The Nanny Diaries: A Novel

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View all 4 comments. Aug 17, Jennifer Holland rated it did not like it. I read this during a series of fifteen-minute breaks at my job. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bit of a grudge against any book packaged as chick-lit, the literary equivalent of low-cal fast food. However, I thoroughly enjoyed both The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing and Prep, and understand that genuinely good fiction is sometimes whored out with candy-colored covers so they'll sell, and I'm always happy to be taken by surprise when that's the case. Not so with this book.

Now, I read this during a series of fifteen-minute breaks at my job. Now, I love the blood-letting of rich people just as much as the next person, but I got no satisfaction here.

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I hated the protagonist just as much as the mother for never standing up for herself or little Grayson, and I found her relationship with the Harvard Hottie H. I promise, it will be lost on your readers. It seemed like the authors were attempting to draw some sort of parallel between their relationship and that of Grayson's parents, i. And the ending is terrible!

Nanny can't even tell off that bitch to her face, she has to videotape it! View all 5 comments. I read this book back when I was in college. This was actually the very first non-middle grade English book I ever bought! I had only bought some of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries before then. But that was about it and none of that felt as "grown up" to me as The Nanny Diaries.

Hmm, I just realized they were both 'diaries', huh? I still remember how I was so awed by the writing from the very first chapter: it was so sophisticat I read this book back when I was in college. I still remember how I was so awed by the writing from the very first chapter: it was so sophisticated for my college-aged-English-as-a-foreign-language-mind.

Too sophisticated in fact, I remembered using a dictionary manyyy times throughout reading the whole thing. I was tempted to go back and see if it really was that good or I was just awfully deficient in my English at that point in time. And I certainly will, if only I could actually find the damn book! I decided to lower my rating to 4 stars since it was probably my impressionable self who gave it all 5 stars at first.

Although it will remain in my favorite shelf for mostly nostalgic reason ; Ps2. Grayer was such a cute name! Dec 09, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: no-judgements. If you must insist on reading chick lit, I recommend this one. There's a romantic subplot and lots of shopping and snarky best-friend banter, of course, but the main relationship in the story is between the main character called Nan or Nanny by everyone in the story and her four-year-old charge, Grayer.

Both authors used to be nannies in New York City, and you can tell they really enjoyed venting their frustration about past employers in this book. There's the controlling, neurotic mother, the If you must insist on reading chick lit, I recommend this one. There's the controlling, neurotic mother, the absent father, the evil mistress who leaves her panties in the family's apartment leading to a hilarious scene where Nanny enlists two of her friends to help her comb the apartment searching for the panties , and a whole cast of nannies who suffer every kind of abuse from both their employers and their charges.

The writing goes from hilarious to heartbreaking as Nanny experiences every ridiculous aspect of the hidden lives of the super-rich. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes the Gossip Girl series: it's a good opportunity to look inside the same rich Manhattan society, but from the much more interesting perspective of "the help. View all 3 comments. Apr 25, Cheri rated it did not like it. I found the plot if you can call it that predictable and unimaginative and the characters flat. Wish I could get those hours back of my life. Can't believe they made a movie out of it.

Although, if there are as many people watching "American Idol" as they say there are, I'm sure there's a ready audience for the movie. View 1 comment. Nov 12, alana Semuels rated it liked it. This is what happens when you go to a Goodreads book swap and pick up a trashy book, thinking "Oh, i'll read this on the beach someday, it looks mindless. And then you stay up for three hours reading it, not because it's good, but because it has a plot that is clear and fast-moving, and that is more than you can say for all those high-falutin books that win awards for talking about the moonlight falling on a burning rabbit.

And then you don't get any sleep and are tired at work because you were staying up reading The Nanny Diaries, for crying out loud. Does that mean I liked it? I guess. It won't win any prizes for writing poetically about moonlight falling on burning rabbits, but I read it all, in two days.

