The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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The writing style really fuels the book and using a first person narrative, telling the story from Sutter's point of view, makes the story feel more personal...Overall, I would recommend this to teenagers who want something that reads a little closer to real life than some books but doesn't focus on a cliched romance.
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This National Book Award Finalist is now a major motion picture -- one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley (star of The Fault in our Stars and Divergent) and Miles Teller (star of Whiplash).

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.


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About Tim Tharp

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TIM THARP lives in Oklahoma, where he teaches at Rose State College. He is the author of the highly acclaimed YA novels Badd, Knights of the Hill Country and The Spectacular Now, which was a 2008 National Book Award finalist.













Author Residence: Oklahoma City
 
Published November 4, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by helloitsheath on Apr 20 2014

The writing style really fuels the book and using a first person narrative, telling the story from Sutter's point of view, makes the story feel more personal...Overall, I would recommend this to teenagers who want something that reads a little closer to real life than some books but doesn't focus on a cliched romance.

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Oh my God! This is my ultimate favorite book I've ver read. The reason I love it so much is the way it affected me as a person, made me think different and overall have a different purpose in life....

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