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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
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Jun 14, 2009

really liked it

High school senior Sutter Keely loves life. In fact, that's pretty much his guiding moral principle: Life is to be enjoyed, and it's up to you to enjoy it if you possibly can. If things gets weird, embrace the weird. Said embracing is made easier for Sutter by lots and lots and lots of whiskey. This isn't really a problem novel about a teen who either submits to or overcomes an addiction to drugs/alcohol. The plot, such as it is, is basically a romance/coming of age story. Tharpe perfectly captures that feeling of pure exhilaration at being alive that is more or less particular to 18-year-olds, and the valleys of despair that so often follow. Sutter himself is funny, very likeable, and very flawed. He's a character of a type not often seen in teen lit--but seen pretty often in American high schools.

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