Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Kicking off my OPBM (other people’s books month), is one of the most talked about books of the summer of 2013.

Short review: I dug this hard-to-read, nasty, superbly stylized book.

Slightly longer review: I had some minor problems with the improbability of some of the plot points, but the plot really isn’t the point here. Nutting pulled off something that’s difficult to do, especially in today’s marketplace: she wrote a hard, hard read that’s impossible to put down.

Her unforgettable Celeste Price, eight-grade English teacher obsessed with having sex with and controlling 14 year old boys, is more Patrick Bateman than Humbert Humbert. And this is a smart choice. Celeste is cunning, clinical, conniving, desperate, a bald-faced liar, and unforgettable.

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