Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Report - The Spectacular Now

Title: The Spectacular Now
Authour: Tim Tharp
Length: 294 pages
How long it took me to read: 3 days

What it's about: 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.

The ending is the most important part: I'm kind of put off that everyone got a good ending except for Sutter. This ending disappointed me and made me sad.

Last word:  Sutter Keely is to the new millennium that Holden Caufield was to the fifties. I loved this kid. Warts and all. He was definitely no phony. I recommend this book.

Spoilers after the jump

I just feel like Sutter comes into people's lives and makes their lives better just by being a screw up. I just wish that Sutter had more of a happy ending. I loved this kid, but he was throwing his life away. Who is going to love this kid enough to help him like he helped Aimee, Ricky, Cassidy and all the others?

I wanted Sutter to save himself like he saved everyone else, and I thought he would, and then the ending happened and he didn't. This made me sad. I just loved this kid, and therefore loved the book.

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