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Dan Versus Nature

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Dan Weekes has two dreams in life: to become a famous graphic novelist and to one day muster the courage to ask Erin Reilly out on a date. Dan’s mom, however, has just one goal: to date every man in the state of California until she finally finds her Prince Charming.

When Dan comes home to find a Hugh Jackman look-alike in his kitchen, he’s prepared to write off this mounta
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Candlewick Press
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my third year in the book club White Pine! I'm so excited to read the books this year, I love all of the choices. I am hoping to read One Thousand Nights next if anyone didn't take it yet. I read this novel first and loved it so much, it was hilarious and interesting. It felt like I was watching a Nickelodeon Movie, it had a great balance between humor and survival. This isn't a book that I would normally pick up but I'm glad I did.

Dan wants to be a graphic novelist and talk to his crus
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If Gary Paulsen and Andrew Smith had a book baby, it'd be this book. I loved every hilarious minute of it.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: The camping trip from hell that will appeal to teenage boys.

Dan Weekes is doing his best to survive high school. He takes refuge in his sketchbook where he creates graphic novels, starring the girl of his dreams, Erin. Strapped to his watch, is his father's broken Timex, the only thing he has from his father who vanished eight years ago. Since his dad left, Dan's mom has dated a string of bad guys. When his mom introduces Dan to Hank, he isn't concerned, but then when th
Apr 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Picture Home Alone but in the woods, and instead of Kevin trying to stop criminals from burglarizing his house, he's trying to destroy some innocent dude simply for having the temerity to consensually bone his mom.

This kid and his friend are basically psychopaths.

This book is also remarkable for its commitment to the Nerdy Pixie Dream Girl fantasy. Here's her stunning debut:

I whip around and come face to face with one of the cutest girls I have ever seen in my life. She's got geek-chic black s
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, humour, meh
Rating: 1.5/5
***Minor spoilers***

Dan is a fifteen year old boy whose focus right now is just on school, working on his comic, and trying to get together with Erin, a girl he's been interested in for years. His mother has had a history of bad boyfriends since his dad left her several years ago, but not for any fault of her own. She's finally found a guy she loves and who loves her back, Hank, and doesn't seem to have any of the terrible behaviour her other boyfriends had. They're now happily enga
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-teen
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Don Calame, I love you.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
*2.5/5 stars*

One White Pine book down, nine to go. Full review here!
Cameron Fawthorp
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
9.2389/10.2 survival good
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Dan Vs. Nature by Don Calame is a Young Adult survival adventure novel. It follows our main character Dan, along with his best friend Charlie, soon-to-be step-dad Hank, and their woodland travel companions. On their five day trip, they run into many obstacles, while Charlie assists Dan in scaring off Hank.
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Dan Versus Nature is a relentlessly funny, mostly scatological adventure sprinkled with viscous bear attacks, a lightning storm, a snake near-miss, a poison ivy rash, a particularly private wasp attack, a plane explosion, two broken noses, and many, many intentional ouchies. And then there is Baby Robbie, the electronic baby Dan has to take on this adventure for 50% of his grade in Life Skills. Needless to say, whatever can go wrong out in the wilderness, does. And the hapless bunch, consisting ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Candlewick Press, April 12th, 2016

Dan is sort of an outcast in his class. But even more so, his best friend Charlie is a know-it-all, smart mouthed outcast who is proud of it. Together, they get beat up. A lot. When Dan comes home from school one day to find his mother introducing him to yet another boyfriend, he thinks he's seen this picture before. However, Hank isn't her boyfriend - he's her fiance. And as a birthday gift, she bo
Kaitlyn Abshire
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Dan is used to all of the losers his mom dates and he isn’t surprised when they leave her…like they always do. When Dan comes home one day to find that the man her mother is dating (Hank) is now his soon to be stepdad, Dan decides that he must do everything in his power to stop the wedding from happening. When Dan’s mother presents him with a camping trip to take with Hank as his birthday present, Dan
Cherry (_forevermint)
I just finished this book with a huge grin on my face. The cover says it's "an outrageously funny and wickedly raunchy romp in the woods," and yes, yes it is. There were so many funny moments that had me laughing out loud and putting sticky notes next to all my favorite scenes. I enjoyed reading about each and every one of the characters which is something I rarely experience. Dan's misadventures in the woods were hilarious to read about and his character growth throughout the novel was great. I ...more
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Dan is a 16-year-old student whose main interest is creating graphic novels. His best friend, Charlie, is a super-bright geek interested in photojournalism. When Dan’s Mom announces her engagement to her latest boyfriend – a dentist named Hank – Dan is unhappy but resigned. When Mom gives him a “survival week” experience to share (and bond) with Hank, Dan and Charlie concoct a plan to scare Hank away. But they weren’t counting on a bear stalking them ….

This sounded like a decent premise for a YA
Ameema Saeed
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, books-i-own
I got this book as an ARC from Penguin Random House.

