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Skinny-Dipping (The Au Pairs #2)

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Same Hamptons, all new games

Not-so-poor-anymore Eliza has traded babysitting for velvet-rope-sitting. And Jacqui, in an odd twist, is doing all the babysitting because Mara's up every night doing her best second-rate party girl impression at the hot club where Eliza works. At first it's annoying, but the new au pair, Philippe, is sexy and French -- but off-limits to Jacqui
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Paperback, 289 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 31st 2005)
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Tianna Irving
Mar 25, 2012 Tianna Irving rated it liked it
This one was sooo much better than the first one! The relationship drama was obv the best part. This time, my favorite character was Eliza shockingly. I thought she was pretty stuck-up in the fist book, but in this one she was interesting. Her new job at The Seventh Circle was fun to read about and I loved the Eliza/Jeremy/Ryan love triangle. Moving on to Mara, I feel like she was acting kind of like Eliza did in the first book, annoying, stuck-up, self righteous and all that. She got too attach ...more
Madlenka
This was the most embarrasing sequel to a book I've ever read. The Au-pairs was a good book. Nimble and funny style of storytelling, great characters, good story... and an ending expecting another EXCITING summer.
I couldn't believe Melissa de la Cruz really did this. It's okay when you don't think that the girls (and a boy) are supposed to work here in Hamptons and not just to attend parties and have fun and if there are two paragraphs about the work, it's too much. In about two first thirds, it
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Marisa
Mar 25, 2013 Marisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The second installment of The Au Pairs was a great read. It was easier to get into this one because I already knew the characters.
Everyone is not the same though. Eliza is no longer working for the Perry's. Jacqui is serious about her job and goals and Mara of all the girls is the party girl. This made for good drama and a juicy read. In the end it is good to read about these girls again and hope they get back to how they were.
Jainnie Ching
Feb 26, 2012 Jainnie Ching rated it did not like it
very disappointing :( bad writing style, story line was very boring
Shantae
Mar 30, 2015 Shantae rated it really liked it
Oh, Melissa. After reading and enjoying the first cliché but pretty good book within the series, I was eager to grab the rest of the books. I got to this one, the second book in line and I was pretty disappointed at first. Whilst the cliché storylines and characters were bearable in the first book, in this one they just didn't cut the mustard. Exhibit A: the new French Au Pair. Very stereotypical and a super lame character that pretty much served no purpose and did no justice for Jackie's storyl ...more
Pamela Hubbard
Eliza, Mara and Jacqui are back in the Hamptons for their second summer. Mara and Jacqui are once again the au pairs for the Perry's, along with Philippe, a French boy who isn't all he seems. Eliza's family is making their way back into society little by little and she decides to help that process by getting a job at the Hampton's hottest new club, Seventh Circle. Jacqui is focused this year and tries her hardest to not be distracted by any boys (Philippe makes this difficult). She wants to beco ...more
Kendall
Mar 27, 2014 Kendall rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This is the second summer, and the summer before the girls' senior year.
Eliza- her family is making more money now, and she is trying to find a job at a new club. she and jeremy broke up because of the distance, but she is looking forward to seeing him again. it is also revealed that during the winter break in palm's beach she hooked up with ryan. Jacqui knows, but eliza is dreading telling mara. Eliza is absent for much of this book because since she is working at the club and not au pairing sh
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(C) Archer at KIPP
Mar 13, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it really liked it
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Nancy Limon
Shelves: girls-have-read
This book is really good! I learned that friendship is the most important thing, even more important than guys!

The book is about three best friends [Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui] that have to overcome obstacles in order to stay together. Eliza is a cool, smart, girl that knows everything about fashion. Mara comes from a poor family, but she's very nice and sensible. Jacqui is beautiful, smart and all guys that give her a look fall in love with her. Eliza is in love with a guy that seems to have forgo
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Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
Our beloved au pairs are back for another summer in the smokin’ hot Hamptons. This summer, however, things are going to be a little different. Eliza’s not working with Jacqui and Mara anymore for the Perrys; instead, she’s gotten herself a bad-paying but prestigious job at the hottest new nighclub, and Philippe, a sexy French guy, is the new au pair, one that Jacqui can’t seem to keep her hands away from, despite her No Boys rule.

Mara broke up with Ryan because she feels like she doesn’t deserve
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Michelle Arrow
Jul 15, 2013 Michelle Arrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Melissa de la Cruz seriously is a brilliant author, I can't wait for more from her!

After reading the terrific Beach Lane, I couldn't wait for the next summery one, Skinny-Dipping. What can be more fun than spending a few hours with my three favourite Hampton gals, Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui?

“That was the thing about pictures--they were worth a thousand words, but sometimes they weren't the right ones.”

Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are back in the Hamptons for another hot, skinny-dipping summer.
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Alexandra
Aug 11, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
I have nothing bad to say about the second book to the Au Pairs series. I didn't think it could be better than the first, but it definitely was. Surprisingly Eliza was my favourite character in this book, unlike the first where Mara was my favourite. Eliza really changed and now she isn't some spoiled rich kid who gets everything she wants. Mara on the other hand made me want to rip my hair out who seemed to turn into the biggest B over night. Jac still kind of annoys me, but the three of them t ...more
Merary
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Our favorite au pairs are back! And this is their most scandalous summer yet!

