Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

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' r...

Details Class Mom

TitleClass Mom
Release DateAug 1st, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt and Co.
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Humor, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews Class Mom

  • Larry H
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up.Jen Dixon is on her second go-round as class mother. After finishing her "wild" phase in the 1990s, where two musicians (probably) fathered her two daughters, she returned home to raise them in her Kansas hometown with help from her parents.She was class mom during that time for seven years in a row, and while working to make ends meet, she met Ron, who would become her husband, and the father of her ...
  • Melisa
    This is an absolutely hilarious, snarky take on school politics and the responsibilities of becoming class mom - and I enjoyed every moment!Jen is an older, "wiser" mom who's already been there and done that with her two older daughters. But when her best friend, who happens to be the PTA president, asks her to become the class mom for her youngest child's kindergarten class, she reluctantly agrees. And her take on how to handle the job is laugh ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kelli
    This book fell into my lap when my friend texted me a picture of it at our library. The bright green “staff pick” sticker was placed at the top, so the title appeared to be ASS MOM. She texted me the picture and I asked her to grab it for me. Yay! Class Mom! The very next day the audio hold came up on Overdrive. Seemed meant to be, right? Ugh! Not so much.This was too much. Way too much dialog, too many silly nicknames, too many cheesy jokes,...
  • 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 ...
  • Susan
    Class MomLaurie GelmanCLASS MOM is going to have you giggling out loud and if you are like me, you will be snorting quite a few times as well. School politics was not this funny to me while I was dealing with it, but CLASS MOM really put a hysterical spin on how crazy some parents are and how much of a problem they can be when class mothers need them to volunteer.Jen Dixon has two college aged daughters and now a kindergartener named Max. Jen is ...
  • britt_brooke
    “Threats and bribes are the only two ways I know how to parent.” 😆🙋🏼♀This is what I was hoping for - an easy, fun little palate cleanser. It took a minute to warm to Jen, but once I did, I realized we have similar personalities (not the promiscuous 20s, but the momming and general attitude). You can’t take much of what she says seriously, but you know she means well. “Threats and bribes are the only two ways I know how to par...
  • Hayley DeRoche
    I could not finish this book. There are a lot of reasons.1) Jen Dixon is unlikable. She wants so badly to be funny, but she makes racist remarks (and only apologizes for them if caught, which makes it seem like, in the text, these comments should be fine and *Jen* is the unfortunate one for getting "caught" saying them -- we're supposed to cheer for our protagonist, but how can I, with that?). Asami's continued portrayal as the Uptight Asian Bitc...
  • 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...
  • Bark
    “Just because they think you’re crazy it doesn’t mean you’re nuts. Put that on my gravestone.”Lots of books claim to be funny and they are not. This book is funny. It is so funny. I was never bored and only vaguely annoyed at a few things but it mostly made me happy to be listening to it. This won’t be much of a review because I just enjoyed it. I didn’t take any notes and there isn’t much here to dissect.In all honesty, this book...
  • Jessica
    If you are currently in the trenches, with young children in school, navigating the PTA and classroom volunteering minefield, this is your book. Written by someone who has clearly been there, this is a book for every suburban mom who thought she was cooler than this. Who loves her kids, and wouldn't wish harm on anyone else's, but at the is more than a little bit impatient with moms who think that everyone in the entire school should be catering ...
  • Kristy
    Jen Dixon is back in kindergarten. She thought her days as "Class Mom" were behind her: Jen's two daughters are in college after all. But Jen, at age forty-six, is back on the Mom circuit, with her first husband, Ron, and five-year-old son, Max. This is Jen's chance to do things over again, with a husband and the security she lacked the first time around. So when her best friend Nina (also PTA President) asks Jen to be Class Mom, she agrees. The ...
  • Harker
    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 ...
  • Amy
    Class Mom ended up being a great way to end my reading year thanks to its quick wit and humor. When Jen Dixon is recruited to be the kindergarten class mom, she takes the bull by the horns with hilarity as she corresponds with the parents about what is needed each week. This isn’t her first rodeo, with two college-aged children, and she doesn’t mind being blunt and to the point about what people need to be volunteering for.Anyone who has vol...
