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The Spectacular Now Okay so I ve been putting off this review because I was unsure about my rating My initial reaction was FIVE STARS FIVE STARS but then I got to thinking about my dislike for the ending and thought maybe I should round it down to four and then I was like but is my problem with the ending because it was bad or because it didn t go the way I wanted it to so I eventually kept my five stars because I am so completely in love with the amazingly complicated and wonderful character Okay so I ve been putting off this review because I was unsure about my rating My initial reaction was FIVE STARS FIVE STARS but then I got to thinking about my dislike for the ending and thought maybe I should round it down to four and then I was like but is my problem with the ending because it was bad or because it didn t go the way I wanted it to so I eventually kept my five stars because I am so completely in love with the amazingly complicated and wonderful character that is Sutter Keely He is complex, multi dimensional, so vibrant and full of life that it s hard to accept that he isn t real and about to jump off the page.Tim Tharp has written a very funny, sad, thoughtful book that creates such an in depth picture of a boy who is simultaneously lovable and exhausting I am friends with the female equivalent of Sutter Keely, a person who you always want at your parties because you know they ll bring every social situation to life, a person who is kind and means well but is very hard to deal with in anythan small doses, a person who is nearly always just a little drunk How many times have I rolled my eyes and thought okay, give it a rest now I think I can appreciate the world through their eyes a little bitafter reading The Spectacular Now.Sutter is the kind of multi layered character I love to read about On the surface he s a warm hearted, over the top drunk, the kind of guy who s popular in high school but will probably never end up achieving his potential because his aspirations don t extend further than locating his next alcohol fix Underneath all this he is troubled and sad and lonely, people often think that a drinker s problem is the alcohol, but nine times out of ten it runs far deeper than this His dad is nowhere to be seen, his mum and stepdad seem to have forgotten he exists except for when they pause to threaten him with military school, his best friend no longer wants to hang around with him, he s just been dumped and then along comes Aimee The one person in the world who has ever seemed to need him, truly need him, to get her life back in order, to gain confidence and to sort out her future Can Sutter finally make a difference beyond the small realm of his booze fuelled spectacular now I m still not sure how I feel about that ending Do I like the fact that this book doesn t carry the message that we were all hoping for and expecting Not really But is this a representation of real life in all its fucked up, messy, sad, sometimes funny glory Probably yeah, probably I guess in real life not everyone gets saved and perhaps that was what Tim Tharp was trying to say Holy crap, this is a good book A heavy book This is one of those books that I went into thinking it was going to be a romance with a message, but pretty all around feel good No Nope I mean, yeah, there s a message, all right, but this book isn t exactly a fluffy candy feel good story So don t go into it thinking it will be It s funny and philosophical and introspective and reminiscent Sutter s voice is so authentically teenager that it s obvious Tim Tharp never completely forgot that pha Holy crap, this is a good book A heavy book This is one of those books that I went into thinking it was going to be a romance with a message, but pretty all around feel good No Nope I mean, yeah, there s a message, all right, but this book isn t exactly a fluffy candy feel good story So don t go into it thinking it will be It s funny and philosophical and introspective and reminiscent Sutter s voice is so authentically teenager that it s obvious Tim Tharp never completely forgot that phase in his own life Some of us do remember what it was like to be a teenager How much is sucked at times, but also how amazingly high you could feel even when everything around you was total shit It s really hard to encapsulate all the things going through my head after reading a book like this I just finished it, so while the story and all its intricacies are still fresh, it s alsowell, still fresh It messes with my ability to put everything in words So I suppose I ll let Tharp s words do it for meIt s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up There s this sense of being super alive You re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don t know about Unlike them, you re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what s going to happen The whole magnetic thing about sex is you want the other person to want you I mean, that s what separates us from the animals That and haircuts Besides, it doesn t matter if it s real It never does with dreams They aren t anything anyway but lifesavers to cling to so you don t drown Life is an ocean, and most everyone s holding on to some kind of dream to keep afloat I applaud Mr Tharp on his realistic, unbiased portrayal of teenagers His characters have sex, drink, and do drugs, but he never crosses the line into moralizing or overdramatizing The kids aren t getting so wasted they rape each other or set cars on fire or have dumpster babies, but neither are they preaching about how wrong it is or having serious internal debates about whether or not they should have sex Things just are, and that s missing in a lot of literature I ve noticed