The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply. Who wouldn't want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day. When the X's' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity and, most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude. Written by two former nannies, The Nanny Diaries deftly punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.

The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1) Details

TitleThe Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 18th, 2003
PublisherSt. Martins Press-3pl
ISBN-139780312291631
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary, Humor

The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1) Review

  • F Macias-Mossman
    January 1, 1970
    It is one long anecdote disguised as a novel. A lot like "Devil Wears Prada," it is just a laundry list of incidents while working for the shallow, designer-clad perfectionist. It reads more like an article in Us Weekly, In Touch, and or the Mecca of all celebrity rag mag's, People. What it is clearly the flaw in novels like "Nanny Diaries," and "Devil Wears Prada" is that the protagonist fumbles through the novel lacking any goal or purpose. Instead, these idealists, cute but not too cute young It is one long anecdote disguised as a novel. A lot like "Devil Wears Prada," it is just a laundry list of incidents while working for the shallow, designer-clad perfectionist. It reads more like an article in Us Weekly, In Touch, and or the Mecca of all celebrity rag mag's, People. What it is clearly the flaw in novels like "Nanny Diaries," and "Devil Wears Prada" is that the protagonist fumbles through the novel lacking any goal or purpose. Instead, these idealists, cute but not too cute young women lament over the horrors of working for demanding woman and display their own shallowness by painstakingly describing every brand and designer as if reciting some holy mantra. However, what I'll give Nanny Credit for, over Prada, is that at least Nanny is short and concise. Truly a gossip column of "did you know…" whereas Devil painfully goes on an on.It’s a definitely a light read, requiring very little from the reader. However, from a cultural perspective it is interesting how we continue to vilify the successful woman and how we must focus on her flaws. Even more interesting is how the one doing the undercutting is other women. I don't dare pretend that these hardened woman don't exist but rather that there is now a whole market exploiting them.
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  • Tea Jovanović
    January 1, 1970
    Čitaocima nepoznata činjenica, ali živa istina... Narodna knjiga i Laguna "tukle" su se oko ovog naslova... :) Na moju žalost, jer sam tada još bila u NK, dobila ju je NK... A Laguna je "čapila" meni dražu knjigu "Čik me uhvati"... Volela bih da je situacija bila obrnuta... :) Ali ni jedni ni drugi se nismo usrečili s prodajom tih knjiga a zbog "tuče" su nas papreno koštale u autorskim pravima... Sada posle 10 i kusur godina od tada mogu hladne glave da sagledam neke stvari... Te dve mlade devoj Čitaocima nepoznata činjenica, ali živa istina... Narodna knjiga i Laguna "tukle" su se oko ovog naslova... :) Na moju žalost, jer sam tada još bila u NK, dobila ju je NK... A Laguna je "čapila" meni dražu knjigu "Čik me uhvati"... Volela bih da je situacija bila obrnuta... :) Ali ni jedni ni drugi se nismo usrečili s prodajom tih knjiga a zbog "tuče" su nas papreno koštale u autorskim pravima... Sada posle 10 i kusur godina od tada mogu hladne glave da sagledam neke stvari... Te dve mlade devojke (koje sam upoznala u vreme objavljivanja ovog romana) bile su trenutni hit... i mnogu su "koštale"... Deset godina kasnije malo ko se i seća ove knjige a kamoli da mu je omiljena ili da bi sada mogla da zainteresuje neku novu publiku... Zato sam se uvek klonila toga da kupujem knjige za koje sam bila sigurna da ne mogu izdržati sud vremena i čitaoca... :)
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a gift while I was working as a nanny. At first it was funny, with all of the little observations that all nannies make- mainly about a certain, small subsection of women who hire nannies- the wealthy, entitled, narcissistic bitches. As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that the children are the losers, the parents have no business being parents, and the nannies do nothing to help make the family a better place. Instead they whine about mistreatment, go along with abuse, and This book was a gift while I was working as a nanny. At first it was funny, with all of the little observations that all nannies make- mainly about a certain, small subsection of women who hire nannies- the wealthy, entitled, narcissistic bitches. As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that the children are the losers, the parents have no business being parents, and the nannies do nothing to help make the family a better place. Instead they whine about mistreatment, go along with abuse, and try to replace the parent with their own immature version of love. The account was infuriating because there was a great deal of truth in it, and it made me so upset (recognizing the same characteristics in children, nannies and parents of my acquaintance,) that I finally refused to finish the last few chapters. What made the whole thing worse is that the book is written in a vain, selfish-masquerading-as-selfless, preening, whiny voice, that made me want to reach through the page and tell her to grow some cojones (and take a writing class or two.) Thanks but no thanks, this book is a binner.
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  • Jennifer Holland
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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 love the blood-letting of rich people just as much as the next person, but I got no satisfaction here. 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.H.? Is that a nod to Humbert Humbert, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus? I promise, it will be lost on your readers.) completely implausible. It seemed like the authors were attempting to draw some sort of parallel between their relationship and that of Grayson's parents, i.e., this could be you in twenty years, Nanny, but then they chickened out. And the ending is terrible! Nanny can't even tell off that bitch to her face, she has to videotape it!
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  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    January 1, 1970
    The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1), Emma McLaughlinتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: خاطرات دایه؛ اما مک لافین؛ نیکلا کراوس؛ برگردان: میترا معتضد؛ تهران، البرز، 1383، در 497 ص؛ در این داستان خانم جوانی برای مراقبت و پرستاری از پسر بچه چهار ساله خانواده ثروتمندی استخدام میشود و باقی ماجرا. ا. شربیانی The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1), Emma McLaughlinتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: خاطرات دایه؛ اما مک لافین؛ نیکلا کراوس؛ برگردان: میترا معتضد؛ تهران، البرز، 1383، در 497 ص؛ در این داستان خانم جوانی برای مراقبت و پرستاری از پسر بچه چهار ساله خانواده ثروتمندی استخدام می‌شود و باقی ماجرا. ا. شربیانی
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  • l a i n e y
    January 1, 1970
    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? and to think I've never been one to keep any sort whatsoever! Anywho...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. 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? and to think I've never been one to keep any sort whatsoever! Anywho...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!Ps. 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!
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  • Madeline
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 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."
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    Awful. I found the plot (if you can call it that) predictable and unimaginative and the characters flat. BO-ring. 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.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    2.5★sThe Nany Diaries is the first book in the Nanny series by American authors and ex-nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. We start with a nanny called Nanny. Then we have parents Mr X and Mrs X, and their four-year-old son, Grayer. And a potential boyfriend who never gets beyond HH (=Harvard Hottie). 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 2.5★sThe Nany Diaries is the first book in the Nanny series by American authors and ex-nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. We start with a nanny called Nanny. Then we have parents Mr X and Mrs X, and their four-year-old son, Grayer. And a potential boyfriend who never gets beyond HH (=Harvard Hottie). 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 there’s actually a reasonable story. Which is that the nanny often has a much better relationship with the children than either of the parents do. And that all that money doesn’t ensure a stable marriage or a happy childhood.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? Doubtful.
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  • alana Semuels
    January 1, 1970
    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 start reading it before bed one night to rest your brain. 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. 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 start reading it before bed one night to rest your brain. 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!
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just comment about the movie instead of the book?Sorry, my bad.. It’s just frustrating that I found that I liked the movie adaptation better after I’ve finally read this much-hyped story about nannies and their bitch-employers.. 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 (the Can I just comment about the movie instead of the book?Sorry, my bad.. It’s just frustrating that I found that I liked the movie adaptation better after I’ve finally read this much-hyped story about nannies and their bitch-employers.. 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 (the X’s off) face-to-face about all her problems and complains regarding her employers but all she did in the end is leave a stupid tape that is sooo sugar coated. Furthermore, I was a little distressed with the attitude of the “parents” in the story, to the point where I almost had to put the book down. Ugh.. I was kind of annoyed until the end. I guess that’s the reason why they changed a lot of the story in the film.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. 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. Poor little boy, I would likely adopt you if your parents won’t wake up after I bash them in the head.
