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The Swift Boys & Me

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,291 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Nola Sutton has been best friends and neighbors with the Swift boys for practically her whole life. There’s the youngest, Kevin, who never stops talking; the oldest, Brian, who’s always kind and calm; and then there’s Canaan, the ringleader and Nola’s best-best friend. Nola can’t imagine her life without the Swift boys — they’ll always be like this, always be friends.

But t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Mar 15, 2013 marked it as maybe-read
I love her previous books, but a series about 12-year olds?

I think I'll pass.
Aug 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
I am obsessed with Kody's books! But 12 years old??? :/ meh , I'm not really sure about this:( it's just that it is not like anything I have read by her and don't want to get disapointed ...more
Mar 11, 2013 marked it as on-the-fence
Meh, we'll see. The whole 12 year old thing just completely threw me off. ...more
.·:*¨ × Shannon♥Beel Stole & Ate My Heart × ¨*:
Now this is something I'd read, I'm really looking forward to this.

EDIT: O.o The cover is really precious. Aw...

Oct 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Yaaaaa 12??? Seriously questionable.... Hopefully it one of those "five years later" things... Hopefully;) ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nola has always lived next door to the Swift boys and been friends with them, especially Canaan, who is her age. When their father moves out, the boys all take it badly, especially the youngest, Kevin, who stops talking. Nola is at loose ends for the summer, since she usually spent most of her time with the boys. Add to the mix the fact that her mother is remarrying Richard and planning to leave the subdivision before the end of the summer, and Nola feels that it is up to her to find the boys' f ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book courtesy of Netgalley and I have to say I loved it just as much as I loved Kody's other work. It was as emotional and compelling as her work about teenagers. And as an adult it brings me back to those preteen years when friendships and parents and life suddenly feels like it's taking off. Don't discredit this book just because the focus is on a 11 year old girl. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Shortly before I read The Swift Boys & Me, I DNFed Kody Keplinger’s latest YA novel, Run. Though I liked The Swift Boys & Me enough to finish it, these combined experiences make me feel like Keplinger’s moving in a direction I may not want to follow as a reader. That said, The Swift Boys & Me is an excellent middle grade title for kids dealing with loss or friendship problems.

I admit that I struggled with this one a bit. Like Run, it’s got a southern setting and is written with some dialect, tho
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly this is one of my favorite books of all time. Not gonna lie it's totally way too easy of a read for an 8th grader but I read it every year before summertime. (It's a summer-themed book) And I realized that I hadn't read it this year yet. Also, I'm stuck at home with all my childhood books. But it's a really sweet book. ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I was in the third or fourth grade, we read THE CAT ATE MY GYMSUIT by Paula Danziger. I enjoyed the book, but was happy that I didn't have to worry about my parents divorcing. It seemed like such a terrible thing, especially since I didn't know anyone with divorced parents. By the time I was twelve, my parents were divorced and I lived in a new city where most of my friends had single parents for one reason or another. It was a whole new world, but one that was easier with other people who ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Having read The Swift Boys & Me, I'm not sure the book matches the cover. I think the cover is cute enough, mind you, but The Swift Boys & Me is not exactly a "cute" kind of book. For one thing, this coming-of-age novel is much more serious than you might suppose. I also don't like the fence, though I suppose it might work symbolically to show the new and uncomfortable distance between the heroine, Nola Sutton, and the three Swift brothers (Brian, Canaan, and Kevin). Still. In Nola's subdivision ...more
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Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

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The Swift Boys & Me is a study of how grief can affect a family and the aftermath of divorce and the changes that come with remarriage. This isn't a romance nor a light frolic. Author Keplinger does a good job of exploring protagonist Nola's confusion and frustration when the boys next door when her lifelong friendship with them begins to change in ways she doesn't want.

Story: 12 year old Nola lives in a duplex in a
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Huge thank you to Scholastic and Netgalley for this ARC!

I'm a new Kody Keplinger fan, and since I've enjoyed all of the books I've read by her, it was natural I was going to end up devouring The Swift Boys and Me. If there's one thing Keplinger does well, it's give us characters with very distinct voices and personalities, and Nola and the Swift boys follow suit.

What I loved about this story is it's one of growing pains. Nola spends a large chunk of her life next door to the Swift boys, so sh
Janet Frost
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Oh this was a powerful read!!! I cried and cried, and had to take a break. But I couldn't stay away. I had quickly fallen in love with all these characters.
Nola has grown up next to the three Swift brothers who have been her "best-best friends" through childhood. But the boys' father, Mr. Swift, leaves the family one night with no explanations or even a good-bye,and life will never be the same. The painful process of growing up and leaving behind childhood is so poignant in this story. Nola's v
Viktoria Van der bilt
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016reads
My heart hurts a little.