the to sex or not to sex dilemma pops up in a lot of YA fiction written by women, and I think it s a subject that really needs to be treated a littlefairly People seem to think that sex is the end all, be all of teenage stories, when really, being a teenager is about a lotthan hormones Sometimes, your teenage son or daughter having sex isn t the thing you should be worrying about most.I couldn t get over Sutter Kid breaks my heart every time I think of him So much love to give, so much potential for emotional greatness, an untapped inner prosperity that some of us only dream of having He s such a cynic at heart, but tries so hard to be optimistic, and then his optimism shines through in such a twisted, almost nihilistic way He can t plan for the future because he has no hope, but he can t come to grips with that He s one of those guys that s in denial all the time He s not depressed because, hey, what does he have to be depressed about He s not an alcoholic because, hey, he can quit any time he wants to He s not in love with anyone because, hey, what is love, anyway On the surface he seems really superficial, but as you get to know him, you see the kid s got a heart bigger than most and, sadly, it s been beaten to a bloody pulp and I m not sure if there s much anyone can do about it Like I said, it s heavy But a really, really good heavy I m not sure if this book would have affected me quite as much if I didn t know this boy He is one of the people that I love the most on this planet, and he sharesDNA with me than anyone else He s intelligent, effortlessly popular, charming, kind, and entertaining He has a big heart, fragile and exposed We once spent hours in our backyard collecting slugs and setting them up in their very own tree stump castle Once when he was facing a spanking, we schemed and plotted, arming ourselve I m not sure if this book would have affected me quite as much if I didn t know this boy He is one of the people that I love the most on this planet, and he sharesDNA with me than anyone else He s intelligent, effortlessly popular, charming, kind, and entertaining He has a big heart, fragile and exposed We once spent hours in our backyard collecting slugs and setting them up in their very own tree stump castle Once when he was facing a spanking, we schemed and plotted, arming ourselves with sticks for weapons We were thick as thieves But we all deal with the stress and trauma of childhood in different ways we all have our coping mechanisms As we grew up we fumbled our way down different roads, which led us further and further apart I learned how to live inside my own skin, fired to hardness like pottery He learned to smother everything under a chemically induced happiness.I think that s the most heartbreaking thing about Sutter Keely he s smothering himself I can so easily feel the pain seeping out of the cracks in his bonhomie when he reflects on all the girls that like him, but never seem to love him when he thinks about how much better off his father is, now that he s no longer living with his mother when he tells the mother of a lost child, Your son is hurting He misses his Dad He can so clearly see the pain of others, but he can t see his own grief, disappointment, and heartbreak at all He s the shoulder everyone likes to cry on, and he can t see a friend in pain without trying to fix it, but he has no ability to fix himself.I think that this is one of the most accurate portrayals of addiction that I ve read So many books tend to gloss over it, or go in the other direction and become issue books, and completely forget that addicts are still people This book captures so much of the essence of addiction, and the first person narration lets us in on all of the bullshit he feeds himself to cope with the loneliness and self hatred.I know that the ending seems dark, but I found a bit of hope in this story Aimee and Sutter are two lost kids, and while there are moments of honesty and beauty in their relationship, they cannot build anything solid when they are both dealing or not dealing with so many internal battles Sutter s method of view spoiler ending things hide spoiler seems incredibly realistic to me both selfless and selfish at the same time, and suffused with his heartbreaking lack of self worth I d like to find hope in view spoiler Sutter s increasing lows Pain like that can t be contained forever, and I do feel that despite the ending, he has begun to see certain thingsclearly hide spoiler That may be just because I d like to hope that my brother can get better someday, though.Perfect Musical PairingBright Eyes Landlocked BluesSo many parts of this song remind me of this book the questionable security of the future, isolation, the liquid cure, the one quotable phrase, if you love something give it away Also seen on The Readventurer Life is a big, screwed up joke with its ups and downs The best way to deal with it is to live in the now, pursue all the pleasure and deal with none of the grief That s the message I get from Sutter Keely, protagonist of The Spectacular Now He takes a purely hedonistic, somewhat philosophical world view throughout the book Tharp gives Sutton a clear, blunt, narrative voice but when it comes to character development, Sutter stays the same person from point A to point B, even with inserting Life is a big, screwed up joke with its ups and downs The best way to deal with it is to live in the now, pursue all the pleasure and deal with none of the grief That s the message I get from Sutter Keely, protagonist of The Spectacular Now He takes a purely hedonistic, somewhat philosophical world view throughout the book Tharp gives Sutton a clear, blunt, narrative voice but when it comes to character development, Sutter stays the same person