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La niñera

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  9,010 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Cuando Jo Green acepta un trabajo de niñera en Londres para escapar de su pueblo, de su familia y de Shaun, su novio teóricamente perfecto, el concepto de «choque cultural» se queda corto...
Los Fitzgerald son la pareja más incompatible desde Tom y Jerry, y sus hijos, Casandra, la brillante duendecilla guerrera, el sanguinario Zack y la pequeña y tímida Tallulah, son verdad...more
Published October 10th 2009 by La factoría de ideas (first published February 19th 2003)
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In recent months, I have waded through some fairly mediocre chick-lit. I have left books halfway, groaned at the plot-predictability and mentally castigated the dull-as-ditchwater heroines and their pompous heroes.

So now when I come across an author who took a much-mauled genre and perfectly bound all the essential elements together; I want to genuflect before the Lord and send up a fervent "Thank You!"

The Nanny is another brilliant offering by the late Melissa Nathan. It's a tale of 23 year-o...more
Jo has spent her entire life in Niblet-Upon-Avon and needs to get out, so when she's given the chance to take a job as a nanny in London, she jumps at the chance. Of course, this means leaving her long-time boyfriend at home. But the prospect of a new setting and a job in a fancy house with her own car, cell phone, and private suite will soften that blow. Jo gets along famously with her new employers and her three charges, and all seems to be going wonderfully... until her employer's grown-up (a...more
Jan 25, 2008 Kirstin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a nanny and those who love Sophie Kinsella
I absolutely loved this book.

Asd insane as it sounds, I think this was mainly because it completely reminded me of my own life (asides from the handsome son part) but, I moved from a small town to be a nanny in london and I can guarantee that she has captured the feelings, nursery mums, first friends, and children brilliantly.

The book is written from several different perspectives, including the children, which I think is brilliant. Because there are so many entertwining stories going on, it mak...more
I liked: The story-line, the multi-character point of view, the dissection of complex relationships, the humor

I disliked: The tendency to "tell" instead of "show" in the writing style, the unrealistic reactions of characters at certain points in the book

Overall, I enjoyed this book and kept reading because I wanted to see what happened next. There are several different story-lines and it's interesting to see how they intersect. I wish she had written certain conversations and situations out inst...more
I loved this book. The quiet, quirky, lovable main character and her family seemed very alive to me. Her little wards were funny and realistic, the supporting characters interesting and dynamic. And I really felt the love story between vrizzion in a soft way that made me smile. Chemistry is not easy to capture in this way.

The sadness I felt when I read about this author's untimely death stayed with me for awhile. I liked her very much and wish there were many more of her works to read. I reread...more
I'm so sad that we lost such a wonderful author. Melissa's books are just lovely - the characters are so well-written and the plots always hold my interest (even over several rereads of the same book!).
fantastic book, made me laugh throughout, really good plot and the kids were brilliant.
Fun. I liked it better than Nanny Diaries.
Primero voy a decir lo que esperé.

Esperé una historia que fuera más o menos así: niñera llega al nuevo hogar, todos la aman, los niños la adoran y zaaaz se enamora del medio- hermano mayor y tienen un amorío secreto y luego aparece el novio de ella de visita y todo se complica y entonces todo mundo se da cuenta del amorío secreto entre niñera y medio-hermano mayor y oh por Dios, drama y peleas y niñera es despedida y alejada de medio-hermano mayor y regresa a su pueblo y luego pasa el tiempo y...more
First read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it, so when i came across it again recently i just had to read it again and I must say I enjoyed it just as much second time as I did the first time round.

This is such a good feel chick-lit book with some really good laugh out loud moments and characters you just can't help but like.

I have to admit though as much as I loved the story the ending was a bit too predictable. I would still definitely recommend this book for those to love chick-lit bo...more
Fairy / Anna
Review written in Polish.

Nie wiem czego to jest wina. Czy mojej sporej niechęci do współczesnych historii czy może oporów do czegoś, czego zdefiniować się za bardzo nie da. A może to wina lepszych pomysłów na spędzenie wakacji...
Przeczytałam 1/3 książki. Z wieeelkimi problemami. Niby dobrze się czyta, bo opowieść sympatyczna, a chwilami pośmiać się można całkiem sporo, ale... Bohaterka jest do kitu. Rany! Prawie jak Bella od Meyer w wersji dla dorosłych. Dodatkowo zaprawiona nowojorską nianią....more
I choose this book because I loved the cover and especially because I was dying to read some light chick lit. And this book certainly didn't disappoint!
Jo is a young nanny that loves her job, her parents and her fiancée, but on her birthday she starts to realize that maybe her quiet life is in fact too quiet, and makes a move everyone around her doesn't understand or fully support: she gets a job in London as nanny of three kids, Cassie, Zak and little precocious Tallulah. but dealing with the...more

Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec The Nanny?

"Melissa Nathan et moi, c'est déjà une longue histoire d'amour. Elle a écrit de géniales réécritures modernes de Pride & Prejudice et de Persuasion (respectivement Acting Up et Persuading Annie) et j'ai également lu d'elle The Waitress, que j'avais beaucoup aimé!"

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Jo, une jeune femme de 23 ans, a un avenir tout tracé: elle va épouser son petit copain avec qui elle est depuis si...more
Naomi Nair
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I read another of Nathan's books, The Waitress, and didn't particular care for that one. I bought The Nanny because I read most of Kinsella's books and was looking for something new and I wanted to know if The Nanny would be different from The Waitress.

