Just finished reading The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. It was a nice change reading a book from a male point of view. The guys will surely enjoy reading this and can relate well to Sutter “Sutterman” Keely. The book is not your typical story one of which troublesome guy meets good girl and changes his whole life for the better. The book is so realistic and deals with real world facts that teenagers / young adults face.
Seeing the book from Sutter’s POV, you cant help but love him despite the fact that he is so messed up and all over the place. He has problems but he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. He is an alcoholic but denies that fact though when you look past his blunders, you will see that in his own little mind, he means well.
Sutter is the type of person who lives in the “NOW” and doesn’t think much about his future. Living in the NOW is more important than anything else. He doesn’t care about his studies, doesn’t have future goals and all that.
His relationship with Cassidy having ended because of his happy-go-lucky attitude makes readers realize that yes, you may enjoy your youth, but having dreams and a future goal is also important. Ricky, Sutter’s best friend in the book, also illustrates another major point. At first, he enjoys having fun with Sutter and wants nothing more than have fun but having met a girl and being in a relationship, his mindset shifted and stops partying and starts thinking about his future. Sutter, having noticed the change in Ricky, felt betrayed and thinks he lost his bestfriend.
Sutter is your go-to friend when you want to have fun. He is the life of the party and he know it but I think its just his front to escape and not confront his problems. He is broken inside because of the divorce of his parents.
The Spectacular Now is an exceptional coming of age book that everyone should read. It contains lessons that are delivered to you in a straightforward manner. There are no real conflict and much drama. It’s just like reading a part of someone’s life. Its about having the revelation that not everything you believe are actually true. Its knowing why some relationships happen but is not destined to last. Its finding out who you are and confronting the truth as it is. No sugar coating. Its about finding love in an unexpected manner. Its about letting go. Its finding that “love” is not always enough to make people stay. It’s realistic in its truest sense. I also like the ambiguity of the ending. Its up to you to think whether it ended happily or tragically.
3.5 / 5 stars for me