Monday, December 14, 2009

Book Review- Nanny Returns

I just finished reading Nanny Returns (its the sequel to The  Nanny Diaries) by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.

From the inside cover:

More than four million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "The Nanny Diaries."

Now she's back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse.

To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn't come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents' brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan finds she's once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children's well-being.

With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds itself with neither.

The Nanny Diaries was made into a major motion picture.

Ok, first off let me say--I had a hard time getting in this book for simply one reason--I couldn't remember what happened in The Nanny Diaries.  Which is entirely my fault--I should have re-read of watched the movie again.  But I didn't.  And I found myself going, huh?  What is she referring to?

But other than, once I figured things out and start remembering bits and pieces, I really enjoyed the book.  Once again I found myself appalled at the life of these families.  The women's responses to and about their children just horrified me.  As did the way the school treated the teachers and the incidents that happened.  But that's what kept me wanting to read more!  I wanted to read what crazy thing they were going to do or say next.

I just fell in love with seven year old Stilton.  He seemed like such a heart warming and smart little boy.  If I had one complaint, it would be that I want to know what happens next.  What happens between Nan and Ryan with their house and whether or not they have a baby!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

This book is released tomorrow!

This book fullfills the item for the following challenge:
What's In A Name Challenge: Profession

*FTC Disclosure:  I received this book for free from Dana at Engelman & Co for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really enjoying Nanny Returns right now and hope to finish today. I don't remember The Nanny Diaries either, but I haven't found it to be a problem yet. I'm glad to hear you liked it!

    Also, I read this in Google Reader, and the summary was in white, so it looked blank without your pretty pink backdrop!