Innocents

Innocents

by Cathy Coote
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Innocents 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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SCLehman More than 1 year ago
While Vladimir Nabokov took us into the mind of aging Humbert Humbert, Coote walks us through the mind of Lolita. The narrator, a six-teen year old school girl who is an outsider in her young world, has a somewhat disturbing infatuation with her ability to control her aging mate with sexual antics. She is very calculated and meticulous about every detail, right down to the clothes she wears and the characteristics she maintains. As in Nabokov's novel, the reader ends up pitying the older man. A dark and thrilling tale, not for those faint of heart.
AvidBookReaderMMP More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was ridiculous and sick. From the narrator's point of view it seems horrible and controlling, but if you think of it from the guy's point of view it seems all well and fine. I mean, I don't think the narrator really did anything bad, I think the manipulation that she thought she was causing was all in her head. Seriously, if you think about it from his point of view or probably any guy's point of view, I think that most guys would probably be happy in this situation. Sick, but I think it's true. I think the narrator unconsciously played into almost every guy's fantasy, she gave him everything he could possibly want and did nothing to cause him pain or anything. <(ridiculous) I kind of liked the guy character because of his shyness, but I still think he took advantage of her as opposed to what the back of the book suggusted about her being at fault for what transpired between them, despite her thinking she was manipulating him. It seems to me that their "relationship" benefited him more than it did her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a very unique book with an interesting perverted main character. I couldn't put it down. I loved every page of Innocents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! thats a good adjective to use for this book! it was sooooo good. it's chilling and distrubing but at the same time entertaining and captivating. i never wanted to put it down. the plot of this story is so different from anything else i have ever read. i love how you get to be inside of the girl's mind and how she thinks. its so interesting how she's so obsessed with having the power over the teacher all the time and how he's obsessed with her even though he has her. the fact that it was also a story about a teacher and student relationship drew me to it more. i told my friend to red it too and she did and she loved it as well. this is the best twisted love/obsession story i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a amazing. Like the film, 'American Beauty', it allows the reader to get-in-the-know about what is in a person's mind when they take on the taboo/perverse. What is amazing is that these scenarios seem very normal -- only exaggerated for the sake of the story. I hope she (Coote) writes another book soon. She's a great storyteller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm on my last two chapters as we speak and I thought i should just review it this instant since I've been unable to put it down for a few days now. Since I am a student and must work to pay my way through school, it's painful to sit and look at the book in my bag (at all times in case of a 'break') waiting to be read. Sleepless nights, unstudied exams, unfinished projects, neglected costumers...all because of this fantastic and disturbing yet tasteful novel. I've always been attracted to stories and such that have been surrounded by what is known as the 'Lolita Complex' but this story has taken all those and blown them away, making me forget most of them existed...of course except for the 'mother' of them all -Lolita herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so dark, sharp, hott, & twisted, and can't ever seem to put it down. You get invited into the mind of a sexual controlling teenager who writes the truth to her lover in a letter. It is an absolute thrilling ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a man who would have sex with an adolescent, there may be two "Lolitas". One a mere baby, unthreatening, trembling with uncertainty, innocent to the core that he would penetrate. The other artful and lustful, her mind a litany of saditic urges, who pulls him into her perverted sphere, so that out of the two of them, who is to say which is innocent? "Innocents" is a shrine to the second Lolita. It is a carefully crafted series of graphic images of sexual acts, which form part of a sixteen year old's revelations. In her mind, this Lolita is empowered by her own perversion, her manipulation, her self-perceived freakishness, and this Humber Humbert is her toy. What emerges is a stylishly presented account of obsession, with a cynically raw edge. The writing is audacious and imaginative. Succinct and punchy sentences convey the protagonist's black + white morality. Startling in its frankness, this is one confession that raises more questions than it resolves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark, disturbing, weird and funny. If you¿ve ever been to Catholic school, you need to read this gripping, sexy story of seduction and power. Despite the graphically erotic writing, it has an intelligent message at its core, which is that the need to control can itself enslave - control freaks are prisoners of their nature even as they try to exert their influence over others.