I'm not going to lie, I expected it to be very predictable. It was so funny, it had me laughing out loud. It was a gross kind of funny, but really funny nonetheless. And it wasn't as predictable as I thought it was going to be, and I really enjoyed it. It was nerdy and silly, and goofy, and gross, and great! I wasn't expecting it to like it as much as I did. Even though it was a bit too predictable and gross (for me) sometimes, I found myself
Stephanie Tournas
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Dan Weekes has problems. He is constantly bullied at school; he is unable to speak to the girl of his dreams; and his mother is bringing home yet another boyfriend. The only problem he can do anything about is the boyfriend, so Dan and his best friend Charlie concoct a plan to drive the studly Hank away from his mother. The plan is launched during an ill-fated bonding wilderness hike Dan's mom plans for Hank and Dan. Hilarious schemes involving vomit and diarrhea abound, as well as a rampaging b ...more
Tanya Procknow
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA intended for guys. It says outrageously funny and wickedly raunchy. It was both. If you aren't too mature to find humor in B.O, farting, puking, wiping with poison ivy, a few bear attacks, a screaming, pooping baby-real-a-lot, embarrassing body conversations, plane crashes and so much more you may find it funny. This was the perfect brainless hilarious read I needed. In one spot I had to stop reading to catch my breath from laughing. It might also be the fact I have a teenage son an ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's not like this is my first Calame book, so I should have known better, but there's only so many gross bodily function scenes that I can take. I did actually finish the book because Calame's Swim the Fly series is easily one of the favorites of my freshmen readers. I think it will appeal greatly to its target audience of reluctant teenage boys. It very much reminds me of The Parent Trap camping scenes with excessive diarrhea, vomiting, and swearing.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like your humor on the gross scatological side (and, honestly, who doesn't?), wait no more! Don Calame's lastest is hysterically funny, featuring poison ivy and wasp stings in sensitive areas, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea, crazed bears, plane crashes, and life skills class baby models. Laugh out loud funny while being sweetly wonderful under all the craziness.
Grier Cooper
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
How far are you willing to go to get rid of your would-be stepfather? Turns out pretty darn far... leading to some incredibly gross laugh-so-hard-you-cry moments, making Dan Versus Nature an easy read. I also loved the 5-dollar vocabulary words from a couple of the more scholastically-inclined characters. The only downside for me was believability issues from time to time. Overall a fun read.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, humor
I am not the target audience for this book, but I certainly see how it would appeal to teenage boys! Calame includes plenty of fart humor, gross out scenes, and action in what is essentially a coming-of-age, family story. Recommend to readers of any age who appreciate typical 13-year-old humor. They won't be disappointed.
Kim Piddington
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think HS boys will love this story about a romp through the woods- complete with vivid descriptions of bodily functions. There's also a tad of romance, adventure, and the dreaded step parent-something for everyone.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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When Dan Weekes learns that his mother is engaged, he is shocked but not too worried. After all she has dated almost every guy in the state and eventually they all reveal themselves to be the losers they are. But somehow this new guy Hank seems to be sticking around. When his mother decides to send Dan and Hank on a survivalist camping trip to bond, Dan and his best friend Charlie conspire to expose Hank for the ignoramus he must surely be and much laughter ensues.

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Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Vicky Voronina
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dan Weekes isn't very supportive of his mom's dating choices, or at least he isn't now, after she's dated a million guys who just broke her heart and acted like jerks. When he meets Hank, a mountain man and a dentist, he knows that he will just be another ex of hers soon, until he finds out that the two are engaged, and his mom has decided that a survivalist camping trip will give Hank and Dan a great chance to bond. However, Dan knows better. Soon enough, Hank will show his true colors, and lik ...more
Lorraine McCullough
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
It was refreshing to read a book from a teenage boy's point of view. I did laugh out loud several times with this title. I could hand this title to a silly ninth grade boy, and they would love it. Dan is an awkward high school kid whose mom is getting remarried to Wolverine. Mom decided to purchase an outdoor adventure trip for Dan and his new stepdad Hank who looks just like Hugh Grant! Dan then decides to turn this outdoor trip into a nightmare to make Hank rethink his new stepdad role. it is ...more
Amanda Kingswell
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! I have not had a book make me laugh out loud in so long and every chapter there was something that had me laughing. I will admit the stuff that had me laughing was probably immature and many would just eye roll at it but, I can't help it. Having a life like baby from a Life Skills class projectile vomit and have diarrhea all over the place, that is funny to me. This book is told from a perspective of a teen boy so be prepared for it to be a bit raunchy (not all teen boys' minds are in ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One day after school, Dan's mom reveals that she and her latest boyfriend, Hank are engaged. She’s sending them both on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Determined to trick Hank into showing his true — flawed — colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie prepare a series of gross and embarrassing pranks to expose and terrorize Hank out of the engagement when suddenly things take a turn leaving them separated with a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Don Calame's Dan vs. Nature was hilarious! What comes to mind to describe the book is the movie The Parent Trap, but with teenaged boys whom act upon the most despicable things you couldn't even dream about doing to another person. The things Dan and his best friend, Charlie, do to Hank are extremely mean. There are moments you hope Dan would give Hank a break, especially when they are running for their lives to get away from a man eating bear, yet Dan continues to find the time to prank Hank. A ...more
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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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