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The Au Pairs (The Au Pairs #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  6,049 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews

For four energetic children, between 3 and 10 years old.

Join a NYC family for the best summer of your life in

East Hampton, July 4-Labor Day.

Pay: $10,000.00

Driver's license a must.

Familiarity with the Hamptons, a plus.

Send resumes and head shots to

Meet Mara Waters, Eliza Thompson, and Jacqui Velasco -- n

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Sep 19, 2013 Racquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-09, ya
This is a real summer read book. I really enjoyed this series, honestly sometimes I want to read books for pure enjoyment and not get a lesson or another out of them, I mean come on I need to leave room to learn on my own and this book definitely delivered on the fun pleasure read part. It's a page turner, quirky characters and who doesn't love getting thrown into the rich and fabulous life? I love the 3 main characters, how all three were different but they still became close friends and experi ...more
**edited March 2013 New covers? New Title for the frist novel?Looks like these are going to get a new push forthe summer season. **
Three very different girls are brought together for the chance of a lifetime. A summer job as an au pair in the exclusive, luxurious Hamptons with 10,000 dollars of cash to boot for the Perry family.

Eliza - Former guest of the Perry family , but now a "poor girl " since Daddy got arrested for fraud. Wants the job so she has a place to stay in the Hamptons to get back
Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, guilty-pleasure
There is more than enough name-dropping in THE AU PAIRS to satisfy the cravings of any reader. However, this series by Melissa de la Cruz stands out from other, similar series because of its character development.

Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are three girls who are going to be au pairs for a rich family’s four young children during their summer stay in the Hamptons. Eliza was once the NYC It girl, before her family lost their fortune and they had to relocate to (bleeech!) Buffalo. Therefore, this sum
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
McLaughlin and Kraus's The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin, 2002) meets von Ziegesar's Gossip Girls (Little, Brown, 2002) in this high fashion, air-kissing, celebrity-sprinkled whirl of fluff. Three unique chicas -- one exotic exchange student (Jacqui), one plain Jane from suburbia (Mara), and one former society girl (Eliza) find themselves sharing a summer nanny job (and a staff bedroom) in the Hamptons. Juggling boys, babysitting, and beaches is a challenge that can only be accomplished if they work ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure shite! I loved it
Jul 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was a teenager I did what most girls did for extra money, I babysat the neighborhood kids. I worked weekends, weeknights, and one time I worked through my junior prom. I always had cash on me and loved the kids that I watched. I sometimes thought the kids liked me better than their parents at times. The babysitting experiences that I had were fun, but never glorified and were hard work. Beach Lane is about a group of girls that decide to take a babysitting job for the summer in the Hampto ...more
Apr 19, 2010 Serina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the fiction novel "The Au Pairs" by Melissa De La Cruz. I chose this book because I had previously read a different book by this author before and I really liked how she seemed to relate to the young teens my age and modern lifestyle of many people today.
This book is about three young teenage girls (Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui)who all get hired for a summer job as Au Pairs by the Perry family who live in the Hamptons. During the summer all three of the girls' stories are told. The story goes
This was an okay book. The book reminded me of the Gossip Girl series, but I thought it was a lot better than that one for sure. I didn't like how shallow and reckless the girls were and couldn't believe how clueless the parents were about how the girls were taking care of their children. Still, I thought it was a somewhat fun read and I'll probably read the next book in the series, the next time I want a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking.
Jun 01, 2016 Mateja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Beach Lane was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprisingly because there were so many things that annoyed the hell out of me, yet I couldn't stop reading. I just had this uncontrollable need to keep reading until I reached the end. The story is simplistic, the premise of the book literally tells you everything that happens. It's a quick, fluffy read, perfect for when you're in the mood to read something undemanding. It's a total brain vacation.

As always, Melissa de la Cruz lays it
Amy :o)
Jul 10, 2013 Amy :o) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, chick-lit
I chose to read this book during my summer holiday. I wanted something light and easy to read. This definitely fit that need. I've read other books by De La Cruz and enjoyed them. I did enjoy this one too although not as much as I thought. The plot and storyline were a bit obvious and one could guess where things would go with each character. Yes, the characters were quite shallow and as another reviewer said, I had to keep reminding myself that these girls were only 16/17 (with all the sleeping ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
With spring break time approaching very soon, it's not too early to be thinking of beach reads. The Au Pairs is the first in a series that seems poised to become a great beach read. To me, there are several key factors that make a great beach read. First, it has to be light. Second, it needs to be fun. Third, I like a little romance with my fruity umbrella drinks so it has to have a good love match. Fourth, it needs to be engaging. The Au Pairs has all of this. Are you going to have a major reve ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Tianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So at first I hated the book. I hated all the characters besides Mara. I thought it was a good plot but executed poorly. But at the end, Melissa de la Cruz redeemed herself. Absolutely loved how she put Mara and Ryan together and i loved Eliza and Jeremy. I thought Jacqui was a naive whore from the beginning but she's less of a whore now and I like that lol. And it's great that even though the girls are so different they became friends in the end. What can I say, I am gonna read the next one, Th ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Ravegirl172 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A book about three different girls getting the job of au pairs for a rich family, the Perrys.
Mara is the sweet one, Eliza is the now-not-rich, and Jacqui is the Brazillian hottie.
Love, scandal, fame, and betrayal are game.
(By the way, I hate Eliza. )
A fun, fast book and beach ready.
Kelsey van Dillen
Jun 19, 2015 Kelsey van Dillen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Echt een leuk begin van de serie! Doet me denken aan Gossip Girl en L.A. Candy enzo. Knappe, populaire meisjes, veel geld, lekker uitgaan, leuke mannen, noem maar op. Deze serie heeft alle ingrediënten voor een prettig tijdverdrijf aan het zwembad. Of op het strand.
Mar 25, 2013 Marisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This book was iffy when I first started. Then all of a sudden I don't know when I was into it and enjoying it. I think it is an easy read kind of like The Ashley's. I don't take it seriously but they are fun and when reading I just get into the world.
Oct 09, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those girls are all so different yet so similar; they're all at the Hamptons for different reasons! In the
Sheila Eggs
Jun 02, 2016 Sheila Eggs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*prepare for a raw, bare-bones review of this book from a girl who just finished it not half an hour ago*

