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Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir Paperback – August 12, 2008
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Following its publication, Rouse conducted a number of interviews. He refused to confirm or deny that Tate Academy was inspired by the years he spent as Director of Communications at a toney local prep school. If you want to identify the school, the information can be googled, but I don't want to spoil the fun. Local press interviews with graduates and staff at the school indicated that they all understood what school was being discussed. St. Louis natives who answer the "which high school" question will doubtless enjoy trying to identify the country club and some of the characters. Rouse stated that every hilarious incident, including when a 90+ year old alum chugged whiskey and pushed him down a staircase during a school event, was based on an actual experience. For those of you from the hallowed halls of Tate, you may find his catty digs cut a little close to the bone. It all depends which crowd you were in and how seriously you took it all.
who attended "Tate" will be trying to assimilate the characters.
The book is well written, but the characterization is way over the top.
Perhaps I feel this way because I attended "Tate" for a dozen years.
Regardless, it is a delicious catty read not to be taken too seriously.
I would 're commend it to anyone................. oh but I hate that I have to write a certain amount of words on my kindle to review a book, so I usually skip it.
In his latest memoir, CONFESSIONS OF A PREP SCHOOL MOMMY HANDLER, the author of AMERICA'S BOY recounts his life at the beck and call of a few of the super rich and snobby mothers of Tate students. While publicity is ostensibly his job at Tate, Rouse soon learns that his primary responsibility is handling overly involved and not very kind mommies. For him, the carpool lane comes to symbolize his demeaning work at the school.
Rouse is clever, funny and kind, but not to himself. His low self-esteem is attractive to the ladies he dubs "the mean mommies," especially to Katherine Isabelle Ludington, or "Kitsy." Kitsy, a Tate alum and the parent to young Tate student "Mitsy," decides to become deeply involved in both the major and minor happenings on the busy Tate calender. These are the events that Rouse is generally in charge of, and somehow, over the course of the year, he ends up being her assistant. Rouse is desperate to turn her down but is unable to do so. She humiliates him, manipulates him emotionally and buys him off with expensive gifts, yet he still wonders if she in fact may be his first adult female friend.
It is not necessary to have read Rouse's first memoir, in which he talks about his childhood and young adulthood, to fully understand where he is coming from in CONFESSIONS, but it does help a little. Rouse grew up in the rural south in an eccentric but caring family. He was gay, overweight and unpopular.Read more ›
The best thing I did this summer was to get my hands on everything he has written. You know it's a great read when you find yourself smiling as you turn pages!
I have read some negative reviews in the past and I must comment on them - they seem a lot like the sour grapes of bad writers who cannot get published!
I hope there are many more books to come!
Oh, and he AND his hubby are AH-DORABLE!
While I did not enjoy it as much as his first memoir, I did find myself laughing out loud often. I also had moments where i shed a tear and countless times when I was smiling. Wade Rouse and his thoughts in his books, convey what many think in their own heads. Most of all his stories show how human we all can be and how over time we can change and grow and find our own path in life.
Laugh out loud funny - a characterization of quite a few Mom's (and maybe even my own a bit)... Quick read, good for a quick airport trip or the beach.
While there is a certain faction, who does behave this way - it's certainly not the tone/experience of the school at large.
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Loved this book...it made me laugh out loud a lot! Very entertaining, I highly recommend it.Published 22 months ago by Athena, EB
It is funny in places, but the intention is to hurt people who annoyed him. He doesn't really want to solve problems or confront issues, but to attack people who were mean to... Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Reader
Love this book. Great writer. I have read all of Wade Rouses books and each seems better than the last.Published on September 14, 2013 by Vickie L. Harris
Hysterical and witty. Well written and couldn't put it down. It's a great account of prep school moms, struggles to fit in and finding yourself.Published on March 25, 2013 by Rachel
Women who live in snowy climates do not wear Lilly Pulitzer and on and on. He is gay and his references are stereotypical in his description of women. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by bonnie mcnamara
I related to this book a little too well, from the standpoint of being a "handler". After working 4 years of high end baby retail, I can only imagine how much worse some of my... Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Jolene Vetterling
I read this book after I read Wade's "At Least in the City ..." and found myself not focusing on the entitled ultra-rich characters of the prep school, but on how Wade had to hide... Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by muggletrixie
This is the book that started my obsession (and friendship?) with Wade Rouse. Never before has such a book riveted my attention the way Wade's does. Read morePublished on September 10, 2011 by UGAG