Book Review: Nanny Diaries

Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
Series:The Nanny Diaries #1
Release Date: February 6th 2007 
Publisher:St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320 

In The Nanny Diaries we meet Nanny aka Nan. She’s a struggling NYU student who finds her life completely changed when she takes on a new nanny job;a position that is nothing like her previous ones. What is supposed to be a part-time job watching Grayer, the only son of the wealthy X family, soon takes over her life. Taking on outrageous and sometimes impossible tasks, Nan will be push beyond boundaries she never knew she had. Balancing her feelings for Grayer and the unhealthy decisions she’s put in, Nan finds herself in way too deep. Will she continue to allow herself to be a door-mat for the rich or will she find a way to break free of it all?

Twelve years later, Nan is back in Nanny Returns. No longer a nanny, Nan has married and is starting her own consultant company. After years of traveling from place to place, they find themselves settling back in New York. But if Nan thought her past wouldn’t come back to haunt her, she was wrong. After a late-night, drunken visit from Grayer, she finds herself sucked back into their life. Feeling guilty over abandoning Grayer when she was his nanny, she tries to right her wrongs. Can she help Grayer and his little brother, Stilton, make it through their parent’s divorce and bankruptcy? Or will she find herself in over her head once again?

Reason for Teen Connection/Teen Appeal: I have to admit this one has to do solely with the movie. Even though it’s a couple of years old, I can still see it being watched. Plus, I figured it might be a good chick-lit choice for the older readers who wanted an adult title.

Verdict: I’ve gone back and forth on what I thought about these books for about a week or so now. I do think that the movie would pull them in, but I’m not sure how well the books will fare. There were times I had a hard time relating to Nan. I didn’t understand the guilt or doubt that she allowed the Xes to bring to her life. Not to mention the amount of crap she put up with. There were several time in both books that I just wanted to slap some sense into her. Nan was obviously an amazing person, but it was sad to see her potential being smothered by others’ wants.

However, Nan does get herself into several crazy and humorous situations. Those who have been baby-sitters may relate better to Nan and even understand all the crazy rules/duties she has to put up. And really, the books are enjoyable, light chick-lit books. Those aspects enough will be enough to drawl in a good amount of teens.

Taking all things into account, I’m going to put The Nanny Diaries & Nanny Returns in a Medium-Teen-Interest range.

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