It's not.

The problems I had with The Waitress are in The Nanny. There's a lot of telling when showing would be better. Even a short scene or two would add more emotion to what should have been an emotional scene. There were also a lot more charact...more
A good chick-lit read, but as usual a bit predictable and rosey, rosey rosey - why can't life turn out that way all the time. Perhaps I ought to give the chick-lit genre a break for a while, as I know that is the point of it!! Brief sysnopsis. Jo Green has a slightly overbearing, caring but guilt inducing family, a nice “local boy” boyfriend and a small town existence. In a bid to take a sneak peek into the big wide world out there she takes a nannying job in the London, working for the dysfunct...more
Janice (Janicu)
The Nanny is about a twenty three year old nanny, Jo Green, who feels stuck in a rut with her life in Niblet-upon-Avon. Her boyfriend Shaun has proposed a few times, and each time she has turned him down, while her parents think he has never asked and keep wondering aloud what could be wrong and what he's waiting for. When Jo sees an ad for a nanny in London, she decides to apply for the job and just have a change of pace. She gets hired by Dick and Vanessa Fitzgerald, who have three children -...more
An improvement over The Waitress, mainly due to the presence of a main character whom I was able to stand (and even sympathize with). Nathan's characters are varied but seem to be more caricatures than real people; they conform to their specific type--the "career bourgeois mother," the "narrow-minded working class dad," the "chipper instant best friend," etc.--rather than behave in any kind of organic way. In that regard, many of the characters' actions seemed forced and without satisfactory exp...more
I really enjoyed this read. the characters were fully developed, and unlike the other books I've read recently, struggled with quite complex challenges. Although there were two or three storylines at once, the author handled them in a way that was very clever and made for a seemless and smooth story. Jo and Josh, the main love interests, are very relatable, real, and very sympathetic characters. Right away I felt like they were from my neighborhood, and I was highly interested in their story.

Megan Way
It was a little difficult maybe the first 3 chapters to get use to having so many point of views. But by the end it was very good. I had to laugh a lot out loud at the kiddos.
Guilty pleasure - read this in 2007 and after hearing Melissa Nathan lost her battle with cancer, have been re-reading all of her books. She was a great author with a skill in writing fun chick-lit. She will be missed.
I first read this book about 8 years ago. It got passed round my friends and is now very dogged eared. Always a good one to turn to for a light read and a cheer up :)
Resident Optimist
This was an amazing read! I loved and savoured every moment of it, it was a random decision to read this book and despite the length of it, I don't regret any of it!

Jo (The main character) was a likable person, and Josh was just oomph ;)

It gave a whole new insight into the life of a nanny, and also how the other half lives. I didn't feel like I was in London while I was reading it, despite the story being set in London, which I absolutely loved, I read books to get away from where I live, to se...more
Amy Daws
Love Melissa Nathan and this is a fun, light hearted romance I would recommend to anyone! A good beach read I think!
They say a change is as good as a rest. Maybe that's why I picked this up - it's at least 10 years since I read a book I would classify as chicklit. Two chapters in I was being reminded why. Then in the next chapter I had my first laugh out loud moment and I remembered why this genre is so popular. The feel good plot and self-effacing humour is just what was needed during a crazily busy holiday season. And there were plenty of memories from my own days of juggling a career with kids and a nanny...more
The Awesome Nanny.

At first I thought this would be those book where the lead characters falls in love in the beginning chapter, but I had to wait, wait, but worth waiting. Jo is awesome she choose being nanny in her young age. and I must say being nanny is not easy, she do all the hard work but still have time or I should say take time to live her life, during this hard work job she meets josh. To my surprise and shock, they don't fall in at first sight (while their first time meeting is not usu...more
A laugh out loud book. Makes you feel like the character is your best friend. Puts a gigantic smile on your face all the way through.
For the first 534 pages of this book, I debated between giving it 0.5 and 1 star. The impeding relationship and tension between nanny Jo and boss's son Josh was really what kept it going for me. Yes, the family was fun and quirky and the storyline is cute, but it just wasn't great for me. I much preferred the Undomestic Goddess, which is very similar in plot.

The last 2 pages are what boosted this to a 2 star book. While I won't be rereading the tome, I've gone back to reread the ending 3 times i...more
Better-than-average chicklit, but it definitely went on too long in some places (like Vanessa's job - oh gods, shoot me now. I really hated her sections). It seemed like all the Londoners hated their jobs (but tolerated them for the money) which was weird. Also the buildup to the end dragged in waaaay too long. There were some genuinely funny moments though.
Hana Nur
i like this book, i find it hard to put's full of funnies though sometimes too much that i don't understand certain funnies made.perhaps because it's's not particularly tragic or sad but i cried a little when jo and shaun broke up.i love this writer, she writes in a very detailed way, yet doesn't bore me.she is meticuluos.the only thing that kills it a bit for me was that it was so predictable.i love british women writers!a very light read to get your mind off everything in yo...more
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Goodreads Librari...: ISBN 0-09-942797-4 2 16 Oct 01, 2011 06:38AM  
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Melissa Jane Nathan (13 June 1968 – 7 April 2006) was a journalist and UK author of popular "chick lit" novels in the early 2000s.
When working on Persuading Annie (2001), Nathan was diagnosed with breast cancer. She refused to let the illness dominate her life, and - in public anyway - was unfailingly positive. She had no time for most journalism written by cancer sufferers: "self-indulgent dirges...more
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