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One Piece, Vol. Overlord, Vol. The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Scott Fitzgerald. What's for Dinner? X-Rated Cocktails: Bottoms Up! Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Vol. 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. Note:I listened to the audiobook and the narration is superb. 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 Shelves: young-adult , contemporary-realistic , reflections , funny-as-hell , favorite-heroes , books-that-linger , more-please , this-is-perf-so-shut-up , authors-i-luv.
My Actual Rating: 4. 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: 2 of 5 stars Source: 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: 2 of 5 stars Source: Library Checkout 'Another spectacular afternoon.
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.
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.
So I've been seeing the movie in stores and I was curious so I picked up the book I must say that it was not the greatest book I've ever read but it wasn't the worst. So I would give this book 3. At times this book just sort of dragged on and on.
I get it that it's about high school kids trying to find their way in life but I don't know just something about this book rubbed me the wrong way. Decent enough I guess. Sutter was alright. I'm surprised he doesn't have liver cancer by how mu So I've been seeing the movie in stores and I was curious so I picked up the book I'm surprised he doesn't have liver cancer by how much that bro drinks.
Aimee was probably the one redeeming quality about this book. I don't know definitely won't read this book again Apr 15, Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves: , national-book-award , ya.
Did it have to end like that? View all 20 comments. May 05, Halle Watson rated it it was amazing Shelves: so-many-feels. 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. Aimee enabled him because she craved love and affection while Ricky enjoyed it until it was time to grow up and think about the future. Sutter takes Aimee on as a project to show her exactly how spectacular now can be, but he started to ruin Aimee with his lifestyle.
She was innocent and kind, but let everyone else walk all over her. He may have taught her how to stand up to her friends and her parents, but never showed her how to stand up to him. Cute, right? Well it's only cute until he starts to ruin her life in a different way than everyone else did. The realism in this book was like a slap in the face. Not every story is a gushy romance or a story of redemption.
Some stories are just about people never get over their problems and only manage to drag others down with them. I almost gave this book four stars, but I realized that was so stupid of me. This can also be found on my blog Big Hair Bigger Books Jun 15, Jason added it.
Aimee was one i kind of felt sorry for. She seems wonderful, a truly good girl. There fat-shaming in this book, but it done very realistic and more in a "joke" kind of way. That i also something that i haven't seen in book lately. All i can say is that i really enjoyed myself with this book, flew through it. The ending though.. Tim Tharp was like 'nah a good, very short, indie book. Tim Tharp was like 'nah fuck it, imma end it here'. And as i said, this book just feeeeell so indie.
Aug 13, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult-lit. There's that old literary saw that says if the main character of a book doesn't change, the book is a failure.
But what if the unchanging main character is the catalyst by which others are allowed to change? That's the fascinating issue at the heart of The Spectacular Now, a book whose protagonist is a drunken — but charismatically drunken — high school senior named Sutter Keely. He's the life of the party, a barely-functioning teenage alcoholic who's so filled with love for his fellow man that There's that old literary saw that says if the main character of a book doesn't change, the book is a failure.