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The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  285,479 ratings  ·  4,694 reviews
One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy.
Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless-bordering on masochistic
Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived pre-schooler
Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family
Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay
Mostly, must love being
Paperback, 343 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2002)
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Marie Binder Not really, the narrator reflects on what is happening, but does not address it to a diary. There is also no dates or dear diary, if thats what you…moreNot really, the narrator reflects on what is happening, but does not address it to a diary. There is also no dates or dear diary, if thats what you mean.(less)
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F Macias-Mossman
It is one long anecdote disguised as a novel. A lot like "Devil Wears Prada," it is just a laundry list of incidents while working for the shallow, designer-clad perfectionist. It reads more like an article in Us Weekly, In Touch, and or the Mecca of all celebrity rag mag's, People.

What it is clearly the flaw in novels like "Nanny Diaries," and "Devil Wears Prada" is that the protagonist fumbles through the novel lacking any goal or purpose. Instead, these idealists, cute but not too cute young
Mar 31, 2008 Stacey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HA!
Recommended to Stacey by: my mother-in-law
This book was a gift while I was working as a nanny. At first it was funny, with all of the little observations that all nannies make- mainly about a certain, small subsection of women who hire nannies- the wealthy, entitled, narcissistic bitches.

As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that the children are the losers, the parents have no business being parents, and the nannies do nothing to help make the family a better place. Instead they whine about mistreatment, go along with abuse, and
Jennifer Holland
I read this during a series of fifteen-minute breaks at my job. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bit of a grudge against any book packaged as chick-lit, the literary equivalent of low-cal fast food. However, I thoroughly enjoyed both The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing and Prep, and understand that genuinely good fiction is sometimes whored out with candy-colored covers so they'll sell, and I'm always happy to be taken by surprise when that's the case. Not so with this book. Now, ...more
Awful. I found the plot (if you can call it that) predictable and unimaginative and the characters flat. BO-ring. Wish I could get those hours back of my life. Can't believe they made a movie out of it. Although, if there are as many people watching "American Idol" as they say there are, I'm sure there's a ready audience for the movie.
Tea Jovanović
Čitaocima nepoznata činjenica, ali živa istina... Narodna knjiga i Laguna "tukle" su se oko ovog naslova... :) Na moju žalost, jer sam tada još bila u NK, dobila ju je NK... A Laguna je "čapila" meni dražu knjigu "Čik me uhvati"... Volela bih da je situacija bila obrnuta... :) Ali ni jedni ni drugi se nismo usrečili s prodajom tih knjiga a zbog "tuče" su nas papreno koštale u autorskim pravima... Sada posle 10 i kusur godina od tada mogu hladne glave da sagledam neke stvari... Te dve mlade devoj ...more
If you must insist on reading chick lit, I recommend this one. There's a romantic subplot and lots of shopping and snarky best-friend banter, of course, but the main relationship in the story is between the main character (called Nan or Nanny by everyone in the story) and her four-year-old charge, Grayer.
Both authors used to be nannies in New York City, and you can tell they really enjoyed venting their frustration about past employers in this book. There's the controlling, neurotic mother, the
At first I thought I liked this book. It was well-written and emotionally touching. On the other hand, when I finished it, I was very sad for all the Grayers of the world, and a little bit angry about which people claim to be parents and which people really ARE parents. But I guess that was the point, wasn't it?

But then I thought about it some more, and decided that there were other reasons why this book was not fulfilling for me. There was absolutely no character development. Nanny was the same
alana Semuels
This is what happens when you go to a Goodreads book swap and pick up a trashy book, thinking "Oh, i'll read this on the beach someday, it looks mindless." And then you start reading it before bed one night to rest your brain. And then you stay up for three hours reading it, not because it's good, but because it has a plot that is clear and fast-moving, and that is more than you can say for all those high-falutin books that win awards for talking about the moonlight falling on a burning rabbit. ...more
I must say didn't you feel like slapping Mrs. X and shaking Nanny!
The abuse of power by the richy rich Mrs. X was amazing, even more so was Nanny taking it and staying.
It was touching seeing the relationship between her and 'Grover'. The book left me feeling sad for him and his mother constantly changing his caretakers at the faintest perceived slight.
I suppose that I am one of the few heterosexual males who actually read The Nanny Diaries, or at least part of it before I wanted to make my own guillotine and start lopping off the heads of America’s vulgar ultra-rich. The only reason I tried to read it was because I was going through a phase when I lived in Seattle of noticing the books that people were reading on the bus, or in coffee shops, or where ever. I wanted to get a feel for what folks were buying. A very disheartening exercise at tim ...more
Amy G.
I absolutely LOVED this book!! OMG..I wanted to kill the wicked Mrs. X! I wish Nan would've had more back bone!! Wonderful & entertaining! Highly recommends!!
Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nannies
Recommended to Candy by: No one
Title: The Nanny Diaries
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Copyright date: 2002
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
How many pages: 306 pgs
How long it took me to read: 10 days
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from: Seeing it around Chapter's and then being released as a movie

This book was purchased at: McNeely and Robinson
This book is: for people who are thinking about becoming a Nanny
Other books by these authors: Dedication and Citizen girl
Favorite characters: Grayer, Nanny, Harvard Hot
K.D. Absolutely
Tata J recommended this book to me saying that he enjoyed this very much. This even came with two other books about nannies - WHITE HOUSE NANNIES and YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. So, after just reading the tearjerker in the love story of Van and Davy, I thought I needed to have something very light. Something that will make me laugh.

