Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir

Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir

by Wade Rouse
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Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler: A Memoir by Wade Rouse

At an elite prep school, the devil wears Lilly Pulitzer pink.

When Wade Rouse, who grew up more Hee-Haw than Dynasty, was hired as the director of publicity at the prestigious Tate Academy, he quickly discovered his real job: to make the very pretty, very rich, very mean mommies of the elite students very happy.

Enter Wade’s VIP volunteer and perfectly coiffed nightmare, former beauty queen and sports star Katherine Isabelle Ludington—Kitsy to her friends. In between designing Louis Vuitton–inspired reunion invitations, dressing as Ronald Reagan for Halloween, and surviving surprise Botox parties, Wade tries to tame Kitsy and her pink Lilly Pulitzer–clad posse while retaining a shred of self-esteem.

Following a year in the life of the super rich and super spoiled, Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler is hilarious, heartbreaking, and deliciously catty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307382702
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

WADE ROUSE has worked in public relations for some of the nation’s most prestigious private schools, colleges, and universities. He is the author of America’s Boy: A Memoir and a forthcoming book on his return to a simple, rural life—which he discovers is not so simple, especially when wearing high-fashion waders. He lives in Michigan.

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Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
RMT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book as a light summertime choice. The author's style is very easy to read and follow and very "current". While most of his recollections as a mommy handler are riotous, it is also an eye-opener to the world of over-indulgence and prejudice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this achingly honest and hilariously catty memoir about one man's 'coming out' at an elite prep school. I know many women like this and many schools like this, and the descriptions are spot-on. In addition, I am a gay man, and I must say that I am confounded by the first reader's review: The ironies in the book are that 1' Rouse never fit in growing up at school and saw his tenure at a prep school as his second chance 2' While Rouse was often humiliated by the 'Mean Mommies' and subjected to their abuse, he FEARED FOR HIS JOB, a point that most readers just seem not to understand 3' Rouse is harsher on himself than the Mean Mommies he portrays 4' he LEARNS from this experience, from his partner and from the many good children at the school 5' he shows, at heart, what a good person Kitsy, the main Mean Mommy, is, but she believes -- unlike Wade, ultimately -- that she doesn't have any choice. And that is what life is about: Choices. Right and wrong. Too many readers get used to one-dimensional memoirs and novels, where the narrator and characters don't evolve. I urge the first reviewer to re-read this sad, funny memoir -- as well as Rouse's first memoir, the highly acclaimed America's Boy -- and give it some thought. Great memoirs make you think. And this one does.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The point of this book by Mr. Rouse is to confess his poor judgment. The previous reviewer stated how catty Mr. Rouse was however, that was the author's point: He was confessing that he, too, had poor judgment, but, wrote the book to confess his 'sins'. Great humor, and poignant revelations by the author.
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Wade Rouse is a clever writer who unabashedly puts his life out for all to experience. He does such a good job of describing his angst filled days working at a private school that I found the story a little depressing. However, I heartily recommend the book as it is also liberally dosed with laughter and rays of hope. As I rooted for Wade to climb into a rewarding life path, I bemoaned the increasingly diminishing number of pages left to read. Do yourself a favor and read the other titles by this author; they are their own reward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author is critical of the shallow mean mommies at a private school, yet he is exactly like them. He is critical of the clothing worn by people less stylish than he is, just as the mean mommies are, but thinks it's terrible when they do it and seems to be fine when he does it. He allows them to be racist and homophobic and acts like he agrees-ironically, he's gay. He cozies up to the mean moms so he can be included and liked by rich beautiful people, but then says he disapproves of their words and actions. He does not stop the students at the school from saying and doing mean things which as an employee of a school, he should do. He continually repeats the fact that he hates everything about his job, yet does not leave. There is nothing funny about this book-it would be funny to hear about rich shallow women who are oblivious to their actions, but to have a man go along with it just so he fits in and then condemn it, is no better than those women. It was very unsettling to know that people like this are out there. I couldn't even finish it and I very rarely do not finish a book that I start.