Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. On the surface, year-old Celeste Price seems to have it all. Alissa Nutting. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. In Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering year-old middle- school Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App. Read "Tampa A Novel" by Alissa Nutting available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. In Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa, Celeste .
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In Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering year-old middle- school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and. In Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering year-old middle- school teacher in To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on. Tampa book. Read Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. ebook, pages Kudos to Alissa Nutting for taking on this subject in a daring way. Download app for iOS Download app for Android .
Posted by Jason Rice May 29, Reviews 1. As a society we have agreed that anyone who has sex with a child is a criminal and those who break that agreement must accept the consequences. Celeste is the deeply upsetting and petrifying focal point in which Alissa Nutting channels pure sex and lust of teenage boys. Several people who had read this before me likened it to American Psycho , which I think is a mistake. That book that seems tame in comparison to what happens in Tampa. Now, lets step back for a minute. Zoe Heller covered this ground in Notes on a Scandal , and of course there is always Lolita.
Like American Psycho , where the violence is imagined not real. She watches two boys wrestling, and longs to be mixed in. Celeste has to drug or drink herself to a near comatose level to allow him inside of her. This is where I turned my back on Celeste, as a human, despite the fact that she is a character in a novel. An Anthology of stories in 25 words or less, published by W. He lives in the United States. You can see his photos at Tom Crown Kills.
It really bothered me that the author stuck with the most shallow part of the story of a predator. It could have been so much more interesting and made her much better villain if we at least got a deeper meaning of why she was attracted to young boys. Nutting was trying to make her as villainous as possible that she left out the motive for her villainy. Your email address will not be published.
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Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. I had initially heard about this book from a small feature in Entertainment Weekly magazine and was intrigued with the premise.
I had been cautioned by several people that it contained quite graphic and explicit content, but that it would certainly be a conversation starter. Yes, this book is extremely graphic in its descriptions. That being said, if you set that part aside, the story itself is quite a compelling one. There have been other books that touch upon this idea, such as The Reader by Bernhard Schlink — which has also been turned into a movie starring Kate Winslet. Celeste is a mess and Nutting does a fine job at writing such a unlikable protagonist.
This book was written well. It kept me I'm suspense through your the whole novel!
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It could have had a better ending though. Disturbing, clever, and I think a really important book for its unapologetic portrayal of female desire. I was gripped from the first page. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.
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July 2, Imprint: Ecco ISBN: English Download options: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: First read in I've just revisited this book. I wanted to see if it still impacted me. Celeste is married and very attractive with a never ending sexual thirst for teen boys, not teen boys that look like Wow, wow, wow - this novel tackles taboo stuff, namely the relentless, sociopathic sexual pursuit of teenage boys by a female eighth grade English teacher.
Celeste is married and very attractive with a never ending sexual thirst for teen boys, not teen boys that look like young men but teen boys who still look like, well, young teenage boys. She plans, executes and pursues her "prey". It's disturbing to be in her mind to say the least, she has zero sense of shame or concern, she is what she is. A sociopath at least, a sexual predator indeed. I didn't grow to like her and some scenes are just heartbreaking, the impact she has on the lives of others is quite devastating.
She is a cold predator, plain and simple. This book challenges the existence of reversed roles, the woman who is the paedophile. She's clever, too clever and it's hard to read at times but the writing keeps you hooked, because the writing is brilliant. The sex scenes in the book are explicit and graphic, you need to be prepared for that if you read it, but by golly they are well written scenes regardless.
Alissa Nutting has written a controversial book indeed, I honestly couldn't put it down. It's like morbid fascination. This is a book that divides you all the way through and would make for a brilliant book club discussion. It's like tasting something you want to spit out but as the texture is so nice you persist.
That's what this book did to me. It's a very thought-provoking book. Make it one of your more challenging books to put on your to-read list for sure. I have it 5 stars because the quality of the writing is outstanding and the book is a stand out. But as for Celeste and her impact on young lives, I don't like it, neither will you, but you will keep reading anyway.
I'll forever be thankful to the librarian that recommended I read this book after he loved it and his wife despised it so he needed my help to settle the score. Dare you enter the pages of this taboo novel and come out unchanged on the other side.
Would love to discuss! View all 13 comments. Ever read a book and wonder what the heck did I just read? This book is that. Celeste Price is a predator. Don't go into this book thinking she is not. The woman sets out to get what she wants which is a fourteen year old boy and she adjusts and justifies her actions in split seconds.
