-top adventure in teenage boy-land, and I think it is a great read. This novel is told from Sean's perspective: the quieter, less confident of the three boys. Sean has often taken a backseat in...more
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
[Review originally published on Rather Be Reading!]

Sean’s friend Coop is a “big idea” kind of guy. Usually his ideas cause more trouble than they do good. When Sean finds out his mom is expecting another baby and he’s going to be forced to share a room with his twin sister, Cathy, (that he doesn’t get along with), he thinks Coop’s idea could be his only solution. What is Coop’s idea? To make a movie, though he’s never made one before, and enter it into a Horror Film Contest. Coop, Matt, and Sean...more
The third time is the charm for this author--not that he really needs any luck since the two titles that precede Call the Shots (Swim the Fly and Beat the Band) are always equally appealing and hilarious. I'm not the kind of reader who usually gravitates to humorous books, but these titles all have passages that made me laugh out loud. In fact, I'll confess to having snorted a few times as I moved rapidly through the book. When Sean Hance's parents announce that a new baby is coming, and Sean wi...more
Call the Shots contains more of the same antics with Sean, Cooper, and Matt. Still, the final book of the trilogy remains fresh and certainly holds nothing back.

This one is told from Sean's point of view. He's the quiet, withdrawn one of the group, and this makes his narration that much more intriguing. Sean is coping with the fact that both Cooper and Matt somehow have girlfriends, while he lacks female company. Until, of course, he meets Evelyn at the skating rink and, much to his dismay, they...more
Nov 10, 2013 Daisy added it
One book i’ve recently read was Call The Shots by Don Calame. The book wasn’t that bad. I’ve read better but it was still quite interesting. This book is about three best friends. Sean, Matt, & Coop. They’re all Sophomores in high school with no worries. Until one day Sean the single one, with a evil twin sister, finds out hes going to be a big brother. This was a surprise to everyone. But there was another surprise for Sean. Since the house was too small & the baby needed to have a nur...more
Thoroughly enjoyed the final in this hilarious trio of books all based on the friendship of Coop, Sean and Matt. This time it is Sean's turn to give us a peak into his perspective. Coop's latest and greatest idea is to make a low-budget horror film that will catapult them to fame and fortune. Sean and Matt are completely against the idea at first, until Sean realizes that he needs $30K pronto if he wants to avoid bunking with his most-annoying twin sister Cathy. Sean is also a bit jealous of Coo...more
4.5 stars

In the third installment of the Swim the Fly series, author Don Calame proves that third time’s the charm, finishing off the series with yet another hilarious story, and this time, it’s Sean’s time to shine.
Coop has come up with another one of crazy schemes. This time, it’s making a low budget horror movie at Rockville’s Terror Fest, with a grand prize of fifty thousand dollars plenty of publicity, Coop is convinced it will lead to almost instant fame and fortune for the three friends....more

I will definitely miss the Swim the Fly series.

This, I believe, is the last book in the trilogy - and I really wish it wasn't. This might sound sappy, but the thing is, I don't want this series to end. I don't want to miss this trio, because it's so clear that I will. I wanna keep reading about them. I love these boys. Matt, Coop, and Sean - I love each and every single one of these characters, and I feel that I myself am part of this amazing trio.

Okay, okay, I'm sounding extremely sappy right n...more
Dec 27, 2012 Ron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor, ya
Really liked this trilogy even though I'm WAY beyond the YA demographic. While the characters are far more eloquent and witty than real teens, Calame captures the young male mindset in a way not often seen in fiction and despite the strong (but realistic) language, there are a lot of redeeming qualities. Writers can take note on Calame's ability to take a situation, get the protagonist in trouble, and then deepen the trouble twist by twist. (I think there are five levels of trouble in one partic...more
Call the Shots is the third book in the hilarious Swim the Fly trilogy, with each book focusing on one of the trio of fifteen-year-old friends. Mild-mannered Sean is in the hot seat this time, looking for love and trying hard to get out of sharing a room with his twin sister. Sean is a nice guy who doesn't stand up for himself, and as a result, is steam-rolled into dating a pushy, somewhat psycho girl that he is afraid to break up with (a situation he justifies because she has provided the camer...more
Elaine Fultz
The crew from Swim the Fly and Beat the Band are back, and this time they’re making a zombie movie. Coop, Sean, and Matt work together to produce, write, and film in hopes of winning a horror movie prize that would allow Sean to get his own room (he is currently sharing with his twin sister – nightmare scenario for a teenager). Characters include a loony, but wealthy, pot-smoking uncle; a truly insane cling-on girlfriend; and a smoking-hot, but sweet and innocent, love interest. The first two bo...more
Christian Touhey
"Call The Shots" by Don Calame, is a hillarious, page turning, tension filled book about a boy named Sean who attempts to raise money to avoid sharing a room with his sister, by creating a low-budget movie for a film festival with a grand prize of $10,000. When I began "Call The Shots" I was unaware that this was the last book from a series of three books. Nevertheless, by the third chapter I was fully informed of who all the characters were, and what I missed. After that, the book got so hillar...more
I think I might have OD'ed on this series...I should have taken a break. Sean's weird hand-sniffing quirk and Uncle Doug's pot obsession...just no. It was like a Will Ferrel movie...and they can't all be "Elf!"
Maybe if it had been the audio book with that exceptional narrator, I would have enjoyed it more.
Don Calame is flat-out hilarious in his books Swim the Fly, Beat the Band, and now Call the Shots.
Boys will love his raunchy humor and relate to his hormonally imbalanced teen boy characters. These books do have some language lots of insinuated sexual innuendo.

