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Call the Shots

(Swim the Fly #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guy-books
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
Jules Goud
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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!
Brooke Banks
I slogged through the second one and since this was on my shelf, I figured I might as well try. Yeah, no.

A heteronormative toxically masculine American bro book.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Quickie Review- It pains me to give this book 3 stars, but looking at it from a logical point of view, it was the only sensible rating I could give it. The two previous books in the series got generous ratings, and I didn't quite like this as much as the other two, so it was only fair.

Call the Shots is the conclusion to the fantastic Swim the Fly series by Don Calame. Sean Hance is facing a bunch of upcoming challenges in his life. There's a baby on the way, which will force him to sh
Claudia  -
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
We’re back with Matt, Coop and Sean in Rockville and this time it's Sean's story and he’s got a lot on his plate. His mum’s surprising pregnancy means a shortage of rooms and Sean faces having to share with his twin sister and arch-nemesis Cathy. Enter Coop with one of his crackpot money making ideas: shoot a cheap horror movie and win a cash prize at an upcoming film festival.
To complicate matters, Sean’s new girlfriend turns out to be a bit of a psycho.
Will they be able to finish their movie?
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
its a really good book but i would like the series to go on more like probally from kelly's point of view or matt's girlfriend's point of view or maybe even back at matt's point of view.
Carter Stephenson
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a good book. It continued the story of the three boys very well. It also added some new crazy twists that I wouldn't have expected happen. There were many detailed parts in the book, that made the book even better. Also the humor is amazing, Don Calame was not holding back when he wrote this book.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not quite as funny but I wish there were more books to follow!
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
[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
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book of Don Calame's Swim the Fly series. This novel focuses on Sean.

Coop comes up with a new scheme. He wants to film a horror movie for a local film festival. Sean and Matt are really not excited about Coop's newest adventure, but Sean changes his mind when he comes home and learns his mother's big news. She is pregnant which isn't too bad until he is told that he will have to move out of his room and into his twin sister's room! Sean realizes if they could win the film festi
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male, glbt, humor, series
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
Nicole Edwards
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The last book in a series. As with the first two books, this was laugh-out-loud funny. Much laughing going on. And lots of raunchy boy humor. It was hilarious. And highly irreverent.

So we've established it's funny. What else did I like? The boys' friendship is really nice. They all give each other a hard time and call each other on whatever stupid thing they've done but they're ultimately good, loyal friends. And all the other relationships in the book seemed very normal, very layered. Brothers
Joey Reyes

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
Oct 10, 2013 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
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
I recommend all the Swim the Fly books to my reluctant readers. Boys love the hilarious humor and bromance while the girls love the humor plus the unexpected romance. What I think resonates with my reluctant readers is the authentic teen male voice, language and the thought processes (more like, the lack of) of his main characters. The books are a very fast and easy read, full of heart. You don't have to read the Swim the Fly or Beat the Band before jumping into Call the Shots.
While Swim the Fl
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"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
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Penny McGill
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Don Calame is coming to town for a festival in September so it seemed like we should get ready by reading one of his books, right? We were rewarded for being eager beavers because this is one funny book - I said it was 'hilarious' but my 13-year old daughter said that was because I am probably so old that the sense of humour this author uses seems more funny than it really is. (?) After a long discussion about our different senses of humour we both agreed that this is a fantastic book and grabbe ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Call the Shots is the final book of the trilogy that began with Swim the Fly. In this book, Sean Hance is the narrator of a story that centers on another outrageous scheme orchestrated by best friend, Cooper Redmond. This time the guys intend to film a horror movie and become rich. Sean goes along with the plan because he has been put out of his bedroom to accommodate an expected new baby in his family. His twisted sister, Cathy, taunts him even more with barbs about his sexuality, insisting tha ...more
Tommy Colella
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Males
In the book "Call the Shots" by Don Calame the main character Cooper, also known as Coop, is full of ideas, some great, some not so much. He decides this school year he's going to get some friends together and make a horror film. He makes this decision because at TerrorFest the best horror movie wins the big prize of $50,000. Although they are ambitious about the idea, the three friends have no movie-making experience. One should also know none of them own any movie-making equipment. To top it o ...more
Juan Tinajero
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the book "Call the Shots" by Don Calame, you go through the life of a teenager in a family problem. His parents are having another child, but that's not the only thing... He has to move ALL his stuff out of his room and move INTO HIS SISTER'S ROOM! Sean is the name, the name of a boy who you can sympathize with(If you're a teen who still lives with their parents). So of course, I would recommend this book to teens & young adults. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars mainly because there are ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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