The damn woman has no soul. Did that stop me from reading this book? I'm not rating this book highly because I liked her actions. No one in their right mind could go in this woman's mind and like it.
That's Ever read a book and wonder what the heck did I just read? That's what happens in this book though. You go into the mind of a pedophile. I rated this book highly because it makes you think. You stop and wonder why??? The author gave me an insight that I do not think I will soon forget. I would have liked to have known something about her earlier life and what made her become what she did. Heck I don't know if I should just go drink a beer or take a shower to get the feel off me.
Right now I'm doing this View all 28 comments. Meet Celeste Price. Or do we really want to? If we take a moment to consider the plot and the innovation it involves, then the result will be far from satisfactory. A twenty-six years old, eighth-grade English teacher with a thing for and only for 14 year..
A twenty-six years old, eighth-grade English teacher with a thing for and only for 14 year old boys that too with conditions applied. Celeste is drop dead gorgeous with hardly any scruples and her concerns exclusively demand the satiation of her obsessive need. For sex. Her unrelenting focus to think only about her seedy intentions irrespective of whatever situation she is in combined with dark humor makes it more than an ok read which draws both disgust at the content and delight at the unputdownable quality this book offers to its readers.
How our argument about various forbidden subjects is governed around the elements involved in the execution of such immoral acts is highlighted with a dash of odiousness in Tampa.
In this way, she comes across as an unflinchingly shrewd and selfish person, which is not a big deal to think about but to convincingly put it on paper is a commendable feat. The climax appears to be written in a rushed manner and struggles to find a strong base to stand on amidst some superficial factors forced upon it. Moreover the explicitness of sex scenes could have mellowed down a bit in order to reach albeit shocking but an acceptable level of reality since in some instances the line of fantasy is stretched too far considering the involvement of teenage boys or is it just another trick on part of our unreliable narrator?
View all 22 comments. Jul 23, Steve Lowe rated it really liked it. This is an odd one to rate and review. Was it well-written? Oh, yeah. Felt a couple times like the plot was a bit too overtly manipulated to steer the story toward a particular conclusion, but maybe I'm just being picky.
Was it entertaining? Hell, yeah. It was hilarious, in the way that sociopaths can be hilarious with their overriding desire to please themselves at the expense of all others and specifically, Celeste's inner thoughts about those around her. The voice This is an odd one to rate and review. The voice of this novel felt so real and so alive, it would be hard to believe that this specific person doesn't actually exist out there, somewhere.
Was it arousing in uncomfortable ways. Well, yeah. As a guy, it's difficult not to imagine my own year old self being in that situation, and how amazing it would have been. But then my year old son would walk into the room while I was reading, and that fantasy reading world would come crashing down around me like a controlled demolition. That's when the creepy factor really sets in with this book. Removing yourself from Celeste's fantasy world which is all-encompassing, as this is written from her first-person perspective makes the book uncomfortable.
Imagining if the gender roles were reversed, makes it creepy as fuck. Bravo, Alissa Nutting, for creating one of the most memorable characters I've ever read. But this is not a book I plan on revisiting any time soon. Or ever.
View 2 comments. View all 19 comments. Middle school teacher in Florida --Celeste Price year old sociopathic protagonist --married to a police officer likes teenage boys. In particular, one year-old boy. This story is loosely taken from the true story about Debra Jean Beasley, or better known as Debra Lafave The charges stemmed from a sexual encounter with a year old male student in the summer of This story will shock and disturb many readers - at the sam Middle school teacher in Florida --Celeste Price year old sociopathic protagonist --married to a police officer likes teenage boys.
This story will shock and disturb many readers - at the same time the author does an excellent job exploring, examining, and describing how a victim is groomed -- and --things to watch out for so that sexual abuse is not developing. Told in first person, we take an inside look at the workings of Celeste's mind. As readers we judge her character We face our own uncomfortableness - or not - reading explicit graphic sexual acts Very Taboo topic Excellent writing It's all very disgusting How can that be?
It's inconceivable to me just how good this book is. Not just destined to be one of my favorite novels of the year, but quite possibly one of my favorite novels of life.