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  • Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))
    January 1, 1970
    I am so glad that I only pay this book for 50 cents.Yet...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.I was likeRIGHT.... BLAH!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this book!! OMG..I wanted to kill the wicked Mrs. X! I wish Nan would've had more back bone!! Wonderful & entertaining! Highly recommends!!
  • Leftbanker
    January 1, 1970
    I suppose that I am one of the few heterosexual males who actually read The Nanny Diaries, or at least part of it before I wanted to make my own guillotine and start lopping off the heads of America’s vulgar ultra-rich. 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 tim I suppose that I am one of the few heterosexual males who actually read The Nanny Diaries, or at least part of it before I wanted to make my own guillotine and start lopping off the heads of America’s vulgar ultra-rich. 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. It tells the story of a young girl, recently graduated from college, who goes to work as a nanny for an over-privileged cunt* in Manhattan. 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.S. presidents.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 cunt. 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 is some wonderful form of self-expression.I didn’t get very far along in the story in the novel before throwing it in the trash (disguised as the Seattle Library book deposit). 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 fucking ass that I have been made bitter by this vile piece of trash. The book made a vague attempt to scold the women who make up America’s new aristocracy. More than anything else it was obvious that the authors just want to walk in the same shoes as their over-privileged cunt masters who have closets full of designer heels.I really think that it is time for America to stop and take a very good look at the way things are progressing and decide if we want to keep on this course of allowing the top 1% of the citizenry to make all of the rules and call all of the shots. The new American elite make the Czars of Russia look like serfs. 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. 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.*I thought a lot about that word "cunt" and the slightly embellished version of "over-privileged cunt" but I just couldn't come up with a more vitriolic tag for this sub-culture. If you have something more offensive and vulgar please let me know.
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  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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 if that kids parents were anything like Grayer's. I get that his mom was obsessed with his image.. but he's a damn kid. 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.. poor Grayer. He deserves better parents.The Nanny was a likable character. I loved her relationship with Grayer throughout the book. Luckily for her, her parents were actually relatable and realistic. Maybe they can adopt Grayer?!? Jack and Caroline were amazing. I wish I got to see more of them in this book!!Then there was the "romance" part of this book. Now that part in the movie I remember! However, the book didn't really hold my interest on it. It seemed like a good idea but in the end I lost my interest rather quickly and wanted to finish the book.Now besides enjoying this book - there were a ton of things that annoyed me to no end. Again, Grayer's parents who should't even be parents. Then there was the whole nannies have no back bone because they just take the abuse from their employers. Like no, not cool. Overall, it was an okay book with likable characters. My favorite by far is Grayer because he was an adorable little shit.
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  • Candy Boisvert
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Nanny DiariesAuthor: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausCopyright date: 2002Publisher: St. Martin's GriffinHow many pages: 306 pgsHow long it took me to read: 10 daysCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: Seeing it around Chapter's and then being released as a movieThis book was purchased at: McNeely and RobinsonThis book is: for people who are thinking about becoming a NannyOther books by these authors: Dedication and Citizen girlFavorite characters: Grayer, Nanny, Harvard Hot Title: The Nanny DiariesAuthor: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausCopyright date: 2002Publisher: St. Martin's GriffinHow many pages: 306 pgsHow long it took me to read: 10 daysCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: Seeing it around Chapter's and then being released as a movieThis book was purchased at: McNeely and RobinsonThis book is: for people who are thinking about becoming a NannyOther books by these authors: Dedication and Citizen girlFavorite characters: Grayer, Nanny, Harvard Hottie and JoshWhen and Where the story takes place: New YorkPlot in a nutshell: Nanny takes a job taking care of a little boy who's parents are completely horrible parents and care more about their money than their son.Main characters: Grayer, Nanny, and Mrs. XWhat I liked best: It was such a good book, I actually WANTED to read it.What I liked least: How true this book is. Parents like that should get a rude awakening.Overall rating: I am so glad for this book. I was getting ready to become a Nanny but this made me come to the realisation of who I will be working for and I know this is an exaggeration of what being a Nanny is like but it's true...why can't these parents take care of their own damn kids?! Also, the ending kind of pissed me off, I kind of want to know what happens next.
