If you are looking for a piece of satire written about ridiculous, entitled, uber rich, moderately deranged girls than this is the book for you. Not r...moreIf you are looking for a piece of satire written about ridiculous, entitled, uber rich, moderately deranged girls than this is the book for you. Not recommended to those looking for serious literature or for those who have a stick firmly implanted in their a$$. Great to read on the beach, plane, train, while on jury duty, or while "practicing law".(less)
Years ago I saw an entertainment news show segment with Jason Biggs and his wife, who was blonde at the time, and I sort of fell in love with her. I r...moreYears ago I saw an entertainment news show segment with Jason Biggs and his wife, who was blonde at the time, and I sort of fell in love with her. I remember telling my husband how funny and hot Jason Bigg's wife was. Fast forward to about a year or so ago, I made the connection that one of my favorite people on twitter @jennyandteets WAS that same person (It took me a while to make the connection due to the brunette hair. Initially I thought that Jason Biggs was just into marrying funny chicks. I guess you could say that dying your hair brunette from blonde is a concept that defies my personal logic HA!). Part of her appeal is that she has zero shame. I suspect that she is the girl that will do anything for a laugh. Prior to writing this book her claim to fame was being twitter famous, but her book proves that she can be funny well beyond 140 characters. Jenny Mollen is the best character in the book. She is completely self aware, & self deprecating in a way that only someone who is so sure that she is prettier, skinnier, cooler, and smarter than you can be. If you love Chelsea Handler's books I think you'll love Jenny Mollen's book. That said, the book feels completely original & genuine. Some essay style memoirs feel dis-jointed or forced, but this book sails from one crazy tale to the next some of them being scarily relatable, others cringe inducing, but almost all of them are laugh out loud funny. (less)
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-...moreI 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. (less)
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...moreThis 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.
I picked up this book, because I was a big fan of her blog. She is funny, blunt, and will make you blush. However, I believe her story is more success...moreI picked up this book, because I was a big fan of her blog. She is funny, blunt, and will make you blush. However, I believe her story is more successful in the blog format. (less)