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Citizen Girl

2.40  ·  Rating details ·  6,171 ratings  ·  712 reviews
Another biting satire from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of the New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.
Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders, twenty-four-year-old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands
Paperback, 305 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Washington Square Press (first published September 7th 2004)
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Nikki Boisture
Feb 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Only my dearest enemies.
Recommended to Nikki by: No one, thank god. I would disown anyone who recommends such id
Dear Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss:

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
Feb 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: a blind slug
This book tried to be super clever and witty, but I knew it was doomed once I realized that the main character's name was actually 'Girl' (and it wasn't just her boss being disrespectful by saying "Hey Girl!") and another main character's name was 'Guy'. Other 'clever' names consisted of Buster, the boyfriend, and 'My Company, Inc', the employer. That showed the authors were trying just a little too hard...

From there, it just got annoying as the writing was choppy and new characters and
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: idiots, masochists
Shelves: chick-lit, crap

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
Sep 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
I recall sitting in my polyester cap and gown at graduation, imagining my return - the driver would help me out of my Town Car and I'd stride in, wearing a perfectly cut Gucci pantsuit, to give a lecture on a burning issue of global magnitude. At the very least, I'd arrive for my ten-year class reunion the picture of triumph - accomplished, secure, debt-free. Important. Nowhere in my fantasy was I wearing frayed corduroys and side-stepping patches of snow. Nowhere had I been flicked off the ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
"Citizen Girl" is meant to be a satire of corporate consultation. The emphasis on sexuality in the workplace is meant to criticize, but, like the main character Girl, seems to whine. "Citizen Girl" is an example of chick lit, meant to be intelligent, that is banal and uninteresting.
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Why I am even bothering to review this crap of a book, I don't know. There is nothing more unsatisfying than spending time reading a bad story. Thankfully it was a quick read because there was no point to the plot, you could skip over paragraphs and be fine.

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",
Feb 12, 2010 rated it did not like it be honest, I am not sure why I even finished this book. What was supposed to be cute, clever....or maybe a cynical, eye opening, thought-provoking look at corporate culture just ended up being stupid. Seriously stupid.

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
L A i N E Y
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I don't quite understand Girl (the main character's name) but I figured if her story is interesting then I don't mind reading it. Well, I didn't find it interesting and the more I read, the more I don't appreciate it. I kept feeling frustrated with Girl and I often found myself just waiting for something interesting to happen other than the going-ons of bussiness, anything. Oh the romance even seems half-heartedly done, I don't know it is weird.

Still the writer earns extra star from her usual
Janet Morris
I've read other reviews that were unforgiving about the way that this particular novel was written, and while some have their points, others seem to miss the charm and wit of the book. Yes, there are issues, but have we ever truly seen a perfect book? This book has some good qualities in it, but it also shows us that we need to really examine our society and our way of life.

The character names were commonly used to critique the book because they were completely generic, but the point of having
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was a waste of my time. It really didn't have a point or purpose to it and then when it ended, it just basically stopped. I can't believe it took two authors to write a book this crappy. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
after reading the nanny diaries, i expected more from these authors. it seemed like the same basic story told in a different environment and setting. and naming the main character girl was kind of annoying as well.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, hated-it
How did this book get published? If I could only give this book a ranking of 0, believe me I would. This has got to be the worst chick lit book I've read in quite a long time. I always try to give books a chance -- by actually finishing it -- but with this one, I just can't bring myself to do so.

"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
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-worth-it
Um. What was this?

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",
Rachel Winston
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
While this book's main character, Girl, didn't have the charm of Nanny from The Nanny Diaries, she did resonate with me in her frustration: under bosses who expect the most and give the least, boyfriends who leave her guessing, and family that seems to have no idea what the world is really like.

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
Nov 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe one of THE worst books I've ever read. I just kept going, hoping it would get better somehow. But it never resolved into anything at all, and I am sorry I wasted the time. The characters were all entirely unsympathetic - the main character was whiny and I had so much trouble empathizing or feeling any sort of sorry for her. Usually I love when a story is based at all in Connecticut; this time, I was ashamed that she was presumably FROM Waterbury (it's barely mentioned). The storyline is a ...more
Robin Cicchetti
Jul 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
Girl is a born and bred liberal feminist who wants to change the world, and also make a living wage. Set in NYC we follow her descent in the capitalist inferno, each twist becoming more bizarre than the last. Witnessing the heroine justify that every compromise with her beliefs is somehow justified simply made me feel dirty. This writing team is very clever and often snicker-out-loud funny, as they proved with their entertaining bestseller The Nanny Diaries. While that book provided a few peeks ...more
Wade WDM
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maybe you haven't been on the wrong side of the Want Ads, degree(s) in hand but no experience and really no clue what you want to do in life. So you take a job that looks good, you think will make you feel good, and if anything makes ends meet. That's basically what Citizen Girl is about. I don't understand the low scoring on this book. I have always felt that this book was about me. Well, not entirely as I'm not in New York and don't have access to nearly as many crazy things as our heroine, ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it with every ounce of my soul. The moment I realized it was written by the Nanny Diaries ladies, I knew I was in trouble because I hated that too (even though it was very popular). I spent hours of my day reading this today and by page 200 (of 300), I couldn't do it anymore- nothing made sense, nothing was happening, and it was just a hot mess. Skimmed to the final chapter (which I never do), and sure enough, ending sucked as well. What a waste of my day. Life is too short to read bad ...more
Sep 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: escapism
There is absolutely nothing remarkable about this book. It reads sort of like a Devil Wears Prada without the humor or caring about the characters at all.

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
Apr 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
The only thing I really have to say about this rather unremarkable book is this: now I know why it was in the $1 shelves. And honestly, that was still too much. This book isn't worth the paper it was printed on.
Nicole Chin
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Unrealistic plot and a really naive and weak main character. Also, the authors really screwed up with the names of the characters. Names such as Girl, Guy, Buster, Rex and Manley just didn't do it for me.
Jan 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was the worst book that I have ever read. The men were loathesome. The protaganist was pathetic. And the plot was both ridiculous and offensive. I'm throwing the book in the trash after writing this review in an effort to distance myself from it.
Jun 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: weekend novelists, people who like the learning annex
Omg, this was in the "Take us we're FREE" bin so I did. I am curious why a fiction book of chick lit variety would need two authors and I'm going to find out despite the dire warnings from people who love me.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Worst book ever. Not a very helpful review but I can't spend anymore time on this book.
Sonora Taylor
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

This was interesting. I picked this up at a Little Free Library, then saw several negative reviews before reading it. I think that helped prepare me for what was coming, which may have helped with my tepid enjoyment.

This book is compulsively readable, and pretty entertaining. Even with how far-fetched it got, I wanted to know what happened next with Girl and her whirlwind three-month stint at My Company (I will say, the only reason I wasn't annoyed by names like Girl, My Company, and
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book felt like a more terrible version of The Devil Wears Prada, and I HATED The Devil Wears Prada. I really need to get to a point where I can allow myself to not finish a book... I knew 3 pages in that I was going to hate this book but tortured myself by finishing it anyway. There was literally nothing I liked about this book, the characters were horrible and the plot was pointless and absurd. The publishing company who printed this must be as corrupt and poorly run as the My Company, Inc ...more
Jeanie T
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Stressful. I like the philosophical question of the situation, how much sacrifice will you make on behalf of others, and how much personal gain will you accept at the expense of others? These questions are explored through a whole bunch of really stressful scenarios. Read this a chapter at a time, it'll give you an ulcer if you read it all at once.
Laura Ghory
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
Couldn't get very far in this book. The dialog was awful and boring.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely Nobody
I read this book only because I needed to read an unpopular book for the Summer Reading Challenge and this was the most appealing choice on the list. I don't know if my awareness of the fact that so many others hated it colored my impression of the story or not, but I tried to go into it with an open mind despite that. In an attempt to try to make the best of it, I purposely did not read Nanny Diaries so that I wouldn't have the high expectations that book apparently set for so many readers. Now ...more
Aug 29, 2010 added it
Was enticed to buy this because of its $4 price tag on Borders' Bargain Bookshelf. The blurb is good -- "satire ... highlights key issues (do you have to look hot to get ahead?) for women in today's workplace" -- but is entirely misleading. This is "sophomoric" in that it's the authors' second book (they also wrote "Nanny Diaries") and that it's just so dumb.

The main character's "name" is Girl, and other characters are called by descriptive words instead of traditional names. It took me a few
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My partner, Nicki, and I have been writing together for 12 years. We're obsessed by what makes a satisfying story. I'm excited to hear from our readers what does it for them -- and what doesn't. As a working mom, the only book time I manage to steal these days is right before bed. I'm not the girl who can watch SVU and go to sleep with a smile. Ruling out kids/the economy/the world in peril as ...more
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