Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Review: Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher

Tom Perrotta's new novel, The Abstinence Teacher, isn't nearly as satisfying as Little Children or Election, both of which spawned inspired film adaptations.

Reportedly in the works is a movie of The Abstinence Teacher, helmed by the same filmmakers responsible for Little Miss Sunshine.

Click here to see my review of the novel, published last Sunday in the St. Petersburg Times.


Linda said...

Hi Philip,

I found your review very intersting and I'll be sure to read Perrotta's Abstinence Teacher.

I just finished another novel with the conflict of sex education in public schools as the main storyline, Stuart Nachbar's The Sex Ed Chronicles. It was inspired by real-life events in New Jersey, when in 1980 the state Board of Ed made sex education mandatory in the schools. This novel is written through the eyes of a rookie reporter who is reluctantly forced to cover the story. Then he becomes interested in a teacher there who finds herself in trouble by siding with the students over their rights to free press on campus.

Made for a quick but thought provoking read. Hope you like it, too.


Philip Booth said...

Thanks much for stopping by, and for leaving a comment. And thanks for the feedback on the Perrotta review.
I recently reviewed "Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music," by veteran music producer Phil Ramone. When that review is published, I'll post a link to it.

I'm also in the process of reviewing "Jazz Beyond Jazz," fellow jazz critic Howard Mandel's new book on Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor.

Thanks for the tip on the Nachbar book. I'll have to look it up.