Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Call the Shots by Don Calame (Swim the Fly #3)

And . . . action! As the uproarious trio returns, sensitive Sean takes the spotlight — scripting a low-low-budget film while fielding unexpected female fans.

Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean’s point of view. What’s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and Matt filthy rich! It’s a terrible idea, and Sean knows it. But he actually is desperate for cash — and for a way to wipe that big fat off his girlfriend-less forehead. But when he agrees to write a script about the attack of zombie-vampire humanzees, he has no idea just how powerful a chick magnet this movie will be. Suddenly Sean is juggling not one butthree interested ladies. There’s his accidental-girlfriend-turned-psychotic-stalker, Evelyn. There’s the wicked hot actress from drama class, Leyna, who seems willing to do anything to land the starring role. And even his twin sister’s gothed-out best friend, Nessa, is looking at Sean in a whole new way. Will any of them wind up as Sean’s true leading lady? Will Sean stop being a doormat and finally start calling the shots?

My Thoughts:
The last book in a series. As with the first two books, this was laugh-out-loud funny. Much laughing going on. And lots of raunchy boy humor. It was hilarious. And highly irreverent.

So we've established it's funny. What else did I like? The boys' friendship is really nice. They all give each other a hard time and call each other on whatever stupid thing they've done but they're ultimately good, loyal friends. And all the other relationships in the book seemed very normal, very layered. Brothers and sisters and parents and friends and everyone had relationships in which they cared for each other but sometimes got mad or sad or irritated or whatever else and it was so very normal without being boring. Well done, there, Mr. Calame. Except for Nick and Evelyn who were pretty much always scary/crazy. Evelyn's character actually bothered me a bit; I felt like she was an easy excuse for everything. She was the cause of the love triangle and just about all of the conflict and she made the book wrap up really quickly, concisely and easily without too much explanation or difficulty. So poor, psychopath, Evelyn, made this book possible by being the one everyone hates. I felt bad for her. And it felt like really convenient writing.

Apart from Evelyn, things that happened in this book seemed extremely coincidental. Like, Sean would be thinking about someone and, suddenly, they were knocking on the door. Or that time when Sean was at the mall and, like, five different things happened in quick succession to keep him from meeting up with that girl. While hilarious, I couldn't help but feel annoyed by the convenience of the way things happened. My mouth would be hanging open in disbelief by the time those scenes finished. But, yeah, it was funny. So maybe it was worth it.

I don't know what else to say. This book was hilarious, even if completely absurd. I love the characters and how they treat each other but there's a whole lot of raunchy, dirty boy humor going on.

Sexual Content: Moderate
Language: Heavy
Violence: Mild
Drugs/Alcohol: Mild (if any)

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