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  • Allison ☾
    January 1, 1970
    "Where is the child in this home? Where is the woman in this mother? And how, exactly, am I to fit in?" 4.5 stars. I loved this book very much. It is sarcastic, funny, heartfelt, frustrating and sweet.Nan is a 21 year old student at NYU who takes a job as a nanny for an upper eastside Manhattan family. The mom (Mrs. X) is high strung and high maintenance, and prefers to take a 'backseat' parenting role. The father (Mr. X) is never home, has a roaming eye and a short temper. And then there's the "Where is the child in this home? Where is the woman in this mother? And how, exactly, am I to fit in?" 4.5 stars. I loved this book very much. It is sarcastic, funny, heartfelt, frustrating and sweet.Nan is a 21 year old student at NYU who takes a job as a nanny for an upper eastside Manhattan family. The mom (Mrs. X) is high strung and high maintenance, and prefers to take a 'backseat' parenting role. The father (Mr. X) is never home, has a roaming eye and a short temper. And then there's the son, Nanny's charge, Grayer. "Grayer, who's your best friend at school? I ask."Shut up, stupidhead," he says, kicking out at my shins. I walk the remainder of the way well outside his field of stroller vision. Despite being mistreated, overworked and underpaid, Nan falls in love with Grayer and becomes a surrogate mother figure for him. This book explores the lifestyle dynamic of Manhattan (which fascinated me considering I've never set a foot near New York City) and the dynamic of family relationships. I only deducted .5 stars because our narrator seems to be 99% snark and only 1% emotional human being at times.
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  • K.D. Absolutely
    January 1, 1970
    Tata J recommended this book to me saying that he enjoyed this very much. This even came with two other books about nannies - WHITE HOUSE NANNIES and YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. So, after just reading the tearjerker in the love story of Van and Davy, I thought I needed to have something very light. Something that will make me laugh.And laugh I did. In the first 10 pages of this book, I was laughing at the wee hours of a Sunday morning. The Interview part is really funny. I also like t Tata J recommended this book to me saying that he enjoyed this very much. This even came with two other books about nannies - WHITE HOUSE NANNIES and YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. So, after just reading the tearjerker in the love story of Van and Davy, I thought I needed to have something very light. Something that will make me laugh.And laugh I did. In the first 10 pages of this book, I was laughing at the wee hours of a Sunday morning. The Interview part is really funny. I also like the scene when the Nanny was given earmuffs by Mrs. X for Christmas when she was expecting to get cash gift. I became intrigued on how good those parts so later in that morning, I googled both the book and the authors and I learned that this will soon be made into a movie. I will surely see that one. Then I also learned from the other Goodreads members that this is a GIRL LITT book! Oh my, so this is my first in this genre. All these years, I've been ignoring the shopaholics and travelling pants type of books but you brought this book to me, Tata J!In fairness, the book has its moments - the hilarious parts. However, after the first third of the book, it became predictable: the Nanny and the previously bratty Grayer developing a strong bond. Then the last chapter drowned the whole effort. The Nanny facing the camera and giving the lecture to Mr and Mrs X. For me, it is too preachy to end a good story.I am still keeping the two other books. When I read another depressing story, I will still turn to them. And yes, bespren, here is where I got the expression "OMG!". Ha ha ha!
