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Class Mom

(Class Mom #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  19,036 ratings  ·  2,694 reviews
Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom--or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max--this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the-wisest-candidate for the jo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Henry Holt & Company
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Kim Williams I think so! If you've had any experience with groups of people of any type, you know that some people can be very catty and unrealistic. The protagoni…moreI think so! If you've had any experience with groups of people of any type, you know that some people can be very catty and unrealistic. The protagonist of this book is able to deal with other parents in ways that we are all dying to, but don't have the nerve. I laughed out loud, not something I do often while reading.(less)

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Larry H
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up.

Jen Dixon is on her second go-round as class mother. After finishing her "wild" phase in the 1990s, where two musicians (probably) fathered her two daughters, she returned home to raise them in her Kansas hometown with help from her parents.

She was class mom during that time for seven years in a row, and while working to make ends meet, she met Ron, who would become her husband, and the father of her young son, Max. (Or as Jen puts it, "I met the man
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an absolutely hilarious, snarky take on school politics and the responsibilities of becoming class mom - and I enjoyed every moment!

Jen is an older, "wiser" mom who's already been there and done that with her two older daughters. But when her best friend, who happens to be the PTA president, asks her to become the class mom for her youngest child's kindergarten class, she reluctantly agrees. And her take on how to handle the job is laugh out loud funny.

I think the number one reason the
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 06, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 35%. This one started off SO strong but tanked just as fast. I assumed it came out sometime in the early 2000s because of the casual "omg i'm so edgy/funny" offensive language, but it came out LAST YEAR. Hard pass on this. What a let down. ...more
Jill McGill
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, netgalley, fiction
Laugh Out Loud Funny!!!

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman is a hilarious, entertaining, and refreshing read! I didn't want to put this book down - I was laughing from beginning to end!

Jen Dixon has 2 daughters in college, fathered by rock stars from her wild and crazy days, and a son who is starting kindergarten, who she had with her husband, Ron. Jen has been asked to be "Class Mom" for her son Max's kindergarten class, this isn't her first time having this coveted title, but she sure would rather be d
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book fell into my lap when my friend texted me a picture of it at our library. The bright green “staff pick” sticker was placed at the top, so the title appeared to be ASS MOM. She texted me the picture and I asked her to grab it for me. Yay! Class Mom! The very next day the audio hold came up on Overdrive. Seemed meant to be, right? Ugh! Not so much.

This was too much. Way too much dialog, too many silly nicknames, too many cheesy jokes, too many outdated references, stereotypes and cliches
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“When did peanut butter become the grade-school equivalent of anthrax?”

Meet Jen . . . .

“At the ripe old age of forty-six, I have two girls in college and one boy starting kindergarten. And I’m the oldest mom in the grade. Oh sorry, the wisest.”

This is her second round of class mom duties, but the first time having a husband in the equation. You see, back in the day Jen spent her time uhhhhh traveling . . . .

Her oldest’s
Cindy Burnett
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By the time I had a chance to pick this book up to read it, I was ready for a nice, light read. Class Mom definitely delivered and kept me laughing out loud the entire time I was reading it. Laurie Gelman’s writing is witty and spot on as she tackles the politics of being a class parent in elementary school. As I read the emails the main character Jen sends out to her kindergarten class, I was wishing that my years of room momdom were not over because I would love to have taken some tips from he ...more
Monika Sadowski
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Blah, blah, blah not funny. Class mom trying to be cool by making fun of everyone. Book definitely not for me.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Class Mom

Laurie Gelman

CLASS MOM is going to have you giggling out loud and if you are like me, you will be snorting quite a few times as well. School politics was not this funny to me while I was dealing with it, but CLASS MOM really put a hysterical spin on how crazy some parents are and how much of a problem they can be when class mothers need them to volunteer.

