Class Mom by Laurie Gelman
Review by Lauren
Source: personal copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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.
Review: No, I am not a mom myself, but I don’t think you need to be to enjoy this funny novel. I actually brought this book with me for the Women’s Wellness Weekend back in September. It was a great book to just kick back and relax with. It definitely makes you laugh – which is a positive – and it has me excited to check out the sequel, You’ve Been Volunteered.
I loved that Jen Dixon was so unapologetically herself. She’s probably the oldest parent in her son’s kindergarten class, as she already has two college aged daughters. I thought Jen was relatable in a lot of ways, and she’s definitely not perfect. There’s a high school crush that reappears and Jen can’t help but flirt. Everyone’s marriage is different, but what Jen was doing wasn’t exactly okay with me because it was kept from her husband. Don’t worry – there’s no actual, physical cheating! Regardless, there were plenty of times I wanted to yell at Jen. At the same time, I still really liked her, and I think that makes her realistic. It was a pretty quick read with a lot of humor and heart.