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The Manny

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,030 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
What’s a Park Avenue working mom to do when her troubled son desperately needs a male role model and her husband is a power workaholic? If she’s like the gutsy heroine of Holly Peterson’s astute new comedy of manners among the ill-mannered elite, she does what every other woman on the block does. She hires herself a “manny.”

A solid middle-class girl from Middle America, Ja
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published 2006)
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Aug 04, 2013 S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This beach read is so light, it might just fly away. I wasn't sure what the author, daughter of billionaire Pete Peterson, was trying to say about herself and her circle. A former television journalist herself, she obviously relates to the main character Jamie, but Jamie came from a humble background and married rich where Holly was to the manor born. The book sometimes idealized Jamie as an outsider to the rich clique, but she often played along with all the games as much as everyone else. Perh ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
This book could have been so much better! Sometimes all the lovely-dovey in chicklit novels really piss me off and I wish there could be a guy and a girl and they didn’t always have to fall in freakin’ love because the situation is just like, NO! I bet you can see where I am already going with this one. Because seriously! Manny’s are a new term and this book could have been so good, but did the women really have to fall for the manny? Agh. The conflict of her job was also annoying because who ge ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, nope, nope. I thought I could get through this one but describing a hotshot lawyer as having an "alpha dog scent" has pushed me over the edge. This is one I will not be finishing.
Look at me learning to read the warning signs!
I can't stand the main character. She's so one-dimensional. And extremely, extremely weird. No matter how rich you are, having a gas mask, a bioterror fallout suit, and multiple epi pens out in the open in your living room is paranoia.
Her husband is the quin
Jul 25, 2011 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book ends reading by browsing the library shelves. Back from vacation, with nothing to read, I picked this up. This is my greatest regret. I'll never be able to get the hours back that I spent with this book. After finishing, I read a number of reviews on line which sum up all that's wrong with this book (and it's 1MM advance!). Let me just share my ONE problem with this books inconsistencies.

Halfway through the book, two of the characters are in an SUV traveling to Long Island. Only when t
che sasoy
Oct 23, 2011 che sasoy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. The Manny. I mean come on! A male nanny?! There’s soooo many ways this book could be a hilarious runaway hit. wasn’t. it was just one of those cliché, contrived chick lits where everything goes in favor of the protagonist (who isn’t even likeable) without even an ounce of entertainment. The lead character, Jamie Whitfield was kind of a two faced annoying, whiny bitch. She was always complaining about the women in The Grid whom she says is so supe ...more
Kelly Hoggons (Velvet and Vibranium)
Right. So. I'm pretty sure this is the worst rating I've ever given a book. That would probably be because this was one of the worst books I've ever read. Ever.

Let's start with Jamie, who likes to think of herself as so much better than her Grid neighbours, because she comes from a 'normal' background. That's great, sweetheart, but evidently your horse is so high that you can't see anything from all the way up there. She claims not to be consumed by the world she lives in, but... Her children ar
Feb 17, 2012 Georgette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh
Drivel. I just did NOT dig this book. You feel sorry for the mom, but by page 50, you want to smack the shit out of her. It's so blatantly obvious by the wording of the paragraphs that she's digging on the Manny and unhappy in her marriage. Various friends in the book also point out that fact, but she denies it- then the next sentence she's clucking about how good the Manny looks in his army pants. Come on, is the reader that stupid? Not this one. She cackles on about how secretive and un-emotio ...more
2.5 stars

It took me a while to get into this book because I can't stand the main character. Jamie Whitfield is... well for lack of a better word, a complete bitch.

In the first few pages of the book she is so incredibly horrible about the wealthy people at the school pick-up but at the same time she wasn't any different.

She has the live-in housekeeper and a nanny and a driver. Enter the Manny. And whilst she only works part-time, she still has no time for her children and feels like she needs to
Kathy Chung
Mar 28, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Meow : The Manny By Holly Peterson

Reviewed on : 16 February 2011

this book tries to tackle many issues...a tad too many issues and not enough time/room to elaborate. Hence the characters and plot comes out as stiff and lacking of depth. There are so much potential in this novel but again and again a particular issue was not given the chance to develope properly before jump into another issue.

