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Laurie Gelman

Autor(a) de Class Mom

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Obras de Laurie Gelman

Class Mom (2017) 338 cópias, 44 resenhas
You've Been Volunteered (2019) 128 cópias, 14 resenhas
Yoga Pant Nation (2021) 76 cópias, 16 resenhas
Smells Like Tween Spirit (2022) 48 cópias, 15 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century



Completely fun brain candy. This is a about a formerly cool rock star groupie who is now a middle aged housewife and snarky class mom for her son's kindergarten class.

A little midlife crisis, a old crush renewed, and interactions with the weirdo Moms of the class add up to a fun way to pass the day. Read this one in two sittings over the Thanksgiving weekend.

I thought it was great for the kind of book it is.
hmonkeyreads | outras 43 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
2.5 to 3 stars

This one flies right by and is funny, I guess, but less enjoyable overall than Class Mom.

I started not to like Jen very much in this book and felt like everything was moving too fast and that I didn’t really care about any of the plot lines. I guess I wanted less snark and more depth.

Glad this was a library book and not one I spent money on myself.

hmonkeyreads | outras 13 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
I listened to the audiobook, which may have dampened the humor for me. I didn't find this very funny. Mostly I was disappointed that the main character was clearly supposed to be a likable kind of in-your-face honest, but for me was mostly just insensitive and self-absorbed. She sort of rolls her eyes at anyone who doesn't appreciate her attempts at humor and I think the reader is meant to roll their eyes along with her. But I was not amused at her comments about the lesbian moms, an Asian mom, a mom of a kid with severe allergies, etc. I kept thinking, what year was this written? (2017 which means there's no excuse.) She is sometimes called out for being a jerk and is only mildly apologetic.

One specific thing that bothered me is that Jen aggressively demands all parents provide various items for class gatherings. It doesn't even cross her mind that some families might not be comfortably middle class. Maybe there's no economic diversity in her Kansas City neighborhood. Maybe she'd be cool about it if a family was having a hard time. But it was jarring for me.

The plot centers around Jen training for a mud run and various minor mysteries about her fellow moms and her kid's teacher. She has some marital trouble when her high school crush appears as the father of one of her son's classmates.

Does this book have redeeming qualities? As a mom with a kid in kindergarten, it's interesting to compare experiences. Mine is nothing like Jen's, for which I'm grateful.
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LibrarianDest | outras 43 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |
A different take than the others since it focuses on a grandchild but still a fun ride with your favorite sarcastic class mom
hellokirsti | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |

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