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The characters in this novel are so well-developed - they're real people.
Perhaps the payoff here is that the two main characters represent both sides of an intractable moral debate; each side is explained and humanized.
In addition to the annoyance from the characters, the plot itself just got very boring.
I did't know this is the same author of The Leftovers which I DNF. But I loved the Abstinence Teacher. I totally got the humor and eveything in it.Published 3 days ago by Azul
This is pretty typical Tom Perrotta dark satire of American suburbia. He showed his usual insight into the social mores and expectations of this particular subculture – he has an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the second Perrotta book I've read, and they have the same ending. To get a feel for Perrotta's writing, pick any movie, and shut it off 23 minutes before the end. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Lucas
uninspired. sophomoric, boring. i found this book very difficult to get into. i finally stopped reading and didn't finish it. so i guess it is unfair for me to even rate it.Published 4 months ago by Deborah Nichols Poulos
This book has two main characters who couldn’t be more different. Ruth is a divorced mother of two who teaches Sex education at the local middle school. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jesi Lea Ryan
How does a heretofore seemingly tranquil suburb deal with the disruptive force of a church seeking to impose its rigidly uncompromising moralistic values on the populace? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Billy Boy
Our North Dallas Circle read this and is still in process. I have almost finished reading the book - a great read and gives insight into the need for discussion of life issues,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Doris Ricks-lankford
The main character is a woman named Ruth who teaches sex education in a school district that is increasingly kowtowing to fundamentalists who want her and all the other sex... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey Hart
I really wanted to like this book. I've read many of Perrotta's other books (Bad Haircut, Little Children, The Leftovers) and enjoyed them--he has a real knack for capturing the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Houston