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    This book mirrors The Devil Wears Prada, offering a glimpse into the world of Upper East Side WASPs. Like DWP, we see this opulent lifestyle through a college aged woman who grudgingly agrees to work for the upper crust in hopes of improving her career outlook. But it turns out rich people are rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and really, really bad parents.I might have rated this book a little higher if the parents hadn't been so awful. Not once in the story did they seem more than dimly aware This book mirrors The Devil Wears Prada, offering a glimpse into the world of Upper East Side WASPs. Like DWP, we see this opulent lifestyle through a college aged woman who grudgingly agrees to work for the upper crust in hopes of improving her career outlook. But it turns out rich people are rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and really, really bad parents.I might have rated this book a little higher if the parents hadn't been so awful. Not once in the story did they seem more than dimly aware that their son existed. It's tiring to read about the self-absorbed (though not nearly as exhausting as working for them).Like DWP, we expect a telling-off of the nasty employers by the end of the story. In both books, instead of feeling satisfying when the girl finally stands up for herself, it feels empty. The wealthy jerks will write off her final outburst as the ramblings of commoner. They'll just find the next gullible girl to steamroll into submission.This book has lots of great details about work as a nanny (the preschool application process is pretty terrifying - I'm not sure at what age my parents started reading The Wall Street Journal aloud to me, but obviously it wasn't soon enough), and it is well written for its genre, but left such a yucky aftertaste that I can't recommend it.
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  • Weng
    January 1, 1970
    5/5.0 starsPlease read the blurb and tell me this book isn't already a promisingly witty read. I just got the sequel Nanny Returns which I will be reading very soon, hopefully, with teenage Grayer X seeking Nanny out for her abandonment (her sacking, actually).I live in the Philippines where nannies are widespread because, I assume, everybody needs a career to elevate their lifestyle and to support daily demands in a developing country such as ours. As a result, nannies tend to be surrogate pare 5/5.0 starsPlease read the blurb and tell me this book isn't already a promisingly witty read. I just got the sequel Nanny Returns which I will be reading very soon, hopefully, with teenage Grayer X seeking Nanny out for her abandonment (her sacking, actually).I live in the Philippines where nannies are widespread because, I assume, everybody needs a career to elevate their lifestyle and to support daily demands in a developing country such as ours. As a result, nannies tend to be surrogate parents and I think maybe they are sometimes undervalued. It's their job, sure, but it's a job not even the actual parents can do or have any time for. The Nanny Diaries is a winner with its humor and message. The book is better than the movie. Read this, enjoooyy.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I got really tired of this Mary Sue of a nanny. I've never met anyone so selfless and endlessly caring. Why are we supposed to feel sorry for/sympathize with someone whose problems are pretty much the result of her having No Backbone Whatsoever?The writing is fluid and the book is definitely readable, but it wasn't as funny as I expected. Kind of struck me as COFFEE, TEA, OR ME? with nannies.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    This is not at all my usual reading fare, but actually, it turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting. It was not as funny as it could have been, and frankly, some of the characters were markedly irritating, but there was a surprising amount of depth to it, and it did get better as it went on. I will not be reading the sequel, however, as it sounds utterly ridiculous.
