Thursday, June 26, 2014
Book Review: "The Spectacular Now" by Tim Tharp
I am so mixed up about this book. Some (ok, maybe it was only one) teen(s) in my library told me that it was fantastic - the movie too. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie... so here we are. While I did laugh a bit, I mean Sutter does have quite the personality and is pretty funny - I still really don't like him at all. As much as he is all about "embracing the weird" and being in the now - he is so fully cocooned in these self-made walls of excuses that he isn't really in the now at all. I did, however, really like the relationship he had with the ex-girlfriend post-break up. That seemed real. I think the feelings he has for Aimee are real too, or could be, if he is really being honest with himself.
Which brings me to the ending. I don't want to give it away - but there really isn't an ending. I mean the pages end... but I felt like we were just getting started in Part 2 of the Sutterman Story. Its not like it was a cliffhanger or that I feel like a sequel is justified here; its just that I felt like Sutter had a quasi-breakthrough, maybe, but I still don't trust him to be honest with himself about it for it to be of any good. I'm mostly annoyed at this whole thing, and now I'm not even sure I want to see the movie.
The Spectacular Now
by Tim Tharp
Ember, 2013. First published 2008.
Source: Purchased New