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  • A Fun Light Read

    Laurie Gelman keeps it real with her latest book, Smells Like Tween Spirit. Her sense of humor and whit will keep you entertained! If you have ever raised a middle schooler, especially in sports, this book will resonate with you!

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  • So funny and so true - great book for any mother

    This book was hilarious. I had not read any other books in the series but didn't feel like I was missing anything. I am planning on reading the other books, as I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Jen is married with children - she has a young son in middle school and two adult daughters in competition with each other. There are also some serious things going on - her father has Alzheimer's and her mother is not dealing with it too well. Jen works part time - she teaches a spin class, and boy, does she have some interesting people who attend her class. (I made a vow after reading this book to never be overly familiar with someone who teaches a class.) Her son is in the 7th grade this year, and joins the wrestling team. Jen volunteers to become a MAT Mom, which turns out to have a lot of pitfalls. The smell, the overly competitive parents, the smell - on top of everything else that she has going on with her family. This book has made me laugh more than any book I've read this year, and also almost brought me to tears at times. I especially appreciated the book's treatment of her father, who had Alzheimer's, and how difficult it was for Jen's mother to accept his decline. I did think the family was a little hard on Jen at one point - she had a lot to deal with. Thanks to the publisher Henry Holt & Company and NetGalley for an advance reader copy of this book. It was a pleasure to read and review.

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  • Loved It!

    I loved this new book in the Jen Dixon series. While she’s not a class mom anymore, she is now a Mat Mom for Max, who is wrestling. Her signature emails are still around as is her sparkling wit and her hilarious sense of humor. I devoured this one as I did the others and loved everything about it. There are so serious moments as well and it definitely adds to the complexity of Jen’s character and her life in general. Highly recommended!

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  • Very humorous books in this series

    This book is a fourth in a series and could be read as a stand alone. I would suggest though that you read the others first because you will fall in love with this humor-filled book and want to read the first three anyway. Jen is a 55 year old mom with three children, two adult girls out of the house and a son in seventh grade. This year Jen is a “mat mom” which is the name given to mothers of wrestlers. She also teaches spin class, babysits her granddaughter and helps take care of her dad. Jen and hubby stay embroiled in the family happenings by hosting weekly dinners, and we all know what family dinners can be like. The dialogue is tongue in cheek, sassy and often very funny. She’s the kind of outspoken woman that I aspire to be. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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