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Teen drunk's tragic story best for mature readers. Read Common Sense Media's The Spectacular Now review, age rating, and parents guide. The Spectacular Now is a American coming of age romantic comedy-drama film directed .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - book cover, description, publication history.
Fans of The Catcher in the Rye. Recommended to Alyssa by: I happen to know three or four. I loved Sutter, this broken, broken boy.
I think Tharp reflected alcoholism realistically and suitably on Sutter, even if sometimes it was hard for me, loving Sutter and all, to handle a 7UP and whiskey nearly every scene. Sutter starts out a drunk in the beginning of the book, and not many changes happen with him as we go along. Cassidy, after Sutter, would have had to be my favourite character.
Not only did Tharp give her a personality - ex-girlfriend's are real people, you know - but he gave her rendition and space to show why Sutter loved her in the first place. A lot of the time, you'll read about an ex-girlfriend that's a complete bitch, and you wonder how the main character could love that. Cassidy, even if not a huge character, sort of made the book for me, as did Ricky, the multi-dimensional best friend who was exactly perfect and nothing like other best friends who have all the potential but never make anything of it.
Tharp presented the life of teens as well as he did alcoholism. I think he chose a risky subject to write about — taking a look at other reviews, people seem to think he went overboard — but that he did it justice.
I wish for you to read this book. Here we go.. It would have been a 5stars book except for Aimee I couldn't figure her out and she was a bit too naive for my taste; all that planning scared me to be honest..
I might need to re-read the last page. Can I also have one more page please? I have tons of quotes that I liked to testify if you won't have my word - The writing - I just picked this book up and couldn't put it down. I didn't want to. It's not like we don't do those things now, but we are more quite about it, less free, more down-to-earth.. I thought it was supposed to be a light, funny read not sure where I got that idea from but at times it felt pretty heavy.
And yes, there is swearing and drinking and some talk about sex, I am not sure why people keep warning about hese things in their reviews, where do you live in a bubble so you don't find that in real life? No, no need to explain, I get that you don't like reading about those things I am getting bothered by other things too that don't seem to bother you one bit I just had it on the tip of my fingers, so I had to let it out. Also I am not sure how you do it the parenting stuff , but when I was young it only took my parents to not let me do some things and..
And even though there are drugs and a lot of drinks and driving while having a drink in this story, there are many other things that make this book worth reading Back to the point: Loved this book, Tim Tharp I am keeping my eyes on you now! Yes, I got it the first time around, she was fat and beautiful. You are the colors".
I'm telling you, I'm getting old: View all 6 comments. Nov 12, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a weird book. The book itself is pretty straight-forward, the narrator is a high school senior named Sutter who likes to drink and is the life of the party.
The party to him though is all of life. He's always the life of the party even though most people probably don't realize the party is happening.
Book Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
He lives by the motto of 'embrace the weird', meaning just go with whatever happens and make the best of it. Part of his embracing whatever happens is knocking back enough whiskey to make th This is a weird book.
Part of his embracing whatever happens is knocking back enough whiskey to make the weird palatable and normal. What's weird to me is that this is classified as a teen book. I don't want to come across as priggish or a prude or anything like that, but I usually figured teen books should have some kind of 'good' in them. They should be some kind of mini-little-morality-play. Sutter should realize that his life is going no-where, he should have some moment where he sees that there needs to be more to life than acting like the fun jackass and being drunk all the time.
If I substitute the drinking in the book for smoking copious amounts of pot on a daily basis Sutter isn't all that different from quite a few friends and acquaintances of mine in my late high school and college years.
Thinking of Sutter as some of my old friends, this song started to play in my head. The weird innocence of being young and fucked up, something that maybe it's fine to be but which doesn't really last and eventually becomes being a fucked up fuck up. As the book moved on I wanted to see Sutter learn something, and everytime he seemed to learn a lesson he would in no time show the bit of learning he did to be an aberration that was quickly corrected by another reckless action. Even towards the end of the book the progress that the reader sees him make is put into relief by the very last chapter that can be seen as either a stand for youth against the encroachment of early adulthood or as someone who is never really going to learn anything as long as there are people willing to cheer him on for his antics.
Which makes me think that instead of the wistful reminiscences of the Wilco song above Sutter's future is more likely going to be more like this darker Uncle Tupelo song. View all 9 comments. Aug 16, Cari rated it did not like it Shelves: Every time I read a book that is popular I almost always end up hating it.
What's wrong with me? Or maybe I should as what is wrong with everyone else?! I wanted to read this book before I went to go see the movie, but I only want to go see the movie so I can scope out the acting of the two main characters since they are both casted for Divergent. As soon as I read the first sentence of the book I should have just put the book down and walked away. I did't like the style in which this book was w Every time I read a book that is popular I almost always end up hating it.
