Perfect Beach Reads - 'The Spectacular Now' Review

"Sutter Keeley'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. 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."

Part of me didn't know if I should have included this is my 'Beach reads' section.  It's not a totally easy going, leaves you with the happiest feeling in the world type of book.  But then I thought maybe that's not what everyone wants in a beach reads, maybe some people want a little more to think about after they have finished their book and this is exactly what this gives you so I have included it. A little bit of something for everyone hopefully.

I don't want to make you think it's a depressing story or that it's sad and doesn't have a happy ending, it's not any of those things, its just really against the grain of the normal format that typical stories like this use.  By that I mean that the main character has faults and flaws and instead of the book being about him fixing them and having a big epiphany and changing the world with his awesomeness, it's the exact opposite it's about someone who is pretty ok with being a bit rough around the edges and not really wanting to be anything other than he is.

It really is a great book and it's written so beautifully.  Sutter has his own sort of vocabulary and for days after it I found myself slipping his favourite words into my sentences as his voice really gets into your head. 

If you like stories about people finding out who they really are and getting into the mindset of someone then this book is for you.  It's a coming of age story with a massive difference, it's real and realistic and it'll make you laugh a lot and make you want to jump into the book and shake Sutter sometimes but most of all it will make you understand that it's ok to not have your ending all figured out yet, I honesty don't know if I would say that Sutter officially comes of age by the end of the story but my hopes were high for him and I have a feeling that the books ending might have just been Sutter's beginning....

I really want to see the movie they made of this book, but I can't seem to buy it anywhere yet.  I've heard so many great things about it though.  HERE is more info about it.

Buy the book HERE for £5.59
And on Kindle for £4.49


Lauryn Anderson said...

I've heard a bit about this-after reading your review I'm going to add it to my summer reading list post! have a lovely week, Lauryn x

Katherine Berke said...

I just came across your blog and I'm really enjoying it! I actually never knew that The Spectacular Now was originally a book--I saw the movie and loved it. Thanks for your post!

xo Katie