I know you think your to blame for what happened. Youre wrong, my love. Ive been guilty all along This book is written in the form of a letter that this girl is writing to her ex-lover, teacher, to explain her side of things My instincts were vicious, predatory, from the start.
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Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? When the nameless young narrator of Innocents decides to seduce her teacher, she immediately realizes that the power of her sexuality is greater than she ever imagined.
She leaves the aunt and uncle who are her guardians and moves in with her teacher; together, they quickly embark on a journey into their darkest desires. Unforgettable, disturbing, and morally complex, Innocents permanently unsettles our notions of innocence, experience, and power, and suggests that we all are culpable.
Customer Book Reviews Deliciously dark and clever! By Coffeegurl on Nov 23, I have often wondered what goes through the mind of a pedophile. Thus, making this one of the most twisted psychological novels out there. The subject matter is deliciously dark and disturbing. The novel questions morality and innocence by making said notions seem abstract.
This is one of the cleverest reads I have had in a long time. Two words to describe this odd story. Cathy Coote writes from the perspective of a nameless teen who seduces and manipulates her high school history teacher into a false sense of responsibility and obsession over her. The sexual scenes in this novel are incredibly detailed and real. And my favorite motif within the novel was that of the constant symbolic comparison of the speaker to a snake. It became too flat and disgusting for me to identify with the speaker any longer.
Eventually I picked it up again, and skimming over a few passages I reached the end and again was let down. There is merely the hint of a climax and the book drops its reader into the same pit that the personality of its characters seem to have tumbled into. I recommend the book for its beautiful diction and description, but warn of its eventual monotany. She is also intent on remaining ashamed.
What ties her and her lover together appears to be their dark urges. I mean the girl even dreams of rescuing her older man from the people who have abused him!!
I think the authors choice to leave out the rest of the world and focus on the relationship, having our main character play less and less of a role in the "Real World" as time passes was a deliberate literary decision. She has panic of a dancer twirling themselves to death The story maps out a reverse "Lolita" arrangement, with the beautiful nymphet pulling all the strings and the hapless adult male unwittingly following after her.
This book is not for everybody. The language, in parts, grows overblown and tiresome, and the plot itself offers nothing but an endless cycle of seduction, with no development of characters, no changes. The seduction scenes are admirable and chilling, but the few actual plot points have an obligatory feel, "thrown in" as it were to advance the story along, with no reason or meaning behind them.
In the end one is left with a numbing emptiness--not unlike the narrator herself must feel. Ride along and allow yourself to be manipulated by the wily narrator and the very lucid, brilliant author. If Miss Coote has written a second novel, it might be very much worth seeing.
Unique By Calista on Oct 18, This book is not one of my favorites. The prose, while very descriptive, is often too flowery, and I feel that draws away from the plot. The book is dark, and unlike most young authors, Coote does not adhere to or fall back on tired cliches and stereotypes. I wanted to read more of this book, if only to see what could possibly come next.
I find that to be a good quality. I look forward to seeing more from this author in the future. Riveting read A Customer on Sep 03, This book has pretty dark subject matter but it is a really exciting read, it keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens.
Highly recommended!!! Darkness with a message By Sugden on Sep 04, Dark, disturbing, weird and funny. Despite the graphically erotic writing, it has an intelligent message at its core, which is that the need to control can itself enslave - control freaks are prisoners of their nature even as they try to exert their influence over others.
Really pretty bad. A Customer on Nov 04, This was a book I wanted to like--the subject matter seemed interesting, and the reviews I read had high praise. What we have here is an artless, plotless, and frankly unbelievable account of an affair between a young student and her teacher.
She moves in with him, seemingly unnoticed by her aunt and uncle her guardians or social services. The teacher is a muddy cliche of the "Sensitive Guy," whose motivations are never explored and who comes across as a complete schmo.
