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2013, Alissa Nutting


Tampa is the debut novel by author Alissa Nutting, in which middle school teacher Celeste Price recounts her molestation of Jack Patrick, her fourteen-year-old student.

Celeste Price is a beautiful 26 year-old woman who is unhappily married to Ford, an alcoholic police officer with a wealthy family. She is secretly a hebephile, and has constructed her life to facilitate the pursuit of 14 year-old boys. The novel opens just before her first day as an English teacher at Jefferson Junior High, where she plans to seduce a student.

Celeste sets her sights on a shy student of hers named Jack Patrick. She repeatedly directs classroom discussion towards sexual matters, and begins to groom Jack by keeping him after class to discuss Romeo and Juliet, which the class is reading.

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