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The Spectacular Now par [Tharp, Tim]
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Chapter 1
So, it's a little before ten a.m. and I'm just starting to get a good buzz going. Theoretically, I should be in Algebra II, but in reality I'm cruising over to my beautiful fat girlfriend Cassidy's house. She ditched school to get her hair cut and needs a ride because her parents confiscated her car keys. Which I guess is a little ironic considering that they're punishing her for ditching school with me last week.

Anyway, I have this sweet February morning stretching out in front of me, and I'm like, Who needs algebra? So what if I'm supposed to be trying to boost the old grades up before I graduate in May? I'm not one of these kids who's had their college plans set in stone since they were about five. I don't even know when the application deadlines are. Besides, it's not like my education is some kind of priority with my parents. They quit keeping track of my future when they divorced, and that was back in the Precambrian Era. The way I figure it, the community college will always take me. And who says I need college anyway? What's the point?

Beauty's all around me right here. It's not in a textbook. It's not in an equation. I mean, take the sunlight--warm but not too brash. It's not like winter at all. Neither was January or December for that matter. It's amazing--we couldn't have had more than one cold week all winter. Listen, global warming's no lie. Take last summer. You want to talk about getting a beating from the heat. Last summer was a hardcore pugilist. I mean, burn-you-down-to-the-roots-of-your-hair hot. It's like Cassidy says--global warming's not for lightweights.

But with this February sun, see, the light's absolutely pure and makes the colors of the sky and the tree limbs and the bricks on these suburban houses so clean that just looking at them is like inhaling purified air. The colors flow into your lungs, into your bloodstream. You are the colors.

I prefer drinking my whisky mixed, so I pull into a convenience store for a big 7UP, and there's this kid standing out front by the pay phone. A very real-looking kid, probably only about six years old--just wearing a hoodie and jeans, his hair sticking out every which way. Not one of these styling little kids you see in their brand-name outfits and their TV show haircuts, like they're some kind of miniature cock daddy. Of course, they wouldn't know what to do with a girl if she came in a box with the instructions on the lid like Operation or Monopoly, but they have the act down.

Right away, I take to this kid, so I say, "Hey, dude, aren't you supposed to be in school or something?" and he's like, "Can I borrow a dollar?"

I go, "What do you need with a dollar, little man?"

And he's, "I'm going to buy a candy bar for breakfast."

Now that gets my attention. A candy bar for breakfast? My heart goes out to this kid. I offer to buy him a breakfast burrito, and he's okay with that as long as he gets his candy bar too. When we come back out, I look around to size up what kind of traffic the kid's going to have to negotiate in his travels. We live just south of Oklahoma City--technically it's a whole different city, but with the urban sprawl you can't tell where one leaves off and the other begins--so we have a lot of traffic zipping around here.

"Look," I tell him as he drips egg down the front of himself. "This is a pretty busy intersection. How about I give you a ride to wherever you're going so some big rig doesn't barrel down and flatten you like a squirrel."

He looks me over, sizing me up just like a squirrel might actually do right before deciding to scamper off into his lair. But I'm a trustworthy-looking guy. I have no style either--just a pair of reasonably old jeans, beat-up sneakers, and a green long-sleeve T-shirt that says Ole! on the front. My brown hair's too short to need much combing, and I have a little gap between my two front teeth, which gives me a friendly, good-hearted look, or so I'm told. The point is I'm a long way from scary.
So the kid takes a chance and hops into the passenger side of my Mitsubishi Lancer. I've had it for about a year--it's silver with a black interior, not new or anything but pretty awesome in a basic kind of way.

"My name's Sutter Keely," I say. "What's yours?"

"Walter," he says around a mouthful of burrito.

Walter. That's good. I've never known a little kid named Walter. It seems like an old man's name, but I guess you have to start somewhere.

"Now, Walter," I say, "the first thing I want you to know is you shouldn't really take rides from strangers."

"I know," he says. "Mrs. Peckinpaugh taught us all about that at Stranger Danger."

"That's good," I say. "You should keep that in mind in the future."

And he goes, "Yeah, but how do you know who's a stranger?"

