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Publisher's Summary

Laurie Gelman's clever debut about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom - a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

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 job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents' response times to her emails about helping in the classroom to requesting contributions of "special" brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen's methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen's past, a hypersensitive "allergy mom", a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife wannabe causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, this is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction - the kind of audiobook that real moms clamor for and a vicarious listen for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman's acerbic truths.

©2017 Laurie Gelman (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Save your money!

I am a teacher and yes I have also been a classroom mom. This book is so unrealistic it's not even funny. There are parts that don't even make sense. The beginning was funny but half way through I couldn't wait to finish.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your audible credit!!

DO NOT WASTE YOUR AUDIBLE CREDIT! There is a reason authors hire others to narrate their books. This author reads her own book and her voice is super scratchy and annoying. Surprised at the other ratings that this was a good book. Very entry level book, poorly written and is more like two moms having a convo with dry humor. Very disappointed that this was recommended from audible.

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  • PERSONAL
  • IRVINE, CA, United States
  • 07-20-18

very fun read

This was a light hearted story that was a lot of fun to read. I laughed and didn't want it to end.

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CLASS MOM is beyond hysterical - totally recommend

Everyone has their own opinion and hands down mine is that I LOVED the story & the author's narration. Then again I'm her target audience...I'm a 45+ y/o working class mom with one kid in grammar school and an older kid in college. My voice and hers also sound identical (I grew up in NYC and now live in suburban NJ), so maybe that's why I connected with her so much. Not to mention that I've put up with a ton of BS from many other class parents that whine that they don't like how I'm handling things but can't be bothered to get involved.

I haven't laughed out loud this hard since I listened to Maria Semple's audiobook "Where'd you go Bernadette?"
I totally recommend Laurie Gelman's audiobook for an fun read from start to finish.....listening to the author narrate it was a bonus since she really was perfect

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LOL

Great light reading ! The author does her own narration and she was great as well.

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Tons of fun

‘Class Mom’ is a fun romp through this midwestern Kindergarten class. From the snarky e-mails of class mom Jen Dixon to her run ins with other parents along the way you’ll be laughing out loud. The characters are interesting and work well with each other. If you’re looking for a light quick read (even if you don’t have kids) I highly recommend this book.

The author more reads this book than narrates it but what she lacks in voices she makes up in knowledge of the characters helping to make them more relatable.

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Boring, uninteresting and a waste of my time

This story was the worst book I’ve ever heard/read. Completely wasted my time and money.

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shut up!

struggled to finish. she just whines the whole time. I couldn't get past half the book. nails on a chalkboard

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Hilarious

Made me laugh continuously! Loved the writing and quick wit. Hope she writes many more books

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  • Rsatz
  • Portland, OR United States
  • 04-08-18

A light dose of snarky fun

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Laurie Gelman should definitely read her own work—her pleasantly humorous voice really worked for this book. Class Mom is a light delight: a great beach read about the world of parenting and interior commentary on middle age. I liked Gelman's style, her postmodern, "screw that" tone, and good-hearted, sarcastic wit.I also wished I had someone like her in my own volunteer community writing snarky letters to get parents more engaged. I'm eager to see what Gelman writes next.