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Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products aHazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all....

Title : Made for Love
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ISBN : 33411229
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Made for Love Reviews

  • karen
    2019-05-03 00:55

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!"A robot officiated at my wedding," said Hazel. "Let me start there."this is one of those books where if i try to summarize the plot, it will sound like the opium dreams of a maniac. which i'm fine with for myself, but then you might dismiss this book as the opium dreams of a maniac and steer clear of it. hence, i will try to keep any content-related remarks pretty general, so no one runs off in fright. this is indeed pure crazytown in concept, but she wrangles the crazy into a well-executed and structured story that, for all its flashy weirdness, is oddly moving. at its widest-angle view, it's about love. love for family, romantic love, self-love, love of power and legacy, the confusing love for another species, the practical and efficient love between a man and a sex doll. it's also about technology. and the effect of unchecked technology on human connection when it is fetishized over more "natural" experiences; in a cultish corporate community where reliance upon technology was perceived as a personal strength and the degree of one's reliance measured that person's's about one character removing herself from the world of robots and mocrochips and (literally) embracing the ugly, rugged, scarred essence of human existence, embodied by a man whose handshake was an exfoliant, and who is as far away from the sleek singularity as it gets:If there was one person in the world who could make someone better at chopping things down with an ax just by having sex with him, this was the guy.and it's about another character whose sexual preferences take a sudden and unexpected turn, leaving him with a longing for a connection impossible to satisfy. compared to his needs, hazel's father's relationships with sex dolls seems commonplace and simply practical. so, yeah - love, technology, the loneliness of people who never learned how to experience healthy human connections either through the nature of a sociopathic-tinged brain, the nurture of an unemotional upbringing:"Are you sad Mom's dying?" she asked.Her father nodded. "You know I don't like change."or a clinical approach to life that prioritizes machinelike efficiency over messy humanity. it's also pretty damn funny:Liver had a lot of smells that seemed automotive in nature, so being on her back beneath him, Hazel thought about the flat rolling carts mechanics lie down on to slide beneath cars, and the sex became a little fun the way it might be fun to roll out from below a vehicle and then roll back under again, and again.that's all i feel i should say about this - it's a weird little book, but weird in a very appealing way.and that cover…. that's something else.airbrushed majesty.

  • Roxane
    2019-05-21 03:12

    There is no one who negotiates the absurd as vigorously yet poignantly as Alissa Nutting. In her second novel, Made For Love, Nutting explores the loneliness of a future overly mediated by technology through a tremendous romp involving Hazel, trying to leave her tech mogul husband Byron even though his reach knows no bounds. There are sex dolls and a senior citizen trailer park and brain chips and a con man who loves dolphins and still, the story makes sense like a motherfucker. Brilliant, dense, hilarious writing that hurtles toward an ending that is both satisfying and unexpected.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-05-20 23:00

    Find all of my reviews at: case you couldn’t tell from my placeholder “review” below, I reaaaallllllyyyyy wanted to read this one. Naturally that equated me being denied an advanced copy. Please note I’m not so first-world-problemy that I believe I am entitled to every freebie I request, but it does boggle my mind at times the things I am approved for and those I’m denied. I mean, I have continually crapped my drawers about Tampa so I thought I was a shoe-in for whatever Alissa Nutting’s cray-cray brain could churn out next. Alas, it was not meant to be and so for the past eight months my life has pretty much gone something like this:♫♪♫♪ “I’ve been alone with you inside my mind . . . .” ♫♪♫♪As I said above, I have wanted this ever since it was called“Untitled” with no synopsis or release date. Then the cover was revealed and it brought back all of my white trashiest memories of “Railroad Days” and airbrushed t-shirts . . . . (^Classy!)The following gif is actual footage of me once I finally received word this little beauty was on hold for me at the fancy downtown library . . . . Imma be 100% straight up and tell you all that I stopped reading the blurb as soon as I found out Made for Love was about a woman who leaves her husband and has to move back in with her father and his new *cough* girlfriend . . . . . Really, Nutting could have re-written an old telephone book and I still would have put myself on the wait list, but a middle-aged woman moving into a trailer park . . . . oh excuuuuuuuse me “mobile home community” full of senior citizens and their Hoveround scooters made me squee with glee. I went into this thinking it was going to be sort of a female version of a Jonathon Tropper tale – I had zero clue it was going to get all “mind meldy” or that it would contain a subplot featuring an additional character named Jasper . . . . . Upon finishing, I was a little like . . . . While not quite bizarre enough to be categorized as bizarro fiction, Made for Love is most definitely not like anything you’ve ever read before. I have a feeling the reviews and ratings on this one are going to be extremely polarized and there will be tons of people who just don’t get it because it’s so effing strange. As for me? I dug it and all of its crazy. Especially dear old dad . . . . “It’s heavy as hell. The deliveryman asked me if rocks were inside. I said, ‘Nope, I ordered a new girlfriend!’ and he really cracked up. He had no idea I wasn’t joking.”Recommended to?????? Weirdos, I guess.“ORIGINAL REVIEW:”I just told a friend to use this tactic to score a freebie, but here's the time when I'm willing to do anything myself for an ARC. AN.Y.THING. . . . . . .