Sometimes, I think it is best not to bite more than what ones can chew.Yes, the
Apr 27, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a recommendation from my sister. I don't know what my need to read about the super well to do in NYC is, but I do. I read the British Edition which is billed a little bit differently than this one. I don't think I would ever call Jamie a heroine. She's a total doormat. Her character reminds me a lot of the protaganist in Wifey. She's not happy in her life or marrige, has no idea what to do about it, so instead of listening to her dominearing husband she start's listening to her young do ...more
Kirsty Hoggons
This book was relatively easy to read and, for the most part, it didn't really require much thought. However, it was very hard to get into it. Once I got into it though I read through it very quickly. I loved most of the characters in this book but I especially loved Charles. He wasn't in the book that much but I loved that he understands that children cannot be coddled. That is such an important thing and Jamie seems to forget that at times.

I am glad that Peter stands up to Jamie and doesn't le
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
Read and Reviewed in 2008 -

The Manny by Holly Peterson is the story of Jamie Whitfield, a working mother who is trying to navigate life through high society in New York City, while balancing a needy husband, 3 kids and a demanding job in the television industry. Jamie's husband, Phillip, works long hours and rarely spends time with their children, who are beginning to suffer for male attention, especially Dylan, Jamie's oldest son. Enter Peter, a male nanny, who is able to give the children a m
Naiya Chininta
working mom and workaholic dad... dan ditengah2 muncul seorang pengasuh laki-laki; Manny (nama asli Peter Bailey). siapa yang butuh pengasuh sebenernya, si anak ato si ibu? hehehehe..menarik, menarik
May 16, 2015 Ophira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Agree with others: this wasn't funny (though it was advertised as such). It was pretty depressing to read about such a desperate woman.
Dec 27, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, I'd been wondering what happened to all our tax money that was given to the banks a few months ago. Now I know.
Margherita Dolcevita
Questo romanzo è stato un prestito da parte di una aNobiana con cui scambio libri temporaneamente. La cosa buffa è che fino a questo romanzo non c'abbiamo molto "preso" con gli scambi: io le inviavo roba che a lei non piaceva, lei mi inviava roba che mi lasciava insoddisfatta, nonostante i libri fossero da entrambe desiderati. Purtroppo, e mi duole dirlo, anche questo libro mantiene in vita questa orrida tradizione.
Che poi non è che non mi sia piaciuto. E' che ci sono un po' di cose che globalm
Feb 23, 2009 Merredith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I borrowed manny by Holly Peterson from my friend, who had read a couple chapters then got bored. I originally picked it out from the store. I thought it would be like the nanny diaries but as a guy. It wasn't. the book is from the rich woman's point of view, with the manny always telling her how ridiculous everything is, and her denying it. She didn't grow up as rich, so she thinks she's above it all, but she's obviously not. This could have been interesting, but the writing is pretty dry. You ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review of The Manny by Holly Peterson
It was only a matter of time. Once The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin came out, and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding became popular, chick lit was in full swing. It was only natural that The Manny by Holly Peterson would be written. For those who enjoyed the shoes in Beth Harbison’s Shoe Addicts Anonymous, or designer clothes in Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada, one might enjoy this VERY light beach read. Although it is a somewhat weaker
This was a fluff book. It was a fluff book where only the "hot" women (or at least those who cared about being hot) and the presumptuous assholes were the only "worthy" characters. That pisses me off, more than a little. A "smoking" body isn't everything.

That being said, I enjoyed it. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was a fluff story about some obnoxious millionaires whose biggest worry was whether they were wearing the right outfit. At least the main character is a woman who w
Sep 03, 2007 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know, I shouldn't even admit I read it, but I was desperate for something light (ok, that it was) and didn't realize I was walking into the shopaholic genre so unabashedly - it doesn't even pay to talk about how bad this book was; it would be like saying, I was reading Cosmo and you know, it was really shallow .... But I was thinking, Khay, that you and I often debate the merits of lets say, Olivia Goldsmith or even Maeve Binchy, I mean they're both very different but just in that some authors ...more
Jul 01, 2009 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I loved Karen Ziemba's narration of this book. I might have only given it a 3 because of the abrupt ending, but the narration was excellent and I brought it up to a 4 because of this.

