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Even though there are quite a few different subjects explored in this novel, it was actually a pretty light read It was like I was reading something with substance and value but how it was written with the different character perspectives made it a very easy book to fly right thru Really enjoyed this one.High school teacher Isobel Johnson recognizes most of the privileged students she teaches pretty much live in a bubble and therefore she works hard in trying to get them to open their eyes to Even though there are quite a few different subjects explored in this novel, it was actually a pretty light read It was like I was reading something with substance and value but how it was written with the different character perspectives made it a very easy book to fly right thru Really enjoyed this one.High school teacher Isobel Johnson recognizes most of the privileged students she teaches pretty much live in a bubble and therefore she works hard in trying to get them to open their eyes to the world around them She receives a threatening voicemail complaining about her progressive curriculum Julia Abbott is your typical helicopter parent and one day she really messes up and let s just say her entire family is going to feel the consequences of her actions So what do Isobel and Julia have in common Well, they both are subjected to some gossipy posts on a secret Facebook page where parents complain about the school faculty as well as other parents With so many shenanigans going on among the adults, it sure doesn t seem like this school is providing the best learning environment for the students.While I was reading this book I kept wondering who has it harder the teachers, the parents, or the students I ve yet to come up with an answer but I sure am glad it has been years since I have been anywhere near a school as I don t think I could handle all that drama again especially now that social media has been introduced into the mix.There are many issues the author tackles in this novel but like I said before it doesn t feel like such a heavy read With all of the different character perspectives you at the very least have an understanding of who they are as individuals even if you don t necessarily agree with all of their actions My only small criticism is I thought Isobel was a little too picture perfect The author barely grazed the surface of white female liberalism and I think it would have been fascinating if she would have explored thatOverall, a good read and the type of book that would make for a fun book club discussion.Thank you to Berkley for providing me with a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review If you don t have anything nice to say, you re not supposed to say anything at all.Luckily, I have one nice thing to say about this book It was readable and quick.Everything else I have to say is not nice, but I cleared the minimum nice thing requirement so I m allowed to say it anyway.This was so unpleasant to read.This markets itself as being about two women who have fallen from grace who find themselves forced together, but that is a lie It is a blatant falsehood.This is about two women who If you don t have anything nice to say, you re not supposed to say anything at all.Luckily, I have one nice thing to say about this book It was readable and quick.Everything else I have to say is not nice, but I cleared the minimum nice thing requirement so I m allowed to say it anyway.This was so unpleasant to read.This markets itself as being about two women who have fallen from grace who find themselves forced together, but that is a lie It is a blatant falsehood.This is about two women who hate each other and deliberately try to ruin each other s lives, and then several other female characters who also get involved in the ruining.In 2020, this is a book about girl hate Exclusively.It s like my nightmare was realized and then captured in 300 pages which I then had to read.These two women who have been allegedly forced to team up and work together don t even reconcile until, legitimately, about five pages from the end.And AS IF THAT WEREN T ENOUGH.All of these characters are unlikable.There s Isobel, the white liberal teacher who insists on holding children accountable for their privilege as a way of paying penance for her dad s white collar crimes And Julia, the helicopter mom who, no joke, punches a kid By accident, but she s still a d ck, don t you worry Jamie, the young teacher who sabotages her mentor for a step up Robin, Julia s friend who backstabs her the second she gets Tracy, Julia s daughter, who is weirdly obsessed with Isobel.Andrew, Julia s son, who is so passionless and without ambition that he has no interests or hobbies beyond being a member of the chorus in high school theater And god forbid it s anything but the chorus Henry, Julia s husband, who forced her to be a stay at home mom and does nothing but condescend to her Top it off with Mary, Wayne, Amanda, Eleanor, Lyle, and all the members of the school faculty who manage to be annoying in their own unique way and we re off to the races Alsowas this sponsored There are so many name drops of Odwalla juice drinks and Smartwool socks I mean, no shame, secure that money, but wow Seriously at least 6 mentions of Odwalla green smoothies.Do you, though.Bottom line I really hated this Sorry note to self don t assume i ll like a book just because the title