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The Abstinence Teacher
The Abstinence Teacher
Author: Tom Perrotta
A culture war erupts in the suburb of Stonewood Heights when divorced mom Ruth Ramsey, a human sexuality teacher who promotes a philosophy of "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power," meets her daughter's soccer coach Tim Mason, a former musician and drug addict, and member of the abstinence-preaching Tabernacle church.
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ISBN-13: 9780312363543
ISBN-10: 0312363540
Publication Date: 9/2/2008
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 80 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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cacialeigh avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Almost halfway through this boring book, I kept thinking, ok, something is just about to happen. By the time I reached the end, I was STILL waiting for something to happen.

This dull & unexciting book would be perfect for those who want to read without thinking, because although it did BRING UP some interesting issues, it never went any further than that with any of them.
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Helpful Score: 2
Perhaps this work of fiction may be unpalatable for some. But, I must say, it is entertaining to see how religion, like any ideology, can be an instrument of hypocrisy and manipulation.
ktsmama avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This one just didn't grab me. I tried to read it, but I promised myself a long time ago that my reading time was too precious to spend on something that I didn't truly enjoy, so I put it down and put it back on the list. The context of the story sounded fascinating, and the reviews I had read were positive. I was disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 1
LOVED THIS BOOK! i don't know why it got such poor reviews...it is funny, insightful and engaging the whole way through. I also loved "Little Children" by Tom Perrotta...he is now one of my favorite writers!
IntrepidOne avatar reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 157 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were well developed and realistic. I loved the subject matter as well. For me, I could have done with less narrative about the soccer games; I would usually skip a paragraph or so when the book just went on and on describing the plays and what was happening on the field. OK, I get it, they're playing a soccer game! Also, I would have liked to have had a resolution to a couple of things that just kind of got dropped by the wayside and forgotten; but I won't go into that because I hate spoilers.
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reviewed The Abstinence Teacher on + 132 more book reviews
A sacrilegious book.After WASTING my time 140 pages into it, I couldn't take anymore. Pure junk. Taking pages from the bible & making more of it than it states in the verse or passage. Almost threw it in trash.
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A fast read on a thought-provoking topic, The Abstinence Teacher uses humor and imperfect people trying to do right by their families and live according to their values to deal with some hot-button issues like parenting, divorce, religion and sex education.

I enjoyed it and passed it to a friend who sees those issues quite differently than I do; she liked it as well.
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Slow, slow, slow...I just couldn't get through it.