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But Celeste's devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession: 14-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion. As the novel opens, fall semester at Jefferson Jr. High is beginning.
In mere weeks, Celeste has chosen and lured the lusciously naive Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his teacher, and, most important, willing to accept Celeste's terms for a secret relationship - car rides after school; rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works late; body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods.
Ever mindful of the danger - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind - the hyperbolically insatiable Celeste bypasses each hurdle with swift thinking and shameless determination, even when the solutions involve greater misdeeds than the affair itself. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress driven by pure motivation. She deceives everyone, and cares nothing for anyone or anything but her own pleasure.
With crackling, rampantly unadulterated prose, Tampa is a grand, uncompromising, seriocomic examination of want and a scorching literary debut.
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By Linda on 02-19-14
This author is pretty gutsy
The whole premise of this book is off-putting to some, and if that's how it strikes you just stop there. Because not only is it about an adult woman preying on 14-year-olds, it's quite sexually graphic, and since it's written from Celeste's perspective, the sex is actually pretty sexy. I'm not bothered by anything in fiction (no 14-year-old boys were actually harmed in the writing of this book!) so I found it a bit fascinating. Celeste is a great unlikeable protagonist and I thought the story progressed well all the way to its satisfying ending. I actually tried this one in print first and found the quality of the writing inconsistent, but the audio worked much better for me. The narrator somehow made Celeste's voice more palatable and I binge-listened to this over the long weekend. I like when authors take risks by tackling taboo subjects, and Alissa Nutting pulled it off quite well.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Misty on 06-23-17
Difficult to formulate a review
Draw a line where your comfort zone is, than scribble it out and go beyond it about a million miles... that is about how you will feel about this book. This makes it difficult to formulate a review.
Was it well written? Yes. Very. Was it a good story? No. It was terrible. Nothing about it was something that was good and nice. Everything was horrible and disgusting and at times, impossible to listen to. I had to take it in small doses because it left me feeling icky.
Is that a reason for a bad review? No. I knew what I was picking up. It wasn't a mystery. It's a story about a very disturbed and selfish woman that was a predator. Not even the ending is feel good.
All of that being said, it was addictive. Like a train wreck, I couldn't get away from it. There was no way I couldn't finish it.
The narration was great. Perfect for this character and the she did good with the voices of all the other characters too.
My advice? Go in just knowing it's going to be uncomfortable and if you have delicate sensibilities, you might want to skip this one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful