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This National Book Award Finalist is now a major motion picture -- one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley (star of The Fault in our Stars and Divergent) and Miles Teller (star of Whiplash).

SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go
forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Spectacular Now
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3.8 / 5
Spectacular now
May 28th, 2015
One of the few times I preferred the movie ending to the book.... Great read but a bit of a disappointing ending.
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August 21st, 2014
Good read. Would have liked a more justified ending.
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The Spectacular Now
July 9th, 2014
Boring. Sure it's a "coming of age" book and I'm probably too old to have read it.... but not old enough to not remember my times in high school. This book, I feel bad giving it a terrible score, but it glorifies too much idiocy and fakes the consequences of real life. The substance is zilch until almost the end.
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December 15th, 2013
I really need someone to explain this book to me
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July 26th, 2013
To me it felt like it dragged on, there was no real climax which made it kind of boring nothing too exciting happened it was mostly what the main character was thinking. I'm one of those people that once I start reading a book I have to finish it no matter what so I forced my way to the end of this one and found it very predictable messed up boy meets shy quiet girl and so on and so forth. I wouldn't recommend it to many people. BUT I am looking forward to the movie to see what kind of changes they make in order for it to be more visual as I felt the book was inside of the boys mind more so than the things that actually happened!
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