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  • Katherine 黄爱芬
    January 1, 1970
    Nanny mendapatkan pekerjaan mengasuh anak berumur 4 thn, keluarga kaya raya dgn ibu berselera tinggi dan fashionista, sedangkan si ayah sibuk berbisnis dan berselingkuh. Seiring berjalannya waktu, tugas Nanny bertambah tapi tidak diiringi dgn kenaikan upah. Nanny makin terjebak di keluarga tsb, antara cintanya pd sang anak dan menghadapi kebencian akumulatif dari ibu sang anak.Well, saya merasa saat membaca buku ini, dialog-dialognya, terutama di awal-awal cerita, berlompatan sana-sini dan kuran Nanny mendapatkan pekerjaan mengasuh anak berumur 4 thn, keluarga kaya raya dgn ibu berselera tinggi dan fashionista, sedangkan si ayah sibuk berbisnis dan berselingkuh. Seiring berjalannya waktu, tugas Nanny bertambah tapi tidak diiringi dgn kenaikan upah. Nanny makin terjebak di keluarga tsb, antara cintanya pd sang anak dan menghadapi kebencian akumulatif dari ibu sang anak.Well, saya merasa saat membaca buku ini, dialog-dialognya, terutama di awal-awal cerita, berlompatan sana-sini dan kurang nyambung. Belum lagi ditingkahi bocah Grayer yg sering tantrum, hiperaktif krn berusaha mendapat perhatian dari orangtuanya. Ironisnya ortu Grayer nyaris menganggap bocah ini spt gangguan yg hrs disingkirkan setiap kali bocah ini melintas di hadapan mereka. Mereka hanya menganggap si bocah adalah aksesoris pelengkap utk kadang-kadang dipamerkan, tapi selalu kecewa krn merasa si bocah tidak memiliki kepandaian. Inilah cerminan anak orang kaya yg dibesarkan dgn uang, bukan dgn kasih sayang. Agak disayangkan ending cerita tidak memuaskan saya walau hrs saya akui realistis klimaks ceritanya. Masalahnya saya masih "kurang rela" jika uang mengalahkan segalanya.
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  • Krissys
    January 1, 1970
    Wanted:One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.Who woul Wanted:One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.Who wouldn't want this job? Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.When the Xs' marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity and, most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.My Review:The X's and friends don't see the people that sacrifice everything including their own personal lives and families to ensure that these people sitting on cushions can continue looking down their noses at employees they consider below them meant to be unseen and unheard.The X's and others aren't equipped to take responsibility for anything including their own children and can't see beyond the color filling their bank accounts.The psychological turmoil these people cause their children by introducing and removing nannies and caretakers from their lives as easily as they do their husbands, wives and lovers is something you can't help but shake your head over.You see the sense of disconnect between parent and child, the neglect, the complete sense of self centered selfishness that the X's are corrupted by as they push their children onto poor unsuspecting servants who despite their level of experience in the field really have no idea just how bad some of these people really can be.Eventually it begins to wear on and test Nanny's defenses, her patience, and her morals. I liked that Nanny tried to stick with it for little G but in the end a person can only endure so much before you hit a wall. I really like how Nanny went out at the end because you think 'way to go, good for you.'I was happy that after being so tolerant the entire time that Nanny finally spoke up. I mean really. Someone needed to say it.The Nanny Diaries was a book I wasn't sure I would like at first but once I started it couldn't put it down until it was finished. Its also a story that confirms my opinion that many upper crust people in society shouldn't breed.My Rating:Reviewed By:Krissys Bookshelf Reviews BooklikesGoodreadsTwitterGoogle PlusBloggerPinterest