I think Celeste Price would approve of my thinking that I haven't wanted to take a shower after reading several chapters in a sitting, for fear of not having the words on my skin anymore. Fortunately for me, I can always read the book again, after I finish. As I near the end sadly , I tweeted to the author this evening: AlissaNutting This book is so good, I'm no longer entirely convinced I'm really reading.
It's a dream. I'm dreaming that I discovered the best novel I've read since the point where novels did this sort of thing to me. Thank you. This book really is a joyous and momentous occasion for prose. I just hope the haters can see the problem, like so many perceived problems, isn't with the novel, its author, or its characters, but with themselves, and their inability, despite seeming to engage in the act, to really read.
That inability, and not the art, should be what's "under indictment. View all 4 comments. May 21, Beth rated it liked it. This is one of those books that's almost impossible to rate. What kind of rating do you give to a book with the most despicable of narrators, most unsettling descriptions of sex, but with the sharpest satirical descriptions, the most darkly humorous observations and a strangely engaging narrative?
I was horrified and captivated by Celeste.
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I mean, read the summary. She's a beautiful 26 year old middle school teacher who systematically, almost psychopathically, sets out to seduce 14 year old boys This is one of those books that's almost impossible to rate. She's a beautiful 26 year old middle school teacher who systematically, almost psychopathically, sets out to seduce 14 year old boys. She's unapologetic about her proclivities, and it's flat out gross being in her head. But the writing is beyond compelling. I "really like" books that make me think and are crazy well-written, but I don't want to give this one a four star rating and admit I "really liked" a book about pedophilia.
Granted, Lolita is one of my all time favorite books, but it's more about compulsion and obsessive love than about systematic grooming and stalking and sexual fetishizing of a certain type of child. She's diabolical, disgusting and kind of completely intriguing. She holds nothing back: If you don't find the book offensive, then you are either not being honest, or not quite right in the head.
I think even the author would say you are meant to be disturbed. I think being horrified by Celeste is a psychological boon. A self-edifying "Hey, I'm so glad I don't think like that. Beautiful people often get away with murder or in this case, sexual battery. Women are sometimes the predator and not the prey. What our society means by consent is murky when it comes to gender and age and reputation and attractiveness.
So I'm glad I read it, though I might wish I could forget it. This is definitely not going to be a book for everyone, and it's bound to be controversial, whatever that means these days. However, I knew I'd want to read it from the first time I heard about it. That may make me sound a bit strange when you consider that the book is about a woman who has an all-consuming sexual obsession for teenage boys But it got a a good review from Karen, Queen of Goodreads , and it was thanks to her reviews that I discovered and loved The End of Alice , a novel with sim This is definitely not going to be a book for everyone, and it's bound to be controversial, whatever that means these days.
But it got a a good review from Karen, Queen of Goodreads , and it was thanks to her reviews that I discovered and loved The End of Alice , a novel with similarly controversial subject matter which happens to be completely brilliant. The fantastic cover of the UK edition which I'm kind of surprised they got away with - but then, the cover is nothing compared to the content, I suppose cemented my certainty that I had to read this.
Celeste Price is a beautiful, wealthy woman in her mid-twenties. Married to handsome Ford, a police officer from a rich family, she appears to have everything in the eyes of the outside world. Indeed, one might be tempted to wonder why she has bothered to train as a schoolteacher when she clearly has no need to work.
The answer lies in her proclivity for schoolboys, specifically fourteen-year-olds. Despite living an outwardly and happy normal life, she is wholly devoted to pursuing this obsession, although she mostly appears to live in a dreamworld and gives little thought to her long-term future: This, then, is a portrait of an insatiably sexual and avaricious woman, with the plot hanging on the chain of events that unfolds when Celeste starts to put her plan into action, targeting a virginal student named Jack.
I am not a stranger to fiction with controversial themes - I loved The End of Alice , American Psycho , Lolita , Lamb and Notes of a Scandal all but one of which, of course, have notable similarities to this in terms of why they're controversial - but there were times when Tampa tested my resolve.
For one thing, there is a lot of sex in this book and it is graphic, almost biological, in its detail. Even if Celeste's partners were adult men, there would be nothing erotic or sexy about these scenes: Celeste is portrayed not as a victim of her 'condition' but as a ruthless predator, thinking of almost nothing else but her obsession, constantly plotting ways to secure her next target and scoping out her pupils to test their potential.