Jen Dixon has two college aged daughters and now a kindergartener named Max. Jen is asked by her friend to be the class mother for Max
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
This book was good, but it just felt like not much happened. There wasn't really any plot to speak of, the characters were mostly meh, and I've already forgotten most of this *checks watch* 16 hours after I finished it. There was so much potential for these characters to stand out, especially due to the lack of plot, but they just didn't. Apparently, there's a sequel, but I honestly don't know what could happen in that one, unless it's more of the same but her kid is older. ...more
“Threats and bribes are the only two ways I know how to parent.” 😆🙋🏼‍♀️

This is what I was hoping for - an easy, fun little palate cleanser. It took a minute to warm to Jen, but once I did, I realized we have similar personalities (not the promiscuous 20s, but the momming and general attitude). You can’t take much of what she says seriously, but you know she means well.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I love hearing stories about snarky moms, especially ones that have to deal with classroom settings because I am the mother of a kindergartner-going-into-first-grader and I do not have the mental wherewithal to deal with the politics and such that go along with the PTA and its members. Jennifer sounded like she was going to be a blast because her humor sounded like it would be my cup of tea, especially when going up against the other moms such as those described in the summary.

Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
When my kids were in school I noticed a very important thing about the parents. Out of thirty kids there were only five parents who participated in everything, there were five more that would participate if forced and the other twenty avoided attending anything they weren't forced to attend.
Since I am, unfortunately, a joiner, I was very involved. So I saw the same four moms throughout the years, (even when it embarrassed my kids). We became great friends and still keep in communication. Our ki
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
“Just because they think you’re crazy it doesn’t mean you’re nuts. Put that on my gravestone.”

Lots of books claim to be funny and they are not. This book is funny. It is so funny. I was never bored and only vaguely annoyed at a few things but it mostly made me happy to be listening to it. This won’t be much of a review because I just enjoyed it. I didn’t take any notes and there isn’t much here to dissect.

In all honesty, this book could’ve gone either way for me. What most people find “hilariou
Elle's Book Blog
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction. Chick Lit. Humor.

Oh my gooooosssshhhhh!!!!! This book is wacky, over the top, and funny as hell! I have been crying/laughing for the past few hours reading this book and I couldn't get enough of it! Laurie Gelman better be writing a follow up to this one because if she doesn't I will cry forever! Like, the ugliest of all ugly cries. You know, total snottage, weirdly shaped face kind of cry. It's just to freakin perfect to stand on it's own.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, october-2017
This character is like the bad comedian who berates the audience for being too pc and humorless to appreciate "edgy" jokes. Sorry dude, I laugh at everything, I just don't find your internalized misogyny hilarious. But it was super cool to give your character a black friend so you could complain about how unfair it is that white ladies can't make racist jokes about Asians. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After like the third or fourth racist bit in the book in under 60 pages, I deleted it from my Kindle. Basic white woman trash writing. Did not finish.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are currently in the trenches, with young children in school, navigating the PTA and classroom volunteering minefield, this is your book.

Written by someone who has clearly been there, this is a book for every suburban mom who thought she was cooler than this. Who loves her kids, and wouldn't wish harm on anyone else's, but at the is more than a little bit impatient with moms who think that everyone in the entire school should be catering to THEIR child's allergy restrictions. This book i
Marilyn B
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, funny
This book was trying SO hard to be hilarious and just wasn’t. I almost started to feel sorry for it after awhile. It was trying and trying and trying and I was just not interested in picking up what it was laying down.

