Book Review: The Spectacular Now

Meet Sutter Keely: Life of the party, hilarious class clown, that kid everyone in school adores.
Meet Aimee Finecky: Social disaster, invisible, yet incredibly sweet; a complex puzzle just waiting to be solved.

These two could not have any less in common.

After running into one another (almost literally), Sutter takes it upon himself to “fix” Aimee—help her make friends and start living in the moment…but suddenly, irresponsible-party-animal Sutter finds himself for the first time with someone’s heart in his hands: will he change this girl’s life or leave it in shambles?

Oklahoma author Tim Tharp truly captures the highs and lows of life as a high schooler, and the heartbreakingly sweet reality of young love, in this 2008 Finalist for the National Book Award. Although written as a young adult novel, this book appeals just as easily to adults. This is a quick read, but only because Tharp’s writing is so seamless. Complete with multi-faceted and familiar characters, readers will love following Aimee and Sutter’s journey into The Spectacular Now.  

If you love this book, try these Read-alikes! 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Reviewed by: Kelly Sitzman, Information Services Manager at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library