You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman #review @Henryholt


In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s “irreverent and hilarious” (The New York Post) hit Class Mom, brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her

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.


Jen is class mom AGAIN. She is on top of things until the inevitable…parental politics, bad parents and bad children get in the way. Then things start to fall apart at home. Jen has so many responsibilities she starts to wonder if her super mom attitude can handle everything.

This book started off with a bang. I laughed so hard I almost snorted my coffee out my nose. Jen is the mom everyone secretly aspires to be. And we admire the moms which have this “seemingly” no care attitude and the snarkiness to go along with it. But, they also care enough to have their stuff together. Everything runs smoothly, well, most of the time.

If you need a good laugh this is the book for you. I laughed all the way through this novel. However, the story and the snarkiness did get a little old the further I moved through the book. Yes it is hilarious, but there were places seriousness was needed. It is an enjoyable read for any mom!

I received this novel from Henry Holt for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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