itaocima nepoznata injenica, ali iva istina Narodna knjiga i Laguna tukle su se oko ovog naslova Na moju alost, jer sam tada jo bila u NK, dobila ju je NK A Laguna je apila meni dra u knjigu ik me uhvati Volela bih da je situacija bila obrnuta Ali ni jedni ni drugi se nismo usre ili s prodajom tih knjiga a zbog tu e su nas papreno ko tale 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 ko tale Deset godina kasnije malo ko se i se a 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 izdr ati sud vremena i itaoca 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 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. The Nanny Diaries Nanny 1 , Emma McLaughlin 2016 1383 497 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 interesting perspective of the help. 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 AnywhoI 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 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. 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 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 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 Herm S 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 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.
My partner, Nicki, and I have been writing together for 12 years We re obsessed by what makes a satisfying story I m excited to hear from our readers what does it for them and what doesn t As a working mom, the only book time I manage to steal these days is right before bed I m not the girl who can watch SVU and go to sleep with a smile Ruling out kids the economy the world in peril as sub
- 306 pages
- The Nanny Diaries
- Emma McLaughlin
- 09 March 2017 Emma McLaughlin