June 24, 2009

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Three adolescent boys with a single goal: see a real live naked girl. The result is razor-sharp, rapid-fire, and raunchy, of course; and beyond hilarious. The novel is geared for teen boys, but a great read for adults, too.

Three 15 year olds, Matt, Coop and Sean BFF, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's goal, to see a real-live naked girl for the first time — quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress the sizzling new female star of the swim team. In the spirit of Hollywood’s blockbuster comedies, screenwriter-turned-YA-novelist Don Calame unleashes a true ode to the adolescent male: characters who are side-splittingly funny, sometimes crude, yet always full of heart.

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