I did't like the style in which this book was written, I felt like I was listening to a stupid self absorbed teenager talking non-sense. If this book was a person There was no plot, he just kept telling stories that didn't build anything, I'd often catch myself daydreaming while reading This book had no conflict.
Sorry having your main character being an alcoholic doesn't cut it as main conflict. I can't believe adults even allow their children to read this. If I had teens I would most certainly not allow them to read it. I absolutely hate alcohol, but this book glorifies it.
The main character drinks and drinks and glorifies drinking, kids will read this book and be like "wow he's got something going here maybe I should try it. I hate it. He talks about not remembering what happened the pervious night he was obviously black out drunk, anyone who knows anything KNOWs that being black out drunk, you can not drive safely.
You can't even walk, but this kids some how does it every day with no consequences. Then tenes are reading this book and thinking it's no big deal! It is a big deal! Jul 08, Basuhi rated it it was ok. She is too naive? Was there one? Sutter's drinking problem Alcoholism like his isn't some piece of cake to quit. Aimee turning into 2.
The Spectacular Now
Aimee turning into a lush. Moving in together. Oh just forget about it, here's his 7up and Goodbye. Everyone knows that if you want a good time, you call Sutter Keely. So Cassidy dumps him, and Sutter finds healing in the bottom of a whisky bottle. She has no self-esteem, a gambling mother and Walrus-like stepfather.
She wears a purple puffer jacket that makes her look like a Christmas ornament, and her best friend is a miniature tyrant. Sutter decides to take her under his wing, and not a moment too soon. Sutter Keely may be the life of every party, but at some point the lights always come on and the music eventually fades. I've been recommended this book for a solid five years now.
I bought it and added to the TBR pile, and would occasionally re-read the blurb or scan the first page — but I was never moved to read. And then I heard from Persnickety Snark that a film adaptation was screening to rave reviews at Sundance Film Festival.
This intrigued me. Aimee is no nerd, but rather a downtrodden wallflower with the world on her shoulders. This is not a romance — and that will frustrate some people. Tharp has such a great rhythm in this book. Tharp writes something delicious.
So I was really happy to see one movie review in particular that says there are long stretches of banter and blocks of back-and-forth dialogue between characters. But I revelled in its originality and honesty; I was so glad that Tharp took the road less travelled in teen romances, and the book is the better for it. Not now or any time in the future. I will not have sex with her in a car. I will not have sex with her in a bar.
I will not have sex with her in a tree. I will not have sex with her in a lavatory-ee. I will not have sex with her in a chair.
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I will not have sex with her anywhere. Give me a hallelujah for Brother Sutter and his messianic complex. That means you think you have to go around trying to save everybody. Just this one girl.
The ending is brutal perfection, and if Tharp had concluded any other way, then the entire book would have been a sell-out. I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I'm going to sleep on it. Full review to come!
Didn't turn out the way I hoped it would. And after some pondering I think I actually like it for that exact reason. It's the story of a high schooler that's partying a lot, drinking way too much and seemingly can't hold on to any relationships with girls. Because at some point being fun and all isn't enough.
You have to have some direction in which your life is going. And Sutter just doesn't. He lives in the spectacular now. The main character is simultaneously loveable and an ass.
He definitely Didn't turn out the way I hoped it would. He definitely has some serious problems and unappealing traits. But he's also got heart. He's not a role model and I really hope teenagers reading this book realize that. But I still liked him. At one point Aimee steps into his life. She's that nerdy and shy and good-natured and just really sweet girl. You only wish the best for her.
And you think she just might be what Sutter needs and you hope he doesn't hurt her. And then everything was going in a different direction from what I expected.
The book feels very real. Sometimes too real. Because me having to "listen" to Sutter talking like, well, a teenager got on my nerves quite a bit on several occasions.
I might be getting a little too old for YA. Or maybe not. There's still hope. Anyhow, the few annoying bits notwithstanding, this one was funny and sad and even deep sometimes and entertaining all the way through.
And just when I was starting to get annoyed about the direction it took I realized I was wrong. After all, I really liked the ending and finally was able to appreciate what the author was doing here. Now I have to re-watch the movie, because even though I know I liked it, I clearly couldn't remember the details very well.
Good thing we've got that one lined up already. So, we've seen the movie last night and I have to say I didn't like it as much as the first time around. It stays close to the source material for most of its 95 minute running time. But it's just too short.
