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Beat the Band

(Swim the Fly #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Get ready for riffs on hot girls, health class, and social hell! The outrageously funny boys from Swim the Fly return to rock their sophomore year.

In this hilarious sequel to Swim the Fly, told from Coop’s point of view, it’s the beginning of the school year, and the tenth-grade health class must work in pairs on semester-long projects. Matt and Sean get partnered up (the
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published September 5th 2010)
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Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tom by: kpopfan
Oh yeah!! My first comedy turned out to be way funnier than I expected. I am so glad that I have GR friends because I don’t have to read synopsis after synopsis trying to figure out what I might like. Shout out to DaemonBlack(bookfreak) for an awesome recommendation.(22 yo girl in case you think this is just a guys book)

The story is about Sean, Coop, and Matt, three high school boys. Unfortunately *looks right* *looks left* it is told in a voice that high school boys actually think and act. I wo
After achieving their goal of seeing a real, live woman au natural in the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, Matt, Sean and Coop are back with a new goal--to see if they can make it to the elusive third base. Told from Coop's point of view, Beat the Band is a follow-up to one of my favorite books in recent memory Swim the Fly.

But maybe Fly set my expectations bar way too high because while I liked Beat the Band, I didn't love it. Part of that could be that Coop is a bit rougher
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Beat the Band is an excellent sequel to Swim the Fly. The characters seem to come alive even more as we see them through a second crazy plan. Initially, I found Cooper to be a hard narrator to support. His views, particularly of the girls in his class, really started to get under my skin. I realize part of that is that the reader is brought inside the mind of a teenage boy, but I initially found Cooper more irritating in that regard.

But I was so glad at the end that I stuck with it because Coope
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage boys
Recommended to Jacer3000 by: Myself
Shelves: amazing
Woooo, ah, I love this series. But as I said, it's not for everyone. In fact, it probably only appeals to teenage guys about my age... Heh.
But I was laughing out loud for half the book, and the other half was devoted to a surprising amount of drama and romance. This book is exactly like the first book, except if anything, funnier and with a good bit less romanticism.

The first book, (Swim the Fly) was written from the perspective of Matt, the calm dude. And this book tells a new story from the pe
“You won’t be sorry; I promise… this is going to be epic!” –Cooper Redmond… Famous last words, yes? Maybe, but that all depends on how you look at it. Even when you lose, sometimes you win something much better.

Although in the same vein of funny as SWIM THE FLY with most of the same cast, BEAT THE BAND (Swim The Fly #2) is a completely different story. To be honest the fact that this second book is written from Cooper’s pov had me going in a bit weary from the start. Coop’s brazen and often over
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Don Calame has a great sense of humor. I enjoyed reading Swim the Fly but my experience with the sequel Beat the Band was even better. Cooper makes for a hilarious and sympathetic protagonist. Like many high school students, Cooper is obsessed with his reputation. He desperately wants to cover all the bases with a hot girl and be cool with all the guys (and the popular girls) in school. However, the already shaky foundation upon which his reputation sits is about to crumble when he is paired up ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Cooper Redmond thinks his garage band, Arnold Murphy's Bologna Dare, has what it takes to win his high school's Battle of Bands and make him uber-popular and attract the hottest girls in school. His band mates, Sean and Matt, don't quite agree. When Cooper is paired with the school joke, Helen, for a semester-long health class project, he is sure that no matter how well his band does, being seen with Helen will ruin his chances to become big man on campus. When it's discovered that Helen has a k ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just like it's predecessor, Swim the Fly, this book had me in tears from laughing so hard. Cooper Redmond decides that for their sophomore year goal, he and buds Matt and Sean will get to all the bases with, he hopes, the four hottest girls of the class. Yes, he crude and objectifies girls, especially when he's daydreaming of foursomes. Most teenage boys also hope for a girl to ask for a co-ed shower. What's funny is he doesn't stand a chance at any at scoring at these things, let alone first ba ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok, this book had me laughing right from the start. Coop is such a skuz it is unbelieveable, but he has a good heart, and you can't really dislike him.

His Health teacher teams him with a totally unpopular girl for a whole semester for a presentation on contraception, so Coop HAS to do something to redeem his own reputation at school. His first choice is to help the clique of hot girls who are making his partner's life even more miserable. His second thought is to revive the band he had formed wi
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
You know, I do not like Judd Apatow movies, and Homer Simpson truly drives me crazy. So, I knew this book was not written for me. I just really do not like bathroom humor. Other than that, but that is a big that in this book, the story was sort of sweet, and well written,too. Sort of like Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, but with boys. But please YA authors, you can be funny without being vulgar.
Not quite as funny as the first book, Swim the Fly, this book still sucked me in. I found a lot of the character's behavior to be reprehensible, but there was a good ending that made me happy, without being completely unbelievable.
Cooper is an asshole--I kind of thought that in the first book, too--but he manages to be so likeable anyway.

And I still love Nick Podehl as a narrator.
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The boys from Swim the Fly by Don Calame are back! Beat the Band isn’t exactly a sequel to Swim the Fly, but it does have the same characters. Once I heard about Calame’s second book I had to have it. While the first book by Calame was narrated by Matt, Beat the Band has Coop’s tale to tell. It isn’t essential to read Swim the Fly, but after reading Beat the Band, you’ll want to. Both books are hilarious.

It’s tenth grade and the boys are upping the ante on their juvenile bets. For the summer, it
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-myself
Beat the Band is the sequel to the hilarious Swim the Fly. You can read my review of the first novel HERE.

