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In Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa, 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: New York : Ecco, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062280541
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 29, 2019

oh wow that was a lot to handle

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 23, 2019

This book is not going to be for everyone. Really. Read what this is about before diving in and decide if this may be for you or not. OK, now that that's out of the way I want to say I really enjoyed this novel. I was on the edge of my seat and could not put it down. I feel like despite the super disturbing content, this book is well written and compelling. If you are in doubt about this book- check out the Content Notices or head to another site to read other's thoughts on the book.

LPL_KimberlyL May 12, 2018

A (ahem) pretty disturbing story that is essentially the female version of Lolita and definitely feels like a fictionalized account of Mary Kay Letourneau. It's upsetting, to be sure, but it's also an interesting examination of how we view consent in regards to young men and boys. This book is super dark. You have been warned.

Sep 06, 2017

Tampa is probably one of the most f'd up books I've ever read in my entire life. If you've ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a sexual predator, here's your chance - and regardless of the argument that these boys were willing participants, you can't argue that Celeste is a predator. She very clearly hunts down her prey, and manipulates them to her will. Celeste is obsessed and singularly focused on her goal of seducing and carrying on sexual relationships with 14 year old boys, to the point where she is able to justify even the most outrageous of behaviours, and she has no emotional attachment to them outside of the pleasure they bring her. It would be interesting if the author explored Celeste's past, and how this particular obsession cam to be ... I'm not sure if it's just as easy as 'it's just what I like' (as Celeste puts it herself at one point in the book). But, like other readers here, I could not put the book down. It was at times uncomfortable to read, but it was also kind of fascinating.

Jun 12, 2017

Contrived, but entertaining.

Aug 10, 2016

I can understand why people will totally dislike this book. It’s filled with crude language and descriptions…and it’s about a twenty-something year old teacher, Celeste, and her obsession with one of her students, Jack, who’s fourteen. YIKES!

Tampa takes us from Celeste’s pursuit, to seduction, to her sexual encounters with Jack. This book is very loosely based on the real-life case of Debra Lafave. The drop-dead gorgeous teacher in FL who had a relationship with her fourteen-year-old student.

But this book is brilliant. TRUST ME! And here’s why. We’ve all had to read Lolita in HS or college, this is very much like that but with the gender roles reversed. So why the adverse reactions when we find out the teacher is a female? Hmmm? Because as a society we still consider women to be passively sexual. When a male older man (teacher) has sex with an underage girl, it’s clearly rape. I mean, I was disturbed watching PLL and seeing the relationship between Aria and Ezra (even though this Lolita thing is all over the place lately – anyone watched Scream on MTV yet?) But isn’t the teenage male fantasy all about banging the hot teacher? Is it rape if the roles are reversed, as so clearly asked in the book, “If you were a teenage male, would you call a sexual experience with her abuse?”

So, yes, this is one of those books that you wan’t to look away from because it’s too awful, but the more you read, the more you accept the crazy because it’s actually really smart? Like it just becomes more and more ridiculous and absurd the more you read. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but days after finishing I can’t help smiling to myself and shaking my head saying, “that was so fucked up.” Black comedy at it’s finest.

Read at your own risk. 4 stars.

Jan 27, 2016

Reading this book made me feel uncomfortable in the same way that I did when I read Lolita. Getting inside the mind of a calculated pedophile is scary, and were not used to thinking of women as pedophiles. Right after I read this, I watched a Saturday Night Live skit that made fun of boys who had sex with their high school teachers. It was obvious that SNL took the old-fashioned view of how "lucky" the boy got. For that reason alone, I would recommend this book because it really makes you see how it's one thing for the boy to be hot for teacher and quite another for the teacher to exploit that adolescent phenomenon.

Cynthia_N Jan 26, 2016

This fictional book made me very uncomfortable. Nutting takes you inside the mind of a female pedophile who is a middle school teacher. The teacher talks about how she chooses her victims and why she likes them.

Jun 17, 2015

A great read about an attractive middle-school teacher who is attracted to young boys.

Mar 14, 2015

I fell in love with this book. It's well-written

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Sep 06, 2017

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Dec 29, 2019

Sexual Content: This is a book about a pedophile being a pedophile and includes lots of intense sex scenes, ya catch my drift

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 23, 2019

Sexual Content: This novel contains graphic sex scenes between an adult female and an adolescent male.


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