The Spectacular NoweBook - 2008
Young adult fiction.
Oklahoma -- Fiction.
Families -- Oklahoma -- Fiction.
Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Substance abuse -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Self-destructive behavior -- Fiction.
From the critics
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The thought does cross my mind that I could slip and end up cracking my head on the pavement just short of the pool, but if you're always going to worry about minor drawbacks, then you'll never accomplish anything.
To hell with tomorrow. To hell with all problems and barriers. Nothing matters but the Spectacular Now.
"You're not a bad guy, Sutter. You're a good guy. You just don't have a real firm grasp on the concept of consequences."
I was almost immediately queasy each time I chose to hang out with deluded, self-destructive Sutter Keely, but he was a multi-layered, complex, authentic person. An excellent, sad character study.