from point A to point B, even with inserting numerous potential turning points for him.Sutter defines himself as God s own drunk And drinking does seem to be his life s philosophy he barely gets through any encounter in the book without a flask or 7UP whiskey in hand He doesn t confront his own problems, despite supposedly helping new love Aimee come out of her shell He s ultimately a likeable character, but as I read on, he became like a guest who has overstayed his welcome.As for the plot, where did it go The plot could easily just have been a set of serial anecdotes There are too many loose ends, no closure You re left with too many questions, and no answers and not in a good way Maybe that s how Tharp intended for it to go, a story that pantomimes real life for pleasure seekers Real life doesn t have closure sometimes we end up shelving our problems in the back of our drunk brains as life goes on.I guess that s ultimately the true message of the novel, hopeless as it is Sutton had a drinking problem, family issues, a skewed view of life, but in the end, he brushes everything aside and lives in the Spectacular Now Conclusions Well written, funny, but half hearted in terms of plot and character development Instead of a real story, we get a portrait of a hedonistic, broken yet charismatic boy who approaches life with a swagger in his step, a joke in his eyes, and a flask in his hand Life s a party for Sutter Keely because he s the life of the party He s the guy who has friends from every social circle, can get people laughing in awkward situations, and has a smile every time you see him He s the definition of happy drunk, and since he s drunk all the time, he s just a happy guy all around He lets nothing get him down, not even when his beautiful fat girlfriend Cassidy dumps him or when Ricky, his best friend, starts to follow the clean route Nope, nothing, not even Life s a party for Sutter Keely because he s the life of the party He s the guy who has friends from every social circle, can get people laughing in awkward situations, and has a smile every time you see him He s the definition of happy drunk, and since he s drunk all the time, he s just a happy guy all around He lets nothing get him down, not even when his beautiful fat girlfriend Cassidy dumps him or when Ricky, his best friend, starts to follow the clean route Nope, nothing, not even the absence of his father or the fakeness of his female relatives, can get Sutter down, because there s always another drink for God s own drunk Everyone knows a guy like Sutter Keely I happen to know three or four He s the guy who s so sweet, so kind and warm hearted, the type who you could see turning out to be something big but will never get anywhere because he thinks he s bound to head down the downward spiral He s the guy who looks shallow on the outside but is really intellectual and spectacular on the inside He s the guy who s in the absence of dreams and heroes and has to go looking to something else to abandon that emptiness I loved Sutter, this broken, broken boy He had the biggest heart, and his intentions were always in the right place, even if he made bad decisions and things didn t always turn out like he planned I think Tharp reflected alcoholism realistically and suitably on Sutter, even if sometimes it was hard for me, loving Sutter and all, to handle a 7UP and whiskey nearly every scene.Sutter starts out a drunk in the beginning of the book, and not many changes happen with him as we go along Sutter was the person who could change others but couldn t change himself this guy who thinks he s incapable of being loved loves others so well because he won t let others fall to pieces I think such is why this book isn t as depressing as it could have turned out there s hope and there s the fact that addiction doesn t identify a person Cassidy, after Sutter, would have had to be my favourite character Not only did Tharp give her a personality ex girlfriend s are real people, you know but he gave her rendition and space to show why Sutter loved her in the first place A lot of the time, you ll read about an ex girlfriend that s a complete bitch, and you wonder how the main character could love that Cassidy, even if not a huge character, sort of made the book for me, as did Ricky, the multi dimensional best friend who was exactly perfect and nothing like other best friends who have all the potential but never make anything of it.Tharp presented the life of teens as well as he did alcoholism Where I go to school, sure, there are social circles and the popular kids, but everyone hangs out with everyone Life isn t always the geek VS jock bullshit we re always reading about and Tharp reflected that aspect perfectly I think he chose a risky subject to write about taking a look at other reviews, people seem to think he went overboard but that he did it justice I wouldn t recommend this book to everyone, honestly it s a hard book to read, it tackles subjects that not all people are comfortable reading about, and you have to dig deep to find the layered message but it s a book that can really impact a person if they take the time to read it through The first two sentences might be complete turn offsSo, it s a little before ten a.m and I m just starting to get a good buzz on Theoretically, I should be in Algebra II, but in reality I m cruising over to my beautiful fat girlfriend Cassidy s housebut whatever you do, don t stop reading This likely won t be a story you ll soon forget.THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim TharpAudience 14 questionable content, questionable language, sexual occurrences, drug abuse, alcohol abuse Rating 5 5Recommend I wish for you to read this book 4.5 ish stars Call me an idiot if you like, but