  • Theresa
    2019-05-06 20:10

    R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S. The sophomore slump is real. I LOVED Alissa Nutting's debut novel, "Tampa". It was outrageous, explicit, unapologetic, and a total badass. Nutting's latest novel, "Made for Love" is cringe-worthy with idiotic characters and a paper-thin plot that never gets off the ground. The first 50 pages were somewhat interesting, but once the narrative is switched from Hazel (she's a nincompoop) to Jasper (and he's a freak), I just couldn't take it anymore. I tried, I really tried. I think Nutting was overreaching this time around. She can definitely write, but I think she was trying too hard with some of the metaphors and the wordy, head-scratching prose. Sex dolls, horny dolphins, and mind-controlling husbands, oh my! I think not. Pretentious garbage is more like it. Ugh. I would recommend this book to well...NO ONE. Trust me on this one please.

  • Kelli
    2019-04-28 01:05

    Seriously?! You lost me with the dolphins. There is no denying that Alissa Nutting is an excellent writer. I can't imagine being faced with writing a novel after putting Tampa out into the world either...that is one tall order. Perhaps she was trying too hard? When a book leads with a man living with a blow-up doll and that becomes the least quirky part of the story, I'm out! I finished this but I did not enjoy it. 1.5 stars

  • Tooter
    2019-05-20 19:58

    1.5 Stars. Ugh, I just did not get it. I loved Tampa but this book was an utter disappointment. I guess I wasn't the intended audience. I think I'm too old for this kind of nonsense.

  • Jessica Sullivan
    2019-05-09 22:16

    I've been looking forward to this book all year and it did not disappoint. Alissa Nutting is a genius of the absurd, hilarious and straight up bizarre; she takes a sledgehammer to societal norms and never shies away from uncomfortable taboos.At 35 years old, Hazel abruptly leaves her psychologically abusive husband Byron Gogol, the multi-millionaire CEO of a monolithic tech company not entirely unlike (you guessed it) Google. With nowhere else to go, she moves in with her septuagenarian father and his newly acquired sex doll—a better alternative than staying with Byron, who has threatened to take control of her entire mind as part of an innovative new experiment.Meanwhile, a handsome conman named Jasper, who relies on his Jesus-like appearance to scam wealthy women into falling in love with him, has a near-death experience in the ocean one night and from that point forward can only be sexually aroused by dolphins. (Yes, you read that correctly.)With Byron spying on her move and threatening to harm her loved ones, Hazel grows increasingly desperate to escape his grasp for good. Ultimately Hazel and Jasper's storylines intersect in a surprising but strangely logical way, and it turns out they may be able to save each other.Made for Love is an delightfully odd trip from the opening sentence to the final page. Nutting's unrelenting strangeness and deviance isn't for everyone, but it is certainly for me. I ate up every last word. Beneath the entertaining absurdity is smart commentary on the intersection between technology and human connection, and a poignant dismantling of the cultural norms we come to expect from stories about love and relationships.

  • Adrienne
    2019-05-14 01:10

    No one makes me more uncomfortable to be a participant in human sexuality than Alissa Nutting, and I mean that as an enormous compliment. She commits to ideas with fervor and wit, and even though those ideas are funny & wild, they still feel true to her cast of characters. I doubt it's even possible for her to write something boring, and god knows this book never is. It is a delight.

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    2019-05-26 23:07

    It worked, Alissa: I love you.

  • Kyle Muntz
    2019-05-16 22:15

    I had a bad feeling about this ever since I first read the synopsis--that there was the possibility for a lot of interesting strangeness (which Nutting delivers) but that the idea also just seems a bit cartoony and maybe even dumb. This book is funny and sharp, but I got a sense of something just sort of thin and not working from the first page; for a long time I was hoping it would go away, but it only got worse. There are some really interesting ideas here, but the whole just didn't work for me.

  • Rachel León
    2019-05-15 03:58

    (3 to 4 stars, I'm completely undecided) I picked up this one because of a nice blurb from Roxane Gay as I'll basically read anything that she recommends. This novel is strange and entertaining, to be sure. Hazel is married to Byron, tech genius/ giant. She leaves him when she becomes afraid he has plans to put a computer chip in her head to be able to monitor her thoughts. Hazel has nowhere to go and ends up with her father and his new sex doll. Meanwhile, a man named Jasper is only sexually attracted to dolphins... And I'll leave the synopsis right there. Nutting is a compelling writer and this book is a literary beach read dealing with love and technology. It's interesting, if at times over the top.

  • Bill
    2019-04-28 04:23

    1.5 StarsUgh! As the absurdity continued chapter after chapter after chapter, I wondered aloud if some semblance of reality would make an appearance. Never did! My brief encounter with Made for Love was unrelentingly maddening and interminably frustrating. What was the point?Buried somewhere in this crazy insane piece of work is social commentary (I think!) on love and relationships in a society dominated by technology. Laced with satire, sarcasm, wit and a few pinches of irony and mockery thrown in for good measure, I could never quite fit all the pieces together into a coherent and intelligible moral to the story. Intended and unabashed deadpan humor? Possibly. Maybe. Could be. I don’t know! Nutting expertly challenged our assumptions about child sexual predation in her literary debut Tampa, successfully forcing the reader to ponder some fundamental societal beliefs. The sex was graphic. The point well communicated.It feels like Made for Love attempted a similar exploration of some of our core beliefs and expectations but it never quite brought home the point for me. Sex plays an important role in this book too. The story opens with sex doll relationships, explores abstention from sex, casual and occasional sex and even introduces the reader to dolphin sex fetishism (think of all the crude jokes and coarse innuendoes about a man and the blowhole! snicker, snicker ...) A company named Gogol (a nod to the ubiquity of Google?) along with the embedded microchip that data dumps daily provides the symbolism for technological domination over free will … I think!Don’t get me wrong, I love a good piece of satire that pokes fun at the craziness of modern life and Nutting’s writing was excellent. But the point of Made for Love was lost on me, the message hidden under an Everest of absurdity. Maybe the absurdity of modern life is the point. I just don’t know.I did laugh out loud several times during the story and for that reason I’m rounding my rating up to 2 stars. If not for the occasional chuckle, this was a one-star read for me ... it was a story to nowhere. Good writing; unknown destination. Many folks adored this book. It is a quick and easy read … experience it for yourself.

  • Leesa
    2019-04-28 23:06

    COMPLETELY WACKY. BONKERS. And legit made me LOL in some spots. Alissa Nutting is just such a good writer I want to read everything she writes. And so much of this was super-creative wow what in the world is even happeningggg. ?!? THIS BOOK IS BANANAS. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

  • Justin Tate
    2019-05-01 22:58

    My first Alissa Nutting read, but I'll be back for more! The first chapter showcases some of the best writing I've ever seen. Hilarious, character-driven, perceptive social commentary. It has everything. The second chapter was even better. The plot turned out to be less gripping than the first few chapters suggested, but it provided a superb context for Nutting to incorporate her hilarious commentary on technology of today and how it might look in the future. This is a farce at its finest, for the most part, but I will be honest that I became un-hooked part way through due to a stagnant storyline. By the end, the conflict remains the same and the situations become a little too ridiculous to fathom. As long as you can appreciate brilliant writing, you'll love this book. If you need a strong storyline you might skip it.

  • Emilie
    2019-05-21 21:15

    This book is BANANAS but I couldn't put it down.

  • Jill
    2019-05-21 21:58

    Made for Love is the perfect book for Americans in 2017 AD: a circus of events so absurd that you're not sure if it's okay to laugh or not. Just when you've decided it's okay to laugh, at least a little bit, the situation turns and you're stabbed through the middle with utter fear and sadness. Nutting writes with such assured confidence about such extraordinarily surreal topics—just FYI, there's an attempted dolphin rape in the book, which gives that rosy airbrushed cover a different appeal, non? I trust Nutting to write anything and everything after Made for Love seeing how she transformed what in most circumstances would be the harebrained hallucinations of an addled addict into a compelling, poignant, and comprehensible narrative. Beyond the 2017 tone, the story itself is part and parcel of this era. The evil genius CEO of a tech company whose real-life inspiration Nutting barely tries to mask (in the book, it's called Gogol) marries Hazel, a down-on-her-luck, female Joe Schmo. When he tries to install a mind-reading chip in her brain as the next stage of his technology takeover, she demurs and escapes to live with her dad and his sex doll in a retirement trailer park. Parallel to Hazel's story, we have Jasper, a lothario con artist whose seduction strategy can be described as "bone and loan": he sleeps with women, asks to dip into their 401(k)s, and then slips away in the dark of night. Their stories are separate until Act III when they overlap for the booming finale and make us wonder about 21st century greed, the social dislocation caused by technology, and prospects for love in all of its forms during the age of robotics and Instagram. What's astonishing about Nutting's authorial talents is how she creates empathetic characters whose concerns feel real while all of the other elements of the story combine to wreak a surrealist storm. The reason this book works is that even though the majority of the plot takes place up in the stratosphere, far removed from anything resembling daily reality, the characters are tethered—admittedly, sometimes only by flimsy strings of dental floss—to Earth. The characters do wild things, but their reasons for doing so are reasonable and recognizable. In tradition with her first novel Tampa, Nutting plays with gender types to create a fascinating protagonist. Hazel is a female version of the stoner you might encounter in a Seth Rogen movie. I adored Made for Love but will not be recommending it to my reader friends as I usually do. The dark, absurdist humor coupled with the zany plot will leave many people claiming "I don't get it". But if you are intrigued by the possibility of dolphin kidnapping, the dislocation of an elbow inside the mouth of a sex doll, and nihilistic diatribes about roadkill, I suggest that you try to "get it", even if like me, you don't manage to "get" all of it.

  • Christopher
    2019-05-14 00:23

    Wow. I suspect I'll be thinking about this book for a long time.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-03 21:55

    This book is weird AF, in the best way possible! Hazel is both hilarious and disarming, and will be a little too relatable for many readers. As always, Alissa Nutting makes the most poignant observations of our current culture--obsessed with sex, technology, love, wealth, and praise. Somehow she blends everything perfectly, so that the more fantastical elements are true to life and not unnecessarily strange or pretentious. With a memorable main character and side characters that are equally as important/fucked up/wonderful, Made for Love is one to watch out for this year!(Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC.)

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    2019-05-02 22:08

    Alissa Nutting is exactly my kind of weird and this is packed with crazy goodness. I don't want to describe the plot because it will sound mental (it is mental). Nutting captures our search for human connection in an age of loneliness and yes she might use lifelike sex dolls, dolphin love, brain chips and a senior-citizen trailer park to do that but I'm all about it. Damn she's good!

  • Eva • All Books Considered
    2019-05-16 20:07

    Read this one cold. That's my best advice

  • Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
    2019-05-17 21:58

    Those who take themselves and their books super seriously, be warned...this might not be the book for you.However, if you are a fan of bizarre books, appreciate dark humor, and can see past super weird stuff to appreciate the profound lessons about humanity underneath, you're going to want to read Made for Love by Alissa Nutting.The premise of this book alone is completely outlandish, and everything just gets kookier as the story progresses. Made for Love follows the stories of two dysfunctional characters--Hazel and Jasper. Hazel has moved in with her father after leaving her husband Byron, the CEO of the most powerful technology company in the world, Gogol. The reader learns from the beginning that Byron and Hazel's marriage was far from conventional from the beginning, filled with an overwhelming sense of coldness and reliance on Gogol's technology. When Byron began taking steps to implant a computer chip in Hazel's brain to connect her every thought and action directly to his own mind, Hazel fled, knowing that Byron would do whatever possible to find her and bring her back. The book begins with Hazel's appearance at her widowed father's senior living trailer park and her discovery that her father is in a very committed...and very kinky...relationship with a lifelike sex doll named Diane.Strange, right?That's not all.The other character in the book is Jasper, a con artist who makes women fall in love with him and give him their life savings before breaking up with them and disappearing from their lives. His career comes to a crashing halt when he has a freaky encounter with a dolphin that leaves him solely sexually aroused by thoughts of dolphins and completely unable to become turned on by humans.I warned you.Luckily for me, I LOVE books with crazy plots and super strange characters, and no sense of humor is too outlandish for me. I have read almost every single Christopher Moore novel at least twice, and Made for Love reminded me a lot of his books. (Side note: If you have never read any of Christopher Moore's books and want to laugh out loud until your sides hurt at books that feature totally bizarre plots, check him out. Start with Practical Demonkeeping or Lamb, for sure!) The plot and characters were eccentric, to say the least, but they were also richly drawn and wildly creative.Although those eccentricities were incredibly far-fetched, Alissa Nutting has written them in a way that draws readers in and makes them forget, for just a moment, that they are reading a piece of fiction. All of the characters are deeply flawed and a bit difficult to like, but they all feature elements that finds readers sympathetic to them. Hazel just wants to be loved but has self-destructive tendencies, Hazel's dad just wants to enjoy what's left of his life, and Jasper has deep abandonment issues. And once readers move past the wild plot and begin to see the deeper issues at work, this becomes much more than the entertaining, (darkly) humorous, bizarre book it seems to be on the surface. Instead, this book reveals itself as a compelling and engaging look at humanity and raises important questions about the lengths we are willing to go to in order to feel important and loved and the role technology has in our lives.Seriously. If you appreciate all that is weird and strange, give Made for Love a try. You will be wildly entertained, more than mildly disturbed, and surprisingly enlightened.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-30 02:55

    OMG, this book. Can my review just be those three words? Well, technically two words and an acronym. Five words? I don’t even know what I read, I don’t know what kind of brain came up with it, I just know that I loved it. It had me howling with laughter, which sounds improbable, except this was while I was staying in an AirBnB, and it’s a true story: I laughed so hard, out loud, unable to help it, thinking I was alone, that the hosts heard me and came to the guesthouse to make sure I was okay. If that doesn’t recommend a book, I don’t know what does. It’s wild and cathartic. It’s hilarious and emotional. It’s nearly straight-up dystopia about our present world. I read it at just the right time. Also: book jacket of the year award, right here.