Curse you, Goodreads book swap! View all 6 comments. We start with a nanny called Nanny. So, ignore the silly names, and wade through the interview experiences, the ridiculous demands of these ultra-rich socialites and their first-world problems, and the brand name soup, and the 2. Which is that the nanny often has a much better relationship with the children than either of the parents do. Nanny lacks backbone but not self-pity and makes quite a few unwise decisions. Nonetheless, her dedication to her four-year-old charge is genuine.

The Xes are, no doubt, an amalgamation of the worst parents the authors have encountered: pretentious, shallow and selfish. This tale gives the reader some laughs, some head-shaking and some gasps at the behaviour of the rich. Is it entertaining enough that readers will want to read the sequel?


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Jan 11, Kimberly rated it liked it. I must say didn't you feel like slapping Mrs. X and shaking Nanny! The abuse of power by the richy rich Mrs. X was amazing, even more so was Nanny taking it and staying. It was touching seeing the relationship between her and 'Grover'. The book left me feeling sad for him and his mother constantly changing his caretakers at the faintest perceived slight.

Nov 02, Amy rated it it was amazing. I wanted to kill the wicked Mrs. I wish Nan would've had more back bone!! Highly recommends!! Apr 25, Leftbanker rated it did not like it.


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  7. The only reason I tried to read it was because I was going through a phase when I lived in Seattle of noticing the books that people were reading on the bus, or in coffee shops, or where ever. I wanted to get a feel for what folks were buying. A very disheartening exercise at times. The book is one of the least interesting things I have ever come across. In the movie the nanny actually allows the child to abuse her sexually and physically. Little Lord Fuck-face pulls her pants down in an early scene that I saw before turning it off. I would have put a cigarette out in his eye for that one.

    See if he tries that again. No wonder these kids grow up to be date rapists and poorly qualified U. You get the feeling from the book and the movie that you are supposed to feel a sense of awe concerning the lifestyle of the over-privileged hag. I mean, this is what we all want, right? This is what we all aspire to be in our dreams, to be super-rich and outsource every single human endeavor and emotion, to become sandblasted and airbrushed to within an inch of our pilates-toned asses, and to shop—as if this were some wonderful form of self-expression.

    Of course, I was too embarrassed to even check it out so I just speed-read it among the stacks. I watched even less of the sickening movie version of the shitty novel. If you are thinking that I sound a little bitter, you can bet your ass that I have been made bitter by this vile piece of trash. More than anything else it was obvious that the authors just want to walk in the same shoes as their over-privileged masters who have closets full of designer heels.

    The new American elite make the Czars of Russia look like serfs.

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    I suppose that just about everyone in America thinks that eventually they, too, will be part of this new elite class, the sickeningly stupid progeny of inherited wealth. The fact that so many people voted for one of these nitwits to be our president confirms this theory. I have always felt that everyone in the world should be forced to clean their own toilet.

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    People need to be reminded on a daily basis that we are all filthy animals, one and all, whether you are Bill Gates or Bin Laden, Madonna or Hilary Clinton. George Bush should do nothing but clean toilets all day. If you have something more offensive and vulgar please let me know. Sorry, people who treat other humans as slaves make me very angry. View all 11 comments. Audio Sometimes I need a lil chick lit in my life.

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    View 2 comments. Oct 20, Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm rated it liked it. Can I just comment about the movie instead of the book? Sorry, my bad.. Add to the fact that Harvard Hottie was portrayed by no less than Chris Evans who is certainly a hottie!! Take note: I read this book first before I watched the movie.

    This book gave me mixed feelings after reading it. True, all I wanted was for Nan to tell them t Can I just comment about the movie instead of the book? I was kind of annoyed until the end. The writing was good, though. Clearly the authors have experienced a lot in doing nanny duties and they had successfully delivered their story and message to the readers.

