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review 2015-10-02 04:32
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp

Read by Melissa - All about living in the moment. Very bad and the movie is worse!

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review 2015-02-20 00:00
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp
“you're nothing but a product. and what's this product called? emptiness, dude, that's what it's called. and for the rest of your life, they sell you over and over, right to the end when they package you one last time and plant you in the ground.”

usually when a book is popular, i don't expect very much from it because i'm a very grumpy, contrary person but this is one of those books that i actually understand why it's so popular. if anything, i don't understand why it's not more popular. i'm not sure how to talk about this without spoiling things, but i will say that i think everyone should at least try to read this book. it has a lot of drinking and partying and sex, and i suppose there's some glorification of those things, but this is a powerful book, and it speaks honest to god volumes about how scary and shitty and amazing growing up is, and how it feels to not be good enough for the people you love the most, and how it feels to lose your friends and just... growing up. this book is a flawless example of growing up. that's all there is to say.
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review 2015-02-20 00:00
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp Eh, it was okay.

I just didn't care. Sutter was a bit of a jerk, but you could see why, but it never really mattered that you could see why. Amy was just a wet noodle. She just goes from a complete wet noodle to a wet noodle who relies on her boyfriend to fix all her problems. Sutter's friend is also a jerk and his girlfriend Beth is annoying. Sutter's ex-girlfriend Cassidy is probably the best thing about this book and I wish the book had been about her instead of stupid Sutter.

And on and on and on.

There was some nice writing, I guess. But I felt like I'd have been better off rereading The Catcher in the Rye. Holden's also a jerk, you know, but the writing was much better.
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review 2015-02-20 00:00
The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp Eh, it was okay.

I just didn't care. Sutter was a bit of a jerk, but you could see why, but it never really mattered that you could see why. Amy was just a wet noodle. She just goes from a complete wet noodle to a wet noodle who relies on her boyfriend to fix all her problems. Sutter's friend is also a jerk and his girlfriend Beth is annoying. Sutter's ex-girlfriend Cassidy is probably the best thing about this book and I wish the book had been about her instead of stupid Sutter.

And on and on and on.

There was some nice writing, I guess. But I felt like I'd have been better off rereading The Catcher in the Rye. Holden's also a jerk, you know, but the writing was much better.
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text 2014-07-28 18:42
Is Your Mojo Workin'?
Mojo - Tim Tharp

This mystery for the 12 and up crowd is told by a boy who is a bit on the fringe of things at his school, not an outcast but not popular, obtuse and a bit selfish, who wishes for instant fame and glory aka mojo. Not a bad description of your average teenage kid. He literally falls into a mystery when he hides in a dumpster to outrun some older teen thugs, and discovers he's sharing the space with a dead classmate. After getting past the fact that he is initially a suspect, he gets embroiled in another mystery, the disappearance of a girl his age from a cushy prep school. Are these events connected? I read this book with my ears and found the plot engaging with a neat twist at the end. Because the rich kids in this book come off as terminally superficial and entitled, it would be interesting to get reactions from affluent suburban kids. Dylan, our sleuth, begins with values just as superficial as those of his rich counterparts, but in the course of the story he does grow and mature. I would put this book on my junior high library shelf and would gladly booktalk it to youngsters who like mysteries.

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