  • Michael
    2019-05-12 22:01

    When you think of Alissa Nutting’s writing, what comes to mind? Dark? Disturbing? Psychological? Or transgressive? While this is what I have come to expect from Nutting, I tend to enjoy the social criticism found in her books. In her stunning debut novel Tampa, we follow Celeste Price, a young beautiful middle grade teacher who is a hebephile. Which allows for an interesting take on the nature of a sexual predator, often not associated with female sexuality. This does allow Nutting to explore the schoolboy fantasy of an older woman teaching them the ways of the flesh, whether it be a Mrs Robinson type character, a babysitter or in this case a teacher. The sexual desire of a boy with their budding sexuality; to be with an experienced, already developed older woman. Tampa looks at how developing boys are unable to separate their emotions from the sexual act and this ultimately leads to them getting hurt not, to mention the emotional and psychological damage it will do to them for years to come.However, you could also look at it as a novel of a woman unhappy in her marriage. From the outside it looks like they are the perfect couple, he is rich, hardworking and determined but she is truly unhappy, despite what people see. Is that because of her singular sexual obsession for fourteen year old boys or is it far more? When Tampa was being published, Alissa Nutting was in the midst of getting a divorce. While Tampa explores someone unhappy in marriage, her new novel Made for Love is the next step, someone trying to escape a bad marriage.This novel follows Hazel who has just moved back in with her father and his new girlfriend Diane (truth is, Diane is a lifelike sex doll). She has run out of her marriage with Byron Gogol, the tech mogul and founder of Gogol Industries. Hazel is willing to give up the high life to just be free, but is she ever truly free? She ran because Byron planned to make her the subject of the first-ever human “mind-meld”, he will be able to see everything she does or thinks. Hazel on the other hand will not have the same level of access, he is a CEO and needs to protect his company.I often look for the autobiographical elements in a book, I find it gives me a deeper understanding to both the novel and the author. This is why I often like to read a biography on some of my favourite authors. While I do not know much about Alissa Nutting’s personal life, knowing she went through a separation while writing Tampa really added an extra layer to the novel. Following up with a book similar to Made for Love, reveals even more. It suggests that there was more than just an unhappy marriage.While there are plenty of novels about women living in a controlling relationship, I think Made for Love was the first one that ever made me feel the anxiety of trying to escape. In an age of social media and technology, it has increasingly become easier to track and monitor someone. Social media allows us to read about their thoughts with the world, and with an app like ‘Find My Friends’ I can tell you where my wife is right now. Privacy is becoming a distant memory and for Hazel, even her thoughts are not safe.Yet again, on the surface their marriage appears to be a happy one, not even Hazel’s father understands why she would leave and give up on a life of luxury. Made for Love reminds me of Black Mirror in the way it explores technology in relationships and the disturbing reality of what it would be like to try to escape and abusive one. The way people value wealth and status over the emotional wellbeing. This is a biting satire and is what I have come to expect from Alissa Nutting, I eagerly await her next book.This review originally appeared in The Literati:

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2019-05-25 21:08

    This book is sort of like an alt-50 Shades of Grey if Christian Grey were somehow even more socially awkward and possessive (it's hard to imagine, I know) and Ana Steele were a normal lazy, broke, and mildly gross human being rather than a stand-in faceless fantasy girl. Also, if actual human-Ana followed this relationship to its logical conclusion and realized that her lover is weird and possessive and ran away from him. No doubt Christian Grey would have also mind melded with Ana too in a similar scenario if he'd had the tech ability, so that she could NEVER GET AWAY. I really appreciated Made For Love as commentary first on the idea that love can be traded for money and money will lead to happiness, and second, that the sort of codependent need for love that so many of us have been taught to find romantic is really kind of hideous in reality. You can see the latter in books like 50 Shades of Grey and the recent crop of dark psychological million/billionaire porn if you are reading without your erotica blinders on. This book combines both of those concepts together into a world where a rich man can bend the will of the woman he wants by his side with technological blackmail.Any book serving some sort of 50 Shades of Grey satire has to have some humorous sexual kink. Made for Love delivers. In this case, it's not the Ana and Christian characters (here their names are Hazel and Byron; I just want to say too that although I think this book stands alone and is not meant to be a direct response to 50 Shades of Grey, Hazel meets Byron by subbing in for her sick friend on an interview with Byron and their relationship begins with a contract. Nutting DEFINITELY did not do that by accident). No, this book's sexy freaks are Hazel's aging father with his two lifelike sex dolls, and the conman of a parallel plot, Jasper, who (view spoiler)[ends up saving Hazel's life after hitting his own personal rock bottom (hide spoiler)] and notably became sexually obsessed with dolphins after a freak incident in the ocean. The writing about both of these characters' sexual predilections is one of the most entertaining things I've read this year, outside of the New Yorker article where Anthony Scaramucci thought he was speaking "off the record" to a reporter.I gave this book a four because it got a bit tiresome for me towards the end. Just a bit, though. Humorous novels always do, as the function of the characters is not often to be identifiably human but a player in the story. Hazel comes the closest to being a person one can identify with, seeing as she is often a walking wreck of poor decisions. Even she has moments where her dialogue is stilted and awkward, as if for show. But Made for Love is truly unique. Tampa was daring, if offputting. I will always support writers like Alissa Nutting who take risks and write about our baser impulses.

