You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

August 6, 2019 Elle Book Review , ,


You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie GelmanYou've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman
Publication Date: July 23, 2019
Series: Class Mom #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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My Rating : four-stars

If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.

She’s been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max’s third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen’s own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.

Refreshingly down-to-earth and brimming with warmth, Dixon’s next chapter will keep you turning the pages to find out what’s really going on under the veneer of polite parent interactions, and have you laughing along with her the whole way.

While I was slightly disappointed that this book wasn’t as funny as the first book in the series I did enjoy it quite a bit. You’ve Been Volunteered should be read after Class Mom . I say this because both books follow Jen Dixon, her family, and her classroom duties (that she may or may not dislike). However, this book CAN stand on it’s own if you choose to do so. Both books are light, funny, and have their own story line. Also you wouldn’t necessarily feel lost because everything you need to know about the characters happen within each book. So while I do suggest reading them in order it’s not an absolute must. You can enjoy this on it’s own. 

You’ve Been Volunteered falls within the chick lit category (in my opinion). The story follows Jen Dixon as she navigates yet another year being a class mom in her son’s classroom. Jen is a funny character there is no doubt about that. However, I felt like the heavier issues within this book (pregnancy, aging parents, money problems, etc.) took away from the humor. Jen still has a snarky attitude and she still gets herself into trouble with her witty emails, but she just wasn’t as hilarious as she was in the first book. I really missed the humor if I am being honest!

That being said, this is still a great book and I look forward to many more books by Laurie in the future. I hope she continues to write about Jen and her family (it will be fun to see how she navigates Hawaii).

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