I was halfway through when a friend asked me how I liked the story and I realized - What was the story? Was there one? Had I missed it in the onslaught of “quirky” and yet acidic emails peppered throughout? No. No I hadn’t. There really is no story. It’s like reading a mean-girl v
Jen Dixon is back in kindergarten. She thought her days as "Class Mom" were behind her: Jen's two daughters are in college after all. But Jen, at age forty-six, is back on the Mom circuit, with her first husband, Ron, and five-year-old son, Max. This is Jen's chance to do things over again, with a husband and the security she lacked the first time around. So when her best friend Nina (also PTA President) asks Jen to be Class Mom, she agrees. The duties of Class Mom seem fairly simple--coordinate ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
I listened to this on audio until 15%. I hope it gets some notice and goes on a roll! I DNF'ed because it's not my style, but I could tell that it would be very funny and very entertaining for the chick lit crowd!! I'm glad I tried it! 12 years ago I probably would have been entertained by this story! But now after having lived through those years and loathed some of those parents (yikes, sorry) - I just couldn't go on.......

The author narrated the audio version which I thought was great for the
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Class Mom ended up being a great way to end my reading year thanks to its quick wit and humor. When Jen Dixon is recruited to be the kindergarten class mom, she takes the bull by the horns with hilarity as she corresponds with the parents about what is needed each week. This isn’t her first rodeo, with two college-aged children, and she doesn’t mind being blunt and to the point about what people need to be volunteering for.

Anyone who has volunteered at school and dealt with the pettiness of
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A hilarious and snarky look at being a class mom and classroom politics. This a quick read but definitely worth the laughs.

Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2020
I'm going to try to read this again once my physical copy arrives but the audiobook definitely made my head hurt. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it and kept pace with our characters. ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this thinking, ehhhh I'm not so sure this one's for me. I'm not a mom. I'm a dog mom. Dog mom's don't do PTA. We don't need to make snacks for a class, or organize field trips. We just get snuggles and drooled on and go about our business. I'm not so sure I would EVER be cut out to be a Class Mom, let alone a mom of a kindergartner and 2 college aged girls!

But Jen Dixon handles this role with just the right amount of snark (or maybe a bit TOO much?!) that I would need as well to cope
Jenna | JennaStopReading
This book was a cute little palate cleanser with some LOL moments and some page turning goofiness! The main character was a little bit of a wreck but still likable. I enjoyed her a lot. But the book had no real plot to it. Just followed this somewhat crazy lady as she navigated being a class mom. For me, I desire more of a true beginning, middle, and end of a book, so that’s why I gave it 3 stars. It was enjoyable and easy to read!
Donna Hines
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ladies this is a must read for all those years of taxi shuttling, PTO's, and simply trying to keep it all flowing smoothly in the life of a Class Mom.
We all can relate on some level or another to this wonderful new edition by Laurie Gelman.
Jen Dixon is a typical Kansas city Kindergarten class mom and mom in general.
With two college daughters by 2 different musicians and now a 5yo son Max she surely has a lot on her plate and shares those duties with her husband Ron.
So when she took on this task
Megan C.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2017
Jen is a pro at the kindergarten parent game and is ready to take her job as Class Mom by storm.  She is queen of sarcastic email – in fact, her emails, which are sprinkled throughout the book, were one of my favorite parts!  The book takes place over the course of one school year and focuses on the interactions between Jen and her fellow kindergarten parents, along with their spouses/partners.  Jen says everything you think, but don’t want to say out loud.  But, she reaps the consequences when ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars

Jen Dixon has reluctantly agreed to revive her old role as class mom. After some wild years traveling around in the 90's, Jen returned to her parents in Kansas City with two young daughters in tow, but not a father in sight. Her parents helped her to raise her girls while she worked and did the class mom job to them both and now they are both in college. Then she met the man who, in Jen's own words, would become baby daddy #3 and husband #1, Ron. Now she is also the mother to Max, who i
No. Just no.

I am an older mom of a child who just entered middle school. I am familiar with elementary school class moms, and in fact was a class mom for one year (something I regretted almost immediately). I couldn't stand the shallow, mean-spirited moms at my daughter's school.

That said, the author has created a protagonist who is completely unbelievable. No class mom, even the meanest, dumbest ones out there would write or act as Jen has in this book. I despised Jen from the first few pages.
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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. Laurie lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters. Class Mom is her first book.

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