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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

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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What A Read

Despite the subject matter, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well-written, the characters and setting are fleshed out, Celeste is abhorrent and I disliked her but I recognized she was too smart, corrupt and conniving for the book to end any other way than how it did. Still, she surprised me, sometimes I was outright shocked, others disgusted. The narrator did a fabulous job as well of conveying Celeste's lack of emotion, her depravity, her sarcasm, disinterest, odd lust and irritation, her sense for self-preservation in every scene. And all the characters were discernible to my ears. Usually I find female narrators difficult to enjoy, even in books with female main characters, but this is encouraging and has left me hopeful.

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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!.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing book

Greag Narrator,but a dark book and very disturbing ,very gutsy of the Author fro writing this book.

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Great

Very memorable, even though it made me cringe sometimes. It was a great read, keeping my attention all the way though.

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 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.

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"Things that make you go hmmmm..."

Prior to downloading this novel, I read some of the reviews (as people should). It would seem that there were some very mixed reviews, and most good novels tend to do just that.
What I liked:
I liked the roller coaster of emotions the novel gave. There were points of excitement, suspense, fear, and some arousal. Now before people start thinking I'm a pervert, please understand this IS a fictional novel, and it is designed to blow the dust off of some corners of the frontal lobe. With reading some of the reviews, I saw that there were a marginal amount of people that were so stuck on the "morality" aspect of the book to give it a chance. I would suggest those people stick to non-fiction novels about basket weaving. Just kidding, but seriously, this novel is for people who are willing to take their emotions for a ride in a vehicle they can not drive themselves...
What I didn't like:
The ending. I really felt that the author could have done a little more with how he boom ended. I was left feeling like a freight train conductor watching a tractor trailer pause on a railroad crossing as the mile long train just reached 50 mph... Also, I may be considered a bit caddy for this, but I would have enjoyed more details. Scenes that took a few chapters to build up were over in what I speculate to be a page.
Not sure I could place who would like this novel or not, but I think it was a good purchase..

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OMG! No remorse!!!

The was a very well read story of a horrible woman. I enjoyed the story but could not believe how selfish this heifer was.

The delusion the protagonist spun was beyond believable. I am overwhelmed at the lengths to obtain what she wanted. I was itching for her to what she clearly deserved. Her hunger and perverseness was diabolical to the end.
Spoiler Alert!

Right down to sitting in her cell and watching the boys in the court room. Truly one to hate.

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What..?

the performance was... good? I'm just more concerned with the story itself and the friend who recommended it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful