Tuesday, April 11, 2017

what I read in march

oh my gosh... was this month's book choice a unique one for me. I first heard about tampa by alissa nutting on carrie's post for show us your books a while back, I'm pretty sure her summary was something like, "man this book was f**ked up." so that definitely drew me in, haha! and now I'm linking up with steph and jana to share my thoughts. 

it all started when stephen went on his bachelor party to vegas - it seemed like a perfect opportunity to amazon prime this weird book to my house and finish it in one weekend. besides, it's not like I could read this book in public given the cover art! seriously, this book was interesting. I had moments when I really wanted to stop reading it because it was actually disgusting. but I definitely wanted to know how it ended so I had to keep going... 


tampa by alissa nutting
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. {amazon.com}

my take: B+
I can honestly say that I have never read or wanted to read a graphic detail of an adult's lust for pre-teen boys, or girls for that matter. I didn't realize this book would be so graphic, so it is not for the faint of heart that's for sure. I don't want to give too much away - but I just was disgusted by the main character's desire for pre-teen boys, I could maybe understand a mature-looking senior in high school or something... but a 14 year old awkward kid? I don't get it. but ahhh, wasn't that the whole point. it was definitely an interesting take on several issues, including the double standards of pedophiles based on gender.

please tell me someone else has read this! what did you think? if not, do you think you would be able to finish a book like this if you were really grossed out by the graphic nature?

15 comments:

  1. Oh wow, what a crazy premise. I always wonder when you hear things like that on the news... I'm sure it would be interesting... intrigue. XO - Alexandra

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    1. yes, interesting is the right word for sure!

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  2. Tampa has been on my TBR for some time. I definitely want to read it but have to ready to go there, ya know. It sounds like one of those repulsive yet addictive kind of books.

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    1. definitely agree with you, you have to be mentally ready!

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  3. i know lots of people have read tampa and felt the same way as you lol. i still haven't read it yet, maybe one day!

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    1. I think it's worth it... I like when books are unique and this is definitely that!

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  4. Jana and I read this a while back and discussed it on a podcast. Tremendous writing to have a subject like that and yet still have people wanting to read the book. She did a great job.

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    1. right, I would have had a hard time writing it myself, she did a great job!

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  5. I keep hearing about this book! It's crazy when a writer writes something so well, it makes you want to read about a topic you wouldn't read otherwise.

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    1. you're so right. I would never pick a book on that topic, and yet I did ;)

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  6. I think that I first read about this book on Carrie's blog too, and I'm dying to read it too, which sounds really weird considering the subject matter. And I totally understand why you wouldn't want to take this one out in public with you. I think that maybe I'll try to get it from the library electronically.

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    1. I actually had this book in my bag at a 'women's wellness' appointment. I felt pretty comfortable opening it up while waiting for the doctor to come back hahaha!

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  7. Interesting premise, definitely. Not a book cover I'd want out in public either though. LOL I wonder how much the cover hurts the book?

    -Lauren

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    1. yes, it probably does... but if the cover turns a prospective reader off, they likely wouldn't like the content of this book anyway! so maybe it works...

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  8. The cover is awful. But I haven't even read a sample so I'm not sure how it'd go over with me. If it was in front of me, I'd try it, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

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