is a pun.review to come 1 star hehe minor dramas because this is a book about small emotional events and also about children s theaterdrama performed by minorsha ha ha yay puns thanks to the publisher for the ARC #FREE EBOOK à Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes ⛈ Perfect for fans of Where d You Go, Bernadette and Small Admissions, a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High the micro managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally burstsIsobel Johnson knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott a stage mom whose world revolves around interfering in her children s lives come with the territory Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia s own teenagers, who have started pulling further away from herIsobel has spent her teaching career in Liston Heights side stepping the community s high powered families But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti Americanism and a blatant liberal agenda, she realizes she s squarely in the fray Rather than cowering, Isobel doubles down on her social justice ideals Meanwhile, Julia, obsessed with the casting of the high school s winter musical, inadvertently shoves the female student lead after sneaking onto the school campus The damning video footage goes viral and has far reaching consequences for Julia and her entire familyWith nothing to unite them beyond the sting of humiliation from public meltdowns, Isobel and Julia will find common ground where they least expect it, confronting a secret Facebook gossip site that s stirring up trouble for this tumultuous, fractured school community Entertaining, engaging, relevant Cathleen West s debut was such a great read Adults behaving badly yes please I really do enjoy these books about over the top helicopter parents I was both a dance mom and a baseball mom and I know how easy it is to get caught up in all of it I can always see a little piece of myself in these parents and I am so glad I never fell down that helicopter rabbit hole it was close though Julia is the ultimate helicopter mom, she just cannot wait to find out Entertaining, engaging, relevant Cathleen West s debut was such a great read Adults behaving badly yes please I really do enjoy these books about over the top helicopter parents I was both a dance mom and a baseball mom and I know how easy it is to get caught up in all of it I can always see a little piece of myself in these parents and I am so glad I never fell down that helicopter rabbit hole it was close though Julia is the ultimate helicopter mom, she just cannot wait to find out if her son Andrew got a part in the school s theater production When she can wait no longer she shows up at school to check out the cast list for herself, this leads to an unfortunate accidental altercation with a student that of course is videoed When the video goes viral Julia her husband, and of course her kids are all humiliated Isabell is a passionate teacher who really cares for her students, but always pushes the line But not all the parents including Julia are in favor of Isabels agenda Both Julia and Isabell fall victim to a secret Facebook group that just fuels the fire What follows is a fun lighthearted entertaining story that will make you laugh at how crazy we all can sometimes be The story is told from multiple perspectives not only that of Julia and Isabell, but also of the husband, the kids, the principal, and other teachers Even with all these different characters perspectives I was never confused and I thought it really added so much to the story Julia was definitely an easy character to hate, but she did become a littlesympathetic as the story evolved Isabell was an awesome teacher and I loved her passion, but I had to think how I would feel if she was pushing my kids in a direction I did not want them to be I actually think I d be OK, I d have to trust that I had raised my kids to think for themselves This book touches on a lot of serious subject matter, but handles it in a lighthearted readable relatable way This book will appeal to all parents for sure, but I think it will be a fun read for anyone who enjoys stories about human nature This book in emojis Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own Liston Heights High is a privileged place, except maybe for the teachers The parents tend to hover around and add pressure as needed.Isabel is a teacher students easily love, and for whatever reason, Julia Abbott, a parent of students at the school, resents that Well, actually, she resents it because her teenagers are pulling away from her as they become closer to Isabel.Things come to a head when Isabel receives a threatening voicemail, and she knows she can no longer lay low.At the same time Liston Heights High is a privileged place, except maybe for the teachers The parents tend to hover around and add pressure as needed.Isabel is a teacher students easily love, and for whatever reason, Julia Abbott, a parent of students at the school, resents that Well, actually, she resents it because her teenagers are pulling away from her as they become closer to Isabel.Things come to a head when Isabel receives a threatening voicemail, and she knows she can no longer lay low.At the same time, Julia is caught on video pushing a student who was named lead of the winter musical The video goes viral.Believe it or not, Julia and Isabel form a bond through these experiences that toss them