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Swim the Fly by Don Calame
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Apr 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: guy-lit, funny, realistic, favorites, ya

This book was funny, funny, funny. Not in the cerebral kind of humor that draws me to John Green and the like but total bathroom humor . . . and sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered.

Matt and his 2 best friends choose a goal every summer to meet: biking 15 miles to the lake and then skinny dipping, collecting 1000 golf balls from the local golf course, obtaining an illegal password to a porn site. You get the picture. This year, the stakes are set even higher: they will do everything in their power to see a real, live naked girl. As they work towards their goal, they find themselves in some unthinkable situations (cross-dressing, pooping their pants in front of the girl of their dreams, getting caught hiding in a closet at a party while spying on a couple making out) with hilarious consequences. But seeing a girl naked is really the least of Matt’s problems right now. He has volunteered to “swim the fly” (butterfly) at his swim teams final competition in order to impress a girl. Too bad he can barely swim a lap of the stroke. As Matt and his friends’ crazy summer unfolds, Matt learns a little about himself and even falls in love along the way.

I laughed out loud many, many times while reading this book. Loads of potty humor and sexual innuendos in here but, remember, our fearless narrator is a 15-year-old boy and Calame’s writing seems pretty spot on (although I am not and was not a 15-year-old boy I am pretty sure he has hit the mark here). Between the crazy circumstances that the boys find themselves in and the rapid back-and-forth of the witty dialogue (imagine if you will the conversations during national “that’s what she said” day) this book is just plain old funny. Great read for boys, particularly reluctant readers (I can only imagine that saying the words “naked girl” will result in the book being ripped out of my hands). Fun stuff.

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Reading Progress

April 20, 2011 – Shelved
Started Reading
June 30, 2011 – Shelved as: guy-lit
June 30, 2011 – Shelved as: funny
June 30, 2011 – Shelved as: realistic
June 30, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 1, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
October 5, 2016 – Shelved as: ya

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