Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom―or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max―this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.
From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.
Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction―the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.
My Thoughts: From the very first page I was laughing. I have been a class mom myself and Jen Dixon handled her duties in ways I could only fantasize about. Let's just say there wasn't a lot of holding back! Gelman does a bang up job creating characters that fit the stereotypical parents that you will meet in the schoolyard and reading how Jen interacts with them and navigates classroom politics will have you laughing out loud. My favorite parts of the book were the emails from Jen to the other parents in her book which are truly hilarious and are all the things you might say if only you didn't have a filter!
This book is a very relatable story of parenthood, classroom politics and the demands we place on ourselves (and others!) when it comes to raising children. Laurie Gelman's tongue in cheek humor will have you rolling with laughter and force you to look on the sometimes crazy side of school life. I highly recommend this book as an escape that promises laughs and eye rolls in agreement! Pick up your copy today at your local bookstore or on Amazon here.
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