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The Au Pairs

(The Au Pairs #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  6,591 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Three girls with three agendas and the ultimate destination: the Hamptons.

Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who's anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.

So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all
Paperback, 294 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 25th 2004)
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Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Listen, don't get me wrong, I love me some fluffy summer smut, but this just isn't it. This is one of the most underdeveloped story lines I've ever read, and the book is 300 freaking pages long!

The writing is incredibly simple and the three protagonists Eliza, Mara, and Jaqui, all have super shallow personalities. One is a rich girl, one is a small town girl, and one is an exotic, alcoholic party-girl. It doesn't get more deep than that and nothing really happens to them all summer except that
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This is a real summer read book. I really enjoyed this series, honestly sometimes I want to read books for pure enjoyment and not get a lesson or another out of them, I mean come on I need to leave room to learn on my own and this book definitely delivered on the fun pleasure read part. It's a page turner, quirky characters and who doesn't love getting thrown into the rich and fabulous life? I love the 3 main characters, how all three were different but they still became close friends and experi ...more
**edited March 2013 New covers? New Title for the frist novel?Looks like these are going to get a new push forthe summer season. **
Three very different girls are brought together for the chance of a lifetime. A summer job as an au pair in the exclusive, luxurious Hamptons with 10,000 dollars of cash to boot for the Perry family.

Eliza - Former guest of the Perry family , but now a "poor girl " since Daddy got arrested for fraud. Wants the job so she has a place to stay in the Hamptons to get back
Julie Zantopoulos
A fun fluffy read and I will be continuing with the series. A great poolside book.
Steph Su
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, guilty-pleasure
There is more than enough name-dropping in THE AU PAIRS to satisfy the cravings of any reader. However, this series by Melissa de la Cruz stands out from other, similar series because of its character development.

Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are three girls who are going to be au pairs for a rich family’s four young children during their summer stay in the Hamptons. Eliza was once the NYC It girl, before her family lost their fortune and they had to relocate to (bleeech!) Buffalo. Therefore, this sum
Jan 03, 2010 rated it liked it
McLaughlin and Kraus's The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin, 2002) meets von Ziegesar's Gossip Girls (Little, Brown, 2002) in this high fashion, air-kissing, celebrity-sprinkled whirl of fluff. Three unique chicas -- one exotic exchange student (Jacqui), one plain Jane from suburbia (Mara), and one former society girl (Eliza) find themselves sharing a summer nanny job (and a staff bedroom) in the Hamptons. Juggling boys, babysitting, and beaches is a challenge that can only be accomplished if they work ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.25/5

Review to come!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It had been my intention to read the whole series which was composed in a single collection I signed out from the library, but after finishing the first one, I know that I can't. While I had gone into this book expecting a pretty light, brainless summer read, I did not expect it to be so dull. Predictability is something that I expect from this kind of book, but it's important that it's presented in an engaging way. And for me, there was just nothing interesting about most of this book. Relation ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was a teenager I did what most girls did for extra money, I babysat the neighborhood kids. I worked weekends, weeknights, and one time I worked through my junior prom. I always had cash on me and loved the kids that I watched. I sometimes thought the kids liked me better than their parents at times. The babysitting experiences that I had were fun, but never glorified and were hard work. Beach Lane is about a group of girls that decide to take a babysitting job for the summer in the Hampto ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Pure shite! I loved it
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read the fiction novel "The Au Pairs" by Melissa De La Cruz. I chose this book because I had previously read a different book by this author before and I really liked how she seemed to relate to the young teens my age and modern lifestyle of many people today.
This book is about three young teenage girls (Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui)who all get hired for a summer job as Au Pairs by the Perry family who live in the Hamptons. During the summer all three of the girls' stories are told. The story goes
This was an okay book. The book reminded me of the Gossip Girl series, but I thought it was a lot better than that one for sure. I didn't like how shallow and reckless the girls were and couldn't believe how clueless the parents were about how the girls were taking care of their children. Still, I thought it was a somewhat fun read and I'll probably read the next book in the series, the next time I want a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking. ...more
Barred Owl Books
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous' The Au Pair would be it.

National Bestseller!

One of the most anticipated books of 2019 from Pop Sugar, Bustle, Cosmo, Parade, and Goodreads!

