The Abstinence Teacher, by Tom Perrotta

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Perrotta, author of Little Children and Election (basis of the great Matthew Broderick and Reese WItherspoon movie), is an excellent novelist who’s written several novels about the various dysfunctions of suburbia. I liked this one okay, but not as well as his others. Feels a little bit too much like ground he’s already covered before. Worth it if you like his work, but not the book I’d start with.

2 Replies to “The Abstinence Teacher, by Tom Perrotta”

  1. I really liked this book. It made me go back and read some of Perrotta’s other works again. Just finished The Wishbones, which I think may have been his first book. I didn’t like that as much. I think his writing style had developed more with the Abstinence Teacher and perhaps I read them too close together.

  2. I really liked this book. It made me go back and read some of Perrotta’s other works again. Just finished The Wishbones, which I think may have been his first book. I didn’t like that as much. I think his writing style had developed more with the Abstinence Teacher and perhaps I read them too close together.

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