to the fringes.Minor Dramas is an easy read, meaning it s so well written you can breeze right through it It confronts several timely topics head on, but in a way that doesn t overwhelm I found the whole book full of sheer entertainment, and it surprised me in the best of ways.Overall, Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes is an addictive, easy breezy visit back to high school I received a complimentary copy.Many of my reviews can be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader Another winning from our not our normal read stack of books that Elisha from Berkley sends our way Minor Dramas Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West was such a great surprise for me and I loved the different take she took on high school politics, the privileged bubble and those overbearing parents known as helicopter parents She takes an interesting and sharp look through helicopter mother Julia who becomes the gossip of the school and teacher Isobel whose teaching methods come under fire b Another winning from our not our normal read stack of books that Elisha from Berkley sends our way Minor Dramas Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West was such a great surprise for me and I loved the different take she took on high school politics, the privileged bubble and those overbearing parents known as helicopter parents She takes an interesting and sharp look through helicopter mother Julia who becomes the gossip of the school and teacher Isobel whose teaching methods come under fire by those helicopter parents They find themselves each with a different conflict that catches up to them on social media and through the students POV, we see how they become the ones with the voice of reason.The clean tone and tight plotting around the adults behaving badly keeps the drama low and there is no teenage drama, allowing the story to be fun and entertaining from start to finish.I received a copy from the publisher Timely, relevant compelling MINOR DRAMAS OTHER CATASTROPHES by KATHLEEN WEST is a fascinating, artful, and captivating debut novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held strong right to the very end There is a full cast of characters here but mainly revolves around Julia Abbott a stage mom who is your typical helicopter parent and a school teacher, Isobel Johnson who Julia is harassing The soap opera antics of Julia Abbott made this quite entertaining, amusing and definitely a fun Timely, relevant compelling MINOR DRAMAS OTHER CATASTROPHES by KATHLEEN WEST is a fascinating, artful, and captivating debut novel that immediately grabbed my attention and held strong right to the very end There is a full cast of characters here but mainly revolves around Julia Abbott a stage mom who is your typical helicopter parent and a school teacher, Isobel Johnson who Julia is harassing The soap opera antics of Julia Abbott made this quite entertaining, amusing and definitely a fun one for me to read There are quite a few subjects explored here and characters to follow along with but surprisingly this wasn t a heavy read by no means for me and I didn t seem to have a problem with keeping everyone straight The multiple character perspectives made this quite interesting and an easy book to read that I zipped right through KATHLEEN WEST delivers an intriguing, witty, and well written story here that was extremely readable I really appreciated that while I would say that this wasof a lighthearted tale it did have a substantial amount of truth and value to the storyline The author did a wonderful job at fully immersing me into this story and keeping me interested I can totally see this story being made into a movie.Norma s Stats Cover Eye catching, relevant, intriguing, impactful and an excellent representation to storyline.Title The title immediately intrigued me and I think it is a fitting representation to storyline There was definitely plenty of drama to be had here and some catastrophic decisions that s for sure Writing Prose Well written, readable, straightforward, easy to follow, and captivating.Plot Engrossing, lighthearted, relevant, funny, shocking, thought provoking, interesting, steadily paced, and entertaining.Ending A satisfying, fun, pleasing, and neat resolution Overall This was a very good, fun, entertaining, and lighthearted book with some substance that I thoroughly enjoyed Would recommend Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for kindly gifting me a copy of this book.This review can also be seen at Traveling Sisters Book Reviews blog Too many mean girls.The helicopter parent who can t see that she s out of control The teacher with an agenda and a guilty conscious The back stabbing best friend.The prot g who will stop at nothing to keep her job.This is about as nuanced as a Drag Queen at a Debutante Ball I found none of the acerbic humor of Where d You Go Bernadette as the blurb implied, not an iota of the charm of Big Little Lies to which another alluded The only reason I finished it is because it was an easy read, I ke Too many mean girls.The helicopter parent who can t see that she s out of control The teacher with an agenda and a guilty conscious The back stabbing best friend.The prot g who will stop at nothing to keep her job.This is about as nuanced as a Drag Queen at a Debutante Ball I found none of the acerbic humor of Where d You Go Bernadette as the blurb implied, not an iota of the charm of Big