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The Abstinence Teacher

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good Book, Let-Down Ending

The book is about a divorced sex-ed teacher who runs up against some evangelical Christians who do not like the way she teaches her class. It's a pitched battle - that she loses. She is forced to teach abstinence.

Meanwhile, her daughter plays on a soccer team coach...
The book is about a divorced sex-ed teacher who runs up against some evangelical Christians who do not like the way she teaches her class. It's a pitched battle - that she loses. She is forced to teach abstinence.

Meanwhile, her daughter plays on a soccer team coached by one of the evangelicals. A former rock band guy who's a recovering addict. He's married to one of the flock and unhappy. He's fighting to stay sober and wondering whether the "Godly" life is truly for him.

The main characters intersect and, of course, there is a romantic tension between them. It's not acted upon during the course of the book, but it is there.

Overall, I liked the book. I found the ending to be unsatisfying. It wasn't that it left things open. It just seemed like the author got to a point and decided to just stop writing. 20 or so more pages would have not left an impression like he just ran out of gas and left the book on the side of the road as is.

posted by shannongesq on May 15, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

My thoughts for "The Abstinence Teacher"

I like story line, but my problem was the ending of the book. The author, in my opinion, did a very good job with the characters. I really enjoyed Ruth and Tim. I just think he lost his focus towards the end, to me it was as if he was rushed to finish and that was his f...
I like story line, but my problem was the ending of the book. The author, in my opinion, did a very good job with the characters. I really enjoyed Ruth and Tim. I just think he lost his focus towards the end, to me it was as if he was rushed to finish and that was his final product. In other words it climaxed but it tumbled on its way down.

posted by 1584007 on January 31, 2010

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Kept waiting for developments

    Had to slog through a lot to get to a disappointing ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

    Low morals and disappointing ending

    This book's main character is a sex-ed highschool teacher recently divorced with two children. Her best friends are a gay couple and she thinks all the women teachers are stuffy and boring. She has two daughters whom she shows very little guidance in morals or values as she is too busy figuring out her own lovelife. She meets a born-again Christian man who you hope might inspire her to a higher level of living. But nope, instead she manages to drag him down to her level. That is the happy ending. Sorry if I blew the ending but I'm trying to save other readers from wasting time reading this pointless book!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    Wouldn't read this again...

    I have to admit that the writing style was interesting enough to keep me reading, and I was intrigued enough to want to find out what happened at the end. The problem was, the only thing that DID happen was that I realized how much I hated every single character in the book. Shallow and disturbing. I really prefer a well-researched work of historical fiction to this contemporary fluff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    Ugh.

    This book was highly disappointing. It was not funny in the least, I did not like the characters, the writing was sketchy and underdeveloped. The worst $20 ever spent.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    Annoying and disappointing

    OK a disclaimer: I didn't finish the book. It is so sloppily written, I couldn't stand it. For example, 'they poured out the disgusting chocolate martinis and switched to Manhattans' and a page or so later they 'finished their martinis.' In the flashback to the heroine's youthful indiscretion, a teenage boy struggles to get off the bus with his ankle in a cast, crutches, backpack, and trumpet case. That would be a struggle, all right. So the heroine carries his backpack and trumpet...and her own backpack, I suppose. And he can't manage the backpack while on crutches? That's what the straps are for, fellow. Then there's the matter of pulling in PC elements simply to be PC. I don't read a lot of fiction, and this book is an example of why. Enjoy it if you can, but believe me, there are better ways to spend your time.

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    Posted December 13, 2010

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