Book Review: Swim The Fly by Don Calame

Swim The Fly is the debut novel from Don Calame who is also a professional screenwriter of films like ‘Employee of the Month’. It was published by Templar Publishing on 9th May and the book is 336 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

Plot
Best friends, Matt, Coop and Sean have one mission every summer. This summer, they plan on seeing a real-live naked girl, a mission much more complex than any others that have accomplished. This year, Matt has set himself a personal goal as well. Impress the extremely beautiful Kelly West, a fellow member of the swim team. The only way that he can think to really impress her is to swim the 100 yard butterfly race, which is nearly impossible for someone like Matt, who is skinny and never works out.

This summer, these three friends will find themselves in more trouble and compromising situations then they had ever though possible in such a short space of time but will they actually accomplish their goal?

What I thought
It is very rare in the YA genre that you get to see a book such as this, which is a damn shame. The majority of YA books that I have read have been told from a female’s point of view and I can only actually think of one or two which have had the voice of a male character. Not only that, but I have never read a book anywhere remotely close to being like this one, which is no bad thing.

Matt and his friends are all fantastic characters with their own distinct voices. Although the trio are obviously very close friends, they are all extremely different. The one thing they all do have in common though is how naive they are. They all have no idea whatsoever when it comes to girls and think that their task is going to be an easy one. They were wrong! Being the main character, Matt grows a lot throughout the book in many ways and I loved seeing his character progress. He does a lot of growing up due to realising that there is more to life than he once thought. The other characters are also wonderfully written. Matt’s Grandpa was one of my favourites due to his weird personality and ability to make fun out of just about anything.

I don’t think I have ever laughed so much at a book. I don’t just mean laughing in my head either. This book had me laughing out loud so much that my flatmates were giving me a lot of funny looks. Thankfully, I wasn’t reading this one at work or the customers would have thought I was completely insane. As I said in the plot summary, Matt and his friends have the goal of seeing a real-live naked girl during the summer and that in itself is quite funny. I obviously have never been in the mind of a teenage boy but I cant say that I had any goals like this when I was their age and this only makes me wonder what else teenage boys think they can accomplish when they set their minds to something.

What makes this book stand out so much is the writing style. Calame’s style is witty and funny and has the ability to see the funny side of just about anything. Nothing is left out in this book which is why it comes with a parental advisory warning but that was another of its fantastic qualities. Teenage boys are pretty gross and Calame makes sure to point this out at every chance he gets. There are some seriously cringe worthy moments throughout so it is not for the feint hearted. I wondered throughout the whole book where the author was getting these crazy ideas from and whether or not any of them were from past experience. The book actually reminded me of The Inbetweeners in a way because of what the boys get up to and how they act so any fans of the show will probably like this book.

Considering that this is a debut novel, I would have never have guessed had I not known. Some debut novels can be a bit unequal in places but this book runs smoothly throughout. Calame knows what he wants to say and knows exactly how to get his message across. Although this is a bit of a coming of age story, it is unlike the norm for this kind of thing. Swim The Fly puts an exciting twist on the basic plot which has now been done to death and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. This book is something which the YA genre has been screaming out for.

I cant think of anyone who this book wont relate to. Yes, it is told from the point of view of teenage boys but we are all teenagers at some point and there is something in there for everyone whether it is having a crush on someone out of your league, making crazy plans with your friends or even the insanity that is life at home. I am so happy that another of the boys is getting his own book and I will definitely be picking it up as soon as it is released. Don Calame is an author to look out for!








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4 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one yet but it is sitting on my TBR pile - I'll have to bump it up!

    Fantastic review as always.

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  2. great review! I really wanna read this one, it sounds awesome

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  3. Fabulous review, I cannot wait to read it :D

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  4. I listened to Swim the Fly on audio. It was absolutely hilarious!
    I linked to your review and your author interview in my post about it today at http://baystatera.com/2011/07/26/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-gone-wild-swim-the-fly-by-don-calame/

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