Recently, someone posted a link to an article on Facebook "14 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen." I thought it was a great source to find some novels.
I didn't check to see that the article was more than 6 months old primarily because one of the books/movies mentioned has been advertised all over the place for the last month as it is being released this Friday (The Monuments Men). From that list, I decided some of them looked interesting (in the moment) and I ordered them up from the library. One of them was The Spectacular Now and when I updated my Nook this weekend, I discovered it had almost expired. During the last couple evenings, as the snow drifted down and we were cozy inside, I dove into this novel.
As I began reading this juvenile novel, I was wondering what on earth possessed me to choose this book. I have nothing in common with the characters and I wasn't sure the main character was even likable. It was like Breakfast Club for this new century of cell phones and internet. I was compelled to finish (and have ordered the DVD from the library) yet I cannot say I enjoyed it. My big boys grew up just a minute behind the new technology, but my LRHB is in it to his eyeballs. Third graders with I-phones, REALLY!? Yet, this isn't about technology, but teens and rights of passage and making choices and living with them. It is growing and learning and pain. Did I love it? No. But, I didn't walk away from it either.