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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,507 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: 9781441890511
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Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Sean and Coop, always set themselves a summertime 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?

“Raunchy (but mildly so) hilarity ensues.” -People Magazine

“Serves up jokes and gross-outs in the style of filmmakers like Judd Apatow....Boys will probably love it. This one did.” -The New York Times Book Review

“Hilariously raucous scenes stuff its pages.” -Los Angeles Times 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 Alejandra Blancas | 2/15/2014

    " I like this book because it was so funny, i do recommend this to other people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SMGgles_96 Grave | 1/28/2014

    " At first I couldn't get into this book. But Im glad a decided to sit down and read it. I was very humourus and funny. A great comedy book something you can relate to as a teen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews) | 1/10/2014

    " review to follow on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 12/22/2013

    " Fun book for teen boys. I can see why, according to an article I saw a while ago, it turned a whole class of them into readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Lanza | 12/16/2013

    " This book literally made me laugh out loud! It wAs fun to get inside the mind of teenage boys and understand the way they think. Recommend for teens AND adults! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 12/8/2013

    " I would not recommend this to younger readers, let's say 14 and under, because of the incessant talk about sex and nudity plus the many jokes about sexual parts, ("that's what she said" type.) However, I thought it very funny and the main character, Matt, pretty endearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/3/2013

    " Calame's background as a screenwriter shines through in this funny, fast-paced look at the teen male mind. His narrative is spot on, capturing the voice and mindset of pubescent boys who cannot see past their own folly in their quest to see a naked girl. Matt is an endearing main character who finds himself caught up in not only his friends' schemes, but also his grandfather's plot to woo a recently widowed neighbor. The chapters are short and episodic, the dialogue, while at times crude, is laugh out loud funny and realistic, and the action is fast-paced. Secondary characters, including the adults, are well-drawn. The novel loses a little steam and humor at the end as Calame neatly ties up all the storylines into a picture perfect ending. Overall, a fun debut from a fresh new voice in teen literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 11/16/2013

    " At age 15 what do boys think of --- girls (and all that that implies.) I read this one after reading Orson Cards review. I went in knowing the language was a bit rough, but I'll admit to laughing out loud more than once. The book follows one main character who, with his other two friends, sets a goal for the summer. Of course what they want and what they get are two _very_ different things!! The journey is definitely not a straight line - and as in life, some of it's for the worse and some of it is for the better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 11/15/2013

    " seriously hilarious..complete with pants crapping and other gut bustingly funny moments, great pick for boys "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 11/1/2013

    " Matt, Sean, & Coop make their annual summer pledge/goal and in the 11th grade summer it is to see a naked girl! A hilarious adventure happens involving the boys, girls, swimming. Awesomely funny! MLA Thumbs UP nominee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 10/29/2013

    " The funniest book I've ever read! I laughed so hard during the locker room scene that I was crying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn Harlan | 3/30/2013

    " Reads like Apatow wrote it, I am not the first to mention this. But the bathroom/diarrhea scene did have me laughing. Plus the ebook is on sale at Amazon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 3/11/2013

    " one of the funniest books I have read! the flap says the author is an accomplished screenwriter, and it shows in the dialogue - sharp, clever and laugh-out-loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krissy Ronan | 12/18/2012

    " This book is not for me. But it's fun enough and I know some students who would like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/4/2012

    " Hands down, one of the funniest books I have ever read. 99% of my students absolutely love this book. We loved this book so much that we begged Don Calame to come to our school -- and he did! What a wonderful author. Our students are HUGE fans of the book and this amazing author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/11/2012

    " My expectations were higher "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 10/2/2012

    " Pretty raunchy at time but always pretty funny especially with an annoying dad who is just as bad as the high school boys whom this book is really about. A good and funny read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catharine | 2/12/2012

    " I loved this book. It was really funny and I'm sure I will read it again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/15/2012

    " Definitely geared towards teen boys. A silly read, for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 12/9/2011

    " Has some funny moments but his second in the series is even funnier. Written from a guy's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/5/2011

    " Hands down, one of the funniest books I have ever read. 99% of my students absolutely love this book. We loved this book so much that we begged Don Calame to come to our school -- and he did! What a wonderful author. Our students are HUGE fans of the book and this amazing author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/11/2011

    " This is a funny teenage boy book with a positive message about committment and seeing a promise through. Some mildly raunchy humor with more adult themes. High school and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 9/20/2011

    " seriously hilarious..complete with pants crapping and other gut bustingly funny moments, great pick for boys "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/19/2011

    " This will leave a smile on your face for hours after you finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 8/19/2011

    " Losin' It + Mischief in a novel. Probably more enjoyable if you're a young male virgin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 8/2/2011

    " For some reason this book really cracked me up. You feel so bad for the teenage boys, but know that is how boys are at that age too. It is a fast cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/27/2011

    " Pretty funny teenage boy book- a nice look onto what really goes on inside theirs heads "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 7/23/2011

    " Laugh out loud funny for the raunchy teenage boy situations and humor. Great for YA boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/15/2011

    " Once I resigned myself to a teenage male narrator who recorded every juvenile thought he had about girls, friends, and bodily functions, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 7/13/2011

    " Quick, easy, light read. Laugh out loud funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 7/11/2011

    " boy humor
    somewhat raunchy
    probably best for 9th graders
    absolutely hilarious "

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About the Author
Author Don Calame

Don Calame is a screenwriter whose film projects include Employee of the Month and Hounded. Of his many prior occupations, he says his most satisfying was teaching elementary school for four years in Los Angeles, where he received the LAUSD District Intern Golden Apple Award and a Los Angeles Education Partnership Grant. He lives in British Columbia.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.