Buy a cheap copy of Innocents book by Cathy Coote. Written when Cathy Coote was nineteen, Innocents is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of. Innocents – Cathy Coote. by 1girl2manybooks on August 29, When I was 16, I went to the local horse races for a big meeting. My best friend in high school . All about Innocents by Cathy Coote. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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Like, honestly – she was playing him like a fiddle from the start, and he was just this super pathetic excuse for a man who has zero self awareness. The rejection of sentimentality and the carefully calibrated knowingness make this more than just another Cathu knockoff, and mark Coote as a young writer to watch. However, those were few and far between.

There are many sentences that end with ‘darling,’ which is never pleasant. The story is of an introverted, sixteen year-old orphan being raised by her unassuming aunt and uncle. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Ironically, for me, Innocents was a hollow and horribly prete With the promise of redefining the stereotypes of Lolita -esque relationships, I had very high expectations for this novel.

What doesn’t work here, but maybe could in a different setting, with more thought, etc, is the Lolita who knows it all and orchestrates it, the Lolita that is equal parts Lolita and Humbert – she plays the famous “Lolita” knowingly, says so herself, and instead of it coming off as scary or chilling, it just comes across as wank.

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The ending is hard to swallow because of our own conscience and the desire for resolution that’s inline with our personal sense of right and wrong. Notify me of new posts via email. English Choose a language for shopping. It was thoughtful and innocent and sentimental. There was a problem adding your email address. IDK this book just didn’t do it for me. This is not what I was expecting onnocents this book. Innocents is no exception. Please provide an email address. Written when Cathy Coote was nineteen, Innocentw is a taut, wickedly clever descent into the anatomy of an obsession, the debut of a precociously assured and provocative young literary voice.


And I’m sharing that with you all because I cannot suffer it alone. For instance, she required help bathing and would splash water onto the floor on purpose, and this turned them on leading to sex.

I’ve never read a book from a psychopath’s perspective before.

Also, the transition of point of views wasn’t established very well. Early in the book, she kills time compulsively sketching other girls in her class, usually contorted into painful, sexually degrading positions. The story is written as a letter from cathh nameless, orphaned year-old Catholic schoolgirl to her year-old lover reviewing their affair and its consequences. I actually thought cathhy book was super debasing to both men and women, by playing up the whole women-use-sex-to-get-their-way and men-can’t-keep-it-in-their-pants angles.

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Innocents is probably one of the most complicated,intense and disturbing book I’ve ever read. 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.

The idea behind it is iinnocents but for me, the author just doesn’t deliver. It bored me and I was not scandalized or titillated.

One has to be in this anonimous girl’s shoes. The characters never face real challenges, not even in the graphic, hard-to-swallow climactic scene that is followed by a weird albeit atypical ending. Ocote, I get it. It’s enjoyable and the ending is not terribly tragic as the abstract would have you believe so don’t fear it. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Lists with This Book.


All in all, that’s all I got from this book. This was one od the coofe beautifully written books that I have ever read. The ascent of my reason from the animal ways of infanthood served only to give a form to my state, as a painter gives shape to a colour.

Overall, I’m disappointed about this read. The point of that narrative?


Coote’s debut written when she was 19 details a twisted love affair between a teenage student and teacher from the nymphet’s point of view.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It seemed I learned to think in order to fantasise. I saw the gentle bookish boy innocens must have been, made old with tedium, wasted effort, unacknowledged kindnesses. That was interesting for me. No library descriptions found. Please try again later.

But when the perpetrator is a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl, is she culpable? It was a story about a 16 year old girl who manages to seduce and manipulate her 34 year old teacher with her skilled acting-the feigned innocence,naivety and inexperience-and takes them both-along with the readers-through a story of lust and self destruction.

With newly awakened sexual powers, she casts a spell over caty defenseless unnamed teacher. I knew that I am a kind of Holy Innocent, after all.

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View all 8 comments. Feb 02, cyb0rgirl rated it it was ok. Innocents is not just a story about an affair between a student and her older teacher.

Her claim of its depravity and abnormality felt even more overdramatic and pathetic than the scenes of her nausea that followed.