Title: The Spectacular Now
Author: Tim Tharp
Original Publication Date: October 20, 2008
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: Sutter Keely. He’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. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.
Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. 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 Mini Review
Tim Tharp’s writing style in this novel, The Spectacular Now, is beautiful. It’s so easy to read, casual, yet still perfectly poetic. The protagonist he created, Sutter Keely, has my entire heart. I loved reading from his POV and his voice just captured me. I related to and understood him on too many levels– even more than I care to admit.
The side characters were also well-developed, including the smaller ones like Marcus and Bethany. I do wish there had been more of Aimee; I wanted to know what was going on inside her head so many times. If you are looking for gut-wrenching emotions and big, exploding events– this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for real life and raw feelings… DO read this. I wanted more bow-ties and rainbows but, I get it, that’s the point.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: February 04-February 18, 2019
My Favorite Quotes
“Beauty’s all around me right here. It’s not in a textbook. It’s not in an equation. I mean, take the sunlight–warm but not too brash.”
“But just remember this–weird’s good. Embrace the weird, dude. Enjoy it because it’s never going away.”
“Your eyes are a blue universe, and I’m just falling into them. No parachute. I don’t need one because I’m never going to hit the ground.”
“Life is spectacular. Forget the dark things. Take a drink and let time wash them away to wherever time washes things away to.”
“She goes, ‘I don’t have to drink alcohol to have fun.’ So I’m like, ‘I don’t have to ride a roller coaster to have fun either, but I do.’“
“‘You can’t hang on every word,’ I say. ‘There’s too much going on at any given moment. All you can do is absorb the general feel of it.’“
“She laughs at that, but it’s a laugh with a sad crack in it.”
“I don’t care if she’s the one who did something you didn’t like–go ahead and apologize. It’s the sacrifice of it. That’s what shows you love her.”
“Don’t worry about who has the power in the relationship all the time. If you make her happy, then that’s the biggest power you can have.“
“I remember going to a bank with my dad when I was like four or something. And, you know, nowadays a bank lobby is the most boring place in the world next to the post office, but back then it was magic.“
“Wanting it is a whole different thing from actually believing you can get it.”
“Lately, though, my hangovers have started to take on a mean streak. It’s the opposite of that fine redemption feeling–a vague, weird guilt instead. Maybe it’s just a chemical thing, the old brain misfiring, the wiring short-circuiting. Or maybe it comes from not exactly being able to remember everything you did the night before.“
“Then you start wondering what else you might’ve got up to the night before, what you said, what you did, who you did it with. Then, the next thing you know, you end up spending half the day feeling like the Antichrist when the fact is you didn’t do a thing to hurt a soul.“
“I mean I don’t understand the female fascination with shopping. For me, I just want to go in, buy what I want, and get out. This isn’t how girls operate at all. It’s like a police investigation with them. No piece of evidence can go without thorough inspection. They might as well pack along a forensics kit.”
“I can tell he’s pretty disappointed in me, and I don’t blame him. But when you’re a guy you don’t come right out and apologize. You think of some other way to make up for it.”
“Forget about working for something just to have it fall apart on you. Let the magic come. That’s what I say. Let the magic come and fill in every inch of that little black crack behind your breastbone.“