Tuesday, July 30, 2013

YA Movies & More: 'The Spectacular Now'

Yesterday, my evening went a little like this…

6:38 p.m.: Remembered I need to do a blog post.

7:02 p.m.: Logged onto my computer and looked for YA movie related news. I found stuff on City of Bones, Vampire Academy, Divergent and Hush Hush.

7:43 p.m.: Found a blurb on The Spectacular Now.

7:50 p.m.: Watched the trailer and wondered how I missed this book when it came out because OMG it looks like such a good story!

8:09 p.m.: Loaded the book onto my iPad.

8:15 p.m.: Started reading.

11:33 a.m.: Dragged myself away from the book to finish the blog post I set out to do hours earlier.

In case you’re like me and had not heard of The Spectacular Now yet, here’s the blurb: 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.

So far it’s a really good read and one of the cool things about it being adapted for film is that Shailene Woodley is playing Aimee. If you’re not familiar with this actress, she’s been in a bunch of made-for-TV movies, as well as a few TV series including The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She’s also starring as Tris in Divergent and Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, both coming out next year. Also, with all the fantasy/paranormal/ dystopian stories out there, it’s nice to see such a good contemporary one hit the big screen.

Not convinced of its greatness yet?

Take a peek at the trailer. You won’t be disappointed!

11:57 p.m.: Finished blog post just under the wire and headed to bed.


  1. Haha, wow! It does look really good--and even though contemporary has never been my favorite genre, I agree that it's good to see YA contemp hitting the screens as well. :) Though I guess Wallflower and TFiOS count for that as well.

    1. Yes, I keep wanting to watch Wallflower, but haven't gotten to it yet. And I'm looking forward to TFiOS. I've heard that the contemporary stuff is coming back, so we shall see :)