The Spectacular Now Audio Review

Posted July 24, 2013 by Pixie in Blog, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Title: The Spectacular Now
Author: Tim Tharp
Release: October 2008 by Knopf

This National Book Award Finalist is soon to be a major motion picture — one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

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.

I’m not sure what rock I was living under when this book came out,
but I am so glad they decided to make it into a movie and bring in to my
Sutter Keely – is the life of the party, that’s for sure…but he
is also a teenage alcoholic and an embarrassment to his family and friends.
 Sutter believes in living in the now, making everyday your best day. It
works for him; it doesn’t work for everyone else in his life. 
After a disastrous dinner at his sister’s house, Sutter spends the
rest of his night drinking and driving around town. The next morning he wakes
up in a strange yard and meets Aimee. Aimee has gone to school with Sutter, but
he doesn’t “know” her. She isn’t part the in-crowd. After spending
the day with Aimee helping her finish her job and find his car – he is kind of
fascinated by her. He feels sorry for her and wants to help her break out of
her shell and get her to stand up for herself. She is a very timid, gullible
and smart girl.  Over the course of the story, Aimee and Sutter both start
to change one for the better and one for the worse.  Once Stutter gets a
huge dose of reality, he starts seeing his and Aimee’s future differently. 
I ended up loving this book – especially, the ending.
Although it is very sad and I wished it would have ended a little
differently…that ending was for the better.  The narrator MacLeod
Andrews, did a wonderful job bringing Sutters character to

As a parent I found this book hard to read. Seriously, your son is an underage
alcoholic – everyone knows this, wake up and DO SOMETHING.  Aimee’s
character was hard to relate to – she was likable but I never really understood
why she just let everyone treat her like crap, especially Sutter. I am hoping
that with the movie, her character comes to life and it makes it easier for me to
understand why she made the choices she did. I’m really excited to see
Miles Teller play Sutter – I can’t image anyone else in that role.

Trailer for the movie

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