Loved this story of a working mom, her 3 children and her absent husband trying to live in a ritzy New York life with the assistance of a "Manny". Loved the Manny and loved Jaimee. I have to say, I even liked her absentee husband Phillip in some ways. I found him very realistic. I liked the way th
Cara Stull
Jan 16, 2016 Cara Stull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this year's ago (about 2009 I want to say), I just wanted something light for the end of summer. While this book met that criteria, it failed on being anything more than a waste of time. I didn't like it all, but finished because I hate not finishing books. I think some people would enjoy it, but the whole big city, unfaithful marriage, sad boring life thing with a new hot hired help just doesn't do it for me.
Eine berufstätige Frau mit schicker Wohnung am Central Park und drei kleinen Kindern, engagiert einen jungen Mann als 'Kamerad' für ihren ältesten Sohn, der Angst vor dem Sportunterricht in der Schule hat. Die neue Nanny soll ihm die Freude am Sport wiedergeben und als ein Vaterersatz fungieren. Dies widerum findet der echte Papa gar nicht toll, wer mag schon ersetzt werden? Allerdings ändert er daraufhin auch nichts an seinen Arbeitszeiten und verbringt nach wie vor kaum Zeit mit seinen Kindern ...more
Everyone's heard of a nanny, and they're usually girls, but what about a "manny" (a nannny that's a man)? This book takes place in New York City and follows the stylish family, who can't quite keep up with her children as she finds the perfect solution - a manny. The book was alright, but not as good as I thought it would be. It also has some adult content to be aware of.
Sep 16, 2008 Lulu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting a great work of literature when I bought this book. I simply hoped to be entertained, perhaps enjoy a few laughs. Sadly, even these modest expectations were not met. The story isn't that funny; the plot is very predictable; the characters are stereotypical. Simply another disappointing I'm-so-rich-I'm-depressed-I'll-find-a-higher-calling-by-throwing-away-my-wealth story. It doesn't shed any new light on anything, and it's getting really boring seeing the portrayal of rich peop ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I actually listened to this one in my car while driving back and forth to work. I think that the fact that I "read" this book in 30 minutes increments worked in its favor. I found most of the characters truly unlikable - I got the impression that was the intention of the author, although I think I was "supposed" to like Jamie and Peter. I didn't. They were so wishy-washy about every decision, I wanted to scream. I honestly didn't care what happened to them by the end and I didn't care whether th ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, of course I did use the audio version- was a really fun
story and I enjoyed it very much. I can not even begin to fathom the
life-style of the people Jamie associated with.

At the end of the audio book, the author discusses where she came up
with her characters. She actually has lived in the circumstances and
hangs out with people like the ones she wrote about. She has an insiders
scoop on the lifestyle of the rich and richer!
The frivolousness was to the extreme that I can not even begin
Andrea Larson
This was an okay book about a couple in Manhattan who are having trouble with their 9-year-old son - apparently because of lack of attention from his all-too-busy father, so they hire a "manny" - a nanny of the male persuasion.

It is a predictable look at the upper crust society with too much money for their own good, the keeping up with the Joneses pressures with the predictable outcome of an attractive, not too much younger, and definitely attractive, male playing the father figure role. You ca
Apr 02, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Well 3.5 stars.
This is just a story about find a true love in the middle of socialite, busy work, kids, and yeah, marriage.
well, ok.
tapi mungkin terakhirnya bisa kali ada epilog, bukan hanya satu kalimat, "he keep that promise."
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Holly Peterson is the author of The Idea of Him and the New York Times bestseller The Manny and the upcoming The Idea of Him. She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek, an Editor-at-Large for Talk magazine and an Emmy Award–winning Producer for ABC News, where she spent more than a decade covering global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, The Daily Bea ...more
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