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Tampa: A Novel

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    I am only 30 pages in, but I definitely know that I'll be recomm

    I am only 30 pages in, but I definitely know that I'll be recommending this book to anyone with a strong stomach. Normally I'll read anything, from Stephen King to Jodie Piccoult, however this is realllly out of my comfort zone.I was on page 8 when I put my nook down and called my husband to rant.. I've read books like the Exorcist and have never been as horrified as I was reading this.. I just HAVE to see where this book goes... So far it's been worth the 2.99 I paid for it. We shall see what happens.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

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    Tampa by Alissa Nutting is not a book for everyone.  In fact, it

    Tampa by Alissa Nutting is not a book for everyone.  In fact, it might not be a book that you even want to read.  It's rated 3.33 on Goodreads.  

    But I'm giving this weirdly uncomfortable book 4 stars.  Why?  Because only great writers make you feel REALLY uncomfortable with the topic you are reading about.  

    Let me explain. . . 

    Celeste is a (fictional) teacher in Tampa, Florida.  She's 26, gorgeous, married to a wealthy handsome man, and is so excited to start teaching English!  

    Why is she so excited?  She wants to sleep with a fourteen-year-old male student and she can't wait to meet "the one," who turns out to be her student, Jack. 

    This book is sexually explicit.  Which isn't always a problem for people (See 50 Shade of Twilight Fan Fiction crap that was a bestseller.  Seriously, it's Twilight Fan Fiction.  Google it if you don't believe me.).  

    In Tampa, there IS a problem with the sexual explicitness: it's with a 14-year-old and a 26-year-old.  And it makes you feel REALLY uncomfortable.  

    But Alissa Nutting did a good job writing this book to make you feel that way on purpose.  Eliciting a reaction (positive or negative) out of your readers is a goal of writing, and no one can deny that Alissa did that well. 

    I gobbled up Tampa, felt very disturbed by Celeste, but would read another book by Alissa Nutting in a heartbeat.  

    Not-really-related side note: In one short scene in the novel, Celeste and her husband are on the phone, and Celeste says, "Isn't it against the law to be on your phone while you drive?"  Her husband responds, "Not while you're driving the cop car, sweets."  Just FYI for all of you (and to Alissa!!), it's not against the law to be on your cell phone (or text) in Florida while driving.  While it's not really related to the book, it bugged me enough to want to add it here.     

    Thanks to Leah @ Books Speak Volumes & Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader for passing the book along!  

    So, is this book for you or is it one you will skip?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    An eye opener

    Its a sick book but nicely written in the way of how much of an eye opener it is. There are people who get arrested everday for this, why didn't we see the signs ahead of time? More importantly, how is this still happening? Right now its happening. Tomorrow it'll happen. This book is gross in the way of teens getting seduced and the details of her fantisies and the sexual contact. It is however an obvious book that makes you think about our system and what happens. I started reading it because I heard it was a banned book. I didn't read the plot or anything on it. Its worth reading. It does have a twisted plot that makes you go "What the?" And another at the end. I was surprised.

    **reviewed by B.Amazing**

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    A very guilty pleasure indeed. The heroine is an obsessed mastu

    A very guilty pleasure indeed. The heroine is an obsessed masturbating, child-molesting, somewhat homicidal sexual sociopath. Think of a female Dexter but without the redeeming social value. And you'll be cheering for her every step of the way and eagerly awaiting a sequel.

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