• Smells Like Tween Spirit

  • A Novel (Class Mom, Book 4)
  • By: Laurie Gelman
  • Narrated by: Laurie Gelman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

From the author of Class Mom and You’ve Been Volunteered comes Laurie Gelman's next laugh-out-loud novel Smells Like Tween Spirit.

As a new Mat Mom of the Pioneer Middle School (PMS) Wrestling team, Jen Dixon finds herself thrown in the middle of the “guerrilla war against so-called perfect mothers," armed only with her cutting wit and acerbic sense of humor. (New York Times Book Review)

Handling a whole host of new challenges, from the dreaded seventh-grade science fair to a school fundraiser (again!), Jen faces the somewhat-terrifying new social dynamics of the wrestling moms with her trademark combination of reluctance and exceptional delivery.

Between school events and teaching spin classes, Jen finds herself fully immersed in sports mom competitiveness. These parents seem perfectly unassuming, until their kids start to wrestle, and they become raging pubescent monsters. Learning to navigate this new world while fielding calls from the principal because of Max’s newfound misogynistic behavior, Jen steels herself for the indignities of middle-school life—with her loyal spin class attendees and her bossy four-year-old granddaughter giving her the strength she needs to press on.

Mix in a Parent Night, New Year’s Party, and Valentine’s Day Dance, and Jen Dixon certainly has her hands, and her calendar, full. And through it all, Jen continues to charm with her riotously funny quips and memorable one-liners.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Co.

©2022 Laurie Gelman (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Another 5 star entry in the series

I just ❤️ This series ! Humor without being silly, emotional without being maudlin, and great narration by the author herself. All 4 books are so much fun !

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Easy read

Looking forward to her next book. Great light read about the humor of being a mom.

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More Jen Dixon!!

I cannot get enough of Laurie’s leading lady Jen Dixon. I love her sarcasm and wish I could be half as witty! I have listened to all the books and could not wait for the release of this one. I am sad that I have finished it already. I also have not come across a narrator I love as much as Laurie. She brings so much life to her characters! Please grace us with more of Jen’s stories!!

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Pre-ordered this and was not disappointed!

Finished in less than 24 hours. I'm a fan of this entire series! Always easy, fun listens. I have a son that just graduated middle school and an older daughter, and started these back when I was a real "Class Mom" when my youngest was in Elementary, so this whole series just speaks to me, but it always makes me laugh and keeps me entertained and now I'm fully invested in this family and the full cast of characters. This one was a bit more touching than the others, and made me cry, but still had the same humor and wit of her other books, and kept me laughing, as usual! I think Laurie is a great narrator as well. I hope she continues writing more....

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I think this is it for this series

I've read this entire series and I think (hope) this is the last one. Her writing is amusing and it's an easy listen, but at this point, it's been done. I don't think I would look forward to another in this series

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Love all her books! Such a great series.

The characters and the stories are very relatable. I wish I was as witty as Jen! I hope Laurie writes more. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times throught her books!

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4th in the series and still fun!

Love the characters and the narration by the author. Such an entertaining series. I hope she writes more in the series!

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Laurie Gelman does it again!

I love this author and her entire series. This was fun to listen to and I appreciate her sarcasm and humor. The main character writes the mom emails every suburban mom who gets stuck volunteering for school events actually wants to write but doesn’t have the guts to. Every story Laurie Gelman writes leaves me wanting more. I can’t wait to hear her next story. Maybe her son will be in high school by then. Until then yoga pants mothers can enjoy her previous three books. Everyone of them is so enjoyable and can also be stand alone stories by themselves.

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loved it

Jen never disappoints. I couldn't put it down, again.
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to have fun and appreciates good self deprecating humor.

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A another fun read!

Laurie Gelman has done it again! The wonderful crazy world of Jen Dixon is in full swing in Smells Like Tween Spirit. It’s so funny. I laugh out loud often! Keep writing please!