The plot of Tampa, a debut novel by Alissa Nutting, is simple: Celeste Price – 26 years old, married, affluent, gorgeous – has just been hired as a schoolteacher in suburban Tampa, Florida. She has chosen to devote her life to the education of 14-year-old boys, ostensibly teaching English.
In reality, however, the only education Celeste cares about is carnal.
She is driven by a sexual obsession so all-consuming that it determines her every thought and action: all she wants is sex with pubescent boys, all the time.Because she is beautiful and not unintelligent, selecting her prey with care (requirements include disengaged parents and an unwillingness to boast), she easily seduces a boy named Jack. They proceed to have sex constantly – in the classroom, his house, her car. Eventually the secret comes out, and predictable consequences ensue.
What comes in between is sex, lots of it, explicit and raw, a pornographic parody of the teacher in loco parentis(“I rinsed and patted him dry before I started giving him his very first rim job”). When Celeste isn’t having spectacular sex with boys, she is masturbating or submitting to sex she finds nauseating with her husband or other adult men. She is insatiable and indefatigable. The reader may not be so lucky (From: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/02/tampa-alissa-nutting-review)
Oh boy, I stopped several times when I read the book due of heavy, explicit sexual contents of child predator in the body of a very beautiful and “harmless” teacher name Celeste. It’s like read Lolita in reverse order. And it suck when your pedophile is a women.
Celeste is maniac, egoist, self centre and crazy character that will make us don’t have any sympathy at all. But instead of hating her, you will just drawn to her brain, to her story till the end and keep wandering, how on earth there is kind of women like this out there? Without a shame or guilty, Celeste brought us to her adventures with this young boys in the name of orgasm only. And at the end, get away of the punishment just because “she was too pretty for prison”. So pretty girl will get their advantage somehow?
I think this novel is not for everybody but personally, I think the author really good in writing Celeste’s character. It’s so raw, brutal mind of female sociopath. Not everyone can bring this kind of character so real on the paper. Even sometimes I have to pass several pages since I can’t get through the sexual descriptions of Celeste and her boys. She is a manipulative bitch!!
I really wish in my life, I will never meet someone like Celeste Price.