Saturday 29 October 2011

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Review: Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly by Don CalameSwim the Fly by Don Calame (review copy) - Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time. But this mission impossible starts to look easy in comparison to Matt's other challenge: to swim the 100-yard butterfly and impress the gorgeous Kelly West. From Amazon UK

I love reading YA. I wouldn't review it if I didn't. But I have to admit that I prefer YA written for boys than YA written for girls. They're just so funny! So when Swim the Fly came through my letterbox, I started reading straight away. And it's brilliant!

I can't count the times I actually laughed out loud while reading this book, or how many of those times I actually sat there laughing for a good while before being able to continue reading. There are so many incidents in this book - whether it be the three mates desperate attempts to see a naked girl, or Matt's Grandad trying to woo a recent windower - that are just so silly and ridiculous, you can't help but laugh. Though I have to say there were moments when I felt a little disturbed at some of the things that happened, but I guess boys will be boys, and it was all fairly believable despite that.

Swim the Fly was light on the serious issues. It touched on a thing or two every now and then, but for the main part, it's a comedy. This isn't a bad thing though, as there was never much of a downer on the story, and I was kept smiling.

This review is pretty short, but I don't know what else I can say without spoiling it, as so much happens. The characters are awesome, they get themselves into so many scrapes, and come out with really funny phrases. It's just a brilliant book, and would make a good summer read. I highly recommend it, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Beat the Band. An awesome book!

Thank you to Templar Publishing for sending me a review copy.

Published: 9th May 2011
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Buy on Amazon US
Don Calame's Website


  1. I got this one this week, I cant wait to read it and see if I love it as much as you did! :D

  2. Definitely agree that I love YA from a boy's perspective. It's a nice change from a female's POV--which is usually more emotional and over-thinky. Guys, on the other hand, are more "act first, maybe think about it later" and tend to use more humor in their narrative voice--definite loves for me!


  3. This is one I'm definitely looking forward to reading, I love funny books too :)

  4. Raimy - Oh, I hope you do! I loved it!

    Lori - I completely agree! Boys' POV are just so funny! I love them!

    Michelle - Awesome, I hope you enjoy it! :)

  5. This sounds fun, but maybe not for me. Great review though, I am glad you enjoyed it :)

  6. Thanks :) That's a shame, but I guess not everyone can like the same books :)