The Nanny Returns (Nanny, #2)
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The Nanny Returns (Nanny #2)

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Ten years after the fateful night when Nan was fired, she returns to New York with her husband, HH. Finally settling in to build a permanent home and get her consulting business off the ground, Nan's plans are derailed by HH's sudden desire to start a family - and her surpisingly strong resistance to the idea. Matters are further complicated by a late-night, drunken visit...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 23rd 2009)
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Mallory
Feb 13, 2010 Mallory rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: massochists and people who like a good trash book
I'm embarrassed that I read this book and even more embarrassed that I sort of liked it.

The premise: Nan and Ryan (better known as HH to those who read the prequel) are married and have recently moved back to NY after years spent abroad working with the UN. Because this is a McLaughlin and Krauss confection, the main characters are born of privilege but have chosen to slum it by buying a Harlem brownstone that is in serious need of renovation. This is always my complaint with McLaughlin/Krauss b...more
Chris
I listened to the first Nanny novel as an audiobook many moons ago when I was working as a painter in college. Our local library had a paltry selection of audiobooks and I couldn't afford to be picky. I thought I would hate The Nanny Diaries, but instead I found myself enjoying the book. When I heard the authors had penned a sequel, I was curious enough to get the audiobook of Nanny Returns for my commute.

At some points, I felt like Nanny Returns actively hated me and was trying to physically h...more
Dorian
Like most people who read this book, I had high expectations before I began it. I thoroughly enjoyed The Nanny Diaries, I thought it was funny, and well-written. So, why would this be any different?
That said, this is possibly one of the worst books I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I was so very excited to see it on the shelves at my book store, I hadn't even known it existed! So, of course, I bought it, ready for hilarity to ensue.
I found myself skipping through pages, rolling my ey...more
Brittany
Extremely disappointed with this book. I read to about page 60, then skipped to the last 10 pages or so just to get the gist of what happened. There were so many F-words in this book. Completely unnecessary.

In addition to the offensive language, the storyline was pretty unbelievable. Nan, now married to H.H. (Harvard Hottie) seems to be unable to get over the trauma of what happened while being a nanny to the X family. She goes all crazy over her husband wanting to have children.

Grayer shows u...more
devra
Completely disappointing and too full of the cliches that were already overdone when "The Nanny Diaries" came out the first time. I was really looking forward to this book, to getting a glimpse of what Grayer X and his family turned into, and unfortunately all we really get is a glimpse. Most of the book is spent on manufactured marriage troubles for our Nan and a side-plot involving a former school friend that goes on for far too long and ultimately contributes little, if anything, to the overa...more
Wendi
Thank God for a follow up. I've always worried about Grayer X. I knew that Nanny (Nan-neh!) would land on her feet, but Grayer...I always wondered what would happen to him.

If you liked "The Nanny Diaries" I do believe you will like this sequel (the ladies are even talking trilogy!!) We find Nanny's socialite nemesies struggling against the economy - what do you mean I can't have my Prada and my driver too? - and Nanny struggling with possible motherhood.

I felt like the book brought up a lot of...more
Catherine
Too much language for my taste. Adult themes. I feel as though Ryan (Nan's husband) is underdeveloped. He is the perfect husband; he wants children ... that's all we really know about him. (view spoiler)...more
Melanie
This was my first purchased download on the e-reader I was given for Christmas. I chose this title primarily out of curiosity--I wanted to know where the authors were taking our beloved Nan Hutchinson, who first appeared in "The Nanny Diaries." When we left Nan, she was getting the last laugh (after her firing) ranting into a nanny cam of her former employers Mr. and Mrs. X.

With "Nanny Returns" 12 years have gone by, Nan has recently returned to New York after traveling the world with her husba...more
Lydia
I loved the movie, loved the first book, and was extremely excited to see that the story continued.

I felt that there was a bit too much prolonged, and unclear, focus on her job and too many characters that were never properly introduced. All the new co-workers, and high society frienemies were quickly slipped into scenes and I found myself having to backtrack often when reading names, trying to remember which character was which.

