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The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now


by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now Abandonment Quotes

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Quote #1

I can't believe I almost forgot about meeting her for lunch. Now, instead of Motojet, I play a movie in my head of Aimee standing alone outside the cafeteria door, checking her watch, looking at all the people who aren't me pass her by. (20.5)

Sure, Sutter forgot about his date with Aimee and had to be reminded by Ricky. But at least he feels guilty, right? We're not sure why he feels guilty about this and not about being late to pick up Cassidy—but we suspect it might have something to do with Sutter's inability to stick with anything, including hot, cool, and loving girlfriends.

Quote #2

I told her I'd help with the paper route this morning. […] Apparently, I never did actually set the alarm, though. It was an honest mistake. […] Still, the idea of her sitting and waiting on that cold front porch is enough to smack the Antichrist heebie-jeebies right up the side of the pope's head. (33.6)

We're starting to sense a pattern. Sutter spends a lot of time berating himself for forgetting Aimee—but not a lot of time making sure that he fulfills his promises. Hm. Seems like he might be setting up a little self-fulfilling prophecy here: he's so convinced that he's like his dad that he makes sure he never does anything—like keep a promise—that would prove himself wrong.

Quote #3

Here's my problem with public display of affection – it's undemocratic. […] But here's my best friend, practically building a border fence to keep the rest of us out. (36.23)

Uh. Sutter's problem with PDAs are that they're exclusive. Correct us if we're wrong, but isn't being exclusive the whole point of a relationship?

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