Monday, November 2, 2009

Swim the Fly by Don Calame - Review

Three friends, Matt, Sean, and Coop, have a tradition. Every summer since they were about eight they’ve set themselves a goal. Like building a clubhouse out of old boxes or playing a thousand ping pong games. This summer Coop decides that their goal should be to try to see a naked girl – in person.

And just to make life a little more complicated, Matt volunteers to swim the 100-yard butterfly to impress Kelly, the newest girl on their swim team. Oh – did I mention that Matt is not one of the better swimmers on the team and that he actually can’t even manage to swim one lap of butterfly? But he has all summer to practice – right? How hard can it be? Especially as he finds a new swim instructor who has a very unusual (sadistic) coaching style.

This is a laugh-out-loud, be-careful-where-you-read-it, kind of a book. It screams out for a movie version (Judd Apatow, can you hear me?). But I’d certainly give this a PG-13 label!

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