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Tim Tharp

Author of The Spectacular Now

7 Works 1,263 Members 65 Reviews

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Works by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now (2008) 892 copies
Knights of the Hill Country (2006) 216 copies
Badd (2011) 69 copies
Mojo (2013) 61 copies
Falling Dark (1761) 21 copies
Perfekt ist jetzt (2014) 2 copies

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Overall I wouldn’t classify it as a must read. It took me a while to get into and the main character is charming but ultimately problematic. However, the heart of the story will touch you and give you a nostalgic feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Read the rest of this review at Notes in the Margin.
 
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muffinbutt1027 | 46 other reviews | Apr 26, 2023 |
I really enjoyed this book! Still think about it years later.
 
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ALeighPete | 46 other reviews | Mar 10, 2023 |
Ceejay McDermott lives in Knowles, IA and not much goes on in her small town. She idolizes her older brother Bobby because he is B-A-D-D, BADD (she never explains why there is an extra d), and so is she. She has always felt he was the only one in the family who understood her but he is not around right now. He had a wild streak that got him arrested for drugs and the plea deal included enlisting in the army. He was sent to Iraq and Ceejay discovers he came back earlier than he should have. She wonders why he is not coming to the house and seems to be avoiding her. As the story unfolds, it is clear that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but Ceejay seems to never have heard of it and is at a loss as to how to help. The requisite new, quirky boy in town, whom she and her friends refer to as Mr. White because he always wears white, suggests that maybe that is what is wrong with Bobby and their fledgling friendship hits a rocky patch. The author throws in a bunch of other contemporary problems including a grandmother with cancer, a potentially rocky marriage threatened by the town hussy, Captain Crazy, sibling issues, and a Vietnam vet who factors into the solution to Bobby’s problems. The character development is strong and the subplots add depth but the resolution is a bit too pat.… (more)
 
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Dairyqueen84 | 1 other review | Mar 15, 2022 |
I haven't yet seen the movie (wanted to) and this was available through my library's ebook lending system so I thought I'd give it a try. The main character (18 years old) can drink George and Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) under the table. It almost made me sick how much this kid drinks. Just the same, he's likable for most of the book. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say I was hoping for a bit of a different ending...quick, enjoyable read though.
 
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ms_rowse | 46 other reviews | Jan 1, 2022 |

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