The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp book review



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

To be honest I don’t really know how to review this book. I enjoyed it and I didn’t. I can’t quite make up my mind about it.

Sutter is a drunk really, whose been dating a girl for the past 6 months. He doesn’t really listen to her, he gets drunk ALOT and one day she has enough and chucks him in.

Then there’s Aimee, who finds him passed out on a lawn somewhere in her neighbourhood after he totalled out his car and ended up wandering around for a while, before passing out in a drunken stupor.

Aimee is a geek really, never drinks or parties. She prefers to read, write fantasy novels and dreams of a better life. Her family are lazy who spend money in the casino, her brother is a brat and she’s looking after the family financially. They don’t appreciate her.

Sutter’s family are all stuck up and don’t really have time for him other than threatening to send him to military school.

Then they come together for a whirl wind romance and they live in the moment of The Spectacular Now.

Sutter teaches Aimee how to be confident  (which means getting drunk!), he shows her that someone out there can see her for who she is and that she needs to stand up for herself and to stop letting her family and one friend trample all over her.

But is Sutter ruining her life? Or is he making a difference- That’s the question that’s still keeping me guessing about this book. I honestly do not know the answer.

Okay so…

Sutter is on his way to becoming an alcoholic. Its sad. He doesn’t think he’s worth anything, that no one can possibly love him because he’s so messed up. His dad left, his mom remarried and doesn’t seem to like him very much and his sister married this dick and she doesn’t seem to care for him either. But deep down you know that they do. Its sad that he doesn’t think much of his self, that he’d rather get drunk and go from girl to girl and be the life and soul of the party to be noticed. But he doesn’t. He’s a good guy and he genuinely cared for Aimee.

Aimee… She’s the shy geeky type who doesn’t stick up for herself and lets people walk all over her. But when she meets Sutter that all changes. She likes him, you can tell and the things that she does, like getting drunk, is her way of being like him. Of showing him that she can be this other girl. But she doesn’t need to be. She’s intelligent and fun and even though she’s a bit timid and sheltered, she knows things.

When they get together its a bit of a mis-match. The outgoing guy, the shy girl… That’s not going to work. But it did. Sort of. They brought things out in each other that the other never realised and Aimee wanted him to go and live with her and start a new life and although he agreed, I knew how it was going to end. They were good for each other and bad for each other and I couldn’t decide whether Sutter made her life better or made it worse.

Pulling her into the world of drinking made her worse but what he did, making her stand up for herself made her better.

And the ending?

I liked. It was fitting. It was right. Even though he loved her, it was right for him to do what he did. Reviews of what people have put about the ending are of disbelief but I honestly though it was for the best. They did what the title of the book said; They lived in The Spectacular Now.

4 out of 5 stars


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