The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
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Description: Sutter "The Sutterman" Keely doesn't expect too much out of life or his future...after all, he's just looking for a good time. Fortified with his big 7UP and whiskey, Sutter's all about partying and the now. Sure, he's never had a serious girlfriend, but what's the point in thinking long term when everything (and everyone) around you is falling apart anyway? Everything changes for Sutter when he meets Aimee, the awkward nerdy girl who slowly becomes more than just a friend. Navigating the rocky road of ex-flings, absent dads, and sisters with boob jobs, Sutter has to deal with the total buzzkills of family, friends, and becoming an adult.
Review: First off, this book is hilarious. Seriously. I don't think I've ever read a funnier, more insightful book on guy humor. If you liked Superbad, this is for you. That being said, there's a lot more going on in this book than Superbad. Yes, it deals with friends growing apart and epic alcohol adventures, but it also tracks how a serious slacker deals with some pretty serious issues (how much he matures, however, is debatable). The story is told from the perspective of Sutter in a kind of stream-of-consciousness way. It's exactly like hearing what a guy is thinking at every moment (as you'd expect, boobs come up pretty often). The character feels completely real...you can almost picture him as "that guy" at any crazy party, the one doing keg stands or jumping into a pool from the roof. Tim Tharp has got the teenage-guy voice down. I also really enjoyed the fact that Aimee isn't transformed from the ugly duckling into the hot chick...we meet her wearing horse shirts, glasses, and baggy-butt jeans and that's how she stays throughout the book. Aimee and everyone else in the supporting cast seem incredibly real and relatable, which makes The Spectacular Now hit you pretty hard when it's over.
This book is definitely worth checking out. And when you're done reading, make sure to see the movie (set to be released sometime in 2011)...it's going to be adapted by the writers of 500 Days of Summer!
Reviewed by Sam
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