A Dose of Kyle

Writing by Kyle Freelander

Recent Reads: Tampa



By: Alissa Nutting

“In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, 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. Laced with black humor and crackling sexualized prose, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa is a grand, seriocomic examination of the want behind student / teacher affairs and a scorching literary debut.” (as pulled from http://www.amazon.com/Tampa-Alissa-Nutting-ebook/dp/B00AXY3GQS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391196413&sr=8-1&keywords=Tampa)

My reading experience:

I was actually waiting for this book to come out for a while now. One of my fiction writing professors in college had told us about it when we finished reading Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (which I loved [and can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Unclean-Women-Girls-Alissa-Nutting-ebook/dp/B00CSCNOYC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391196687&sr=8-1&keywords=unclean+jobs+for+women+and+girls]) and I knew I was going to have to read it. I am a huge fan of Alissa Nutting’s unique perspective and writing style. Tampa, in particular, does a good job of getting into the head of Celeste and making you really understand someone you wouldn’t necessarily want to be in the head of.

One night while I was reading, my boyfriend decided to read over my shoulder. And yes, it happened to be a sex scene between the teacher and her student. It was a little awkward having to explain why this was the book I had chosen to read, but I make no apologies. I like books that are different, that shed a new perspective and really put me in the head of another person –and this is one of those books. And fear not, it won’t turn you into a pedophile. So read it. It is time well spent.


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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014 by in book review, Recent Reads and tagged , , , , , , .

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Welcome! A Dose of Kyle is an ever-growing collection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, random thoughts and musings from the mind of Kyle Freelander. Some of these posts are new works while some are older ones that have been spruced up for the occasion. Feel free to stay and read awhile. Remember, feedback is always appreciated! -Kyle

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