Class Mom - Laurie Gelman

Class Mom

By Laurie Gelman

  • Release Date: 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 275 Ratings)


Laurie Gelman’s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom—a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom—or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max—this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the “wisest” candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of “special” brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen’s past, a hyper-sensitive “allergy mom,” a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

Relatable, irreverent, and hilarious in the spirit of Maria Semple, Class Mom is a fresh, welcome voice in fiction—the kind of novel that real moms clamor for, and a vicarious thrill-read for all mothers, who will be laughing as they are liberated by Gelman’s acerbic truths.


  • Class Mom

    By GameCrazee
    What a hoot! Loved it. Was never a class mom myself (and now I’m SO glad) but I can imagine it would have been exactly as written because those emails sound exactly like me. Which is a source of pride, actually. Can’t wait for more stories from this author.
  • Class mom

    By Misha02360
    Super good read , and anxious for next book to come out sooner then later
  • So much fun!

    By misskittymontana
    Smart and laugh out loud funny. Great read.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Jpal778
    Being a mom and knowing this world too well now this book had me interested and curiosity filled from page one! Highly recommend! Tons of great lines and so funny!
  • Awesome book!

    By Ten/nevermind/dirt
    Fun yet true reality of being an involved parent!
  • Class Mom

    By Bruskey7
    Delightful and funny!!!
  • Excellent humor read

    By Relicphoto
    Laughed out loud all the way through and loved the plot and sub plots. Kudos to the author on her first book! I sincerely hope you publish more in the future!!
  • Anorexia isn't comedy.

    By Devil is in the Details
    This book was a fairly fun read. Having been a room parent for my daughter's classes for the past 4 years and starting my 5th I could relate to a lot of it. However, I was really put off by the beginning of the first sentence of chapter 18 which begins, "“As the famous anorexic Karen Carpenter once said...” Really?!!? She wasn't a famous anorexic. She was an incredibly talented and successful singer who died from the horrible disorder of anorexia. I cannot believe someone didn't try to steer you from keeping that line in your otherwise funny book. It was pretty gross and off putting. Oh, and I'm a dad.
  • Fantastically Delightful

    By Moki48071
    I originally had the preview which was 26 pages I think. I loved it so I immediately bought the book and couldn't put it down. I finished it that night. The characters, the emails and the mysterious child are so have to read this. After finishing I checked to see if she had written anymore books, sadly not yet, but I hope she does!
  • Great must read!

    By TreevaNicole
    Super hilarious and enjoyable. I can relate to none of the characters lifestyle (middle aged mom, etc) and still it's so entertaining and the emails had me laughing out loud for real.