This novel is another comical, daft teenage drama. Told from Coop’s point of view, the story follows the three guys through their first semester of the new school year. After an epic summer, Coop, Matt and Sean are back to reality. Matt is still hopelessly devoted to the lovely Valerie. Sean is still loopy. Coop is the guy who ropes them into all kinds of trouble.

Cooper is a really funny vie
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Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

In the author note for BEAT THE BAND, Don Calame states, "It was hard saying good-bye to the characters in SWIM THE FLY. And then I realized I didn't have to. I just needed to find a way to get them back into trouble again."

This reader is extremely pleased that Calame missed his characters enough to give them another chance in BEAT THE BAND. I found them even more engaging and entertaining this second time around.

It is sophomore yea
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
An outstanding sequel to Swim the Fly! Like the Harry Potter characters, I loved reconnecting with these fellows and their exploits. Nick Podehl's narration is outstanding and those character voices will be forever ingrained in my head. Should there be another in this series, Nick Podehl better do the narration.

Swim the Fly was written from the perspective of Matt, who is one of the three boys whose exploits we hilariously follow. It is in this character's voice that the author/narrator tells
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hilarious, riveting and fun involving characters I will never forget. I am definitely going to be looking out for the prequel, Swim the Fly, which I have heard is ten times funnier!

Beat the Band revolves around the three trouble-causing teenagers: Coop, Sean and Matt. When Coop gets paired up with the most repulsive social outcast, 'Hot Dog' Helen, he has to do something to keep his reputation (or what he has of it). Rumours are getting worse and worse, so he must act fast.

From the
I really need to stop reading these kinds of books at night--I laugh through them and that doesn't make me sleepy!
The sequel to "Swim the Fly," this book switches to the point of view of Cooper Redmond. Coop, and his "Swim the Fly" buds Matt and Sean, are in their sophomore year. Their project in health class is to take a topic assigned by the teacher and present a full class period on it. Matt and Sean are drawn as partners but Coop is paired with Helen Harriwick--or Hot Dog Helen as she has be
I really enjoyed this follow up to Swim the Fly. This time the story is told from the perspective of Coop, who was kind of the insensitive jerk of the trio of friends (Matt, Sean & Coop) from the first book. The story picks up during their sophomore year. Coop has a goal to hit all the bases with a girl, specifically with one of the 'hot', popular ones. But his tactics are not well-received (let's just say his lines are pretty lewd, but also goofy). His plans take a turn for the worse when h ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the funniest books I've ever read. I actually picked this one up before I read Swim the Fly. Surprisingly, I wasn't hopelessly confused without the guidance of the first book. Beat the Band could easily be a stand-alone novel.

Cooper, the main character, is absolutely hilarious. I actually laughed out loud many times throughout the pages of this book. The plans he goes through just to accomplish his goal simply adds to the humor. It's actually quite realistic in this sense:
Mrs. Tongate
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, teen, romance
Great boy book. Funny, 10th grade boys, romance, peer pressure, mean girls, and Battle of the Bands. (Chapter 18 is hilarious!)

Sequel to Swim The Fly. STF is my favorite but this is still a great read that boys will love. Coop is in 10th grade and was assigned to do a Health project on birth control with the one girl they call, "Hot Dog" Helen. He tries every stunt to get out of this project. Ends up, Helen is not that bad at the books and the looks!! Helen also can sing!! Is Coop falling in lo
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I loved this book. I laughed outlound several times - late at night, reading until 2am to finish it! Cooper and his Dad are crase and inappropriate but hilariously funny. My favorite parts are: the gassy library (no kidding), shopping for contraceptives, and "sprucing up their image". As an 80's music fan, I enjoyed Dad revisiting his high school band days and the images it conjured up. I also appreciated the use of song titles as chapter titles - clever Mr. Calame, very clever. I can't wa ...more
Michele C.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars.I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. I had already read "Swim the Fly", the 1st book of this series, and loved it. While the 1st book was in Matt's POV, this one is in Cooper's. Cooper is the instigator/trouble- maker of the 3 friend, and his thoughts are sometimes crude, but mostly hilarious. This book would definitely appeal to boys, as well as girls who'd like a peek into a boy's head. This was a quick, fun read. While I enjoyed "Swim the Fly" a bit more, I still liked t ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-14, humor, guys
HHAHAHAHAHA! A three chapter long hilarious fart joke? HAHAHAHAHA! Ridiculously silly crude sex jokes? HAHAHAHAHA! Plus, characters who learn lessons? I love it!

Here is an example of the humor, in case you want to share it with your "guys"

Andy grits his teeth and pushes me away. "Watch your back, Corn Dog. Cause you'll never know when I'll be coming."

"On my back? Dude, no thanks!"

Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo funny! Maybe even better than the first (SWIM THE FLY). Coop makes a hysterical narrator. Nearly as hilarious as the first book but with even better character development. Loved it. Hope there is going to be a third one!
Sarah (YA Love)
Thoroughly entertaining. More "bathroom" humor than Swim the Fly. Not quite as good as Swim the Fly, but I still really enjoyed it and ended up really liking Coop's character. Lots of character growth.
Rachel Seigel
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A really funny and satisfying sequel to Swim the Fly, featuring Cooper. Many laugh-out-loud moments.
Damaj saxton
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my favorits and i loved it it would be great for any kid in middle school
Michael Humphrey
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very funny continuation of first book, told from the viewpoint of a different friend. Interesting idea, can't wait for the third one if Don continues this concept.
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-teen
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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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