Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

Class Mom

Laurie Gelman's clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom--a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.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 fat...

Details Class Mom

TitleClass Mom
Release DateAug 1st, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
Number of pages304 pages
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Humor, Funny, Contemporary

Reviews Class Mom

  • Jill Croce-McGill
    Laugh Out Loud Funny!!!Class Mom by Laurie Gelman is a hilarious, entertaining, and refreshing read! I didn't want to put this book down - I was laughing from beginning to end!Jen Dixon has 2 daughters in college, fathered by rock stars from her wild and crazy days, and a son who is starting kindergarten, who she had with her husband, Ron. Jen has been asked to be "Class Mom" for her son Max's kindergarten class, this isn't her first time having ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    By the time I had a chance to pick this book up to read it, I was ready for a nice, light read. Class Mom definitely delivered and kept me laughing out loud the entire time I was reading it. Laurie Gelman’s writing is witty and spot on as she tackles the politics of being a class parent in elementary school. As I read the emails the main character Jen sends out to her kindergarten class, I was wishing that my years of room momdom were not over ...
  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    Release Date: August 1, 2017 Genre: Women's Fiction. Chick Lit. Humor.Oh my gooooosssshhhhh!!!!! This book is wacky, over the top, and funny as hell! I have been crying/laughing for the past few hours reading this book and I couldn't get enough of it! Laurie Gelman better be writing a follow up to this one because if she doesn't I will cry forever! Like, the ugliest of all ugly cries. You know, total snottage, weirdly shaped face kind of cry. I...
  • Booksandchinooks
    Thanks to Henry Holt for an ARC of this book for review. All opinions are my own. I was looking for a lighthearted fun read and this is what this was. This is a debut novel written by Laurie Gelman. It deals with school politics with the main character, Jen, being class mom for her son's kindergarten class. Jen also has two adult college age daughters and is married to Ron, Max's father. A lot of the book is the emails that Jen exchanges with the...
  • Caryn
    3.5 stars. Review to come
  • Melissa Rochelle
    A funny and delightfully snarky read about a woman who gets to enjoy being the "class mom" of her kindergartner's class. As an older mom, she's been around the block and she KNOWS what other parents will do to NOT do anything. Along the way, we also find out more about her friendships and marriage. She's a hoot!Highly recommend for fans of:
  • Anjie
    "Class Mom" is a solid debut with wit, charm, parental politics, regrettable behavior, and a bit of suspense. The key for me was the title character. Jen's humor and blunt observations spoke to me and had me laughing out loud, sometimes uncomfortably. Some of the plot is based on the consequences of that bluntness, so Jen and the reader learn soon enough that words matter. The other parents have their own quirks, and for the most part, their own ...
  • Kay
    Hilariously funny! Any classroom Mom knows this is true. Not to be missed!Loved it because I live in KC too. Thanks to author, Netgalley and Henry Holt & Company for the opportunity to read.While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Cindy Roesel
    In the spirit of full disclosure, Laurie Hibberd, now Gelman, debut author of CLASS MOM(Henry Holt) and I worked together as television journalists in Miami. I was even at the table when she first met you-know-who-who-will-not-be-mentioned-here. But who knew it would lead to "happily ever after, and two darling daughters." Bottom line, this is Laurie's rodeo. The point of me writing this is to "say," I never in my dreams, knew Laurie was so f...
  • Mary
    2017-08-01 Dixon is room mother for her son Max’s kindergarten class in Kansas City. She is the one responsible for the class newsletter but this is not your typical newsletter and she is not your typical room mother. Her newsletters are hilarious! They border on the “maybe she shouldn’t say that” line but I would definitely be laughing out loud if she were my child’s room mother. Some of the parents don...
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to Net Galley and Henry Holt and Co for an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I had been reading some heavy thrillers, so thought this might be a good change of pace. It was laugh out loud funny. If you've ever been the class mom, or any volunteer coordinator, this is #truth. I have lived this stuff. The story has some interesting twists that I didn't expect, and I enjoyed, making me keep reading to figure out what woul...
  • Lauri Rottmayer
    Laughing out loud funny, I loved this book! Jen has two college age daughters and, with her marriage, little Max who is starting kindergarten. She's been through the class mom thing with her other two and has no desire to revisit that role. However, her best friend is the PTA president and pushes her into it. At the beginning, she decides she not having the parental power struggle that comes with the positions and sends the most hilarious communi...
  • Toni
    Rating closer to 3.5 hilarious Stars!Really funny and enjoyable read. The snarky humor and sarcasm is perfect, in my opinion, it's as if I wrote it myself! Meet Jen, our Class Mom for the kindergarten class of the upcoming school year. What you need to know about her is that this is not a new gig for her; she's been there, done that, as they say. Most of the mom's that have kids in this kindergarten class are newbies to the whole school process. ...
  • Heather
    Rating: 2.5 StarsI love hearing stories about snarky moms, especially ones that have to deal with classroom settings because I am the mother of a kindergartner-going-into-first-grader and I do not have the mental wherewithal to deal with the politics and such that go along with the PTA and its members. Jennifer sounded like she was going to be a blast because her humor sounded like it would be my cup of tea, especially when going up against the ...
  • thewanderingjew
