You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
by Laurie Gelman
About the Book
You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
2nd in Series
Setting – Kansas
Henry Holt and Co. (July 23, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B07HLZH7BH
In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s “irreverent and hilarious” (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her
If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.
She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.
Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you turning the pages to find out what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions, and have you laughing along with her the whole way.
As a last resort, Jen Dixon is again the Class Mom for her son Max’s class. The kids are now in 3rd grade and except for 1 new family, the parents are familiar with the way Jen handles things and her crazy sense of humor.
Her first email starts with: Yes, I’m back despite swearing they would have to drag my cold dead body back to the PTA. She includes a questionnaire from teacher Mrs. Randozzo. Jen’s responses regarding Max and the teacher’s responses back truly had me laughing out loud. And that was just Chapter One!
With a new PTA President and the retirement of the current crossing guard, Jen also finds herself in charge of the 5th-grade Safety Patrol Program. That means many more delightful – NOT – things for her to handle. She also has to deal with her husband, a daughter working at Jenny Craig, a daughter traveling abroad with a band and her aging parents.
Jen Dixon is my idol. She is everything I wish I was while shepherding 4 children through school. Of course, back then we were just exploring all the joys the internet had to offer. I was also part of the 5th-grade Safety Patrol back when dinosaurs roamed the earth so that whole subplot made me smile too. As far as dealing with adult children and aging parents, I have been there, done that too. In fact, I am still dealing with the adult children stuff but their trials and tribulations are not as funny as Jen’s, at least not yet, some never will be amusing but maybe someday I could write a book, fictional of course with the names changed to protect the not so innocent.
Until then, you have to read this book! Laurie Gelman has written a fantastic story. She has taken on some light and heavy issues and allowed Jen to keep her spirit and find the funny. Sometimes that’s what moms have to do to get up and keep going each and every day. I laughed from beginning to end and found a bit of wisdom too.
This book has everything I look for in A PERFECT ESCAPE! A lead character I can believe and identify with, a story that holds my attention, and a book I can’t wait to tell all my friends about. The lighthearted feeling and the off the charts hilarity was just the icing on the top of the cake.
I have not read the first book in this series, Class Mom but I added it to my wish list as soon as I completed this book. I can’t wait to read it or any book by this author. She truly has tickled my funny bone and I want more!
Totally entertaining – a must-read for all moms! Add this book to your Back-to-School lists today!
About Laurie Gelman
Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. The author of Class Mom, Laurie has appeared on Live With Ryan and Kelly, Watch What Happens Live, and The Talk, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters.
Praise for You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
by Laurie Gelman
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is witty, sassy, irreverent (in the best way) and she had me laughing throughout the entire book.
Laugh your way through the trials of third grade, and creating a fifth-grade safety patrol system when the school crossing guard retires.
Oh My Stars! Guess I expected a good read when I saw the title as well as the book cover and it definitely exceeded my expectations!
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