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  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so this one is teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. *looks at the white board, shakes head and erases number, picks up black marker*DAYS SINCE SPOILERS IN A REVIEW: 0Oh, Harvard Hottie...you made me ruin the run: All because I fell in love with the movie and I had to read the book. Or I can blame my Chris Evans fangirling hitting a resurge moment lately. Either way, it's on him...Okay, so the movie mirrors the book pretty well. As always, there are moments not covered by the movie tha Okay, so this one is teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. *looks at the white board, shakes head and erases number, picks up black marker*DAYS SINCE SPOILERS IN A REVIEW: 0Oh, Harvard Hottie...you made me ruin the run: All because I fell in love with the movie and I had to read the book. Or I can blame my Chris Evans fangirling hitting a resurge moment lately. Either way, it's on him...Okay, so the movie mirrors the book pretty well. As always, there are moments not covered by the movie that make the book better and vice versa. For example: (view spoiler)[ In the movie, Mrs. X finds lingerie in her clothing from the cleaners and assumes it's Nanny's. Just a random thing. Well, in the book it explains that Mr. X's mistress actually left the lingerie and Nanny knew about it. (hide spoiler)]Both movie and book were absolutely adorable. Both were sweet in some parts, cute in others, and just somewhat off sometimes. Like Nan's roommate in the book...I don't like it. She was a BI+[#. Not to be crass, but yes. Her and that hairy pilot guy. Like Nan(ny) taking care of Grayer while Mrs. X does...well, whatever Mrs. X does...just utterly sweet and some over the top moments that only an involved mom or nanny would understand. Meeting Harvard Hottie in both was fantastic and so very similar.Now to the point of about 90%, this book was a 4 to 5 star for me. It was equally as great as the movie. Equally as cute, though I could have used more Harvard, but then who couldn't? But it was good. And then I flip and realize I'm almost at the end...and it doesn't feel like it's resolving...and...wait, what? Wait. WAIT! What about (view spoiler)[ the moment when Harvard Hottie meets her in the end after she gets fired? What about telling Mrs X off as she truly deserves. What about some sort of real resolution as far as the characters are concerned? Because, in the movie, it felt like I could move on from it, Nanny was happy, Grayer and Mrs X had the beginning of a better life, it felt like everyone had something to look forward to, and here, it just...*poof* ended. (hide spoiler)]?I do know there is a second book, and people either really loved it or really hated it...and I will read it at some point...but for now, I must rewatch the movie...I want that 5 star feeling back. This is a very cute tale, though far from the Cindy tale the movie made it to be. Read it, but probably don't watch the movie until long after...*A SEPTEMBER OF ROMCOMS BOOK* - One day, Nanny and Harvard Hottie, I'll read the rest of your story.
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  • Ralph
    January 1, 1970
    The Nanny Diaries follows the tale of a woman named Nanny as she works for a family called the Xes. Nanny spends her time working for the Xes babysitting their son Grayer while attending NYU. Everything is going pretty well at the start, then the Xes become the family from hell.Okay, I've had this book on my to-read shelf for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Well, it was very disappointing. The first thing I didn't like was the names. Her name is Nanny, the parents are Mr. X and M The Nanny Diaries follows the tale of a woman named Nanny as she works for a family called the Xes. Nanny spends her time working for the Xes babysitting their son Grayer while attending NYU. Everything is going pretty well at the start, then the Xes become the family from hell.Okay, I've had this book on my to-read shelf for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Well, it was very disappointing. The first thing I didn't like was the names. Her name is Nanny, the parents are Mr. X and Mrs. X, the child is Grayer and she calls her crush H.H. which stands for Harvard Hottie. To me, this showed a horrible lack of imagination and it felt like the author was too lazy to come up with names.The second thing that I didn't like was Nanny. She spent most of the novel whining and crying. She cried to her parents, to her grandmother, her friends and H.H. Instead of doing something about her problems, she just complains about her crappy life.The only thing I really liked about this book was little Grayer. He just sounded so cute and I felt really bad for him. His parents really need to be smacked and told to grow the hell up. It's pretty bad when a four-year-old is more mature than his parents.Overall, I was very disappointed in the book. It was hard to get into, and once I started reading I couldn't wait for it to end. I probably wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone.
