Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and colorcoordinate file folders, twentyfouryearold Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the...more
Please stop. Stop writing books. OK, The Nanny Diaries had it's moments and was a compulsively readable little tale. Congratulations, your first book was successful and made you probably richer than you'd ever dream possible. Why didn't you just stop when you were ahead?
You must realize that Citizen Girl is absolutely abhorable. I wanted to give it zero stars, but I didn't want anyone to think I had forgotten to rate it.
Your protagonist (the idiotically n ...more
From there, it just got annoying as the writing was choppy and new characters and situati ...more
I should have put it down as soon as I realized the main character's name was "Girl." No, really. And her boss is named "Guy"! And her boyfriend is named "Buster"! And the woman brought in to reorganize her company is named "Manley"! Wow, authors, you're so smart, your readers will never figure that out! ... wait.
1. Girl is not at all a likable character. What a whiny cliche of feminism. I have a hard time reading a book when I find nothing to connect with or like about any o ...more
I'm hugely disappointed as well as unsatisfied because I expected more from the authors of the actually funny "Nanny Diaries". But man, did they fail to deliver with this story. It read more along the painful lines of "The Devil Wears Prada", ...more
While Girl does face a few serious dilemmas, the writing tone implies that she's more interested in whining about her problems than fixing them. Her co-workers and friends seem to have a similar perspective. The only ...more
The main character was named Girl? And the boyfriend character was named Buster? And the boss was named Guy? And the company was called My Company? And the investors were called The Bank? Seriously? This not only left me confused at the start of the book, but it also serv ...more
The character names were commonly used to critique the book because they were completely generic, but the point of having n ...more
Like The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl's readability comes from the reader's disgust with the supporting characters. As you read, McLaughlin will have you screaming "What!?" and groaning with shared humili ...more
I read The Nanny Diaries a few years ago and found them a quick, brainless read. So when I had a bit of a cold and saw this at the local library, I thought it would be good to read over the weekend while fighting some viruses and hanging out on my couch. Well, wrong.
Apparently this is a satire, and it is certainly exaggerated in all possible ways, but what exactly was this trying to tell me?
Everyone in this book is meant to appear very archetypal by having names like "Girl", "G ...more
Girl works for some rah-rah women's organization whose head is insane and she is fired. Half ...more
The main character's "name" is Girl, and other characters are called by descriptive words instead of traditional names. It took me a few c ...more
"Citizen Girl" is the sophomore effort from McLaughlin and Kraus, who debuted with "The Nanny Diaries". This time around, our heroine is Girl, a twentysomething women's studies major whose liberal arts ...more
I've read three books by these authors that I enjoyed. However, I have no idea what they were thinking when they wrote this book! Whatever thoughts they had of a best seller feel through. If you have any self-preservational skills, they will definitely come in handy if you find yourself wanting to even read the synopsis. Supposedly, Girl (yes that is her name, which really isn't the problems seeing has the nanny in Nanny Diaries was referred to as Nanny) is a heroine, unless my definition of a ...more
the authors employ the same trope of using "Girl" as the main character's name, her boss is "Guy", the person she dates is "Buster", another character (a woman) is named "Manly". they obviously think they are sooo clever and so much smarter than their readers.
the problem is, the book tries to be about women, and feminism, and the way women identify, and why women are afraid to be identi ...more
This book was tragically bad. The main character was not likable and I didn't care at all about her problems. None of the supporting characters were interesting eith ...more
I've had my share of bad bosses, so I could relate a bit to Girl's plight. However, I didn't think she rang true as a feminist or a person (to be quite honest). I didn't like her, I didn't feel bad for her, and the ending was a little too late for me to feel like she finally had some convictions.
Stick with the Nanny Diaries, as least there wa ...more
Okay I've given up on concentraiting on this one..maybe it's a book I'd be better off reading...I really enjoyed the first few chapters but couldn't pay attention for the past 4 discs (at least)! It's more me than the cd..so I"m going to ...more
"Citizen Girl is the sophomore effort from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, whose Nanny Diaries sent Park Avenue mothers running for cover and catapulted the duo to cult-like status amongst gossip literature's elite. This time around, our heroine is Girl, a twentysomething women's studies major whose liberal arts education led her to believe that saving women from worldwide oppression was as easy as reporting for duty at her local feminist non-profit. As Girl soon learns, no job is ever as i ...more
Easy reading and is a feel good book.
Grace is a hardworking and determined young woman who won't let anyone stand in her way of promotion. She can be a bit naive in the working world sometimes and this leads to her being let down alot, but she manages to dust of her slingbacks and jumps back on the horse.
Good book about how determination can get you far in your career.