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The problem is, the characters are not rounded out enough.
I have enough familiarity with evangelical culture to know that the characters in this book that are on the Christian side of the fence are exaggerated.
The book's ending is frustratingly open-ended, never quite climaxing and resolving very little.
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 24 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 2 months 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 8 months ago by J. Houston