Review: You've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman
In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s "irreverent and hilarious" (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her
If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.
She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.
Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you turning the pages to find out what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions, and have you laughing along with her the whole way.
You’ve Been Volunteered was the sequel to Laurie Gelman’s first book, Class Mom. Oh, how I deeply regret not discovering her first book before this one.I don’t know about the influence of whether it would’ve mattered or not but I found my new favorite character, Jen Dixon.
I haven’t laughed so much in so long. Those emails had me on the floor laughing. She makes being a class mom so much lighter and fun. There’s more to the book besides her being a class mom but that part of the book is so funny. Her sense of humor is page turn worthy. She brings wit, sarcasm that will make you chuckle all the way. Between everything that goes wrong at school, family and friends keep her plate full.
I’m sure many moms out there will relate to her experience. Everything about this was just right. I’m not sure if there will be another book but I hope so. If you want to find a fun character that will make you laugh, add this to your tbr.