You’ve Been Volunteered [Laurie Gelman]

Source: Brooklyn Public Library ebook

Start Date: 23 August, 2019

Finish Date: 26 August, 2019

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  • This was the sequel to Class Mom, which I had enjoyed so much as a quick and breezy read that I immediately wishlisted You’ve Been Volunteered.
  • The humour which was refreshing in the first book, was stretched a little thin in this one; and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much.
  • Something I noticed in this book, which either wasn’t there in the first one, or which I had missed, is how many franchise brand names get dropped – Dunkin Donuts, Target, Chili’s, Starbucks, and I’m pretty sure there are more. I wonder if this is a consequence of writing about life in Kansas City – whereas an NYC set novel would be much more believable placing its characters in indie cafes and restaurants.
  • I rolled my eyes a bit at an inheritance solving (almost) all the problems. That just seems like very American suburban wish fulfilment. But then, I’m being mean. Indians probably have the same sort of wishing.
  • But Indians are probably more hyperaware of who’s going to get what.


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