Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Review: Confessions of a Prep-School Mommy Handler

First of all, Wade Rouse is hilarious.  I actually didn't realize he was the author of this book until I finally picked it up off the shelf (around two or three years after I got it).  But I was thrilled to see it was by him because I've read him and love him before (At Least In The City Someone Would Hear Me Scream).  In this memoir, Wade is facing a team of Mean Girl mommies whose leader is determined to make him, as the publicity director for a high end prep school, her own personal assistant. 
Writing
Not anything especially spectacular for the memoir genre, but very very funny.  I think Wade Rouse and I could be friends - we have a similar sense of humor.  Overall, the writing was good but not exceptional for the genre. 

Entertainment Value
Excellent!  Especially if you can at all identify with the prep-school setting (I didn't go anywhere as ritzy as this, but I did go to a private school on scholarship) or working with people for whom "entitlement" is an understatement (again, I work at the opposite end of the financial spectrum, but you'd never know it from my students' sense of entitlement).  So while Rouse deals with mommies who demand that their alumni event invitations match Louis Vuitton's latest color scheme, I'm dealing with students who are asking me why I don't have a cell phone that students can use to make free long distance personal calls on.  Wade, call me up, we'll compare horror stories.

This is a definite recommend for when you're needing something lighthearted and funny.  I read it in just a few hours.  I'd say it's a great beach, poolside, or airplane book or for anytime you need a laugh or want to read something quick and upbeat. 

1 comment:

  1. I can probably identify with the prep school setting, but I don't think I could stand the entitlement!

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