Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes
Isobel Johnson knows helicopter parents like Julia ...more
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High school teacher Isobel Johnson recognizes most of the privileged students she teaches pretty much live in a bubble and therefore she works hard in trying to get them to open their eyes to ...more
The main culprit is the parent of 2 of her students, a truly hideous helicopter parent. Julia Abbott managed to stir up a wasp’s nest of negative feelings toward ...more
Folks as a mom of three teens with one freshman in college, plus a junior in high school, and a 7th grade elementary student; I can surely relate to this whole drama field of emotions and teachings.
The entire premise of uncovering the characters inner feelings was quite the road trip as we have a mixed bag here from administration, teachers, students, parents, and the wanna be heroes.
The setting is great, and while the characters ...more
Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes releases February 4th from Berkley Publishing and it's a book you don’t want to miss. With a high school backdrop, Minor Dramas opens early in the school year and is told from a variety ...more
Minor Dramas will make for an excellent book club conversation starter... if you're not afraid to stir up a little healthy debate!
By Kathleen West
Berkley/Penguin/Random House, 384 pages.
This novel is so timely that it should be rushed to market. Kathleen West is high school teacher, and who better to weigh in on helicopter parents, tiger moms, the dangers of unregulated social media, truthiness, and–by extension–the college recruiting scandals?
Allow me to lead with the last of these. Many folks–me among them–have assumed that the offspring of elites were complicit in the ...more
Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes follows (primarily) two women. Isobel is a teacher at Liston Heights High who feels that it is part of her job to encourage students to question their view of the world and understand other possible ...more
2 star: Had to force myself to finish the book, did not care for the book, and will not be seeking out this author in the future
3 star: Liked the book, but will not necessarily be seeking out this author in the future
4 star: Really liked the book and would read more of this author, but will not be re-reading this particular book again
5 star: Loved it so much that I will re-read this book in the future, and the author is going onto my list for pre-orders of their ...more
In MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES Isobel Johnson is a teacher, trying to make a difference by igniting passion in her students in the midst of a very straight laced school. Julia Abbott is a helicopter parent to beat all helicopter parents and she is determined to micromanage ...more
Julia Abbott is a type A, helicopter parent. She gave up her life to love and control her children's lives. If they wanted something she would find a way to get it, but one day it all goes ...more
Fans of, The Gifted School , will get a big kick out the latest parenting dramas in,Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes.
This story pits a teacher with a very progressive curriculum up against the school's #1 helicopter parent.
Julia Abbott demands a lot from her kids, their teacher, and their school. As big donors, she feels that her "charitable gift," to the drama ...more
At first I thought I would not enjoy it. It is so different then the books I normally read. I thought it seemed kind of boring.
It takes place in a high school with the main characters being teachers, students and parents. Its about one teacher in particular and her style of teaching. It tells about her past and why she teaches the way she does. And about the students she teaches and how ...more
Parts of this book resonated with me. In high school I had a beloved English teacher that was very tough but fair. She made us think and let us know she thought we were capable of higher level thinking. Her ideas and strident grading made many parents upset and they ...more
As an English teacher, ...more
4.5 stars, rounded. Personal experience has something to do with how very much I enjoyed Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes- I personally attended a high school that reminds me very much of the one in this book (and was a theater kid at said school), and as a former resident of the Minneapolis suburbs I found that Kathleen West did an excellent job with the community she set there (and I will say that I ...more
This novel of modern high school dilemmas was a fun read and one that did open my eyes to how much life in our schools now is broadcast and picked apart by the general population. This book has plenty of social media posts, helicopter parents and political/moral conundrums.
At times I truly cringed at Julia's maddening control and the bullying levied onto Isobel for being an outspoken teacher. It was an uncomfortable read at times, but in the sense that it ...more
In Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West we see what goes on behind school doors in a very real way.
Told in multiple perspectives, we are introduced to helicopter moms who will stop at close to nothing, teachers who teach with all their heart, teachers with an agenda, and administration with their continual attempts to put out fires.
Is mean really mean if the ...more
3 1/2 stars -
As I was reading this book, I was reminded more of Pretty Little Lies than Where'd You Go Bernadette? Its definitely got its suspense elements, but there is a lot of humor, too. While its not dealing with murder, it is detailing some pretty poor behavior on the part of several of the characters. This book is a real object lesson in the dangers of the internet, and how you never know what's going to be posted ...more