Class Mom by Laurie Gelman


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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 hyper-sensitive -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 novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.


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 snark worked so well in this book is because it wasn’t mean spirited – it was just over the top funny (for those characters who had a sense of humor). I love the fresh, modern approach this book uses, and I appreciated the diversity the author included as well.

As a mom to two small children, I enjoyed this one immensely as I’m currently in the same stage of life as our main character, Jen. I recommend this laugh out loud book to those who have experienced/are experiencing being a parents of a school age child, and are looking for a fun read!

4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and he publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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