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Blacklisted from the PTA

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  513 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Jupiter Press, Imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie (first published June 1st 2011)
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Lela Davidson
Mar 29, 2011 Lela Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book, and I think it's pretty good ;)
Michelle Gurr
Jul 09, 2012 Michelle Gurr rated it liked it
It was pretty funny overall, not bad for a freebie. However I failed to find humor in her crack about peanut allergies, "Peanuts in public schools are like anthrax in Washington dc. Distribute peanut M&M's to the kids in your charge at the petting zoo and you'll never be asked to organize another field trip." Totally NOT funny to a mother of a son with a peanut allergy. I hate when people don't take food allergies serious. I had to take my son out of public school for this very reason. The r ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Moira rated it it was amazing
This was laugh out loud funny. Light and fun, Lela Davidson is irreverent and sarcastic and says out loud what most of us think (at least once if we're honest). I'd read more by her; and may search to see if I can find her blog.
Peyton Price
Feb 27, 2012 Peyton Price rated it it was amazing
As a recuperating PTA lady and suburb dweller, I can say with authority that this insightful and funny book will make you laugh until you need to re-touch your eyeliner. I wish Lela lived next door to me--and you will, too.
Leigh L.
Jul 09, 2012 Leigh L. rated it really liked it
A fun must read for all those not nearly perfect moms out there, just like me, who don't even aspire for perfection...just survival!!
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

Have you ever heard of mommy humor? Well I believe it could be a whole genre of its own and even though I may not entire the realm of motherhood, I still absolutely love this genre - it makes me giggle out loud all of the time.

Lela Davidson takes the reader into her home as a mom and the different things she encounters due to motherhood. I think she did it perfectly without oversharing about her children; they can't be too embarrassed by the things
Abuela Linda
Sep 02, 2012 Abuela Linda rated it really liked it
(Despite the fact that Goodreads claims there is no Kindle version, I did download it as one of those cheap, Kindle books). Great summer read. Even though I am a grandmother, I failed when I was a young mother those hurdles such as PTA bake sales (hated 'em), laminating national geographic articles for preschoolers (and having to avoid laminating naked boobs), making elaborate, homemade presents for the teachers, etc. I just couldn't reach those professional standards of the self-appointed profe ...more
Robyn Leatherman
Aug 18, 2012 Robyn Leatherman rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, Lela is one hilarious lady! Once I opened her book, the only reason I had to stop at page 90 was because my book light batteries croaked off. But by the end of day 2, I'd laughed and giggled my way to the last page.

The book is written in sections with tons of small stories; it is so easy to read because you just have to flip the next page.

Any mom who reads this is going to be able to identify with just about every situation Lela brings up; whether she's joking about family life, th
Jul 18, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Some of her anecdotes/stories were entertaining, some were merely okay, and some were down-right annoying. Her writing seemed to annoy me more often than it entertaining. Yes, I enjoyed some of the stories and it made me realize everyone feels or experiences the same things at one time or the other, but there were too many incidents when I wondered if I should just stop reading and forget the whole thing. For this and the fact the book was badly formatted and full of typos, I was not able to giv ...more
May 06, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
"I just hope that in retrospect, like in the movies, they make them laugh. Because it could be worse. Our troubles could have nothing to do with botched directions and frustrated parental venting. I hope my children someday know that, and realize just how good they had it." pg. 191

"While nothing about motherhood is constant, there are split seconds where everything is in balance. If we are lucky, we grasp those moments and seal them in our hearts before the waves of life wash them away. [break]
Apr 27, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyday is on this book.

I was a working girl and then became a wife and now a staying home mom. The author just very well described everyday with children and with husband. I felt like she's been in my head. Highly recommend for easy reading.
Jul 06, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Being that I do not have children, I sometimes hesitate to read books in the "Mommy" genre. I often find that I can not relate to the stories being told but this was not the case with Blacklisted from the PTA.

Lela told her stories in such a way that they didn't alienate the childless. She doesn't assume every one agrees with her feelings or has even experienced the things she discusses.

Her humor and wit is outstanding! The book is fast paced and fairly short. I read it rather quickly.

