- Reading level: 14+ years
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Reprint edition (14 December 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375865020
- ISBN-13: 978-0375865022
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tim Tharp lives in Oklahoma, where he teaches at Rose State College. He is also the author of the YA novel Knights of the Hill Country, an ALA–YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Midwest City, Oklahoma.See all Product description
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Sutter Keeley is our admirable narrator who values kindness over honesty. The life of a party, he loves to live in the moment.
I could connect with his fear of the approaching tomorrow. Because, for him, a future or a life after high school (in India, that would be life after graduation) is filled with responsibilities and being an adult and hence, having no carefree life. That fear of unknown is real for so many of us.
Then there was Amiee. All girls in the book are likable and real and not bitchy or dramatic or just plain mean, which was such a refreshing thing to read. Amiee is relatable too, in the sense that most girls are naive at some point in their life, as I was, before an experience matures them, introduces them to reality and forces them to change. I guess this stands true even for boys. So it was good to read that.
The ending might disappoint a lot of people, but I think it ended in the most realistic way possible. Not all books have to end with the character changing drastically for the better or worse. Sometimes, like real life, you are just stuck, indecisive and don't know where you're headed (in the book, it's kind of literal). Of course I want to know what happena to Sutter and Amiee and I want to know how they do in college. I would be the first one to order book 2, if that ever happens. But if not, I'll still love this book.
Overall, i think this book deserves all the love that it gets and more.
"Forget the dark things. Take a drink and let time wash them away to wherever time washes things away to." -- Sutter Keely
Flawed but endearing characters take center stage in this incredible novel by Tim Tharp. Sutter's voice will live in your head and heart, infiltrating your life with his unforgettable ness.
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