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Swim the Fly (Swim the Fly #1)

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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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Feb 03, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A hilarious book that will have you laughing out loud.

Summer stretches out in all of its glory for Matt and his two best friends, Coop and Sean. For the last five years, the trio have set a summer goal. This summer's goal is to see a real-live naked girl. Aside from seeing a naked girl, the three friends also compete on the summer swim team, even though, none of them are great swimmers. The first day at the pool, Matt's stomach does a flip flop when he catches sight of Kelly, a girl
Brian Rheinhardt
Jan 21, 2010 Brian Rheinhardt rated it it was amazing
This book was so very funny. I read a passage of this book to a class of 10th graders, and one student started laughing so hard he almost had to leave the room. The class was so amused, I couldn't concentrate, and I started laughing. That has never happened to me before.

The premise is that three teenage boys have a dare each summer, and as the boys get older, the dares get more "mature" in nature. This summer, the dare is to see a naked girl, so the story focuses on their antics as they try to
Mar 24, 2011 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsty by: ARC from Waterstones
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Swim the Fly follows three teenage boys who, every year, set themselves a goal for the summer. This year's goal is to see a real life naked girl. The book charts their attempts to complete this mission, with plenty of laughs along the way. It's told from the viewpoint of Matt, who has another challenge of his own - to swim the 100 yard butterfly in his swim-team's championship relay race in order to impress the new girl on the team.

It's an interesting peek into the mind of a teenage boy and, as
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog I want to start of by saying this is not a usual read for me. I would never have thought to read this type of book except I saw the follow up one recommended by another GR friend.

I was in the desperate need of something funny, silly and laugh out loud, sure got that here!! And apparently the next book in line is even better so I say bring it on!!

This book sees the hilarious adventures of Matt and his best friends, Sean and Coop who have set a summer goal to see their first live girl nak
Jun 25, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Holla if you like Judd Apatow movies. If you have a crass sense of humor and laughed hysterically at Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman, you will absolutely not want to miss Swim The Fly by Don Calame. Seriously, where has this book been all my crass, dirty-minded life?

Read the rest of my review here link goes live 6/28/12
Carly Ullmer
Oct 05, 2010 Carly Ullmer rated it it was amazing
VERY funny and entertaining story. I think this text would be of more interest to boys, particularly high school age, or mature 8th graders. I really enjoyed it, and laughed all the way through.
Jennifer Lane
Our Summer Goal: To See a Girl Naked

This book cracked me up!

Matt Gratton is fourteen. He has two buddies Sean and Coop, and a wry sense of humor -- blessings that more than make up for his lack of muscles. Every summer Matt, Sean, and Coop swim on a summer club team and set a goal like riding their bikes to a far-away lake and going skinny dipping. Given that they're girl-crazy, this summer's goal is to see a real-life naked girl. Matt's wondering if the cute new swim teammate Kelly might be th
May 09, 2012 Nolan rated it really liked it
"Swim the Fly" by Don Calame is a great book. The whole story is about a group of friends who have one goal over the summer, see a real life naked girl. Along with this, Matt a teenage swimmer, must get ready to swim the 100 butterfly, one of the most challenging events ever. Matt and his friends make a goal every summer, and every summer they complete that goal, will the trend continue? In a wild urge to impress a pretty girl, Matt also volunteers to swim the fly, when their team’s butterflyer ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Every summer, Matt and his friends Coop and Sean set a goal for themselves. This summer, it's to see a girl au natural. And not on the Internet or in Playboy, but a real live girl.

The trio also spend each summer on the local swim team. But this summer, something is different. Kelly West has moved onto their swim team and Matt would do anything to get Kelly's attention--even volunteering to swim the 100 m butterfly section of the relay. The only problem--Matt can't swim the butterfly and it's one
Steph Su
Mar 28, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was amazing
Every summer since they were little, Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, have set goals for themselves. This year, it’s to see a real live naked girl. Pictures don’t count. Porn doesn’t count. A real girl, alive and warm and luscious, counts.

Meanwhile, Matt is busying trying to figure out how he can win the attention of Kelly West, a beautiful fellow swimmer. He decides to volunteer to swim the 100 fly—the hardest race ever—in order to impress her, but quickly realizes that he
May 08, 2011 Grumpus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterically funny male adolescent humor which is just my speed. I may have said a book or two made me laugh out loud but I think it was actually laughing in my mind. This was seriously verbally laugh out loud. The story of three friends and their summer goal to see a naked woman. The plans they hatch and their foibles, along with their interpersonal relationships bring me back to my youth of that time with my friends. Good times. I only wish we set such lofty goals.

