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 team has a superstar in that role, in order to impress Kelly, the girl he has a crush on.
While Matt is overwhelmed by what he is going to have to do to even finish the four laps required for the race at the championships, he and his friends have another challenge. Every year they set themselves a goal. This year, our 15-year-old heroes are hoping to see a girl naked. The problem is none of them have a girlfriend, and the likelihood of that changing is not really all that good. This leads to a series of unfortunate, and humorously unsuccessful, plans to reach that goal.
Calame has done a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the mindset of a high school guy. They are an odd mixture of sex-obsessed hormones and generally good intentions. The fact that they are torn in multiple directions by these dual personalities, leads to troubles, and the adventures of Matt, Coop and Sean really capture how much fun that can be. The book is full of a number of laugh-out-loud moments, though they are often more of the potty humor/raunchy type.
All of the characters come across as real poeple, including a tremendously funny grandfather with a crush on the new widow next door, a truly endearing mother, and a Zen-ish, Yoda-like German swimming trainer.
This is a fun read that will probably appeal to both guys and gals as it has a nice mix of humor, romance, and real life dilemmas that so many average high schoolers face.