I wanted a better ending - one where they're all happy - but this ending works, too. I feel like I've grown up myself just by reading this.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
What kind of ending was that? o.O It didn't feel like the book was finished. I expected more. ...more
amanda s.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, even while writing this review, I'm still not sure about this book.

Nola and Swift boys--Brian, Canaan and Kevin, are best friends. They literally spent their whole life together, especially Canaan. Canaan is Nola's best best friend. They both twelve years old, same school, same class. But one summer, something bad happened to the Swifts and now Nola's all alone. And to make it worse, she got to spend a whole summer fighting with Canaan, tired from saving all her working-part-time mon
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest: I was a bit apprehensive going into this book. I absolutely loved Kody's other books, but they were VERY "upper-end" YA. When I saw that this would be a book featuring 12 year olds, I had no idea what to expect.

I should have had more confidence in Kody, because this book was fantastic. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, and I loved every minute of it.

The one thing that did confuse me, was that I honestly thought this was taking place in the 80's or maybe early 90
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. Although I'm probably considered a little old to be reading this type of book, but I couldn't care less. The characters, emotions, and memories were just so sentimental. I had doubts when I first saw the cover, but I underestimated this book completely. Nola is just so sweet and courageous. It nearly broke my heart the way Canaan treated her. He practically bullied her. Anyways, Nola still tried to help them even after he treated her, and that's wha ...more
Mayli Corona
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Swift Boys & Me, By:Kody Keplinger is a very good book and I think that you should read it as well.It is about a girl named Nola and her three best friends that were boys,(The Swift family),they were neighbors.One day the Swifts dad left the house and the city without saying goodbye,but Nora saw him leaving thinking he was going to do a quick business.After weeks,he had still hadn't came back.The Swifts get really worried and depressed that they missed their dad so much they were so depprese ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
it breaks my heart to say this but for the very first time im disappointed in kody's book :( :( i read it just because i love kody's writing even if its a tween book. however, this book didnt do it for me especially the decisions in the end of story was too unlike a tween...1.5 rating ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger. I think 3rd-5th graders will enjoy this book. Nola is a great friend to the Swift boys and wants to see everything come back to normal after the boys' dad leaves.
Copy provided by NetGalley.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this is a really good book. I know a lot of people are unsure about the characters being twelve, but it's actually really good. I say you should read it, even though the characters are only twelve, it's insanely good. ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING BOOK! Told in a kind've southern point of view by Nola Sutton (The main character). Nola goes through hard times with her mom getting married and her best friends become weird and start to leave her side. Nola has to work to get them back and help them become a better person. ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot of the comments mock it for being for 12 year olds but I think it's a good book about growing up that anyone going through change or loss should read. ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This summer was the first time I read the fiction novel, The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger. This fiction story is about a girl named Nola and three boys who are her neighbors. Canaan, her best friend, Brian, and Kevin. They are on summer break when the Swift boys dad leaves them without saying anything. The boys and Nola drift and she has to deal with changes and her best friend acting up. I found this book in my family book collection. I was just looking for a book for summer reading and th ...more
Heather Brown
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Aimed at 4th-8th grade kids, The Swift Boys & Me tells the story of Nola Sutton and how her life changes almost as much as her best friend's does when her friend's father leaves the family. Brian, Canaan, and Kevin Swift's father leaves without saying goodbye, ripping their family apart. Nola and Canaan, once inseparable, barely see each other. Brian struggles to take care of his mother and brothers. Garrulous Kevin is strangely silent. Nola does her best to help the boys and fix everything for ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of MG friendship stories, or Lila and Hadley
The Swift Boys and Me strikes a nice balance between a lightweight friendship story and more serious issues of bullying and family problems. Nola is a likable narrator, and I didn't mind her grammar errors (designed to simulate an accent, I suppose) too much--their usage was lighter and more consistent than in this author's more recent Lila and Hadley.

Only two complaints:
1. I didn't like the way Teddy's bullying of Nola was forgiven so easily once it was revealed that he did it because he liked
Alina Marcu
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Katie Chun
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book " The Swift Boys and Me " was a good book and I really liked how it was part mystery since one of my favorite genre's of books are mystery. I love how Nola ( The main character ) faces many things during the summer which is the season the book takes place in. The Swift boy's dad has seemed to have disappeared. The Swift boys change their actions which make Nola want to find out where Mr.Swift went, even without saying goodbye! She looks for him, do you think that he will return and Nola ...more
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