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Made for Love

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  5,259 ratings  ·  945 reviews
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 a ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Ecco
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Ted Myers I think he never needed the money. He was trying to motivate Hazel to get a job so she would move out of his house. What bothers me is, why isn't ther…moreI think he never needed the money. He was trying to motivate Hazel to get a job so she would move out of his house. What bothers me is, why isn't there a second coffin-sized box in the living room?(less)

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Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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In 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
Justin Tate
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 t
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it

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 th
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Jessica Sullivan
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 a
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book fed the deranged part of my soul.

It is partially about a sex doll named Diane, but let’s not get bogged down in the details. I recommend this clever, quirky, comical and irreverent take on human connection and increasingly invasive technology.
The premise might be absurd, but there’s a bit more to this story, I promise.
Kyle Muntz
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 m ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
It worked, Alissa: I love you.
Rachel León
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
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars

Ugh! 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 throw
Jessica Woodbury
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite genres is "Excuse me, but WTF???" and this absolutely fits the bill. I have meant to get around to Nutting and I don't know why it took me so long but I'm glad the new show gave me the jumpstart.

As is often the case with WTF books the less you know going in the better. Nutting is playing with a whole lot here: tech companies, surveillance, kink, dying, and more. But the reason the book works is that these are really just trappings to the central story of Hazel, a woman who ha
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
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is BANANAS but I couldn't put it down. ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
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 i ...more
Eva • All Books Considered
Read this one cold. That's my best advice ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This absurdist techno-comedy is really a lot less about the slapstick and silly situations it presents and a lot more about being human than it would initially let on. It might be easy to get lost in the WTF-ery, as we spend 40 pages with the main character while her forearm is stuck in her elderly father's sex doll's mouth (for example.) It's funny...obviously...but if you're looking for a fast-paced adventure this is not the book for you. So while the pacing and plotting are sometimes a little ...more
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
delightful in a fucked up way. which is what i like in my Nutting. this book is like one of those movies by weird, oddball directors like Raising Arizona type business or Big Lebowski sort of. Now I want to have sex with both dolphins and dolls. Thanks, Obama!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-type-of-thing
Wow. I suspect I'll be thinking about this book for a long time. ...more
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 th ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 simi ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tampa had a story and a compelling lead character. Made for Love has neither. I'm not fond of books that use stories and characters to carry ideas. This novel had no depth and Nutting's writing couldn't save it. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book defies genre and explanation in the best possible way. Made for Love is funny, disgusting, wild, full of heart, twisty and turn-y. It examines the terrifying intricacies of modern relationships in this advanced technological age with a zany cast of characters.

I love Alissa Nutting's brain. Frankly, I feel a bit sorry for everyone who DNF'd this book. If the premise isn't too crazy to start reading it, then I think it's worth getting to the end. This book never, ever did what I thought
Matthew Vaughn
This was my first Alissa Nutting book, and I loved it. Looks like I found myself a new author to consume.
Chance Lee
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
reading is my hustle
i summed this up to a friend as a carl hiassenesque story about a woman married to a tech billionaire who implants a chip in her brain unbeknownst to her. she leaves him & moves in with her father who lives in a trailer park for senior citizens. antics ensue. meanwhile, her husband is not ready to let her go. verdict: often hilarious yet clever cautionary tale about technology & self-determination.
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“She wanted to tell him everything: that her worst fears had come true, that her husband had managed to place a surveillance device into her mind, the whole story. But she didn't want to seem crazy. This was shitty because the truth was crazy, not her. There had been a tagline of a TV show, 'The truth is out there,' that Hazel had initially misinterpreted and felt comforted by. 'That is for sure!' she'd thought, the truth was the most far-out thing possible. Hazel had always felt this--when she learned about periods and sex, when she learned about death, when she learned about the impossible living conditions of the other planets in the solar system and the manufacturing of processed meats. Almost always, the truth was way more bizarre and gross than she would've imagined. Then one night she commented on this to a friend and was told, 'No, dumbass, the show is saying that the truth will be discovered. Like how aliens are real and the U.S. government knows it.” 11 likes
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