Blacklisted from the PTA by Lela Davidson {52 Books in a Year}

My goal is to read 52 books in 2012.  Good or bad, as I read, I will be reviewing the books here.  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about your favorite books!

This weeks book is really special because it is written by my online friend and fellow Arkansas Women Blogger, Lela Davidson.  Lela blogs at After the Bubbly and will be the featured speaker at the Arkansas Women Bloggers conference(#AWBU) in August!  I am really looking forward to finally meeting her in person! If you are a interested in meeting Lela too, please sign up for #AWBU here!

July marks the one year anniversary of Blacklisted from the PTA. Each day this month, Lela is inviting a new blogger to the birthday celebration on After the Bubbly.  This give you the chance to meet a ton of new bloggers PLUS each featured blogger will be hosting a giveaway of an autographed copy of Blacklisted from the PTA!  Be sure to check out Lela’s blog every day this month!

Blacklisted from the PTA by Lela Davidson

(Book overview from

Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it’s okay to laugh-at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of every parent–even if we don’t always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh-either with or at the author.

As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors. Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead. Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation-by-Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown. From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life. She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers–the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She’s not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being that I do not have children, I sometimes hesitate to read books in the “Mommy” genre. I often find that I can not relate to the stories being told but this was not the case with Blacklisted from the PTA.

Lela told her stories in such a way that they didn’t alienate the childless. She doesn’t assume every one agrees with her feelings or has even experienced the things she discusses.

Her humor and wit is outstanding! The book is fast paced and fairly short. I read it rather quickly.

The only real shortcoming of the book was the order of the stories being told. She seems to jump around rather than telling stories in a chronological order. I found this to be slightly confusing.

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