She barely teaches her classes, constantly turning to fantasies and hoping the students will start talking about sex to liven up her day. Although there is one point, near the beginning of the book, when she refers to her sexuality as 'a deformed thing to be kept chained up in the attic', thereafter she pursues her goal almost shamelessly and shows no remorse or emotion.
There is also intensely unpleasant content that has nothing to do with underage boys: Celeste is essentially raped at least twice in the book, in scenes that are extremely disturbing to read. Despite all of the above there is a seam of dark humour running throughout the novel. When Celeste's preferred boy turns fifteen, she wonders whether it would be wise to tactfully introduce him to anti-ageing creams; many of the fantasies she has are ridiculous, in a bizarro sort of way, rather than actually being sexual aforementioned boy appearing in the form of a giant and crushing her car with his gargantuan penis is just one example.
With Celeste drugging herself stupid to endure sex with Ford, stealing away to masturbate furiously over boybands' music videos and fending off the advances of a variety of grotesque adult male characters, this could be seen as a pitch-black satire of the 'perfect' middle-class American marriage. The more I think about it, the more I think this is an incredibly brave book to have written.
Nutting has got so thoroughly inside her protagonist's head that there is nothing the narrative shies away from - it's seriously explicit, and conservative critics of the book are bound to speculate on what this says about the author and why she would have written this story when she could have chosen any other subject. Tampa is an undeniably disturbing piece of work, and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone because you're going to need a strong stomach to get through some of it: If you enjoyed any of the opinion-dividing books I mentioned above, you must read this one too.
Shania P hilarious review. Mar 09, Sam You've got me intrigued. Apr 02, Oct 31, Natalie Monroe rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Lolita and Gillian Flynn. Recommended to Natalie by: Shelby Suderman. You by Caroline Kepnes, which shares similar themes like a despicable protagonist and an overt dysfunctional "romantic" relationship, has a much more respectable rating: When you scroll a little lower, you'll see people saying how much they love Joe and not just in an appreciative literary way either.
So my question is, why? Because Joe is charming and hides his craziness better? Whereas Celeste who talks openly about masturbation and her pedophilic lust for year-old boys is spit on and disparaged. If it's simply a matter of subtlety—or lack of it—then I won't press my argument. But I suspect a deeper undercurrent of why people don't like Celeste is that she defies practically every single social convention associated with women. She's not nice. She's not sweet.
Her obsession with sex isn't pure and beautiful. Frankly, it's borderline disturbing. She manipulates the people around her, like her unsuspecting sugar daddy husband and her colleague Janet. She's a less disciplined version of Amy from Gone Girl and I believe a large part of whether you enjoy Tampa hinges on what you felt about Gillian Flynn's postfeminist take on the "evil woman". I loved it, so I love Tampa. I sometimes feel we're harder on female characters than male ones, so we see situations like with Celeste and Joe.
Celeste is a fucking awful person, but it's refreshing to read about a woman who's so unabashedly selfish. Women like her do exist and as feminists, we have to acknowledge that there are all kinds of women.
And is no one going to talk about the fact that she has to get stoned off her ass to have sex with her husband? I'm in no way defending her actions towards Jack, but I think we can be a little kinder in our perspective of her in order to get a more well-rounded view. She's a bitch who is also periodically raped by her husband. Her husband would also dump her in a second if she gained weight.
Don't go feeling too sorry for his clueless ass. Obviously Tampa isn't a feminist masterpiece. For instance, Jack never gets his own voice, just like Lolita never got hers. Comparisons to Nabokov's fabulous novel are a given—Tampa is definitely inspired by it. Theirs are not a narrative seen often in the media, which is part of the reason I like Tampa so much. We have this unapologetic female lead who uses her looks and societal expectations to get what she wants.
In the end, it's a grim yet satisfying look at how conceptions about gender still influences society today. Sure, Celeste could've been more sympathetic in the vein of Humbert. But her no-bullshit wickedness is part of the appeal. Nov 04, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: He works as a police officer, she is a middle-school teacher.
He worships the ground his trophy wife walks on and she????? Well, she fantasizes about banging 8th graders. Hell, I remember expressing my amore for this beautiful little werewolf: Only to have my son remind me that he played this character not too far back: I spent the next several years watching the various Twilight films and contemplating whether I should register myself on the national sex offender list for my impure thoughts.
