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Three adolescent boys with a single goal: see a reallive naked girl. The result? Razor-sharp, rapid-fi re, 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...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Carly Ullmer
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.
April
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
Cindy
Sep 23, 2008 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars 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.
Jonathon Arntson
It's interesting that "Swim the Fly" - a hilarious book about a fifteen year old guy and his friends aspiring to see a naked girl before the end of the summer - should make it into my top ten of all-time list. Oddly enough, it is the only book that is a comedy and one of the only with color on the cover.

Matt and his buds, Coop and Sean, set a goal each summer, they have since they were, like, eight. This summer it is to see a real, live nude girl. The first three hundred pages follow the calamit...more
Kirsty
Mar 24, 2011 Kirsty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsty by: ARC from Waterstones
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...more
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...more
Nolan
"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
Michael
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...more
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Ok...so 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...more
Steph Su
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...more
Matthew
Jun 23, 2010 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars 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
Beth
I liked it! Laugh out loud funny at times and gross too. Definitely a boy book!
Brian Rheinhardt
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...more
K
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...more
Tammy Dahle
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...more
Lyrical
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
Cheeky_Monkey
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...more
Kathy
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...more
Aaron
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
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
Paige
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
Tylor
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
Reviewed by Margaret Waterman for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Scott
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FlibBityFLooB
Parts of this book were as juvenile as I expected - there was potty humor and the general disposition and demeanor of 15 year old boys. Because of the focus of the book, I went into this book with really low expectations and have to say that I was happily surprised. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times during this book because the author wrote some beautiful supporting characters. I loved each time Ulf threw something at the hero's head. I loved Grandpa role-playing and pulling the he...more
Katie
Matt and his friends always set a goal to achieve during the summer. In past years, they have accomplished playing a thousand games of ping pong and collecting a thousand golf balls from a course. This summer, the goal is more difficult to achieve: Matt and his friends want to see a real live naked girl.

Matt is hoping that girl will be Kelly West, so he volunteers to swim the 100-yard butterfly for their team in order to impress her. There's just one problem: Matt can't swim 25 yards of butterfl...more
Kate Hastings
Jun 26, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Grades 9-11, humor, sports, swimming
Shelves: high-school, humor, sports
Grades 9-11. This is the BEST book I've read in a long time. I laughed out loud the entire time, it was so funny. Basically Mike and his three buddies set a goal each summer, and this summer their goal is to see a real naked girl.

Meanwhile, Mike really has the hots for a girl named Kelly on his swim team-- and volunteers to swim the 100m butterfly to impress her (even though he can't even swim one whole lap).

There isn't any actual sex in this book-- there is a lot of raunchy humor and references...more
Taylor
It's a book about three teenaged guys: not exactly clean writing, if you know what I'm saying! I'm not the kind of person who would read that kind of writing, but it wasn't too gross, and the characters were so hilariously awesome that I had to see how it turned out. So there's this kid named Matt, and he signs up to swim the hundred yard butterfly to impress the new girl on the team. In short, I connected with his fear of the event. Matt and his friends, Coop and Sean, also have another goal- t...more
Terry
Well done adolescent humor. If I Love You, Beth Cooper is adult adolescent humor, this is the high school version. Plenty of curious characters, vulgar jokes, and cringe-inducing shenanigans. It looses a little steam towards the end, where wrapping up all of the plot points slows the comedy down a bit, but this is a book I won't hesitate to recommend. It reads like a cousin of Carter Finally Gets It, but since I read "Swim" first, I like it just a bit more.
Michael
All right, I only recommend about one teen angst novel a year, because this is not a format with a great deal of boy appeal. So when I do recommend a book with the old standbys - dorky guy who doesn't have a chance with the way too hot girl with the big gorilla-ish boyfriend who is sure to beat the snot out of the dorky guy - well, you know it is special. Swim the Fly is unapologetically a teen angst novel that is just so over the top funny it has to be experienced. And it is guy humor, too; bat...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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“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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