The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharp, is a book about maintaining relationships in the midst of addiction. Sutter is a good guy, but he refuses to see that he has a problem with his drinking and how it affects everyone around him. The tone of the novel reminds me of an Ellen Hopkins book, where you can see a person going on a downward spiral throughout the book, but the character can’t see it themselves. This book does have some questionable language, and mentions of sex, drinking, and drugs, so I would not recommend it for younger students or students that are uncomfortable reading about these issues. The movie for the book should be out sometime this year, with accolades from the Sundance Film Festival.
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Sundance: 'The Spectacular Now' is a lovely and original teen movie.-EW.com