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-27 04:00

    DNF @ 40%I knew from having read Tampa that Nutting could come up with some bizarre shit of a storyline that I’d still relish in reading. But I have come to realize with this novel that even I have limits. Made for Love felt like some bizarro Black Mirror parody sort of world where Hazel leaves her husband Byron who wants to implant a mind-meld chip into her brain. We’re given a flashback to how they met and it was all such a hilarious spoof on Fifty Shades of Grey and I was completely on board. Even the terribly awkward (but extremely comical) return home to her father where she finds him residing with a real-life sex-doll named Diane. Bizarre, yes. But I was still fully on board. I’m apparently cool with strange science fiction storylines and sex-dolls but I draw the line with strange men attracted to dolphins. Yeah, you read that right. After several chapters of Hazel and her father (and we mustn’t forget Diane), we’re thrown for a loop when we’re introduced to Jasper who, after conning his latest girlfriend into giving him all her money and bailing, experiences a random dolphin attack and finds himself only attracted to dolphins. And describes this attraction in explicit detail. I may never look at a dolphin the same.I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Jan
    2019-05-10 04:24

    Techno-paranoia along the lines of Dave Eggers' The Circle, only with sex, love, and comedy. Also, dolphins.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-28 23:03

    This book sounds absolutely insane and I have to read it.

  • Chance Lee
    2019-05-20 23:23

    I had a hard time starting and finishing "Made for Love" -- Alissa Nutting's new novel about two people: a woman on the run from a tech baron, and a con artist who finds himself aroused by dolphins. I had a difficulty starting because, well, I felt like it got off to a rocky start. Nutting's world is fully realized and cohesive. But not knowing/believing/trusting in that at first caused it to initially come off as a farce. It took me a while to settle into the rhythms of this novel. Nutting, who I still feel is a short story author at heart, wrote another novel "Tampa," which I thoroughly enjoyed even though it felt like an overlong short story. "Made for Love" initially feels like a few short stories stitched together. Once it all gelled for me, I had a hard time finishing because every single page is so damn entertaining, if you skim just one sentence you miss something either fascinating, hilarious, or profound. I'm a skimmer. I skim. But "Made for Love" forced me to slow down and enjoy the ride. In Hazel's story, she has left her husband, Byron Gogol, head of Gogol Technologies, because he wants to implant a chip in her brain and share her thoughts forever (immortality pending). That freaks her out, plus she never loved him anyway. She relocates with her widowed father who is living with a semi-realistic sex doll named Diane. She also, uh, gets back in touch with nature by coupling with a rough off-the-grid grave-sitter named Liver. Nutting has explored the territory of uber-controlling man before, in my favorite story of hers "Ant Colony." In that story, a man implants a colony of ants into a woman's bones. They eat her from the inside. Then he puts the ants inside himself. She is now a part of him. Byron's head chip is similar. More mental than physical, which makes it even more invasive. Everything Hazel sees, he sees. It's a one-way street.Running parallel to Hazel's story is Jasper's. He cons women of their money and feels nary a qualm. One day while swimming, a dolphin attempts to mate with him. After the near-death experience, Jasper can only get sexually aroused by dolphins.The two protagonists, Hazel and Jasper, seem to inhabit two different worlds. Both are immensely unlikeable. Hazel, a chronic fuckup, and Jasper, a man who guiltlessly cons women of their life savings. But I admired their self-awareness. I worried these character's fates would become entwined in a contrived way, but Nutting brings them together naturally for the book's third act, which is the most cohesive part of the book. There, many of the book's questions come to a head. What is reality in a world where the internet (i.e. tech companies) manufacture reality for us? How do you live a life when you are completely inadequate at everything in a world that only values superiority?Nutting's brilliance lies in the fact that all her characters' problems, despite seeming so different, have the same root problem: a lack of real human connection, whatever the hell that actually looks like. She also crafts amazing sentences, bringing her characters' absurd experiences to sharp points. Her book isn't clever wordplay for the sake of being clever. There's weight to it. Hazel's existential despair after finding out her of her father's cancer is summed up like this: "Instead she'd go out back to the porch and sleep in the casket box while her dying father slept in the next room with two women who were never alive." That kind of writing only comes from a writer in full command of her material, as ridiculous as it may seem on the surface. Weirdly, I have a few takeaways from Hazel's pathetic existence. 1. "Know the full story." Don't be agreeable for the sake of being agreeable. There is "no combination more appalling than the vague with the affirmative." 2. Giving birth to a new self is painful, like molting. 3. "Better to just look at cute animal images without making them a deceptive vehicle for interaction with other human beings." (As an aside: Deleting my Facebook account a couple months ago was freeing. Seeing "friends" "like" pages of cute animals as if the animal itself made the page made me too sad for everyone involved. Witnessing hollow interactions about "doggos" and "birbs" wasn't the precise reason I deleted it; the underlying existential loneliness exacerbated by it was.) 4. Being adequate is, well, adequate. Don't try to artificially fill in the gaps to create something amazing. 5. Stop pretending. My initial instinct is to be glib and dismissive in my conclusion, and say something like "All this from a book with sex dolls and dolphin fuckers!" But that would be pretending. I feel like Nutting's brilliant post-post-(post-?)modern ideas can only come from a book with sex dolls and dolphin fuckers. The best absurdity, which "Made for Love" is, makes us realize the absurdities of our own reality.