Nor is the book terribly well written--purple prose and clunky dialogue are piled on for odd pages. This reads like a juvenile girl fantasy. Best save your money. Not Lolita, but still good By Paul S. Brittain on Aug 25, Comparing "Innocents" to " Lolita" is like comparing apples and oranges. While the two most prominent figures in this book are never named, you can easily see them through the descriptions of the manipulative female protagonist. It does seem difficult to grasp the absence of any concerted effort by the impassive aunt and uncle left behind to find their runaway niece.
And one must wonder how no neighbors or even casual observers question the live in relationship between the man and his "niece.
However, the conclusion does leave the reader feeling a mix of confusion concerning where the couple is heading. The book is just long enough to offer an interesting, though graphic and disturbing plotline, without being too lengthy. Vulgar, but interesting concept By Fiona on Aug 19, Dark and twisted, this book is an intense read. It deals with the manipulation tactics of a 16 year old girl who seduces her teacher. She moves in with him and they have a very sexual relationship.
There were many odd things about this book, though. Things just seemed uncanny - like how the aunt and uncle made no real effort to drag her back to their house.
She IS a minor, after all. The amount of vulgarity and sexual content in this book is extreme. This book is not for the prudish, or the squeamish. The sex scenes are extremely graphic and steamy, and some are quite revolting. Over all, this book was well-written. The author, I think, was very precocious, as there were a lot of big, descriptive words used throughout the book. It was just the element of uncanniness in this book that made it lose a star. All in all, an intense, steamy read - a perverse look into the strange intricacies, and hidden desires of the human psyche.
The book is written in a way that appears as a letter to her older lover. The main character; a sixteen year old girl, seduces her teacher, moves in with him, and draws twisted photos of people in the buff. The characters both are totally unlikeable.
The dark and twisted thoughts of the main character are the only thing I liked about this book. However, those were few and far between. This was just not my cup of tea. What did I just read? By Tina on Feb 23, The only reason this got 2 stars was because the book made me think Really hard, my brain hurts!
In her account of their affair she is taking responsibility for her manipulation of him Innocents is no exception. You were charmingly, naively presuming yourself guilty of lechery, debauchery, debasement. I stroked it gently, with my thumb.. With one swift flowing movement I knelt up, so as to have my face close to yours The Allure of Nymphets amazing but disturbing By Jamie on Aug 23, This was one od the most beautifully written books that I have ever read.
Coote is able to truly let us get a glimpse into the mind of the young teenage girl who is narrating the book. That said, it was also extremely dark and disturbing. There were many times when I wholeheartedly disliked both characters. All in all, I would definately recommend this book! Though be advised, it will toss what you think you know about teenage life on its head! There is more to this book than another retelling of By Alfrik on Jan 06, There is more to this book than another retelling of the "Lolita" story.
In my opinion Lolita is overrated and this book is even better than Nabokovs so called phenomenon. Absolutely love it, its a shame there is no more books by this author, unbelievable that she wrote it when she was only 19, prose is written very well and with a great talent. By Aja on Jun 08, This book was a bit over the top for me.
The way that it makes the main character, a schoolgirl, so oversexed in pursuit of her teacher is quite disgusting.
It had me interested by its description, but I was disappointed after reading it. The format of the book was confused until I began to recognize it. But I felt that the book was long and drawn out.
INNOCENTS CATHY COOTE PDF
My darling, All of this is my fault. I hardly know where to start. Start at the very beginning. The very beginning seems so long ago, though. I suppose, at the very beginning, you must have seen my Legs. There were legs everywhere.
0802139272 - Innocents by Coote, Cathy
Forcing someone vulnerable and naive into a sexual relationship to satisfy a twisted desire is perverted, even evil. But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? When the nameless young narrator of Innocents decides to seduce her teacher, she immediately realizes that the power of her sexuality is greater than she ever imagined. She leaves the aunt and uncle who are her guardians and moves in with her teacher; together, they quickly embark on a journey into their darkest desires. Unforgettable, disturbing, and morally complex, Innocents permanently unsettles our notions of innocence, experience, and power, and suggests that we all are culpable. Customer Book Reviews Deliciously dark and clever! By Coffeegurl on Nov 23, I have often wondered what goes through the mind of a pedophile.