That cracks me up. How do you know who's a stranger? That's a kid for you. He can't comprehend that people might be dangerous just because you haven't met them yet. He's probably got all sorts of sinister ideas about what a stranger is--a black, slouchy hat and raincoat, a scar on the cheek, long fingernails, shark teeth. But think about it--when you're six years old, you haven't met all that many people. It would be pretty mind-_boggling to go around suspicious of ninety-nine percent of the populace.

I start to explain the stranger thing to him, but his attention span isn't all that long and he gets sidetracked watching me pour whisky into my big 7UP.

"What's that?" he asks.

I tell him it's Seagram's V.O., so then he wants to know why I'm pouring it in my drink.
I look at him and he has this authentic interest in his big, round eyes. He really wants to know. What am I going to do, lie to him?

Revue de presse

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 17, 2008:
"[A] smart, superbly written novel."

Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2009:
"A sobering look at the rationalizations of a teenage alcoholic."

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Editeur : Knopf Books for Young Readers (4 novembre 2008)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Par Melody77 le 26 septembre 2013
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Good story about a teenage boy who drinks too much and doesn't quite know where he's going, like all American teenage boys, it seems.
Quick read, finished it in one sitting.
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J'ai adoré ce livre!
Je le recommande à tout le monde.
Juste peut-être la fin un peu décevante mais vous ne seriez pas déçu si vous voyez le film en plus.
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C'est après avoir vu le film que j'ai eu envie de lire le livre qui ne m'a pas déçue, une histoire dès plus réelle, c'est plaisant à lire.

I have seen the film first and after I wanted to read the story which did not disappointed me. It was really pleasant to read this realistic story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thanks to the School Library Journal reviewer... 15 août 2013
Par D. Bradford - Publié sur
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Here's a rule for all book reviewers: DO NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING TO THE NOVEL. That's something readers may want to discover for themselves!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and, like others, found myself simultaneously entranced and infuriated by Sutter Keely. Sutter is, for all of his faults,a likable person, but the world is moving past him while he's standing still: his best friend Ricky is moving past all of their partying and wild times and into a serious romantic relationship; the other students at school are looking past the "now" and into the future of college and work; even Sutter's own family is moving on in their own ways, while Sutter deludes himself that the Spectacular Now is enough for him.

"Voice" in YA novels is everything, and this novel certainly has that: Sutter Keely is a very familiar character (we all remember "that guy" from high school) and yet is uniquely his own person.

Highly recommended for both teens and adults: this novel is by turns warm, witty, wise, and heartbreaking.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Spectacular Now 1 novembre 2014
Par Kat - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Despite the fact that The Spectacular Now is also a movie, I’d heard of neither the book nor the movie when I randomly came across it whilst looking for new YA realistic fiction books. And it was only when I heard that it touched on teenage alcoholism that it actually got my attention. I’m always on the look out for realistic fiction that covers different or less often written about subjects and that’s the main reason why I picked it up.

Sutter Keely is apparently the life of the party. And this is where my first issue came jumping and screaming into the spotlight – I didn’t understand him as a character. I didn’t get why everyone liked him, why he was supposedly everyone’s best friend and, most importantly, why he is considered a hero. Sure, he’s snarkily amusing, rather cool and unbothered by the plethora of issues that surround his life, but he wasn’t the type of character that I would either be drawn to or fascinated by.

And perhaps I missed a screamingly obvious point somewhere along the way, but his repeated references to his kinda-ex-girlfriends weight just really rubbed me up the wrong way. I’m not sure if it was intended to show that he was open minded, or that society is accepting of fat girls, but none of it felt real or believable to me.

The subject of Sutter’s alcoholism is glaring – he’s continually drinking – but there’s no real consequence to it, and that’s probably what disappointed me the most. Other than one particular intervention incident, it felt so glossed over that it made me quite angry – it almost felt romanticised.

The Spectacular Now IS different from many YA realistic fiction novels, and in that way it is certainly memorable. It’s just a rather big issue for me that it was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps for some readers Sutter is likeable, the situation is taken as seriously as it should have been, and there’s some kind of morality lurking in it’s pages. In the end, it was totally underwhelming for me – and it’s a shame as there was so much potential in the plot.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 EMBRACING THE MOMENT 30 septembre 2015
Par Laurel-Rain Snow - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Sutter Keely is all about the Life of the Buzz. From early morning until late at night, he works on keeping that buzz going.

Each of his girlfriends tire of him, he blows off academic life, and has no plans for the future. His philosophy: "To hell with tomorrow. To hell with all problems and barriers. Nothing matters but the Spectacular Now."

Then one night, after hours of partying, he wakes up on someone's lawn to find a girl staring down at him. It is Aimee Finecky, the nerdy girl he has never really noticed before. But there is something about her that calls to him. He feels a need to help her, to "fix" her, to show her how to have a good time.

But what happens when Aimee falls for him? Even worse, what about how he is suddenly needing her in his life? How will that work? And how will Sutter's journey to find his absent father, ending up on a road trip with Aimee to Fort Worth, Texas, change the direction of his life?

Narrated in Sutter's first person POV, The Spectacular Now shows us his internal world, something most people don't notice about him. He is more than a party animal. Unlike the ordinary life most people are living in his Oklahoma City neighborhood, he has a mission. He is not looking to the future; he is determined to embrace the moment. To feel everything there is to feel...or to follow the Life of the Buzz past the middle and on.

I came to feel sorry for Sutter, and his quest for the constant buzz. I felt sad for him as he fell for Aimee; and then, even more so, when he made a decision that would change everything. The story is not so much a coming-of-age tale as it is a young man's determination to have a different kind of life than his parents or even his friends. He is trying to carve out his own destiny. 4 stars.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Spectacular Meh 13 mai 2014
Par K. Zhou - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I wanted to like this book. It was a great read up until the end. I found the main character Sutter Keely, sutterly unbearable (how unbearable was that pun though?) It's hard to sympathize with Sutter Keely when, clearly, Aimee is 9000 times better than him as a basic human being. All of this would have been totally alright because the writing was more than excellent but that ending though. That ending was so not okay.

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!! Okay now that's done with, if a character, throughout a story, has to experience some sort of change and some sort of redeeming aspect of his life, Sutter Keely did not accomplish it. While this ending was definitely realistic in that that is exactly how Aimee and Sutter's relationship turn out, I read to escape reality. I don't have any hard opinion on whether they should split or they should stay together but show that in some way, Sutter changed. The Sutter from the first page of the book and the Sutter of the last page of the book is the same exact person and the lack of change bothered me.

At the end, it's worth the read only if you watch the movie. Stand-alone I don't think either work so well but put them together and you'll have yourself 4 Puffy Jackets out of 5.

However, as a stand-alone book? 3 Crown and Coke's out of 5
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Pretty Good Cautionary Tale 30 septembre 2013
Par Michael Res - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I think that ultimately what this book is about, plain and simple, is alcoholism. Anyone who has read this book and truly understood it will now know that the title is ironic. It's ironic because the main character, Sutter Keely, who claims that 'the spectacular now' is enough for him, does not actually spend any time in 'the spectacular now.' He spends most of his time in a fog, a chemically-altered version of now, and I think it's very sad especially because there are millions and millions out there actually living this way. If anybody who reads this book thinks of Sutter Keely as a hero, some kind of party animal who's living the good life while everybody else suffers, uptight, in their suits and ties, working and living their lives for the nameless, faceless machine is missing the point. Many are working and living their lives for the nameless, faceless machine and that too is very sad but dulling your senses and escaping it all into a bottle only makes matters worse. I think the author is not very subtle in showing that Sutter's father is what the party eventually becomes: sad, pathetic and lonely. Freedom and joy will never be found in a bottle! The bottle is in fact just another way of making yourself a slave in a society and a world that would be happy to have you as it's slave if you would only oblige. You can live your life and pay 'the man' his percentage while still finding joy and wonder at every turn. You can find it in something as big as the stars in the night sky and as small as the tip of your child's nose if you only look with a heart that is pure and a mind that is free. Whether or not Sutter will eventually find his way in this life is left for you to decide. While it doesn't look real promising by the ending... never know.
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