Guys will love it for that re
Cindy Dobrez
Sep 23, 2008 Cindy Dobrez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: swimmers and people who like funny books
Hilarious, laugh out loud, book about three swimmer boys who will win your heart as they spend the summer trying to achieve their goal to see a live, naked girl. Matt's efforts to get in shape enough to just finish the 100 yard butterfly for his team will have your sides hurting as much as his--but yours will be from laughing.

Gramps is a gem, him and his cloth spanky hanky. Oh my.
Jun 23, 2010 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 12-20
Swim The Fly was a great book. It had everything a book needs - subplots, memorable characters, humor, and action. If I could change one thing about this book, it would be developing the personalities of Matt's friends more, but other than that, I can't really find anything bad to say about the book. 5/5
Austin Aldridge
Oct 05, 2014 Austin Aldridge rated it it was amazing
This book was a very entertaining book. The author did a great job of making it this way by putting a lot of suspense and even more humor in to it. The humor of the book comes from the comments and actions of the main character, Matt, and his two friends. They make it funny because they use dialog that is very similar to how a guy that age would talk and that they always put themselves in sketchy situations while trying to achieve their one summer goal; to see a real, live, naked girl. The book ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
Really fun and light (plus clean) middle grade read with good messages about friendship and being true to yourself. I listened to this on audiobook and as usual Nick Podehl did a fantastic job!
Jan 01, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
I liked it! Laugh out loud funny at times and gross too. Definitely a boy book!
Sylvia McNicoll
Dec 03, 2014 Sylvia McNicoll rated it it was amazing
Don't look for politically correct humour in this novel and I'm not sure how this would "fly" in a school library, but if you can breathe through the goal of these characters ( to see a girl naked) and the almost creepy stalking way they try to achieve this goal, you will laugh out loud reading it. I'm glad Matt can't swim the butterfly, seems like a pretty tough move to me too. But it's not about the goals in this story it's about the crazy characters and their irreverent methods they use to ac ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Alex - Year 9

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it perfectly fitted the teenage genre and not a single supernatural being in sight! It had an interesting plot, that had me guessing time and time again what funny incident was going to happen next. I was beaten every time. Something would happen, and I could never, not a single time, predict what it was. Quite, simply; no crudity, just nudity instead. :)

Matthew Gratton, approaching his sweet sixteenth, narrates the story in the fir
Jul 04, 2011 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, library-ebook
Firstly, Milk Money. Also, Wendy Peppercorn. American Pie and Sorority Boys. Superbad. I’ll stop now.

In short, this was like any summer teen movie. It reads a little young, the laughs are cheap and the ending can be spotted a mile away. But the laughs are there. Some books are the words on the page, some are just a feeling, and some, like this one, are better viewed as a movie in my mind. And who among us can’t laugh at bathroom humor? It had a sweet ending and it was actually the fact that the
Tammy Dahle
May 24, 2010 Tammy Dahle rated it it was amazing
My thoughts:
This story is laugh out loud funny! I don't remember laughing this much since I read Spud by John van de Ruit. This is the tale of three teenage boy's quest-to see a real-live naked girl. But Matt has a bigger problem than just the summer time challenge. In a moment of blind love he volunteers to swim the butterfly for his swim team to impress his crush. Although he's been on the swim team for a few years he's a mediocre swimmer at best. To say that he's in over his head is a huge un
Apr 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Hilarious audiobook! The narrator did a great job. I giggled my way to work many days!

The narrator, Nick Podehl, did a brilliant job on this audiobook. I think a big reason why I loved this was that he had me giggling on my way to and from work. This book was hilarious and his voices made it all the better. Matt, Sean, and Coop make a goal every summer and this summer they decide to make a goal that many 15 year old boys have, to see a real live girl naked. LOL Also Matt wants to impress Kelly
Jun 30, 2011 Lyrical rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I warn you, do not read this book on public transport unless you don’t mind people staring at you tittering away in the corner. Many books are funny but very few force eruptions of laughter from you when you least expect it, and Swim the Fly by Don Calame falls very comfortably into that category. This book is packed with all the cringey, awkward and embarrassing moments that plague the average teen boy’s life as the trio of 15-year-old boys try to fulfil their summertime goal – to see a naked g ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Cheeky_Monkey rated it it was amazing
Now here's a book guys don't want you to read! Raunchy, hilarious, sharp, and did I say raunchy, this is one of the most entertaining reads I've ever come across.

