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Topic: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

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Subject: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 3:47 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2007
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I just finished this book yesterday and I loved it. Some people said it wasn't as good as Perrotta's other books, but I disagree. I liked this as much as Election, which had been my favorite until now (haven't read The Wishbones yet, however). I commented to my boyfriend that Perrotta taps into something much the way Kevin Smith's movies do. Though Smith is ultimately more juvenile and silly - they are both men on the youngish side of middle age telling stories about the suburbs in the Northeastern United States.

I love Perrotta's references to popular culture, both subtle and explicit. I wonder how his books will stand the test of time. They will be dated, no doubt, but I don't know if that will take away from his characters and their stories.

Perhaps one of the reasons I couldn't agree with people who said he was phoning this one in is that the subject matter he incorporates into the story line - sex education, modern fundamentalist Christianity, youth sports, gay marriage, are all topics I am very interested in. While Perrotta is obviously pro comprehensive sex ed and pro gay marriage, he is more ambiguous on religion, and as always skeptical of monogamy.

What did you think?

Subject: would love to read it...
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 2:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/30/2007
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Is there a chance you will let go of this book? I have noticed that many members seem to hang onto the "good" literature. I prefer that more people get to read it, so I have sent on a bunch, and am still waiting to find one myself that someone else offers. I would love to read this book.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 2:48 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2007
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I mailed it out on Tuesday. Since joining PBS I've realized I should only hang on to books I know I will read again, because I'd rather have a new book than one I've already read. I've sent out 20 WL books - about half of my total.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 4:52 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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I'm glad to read this review, it is on my wish list. Maybe ultimately I'll get your copy!