Class Mom by Laurie Gelman | Book Review

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“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.”


I enjoyed Class Mom and found it to an easy and engaging read, especially relatable as a mother to two children in grade school. It is definitely a snarky take on school politics and there are the cliched characters to go with it.

I know it was meant to be “stereotypical” but I found the characterization of the “allergy mom” to be particularly insensitive…it did have plenty of funny moments but this was just a smaller thing I noticed.

There was plenty of drama and secrets and this was a great “mindless” read to cozy up with on the couch on a chilly day. This was a light-hearted read and if you are looking for something like that, I think you will enjoy this one a lot.

 

2 thoughts on “Class Mom by Laurie Gelman | Book Review

  1. So funny! I just borrowed this from the library! My girls are 17 and 19 and I am so glad to be done with dealing with other mothers. My girls were in school through 2nd and 4th grades and I was a class mom, volunteered for all kinds of things and the politics of it all drove me crazy. Then we homeschooled and some homeschool moms can be just as bad. I thought this book might make me feel vindicated about that time in my life and help me celebrate no longer having to deal with those things.

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