  • Christina
    Good concept but poorly written. Very amateurish. Took some of Semple's ideas from the masterful Where Did You Go, Bernadette? But doesn't come close to the wit, character complexity, or plot development of Semple's book. Turns out the author is married to a famous TV producer (the infamous Geldman fro Regis and Kathy) so that may explain how she got a publisher. I finished it--but I wouldn't recommend it.
  • Kayo
    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.
  • Jennifer
    A hilarious and snarky look at being a class mom and classroom politics. This a quick read but definitely worth the laughs.
  • Sara R.
    A laugh out loud telling of a reluctant "older" class mom, who has two daughters in college, and a kindergarten son. She gets roped into the job by her best friend, who happens to be the PTA president. Reminiscent of the group email chains that I loved from "Where'd Ya Go, Bernadette?" but a little bit more snarky and grown up. If it was a movie, it would be between a PG-13 and R, due to some language and "adult content." Bernadette has become th...
  • Patty
    Loved loved loved this book! Jen’s emails are too funny! And...who drinks wine in school at a kid’s party? Apparently this school does! This book is a must read if you are in the mood for humor!
  • Megan C.
    Jen is a pro at the kindergarten parent game and is ready to take her job as Class Mom by storm.  She is queen of sarcastic email – in fact, her emails, which are sprinkled throughout the book, were one of my favorite parts!  The book takes place over the course of one school year and focuses on the interactions between Jen and her fellow kindergarten parents, along with their spouses/partners.  Jen says everything you think, but don’t wan...
  • Donna Hines
    Ladies this is a must read for all those years of taxi shuttling, PTO's, and simply trying to keep it all flowing smoothly in the life of a Class Mom.We all can relate on some level or another to this wonderful new edition by Laurie Gelman.Jen Dixon is a typical Kansas city Kindergarten class mom and mom in general. With two college daughters by 2 different musicians and now a 5yo son Max she surely has a lot on her plate and shares those duties ...
  • Cheryl
    This is a strong showing from new author, Laurie Gelman. I could not stop laughing. If you are looking for a good, hilarious time than you need no apply or look any further than Class Mom. Jen is my hero. Who knew that Class Mom held the distinguished title of "Nazi". Hail Hitler! Oh my bad, it might have been the title of "Pope". An easy mistake; especially when Jen is talking about "pressing some flesh, kissing babies, and world peace". I don't...
  • Carrie
    This is light, fluffy reading about the inside world of class moms. I really couldn't identify with the women (I don't recall snarky parents when my kids were young, only nice ones; perhaps as an introvert I tuned it all out...), but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book. Though its plot elements are simple, it's funny with well-drawn characters. (I could have done without making light of a child's allergies and his mother, however.) The em...
  • Caryn
    3.5 stars. Full review and giveaway on my blog:
  • 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...
  • Christina
    4.5 starsJen Dixon has reluctantly agreed to revive her old role as class mom. After some wild years traveling around in the 90's, Jen returned to her parents in Kansas City with two young daughters in tow, but not a father in sight. Her parents helped her to raise her girls while she worked and did the class mom job to them both and now they are both in college. Then she met the man who, in Jen's own words, would become baby daddy #3 and husband...
  • Satomi
    Wow. American PTA, I do not think I would be able to survive!! I know the class mom in this book is really witty and has a great sense of humor, but I will be nervous if I receive the emails like these!! Well, it was a fun read.
  • Amy Berry
    This book is hilarious! And could not of been more perfect for me because I have a kindergartener and freshman and sophomore. I related to the main character Jen like there was no tomorrow and she was hilarious! The book is an easy hysterical read about a mom who has taken on the task of room mom. This is not her first rodeo either as she has two in college and Max in kinder and she makes no bones about what she expects and she is downright funny...
  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    The book opens with an email from the protagonist:subject: Getting to know me - your new class momHello, parents of Miss Ward's kindergarten class!My name is Jennifer Dixon and I have "volunteered" to be your class mom for this coming year. Since this is a thankless job, don't expect warm fuzzy emails like you probably got in preschool. Wake up! You're in kindergarten on the mean streets of William H Taft Elementary School and it's time to face a...