And laugh I did. In the first 10 pages of this book, I was laughing at the wee hours of a Sunday morning. The Interview part is really funny. I also like t
The Nanny Diaries follows the tale of a woman named Nanny as she works for a family called the Xes. Nanny spends her time working for the Xes babysitting their son Grayer while attending NYU. Everything is going pretty well at the start, then the Xes become the family from hell.

Okay, I've had this book on my to-read shelf for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Well, it was very disappointing. The first thing I didn't like was the names. Her name is Nanny, the parents are Mr. X and M
I picked this book up because I wanted to see the movie. I hate to see a movie that's based on a book if I haven't read the book.

The Nanny Diaires appeals to a wide audience, I think, for one reason: We've all had a dead-end job with a demanding boss we hate, frustrated because we're waiting for life to begin. And this is exactly what's happened with Nan. The authors show a glimpse into a richer-than-any-person-should-concievably-be New York household. The collision of the very different world
Palate cleanser after reading about child soldiers though I think I may have overshot like when you take too many antibiotics and then you need a fecal transfusion to restore the balance.

While I should have been able to turn my brain off, I just couldn't. The main character is named "Nanny". I thought this was a pseudonym, but then people make puns about her name. And yet... no one ever says "oh hey, you're a nanny and your NAME is Nanny! ha ha!" I mean, either stick with all pseudonyms and pre
I got really tired of this Mary Sue of a nanny. I've never met anyone so selfless and endlessly caring. Why are we supposed to feel sorry for/sympathize with someone whose problems are pretty much the result of her having No Backbone Whatsoever?

The writing is fluid and the book is definitely readable, but it wasn't as funny as I expected. Kind of struck me as COFFEE, TEA, OR ME? with nannies.
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Alison Looney
This book mirrors The Devil Wears Prada, offering a glimpse into the world of Upper East Side WASPs. Like DWP, we see this opulent lifestyle through a college aged woman who grudgingly agrees to work for the upper crust in hopes of improving her career outlook. But it turns out rich people are rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and really, really bad parents.

I might have rated this book a little higher if the parents hadn't been so awful. Not once in the story did they seem more than dimly aware
Fun book to read. The two girls who wrote this book used to work as nannies for wealthy families in New York City. The characters are mixed in with actual people they met while they were working.

It was a good book, but it made me sad because it gave the impression that these wealthy New Yorkers were too busy to actually raise their own children, which made me wonder why they had them in the first place.
Miranda Brittain
The Nanny Diaries is a very funny, and realistic story. At first it started slow because she was still looking for a job, but it gets a lot more interesting. The X's have her doing many different things that normally don't show up on a NANNY WANTED sign. I love the intensity of being in the lives of a house wife that is borderline insane, and a father who barely gets home from work to know who the new nanny is. Nanny's love life is shown, but not very much. I would have liked to see more of her ...more
Simply loved it. the nanny is a loveable character and how she cares for the child is amazing. The relationship of her mistress and her own short comings are just sooo natural and relateable.

Would love to read it again and i heard they even made a movie out of it
I only read this book because someone loaned me the audio book read by Julia Roberts and said it was a must read. OMG. I had no idea this would be such a riveting book. I read it in one day, almost in one sitting. Although it is funny throughout, I think over all I will remember the heartbreaking parts of this book, and what it says about families where the children are raised by paid strangers. This book is not fluff at all, as I had assumed. Besides being totally entertaining, it is also a sca ...more
Maariya Siddiqui
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Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
This is a Reading Good Books review.

Confession: I’ve known of The Nanny Diaries but only this past month have I watched the movie and read the book. And I have to say, I loved both. (I’m not a huge Scarlett Johansson fan but I am of Chris Evans.) Both were funny and fascinating at the same time.

This was extra fun for me because I spent some time in New York and the place where I was staying was a few blocks away from Park Avenue, the main setting of this novel. Everyday, I walked Museum Mile a
Given all the buzz about this book when it came out, I was desperate to read it, and I was thrilled when a friend loaned it to me. It wasn't bad - in fact, it was really good in some ways - but didn't live up to my expectations.

The book was easy to get in to; the beginning was really engaging. I thought the authors gave Nan a really clear voice. She seemed like a real person. Loved all the name dropping of fancy places in New York, which I've always wanted to visit. I thought the book was really
Leigh Herondale

Last week, I got my orders from the BookDepo and a few days ago I was able to finish The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin. I actually decided to order this book because of the movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. Anyway, the story's main character is Nan, who is a college student trying to make ends meet by being the X's nanny/ all around girl.

To be totally honest, I wasn't really expecting that much from this book since it had mix
Ditulis oleh dua orang mantan pengasuh anak (nanny) di New York, Buku Harian Nanny menjadi bukan sekedar ciklit biasa. Mengutip band Efek Rumah Kaca, buku ini bukan tentang "Cinta Melulu". Bukan tentang sekedar keluh kesah seorang perempuan yang sibuk mencari kekasih.

Nanny, seorang mahasiswa yang bekerja paruh waktu menjadi seorang nanny pada sebuah keluarga X yang termasuk warga elit New York. Overworked, underpaid. Betapa tidak, Nanny ternyata nggak hanya mengurusi Grayer yang berumur 4 tahun,
When we're not quite thinking in our right minds, I'd bet a substantial number of us unsophisticated Rocky Mountain academic geeks have moments when we consider what it would be like to be a nanny for a moneyed family on Manhatten's upper East Side just to see how those non-working, non-cooking, non-cleaning, Gucci-wearing, Perrier-sipping, spa-going Park Avenue moms really live. This fun novel is written by two former nannies who obviously have an inside track the vagaries and whims of the kin ...more
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