The Spectacular Now

By Tim Tharp

Current & Digital Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)

Reading Level: Ages 14 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains
  • Kathi Appelt for The Underneath
  • E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now

YPL Winner That Year: Judy Blundell for What I Saw and How I Lied

Judges That Year: Holly Black, Daniel Handler, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, Cynthia Voigt

The Year in Literature: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean won the Printz Award.

More Information: 

  • Tharp said that he so enjoyed writing the voice of The Spectacular Now’s narrator, Sutter Keely, that once he finished the book he couldn’t write anything else for months after. “Sutter was a hard, hard character to let go of. I hope readers feel the same way.”
  • A film adaptation of the novel is scheduled for release in 2013.

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