Mara broke up with Ryan, thinking that she wasn't good for him. Little does she know that Ryan and Eliza hooked up in Palm Beach because they were heartbroken of their exes(And my hate for Eliza grows stronger).
Mara grows a new confidence and dates womanizer, Garrett. And there's a new au pair: The irresistible, French Phillipe. And Jacqui can't resist, alright. (Wonder what's his secret. *HINT,
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Katlyn
Apr 18, 2016 Katlyn rated it really liked it
And the drama continues! I have never read this book. Only the first and the third, due to never having enough money for books! It was entertaining. Mara drove me CRAZY in this book and I liked Jacqui much more than in the last! There really isn't much to say. It's a fun read, but not very thought provoking!
Kristen
3.5 stars.
I thought this novel was better than the first. There were a few slow parts at the beginning and I contemplated abandoning the book, but I'm really glad I didn't. I found Jacqui and Eliza to be much more likeable. Many reviewers have complained about Mara in this book. I do agree that the fame went to her head and her behaviour was out of line; yet I still liked her throughout it as I could see how she got caught up - she's naive and wants to be liked. Overall, this was a fun, fluffy r
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Amaia
Jul 10, 2015 Amaia rated it really liked it
Bueno, no deja de ser una historia simple y trillada, pero si un libro en inglés es capaz de tenerme pegada a él y acabármelo de una sentada, realmente merece sus estrellas. Porque al final, a veces los libros dependen de cuando los leas
Laura
Jun 06, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
A beach read, but not one of the better ones. I haven't read the first one in this series so I don't know how it compares.
Tiana Pearson
Mar 04, 2008 Tiana Pearson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Tiana by: nobody
Skinny-dipping (Au Pairs) was an excellent book, if I do say so myslf. I thought that the author really mde you feel like you were in the Hamptons. The book made you really get into character. It's about three teenage girls tha go to the Hamptons each summer. Two out of the thee that work as au pairs, nanny's for a wealthy famly. they send the summer tryig to figure out what they really want and make bold decisions based on where they want to go in life. they go through friendships, deceit, work ...more
Aisling
Mara, Jacqui & Eliza are back in the Hamptons for the summer.
Mara & Jacqui will be working as Au Pairs for the Perry's again. (view spoiler) While Eliza has a job at the latest new club.

But.. Eliza has a secret that she doesn't want to get out. (view spoiler) The consequences could be irreversible.

Can the girls ma
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Janelle
Apr 27, 2009 Janelle rated it really liked it
So this definitely wasn't as good as the first one, but I still liked it. In the last book Mara was not my favourite character, and that was still the case in this book. She turned into a huge bitch, to the point that I didn't even like reading her chapters. I thought it was pretty cool how the author brought in a new boy Au Pair, and how he was a drug dealer and everything. I kind of saw it coming, but I still liked it. I'm pretty excited to read the next one, but I really hope the author isn't ...more
Melissa
Sep 11, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Decent sequel about three girls who are au pairs in the Hamptons.
Heema
Oct 30, 2014 Heema rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
I love this book it awesome good every body read this book
Sabrina
Amazing book. I would recommend it to everyone
Deja
Jun 20, 2012 Deja rated it it was amazing
Top notch dramma

The characters all have drama. its a major romance book in the sophisticated place called
"The Hamptons". I would recommend this book for a mature audicence. not for for little kids. Its manily about the character "mara" but Eliz and Jacqui give it addtional dramma to her mess. Despite the name they're arent any graphic pages or anything sexaul. Just a maybe a feww suggestive things. I would reccommend this for anyone who likes to watch reality tv shows like "house wives" or "jer
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Claire
Jun 07, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
great sequel to au pairs :)
Holly
Jul 17, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2011
This summer, only one of the girls remain working for the Perry's. I wanted so bad for Ryan and Mara to stick it out, but they didn't. Good news for me, I get to enjoy their back and forth behavior again.

And then there is Phillipe. I smelled bad news from the get go. Granted, I was convinved he was having an affair with Anna Perry but...

Another great beach read that I really enjoyed. And in the end, it seemed all was well with everyone! Until next summer...
Katya
Mar 15, 2010 Katya rated it really liked it
It was light. It was easy. It was fast. Like a glass of bubbly, I downed this book in about two hours (although a glass of bubbly would be gone in two minutes, if I had it my way), all the while dreaming of summer, which can't come soon enough. Like bubbly, the book was fun and all empty calories, no thought or effort required, which is exactly what I wanted. Drama, romance and fabulous clothes. Good for a beach read.
Fantashia
Mar 24, 2009 Fantashia rated it liked it
I want to say if you look on the back of this book it say when you star to read this book you can't put it down. I want you to know that is so true. When I pick this book up I could not stop reading it and I don't like to read but this book I could not keep my eyes off of it. This is all I'm going to tell you cute guys,parties,sex and a nanny jod.Who said a nanny jod couldn't be fun.
Fatema Daruwala
Jan 25, 2014 Fatema Daruwala rated it really liked it
The first one was better but this one is still a good summer easy breezy read
Su
Jun 03, 2013 Su rated it liked it
I started reading the first book only for fun, but boy, these books have become very addictive. And talk about dramas! Especially the ones between best friends and boyfriend, it's like watching Gossip Girl show all over again. It's not something I really enjoy but I couldn't put down the book at all. I have finished two books and I'm ready for another one.
Kerri Rifkin
Mar 22, 2013 Kerri Rifkin rated it liked it
For a guilty pleasure type read, I'm enjoying this series more than I thought I would. The writing is engaging. Sometimes I see inconsistencies, but since it's light reading, it doesn't bother me too much. It's like diet soda. Refreshing, fizzy but not substantive. I like to read books like these in between heavier fiction. They're like sherbert.
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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“That was the thing about pictures--they were worth a thousand words, but sometimes they weren't the right ones.” 122 likes
“She really did trust Eliza. People made mistakes. She understood that now. And as Happy as she was to be with Ryan again, her friendship with Eliza was just as important. You only met a few kindred spirits in your life, and you had to hold on to the ones you were lucky enough to find.” 1 likes
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