Beach Lane by Melissa de la Cruz features three sixteen-year-old girls working as au pairs (aka well-paid babysitters) for a family vacationing in the Hamptons. At first glance, the story blurb paints Beach Lane as a fun, quick, summery read with potential for a great story. After reading this book I can say three things: yes, it was quick. Yes, it was summery. But fun? I believe Melissa de l
Meegan Rourke
It's easy guilty pleasure reading; nothing special. Most of the characters are actually quite annoying for most of the book, but improved towards the end.
Anna White
Jun 15, 2014 Anna White rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY wanted to find a book to read for the summer time. Something that'd be a generally easy to read, purely mindless enjoyable fluff kind of book. I only picked this up because it appeared on several lists for summer reads, and also because I actually really like the Blue Bloods series by Melissa. It also has generally good reviews on this website.

Before I continue, I am going to admit that I didn't make it through the entire book. I read the majority, and skimmed the rest. However, I don't
Ashley Clahsen
I quite liked this book. As I'm in my 20's I try to avoid books about high school aged characters, but due to the sex and drugs mentioned in the book, it didn't feel too juvenile (not that I was doing drugs and sleeping with 20 year olds at that age!)

The book was a light, fast read which I don't mind. It switched the points of view more often than I would have liked, but it wasn't too hard to figure out who's point of view I was reading from.

At first I didn't really like the character of Eliza
Jul 03, 2015 Nic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oh my...

You know what I would suggest before picking up a book to read it? Look at the publication year. I hadn't done that before I started reading this book and within the first 20 or so pages it was abundantly clear that the world that these characters lived in was worlds away from reality. And I don't mean that in terms of the Hamptons elite vs us working class poors. No. I mean that it was clear that this book was pre-Great Recession. Oh what a laugh that gave me. Especially at one of the m
This book is about three girls: Eliza Thompson, Mara Waters, and Jacqui Velasco. These three girls get accepted as to work as the au pairs for New York in the Hampton community. Eliza is a rich girl who’s lost her money. Jacqui only signs up to be an au pair so that she can look for her lost summer romance, Luca. Mara is trying to get some money for her college and car and to escape a boring summer down in Massachusetts. The three girls go through a lot of drama through their first summer togeth ...more
Michelle Arrow
Jul 07, 2013 Michelle Arrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, chick-lit

4.5 star rating

The Au Pairs, The Au Pairs, I've heard about this series everywhere, how it's the perfect summer beach read, and how superb it was. When I went to the store, I saw the second novel, Skinny-Dipping, and I loved the cover. Who'd think that it was part of this series?

When I realized that it was republished and transformed into the Beach Lane series, I was really happy, the series now has a beautiful modern look.

Now that I've read it, this is one of my favourite summer s
Dec 16, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, owned
Sometimes a guy just needs something super mindless and light and fun to blow through. Truthfully I liked it so much that I'm going to the library tomorrow to pick up the next one in the series
Jun 15, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa de la Cruz has always been a favorite of mine, and she does not disappoint with this amazing summer series! This story follows three friends, Eliza Thompson, Mara Walters, and Jacqui Velasco, as they accept positions to be au pairs for an extremely wealthy family that lives in the Hamptons and their journey through one crazy, amazing summer. They embrace the Hamptons social scene, enter new relationships, and try to maintain their friendships with one another. This is shaping up to be th ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Drishti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This one was an okay-okay read for me. The main problem with the book was its characters. They were just too shallow.

Eliza was a former teenage socialite who always used to get what she wanted. Now, why "former" and "used to"? Because her family had become bankrupt. And now, they could barely make ends meet. But, she still didn't grow up. I understand. It's not easy to leave behind everything. But, when such a thing happens, you can't just spend all your salary on shoppi
Bella Ponce
May 30, 2013 Bella Ponce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading the Book The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz, i very much enjoyed it. i enjoyed how i connected with many of the characters thoughts and situations. I loved the way it made me feel as if summer were here and i was tanning at the beach just dreaming a dream. I loved how the author connected the lives of three different girls into one big event that really gets crazy. Although there were few things i disliked about the book one was house it was kind of jumpy from point of views. somet ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
such a fun, summer read.
Eliza- rich girl turned poor. Very snooty at the beginning. Tries to hang out with her old crowd and date her ex-boyfriend charlie. they find out she is poor, and she starts dating jeremy the gardener. they break up briefly but get back together at the end of the summer.
Mara- she is a small town girl. when she arrives at the perry house she does most of the au pair work. She likes ryan perry and he likes her, but he starts dating his ex girlfriend when he finds out that
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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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