You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel

You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel

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 herIf 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 inte/>(The...

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Title:You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel
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You've Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel Reviews

  • Aga Durka

    4.5 Stars

    Jen Dixon is back!!! I loved "Class Mom" so you can imagine how excited I was to get an advanced copy of "You've Been Volunteered", sequel to the first book. Thank you NetGalley, Laurie Gelman, and Henry Holt & Company for the opportunity to be one of the first ones to read and review this awesome book!

    And once again Laurie Gelman does not disappoint...I was belly laughing while reading about Jen Dixon's new adventures in being Class Mom! As I was reading the novel I kept thi

    4.5 Stars

    Jen Dixon is back!!! I loved "Class Mom" so you can imagine how excited I was to get an advanced copy of "You've Been Volunteered", sequel to the first book. Thank you NetGalley, Laurie Gelman, and Henry Holt & Company for the opportunity to be one of the first ones to read and review this awesome book!

    And once again Laurie Gelman does not disappoint...I was belly laughing while reading about Jen Dixon's new adventures in being Class Mom! As I was reading the novel I kept thinking that I wish all class mom's were so much fun...I wanted to be Jen's best friend! The writing style and the witty humor in both books reminds me a lot of Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch. Both author are great story tellers with an excellent sense of humor. So if you are in a need of a light, funny, quirky, and sassy book, ready "Class Mom" and " You've Been Volunteered" and you wont' be disappointed! Now, I am waiting for the third book in the series....I mean there has to be another one, right?

  • Lisa Leone-campbell

    In the latest book, Jen Dixon our snarky entertaining hero from Class Mom reluctantly becomes the room parent for her son Max's third grade class. Although many of the parents/children have returned, Gelman introduces us to even more new quirky parents.

    With her best friend having moved away, Jen must also deal with a new PTA President she can't quite figure out as well as reluctantly volunteering as the new safety guard coordinator.

    Meanwhile back at the home...Jen is dealing with a

    In the latest book, Jen Dixon our snarky entertaining hero from Class Mom reluctantly becomes the room parent for her son Max's third grade class. Although many of the parents/children have returned, Gelman introduces us to even more new quirky parents.

    With her best friend having moved away, Jen must also deal with a new PTA President she can't quite figure out as well as reluctantly volunteering as the new safety guard coordinator.

    Meanwhile back at the home...Jen is dealing with a mouthy Max, a husband who is never home anymore, a mother who has just finished Chemo for breast cancer and a daughter who is...following a band around Europe...sound familiar?

    Gelman knows just how to deal with serious issues with a light hearted spin never detracting from the importance of the subject.

    And spin she does...when a new couple they meet takes them on one heck of a ride!

    You can't help but love Jen Dixon! My hope is there will be a sequel to the sequel and Max will never grow up!

    Laurie Gelman has another winner with You've Been Volunteered.

    Thank you #NetGalley #HenryHoltandCo #LaurieGelman #You'veBeenVolunteered for the advanced copy. You've Been Volunteered is out today.

  • Basic B's Guide

    To: My bookstagram peeps

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    Re: You’ve been Volunteered review

    Greetings nerds,

    Jen Dixon is back and as snarky as ever. With Max now in 3rd grade she’s roped into being class mom again and back at it with her sassy emails. She’s giving me great material for my current job as PTA treasurer 😉. Like her previous book, Class Mom, we have a cast of characters that feel all too familiar. Gelman even tackles some heavy topics while still keeping it l

    To: My bookstagram peeps

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    Re: You’ve been Volunteered review

    Greetings nerds,

    Jen Dixon is back and as snarky as ever. With Max now in 3rd grade she’s roped into being class mom again and back at it with her sassy emails. She’s giving me great material for my current job as PTA treasurer 😉. Like her previous book, Class Mom, we have a cast of characters that feel all too familiar. Gelman even tackles some heavy topics while still keeping it light and breezy. While I didn’t completely fall in love with this follow-up I did enjoy it. It just wasn’t quite as fresh as Class Mom.