Little Lies to which another alluded The only reason I finished it is because it was an easy read, I kept hoping it would get better and by the two thirds mark I just had to see if anyone would have any redeeming qualities They didn t.Many have really enjoyed, so I m an outlier, but if you re like me and need at least one person to root for who isn t a complete ass, you won t find them in this bookNo disrespect to Drag Queens, I love you gals My reviews can also be seen at was a clever and entertaining read about parents behaving badly I really liked the cover of this book and the description was intriguing So many books about high school seem to be about students misbehaving This one is different as it is mostly parents and other adults behaving badly.Isobel Johnson is a teacher at Liston Heights High which is currently the top public high school in Minnesota Isobel frequently deals My reviews can also be seen at was a clever and entertaining read about parents behaving badly I really liked the cover of this book and the description was intriguing So many books about high school seem to be about students misbehaving This one is different as it is mostly parents and other adults behaving badly.Isobel Johnson is a teacher at Liston Heights High which is currently the top public high school in Minnesota Isobel frequently deals with concerns from over involved helicopter parents, but even she s surprised when a concerned parent leaves a rather threatening voice mail on her home phone early one morning.Isobel is aware that the principal and some of her colleagues think she should stick to the board approved curriculum But Isobel wonders who WILL speak up if she doesn t She just wants her students to see literature as well as the rest of the world in new ways and to think about what really matters in life Her intention was to influence the kids who had the power to make big changes in society Isobel s recent performance review had gone well but she knows how quickly things can change When she s called into a meeting with her superiors regarding some other complaints she worries that her job might be at risk.Julia Abbott s world revolves around her two teenage children, Andrew and Tracy Like most parents Julia wants her children to succeed If that means she needs to step in sometimes then so be it out Julia isn t a big fan of her daughter s English teacher, Mrs Johnson She feels like Mrs Johnson has some radical ideas and Julia really doesn t like her teaching methods She wonders if she should get some of the other parents involved Everyone is excited about the school s upcoming musical After the cast list is finally posted, drama ensues leading to an unfortunate incident that goes viral Not long after that, a secret behind the scenes Facebook account is discovered.The incident and the Facebook account will have far reaching consequences for many of those directly and indirectly involved Minor Dramas Other Catastrophes was a very enjoyable read The majority of the story is told from Isobel and Julia s point of view but we hear from other teachers, parents, the principal, students, andSome characters just have a couple of pages but it was still nice to hear their point of view I really liked the short chapters.This is definitely a timely read It was a thought provoking story that deals with issues like teaching, parenting, rumors, social media, relationships andRealistic in many ways and pure entertainment in others.All in all a humorous, intriguing, and clever debut novel.I d like to thank Berkley for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own 3.75 Stars When Gossip runs Amok Amok, Amok, Amok Ah, High School For Julia, the ultimate Helicopter Parent and for Isobel the wronged English Teacher, all is not well Julia s life has revolved around her children, especially her son Andrew, who recently tried out for a part in the school play Julia, desperate to know the outcome, got a little too involved you see By that I mean that she snuck into the school and took a gander at the Cast List and got into an altercation with a student w 3.75 Stars When Gossip runs Amok Amok, Amok, Amok Ah, High School For Julia, the ultimate Helicopter Parent and for Isobel the wronged English Teacher, all is not well Julia s life has revolved around her children, especially her son Andrew, who recently tried out for a part in the school play Julia, desperate to know the outcome, got a little too involved you see By that I mean that she snuck into the school and took a gander at the Cast List and got into an altercation with a student which was caught on videotaped oopsie , and posted to social media The post went VIRAL and now Julia has been outcast, by her family and everyone else Too bad, so sad Then there s Isobel, beloved teacher Her students just adore her if only the parents could say the same When she receives a spiteful voicemail from an angry parent, her curriculum is called into question Social Media stirs this pot to the extreme It s a train wreck where you desperately want to tear your eyes away but can t help but stare in fascination At times comical and entertaining, at times oddly sad, desperate and highly relevant Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West is an interesting read which kept me captivated throughout Another buddy read with Kaceey.Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and Kathleen West for the arc Published on Goodreads on 5.17.20