  • RB
    2019-05-13 00:03

    When I read about this book for the first time I didn't set my hopes too hight: I loved Alissa Nutting's "Tampa," and enjoyed her short story collection, and to me, "Made for Love" sounded like an extended short story--I was wrong. I can't think of another book that I've read that was written in this decade that captures what a technology-infused world with no room for privacy has felt like better than "Made for Love". Through the main story of Hazel and her computer-chipped brain (implanted by her husband's company, Gogol) and her trying to escape the most intrusive, dickish boyfriend to be found in literature in awhile, we come across her father, sleeping with two blow up dolls, a drunk named Liver who's a bit of a frank survivalist, and a whole lot of computer screens displaying her husband's talking head. It's in the second story where the sexual taboo element of Mrs. Nutting's stories rises: meet Jasper, a man-whore who saved a dolphin who does not admit to saving said dolphin despite the promise of fame and money because he is in fact sexually aroused by dolphins due to being caught of guard by the dolphin he saved when that creature, how should I put this . . . put the moves on him. So we've got forbidden love scattered everywhere in this book, different strands and ways to love, but for Hazel, she's loveless. Her entire life now revolves around sort-of-caring for her old dad while mainly trying to navigate a chip in her brain, get a second of privacy, and escape the reaches of the Apple-sized company owned by her ex. There were so many ways in which any part of this story could've gone to unreadable levels but it never does because even in the most absurd of situations Alissa Nutting finds the sadly tragic and tragically funny. If nothing else, "Made for Love" is a stew of many of the fears a lot of us face daily: a lack of love or love that's not what's suited for you, going through strange and maddening lengths for privacy, escaping emotionally hazardous relationships either with technology or humans, trying to be respectable in a world full of opportunists, trying for some sort of serenity in the madness of technology, the ultimate paradox of our needing a service that may be destroying more than a part of us, and doing this all in a world filled up with pleasure and money seekers that have a lot of both but not much of what'd most of us would want in another person. There's certainly a lot more that I could say about this book but it's early and I need to wake up, so, concluding: buy/read this book this summer, it's not too light and it's not too heavy a read but definitely a fulfilling and enjoyable one. Keep the weirdness coming Alissa and I'll keep reading.

  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    2019-04-26 22:59

    I loved this book. I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars but I’m going with 5 because I just could not get it out of my head. I didn’t ever want to stop reading or listening I should say since I listened to the audiobook. It was so out there yet so possible in the near future that I was sucked in from the start. The ridiculousness of it all was so captivating. Best of all was the writing! It was beautiful! It was almost like a stream of thought type of thing or mindless rambling but it was always so intense and specific. Reading it was like having revelation after revelation right along side the characters one chapter at a time. The outrageous content made the story so much better. I enjoyed every minute I spent indulging in it. Now I’m just left wanting more.