    Relatable and Funny I give it 3.5 stars. Rounded up for Goodreads.

    Xoxo

    Your most basic PTA sucker

    Ps response times will be noted

  • Tucker

    Dear Laurie Gelman,

    Thank you so, so much for writing this book. Without it, I'm not sure how I would have gotten through my stay at the hospital. It kept me laughing, giggling and nearly peeing my pants. It lifted my spirits. It was honest, funny and heartbreaking. I have never read a book like it. I look forward to your next novel.

    Best,

    Tucker A.

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  • Berit☀️✨

    Laurie Gelman has spun a whimsical tail full of humor and fun. This is the follow-up to “Class Mom”. I did not read the first book and I don’t feel as though that impacted my enjoyment of the story, however he better bet I’m going to try to squeeze the first book in as soon as I can! Jen Dixon was such a marvelous character. So snarky, so sassy, someone you’d love to be friends with. Her outlook was so real and so refreshing! The emails she sent to the class parents were priceless, especially th

    Laurie Gelman has spun a whimsical tail full of humor and fun. This is the follow-up to “Class Mom”. I did not read the first book and I don’t feel as though that impacted my enjoyment of the story, however he better bet I’m going to try to squeeze the first book in as soon as I can! Jen Dixon was such a marvelous character. So snarky, so sassy, someone you’d love to be friends with. Her outlook was so real and so refreshing! The emails she sent to the class parents were priceless, especially the one from Las Vegas! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, that is unless you email the entire class about it!

    Jen has not only been roped into being class mom this year, but she is also in charge of the safety patrol (a job nobody wants). Third grade son Max is becoming a little more opinionated, a little more mouthy. Her daughters are now in their 20s, that fun age when they think they are adults, until they aren’t. Her husband Ron is consumed with his business and starting a chain of yoga studios. Her parents are getting older and her mother has just won her fight with cancer. Jen certainly has a lot on her plate, but she handles it all with grace and a sense of humor (OK not all that much grace, but a lot of humor). I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spend with Jen and her antics and I am keeping my fingers crossed that there is a follow-up to this follow-up!

    *** A big thanks to Henry Holt for my copy of this book ***

  • Elle's Book Blog

    July 23, 2019

    Chick Lit

    4 stars

    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

    . 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 the/>/>

    July 23, 2019

    Chick Lit

    4 stars

    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

    . 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).

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Jen Dixon is the main character here. She’s a class mom, and this is the follow-up to the first book, aptly named Class Mom. If you’ve ever been a school volunteer, or worked in a school period, you’ll appreciate Jen’s frankness. She doesn’t hold back in her emails to the annoying PTA president and with other parents either.

    This time she’s room mom for Max’s third grade class. But now Jen has

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Jen Dixon is the main character here. She’s a class mom, and this is the follow-up to the first book, aptly named Class Mom. If you’ve ever been a school volunteer, or worked in a school period, you’ll appreciate Jen’s frankness. She doesn’t hold back in her emails to the annoying PTA president and with other parents either.

    This time she’s room mom for Max’s third grade class. But now Jen has more on her plate, including aging parents, adult daughters finding their way, and a sometimes neglectful husband.

    Jen says what we all may have thought at one point or another, so her voice is innately refreshing and bold. It’s also distinctly relatable, as are Jen’s difficulties trying to manage it all at home and balance her volunteering.

    Overall, You’ve Been Volunteered is an entertaining story, one that I’m sure will make you belly laugh, too, and it will also feel like a warm hug from someone who understands. I loved it!

