Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler
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From Suzanne Hansen, author of You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again
“Wade Rouse has a fantastically sharp and snarky voice, and it’s delicious fun to read about his personal misadventures among the wealthy behaving badly.”

From Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of I Am Not Myself These Days
“A treat, a trip, a triumph. Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler is a keenly observant and hilariously scathing peek into the entitled, Lilly Pulitzer–clad universe of an elite private school. With pinpoint accuracy, Wade Rouse pricks at this elite universe and comes away with surprising insights and valuable life lessons.”

From Booklist
“Wade’s irreverent look at his career at Tate is full of charm, candor, and cattiness.”

From Kirkus
“Another wincingly funny memoir from Rouse.

Hired as director of publicity at Tate Academy (a real school whose actual name and location have been disguised), the author soon learned he was “the mommy handler…the bug guard on the institutional vehicle; I get whacked and splattered, take the hits, so everyone else riding in the car—the administration, the faculty, the staff, the students—stays clean and unharmed from annoying, stinging insects.” Queen Bee here is Katherine Isabelle Ludington, better known as “Kitsy” (a composite portrait), who acts as liaison for the parent and alumni groups whose work Rouse oversees, and usually completes. Whip-thin, sporting a helmeted bob and a Lilly Pulitzer pink outfit (her dog LulaBelle is dressed just like her), Kitsy pulls her Land Rover into the school’s carpool lane and summons Rouse to inform him that his Reunion theme and décor “are simply too boring.” The diabolical Kitsy—think Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada—hasn’t a clue how to treat people. She stiffs the waiters at her country club: “I’m quite certain the service staff is well compensated. A dollar here and a dollar there is just gauche.” She tells a chubby coffee-shop barista, “You know what’s funny? I’ve never met a thin April.” While Rouse recognizes Kitsy as shallow and cruel, the former outsider finds it difficult to stop longing to be a part of the “in” crowd. Will he develop some self-esteem and stand up to this matron from hell? Will he come out of the closet and introduce boyfriend Gary to his colleagues and the alumni? Will he protect the other children from the terrifying offspring of Kitsy and her Botoxed posse? Or will he succumb to the dark side of popularity and entitlement? Delicious fun.”

From Publishers Weekly
“Rouse’s writing is fresh and funny. The tales of superficial demands and  backhanded nastiness, as well as the quest  for a standardized idea of perfection portray  a scene worse than a suburban PTA meeting of Stepford wives. The stories of Botox parties, catty mothers and  manicured pet pups make this an amusing insider look into the opulent lifestyle of  prep school families.”