The Spectacular Now | Tim Tharp | Review and Discussion

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Hello, readers!

Today, I am reviewing Tim Tharp’s incredibly relatable The Spectacular Now.

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Scholastic

Date Published: October 20th 2008

Summary: Sutter Keeley’s the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life – or ruin it forever.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts: Tim Tharp is certainly no stranger to decent, detailed writing. His debut novel, Falling Dark, shows no difference in the descriptive style of hi writing. The Spectacular Now was moving and honestly changed my view on life. Tharp portrayed Sutter as your typical, careless and popular high school boy. He was the perfect main character for this story. Whilst reading the book, Sutter seems like the best friend or boyfriend anybody could ask for, but after reading the book you think “probably not”. At times, he is extremely rude to his girlfriend, Cassidy, and then what he did to poor Aimee at the end of the book. I feel like we could have had more. For example, what happens after Sutter doesn’t join Aimee? Does she go after him, or leave him be? And does Sutter finally go to college, or get back with Cassidy? So many questions are left unanswered in this otherwise beautiful novel, and I will not stop trying to find answers to them.

“That’s alright,” she says, and I have to wonder how many times she’s said that to the people in her life who screwed her over somehow.
“No,” I say. “It’s not alright. But I couldn’t help it.”

However, you have to admire what Sutter does for Aimee. He increases her confidence and changes her as a person. Something she would never have been able to do for herself.

The movie has a stellar cast, with Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Hollywood rising star, Miles Teller (Whiplash and soon to be Fantastic Four).

If you have any views or opinions on this novel, please leave them in the comments below! Thank you for reading this.

~Jemma xox

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