    I won this book from Early Reviewers on, and I am so glad I did. What a relief it was to read a book that made me laugh, chuckle or smile on every page, a book I hated to put down because it was such a pleasure to read. As this short novel explores the kindergarten year in the life of Maximilian Dixon through his mom’s hilarious portrayal of the class mom, the personalities and relationships she encounters are examined and expo...
  • Jennifer Vining
    Thank you so much Henry Holt and Company for sending me a copy of this book to read and review.This was a debut novel for author Laurie Gelman and she knocked it out of the park. Hilarious and filled with quick whit humor that made for the perfect summer read. We follow Jen Dixon who has already learned the ropes of being room mom when her two older daughters (who are now in college) were in elementary school. Now she must yet again “volunteer...
  • Jenee Rager
    This is a hilarious send-up of motherhood. Jen Dixon is a 40 something mother. Her two oldest children are in college, and now she is married and raising a five year old. Thanks to her friendship with the PTA president she got suckered into serving as class mom for his kindergarten class. With a strange and sometimes provocatively dressed teacher, her old high school crush as a class dad, and classroom full of assorted weirdo parents, hijinks ens...
  • Patrycja
    I won this book through GoodReads giveaway. If you need a good laugh, just pick up "Class Mom". I promise you , you will be laughing like crazy. I did. And you don't need to be class mom, or mom at all to enjoy this novel. This is hilarious, quirky and witty debut and the author did just amazing job entertaining the reader. I was reading and laughing and reading more and laughing more. I don't remember when a book gave me this amount of happy tea...
  • The Suburban Eclectic
    There’s nothing like the first day of school: perfect bag, perfect hair, perfect outfit. And the kiddos look good too. School isn’t the same as it was when you or I went and the behind-the-scenes jockeying for position precarious. Judgy Mom sniping and snarking is only the beginning. Such is the life that every parent navigates in some form and is perfectly depicted in Class Mom. Jen Dixon is the subject title character and the person you wan...
  • Emily
    A quirky mother, whose two college-age daughters were fathered by rock stars, has settled down and has a son in kindergarten with her stable husband. Then she's elected class mom and everything goes nuts. A high school flame reappears, the teacher is erratic, she's training for a mud run, and the other parents drive her nuts. This was a funny book. You'd think some of the stories were exaggerated, but people are weird, so you know, it's probably ...
  • Stacy McCain
    CLASS MOM by Laurie Gelman makes every mom who volunteered in a kindergarten classroom feel like they have a partner in crime, especially those of us that didn't have kiddos early in life. This book makes you laugh and has enough mystery to keep you reading and wondering a bit until the end. The funniest part of the book to me were the eggs and it makes sense to anyone that has every tried to herd parents to volunteer for class activities. There ...
  • Kathy
    I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.Class Mom is a quick, witty read that feels designed for the transition from summer to back to school. Parents of young children will appreciate the exaggerated take on school politics and the all too familiar e-mail exchanges that ensue between the parents of young children. Gelman is at her best with these quick exchanges and eclectic personalities. Unfortunately, much of the plot is pre...
  • Laurie
    Hilarious!I loved it!A perfect book for every parent, teacher, or kid who has grown up. We can all relate and remember that one crazy Class Mom we had !"Just because they think you're crazy, it doesn't mean you're nuts. Put that on my gravestone."Kudos to Laurie Gelman for writing a book with humor and honesty that we all wish we could write!Thank you to netgalley for allowing me to read and provide an honest review.
  • Afoma Eme-Umesi
    This was a fun read for the most part. I think women who've had kids in school/who've been class mom will relate even better.The protagonist is funny and cheeky at times. I however don't feel like the plot is particularly strong. Many times it just felt like a mom's reality TV show with all the cat fights and no real story. Entertaining nonetheless.ARC received from author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Kris Erin
    Enjoy your summer — August is right around the corner and you’ll want to grab this one to help you keep your sense of humor as you send your babies back to school. We’d like you to be our Class Mom. For many of us, these words inspire a low-wave vibration below our feet. We’ve been there. Poised with a big smile and an open mind, we expected it to be a cakewalk, or, rather, we thought we were merely coordinating one. Thinking our role wou...
  • Laura
    This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
  • Sarah
    This book had me laughing from page 1. Jen is the class mom I aspire to be if I am ever forced into such a thing. As a mother of a child who just completed kindergarten, I found the moms spot on in regards to the types of mothers you meet in school. While some of Jen's experiences seem a little far-fetched, the way they are written is refreshing and hilarious. This is a light-hearted book that I would highly recommend.I received this book via lib...
  • Susan
    This book was hilarious! Any parent will appreciate the antics of the parents in Miss Ward's kindergarten class - we've all come across some variation of a Jen Dixon, Shirleen Cobb, Kim Fancy, Asami Chang or Don Burgess. Jen Dixon's emails are class mom are great - she says what we are all thinking when we write those types of emails. I highly recommend this book - it is a great summer beach read. Thanks to LibraryThing for the ARC.
  • Andrienne
    If you are a parent or are curious about what parents go through especially when they experience Kindergarten for the first time, this book is for you. Jenny is a snarky, no holds barred mama who has seen so much already (she's 48), that nothing fazes her anymore, especially not drama-filled parents and their kids. Access to review copy provided by the publisher.
  • Lori
    This was a delightful view of the life of an older mom of a 5-year-old. I loved the sense of humor and how real the story felt. It held my attention and I read it cover-to-cover the evening I took it out of my mailbox.I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway and happily passed it on to a friend with high praise!