SWIM THE FLY
Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2009
friends Matt, Coop and Sean always set themselves a goal each summer. They
have never failed to reach their goal. This year, their agreed-upon goal
is to see a real, live naked girl/woman before the end of the summer. This
does not go as smoothly as they had expected, and you might wonder how
powerful laxatives, cross-dressing, projectile vomiting, and learning to
swim the 100-yard butterfly race from a sadistic German swim instructor
to impress the new girl on the swim team might relate to this goal. Wonder
no more! By the time you are done snorting snot out of your nose from laughing
without warning, absorbing all of Coop's crass yet hilarious metaphors
and talk--Finally, the guys hit their goal. It's not, however, like anything
they wanted: They would give their whole allowance to burn it out of their
mind. Don Calame was a screenwriter who worked on various Disney films,
so he knows how to create scenes where the dialogue is realistic, clever
and crackling with life. While this rapid-fire book is spewing gross-outs,
you will also find the sweet center with the three boys who share a true
friendship. Find a place where you have privacy, so you don't get buried
with ugly looks from people wondering why you keep complaining your stomach
hurts from laughing so hard. Swim the Fly also has a sequel with a new
goal for the three friends!
(Booktalk by Michael Fleming, Pacific Cascade Middle School Library) (Washington Evergreen YA Book Award)
Swimming -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Summer -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.