The only r
emily  Andeson

This book was cute and made me smile often. It was an easy read and as a mom of 2 young kids, I could relate to several stories.
Sally Kilpatrick
Feb 25, 2014 Sally Kilpatrick rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book of essays full of humor and heart. Great read for any of us mothers who aren't perfect. . . and we know it. I would say I need to use those suggestions for getting Blacklisted from the PTA, but I'm pretty sure I already did. Probably bought something in the wrong color.
Apr 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it! I needed something light after finishing a heavy read and this did the job. Some good laughs and short chapters that can be read during commercials or in the few minutes before I fall asleep at night.
Bethany Stephens
Mar 09, 2013 Bethany Stephens rated it really liked it
I'm SO behind in reading both of Lela's books, but finally read them both a few weeks ago. I think knowing her in person and picturing er in many of the situations made it extra funny. Nobody nails a witty retort like Lela, and her tag line "what you were thinking, only funnier" describes her and her books to a T. I recommend them both for light, fun reading and a hilarious take on everyday life... but not the tiresome version so many other writers attempt. Lela is MY kind of mom of the year - t ...more
Beth Agejew
Sep 08, 2015 Beth Agejew rated it really liked it
An amusing look at everyday life by an every day mom.
Popsugar challenge read a book with a color in the title.
May 02, 2014 E rated it really liked it
Many little essays about the author and her family. Fun read.
Aug 08, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
I downloaded this one b/c it was free on the Kindle a few weeks ago and I just recently started (and finished) it. What a great pick-me-up broken up into several short stories of the glamourous life of a mom and wife. It was great just to read one or a few at a time and put it down when the mommy-life calls. Hilarious stories, but I really don't know if they all happened or if she's just a bit hyperbolic with her narration. But it's funny and a few I just couldn't finish without laughing out lou ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
As always, Lela Davidson makes me laugh!
Jul 05, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
This was a collection of essays about parenthood. It started out kind of lukewarm for me; then, it got better before returning to its tepid state. I was happy to discover the author has lived in both my current state and beloved home state of Arkansas. Must admit, I've never heard of "Boo'ing" someone. And, I do wish she seemed to like animals more than what came across in the books. Oh, and mine was the Kindle version (it wasn't an option to choose from on GR).
Oct 13, 2013 Desiré rated it liked it
Very easy to read, small anecdotes from a modern mom's life. I appreciated this author's candor, ability to self-analyze and concise way of presenting her stories. I had a hard time with the layout of the book, it didn't seem to build on itself at all, it was just a random series of events that I found a bit off-putting sometimes. Other than that, I appreciated being about the read about some things that have happened in my life as well, an easy book to relate to.
Jul 10, 2012 Ngozi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
A great book. I got this book from a giveaway and though a bit slow at times, the book was still amazing. Hilarity in every chapter, a lovable main character and adorable kids. Each story gave you a fun look at parenting and the author has a way of making what i can guess are everyday situations for a parent hilarious and heartwarming. A fun, light read for everyone. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a good hearty laughs.
Aug 26, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: free, ebook
A collection of stand-alone essays (I'm assuming at least some were posts from her blog) about parenting. Good for when the kids have your brain so fried you can't pay attention to any topic for longer than 2 pages. The description calls it "irreverant," but I'd say it's gentle humor. I prefer comedy books to push the envelope more, but I did laugh out loud a few times.
Aug 14, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book was laugh out loud funny. A quick read for any woman whether a new mom or veteran mom. Lela Davidson is someone I want to sit down and trade notes with and enjoy a few martini's with. Lela helps all women understand the our best laid plans may not always turn out the way we hoped and that we aren't the only mom's who loose control every now and then.
Dec 05, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
SUPER FUNNY!!! Lela is witty, entertaining and hooks you from the beginning. One of the better books I've read this year! I can relate to her and her stories so closely, and she gives such a fun take on woman hood and raising your kids - not only exposing the behind the scenes truths to parenthood but giving first hand accounts. I would read this again!
Erin Overstreet
Jan 12, 2016 Erin Overstreet rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've been in a book rut and this was just what I needed. Fast, fun, easy and fitting (in my life). I felt like the author was expressing what I feel in certain situations. If you aren't a parent with school she children you might not enjoy it as much, but it will certainly give you a taste of what life is like thus day and she with kids.
Sep 03, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
I bought this book for free on Amazon. Even though I'm not a mom, I was still very entertained by this book and could relate to it in a way since I have been working as a babysitter for a long time. I did notice several grammatical errors, which bothered me, but all in all, it was a very quick and entertaining read.
Dec 11, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Humourous, but not laugh-out-loud so. Written by a blogger, reads like a blog. Which is great for blog posts, but not what I'm looking for in a book. I don't mind short anecdotes, but this was just disjointed. Worth a read if you've got the kindle version and are somewhere without a book & wanting something quick & light.
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