Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Matt, Coop, and Sean. Three high school boys who are about to embark on an epic summer quest. Each year they set themselves a goal to achieve over the summer, and this year is no exception. What is this goal, you ask? Read the book to find out! Goal aside, Matt discovers quite a few things about himself and his friends over this three month period, like how sometimes you think you want one thing, only to find out what you really want has been staring you in the face all along. Or how all the good things in life aren't handed to you, but they take a little effort to work for. After Matt foolishly volunteers to swim the butterfly on his swim team, even though he CAN'T swim the butterfly, he struggles all summer long to improve his swimming abilities, impress a girl, and discover that life long friendships do in fact endure.
Why I Picked it Up: This book is on the 2015 Abe Nominee list. I heard it was funny like Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Why I Finished It: I love books that make me laugh, so it was easy to want to get to the end of the book. Even though I could kinda see how this would all end up, there were a few surprises that made it all worthwhile. Also, I found out it was part of a series, so I can keep reading about Matt, Coop, and Sean!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes to laugh out loud while they are reading. Since the main characters are boys, this might not be high on the list for any high school girls, but it should be!
**Librarian Side Note** This is book 1 in a pseudo-series. The next book is told from Coop's point of view, and the third book is told from Sean's. I can't wait to read them!