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Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She's undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.
But Celeste's devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession—fourteen-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion. As the novel opens, fall semester at Jefferson Jr. High is beginning.
In mere weeks, Celeste has chosen and lured the lusciously naive Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his teacher, and, most important, willing to accept Celeste's terms for a secret relationship—car rides after school; rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works late; body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods.
Ever mindful of the danger—the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind—the hyperbolically insatiable Celeste bypasses each hurdle with swift thinking and shameless determination, even when the solutions involve greater misdeeds than the affair itself. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress driven by pure motivation. She deceives everyone, and cares nothing for anyone or anything but her own pleasure.
With crackling, rampantly unadulterated prose, Tampa is a grand, uncompromising, seriocomic examination of want and a scorching literary debut.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Great book. 14 year old boys fantasy comes true with sexy nympho teacher. Lots and lots of dirty talk. This is dirtier than penthouse forum,
Disgusting yet Brilliant Psychological Study
I read this book in the course of three evenings. It's a very fast read. Initially, I found the descriptions gratuitous and icky (this is a first person narrative of a sexual psychopath after all), but eventually you are pulled in by the desire to find out what happens to this awful woman and see what feats of rationalization she can pull off next. I read this a few weeks after watching Ariel Castro's sociopathic rant at his sentencing, and I have to say that after having watched that and then reading this, I finally understand what people mean by the phrase "banality of evil." I would recommend it, unless you are a survivor of sexual abuse - it that case the grooming may seem entirely too familiar.
A bit disturbing at times but a very different read. I enjoyed and overall, a great book. A very fast read, which I finished in a few evenings.
Every middle school/ high school boys fantasies over there hot teacher comes true. Lots of descriptive sexual scenes and dirty talk.