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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Calame Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781441814975
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Cooper Redmond has only one thing on his mind: tagging as many bases as possible by the end of sophomore year. He’s already picked out a prime target: the divine Prudence Nash, whose sexy serpent tattoo haunts his dreams. But when Coop is paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a semester-long Health project on safe sex, his hopes of making it to the Majors are suddenly DOA. It’s going to take something seriously epic to resuscitate his reputation — something like winning the Battle of the Bands with his best buds, Matt and Sean. There’s just one problem: they totally suck. Get ready for riffs on hot girls, Health class, and social hell in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jack | 2/13/2014

    " has some pretty funny parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 2/8/2014

    " As with most things, the sequel isn't as good as the original. Still a decent read with plenty of teen boy humor. Whatevs man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damaj saxton | 2/7/2014

    " This book is one of my favorits and i loved it it would be great for any kid in middle school "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/6/2014

    " Another hilarious installment in the Swim the Fly series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/3/2014

    " one word...cheesy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/30/2014

    " (ARC from ALA) Companion book to "Swim the Fly" - very fun. At first I was disappointed to find this was told from Cooper's point of view- I found the character kind of annoying in the first book. But now I'm glad it was his pov, since I really like the kid after knowing him better. I liked the realistic issues, challenges, hilarious dialogue... Great Dad character. All-around good guy read, great follow-up, and I'm looking forward to Sean narrating junior year, maybe? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 1/17/2014

    " Started at around 6:00 pm and ended at 10:30 pm - the same night! Review to come soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Seigel | 1/11/2014

    " A really funny and satisfying sequel to Swim the Fly, featuring Cooper. Many laugh-out-loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 FlibBityFLooB | 11/27/2013

    " Not quite as funny as the first book, Swim the Fly, this book still sucked me in. I found a lot of the character's behavior to be reprehensible, but there was a good ending that made me happy, without being completely unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Spitler | 11/9/2013

    " Hilarious! Don Calame has to be one of the funniest writers ever. Loved Coop's perspective and to get to know his dad more as a character. Loved seeing the world through Coop's eyes. Laughed at times until by sides hurt! Great book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa McAlvey | 11/9/2013

    " Pretty crude, which I was expecting, but the ending was pretty good. Didn't quite make up with how annoyed I was with the main character for the rest of the book. On Teen's Thumbs Up Award list so I thought I would read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/20/2013

    " again, my utter enjoyment of this book indicates my juvenile sense of humor. LOVED IT! this companion book does a great job of changing perspectives, with a different character being first person narrator of this title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charan Sandhu | 9/16/2013

    " I thought Swim The Fly was the best book ever... but I was so wrong.. Beat the Band is better.. I just loved reading the book from Coop's perspective... and Helen was nice addition to this book !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 7/15/2013

    " Funny as hell laughed through the entire thing! to think this is actually what goes through teenage boys heads! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee Patterson | 3/28/2013

    " The sequel is told from a different boy's perspective than the first one and it's not quite as funny as Swim the Fly, but still very enjoyable and recommendable. I hope he writes another one real soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanella | 8/12/2012

    " Read it for the White Pine club. I didn't read the first one, but you don't have to read the first one to read the second one. It's an enjoyable book regardless of if yo've read the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/6/2012

    " Hilarious! A little raunchy.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/6/2012

    " Great book. Fun to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/21/2012

    " This is one of the crudest YA books that boys will LOVE that I have ever read...want to slip a copy into my son's collection, without handing it to him directly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/30/2012

    " I liked this one better than Swim the Fly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Burns | 4/29/2011

    " This is a great boy book and the sequel to Swim the Fly. A must for any high school library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ardis | 4/5/2011

    " Maybe you have to be a teenaged boy to enjoy this book? And the hackneyed overuse of slang? And the fart jokes that last for an entire chapter? I got halfway through and the main character hadn't grown on me at all so I called it quits.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 4/5/2011

    " I lied, this is even funnier than first. Better yet, listen to it on audio. You won't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 3/30/2011

    " Cooper is an asshole--I kind of thought that in the first book, too--but he manages to be so likeable anyway.

    And I still love Nick Podehl as a narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/27/2011

    " has some pretty funny parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/21/2011

    " Pretty crude, which I was expecting, but the ending was pretty good. Didn't quite make up with how annoyed I was with the main character for the rest of the book. On Teen's Thumbs Up Award list so I thought I would read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/11/2011

    " A hilarious sequel to "Swim the Fly" following Coop and his friends into their sophomore year of high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/9/2011

    " Sequel to Swim the Fly. Funny, funny! Nick Podehl does the audiobook. Not for prudish sorts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/7/2011

    " I liked this one better than Swim the Fly. "

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