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Tampa | [Alissa Nutting]

Tampa

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. But Celeste's devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession: 14-year-old boys. 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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Publisher's Summary

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She's undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.

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.

©2013 Alissa Nutting (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Linda SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 02-19-14
    Linda SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Librarian, blogger, reader

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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Tran 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Honestly A Disturbing Story"
    If you could sum up Tampa in three words, what would they be?

    Female Pedophile Tell-All


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alissa Nutting? Why or why not?

    Probably, the author is a really good writer. I've learned more new words in this book than any other books that I've read so far.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen McInerney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any Kathleen McInerney's performance before, however she is GREAT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was a really difficult book to sit through because it was so strange to listen to a mind of a pedophile. You can only take a little dose of it at a time because the story can make your skin crawl. However, the performance was exquisite. Probably one of the best female performers I've listened to so far.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is pretty graphic in it's sexually content and a little morbid. However, beautifully written and the performance was amazing!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Cundiff 08-05-15
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    "This book blew my mind.."

    WOW! WOW! WOW! You must read this to believe it, but read it with an open mind! It's entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Verity My world 07-17-15
    Verity My world 07-17-15 Member Since 2015

    I love books (duh). I've also listened to plenty books from my local library, kinda upset I can't review them here as well :(.

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    "It had potential"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending... to start with.
    The first half of the book you think that Celest is a highly intelligent female willing to do anything to satisfy her obsession: teenage males. Her wishes are crazy, but very enthralling as well. She's an interesting character to say the least.
    Second half of the book she becomes stupid and arrogant and other people like her even more for that. It was annoying and it didn't fit with the character created in the first half. Is like the author wanted us to hate her. And that's cheating.
    I would have enjoyed the rational, pervert feminist much more than the beautiful sheltered pedophile. Also, the idea that beautiful people have it easy... don't really dig it. I've seen lots of beautiful people get bullied and ugly ones as well. It's about character. That is what brings you to the top of the chain. And by the end of the story our character completely looses that side and just plays the damsel in distress. And people actually believe her? We're talking about adults here, right? I can't accept that people can be that stupid.


    Has Tampa turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. A good book will be a good book regardless of the genre. I was never really into this type of books, but I heard this one was better so I decided to give it a try. Not sure how soon I'll return to this genre though, based on my friend's recommendations I guess.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen McInerney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I did, in Night Road and Just One Day. She's into character and she's good at what she does. If I wouldn't have looked at the list with the books she read I would have never guessed the 3 books have the same reader. They are all 3 very different genres.


    Was Tampa worth the listening time?

    To be honest, I don't think so. Second half bored me to death.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book for an erotica lover, but not a moralist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Dawson 06-18-15
    Nick Dawson 06-18-15
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    "Very interesting and riveting audiobook"

    Every time I sat down, I remembered to sit down, put in my ear buds, and enjoy. This was a great, yet disturbing take on a sexual sociopath who happens to be a teacher. Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 06-13-15
    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Kinda creepy and gross."

    All I can really say about this book is that it is so well written that it's repulsive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monechia 05-20-15
    Monechia 05-20-15
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    "Definitely not what I was expecting!"

    This book had its, "whoa! What did I just read?" Moments, but it was a great read. Alissa Nutting did a fantastic job at getting the reader to get in the mind of a sociopath. Give this book a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany 04-01-15
    Bethany 04-01-15

    I'm a high school English teacher with a 3 hour round-trip commute everyday, so clearly, audio books are a big part of my daily existence!

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    "Prepare to be shocked."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to friends who I knew REALLY well. Because I'm a high school English teacher, this is a difficult book for me to admit to reading, let alone recommend to friends - many of whom are teachers.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the end was perfect. Celeste, the main character, was so fully fleshed out through the whole story, and what happens at the end and her reaction to it fit perfectly with what you know to be true about her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, it's hard to say a "favorite" scene...it's not that kind of book! My favorite aspect of the book is Nutting's totally unapologetic writing and her willingness to "go there." I can imagine there were parts of this book that were difficult to write, and it's so refreshing to see a female author take creative ownership of work that it surprising, offensive, and sexual.


    Do you think Tampa needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would love to read more by her. I love her voice, and like I said before, her frank writing style. I would like to see what she does next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lisa 03-01-15
    lisa 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "trashy pedophile"

    struggled to finish but I did... need to shower and pray now fir sitting through that filth. it think. People are going to love it or hate it. I personally hate it. The author however managed to create a character that I will not soon forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Braine Dublin, Ireland 05-07-14
    John Braine Dublin, Ireland 05-07-14 Member Since 2015

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    Celeste Price became a teacher with the sole purpose of seducing teenage students. I usually roll my eyes when I hear people complaining that a book is controversial just for the sake of controversy, but found myself thinking something similar with this. It was just a bit too shallow and frivolous. Had it’s moments, but at times, it reminded me of a story you might come across in a bad waiting-room magazine. I still love the cover (though I made the classic mistake of judging a...). And I was amused by the ever present subtext that if this book was about a male teacher, there would probably be book burnings across the States.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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