The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008, 304 pages)
Sutter Keely is just looking to have a good time. He’s in his senior year of high school and has no plans for college besides that he wants to continue the lifestyle he has now. After his girlfriend, Cassidy, breaks up with him because she’s tired of Sutter only thinking of himself, he decides to help change Aimee’s life. Aimee is a shy girl who lets her family walk all over her but Sutter wants to change that. What he doesn’t expect is how far his emotions will go for Aimee.
Sutter was an interesting character. His mottos in life were to “embrace the weird” and to simply have a good time every moment of every day. Unfortunately this led to Sutter not taking anything in his life seriously. I liked where this book could have gone with the pairing of Sutter and Amiee and all the unresolved issues they had between them when they met. But I can’t get over how much Aimee changed for Sutter and how much Sutter didn’t change at all. I wish I could have seen Sutter develop more as a character, especially with learning that it’s wonderful to have a good time but maybe in a different way then he’s been doing.