Nutting, Alissa

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
In this novel, "Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student. Celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept Celeste's terms for a secret relationship--car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in Celeste's empty classroom. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. She deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure. Tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, American Psycho-esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting's Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut."--Publisher's statement.
Publisher: New York : Ecco/HarperCollins c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062280546
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 17, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow. This book is all kinds of messed up, but totally enthralling.

The protagonist is like a cross between Humbert Humbert from "Lolita" and Patrick Bateman from "American Psycho." You are in there with all her messed up thoughts and it is dark and terrible.

And the author does a great job of dealing with the different weight our culture puts on the molestation of teenage boys vs teenage girls.

Unforgettable. Terrible. Very very dark. But brilliant.

Sep 16, 2014
  • Basileus rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am fairly open minded when it comes to subject matter of novels or movies. But for some reason I just couldn't finish reading this book. It wasn't the subject matter, but I think probably the main character herself turned me off. I know she is not meant to be likeable but the detail and effort she went into grooming her prey was just a little bit too much to bear. I might give it another try later on, but for now I just couldn't handle it.

Jun 26, 2014
  • RoxyParty rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like that the author gives no explanation as to why Celeste is a pedophile. I think that's the point, its just the way she is. In a way, I feel sorry for Celeste that her desires are forbidden and illegal. I mean the boys she likes are not 'children' per say... they are old enough to know she's hot and they want to explore their sexuality. This book will make you think, about desires (not only sexual ones) and what you would risk to attain them. All in all, a good quick read!

I did not find anything disturbing or uncomfortable about this book. Yes, it is quite excplicit, but I thought it was an interesting and exciting story. I admired Celeste for pursuing her passions; she was a very strong character.

Nov 30, 2013
  • ocicats rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hilarious, ribald, raunchy, and a real
hoot! I read it in one evening and
admired the author's boldness. Funny!

Oct 23, 2013
  • Krithy14 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very disturbing book. It really made me sick. Well written, but so not right.

Sep 19, 2013
  • Lauren31 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An uncomfortable read.

Sep 14, 2013
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I have to admit that I was terribly disappointed in this book. With its uncomfortable subject matter, its willingness to turn fundamental questions of obsession, consent, and feminism on their heads, and its truly unlikeable and incredibly focused main character, TAMPA could have been a LOLITA for today. Instead, after a strong start, the whole book -- from the language, to the main character of Celeste herself, to the central premise -- turns ridiculous. What starts, as one reviewer below has said, as "witty, brazen, horrifying and compelling" becomes the opposite. The build up to Celeste getting what she has always desired is excellent; but like many things, once she has obtained it, the reader realizes the gift was in the anticipation.

Sep 03, 2013
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

definitely adult. definitely disturbing.
Makes Gone Girl look like a feel story.

Aug 26, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not for the faint of heart, pretty much every review you're going to read about TAMPA contains the word "controversial". This explicit. gut-punch of a novel revolves around Celeste Price, a pretty, blonde, young - and sociopathic - teacher who preys on 14-year-old boys to satisfy her carnal desires. Nutting chooses to tell her story from the point of view of Celeste, so even though the novel matter-of-factly describes her actions and the thought process behind them, this clashes with the morals of the reader, who can realize just how self-serving her actions are - and how emotionally damaging those actions are to those around her. Finding inspiration from real-life teacher Debra Lafave, Nutting chooses to hold nothing back and the result is a repellent yet enthralling novel, solidly in the tradition of Bret Easton Ellis' AMERICAN PSYCHO and Jim Thompson's KILLER INSIDE ME.


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Jul 11, 2013
  • pscho rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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