Synopsis – Goodreads
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.
Well well well … what to say about this book? Oh I know. That it is awesome!
Before I jump into this review, let me give you a bit of a back story.
You’ve Been Volunteered is a continuation of Laurie Gelman’s first book, Class Mom which I immediately fell in love with back in 2017. And you wouldn’t believe, the joy I felt when I discovered, we’d be graced with a second book in the hilarious debauchery of Jen Dixon’s life.
If you haven’t yet, please check out Class Mom! In a nutshell, the book might just be the most hilarious mom fiction (is that even a genre?) you’ve ever read! And Jen Dixon is definitely one of my fictional best friends.
Now, if you want sassy wit, tons of humor with a dash of everything is not what it seems, then You’ve Been Volunteered is the Women’s Fiction or what some may call Chick-lit for you.
Being Class Mom is never an easy job. Couple that with being in charge of Safety Patrol for the entire school and you’ve got two full-time jobs on your hands. Reuniting with Jen Dixon’s particular dose of humor, her supportive businessman of a husband, and her three kids as well as her parents, felt like a warm bookish family reunion. Not to mention her best friend, and the onslaught of opinionated parents (mostly moms) of the kids in her son, Max’s third-grade class.
You’ve Been Volunteered is a great light read, with an easy-going plot and characters that will make you want to jump on the next flight to Kansas City (setting of the story by the way). I enjoyed Laurie Gelman’s well-timed pacing, great setting descriptors, and character-driven plot. Specifically, the character development of a few side characters, one particularly (no spoilers) who started off as a possible villain in the story but quickly became one of my favorites.
What I loved and appreciated most, was a side character named Mitch. And because (if you can’t tell) I’m a firm believer in no spoilers, I won’t go into details of Mitch’s background but will say that too many of our veterans return home and end up on our streets. And that I might have teared up a bit reading his background story.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m secretly hoping there’s a third one coming our way soon.
I recommend this to lovers of mommy Chick-lit, and looking for a fun light-read that will probably leave you with a smile on your face when you’re finished.
Publication Date: July 23, 2019
Author: Laurie Gelman
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Special thanks to Netgalley and Henry Holt & Company for an e-Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book. Receiving You’ve Been Volunteered did not affect my review or rating.