Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman! Thank you to Over the River PR for my spot on this tour! Check out my review, be sure to enter the giveaway, and let me know what you think in the comments.
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.
I haven’t read a book that has made me laugh out loud this much in a longgggggg time. You’ve Been Volunteered is hysterically relatable, and laugh-out-loud funny. I needed a read like this in my life and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to read it!
Laurie Gelman is an incredible gifted writer. Her characters are so realistic, you’d almost think this wasn’t fiction. I love the snarky, witty dialogue and shenanigans the characters get up to. It’s so fantastic. I can’t rave enough about it.
I’m kind of sad I didn’t read Class Mom, the first novel in this series, because I think it would have been just as fun. You’ve Been Volunteered works just fine as a standalone though, and I don’t feel like I was missing out on any crucial elements needed to understand.
Be prepared to laugh til you cry! I highly recommend checking You’ve Been Volunteered out!
Gelman is a New York City-based writer and mother of two who spent 25 years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the US – including stints on Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, and The Mom Show – before trying her hand at writing novels. Her first book, Class Mom garnered rave reviews from several places including The New York Times, People magazine, and Good Housekeeping, and it was just included in Parade’s list of books Mom will love . Gelman’s writing has been compared to Lauren Weisberger’s, Maria Semple’s and Sophie Kinsella’s.
Gelman (yes, her husband is that Gelman of Live with Kelly and Ryan fame) has written another funny AND relatable tale that takes place three years after Class Mom. Somehow Jen Dixon has ended up as the class mom once again—this time for her son Max’s third grade at one of Kansas City’s great bastions of primary education, William H. Taft Elementary. While juggling hearth, homework, and hubby Ron, she’s been saddled with even more school responsibilities plus a micromanaging PTA president. Add that to dealing with her grown daughters’ sudden displays of independence (must all millennials get piercings?) plus her aging parents’ need for some parenting of their own, and she finds herself pulled in too many directions for one middle-aged, minivan-driving temptress to handle.
Win a copy of YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED, Class Mom, a fabulous “Ron’s Gym and Tan” T shirt, and the chance for Gelman to Skype into your giveaway winner’s book club!! ENTER HERE!
USA only. Giveaway runs through August 30.
Let me know what you think!