Each summer, Matt, Sean, and Cooper set themselves a goal. This year, it's to see a naked girl. (Need I say more? Your interest is already piqued!) This might be easy for some guys, but not these ones- they're all, well let's just say their not ladies' men. Matt is also trying to impress a girl on his swim team, Kelly, by swimming the b
Feb 19, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
A good, enjoyable read. Matt and his two friends, Coop and Sean, have spent every summer since they were practically babies at the pool with the swim team. They've always been the slowest swimmers, behind even the little kids, but it's never bothered them. It's what they do in the summer. And each year, they set some new challenge for themselves as a rite of passage.

This year, Matt has found a girl to impress, and that changes things. To get her attention, he volunteers to swim the butterfly str
Jan 12, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Matt, Coop, and Sean are best friends. In fact, they have been hanging out since they were in the third grade. Summer is kicking off and with it starts the swim season. They have been members of a community swim team for for a number of years. They enjoy it, but they are not necessarily all that good. That doesn't stop Matt from taking a surprising challenge when their butterfly swimmer has to drop out due to injury. He volunteers to fill the open slot, an major challenge since the opposing swim ...more
Jake Lehmann
May 13, 2012 Jake Lehmann rated it it was amazing
Matt, Coop, and Sean are best friends. In fact, they have been hanging out since they were in the third grade. Summer is kicking off and with it starts the swim season. They have been members of a community swim team for for a number of years. They enjoy it, but they are not necessarily all that good. That doesn't stop Matt from taking a surprising challenge when their butterfly swimmer has to drop out due to injury. He volunteers to fill the open slot, an major challenge since the opposing swim ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Paige added it
I wanted to read this book because i thought it would be a funny book to read. The genre is non fiction. The setting is Rockville at the pool at Matt's houseand ufl's pool. Matt is a spontaneous person. First he wants to a naked girl. Then he doesn't. Matt, Coop, and Sean try to see a naked girl. they try to see Mandy Reagan naked. They first dress up as girls and go into the girls locker room at the tyquando place where mandy is. That doesn't work because matt accedently got his mom's organic s ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Tylor added it
this is a non fiction book the setting is rockvill and ulfs pool at this club where he swims. the main charracter is matt and his friends coop and sean i loved coop in this he was sooooo funny defintly my favorite character that and the grandpa. the plot is coop sean and matt want to see a real girl naked then matt wants to impress this girl kelly so he volenteers to swim the butterfly at the championship. the problem is that he dosent really know if he likes kelly and he cant swim the fly at al ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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SWIM THE FLY is a funny, cute novel about three best friends on a mission - to see a girl "in the buff."

Every summer, the boys get together on the morning of their first day of summer swim team and set a goal. They must complete this goal by the last day of summer. This year, it is to see a girl naked.

The main character, Matt, sets his eyes on Kelly West, the newest addition to the Rockville swim team. Having gone from string bean to smokin' in
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Don Calame the author of SWIM THE FLY, BEAT THE BAND, CALL THE SHOTS and DAN VERSUS NATURE. 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 Educ ...more
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“Oh, by the way," Coop announces as he weaves his DeathBot ship through a barrage of space debris on his laptop screen. "In case you didn't know. It's national 'That's What She Said' Day."
I give him a thumbs-up. "I like it."
We're camping out in Sean's backyard tonight. It's another one of our traditions. One night, every summer, we buy a ton of junk food and energy drinks and set up Sean's six-person tent in the far corner of his yard.
We've got an extension cord running from the garage so that we can rough it in style, with computers and a TV and DVD player. There's a citronella candle burning in the middle of the tent to ward off mosquitoes and to mask the thick stink of mildew. Everyone's brought sleeping bags and pillows, but we aren't planning on logging too many Zs.
Sean enters the tent carrying his Xbox. "I don't think there are enough sockets for all of these."
I waggle my eyebrows at Coop. "That's what she said."
Coop busts up.
Sean stands there, looking confused. "I don't get it."
"That's what she says," Coop says, sending him and me into hysterics.
Sean sighs and puts the Xbox down. "I can see this is going to be a long night."
"That's what she said," me and Coop howl in chorus.
"Are you guys done yet?"
Coop is practically in tears. "That's what she said."
"Okay. I'll just keep my mouth shut," Sean grumbles.
"That's what she said." I can barely talk I'm laughing so hard.
"Enough. No more. My cheeks hurt," Coop says, rubbing his face.
I point at him. "That's what she said."
And with that, the three of us fall over in fits.
"Oh, man, now look what you made me do."
Coop motions to his computer. "That was my last DeathBot ship."
"That's what she said," Sean blurts out, laughing at his nonsensical joke.
Coop and I stare at him, and then silmultaniously, we hit Sean in the face with our pillows.”
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