I didn t realize this book existed until a week ago I ended up seeing the theatrical adaptation at a free screening when it first came out in 2013 not really knowing what I was getting myself into except, of course, a movie theater for free but the movie affected me and I fell in love with it because it immediately connected to my experience as a young adult without resorting to terminal illnesses or similar plot devices to get me invested int 4.5 ish stars Call me an idiot if you like, but I didn t realize this book existed until a week ago I ended up seeing the theatrical adaptation at a free screening when it first came out in 2013 not really knowing what I was getting myself into except, of course, a movie theater for free but the movie affected me and I fell in love with it because it immediately connected to my experience as a young adult without resorting to terminal illnesses or similar plot devices to get me invested into the lives of the characters It s embarrassing for me to admit that I chalked it up to the screenwriters as being the brilliant masterminds behind the story, when really it s Tim Tharp who gave them the prime material to work with It wasn t until good ol Goodreads suggested the book to me that I realized my life had been a lie I immediately started reading and was affected all over again in the best way.It s kind of hard for me to separate the book from the movie after having seen it and my review would probably be a little different if I were able to differentiate them adequately For example, my perception of Aimee might be a little different if I hadn t already fallen in love with Shailene Woodley s portrayal of her Without her filling in the gaps, would I find book Aimee and her relationship with Sutter as believable I don t know, but I think probably not Or not as much And that ending Would I hate it if I didn t supplement it with the ending of the movie I mean, I like to tell myself that I respect realist endings ones that don t need to end happy and tie up all loose ends But deep down I m a sentimentalist, dang it I choose to hold on to hope, just like Aimee, and for that reason, I love this book Or maybe just the book movie hybrid There s no way to know any Here we go..It would have been a 5stars book except for Aimee I couldn t figure her out and she was a bit too naive for my taste all that planning scared me to be honest and not telling anyone her secret oh boy, that s just wrong and the ending which I still don t get, not really I might need to re read the last page Can I also have onepage please So a full review might follow if I ll have some down time to write it sigh but til then this is what I liked Sutter wit Here we go..It would have been a 5stars book except for Aimee I couldn t figure her out and she was a bit too naive for my taste all that planning scared me to be honest and not telling anyone her secret oh boy, that s just wrong and the ending which I still don t get, not really I might need to re read the last page Can I also have onepage please So a full review might follow if I ll have some down time to write it sigh but til then this is what I liked Sutter with his fun side and the deep side that he hides behind his remarks and his drinking and him making other people have a good time His little chats with his best friend even though the best part is quite doubtable His inner thoughts he might not sound like a real guy, but he had me laughing or thinking about some things he said here an there I have tons of quotes that I liked to testify if you won t have my word The writing I just picked this book up and couldn t put it down I didn t want to Also I loved remembering high school so many parties, having fun, having no worries, feeling free, forgetting about everything bad and finding ways to enjoy every moment It s not like we don t do those things now, but we arequite about it, less free,down to earth or it just feels this way Aaaaand some other things that might spoil the fun for youAnyways, I loved this story, the humor, the emotional part everything I thought it was supposed to be a light, funny read not sure where I got that idea from but at times it felt pretty heavy.And yes, there is swearing and drinking and some talk about sex, I am not sure why people keep warning about hese things in their reviews, where do you live in a bubble so you don t find that in real life No, no need to explain, I get that you don t like reading about those things I am getting bothered by other things too that don t seem to bother you one bit I just had it on the tip of my fingers, so I had to let it out.Also I am not sure how you do it the parenting stuff , but when I was young it only took my parents to not let me do some things and challenge accepted If you don t buy a book for them, they will borrow it from their friends and read it without you knowing it.And even though there are drugs and a lot of drinks and driving while having a drink in this story, there are many other things that make this book worth reading and by young people too.Back to the point Loved this book, Tim Tharp I am keeping my eyes on you now PS Oh the 3rd thing I didn t like that much I know that boys don t necessarily like skinny girls, but the fat girlfriend thing got old and pretty fast Yes, I got it the first time around, she was fat and beautiful Blog EN Facebook Twitter Tumblr Bloglovin Blog RO The color flow into your lungs, into your bloodstream You are the colors preview How in the world did I forget to order this book I m telling you, I m getting old This is a weird book The book itself is pretty straight forward, the narrator is a high school senior named Sutter who likes to drink and is the life of the party The party to him though is all of life He s