Swim the Fly by Don Calame,
read by Nick Podehl

Publisher: Candlewick/Brilliance Audio
Release Date: September 14, 2010 (first pub 4/14/2009)
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs, 30 min)
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Buy: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Indiebound

Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Sean and Coop, always set themselves a summer-time goal. This year’s? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time. As far as Matt is concerned, they’d have better luck finding the lost city of Atlantis. But seeing a girl in the buff starts to seem like child’s play compared to the other summertime goal Matt sets for himself: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) in order to impress Kelly West, the hot new girl. So what if he can’t manage a single lap, let alone four? He’s got the whole summer to perfect his technique. What could possibly go wrong? (Brilliance Audio)

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!

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5 Responses to Audiobook Review: Swim the Fly by Don Calame

  1. Candace says:

    I picked this up at the Scholastic warehouse sale and I’m so glad to hear its really good! And hearing that it really is funny makes me want to pick it up right now! Thanks for the awesome review!
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  2. Melissa's Midnight Musings
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    This book looks like a ton of fun! Great review.
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  3. Jess says:

    I haven’t heard of this one but I’m for anything with a little humor and male narrotor.
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  5. Laurie C
    Twitter: baystateRA

    Agree! Definitely crude and gross at times, but very funny! I liked it so much I also listened to the sequel, Beat the Band. Also good!
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