Kathleen West

Kathleen West

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes

Berkley

A clever debut about a privileged high school — the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle.

Isobel knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott — whose world revolves around interfering in her children’s lives. Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia’s own teenagers.

 

Isobel has spent her teaching career 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 continues her social-justice ideals. Meanwhile, Julia, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, inadvertently shoves the female student lead after sneaking onto the school campus. The damning video goes viral and has far-reaching consequences for Julia.

 

With nothing to unite them beyond the sting of humiliation, Isobel and Julia will find common ground where they least expect it, confronting a secret Facebook site that’s stirring up trouble for this school community.

“Helicopter parenting and high school politics at their worst — and funniest. A smart, fast-paced, and deliciously entertaining debut!”
—Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author