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Jen Dixon is the class mom for her son’s third-grade class. It's a thankless job and she is always short on help. To enlist others, she entertains the parents with emails loaded with sarcasm and snark that makes it hard for them to resist. At the same time, Jen finds herself enlisted by the new PTA president to manage the safety patrol during the morning and afternoons. Jen is now faced with the training of additional parents and ensuring that they don’t shirk their responsibilities to their unt

    Jen Dixon is the class mom for her son’s third-grade class. It's a thankless job and she is always short on help. To enlist others, she entertains the parents with emails loaded with sarcasm and snark that makes it hard for them to resist. At the same time, Jen finds herself enlisted by the new PTA president to manage the safety patrol during the morning and afternoons. Jen is now faced with the training of additional parents and ensuring that they don’t shirk their responsibilities to their untrained spouses or nannies.

    At home, Jen is contending with a budget crisis. Her husband is expanding his sporting good store and has her clipping coupons and decreasing her gourmet coffee consumption. While this is going on, she also needs to address a personal issue. She is perplexed about one of her daughters who continually ignores her text messages and phone calls.

    You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman was a fun book to read and is the sequel to Class Mom. If you have ever been an elementary school parent, you will love how the author exposes the petty gossip that is generated by the parents and teachers alike. Having been a classroom volunteer and PTA president, this story hit home and was a joy to read.

  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    Jen Dixon is BACK. And she is snarky as EVER!

    The Class Mom and all her wit, sarcasm, and super sass returns in this hilarious sequel as we follow her in even more ridiculous situations both in and out of the classroom. She's now third grade Class Mom and has been roped into Safety Patrol duty, and the laughs continue with even more parental politics. We've got new moms, new teachers and if you thought her personal life was chaotic in the first book, you've got to see what the entire Dixon famil

    Jen Dixon is BACK. And she is snarky as EVER!

    The Class Mom and all her wit, sarcasm, and super sass returns in this hilarious sequel as we follow her in even more ridiculous situations both in and out of the classroom. She's now third grade Class Mom and has been roped into Safety Patrol duty, and the laughs continue with even more parental politics. We've got new moms, new teachers and if you thought her personal life was chaotic in the first book, you've got to see what the entire Dixon family is up to now.

    Ron (her husband) is working all sorts of crazy hours, her aging parents are needing her more and more, and her adult daughters are trying to navigate the real world...and kind of failing. As Jen gets pulled in every direction you can imagine, you find yourself rooting for her to figure it all out. Can she get through everything, including her new roll as Class Mom and Safety Patroller - and still manage to stay sane and keep her endearing sense of humor?

    I think I liked the sequel even more! Jen is definitely still as down-to-earth as ever but she definitely seems much more relatable and at times refreshing in You've Been Volunteered. I zipped though the pages just as quickly as the first book and I laughed just as hard. Jen is back, and I'm so glad she is!

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars.

    Jen Dixon from Gelman’s first book,

    , returns for another year as class mom, this time for her son’s third-grade class.

    With Jen as class mom you may not get satisfying answers to all of your questions, and you may get smart-ass replies, but you know her heart is (mostly) in it. And although the PTA president doesn’t always agree with Jen’s communication style, she knows she can count on Jen to do what must be done—even handle the safety patrol.

    When she’s not sending

    3.5 stars.

    Jen Dixon from Gelman’s first book,

    , returns for another year as class mom, this time for her son’s third-grade class.⁣

    With Jen as class mom you may not get satisfying answers to all of your questions, and you may get smart-ass replies, but you know her heart is (mostly) in it. And although the PTA president doesn’t always agree with Jen’s communication style, she knows she can count on Jen to do what must be done—even handle the safety patrol.⁣

    When she’s not sending out snarky reminders about permission slips, seeking volunteers for class trips, or haranguing parents about what they need to bring for parties, she’s got more than enough to deal with in her own family. Whether it’s dealing with her son’s suddenly snarky behavior, having to navigate her husband’s increased financial anxiety, or figuring out what’s going on with her two older daughters, Jen’s in-your-face style will get her through—or she’ll fall on her sword.⁣

    This was an enjoyable, amusing book. I chuckled more than laughed out loud, and again, I wondered whether Jen’s behavior would actually fly at a real school. Regardless, Gelman writes in an easy, approachable style, one which engaged me from start to finish.⁣

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