Publisher: Candlewick/Brilliance Audio
Release Date: September 14, 2010 (first pub 4/14/2009)
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs, 30 min)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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Swim the Fly is freaking hilarious! It’s FULL of laugh out loud moments, and way more than what I was expecting. The story follows three long time friends Matt, Coop, and Sean as they set out to accomplish their summer goal – to see a real-live naked girl.
Matt and his friends are on the swim team, and they’re not the best swimmers on the team. When a new girl joins the team, Kelly who’s gorgeous and a great swimmer, Matt crushes hard. In an effort to impress her, he volunteers to swim the 50m butterfly. Never mind that he’s scrawny, doesn’t have the body type necessary to do it well, and can barely manage a single lap, he’s determined to make it happen.
The story is told from Matt’s point of view, and I was completely entertained with being inside the head of a 15 year old boy. Oh, the things boys (of all ages) will do to get the attention of a girl… Seriously the shenanigans the guys pulled in attempt to see a naked girl made me laugh so hard!
I listened to the audio version of this book, and was so excited to recognize the narrator’s voice! Nick Podehl also performed John Green’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which I loved. Podehl is a fantastic narrator! I think he perfectly voiced Matt, his grandfather, and really… all of the characters. He gave 150% to the story, and did a great job capturing the tone and humor of Swim the Fly.
Swim the Fly may seem crude to some, but if you have any kind of sense of humor, I think you’ll find it full of heart and plenty of laughs. I highly recommend this audiobook!