You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

you've been volunteered

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Fiction – Humor

Goodreads Summary

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.


This book is a follow up to Laurie Gelman’s 2017 novel Class Mom, which I absolutely adored! I was thrilled when I found out she would be releasing a sequel!

You’ve Been Volunteered is light-hearted and hilarious! I could not get enough of the sarcasm, passive aggressiveness, and blunt humor. This book reminded me so much of the show American Housewife! The main character, Jen, basically says and does all the things I wish I could do if I weren’t trying to be polite most of the time. 😉 She tells it like it is and is unapologetically herself. Whether she’s dealing with annoying classroom parents, ungrateful children or her own needy parents, she finds a way to add humor to everything. I found myself chuckling on basically every other page.

If you’re looking for a super fun, entertaining read, look no further! Class Mom and You’ve Been Volunteered are pure genius and I am here for it! Laurie Gelman has become an auto buy author for me, for sure!

Have you read Class Mom? While you could still totally read You’ve Been Volunteered without having read it, I recommend you do because a) you’ll get the full story and b) it is amazing so you may as well!

Get this on your TBR and preorder! Happy reading!

Available July 23rd!

Thank you to Henry Holt & Co. for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Laurie Gelman’s website

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