Other than that, It's hard not to love Nan, and the writers are v...more
Jessica Lawlor
I was super excited to read Nanny Returns because I absolutely loved The Nanny Diaries (see my review here). I was shocked and surprised when I found myself skipping through pages and shaking my head while reading this one…more on that in a bit.

Nanny Returns tells the story of Nan, our favorite NYC Nanny 10 years later. Now married to Harvard Hottie Ryan, Nan returns from traveling the world with her husband to settle back into NYC.

One night, a 16 year old Grayer (Nan’s former charge) drunkenly...more
Carly
I was really disappointed in this book. The first half was absolutely horrible, to the point that I just wanted to put it down and pretend I never saw that it existed but I was snowed in and decided to keep reading. The writing was really disjointed and the authors seemed to interject unnecessary big words in random spots just to prove that they knew them.
After the end of the first book, where Nan stands up for herself, it's upsetting to see her as an awful whiner and pushover in this book. It...more
Debbie
Meh. I wanted to like this book. I really did. I enjoyed the Nanny Diaries - not great classic literature but a fun escapist read. Unfortunately the authors may be so familiar with each other that the writing in Nanny Returns reads like a series of inside expressions that are unintelligible to outsiders. But the poor writing is not the worst of it. The various plot lines run almost disconnected from one another and the main character is so unlikable that I found myself wanted to yell at her to g...more
Amy
I remember when NANNY DIARIES was one of the hot books back in 2000. It was marketed as a snarky darkly comic look into the hidden world of the New York City nanny. And I hated it. It was so incredibly disturbing. The way the NYC mothers were portrayed made them look like something just short of child abusers. And maybe that is how they should be portrayed. I do not doubt that NANNY DIARIES held more than a few grains of truth in it. I just didn't enjoy the ride. So, it was with some trepidation...more
Katie
This book serves as the sequel to the Nanny Diaries to provide closure about the X family and how Grayer turned out.

Wow...the writers wanted about a million other side stories going on at the same time! It was all too much with Nanny and Ryan's house renovation; Nanny's parents' eviction; Ryan's job, in which he was absent about 90% of the book; Nanny's unbelievable job in which she is hired to do (nothing) for a school but sit by and watch them fire good teachers because annoying students wante...more
Megan Just
It’s been 12 years since nanny Nan left the X family at the end of The Nanny Diaries. Nan and her husband, Ryan, (a.k.a. Harvard Hottie) have been living abroad for years, but have just returned to New York and purchased a house. Things get complicated right from the start when Ryan is called away on a humanitarian aid mission while Nan is left to deal with the dilapidated house, a new job as a consultant in a corrupted private school, and a teenaged Grayer X, who appears on her doorstep in the...more
Carla Ford
Whew - it was a busy month for Nan, and I was exhausted just reading about it. Although I didn't read THE NANNY DIARIES, there was enough tie-in with this book that I didn't feel lost, and was able to pick follow the story without feeling like there were any gaps. Returning to New York after twelve years out of the country, Nan and her husband Ryan are remodeling their new home, and Nan is trying to get her new business off the ground. Just as Ryan announces that he thinks they should start a fa...more
NCPL Teenzone
Once upon a time, Nan worked for the Xes and cared for their son, Grayer. After being fired, she ranted her frustrations to the teddy bear nanny-cam. Fast forward twelve years. Nan has married the Harvard Hottie and after living in third world countries, they have returned to NYC in pursuit of the American dream. Home ownership isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when renovations don't happen according to schedule and living conditions are worse than in aforementioned countries. But the...more
Sarah BT
I first read The Nanny Diaries three years ago when I myself was working as a nanny. Granted, I wasn't working for an elite, rich family in New York, but I still found the book to be a wickedly funny account of the nannying world and I really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to returning to Nan's story, but sadly I was disappointed with this sequel.

