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The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
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Nov 05, 2007

really liked it
Read in November, 2007

There's a wonderful, realistic portrayal in this book of the 'culture war' from both sides of the equation--a man who was messed up, but was reborn again in Christ and is trying his damndest to be a 'better person' despite his very human desires; which to him is based in saving others through his religion, and a female Sex Ed teacher forced to teach an abstinence-only school curriculum which she knows is feeding dangerously inaccurate information to her students about sex and sexual safety who begins to question her own zealous way of keeping her own children away from the church when they both decide willingly to go to a service with one of their school friends.
Interesting and a good read, even if it's a little slow to start, and one of the first fiction titles I've seen that doesn't bias itself one way or the other.
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