In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s “irreverent and hilarious” (The New York Post) hit Class Mom (HenryHolt) brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class and her work cut out for her, in the novel YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED. 

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.

We got the chance to talk with Laurie about writing YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED. 

1.YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED is sequel to CLASS MOM. Can it be read as a stand alone? Anything readers need to know before jumping into YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED?

I think it can stand on its own. I don’t reference the first book too much. But it always helps to read the original. Plus, if you don’t you’ll miss a lot of laughs.
2. Our favorite school volunteer, Jen Dixon is back. What’s she up to now?
It’s three years later and Jen is back as Class Mom for her son Max’s 3rd-grade class PLUS she has been roped into heading up the safety patrol volunteer list. Both her daughters are out of college – one is following a band through Europe (just like mom did!) and the other has moved back to Kansas City to help with family matters. Jen is also dealing with her aging parents and the inevitable squeeze of the sandwich generation and her husband Ron is on a rocky new business adventure. To cope with the stress, she has discovered the glories of spin class.
3. Why did you decide to write a sequel?
Truthfully, I wasn’t ready to let her go. Jen’s world is really fun to write and I felt after the first book that she had more to say.
4. Give us a little mini-class into “power parenting” your/our school aged child/teen.
For me, parenting is all about adapting. Their needs change as they grow up and you have to be able to adjust to that versus over-parenting and hanging on to the good old days when you had complete control over their lives.
5. What are you working on?
Believe it or not, a third Class Mom book and another more serious novel that is taking me way too long to finish!
6. Tell us about your writing process.
The only thing I know to be true about writing is that you have to show up every day. Treat it like a job. Also, all the magic happens in the rewriting.
7. Anything you’d like to add?
Follow me on instagram! @lauriegelman and the Class Mom facebook page



Laurie Gelman was born and raised in the Great White North. She spent twenty-five years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the United States before trying her hand at writing novels. The author of Class Mom, Laurie has appeared on Live With Ryan and KellyWatch What Happens Live, and The Talk, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Gelman, and two teenage daughters.

Thanks to Laurie we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your experience as a class mom, or what you’d imagine it to be. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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35 thoughts on “YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED by Laurie Gelman – INTERVIEW & Giveaway

  1. I’ve never been a class mom, but I have volunteered for a lot of parties. It was loud, and the kids were crazy! 😂 However I remember being the same way at a class party when I was the kids age!

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  2. I remember years ago when my son was growing up I was a room mother. It was challenging, fun and, at times, hilarious!! I would like to read this. Thank you for the chance!

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  3. I have not been a Class Mom, but enjoyed volunteering for special projects when my girls were still in grade school. I LOVED being a Junior Achievement presenter for a few years, and have been considering returning and volunteering to do this again at the girls’ old elementary school (despite the fact that my girls are now ages 21-26!). I also did the art prints program, which was fun for me, but probably less so for children not too interested in classic art!

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  4. Being a class mom and/or being in the PTA can leave one dangling by a thread…some of those *other* moms are ferocious if you don’t do things *their* way. They think they rule the school–sometimes, they do.


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  5. I don’t have any children, so I’ve never been a class mom. I think it would be a headache! It might be fun for some people, but not this could-be mom.

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  6. I was never a class mom, but, volunteered in my twin daughters’ kindergarten class, and it was one wild ride. Made me realize how easy my girls were when it was just us, back at home.


  7. Never a class mom but attended class trips & helped out. Those were a lot of fun but very busy. Enjoyed getting to see my son’s classmates. Sounds like a great book & would love to win it. Thanks for the chance


    1. I loved being the class mom and volunteering at the elementary school both of my boys attended. Loved watching them make friends and excel in school. Thanks for the chance.


  8. I haven’t been a class mom but have been on a bunch of field trips where I had to keep up with several kids. They sure do have energy and some can talk a mile a minute.


  9. I was a class mother 1 time for each of my daughters. I liked being able to help plan special parties and decorate the room .


  10. I never been a class mom though I did help out the PTA at my daughter school for a short time. I dont know if I would be a good class mom but the book sounds great!


  11. I was never a class mom since I worked full time. However I did assist with parties and volunteered to chaperone on field trips. It was fun!


  12. Never been a class mom, but I totally relate! I’m on the board for my son’s band booster association, and I swear it’s like they think it is supposed to be your fulltime job! And it is LIKE a fulltime job! And….there are always those moms who treat it like a fulltime job and try to make it seem like you should always do more, more, more! AHHHH!


  13. I never was the official mom but always helped out in my daughter’s classes. I loved participating in the holiday parties and field trips.


  14. I was lucky enough to be a class mom a few times and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved helping out in the classroom and chaperoning class trips. It was just one of the benefits I enjoyed while being a stay at home mom during my children’s early years in school. Eventually I returned to work but those years and memories are priceless to me.


  15. I was a single parent, so I had enough to do as a part-time teacher in the evenings. But I would have liked to volunteer as a class mom if I had the time.


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