Title: Class Mom
Author: Laurie Gelman
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Fiction | Chick-Lit | Contemporary Women
About Class Mom: 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: Meet Jen Dixon. She’s one part snarky, one part plain-spoken, and she’s the kindergarten class mom who has been around this block before. I devoured this audiobook, read by the author, which is the best audio delivery, in two days! I was so thoroughly entertained and humoured – this book was just what I needed after reading so many serious and heavier reads lately.
Jen’s take no prisoners approach to being class mom had me rolling from the get-go. I absorbed her emails to the parents and teacher. And I’m fairly certain all of us school mother’s have known a Jen at some point, which is why this story is so relatable.
The book is in no way deep but as the story unfolds Jen becomes more than the snarky class mom. She has a heart of gold and is a little misunderstood, a lot more experienced, and probably a tad bit fed up.
This was a really great read (or listen!) and I highly recommend it if you need a dose of laugh out loud hilarity.