- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 2, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D8F9LPO
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Tampa Audiobook – Unabridged
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The author hardly ignores the huge risks involved: discovery, parents, immaturity, etc. Yet those matters seem to recede for the sexual addict, including Celeste. What to do when such a scenario collapses should be a top priority but gets shoved aside.
The book is realistic to a degree. However, the author really makes no effort to explain the origins of sexual addiction. But the calculated steps to a seduction are certainly detailed. The book is hardly without a great deal of explicitness which is in keeping with the mindset of Celeste; however she does seem a bit hastily drawn. One wonders where the author came up with the idea for this book.
This is a bit of a sister book to Lolita, I think, in that someone with a profound perverse fixation on prepubescent sexuality is narrating their lives in an almost matter-of-fact way. It's not as good as Lolita, but few books are. What Tampa DOES accomplish very well is build up an undeniable picture of a predator. Our society has a double standard when it comes to consent, teenagers, teachers sleeping with students, all maintaining the "women can't help it and the boys don't mind either" mentality. This novel turns that on its head a bit.
Plot wise there are no twists, no real character arcs except Celeste's, but she is a narcissist so it feels intentional and it works. The book is more of a character study and voyeuristic look into the obsessive mind of an hebephile.
I was a little unsure about this book because of the very explicit nature of the fantasies this teacher has about 14yr old boys, but it really ended up being worth the read. The underlying implications about our society and what you can get away with if you're considered attractive enough or have enough money are really worth the thought. At the end of this book, I really did begin to wonder.. if Celeste were a real person, how much could she get away? Would anyone actually ever notice or care to notice her proclivities towards the young men she's been asked to educate..? If they did notice, would it be glazed over because she's a woman, an attractive one, and these are young men with growing sexual appetites (instead of a headline that would be made if it were a man with 14yr old girls)..?
Point being, it is a thought provoking, well written, interesting and entertaining book. Well done.
I don't understand how anyone could give this book a negative review, if they chose to read it after seeing the blurb. I think those reviews say much more about their writers than about the book. If you can stomach the subject, this is an amazing read.