After twelve years, getting married, and living all over the world with her husband, Nan has not grown up. She still has no spine and doesn't k...more
Julie
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Heather
I saw that the newest Nanny book was out, so I picked it up at the library. Thank goodness I didn't spend money on it!
This book is a disappointment in many ways:
Marriage and family: Nan got married and seemed to enjoy her time with HH as they lived in various parts of the world. She has parents who are still married to one another and seem happy; she has a grandmother she still talks to, etc. Why does she let such idiotic snot former employers make her second-guess the whole idea of having a chi...more
Rebecca
I am glutton for punishment. As part of my non-attainable goal to read every book ever, I tend to lean towards authors whom I have read before, weather I liked the book or not. I mean, if the book was so painful, I wanted to watch any reality tv over reading it, I won't pick up anything else, but even if I thought the book was totally annoying, I'll pick up more. And this was one of them. I don't know when I put this book down on my request list. Must have been a while back. And I actually just...more
Liz
I read The Nanny when it first came out and was both horrified and fascinated by the stories of the upper class. The story continues in this book. Nanny married her Harvard Hottie and has spent the last twelve years traveling around the world with him while he works with the U.N. Now she's back in NYC trying to get work as a human resources consultant.

She's abruptly thrown back into the Xs lives when Grayer, her former charge, comes to her door in the middle of the night completely drunk. He's t...more
Danielle
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Cassie
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Kiersten
There is WAY too much going on in this book, and as a result, I didn't really care about any of it. The main plot lines in the story [seem:] to be the Xs and Nan's position with a consultant for Jarndyce, an exclusive private school run by an absolutely toxic parental board, which puts the Xs' exploits from the first book to shame. Oh, and Nan having a baby. That's supposed to be one of the main parts of the story, but it's completely overshadowed by everything else going on. Anyway, while worki...more
Karetchko
I hadn't realized that there was a new book out by the authors of the Nanny Diaries. I've read their other books (Citizen Girl and Dedication) but don't really remember anything about either book. Nanny Diaries was pretty memorable, though (especially the bit with the lavender water!) so I wanted to read this one after I kept seeing it in all of the airports. Luckily my library had it...it would not be worth purchasing, though it's an entertaining read.

As the story begins, Nan and her husband h...more
Jen Thomas
I read the Nanny Diaries several years ago and enjoyed it enough to rent the movie when it came out, although I don't remember if I enjoyed the movie. I did not love this book however. Maybe it was because there was a lot more bad language in this than I remember reading in the first one, then again the neglected 4 year old is now a neglected 16 year old who is seriously messed up, although very responsible when it comes to his 7 year old little brother. Maybe I didn't like it because the only t...more
Julmlarosa
I am about half way through this book and am so dissapointed. As an avid Nanny Diaries fan, I read the book monthly- seriously yes, have it on cd in my car read by Julia Roberts, and dragged my husband to opening day of the movie I am so sad I bought this sequel. I am also a former "nanny" and swear I worked for the Mrs. X. I was even dismissed in a similiar fashion, so I grew attached to the book and felt apart of Nanny myself. It just doesn't flow together. Nanny is suddenly back in the X's li...more
Meredith
I liked the first Nanny book, so thought I'd give this one a try. I enjoyed it, but I spent a lot of the time thinking that no parents could really be as disfunctional as these parents were (I know I'm naive). I also felt more than a little gauche since I rarely recognized the (at least I am guessing they were) designers that the main character kept mentioning. High society New York is so completely different from my own life. I basically felt like a witness to a horrible car accident: not belie...more
Lesley
Not quite as good as the first one... decent story, but enough with the freak-outs. At least one of the 2 authors loves unnecessary dramatic freak-out scenes that involve people yelling at each other at a disproportionate level to the issue. Also, one of the writers doesn't know her head from her ass, loves to write around the story and expect the reader to psychically get what or who she is talking about. Not sure if this is the same writer as the first issue. Glad I'm done and that it was a fa...more
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