I always wondered who Carrie was before Sex and the City. I never would have imagined her an ordinary, awkward teenager in the suburbs of Connecticut-I always wondered who Carrie was before Sex and the City. I never would have imagined her an ordinary, awkward teenager in the suburbs of Connecticut-- it was just too far reaching. Of course, we all have to start somewhere! The novel begins in Carrie's senior year of college in 198... (the author makes a pointed effort to disguise Carrie's age), where she is just beginning to find her sense of self. She is a late bloomer on almost all fronts: she doesn't smoke, is a virgin (gasp), loves a Singapore Sling, and is just beginning to experiment with fashion. Her two younger sisters, namely "Dorrit", are far more rebellious, and probably more interesting then Carrie at least in their youth. The real story isn't the sex, drugs, or fashion but the friendships, relationships, and their evolution. I think this is a great book for the younger set who will surely relate to this aspect of it, and fun for fans of SATC to see the history of a beloved character. ...more
The lives of Little Bee, a young Nigerian girl, and Sarah, a successful editor of a hip UK magazine, collide after a series of horrific events. The boThe lives of Little Bee, a young Nigerian girl, and Sarah, a successful editor of a hip UK magazine, collide after a series of horrific events. The book begins two years after these events that Little Bee and Sarah both escaped. Sarah goes on to raise her young son Charlie with her husband back in the UK while Little Bee finds herself in a British immigration detention center. When Little Bee is released from the immigration center mistakenly, she knows of only one person in the UK to look up...Sarah's husband Andrew. With Little Bee back in the picture Sarah and Andrew are flooded with memories of the past years events that they can no longer deny occurred, and Sarah cannot help but feel a tremendous responsibility for Little Bee. Little Bee and Sarah have no choice but to face their past head-on in this beautifully written book. ...more
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 whereThis 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 husband Ryan and his UN job. Nan, Ryan, and their dog Grace are living in a dilapidated home they optimistically hope to renovate. Nan is also getting her own HR consulting business off the ground.
Soon after returning to NY, her former charge, Grayer, tracks her down partly to confront her for abandoning him all those years ago and partly to seek her help with his 8-year old brother Stilton who is in need of a parental figure. Nanny finds that Grayer is, not surprisingly, a privileged, drug & alcohol abusing teenager and his parents' ability to raise their children have only deteriorated since she last saw them.
In addition to helping out with the X gang, Nan starts hanging out with her old friends who have married into money and are starting to produce their own privileged offspring. She also snatches up a consulting gig at a fancy prep school, Jarndyce, where her job consists primarily of stomping out fires. The prep-school kids are misbehaving, the faculty is abused and under-appreciated, and the wealthy parents are uninterested, absent, and, of course, image obsessed.
When her husband presses her to start a family, Nan stalls. Her view on family, marriage, and children is seriously negative. Ryan is still traveling with his job, their home is not at all livable, and she is juggling the X family issues, her friend's issues, and the prep school issues. The majority of the book has her erratically running around the city trying to solve everyone's problems when she seems to be the least qualified candidate for the job. Moreover, Nan's problems seem to be manufactured or of the type that could be easily avoided. Throughout all of it Nan seems jaded, overly self-righteous, and far less likable then she was as a young Nanny.
The character development in this book is lacking, and there are too many inconsequential sub-plots to keep up with. Even the Jarndyce plot was given the hack treatment ending in the most abrupt way. I feel like the whole Citrine/Clark sub-plot could have been cut out entirely. In doing so the authors could have taken the time to develop & re-work the rest of the story and characters within more fully.