In this book Coop has anther hair-brained idea: this time it is to make a low-budget horror movie. Matt and Sean don't want to be a part of it until Sean finds out his mother is going to have a baby and he will have to move into a room wi...more
3.5 stars

Coop, Matt, and Sean are at it again in the third and final book in the Swim the Fly series. This time their goal is to make a horror film to enter in the NYC TerrorFest competition. As usual, they have a few roadblocks: a really low budget, casting issues, and lack of experience to name a few. Sean is desperate to win, though, as his parents have dropped the bombshell that they are having a baby – and Sean has to share a bedroom with his twin sister Cathy. Nothing could be quite so fun...more
Varun Madan
I thought Call the Shots by Don Calame was a great book. Call the Shots was the third book in the Swim the Fly series and was told in Sean's point of view. There were many funny experiences that Matt, Coop, and Sean went through just so Sean could get his own room to avoid sharing with Cathy. They try to make a movie to win the New York City TerrorFest and eventually don't, but come up with a better idea for Sean's room. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a laugh and wants to relate...more
I re-read this book in paperback as part of the 2014 Hub Challenge. In this third humorous boy book, the hilarious trio of Cooper, Matt and Sean have come up with another wacky idea to gain notoriety with girls (they think) of producing a scary movie to win the prize money and help Sean who has to give up his bedroom since his mother is pregnant. Worse than living with his twin sister is listening to her call him gay, which he is not; he is just sensitive and a little bit weird. Calame is at his...more
Despite language that made me blush this book was snortingly funny in many places. Three friends need to make some money fast and they decide to shoot a low-budget horror film with the intention of selling it for a lot of money. I enjoyed the three main characters (who give each other lots of grief but have each others backs as well)but other important characters like Evelyn and her brother seemed cartoonish. The ending was a little too pat, but overall this was a funny, fast romp. I hadn't rea...more
Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer
Wow! This book captures teen boy brain better than any book I've read before. I have a sneaking suspicion that the author sits behind teen boys and just writes down everything they say verbatim. The story is not so amazing, Sean and his two best guy friends decide to create and enter a movie into Terrorfest in order to make some quick cash. The scenes, characters and dialogue are absolutely hilarious, however. I mean laugh out loud, snorting milk out your nose funny. I am now going back and read...more
OK, I admit it. ANYTHING Don Calame writes will always receive 5 stars from me. The reason? He speaks to my 14 yr. old male students in a way that they can understand and in a way that pulls them into his books. He speaks their language. He draws them in with his dialogue and details. Sometimes it's cringe-worthy-toilet-bowl humor, but hey, that's what my students love and if they love it, I love it as well. I am sad to say goodbye to three characters that I have grown to love. I look forward to...more
I think this is a case of over-hyping the book in my mind. I enjoyed the two previous books in the series and was so looking forward to anticipation of laughter the third book would bring that I was a bit disappointed when I didn't burst out laughing more than a couple times. I think I would bump the rating up to 3.5 for the growth Sean goes through in his confidence (and the dumpster scene). But I knew from the very beginning who he was going to end up with (out of a choice of three girls it sh...more
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Don Calame the author of SWIM THE FLY and BEAT THE BAND. He is also a professional screenwriter whose film projects include EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH and HOUNDED. Of his many prior occupations, he says his most satisfying was teaching elementary school for four years in Los Angeles, where he received the LAUSD District Intern Golden Apple Award and a Los Angeles Education Partnership Grant. He lives i...more
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