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Skinny Dipping (The Au Pairs #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,227 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Bikinis optional: it's summertime again and things are really hotting up in the Hamptons.
Paperback, 289 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 31st 2005)
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Yay, back to the Hamptons! Haha, NO…

I honestly was debating between giving this book a 1-star, a 2-star, or a 3-star rating. After a while, it wasn’t that hard for me to decide.

This book is like watching a cat fight and I’m sitting in the middle of it all eating popcorn and watching teenage girls all go down from situations that could’ve been easily preventable.

Out of all the three girls: Eliza, Mara, and Jaqui; I hated Jaqui with a passion in the first book! In this one, I hated everyone.

Mar 23, 2012 Tianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jainnie Ching
Jan 01, 2012 Jainnie Ching rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very disappointing :( bad writing style, story line was very boring
Dec 03, 2016 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked how Mara was the center of this story because I always found her to be the most interesting and relatable character, but she was such a Bitch like the entire time and then everyone just miraculously got their happy endings and there really wasn't much of a realistic lead up to it all. I liked it but it could've been better written.
Dec 19, 2016 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first one, but I still managed to read it in 48 hours
Dec 16, 2012 Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Arrow
Jul 06, 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.
Jul 10, 2014 Shantae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
(C) Archer at KIPP
Feb 22, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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,
Aug 08, 2012 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiana Pearson
Mar 04, 2008 Tiana Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 20, 2012 Deja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 18, 2009 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2009 Katya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 25, 2013 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 24, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jun 02, 2013 Su rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
i loved this book, you get The Hamptons drama, romance, and much more! its a great read, not educational, and dosn't have a lot of meaning, or a moral, but its a great summer read!
i deffinently recommend it for anyone who watches any gossip shows, or loves hollywood drama, and girls with ambition!
May 18, 2013 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first book of the au pairs and when I started reading this one I thought that I would love it too, but when I started to read it I just felt myself getting bored with it. Maybe it was because I read all day that day but maybe not. I am starting to read book 3 and hopefully I will like 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!
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.
Katrina Knittle
This book was definitely a lot more better then the first in the series. For someone who likes a good dose of reailty tv drama. This book is definitely filled with what I was looking for. I love how all three girls seemed to have changed in some way from the previous book to now. A cute summer read.
Apr 11, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2009 Yasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part two is an excellent book because the girls get to reunite after having a winter vacation away from each other...then you get to read about what happened with their relationships over the winter time...also you get the more wild sides of them because the girls are older now so part 2 really caught ma attention...
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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.” 123 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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