With Tampa , however, Alissa Nutting keeps her tongue so firmly planted in her cheek throughout the book it somehow makes it possible to put your mind past the pedophilia.
I found Tampa to be deliciously dark. Reminiscent of American Beauty and Lolita — the tale of ultimate taboo finds a balancing counterpart with a vicious wit. Absolutely NOT for the faint of heart, but if you dare to venture out of your comfort zone you will discover one of the most well written books of the year. View all 3 comments. May 06, Jenn ifer rated it did not like it Shelves: What a shit show!
There are very few books out there that I actually capital h hate. To be precise, I can think of six. American Psycho what a snooze-fest; I don't give a shit about what he's wearing or eating or whatever the fuck else Ellis went on and on about , The Silver Linings Playbook seriously, I want to know who the author slept with to get this thing published , Bad Marie, New Moon, My French Whore and this here.
Let me just say first that I have absolutely no problem with gratuitous What a shit show! Let me just say first that I have absolutely no problem with gratuitous sex. I have no problem with the idea of a female pedophile who has lots and lots of gratuitous sex with teenage boys. But I have a big big problem with writing that straight up sucks. However, here's a confession: This is not a guilty one-star rating. The story there actually was a bit of story interspersed with the sexy-time just seemed so contrived.
And when she wasn't having lewd rendezvous with 14 year old boys, I was bored. That is unacceptable. Boring, to me, is the kiss of death. I had high hopes for Alissa Nutting's first novel. Instead, what I got was amateurish, banal masturbatory fodder. Not that there's anything wrong with masturbatory fodder - I just like my intellect to be tittilated too!
View all 14 comments. I am attempting to re write a review for Tampa even though I finished it more than six weeks ago. No worries, though I decided to read Tampa mainly because I was curious. With a cover like that, what would the story be like?! My copy had the blackboard with Tampa written in chalk but the content within was hardly tame. The opening sentence of this story had me immediately questioning my decision to read this and it just kept getting more and more ridiculou I am attempting to re write a review for Tampa even though I finished it more than six weeks ago.
The opening sentence of this story had me immediately questioning my decision to read this and it just kept getting more and more ridiculous. After reading a chapter or two I started reading sections aloud to my husband, all the while rolling my eyes. It was so over the top, so unthinkable, so absurd. I left the book and began Googling sociopath. I watched parts of interviews by major television personalities really?! Why are they wasting airtime on these people?! I read interviews with Alissa Nutting.
I had to do all of this to even make sense of this story based on a real situation about a woman, who seemed like a cartoon character with her overblown planning, insatiable sexual appetite and completely lunatic behavior. What it comes down to is this: I am not a satire girl. The writing here is very good In spite of that, there are some very funny parts and accomplishing that within this story is remarkable.
I understand what the author was doing by creating a character like this one and I have to admit, Alissa Nutting is talented. I recommend reading this review https: This is a difficult book to rate fairly. A bold debut with solid writing and disturbing, lewd, graphic, uncomfortable content. Would I recommend this book?
The author inscribed a copy of Tampa to her parents and here is a piece of that: View all 29 comments. I read "Tampa" by Alissa Nutting over 2 years ago, and I still can't get it out of my mind.
All I can say is Nutting has a creepy and vulgar imagination I mean that as a compliment. The story of a married, wealthy, attractive junior high English teacher, Celeste Price who has a strong penchant for 14 year-old boys, will leave you feeling dirty in the best possible way.
This novel won't be for everyone. Celeste is a kook.
She is sick in the head. She is a narcissist, and oh yeah, she just happens to be married to a police officer. The sex scenes are explicit and graphic so keep that in mind.
So why did I enjoy "Tampa"? The writing of course. Alissa Nutting's metaphors are vivid, clever, and a real trip. Her prose is electric, disturbing, and entertaining, even though the subject matter is dark and unsettling. Plain and simple, Celeste is a fucked up monster, but Nutting's unique writing-style makes "Tampa" worth reading.
Enjoy if you dare. View all 6 comments. Tampa 7 28 Oct 30, Tampa demolition companies 1 2 Aug 15, Tampa 1 3 Jul 15, Tampa, by Alissa Nutting 5 35 Nov 01, Tampa by Alissa Nutting 6 57 Oct 04, Readers Also Enjoyed.
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