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The Abstinence Teacher
The Abstinence Teacher
Author: Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta knows his suburbia, and in The Abstinence Teacher he carves out an even larger chunk of his distinct terrain. Set in the northeastern suburb of Stonewood Heights, Perrotta's sixth book takes on the war between the liberals and the evangelists. When single mother Ruth Ramsay, the sex ed teacher at the local high school, tells her cla...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312358334
ISBN-10: 0312358334
Publication Date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 118 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 234 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
The book was well written, and like Jodi Picoult's books, the reader may find themselves siding with characters that may not possess the same values as themselves. However with that said, I was very disappointed in the ending. I felt it just dropped off after a big work up to it.
SuzanneB avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on
Helpful Score: 3
Thought-provoking story of seduction within the modern American culture wars. Which is the most seductive force: freedom, love, Jesus, sex, acceptance, moral superiority, family??? The main characters must decide. The author is careful not to judge and lets the reader decide, too. Loved this book.
mandylou avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book was a very easy read. I had no problems with following or understanding what was happening. I was more disppointed with the fact that the reviews and synopsis' didn't match up with the story. The book ended with way to many questions left unanswered. It focuses more on religion and the life of Tim than it did Ruth who is the teacher.
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Helpful Score: 2
In the era of "comprehensive vs. abstinence only" sex education this book barely brushes the surface of the issue. It is a quick read, but gives us nothing new to consider about the issue.
teacharrgh avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This was an enjoyable read by an author who writes well about modern life. Perrotta captures some of the realities of teaching spot-on--liberalism among teachers, how teachers behave during workshops, and the differences between what the curriculum says to teach and meeting the needs of your students. He also characterizes the fair right genuinely without being too mean. Depending on which side of center you sit, you will be disgusted with one faction represented in this novel or the other. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
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sukie175 avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 18 more book reviews
The title of this book and cover info is EXTREMELY misleading! This book is much more about religious choices and the angst of the lead character. I really didn't enjoy this book, in fact our whole book club gave it a big fat zero!
comet71 avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 6 more book reviews
Surprisingly good.
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Interesting point of view about the intersection of evangelical Christians and the "real" world. Fast read.


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