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  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up because I wanted to see the movie. I hate to see a movie that's based on a book if I haven't read the book. The Nanny Diaires appeals to a wide audience, I think, for one reason: We've all had a dead-end job with a demanding boss we hate, frustrated because we're waiting for life to begin. And this is exactly what's happened with Nan. The authors show a glimpse into a richer-than-any-person-should-concievably-be New York household. The collision of the very different world I picked this book up because I wanted to see the movie. I hate to see a movie that's based on a book if I haven't read the book. The Nanny Diaires appeals to a wide audience, I think, for one reason: We've all had a dead-end job with a demanding boss we hate, frustrated because we're waiting for life to begin. And this is exactly what's happened with Nan. The authors show a glimpse into a richer-than-any-person-should-concievably-be New York household. The collision of the very different world of Nan, struggling college student, and that of "Mrs. X," double whammy of high-society egocentric snob, produce situations that are both comical and tragic--and infuriating.The first chapter is my favorite of the novel, as Nan playfully pokes fun at the weathly class's conventions. Unfortunately, I felt the book went downhill from there. Although I was very involved in the story and did enjoy the book, I felt the story weakened with each chapter. The ending was very unsatifying to me, which is perhaps part of the message: the nannying world takes no prisoners and shows no mercy. Not even to those just a few feet tall.Overall, I did enjoy the book, although I'm not sure I would really recommend it. But, I am satisfied to go the movies now, guilt-free. =)
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Palate cleanser after reading about child soldiers though I think I may have overshot like when you take too many antibiotics and then you need a fecal transfusion to restore the balance. While I should have been able to turn my brain off, I just couldn't. The main character is named "Nanny". I thought this was a pseudonym, but then people make puns about her name. And yet... no one ever says "oh hey, you're a nanny and your NAME is Nanny! ha ha!" I mean, either stick with all pseudonyms and pre Palate cleanser after reading about child soldiers though I think I may have overshot like when you take too many antibiotics and then you need a fecal transfusion to restore the balance. While I should have been able to turn my brain off, I just couldn't. The main character is named "Nanny". I thought this was a pseudonym, but then people make puns about her name. And yet... no one ever says "oh hey, you're a nanny and your NAME is Nanny! ha ha!" I mean, either stick with all pseudonyms and pretend like it's a tell-all book or just fully commit to the idea that it's fictional and give everyone a NAME for chrissakes even though like The Devil Wears Prada, the book is all just a hit piece by know-it-all college girl(s) looking down at their older female employer. Unlike TDWP, the boss in this case has no real wisdom or experience to impart or really any positive characteristics. Also... how many works of fiction are there with two authors? I can't find any good explanations for that one.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. This book is the story of a girl and her experience as a nanny. Nothing really happens, it just follows the day in and out of her life as she takes care of a 4 year old little boy. They live in NYC and the parents are terrible. The mom is a pretentious snob who puts ridiculous rules and expectations on her, but wants virtually no other part in raising her own son. The Husband is cheating on her and cares a lot more about his work and his affairs than the family. At times I wondered if 2.5 stars. This book is the story of a girl and her experience as a nanny. Nothing really happens, it just follows the day in and out of her life as she takes care of a 4 year old little boy. They live in NYC and the parents are terrible. The mom is a pretentious snob who puts ridiculous rules and expectations on her, but wants virtually no other part in raising her own son. The Husband is cheating on her and cares a lot more about his work and his affairs than the family. At times I wondered if he even knew he had a son. I got so frustrated throughout the book because some of the stuff the mom does is borderline abusive to the nanny and yet she never left until the very end. She put up with so much stuff and at times didn’t get paid— stop being such a doormat! I’m not saying she should’ve just quit and left the kid, but at least stand up for yourself and don’t be bullied. In the end, she finally does tell the mom off through the nanny cam but it takes the whole book to get there. This girl is supposedly finishing her degree at NYU but I don’t know how that’s possible when all of her time is spent with the kid. There’s never mention of studying or anything. She also goes to Nantucket for a long time with the family and it just seems unrealistic that someone would completely sacrifice everything else in their lives for a job that doesn’t pay much, if at all.There’s a lot in this book that dates it as well- no cell phones and other social references. This isn’t a negative in and of itself, if just makes it seem even more unbelievable that this girl would cut herself off from the rest of the world like she did. She does start dating a guy that lives in the same building, so she’s got that for a social life!I know this book is intended to be a mashup of a bunch of real peoples experiences nannying in NYC, I just felt it was a little too over the top for me. I did not feel warm and fuzzy about the main character or the connection between her and the kid or her and her boyfriend, so a whole book just following her with minimal plot was not very enjoyable for me.Excited to try the movie though!
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