Saturday, August 17, 2013

"We've crowded in here to hide from the future and the past"

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

I found out about Tim Tharp's The Spectacular Now via this list on Buzzfeed.com. I brought it with me to the seaside this week and tore through it in little over an afternoon. I really hate that I did: I liked The Spectacular Now so much that I wished I had savoured it. I can't wait to go see the movie.

Fun-loving Sutter Keely is the King Of The Moment. He likes to drink and have a good time, is allergic to long-term planning, and he doesn't understand people who are occupied with The Future. When he meets the innocent and dorky Aimee Finecky, she becomes his reclamation project.

The Spectacular Now reminded me a lot of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. The topics of teen angst and life after high school are omnipresent, the chapters are short, and the writing is witty. I sympathized with Sutter's fear of change, but his gutlessness and complete apathy ultimately made it difficult for me to be supportive of him.

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