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother, Danny, were born in the middle of summer at their family's estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and t
Sarah Hadd
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
The kind of book you read when you have a few minutes and you’re sitting on the beach. Not the kind you stay up late reading because you just gotta know what happens. But there’s a place for those books too!
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3.5 stars. I had a great time reading Beach Lane and will be picking up the second book very soon. The three Au Pairs are all likable characters and I'm enjoying watching them grow and mature.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Beach Lane was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprisingly because there were so many things that annoyed the hell out of me, yet I couldn't stop reading. I just had this uncontrollable need to keep reading until I reached the end. The story is simplistic, the premise of the book literally tells you everything that happens. It's a quick, fluffy read, perfect for when you're in the mood to read something undemanding. It's a total brain vacation.

As always, Melissa de la Cruz lays it
Amy :o)
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books, chick-lit
I chose to read this book during my summer holiday. I wanted something light and easy to read. This definitely fit that need. I've read other books by De La Cruz and enjoyed them. I did enjoy this one too although not as much as I thought. The plot and storyline were a bit obvious and one could guess where things would go with each character. Yes, the characters were quite shallow and as another reviewer said, I had to keep reminding myself that these girls were only 16/17 (with all the sleeping ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
With spring break time approaching very soon, it's not too early to be thinking of beach reads. The Au Pairs is the first in a series that seems poised to become a great beach read. To me, there are several key factors that make a great beach read. First, it has to be light. Second, it needs to be fun. Third, I like a little romance with my fruity umbrella drinks so it has to have a good love match. Fourth, it needs to be engaging. The Au Pairs has all of this. Are you going to have a major reve ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
So at first I hated the book. I hated all the characters besides Mara. I thought it was a good plot but executed poorly. But at the end, Melissa de la Cruz redeemed herself. Absolutely loved how she put Mara and Ryan together and i loved Eliza and Jeremy. I thought Jacqui was a naive whore from the beginning but she's less of a whore now and I like that lol. And it's great that even though the girls are so different they became friends in the end. What can I say, I am gonna read the next one, Th ...more
Mariela Martinez
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although superficial and vain it was a light read that can distract from everyday life.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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A book about three different girls getting the job of au pairs for a rich family, the Perrys.
Mara is the sweet one, Eliza is the now-not-rich, and Jacqui is the Brazillian hottie.
Love, scandal, fame, and betrayal are game.
(By the way, I hate Eliza. )
A fun, fast book and beach ready.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Au Pairs series was my very first series that I ever read from Melissa De La Cruz. I remember back in high school, my friend and I, we had to find a book in the school library and presented to the class for our French class. We both picked the first book from the series (Un été pour tout changer/ The Au Pairs) and read the back cover that seamed interesting. After reading it, we totally loved it that we decided to borrow the other rest of the series from the school library to read it as we p ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I mean, I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book: a light, silly, over the top ridicoulus summer read. That's why I picked it up. But I didn't expect it to be this light, silly and over the top ridiculous...

Mara, Jacqui, and Eliza couldn't be more different, yet here they are in the Hamptons for the summer, working as au pairs for a rich family. It comes as a shock for Eliza (what? she's supposed to work??), an ex-it-girl who had to leave her glam life behind when her family wen
Read for Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, Expert Level.
Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a “beach read”

Look at that cover? Can you imagine a better book to read at the beach? I read it on a day when it was 113 degrees outside (95 in the house!), and read the book in my bathing suit in the tub. So I figure that's close enough to reading it at the beach! lol

The book was fun. Talk about a world I know nothing about and of which I would NEVER want to be a part. So horrible and
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book to get me back in the reading mood. I’ve been searching all winter and spring for a book that would remind me why I loved reading and this was it. It was lightheaded and entertaining. A perfect summer read. I loved the girls and the way things panned out. Eliza and Jacqui annoyed me sometimes but I grew to love them. Mara was definitely my favorite. I love her and Ryan. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!
Claudia L. V-B
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! It was exciting and enjoyable to read! I loved how different the three girls were, and how they ended up coming together with something in common! The plotline was exciting and I was entranced in this book until the very last page! I loved the characters, and Mara was my favorite! I loved to see the "high-class society" in the Hamptons played out in this book! I am very happy that this is a series and I can't wait to read the next book!
Emily Hobson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was fun to read while I was at the pool since it has such a summer vibe and I enjoyed most of it... but the last 50 pages were awful. The writing style totally changed and seemed super rushed. -__-
Jordan Smith
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I love Melissa De La Cruz. Her books are total guilty pleasure reads and even though there isn't a ton of depth to the story she always keeps me interested. Soo I would recommend this book but know that it's a total summer, guilty pleasure, gossip girl type novel.
Kristen Roark
This was just too fluffy. Most of the book had no substance to it at all. I didn’t enjoy the fat shaming or slut shaming that was in the book. I couldn’t connect with the characters. The positive to this book was that it was a quick read.
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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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