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    This might be a fun read for some people, maybe former nannies that can relate to the protagonist. Me, what I really liked in the story is little Grayer, his resilience and patience and cuteness and maturity with the situation he was stuck in. Apr 20, Nicole lost in the book's world rated it did not like it Shelves: my-own-books , challenge-complete , wtf , i-give-up-to-read , books-to-movie-tvshow , whatever , one-nope-star , lost-interesting-it , not-interesting , disappointed.

    I am so glad that I only pay this book for 50 cents. I hate it. It is really bore me so hard. I read it till 50 pages, I started to lost my interest in this book. May 05, Alaina rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , romance , chick-lit , contemporary , humor , young-adult.

    Now I know I've seen the movie before but I honestly didn't remember much about it. So going into this book I had no expectations - I just wanted to like it. The Nanny was kind of funny and I did enjoy reading it. However, Mr and Mrs X were meh to me. They just didn't seem like realistic parents. They were terrible ones but again, I doubt any parent would act like them. Even if they were living in New York. I loved Grayer. I could totally see any kid acting the way he did in this book. Especially Now I know I've seen the movie before but I honestly didn't remember much about it.

    Especially if that kids parents were anything like Grayer's. I get that his mom was obsessed with his image.. His parents just frustrated the hell out of me and it made me feel so bad for this kid. Yes, it's fictional but damn.. He deserves better parents. The Nanny was a likable character. I loved her relationship with Grayer throughout the book. I speak French. My parents are college educated. I have no visible piercings and have been to Lincoln Center in the last two months.

    I'm hired. When the Xs marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Why do you think the characters are never assigned real names? Considering the harsh and fickle treatment Nan receives from Mrs. X, why do you think she stays with the family?

    What kind of person do you think Grayer will grow up to be? Why do you think that Nanny told Mrs. X about Mr. X's mistress before she left for good? Was it to protect her or was it for revenge? If you were Nanny's family parents, grandmother, boyfriend would you support her decision to work for the X's? Consider her almost missing her graduation, her time constraints with finding a new apartment, as well as her emotional health and unfair compensation.

    Would you have spoken your mind on the teddy bear tape recorder before leaving the X's household for good? Why do you think Nanny erased her initial outburst? How long would you be able to hold your tongue if found in a comparable work situation? If you had the money that the X's had and could enrich your child's life with exotic foods, violin lessons, private schooling and French classes, would you and why?

    What do you think is appropriate for a child and what crosses the line? How much responsibility should a nanny take in raising her employer's child? Do you think Nanny will stay in the child-care profession after this experience? Do you think this book is depressing or hopeful? How much is realistic vs. What rules of nannying would you require if you were hiring someone to take care of your child? Why do you think this book has struck a cord with readers at this time?

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    Education: B. Show More. Reading Group Guide Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Breaking Silence Kate Burkholder Series 3. The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, Apparently it has been noticed that you neither cook nor eat, that you import toilet bowl cleanser from Europe, that your idea of a permissible outing for your 4-year-old son is a trip to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and that you have been known to sip Perrier while the little lad was desperately thirsty.

    How unspeakable of your nanny to have noticed. Then again, maybe she had the right idea. Because the servant's-eye view is always satire-ready, and the person in charge of child care has a splendid vantage point for skewering her employers. Thus we have ''The Nanny Diaries,'' a diabolically funny New York story about a Park Avenue family and the college student who is hired to baby-sit.

    For everyone in the household, not just the neglected son. This book is centered on Park Avenue, which they deem the Midwest of Manhattan on the basis of population density, because it has that many empty rooms. Their characters are the kinds of women who instruct new employees: ''Now the dry cleaner's number is on there and the florist and the caterer.

    I'll get you that next week. Their composite heroine, whose actual name is supposed to be Nanny, is a vastly entertaining narrator and impromptu social critic, observing distinctions ''amid the sea of faces that have had work done and the faces that are doing the work. In their acknowledgments, the authors thank an associate ''for letting us know when there was no there there.

    What they have here are the makings of a nonfiction tell-all book, but the material has been winningly transformed into fiction, thanks to an antagonist whom readers will love to hate: Mrs.



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