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The Spectacular Now
by Tim Tharp
The Spectacular Now Chapter 25 Summary
Aimee reminds Sutter of a guy he knew named Kenny. Kenny was like the male version of Cinderella or something – he lived with his stepdad and three big stepbrothers. His mom had committed suicide. Rough, huh? He was always home cleaning while his stepbrothers were out…well, committing crimes. Sutter would go over to his place and mow the lawn for him sometimes, just to help the guy out. As he pulls up to Aimee's house, he realizes that it's a lot like the one he grew up in. He takes a sip of whiskey, and is greeted at the door by Aimee –wearing lipstick. It doesn't really do much for her. Her little brother Shane is being very annoying, little-brother-style, and tells her their mom said she should go to the store and get a bottle of Dr. Pepper for Randy, her boyfriend. Sutter tells the kid to go get it, but he just makes a raspberry at him. He's trying to help Aimee, so he puts on the gentleman act, and they head for her room. It's like night and day compared to the disastrous mess in the rest of the house – totally neat, and full of hundreds of books, all tidily stacked. She tells him they're mostly science fiction. She wants to work for NASA someday, and live on a horse ranch. Her favorite series is called Bright Planets. The main character, Commander Amanda Gallico, is like, her hero. (Totally made up series, BTW.) The tutoring starts, and Sutter finally sees a little confidence in her. He thinks she might even be able to get him to understand math. Well, maybe if he were a better listener.
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