always the life of the party even though most people probably don t realize the party is happening He lives by the motto of embrace the weird , meaning just go with whatever happens and make the best of it Part of his embracing whatever happens is knocking back enough whiskey to make th This is a weird book The book itself is pretty straight forward, the narrator is a high school senior named Sutter who likes to drink and is the life of the party The party to him though is all of life He s always the life of the party even though most people probably don t realize the party is happening He lives by the motto of embrace the weird , meaning just go with whatever happens and make the best of it Part of his embracing whatever happens is knocking back enough whiskey to make the weird palatable and normal What s weird to me is that this is classified as a teen book I don t want to come across as priggish or a prude or anything like that, but I usually figured teen books should have some kind of good in them They should be some kind of mini little morality play Sutter should realize that his life is going no where, he should have some moment where he sees that there needs to beto life than acting like the fun jackass and being drunk all the time If I substitute the drinking in the book for smoking copious amounts of pot on a daily basis Sutter isn t all that different from quite a few friends and acquaintances of mine in my late high school and college years Thinking of Sutter as some of my old friends, this song started to play in my head The weird innocence of being young and fucked up, something that maybe it s fine to be but which doesn t really last and eventually becomes being a fucked up fuck up As the book moved on I wanted to see Sutter learn something, and everytime he seemed to learn a lesson he would in no time show the bit of learning he did to be an aberration that was quickly corrected by another reckless action Even towards the end of the book the progress that the reader sees him make is put into relief by the very last chapter that can be seen as either a stand for youth against the encroachment of early adulthood or as someone who is never really going to learn anything as long as there are people willing to cheer him on for his antics Which makes me think that instead of the wistful reminiscences of the Wilco song above Sutter s future islikely going to belike this darker Uncle Tupelo song 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 VO life s pretty fabuloso, actuallyUntil 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 ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. Zitzewitz – 9facts.co.uk 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 ❮Read❯ ➵ The Beautiful Disruption ➸ Author G.G. Renee Hill – 9facts.co.uk and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram s VO life s pretty fabuloso ➶ [Read] ➲ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➾ – 9facts.co.uk actuallyUntil the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Magic Cottage Author James Herbert – 9facts.co.uk and he meets Aimee Aimee s clueless Aimee is a social disaster Aimee needs help ➽ [Lireing] ➿ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz ➲ – 9facts.co.uk 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 [Epub] ➚ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – 9facts.co.uk and before long he s in way over his head For the first time in his life ✅ Dont Leave Me Alone pdf ✈ Author GG – 9facts.co.uk he has the power to make a difference in someone else s life or ruin it forever Every time I read a book that is popular I almost always end up hating it What s wrong with me Or maybe I should as what is wrong with everyone else I wanted to read this book before I went to go see the movie, but I only want to go see the movie so I can scope out the acting of the two main characters since they are both casted for Divergent As soon as I read the first sentence of the book I should have just put the book down and walked away I did t like the style in which this book was w Every time I read a book that is popular I almost always end up hating it What s wrong with me Or maybe I should as what is wrong with everyone else I wanted to read this book before I went to go see the movie, but I only want to go see the movie so I can scope out the acting of the two main characters since they are both casted for Divergent As soon as I read the first sentence of the book I should have just put the book down and walked away I did t like the style in which this book was written, I felt like I was listening to a stupid self absorbed teenager talking non sense If this book was a person There was no plot, he just kept telling stories that didn t build anything, I d often catch myself daydreaming while reading readdreaming This book had no conflict Sorry having your main character being an alcoholic doesn t cut it as main conflict.How this book won was nominated for awards floors me I can t believe adults even allow their children to read this If I had teens I would most certainly not allow them to read it I absolutely hate alcohol, but this book glorifies it The main character drinks and drinks and glorifies drinking, kids will read this book and be like wow he s got something going here maybe I should try it Then he drinks and drives ALL the time I hate it He talks about not remembering what happened the pervious night he was obviously black out drunk, anyone who knows anything KNOWs that being black out drunk, you can not drive safely You can t even walk, but this kids some how does it every day with no consequences Then tenes are reading this book and thinking it s no big deal It is a big deal just NO

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