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Beat the Band Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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It's tenth grade and the boys are upping the ante on their juvenile bets. For the summer, it was to see a real live naked girl. This school year? Cooper's aiming to tag the bases. Coop wants to hook up with model-looking Prudence Nash on the 10th grade health class project...but he's paired with the infamous "Hot Dog" Helen Harriwick. In the eyes of the teens at Lower Rockville High, this is social suicide. So he does what every teen in the depths of loserdom does to reclaim a bit of cool.. forms a band. If Matt, Cooper, and Sean's band, Arnold Murphy's Bologna Dare, wins the Battle of the Bands, they will rocket to cool in no time. Despite the fact none of them can play an instrument, they've never rehearsed, and they have no idea what they're doing. But then Coop spends more time with Helen and discovers what he was missing.
I praised Swim the Fly for its combination of humor with heart. It's good to see Beat the Band doesn't fail in this department. Once again, the characters are somewhat rude and juvenile, the humor might be crude, and the adults in the novel might as well as be teens themselves, but what Calame does so well is make it all work wonderfully. I enjoyed the character development in the first book, Beat the Band gives readers another taste of that. Once again, I have to compare it to Judd Apatow movies - high on crude, laughs, and heart.Read more ›
Although in the same vein of funny as SWIM THE FLY with most of the same cast, BEAT THE BAND (Swim The Fly #2) is a completely different story. To be honest the fact that this second book is written from Cooper's pov had me going in a bit weary from the start. Coop's brazen and often overly juvenile personality, albeit hysterical at times, made him a much less likable character in comparison to Matt, who was just so darn endearing as he narrated his way through book one. But I have to say those concerns were completely a non issue. I'm not saying there weren't some blatantly foul displays of inappropriate male adolescents from Mr. Cooper, because there most definitely were, more than a few and they were laugh-out-loud funny. But we also find there is a lot more to Coop than fart jokes and double entendres in this second installment. Fortunately author Don Calame saw fit to introduce us to the many layers of Cooper Redmond; as he navigates his way through embarrassing Sex Ed Health Class assignments, the school pariah, an out of work dad, hawt mean girls, his first kiss, the battle of the bands and his conscious.
This is a definite equal opportunity series that teens and adults of both genders will relate to and enjoy. I'm a 32 year old mom of 2 boys and I loved both books. I highly recommend the audio versions, which have provided countless hours of entertainment and distraction for me on the evil treadmill. Narrator Nick Podehl expertly gives a voice and a very distinct individuality to each character. I really hope Calame plans to round out the group and put out a third book from Sean's pov.
Although I admit that Beat the Band was not as hilarious as its predecessor: Swim the Fly, I couldn't find a part in this "adventure" that I did not like. Unlike the first book, that was narrated by Matt Gratton, this sequel was told through the mind of Cooper Redmond, who is a perverted and image crazed jerk that gets paired with the unpopular "Hot Dog" Helen for a health project on birth control. This event, of course, makes Coop get his best buds Matt and Sean together for one of his crazy plans: win the Battle of the Bands contest to score some hot babes and be super popular in school.
Being a sophomore in high-school helps me relate to Coop's thoughts and actions (except for the popularity crap) that he makes throughout the story. I highly recommend reading Swim the Fly before reading this book so that you can feel a better feel for the characters and to see what I mean when I say that it's not as funny. I gave Beat the Band 5/5 because it is simply a really good book, and if I could, I would give it more than that. This book, no, this series is a MUST READ!!!
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Love all the books in this series. Calame has crafted great and believable characters. Very laugh-out-loud humor. And the audio version is amazing. I highly recommend this author.Published 1 month ago by R. Gasper
This book was outstanding. It was really funny at times, and really heart breaking at others. It does have a lot of crude humor in it, but it's worth it.Published 17 months ago by Ann Maede
I read the first on and read it in one day and by one day I meant 8am to 3am in the morning. It was the same with this book. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am a teacher and this is not a book that I would recommend to students. It should be rated R. I read the first couple of chapters. I threw the book away.Published on November 23, 2013 by R. L. Whimpey
This is the second book in this developing series. However, Calame appears to have a better sense what this series is all about with this instalment. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Habs
Just a good, fun read! Great Characters and a nice look at another one of the boys from "Swim the Fly". Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by luv2laf
A truly great and relevant story for todays youth. I was surprised to find Coop as the narrator of this story, but quickly got over that fact once the story really got rolling. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Eric Jenney