Book Review – The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

3798703So, my girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I’m not sure I want the answer to. 

Some people would let a senior year like this get them down. Not me. I’m Sutter Keely, master of the party. But don’t mistake a midnight philosopher like me for nothing more than a shallow party boy. Just ask Aimee, the new girl in my life. She saw the depth in the Sutterman from that first moment when she found me passed out on the front lawn. Okay, so she’s a social disaster, but that’s where I come in. 

Yes, life is weird, but I embrace the weird. Let everyone else go marching off into their great shining futures if they want. Me, I’ve always been more than content to tip my whisky bottle and take a ride straight into the heart of the spectacular now.

When I read the synopsis for this book, the first thing I thought was: “oh man, this Sutter character already annoys me. Let me guess, an immature party boy who can’t take anything seriously falls for the quirky shy girl, screw up a few things a long the way but end up wanting to become a better person for her and starts getting his shit together. Such a typical and predictable story with a main character I won’t relate to at all. “

Well I was right for some things, but wrong for others. First of all, Sutter didn’t annoy me at all. I couldn’t help but find his charismatic personality endearing, his unbreakable positivity somewhat inspiring. Admittedly, he was flawed. He couldn’t take any serious business seriously and always resolved to humor in uncomfortable situations, which didn’t always help him, and drank a little (way) too much. But he wasn’t like what you’d imagine the typical popular and party boy to be, he was very non-judgmental and open-minded. He liked everybody, even the people who didn’t like him. He always considered the positive aspect of things, found qualities in everyone and “embraced the weird”. Since the book was written in his perspective, it allowed the reader to see inside his head and understand his behavior better. He was a perfect example of a good kid making the wrong choices, or not knowing better, or not asking himself the right questions. He came to terms with everything in the end though, even if the ending was not as satisfactory as it could be, still a great book that I would recommend.




Happy Reading 🙂


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