Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (Book review)

Book: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: Reprint addition (July 9th, 2013)
Medium: Paperback Movie tie-in edition

I loved this book. LOVED it. It was a nice, contemporary novel, with equal instances of awkward romance, teenage angst, friendships and fallouts, high school relationships, teenage drinking and substance problems, and undertones of bullying and more.
The characters were completely normal and lovable in their own ways, and I fell in love with Sutter Keely's character immediately. The way Tharp wrote him into the character he is, it was perfect. Sutter started out a bit of hell-raiser, but slowly turned into a caring free-spirit after he met the novel's protagonist Aimee. He learned to love, while teaching her to live. Tharp designed one of the sweetest couples ever, with an awkward romance showcased. He showed one boy's determination to deny his feelings for a girl, only to finally find himself head-over-heels for her at the end.
Tim Tharp's writing (like always) was amazing. Mesmerizing. It was smart, hilarious, and displayed ever ounce of emotion it needed to, never too little or too much of anything. His writing is very personal, and always makes the narrator into a very normal, conversational character. This makes it both easy and fun to read. This novel is also very addicting. You are completely immersed in it when you are reading it, and when you put it down, you can't help but feel yourself drawn towards it. You find yourself thinking about it when it's not in your hands. It is that good. I give it five stars. One of my favorites of the year.

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