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Book Review: You’ve Been Volunteered

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You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman– 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.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: July 23, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #2 in Class Mom series

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: If you remember last year, Class Mom was one of my favorite books of the entire year. I laughed out loud so many times while reading that my husband banished me to the couch until I was done reading at night. If you’ve ever been a class mom you will certainly find the humor in this book series. I was class mom for 2 years and I’m taking a break this year to save my sanity. It’s not a job for the weak or the timid, that’s for sure. 

I loved that Laurie Gelman brought back the main characters from the first book. It felt like reuniting with old friends who still didn’t have their mess together. Jen’s emails to her class and to the micromanaging PTA president are as hysterical as ever and some of the situations she found herself in were not unfamiliar to me. By far the biggest draw to these books for me are the interpersonal relationships between the moms. They’re complicated, layered, and very real. In addition to being class mom for her son’s 3rd grade class this year, Jen has also been tasked with heading up the new Safety Patrol program which provides for some of the funniest moments in the book. I sincerely hope that Laurie Gelman is already writing book 3!

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