Book-to-Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

Title: The Spectacular Now
Author: Tim Tharp
Published: July 2013
I read: July 2016
My Rating: 3 stars

TItle: The Spectacular Now
Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
Released: September 13, 2013
I rated: 7.5/10
IMDb rating: 7.1/10

I just finished reading the novel, The Spectacular Now, this week for this week’s Booktube-a-thon, and one of the challenges for this read-a-thon was to read a book, and then watch it’s movie adaptation, which I then, also, did watch.

This story is about a boy who is a tad pretentious, and loses his girlfriend (that he does truly care about) over something stupid. Instead of owning up to his own stupidity (in anything that he does), he then tries to help the social status of another quiet girl, who he ends of up falling in love with. Sutter has a bit of a drinking problem, which is the running theme and reasoning behind the entire story and all the things that happen in it, which also brings this innocent girl, Aimee, down with him. Thankfully, she doesn’t let it get her down for the long haul.

I thought this book was just okay. I do like the writing style and feel of the book overall, but I consider it to just feel “meh”. I was kind of frustrated with Sutter. The amount of stupidity is gross. Drinking and driving is done a TON, and I feel like, with some of the things that happens when he’s drank and drove, he would get caught at some point. I feel like his character didn’t really grow all that much. He did grow somewhat, but not in this area. Aimee is the character who changes the most. It’s almost sad how much she lets Sutter drag her down, but we know it’s all done because she loves him, and doesn’t want to let him go. It doesn’t help the ending is left wide open to interpretation, but with no indication at all as to what way it could be going. I gave this book a 3/5 star rating.

I liked the movie just slightly more than the book. I felt it told the main idea of the story well. However, compared to the book, it’s like they took all the main parts of the book, put them in a bag and shook them up, and then blindly pulled them out to make the order of the movie. Many scenes happened word for word from the book, but all out of order. They also did add in a few scenes that never happened. I don’t think they portrayed the kids as strongly in their personalities as the book described. However, the ending is concluded a bit better, which I think helps. Despite it all, the story was told well, and I enjoyed it a bit more than the book. I would give the movie a 3.75/5 or 7.5/10 stars.


Booktube-A-Thon – August 2015


Started 9 books. Finished 8 books.
B1 B2 B3 B4

B5 B6 B7 13536362
Read 2223 pages. And completed 7 Book Challenges.

Day 1 – Monday, August 3, 2015

Started & Finished: Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg
Read: 352 pages
Completed Challenge: Book with Blue on the Cover

Day 2 – Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Started: The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Read: 238 pages

Day 3 – Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Finished: The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Read: 146 pages
Started: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
Read: 6 pages
Completed Challenges: Book by an Author with the Same Last Initial

Day 4 – Thursday, August 6, 2015

Finished: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
Read: 282 pages
Started & Finished: More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, by Jen Campbell
Read: 121 pages
Completed Challenges: Last Book You Acquired & Finish a Book Without Putting it Down

Day 5 – Friday, August 7, 2015

Started & Finished: The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 208 pages
Started: Whatever Happened to Janie?, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 42 pages
Completed Challenge: A Book You Really Want to Read

Day 6 – Saturday, August 8, 2015

Finished: Whatever Happened to Janie?, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 182 pages
Started: The Voice on the Radio, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 4 pages
Started: Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
Read: 125 pages
Completed Challenge: Read 7 Books (7th book outside of 6 challenge books)

Day 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2015

Finished: Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
Read: 59 pages
Finished: The Voice on the Radio, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 179 pages
Started: What Janie Found, by Caroline B. Cooney
Read: 148 pages
Completed Challenge: Read Somebody Else’s Favorite Book

Booktube-A-Thon: TBR Christmas Edition 2014

I don’t think I participated in this year’s earlier Booktube-a-thon, as it was starting, like, literally, the day after I discovered Booktube. And, even though I had already kinda planned out books for this month, and this Christmas Booktube-a-thon will be on, probably, the busiest weekend of the month, I’m gonna still try and join in!

So here’s the details, all found at Booktube-a-thon YT Channel:

December 19th – December 21st, 2014

1) Read a book with red and green on the cover!
2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
3) Read a book that was gifted to you!
4) Read 3 books!


And I had to go on a hunt for which books I want to read. Here’s what I got stuck with:

1) Read a book with red and green on the cover!
This is the only one I really found with both red and green! lol

2) Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
There’s so many books I have wanted to read this year, yet so little to choose from now. Haha, not really, but I read a lot of the ones that I did *really* want to read, and when searching my shelves, my mind kept going back to this one.

3) Read a book that was gifted to you!
Well, I *bought* this, with the gift card that I had been *given* for my birthday. That counts, right (YES)? Haha.

So…reading 3 books, all on the last weekend before Christmas?! Yeah, I highly doubt that is going to actually happen, but I can try! 😛 Let me know if you are participating!!

Here is the link to my Booktube-a-thon TBR video on my booktube channel!