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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: You've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman (Humorous Fiction)


YOU'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED
A Class Mom Novel #2

by
Laurie Gelman

Genre: Humorous Fiction 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date of Publication: July 23, 2019
Number of Pages: 288


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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 received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.


When CLASS MOM debuted in 2017, I really had intentions of picking it up. My oldest son had started Pre-K and my book club had recently read BIG LITTLE LIES, so riding the wave of those events was kismet to reading then. But as we all know, life happens, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to read the newest installment in the series. School is resuming soon, and what better way to return to that state of mind then by taking a humorous approach!

"Today I have a checklist of about six billion things I need to do before we leave for Vegas. First on the list: stop exaggerating."

The author's tongue in cheek humor absolutely brings these characters to life, especially Jen. Her irreverence is so refreshing and makes her incredibly likeable. Her often inappropriate emails cause quite a few hiccups along the way, but this only helps make her so much more relatable. Those moments are on full display as we move with her through the school year, and as we all know, a whole lot happens in such a short amount of time! From holiday class parties to fundraising events, Jen's levity brings some much needed stress relief, making others more receptive to burgeoning friendships. 

"I hope they nama-stay all day, because Max still has to go to college."

For all the funny encounters occurring within the school, the story provides so many fantastic reflections on marriage and child-rearing. Jen's husband, Ron, owns a sporting goods store and decides to embark on a business endeavor that would provide great financial freedom in the long term. In his quest towards receiving a powerful investor, you can bet that hilarity and misunderstanding ensues, culminating in a wonderful example of a friendship truly destined for a lifetime. 

This easy to read, fast-paced, and highly engaging book will definitely set a fun tone as we head back into a new school year. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and the pages will fly! 







Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. The author of Class Mom, Laurie has appeared on Live With Ryan and Kelly, Watch What Happens Live, and The Talk, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters.




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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Blog Tours and Laurie Gelman! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and author extras!


TOUR PARTICIPANTS
July 22 – Books Direct -SPOTLIGHT
July 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
July 24 – T’s Stuff – SPOTLIGHT
July 25 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
July 26 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
July 27 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
July 28 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
July 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
July 29 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT
July 30 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW
July 31 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
August 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  
August 2 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW


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