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4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Mind of a Female Sexual Psychopath, July 2, 2013
This review is from: Tampa (Hardcover)
'The rage of lust was like an IV drip in my veins; I felt it beginning to spread inside me with the helpless awareness of someone realizing she's been slipped a drug.'

Celeste has the intensity of a psychopath or even a serial killer when it comes to her sexual obsessions. The desperation in doing whatever it takes to satisfy her need was disturbing to say the least. Her complete disregard for how her actions would affect others in her life was unsettling. Celeste is hands down one of the most warped characters in literature I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Comparisons to Lolita cannot be helped (although it could also be compared to Belinda by Anne Rampling, one of Anne Rice's lesser known novels written under a pseudonym), despite the fact it's actually quite different it still manages to touch upon the same subject. Unlike Lolita, this is not a retelling of events or even a confession but a first person accounting of the main characters sexual forays. But be warned, Celeste makes Humbert Humbert look tame in comparison. Nabokov wrote a truly lyrical story that managed to win over many readers despite Humbert's wrongs; he became one to be pitied. Nutting has done the opposite with her character Celeste and does not ever intend for you to pity her or feel sorry for her affliction. She's extremely lewd and vulgar and the pages reek with indecency and she's not ashamed to admit it.

'I found that sometimes it was a relief to do something unattractive in private, to confirm that I'm deeply flawed when so many others imagine me to be perfect.'

She found anyone that had begun to show signs that adolescence was leaving them to be completely foul and disgusting and was utterly envious of the female children of her class. The fact that she was flawless and appeared much younger than her true age I think was the only mitigating factor that prevented her from personally disgusting herself as she took extremely good care of herself to avoid showing signs of her age for as long as possible. It could also be said that her sexual encounters with the younger boys was seen as a purifying or cleansing ritual in her eyes. Bottom line, she was an extremely disturbed individual.

Tampa is a book that opens up the discussion that women are obviously not always the victim, that they can be just as guilty and just as psychopathic as their gender counterpart. It's a topic that forces you to look at the stereotypes in society today whether it is gender stereotypes or even stereotypes based on looks alone. Also, it definitely brings to light how the pursuing of an older woman no matter the age of the pursuer has become slightly glamorized over time.

In an interview with Cosmo (incredible review, definitely worth a read), the author stated that there is a void in literature about female sexual psychopaths and she sought to fill it. I can't think of any books related to the topic either but I have to applaud the fact that Nutting tackled this subject head-on and didn't water it down simply to avoid controversy. The extensiveness of her sexual conduct did at times seem gratuitous and left you feeling just as empty as Celeste, however, there's no denying this was an exceptionally scandalous yet efficiently written debut novel.
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Initial post: Jul 8, 2013 9:55:50 PM PDT
I found this review of Tampa to be rather exciting. I can hardly wait to read the
book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013 1:02:46 PM PDT
Miss Bonnie says:
Hope you enjoy it... although I'm not sure that's the right word for this book. haha :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013 5:09:49 PM PDT
Since "Tampa" offers insights into the mind of a female
psychopath, as a former therapist, I expect to find it fascinating.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2013 7:43:16 AM PST
ViAmber says:
Burt, did you finally read it? What did you think? I was riveted by the obvious psychosis of the female character. Very salacious and very humorous as well. Never read anything like it before and that was refreshing!

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 1:22:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 1:24:12 AM PST
Bodor Reeve says:
The humour-to-garish ratio was turned up quite high and it fittingly kept an even keel thus wrenching you to the end of the book through the grind of sexually linguistic gears. Connie's 'lewdness', 'vulgarity' and 'indecency' I found to be fairly wholesome in the grand scheme of things: she enunciated normal human fantasies. That she acted on them, she didn't, because it was a book and not real.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2014 9:13:44 AM PDT
J. Preston says:
Life imitates art:

Female Sex Predators: A Crime Epidemic

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 10:31:20 AM PDT
Misha says:
Great review, well written; but who in hell feels pity for Humbert Humbert?! Or maybe I'm the only who didn't get that when reading Lolita.
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