Format: Paperback, 294 pages.
Goodreads Summary: So, 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.
Thoughts: When I finished this book I just kind of sat there and stared at the back cover. Rating this book, at least for Goodreads was more difficult than I expected. Initially, I didn’t like the ending at all and it left a bitter taste in my mouth. Then I kept thinking that I can’t hate the entire product just because the ending wasn’t satisfactory and it didn’t end the way I was expecting it too. It’s real and we can be upset all we want, but that’s not going to change anything.
Sutter Keely was an interesting and complex character because he consisted of countless layers. Automatically he’s portrayed as a life of the party, popular, and casually drunk teenager that doesn’t want to worry about the issues of tomorrow. However, the farther you delve into the story we learn that he is quite sad. His father isn’t around and the people who were once the center of his life are drifting away to carry on with their own lives. As if by fate, Aimee drops into his life and she seems to be the only person who sees Sutter’s true value, but also needs him. Sutter helps her sort out her issues and gain the confidence she needs to continue on to a fantastic future.
Tim Tharp has created a story to mirror the unsettling chaos that is life and given an important message that unfortunately we can’t all be saved from our situations. No matter how many beautiful chances we get.
The Spectacular Now was turned into a motion picture and debuted in late 2013. It features co-stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. I have yet to see this movie, but I plan on watching it now that I’ve read the novel. If you haven’t seen the trailer I’ll leave it below. Before I end this review, I’d like to say that although this book left me frantic for more, I loved it! Elegantly done.