Some events are left out, of course. And that's really inevitable and was okay. But the two main characters suffer the most from the short running time. They're just not that well developed in the film. Even though the casting of Miles Teller as Sutter and Shailene Woodley as Aimee was just perfect, they both got shortchanged by the script. I'm not denying that the movie had emotional impact, especially towards the end.
But the characters' motivations became a lot clearer in the book. And even though that's almost always the case, there's a rather vast disparity here. I also liked it better how the book ended in comparison to the movie.
Don't know why they changed it. Oh well, I still liked it. But the book ruined it a little for me. The book: View all 30 comments. The Spectacular Now is a strange sort of book. I want to lecture it, to give it my own personal big-sister talking to.
In some ways I wanted to hate it because the way it almost glorified teenage drinking and partying.
But I can't. Because even if I don't agree with Sutter's methods, he feels like a real believable teenager. Sometimes it's brave for a book to portray drinking I would call Sutter a teenage alcoholic but I don't think he would without ever getting preachy or putting on the parent The Spectacular Now is a strange sort of book.
Sometimes it's brave for a book to portray drinking I would call Sutter a teenage alcoholic but I don't think he would without ever getting preachy or putting on the parent hat. It's disarming, but sometimes it's good for a book to rile us up and challenge what we think is right. Sutter is one of those kids, the party boy with a heart of gold. To some people this might seem unrealistic, but it's not.
I never knew a guy quite like Sutter, but I had a friend who was in and out of trouble in high school. For a goody-two-shoes like me, knowing him was a bit of a revelation. Yes he had problems, illegal ones, but he was a really good friend to me. Sometime's it's easy to label someone as a "bad guy" but it's much more realistic and complicated to acknowledge that sometimes there are good people with good hearts who still do bad things.
Sutter is like that. Yes he's probably an alcoholic, but he's trying to be a good friend and he really does genuinely cares about people. He just doesn't believe he can be anything more than the party guy.
Beneath the fun party-loving facade, Sutter's real problem is that he doesn't think he's worthy of being loved. He always thinks everyone is going to leave him. So rather than tackle that head on, he drinks and keeps people at arm's length.
This story is not a lifetime-original movie, where a teenage alcoholic finds redemption. It's a story where Sutter accidentally learns to love and learns to be loved. This book is full of imperfect people who are just trying to figure out how to live life, have fun and be happy without bulldozing over everybody around them.
This book is a rarity. It made me angry, made me think and made me cry. In some ways it feels like a very dangerous books, that a teenager could walk away with entirely the wrong message, but I don't think every YA book needs to preach a sermon. The Spectacular Now tells a good story with believable imperfect characters. People are complicated and messy -- good, bad, stupid, careless, all of the above.
But that doesn't mean they aren't valuable and don't contribute something to the world. That's the heart of this book. I listened to the audiobook and the narration is superb. This book started out so well but ended unresolved in my eyes.
I was expecting a fabulous ending but it fell a bit short. Also, I disliked how Sutter believed that Aimee needed him to change her but didn't fully acknowledge how he needed her to change him too. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the book, but it lacked that certain something that would warrant 5 stars. I don't know if I hated this or I loathed it. Or maybe I just hold the whole setup in contempt Boy with a superhero complex, wilting maiden who needs to be rescued Oh and obvs she's not like other girls Excuse me while I search for something good to say about this book It might be a while The Catcher in the Rye fans.
My Actual Rating: It just hurts in the worst possible way ever. What shattered me the most was the book's ending. Did it really have to end like that? As much as I want more and even if it tore me to pieces and left me wanting so much more - for Sutter to get better, for him to finally change - I think, yes. Because knowing that if these things happen it will just wash away the realness of this book.
That's what life is. It's a mess. And no mess can ever be solved if we don't do anything about it. Sutter, he just remained living in his spectacular now.
He thought he could save someone but he never once thought that maybe he was the one in need of saving. But maybe not everybody could ever be saved. I guess that's what Tim Tharp's trying to tell us all. My rating: Library Checkout 'Another spectacular afternoon. This weather is unbelievable. Of course, that probably means summer is going to be vicious again, but I'm not worried about that now.
I was never big on the future. I admire people who are, but it just never was my thing. Aimee is plagued by insecurity but has a mind that is saturated with dreams of the future. The two are an unlikely My rating: The two are an unlikely combination but Aimee is mesmerized by the lifestyle Sutter leads and Sutter is convinced he can do Aimee good by giving her the confidence she needs so badly.
To hell with all problems and barriers. Nothing matters but the Spectacular Now. His character is not portrayed solely as an addict or an alcoholic, instead he's this extremely fun and charismatic person that everyone really can't help but love But that's not his defining feature. There was a complete lack of character development in regards to Sutter; he simply maintained as he was first introduced. I definitely wished I had seen some alteration, even slight, especially since this is highly considered to be a coming of age tale and I require character development in order for that label to be fitting.
