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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 a ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Ecco
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karen
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
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Roxane
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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-i
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Theresa
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 th
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Kelli
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
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Tooter
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.
Adrienne
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.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
It worked, Alissa: I love you.
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
Bill
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
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Rachel León
(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 at
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Leesa
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.
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
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Jill
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
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Emilie
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is BANANAS but I couldn't put it down.
Christopher
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.
Kimberly
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, favorites
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
Jaclyn Crupi
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
xTx xTx
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!
Ashley
Apr 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
This book sounds absolutely insane and I have to read it.
Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
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
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Jamie
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cover-love
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. I ...more
Michael
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
Bronwyn
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.
Rachel
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
Bonnie
Dec 16, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-edelweiss
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.
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Jan
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Techno-paranoia along the lines of Dave Eggers' The Circle, only with sex, love, and comedy. Also, dolphins.
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
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