Considering this story is told from the point of view of Sutter, everything is glorified because that's the mentality he projects on the world. Unfortunately, the same goes for his alcoholic tendencies. It's reflected in such a glamorized and non-gritty light and I can't help but take issue with that since this book is targeted towards children.
Taken at face value I think it would be difficult for children to see past the facade and realize that Sutter has a serious issue. The ending sheds some light on the seriousness but not enough in my opinion. Sutter's story is truly a tragedy, I can only hope that for those children that do read this have parents that are willing to sit down and discuss with them the ravaging effects of alcohol.
Despite his good intentions towards Aimee, their relationship is truly toxic. The effect Sutter had on her was initially beneficial, however, she ended up turning down the exact road as him as her grades began to slip and she began drinking almost as much as him. What astonished me most was the family members of both main characters and their complete absence in their lives.
I understand being a parent myself and not being able to see issues all the time before they rear their ugly head but Sutter made the fact that he was on a downward spiral loud and clear. My opinion is quite the unpopular one regarding this book.
This was well written and an honest depiction of alcoholism, I just didn't agree with the glamorized feel the book lent it, especially when you consider the target audience. View all 5 comments. Apr 02, Keertana rated it really liked it.
I'd have never picked up this novel in a million years if it weren't for the fact that the screen writers of " Days of Summer" wrote the screenplay for the movie version of this novel. And Shailene Woodley, of course. It seems a little shallow to admit that, but it's the truth.
I'm not a fan of Contemporary YA and I'm especially not a fan of novels about teenagers partying and drinking - which is, admittedly, a lot of what this book is. Yet, the narration throughout this story is superb. Sutt I'd have never picked up this novel in a million years if it weren't for the fact that the screen writers of " Days of Summer" wrote the screenplay for the movie version of this novel.
Sutter, the teen who has popularity, a car, a job, and a girlfriend. A really big heart. But also a drinking problem. An addiction. And reading his tale is a little like stepping into that mindset yourself. It captures the essence of the teenage years, but also the scary cliff that looms ahead when you're lost in your world. Sutter is so deeply dark with so many layers to just keep peeling.
Aimee, the girl he intends to save, is just as screwed up in some ways and I love her unrelenting depths as well.
All of these characters are written so starkly; realistic and raw in a manner that is difficult to describe. And this ending, though not the one I was clamoring for, did manage to grasp life in all its highs and lows.
The only people here I felt attached to were Amy and after awhile, Cassidy. I tried to give him a break but at a certain point I just stopped caring. I kept hoping he would turn himself around but mentally I broke away from him and was just waiting to see if he was going to do the right thing Amy.
The last few pages were what I expected really, but I was still disappointed. Why did I keep reading? Not sure really Or I just wanted to see what would happen?
Wouldn't mind a book about Amy though, see how she's getting on with her new life. Her character wasn't enough to redeem this for me though. View 1 comment. May 05, Halle Watson rated it it was amazing Shelves: We all know Sutter Keely. Maybe we are ashamed that we knew him. Maybe we jumped on his bandwagon for a short time in high school, but we likely knew him in one form or another. He is the life of the party; the one who is okay with destroying people's houses when he parties.
I loved this book in spite of Sutter. But he was real. Real frustrating. Real annoying. Real reckless, but he was real. No, Aimee. He is not okay. He is a terrible mess who can't seem to realize he is a mess.
One important element is the casting. Forget the dark things. Take a drink and let time wash them away to wherever time washes things away to. But she has full lips and sweet, little blond eyebrows and a nice, slender neck. The film scenes between Sutter and Amy are charged with intense feeling, including mutual pleasure, frustration, and shared regret.
Here is their first kiss: Movies differ from their books in potentially complementary ways. The movie shows the exhilarated Sutter absorbing himself in the now, moment by moment. The audience also catches flashes of his underlying dread of the future, simply by a look that flits across his face.
A book, on the other hand, allows more time for exploring the inner feelings of the characters. The reader learns what Sutter thinks about when he is alone and unguarded. In contrast, a movie can capture visceral images that would take pages to describe in words.Anonymous July 23, at 7: Other teens also drink heavily, sometimes inducing vomiting.
We have been them. As the book moved on I wanted to see Sutter learn something, and everytime he seemed to learn a lesson he would in no time show the bit of learning he did to be an aberration that was quickly corrected by another reckless action. Marcus, who is jealous of the way Sutter and Cassidy have fun, confronts Sutter, who reassures him that Cassidy doesn't want him anymore, but perhaps Marcus could lighten up sometimes.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp - review
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