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Nanny Returns

(Nanny #2)

2.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,804 ratings  ·  1,000 reviews
In the highly anticipated follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller, Nan returns to New York City after 10 years away. Discover how she--and the city--has changed in her absence.
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Atria Books (first published November 23rd 2009)
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: massochists and people who like a good trash book
I'm embarrassed that I read this book and even more embarrassed that I sort of liked it.

The premise: Nan and Ryan (better known as HH to those who read the prequel) are married and have recently moved back to NY after years spent abroad working with the UN. Because this is a McLaughlin and Krauss confection, the main characters are born of privilege but have chosen to slum it by buying a Harlem brownstone that is in serious need of renovation. This is always my complaint with McLaughlin/Krauss
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
I listened to the first Nanny novel as an audiobook many moons ago when I was working as a painter in college. Our local library had a paltry selection of audiobooks and I couldn't afford to be picky. I thought I would hate The Nanny Diaries, but instead I found myself enjoying the book. When I heard the authors had penned a sequel, I was curious enough to get the audiobook of Nanny Returns for my commute.

At some points, I felt like Nanny Returns actively hated me and was trying to physically
Wade WDM
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thank God for a follow up. I've always worried about Grayer X. I knew that Nanny (Nan-neh!) would land on her feet, but Grayer...I always wondered what would happen to him.

If you liked "The Nanny Diaries" I do believe you will like this sequel (the ladies are even talking trilogy!!) We find Nanny's socialite nemesies struggling against the economy - what do you mean I can't have my Prada and my driver too? - and Nanny struggling with possible motherhood.

I felt like the book brought up a lot of
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Like most people who read this book, I had high expectations before I began it. I thoroughly enjoyed The Nanny Diaries, I thought it was funny, and well-written. So, why would this be any different?
That said, this is possibly one of the worst books I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I was so very excited to see it on the shelves at my book store, I hadn't even known it existed! So, of course, I bought it, ready for hilarity to ensue.
I found myself skipping through pages, rolling my
Dec 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
Extremely disappointed with this book. I read to about page 60, then skipped to the last 10 pages or so just to get the gist of what happened. There were so many F-words in this book. Completely unnecessary.

In addition to the offensive language, the storyline was pretty unbelievable. Nan, now married to H.H. (Harvard Hottie) seems to be unable to get over the trauma of what happened while being a nanny to the X family. She goes all crazy over her husband wanting to have children.

Grayer shows
L.L. Gappa
I loved the movie, loved the first book, and was extremely excited to see that the story continued.

I felt that there was a bit too much prolonged, and unclear, focus on her job and too many characters that were never properly introduced. All the new co-workers, and high society frienemies were quickly slipped into scenes and I found myself having to backtrack often when reading names, trying to remember which character was which.

Other than that, It's hard not to love Nan, and the writers are
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
Compared to The Nanny Diaries, this book is just slightly less entertaining than its predecessor. Grayer is obviously grown-up, out of control, and disillusioned. Nan has her own troubles to deal with and doing it all on her own while her husband is away on business in Africa. Now there is also Stilton, who Grayer is trying his best to protect against his parents. In short: things have changed.

Despite Nanny Returns not having the same charm as the previous novel, I was still wowed and delighted
Dec 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 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
Sarah BT
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
I first read The Nanny Diaries three years ago when I myself was working as a nanny. Granted, I wasn't working for an elite, rich family in New York, but I still found the book to be a wickedly funny account of the nannying world and I really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to returning to Nan's story, but sadly I was disappointed with this sequel.

After twelve years, getting married, and living all over the world with her husband, Nan has not grown up. She still has no spine and doesn't
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the book to read if you want to just zone out. It has been so long since I read the first book, but after some Dr Google research, it all came flooding back to me. I enjoyed returning to the characters and seeing how much had changed or stayed the same. McLaughlin and Kraus do know how to write, but there seems to be little regard for the ending. The book speeds to a conclusion (and is quite an easy read), but simply stops. All the main plot points remain unresolved, so there is ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mmmm... I would not hire Nan as a consultant.... sorry. :-). Not so very convincing, this story. and the hubby, what kinda dude is he really? I read a review saying I kept turning the pages, shaking my head, skipping sections... I did the same. The school episode caught my attention though. but not really enough. I remember giving the first nanny diaries three stars, this one started off with one star and only because of the school scene and hey, because I like the dog, Grace, it's two max.... I ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Dystopia hits New York again. Nanny meets Grayer/Grover again after twelve years. The plot twists and turns played out in stressful, but page-turning ways. Nan and Grayer both grow. And the whole shebang makes me thankful I'm not living among Manhattan's moneyed crazy people.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2-stars, m, 2018
This book was read as part of Jamison's Marvel-a-thon.
The challenge: Iron Man 2- read a book that is unpopular. (For the record, I loved all the Iron Mans).
Goodreads rating: 2.91 stars

tw: slights against Jews, slut shaming (a very personal video was leaked), dug use, insulting things written about teachers that offend marginalized groups, use of word r*tard, parental neglect, parental abuse

Well, this was alright but I'm not bursting at the seams with excitement. Good thing I only spent $4USD on
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I was super excited to read Nanny Returns because I absolutely loved The Nanny Diaries (see my review here). I was shocked and surprised when I found myself skipping through pages and shaking my head while reading this onemore on that in a bit.

Nanny Returns tells the story of Nan, our favorite NYC Nanny 10 years later. Now married to Harvard Hottie Ryan, Nan returns from traveling the world with her husband to settle back into NYC.

One night, a 16 year old Grayer (Nans former charge) drunkenly
Robin Reynolds
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My daughter recently got a job as a nanny, and I get texts from her on an almost daily basis complaining or ranting about the mother of the kids. I asked her one day if she'd read or seen the movie of THE NANNY DIARIES, because Mrs. X would make her appreciate her employer. Then I remembered I had this sequel on my shelf, so I pulled it out and started reading. It's been awhile since I read the first book (2004 I think), but I fell right into this one without feeling any need to be refreshed on ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
There is WAY too much going on in this book, and as a result, I didn't really care about any of it. The main plot lines in the story [seem:] to be the Xs and Nan's position with a consultant for Jarndyce, an exclusive private school run by an absolutely toxic parental board, which puts the Xs' exploits from the first book to shame. Oh, and Nan having a baby. That's supposed to be one of the main parts of the story, but it's completely overshadowed by everything else going on. Anyway, while ...more
Too much language for my taste. Adult themes. I feel as though Ryan (Nan's husband) is underdeveloped. He is the perfect husband; he wants children ... that's all we really know about him. (view spoiler) ...more
Ritu Bhathal
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I read the first book a while ago, and this sequel has been lying on my shelf in my TBR list for a long time.
We meet Nan Hutchinson again, 12 years after the first book ends, and here she is faced with her old charge again, many years after having accusations from his parents thrown at her.
Nan ends up trying to save the day in a bit of a crazy situation.
It took me an age to really get into the story, unfortunately, and I really struggled to finish it. The mid to end of the book took on more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
An ok sequel to the first book. Easy to read and entertaining. Not much of a reconciliation at the end but interesting none the less.
Book Bunny
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't really see the point of this book. The first one was great but this was not.
Victoria Raun
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun, fast read. If you liked "The Nanny Diaries," you'll like this sequel. Not deep reading, but takes on some social issues and is very funny.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it
I remember when NANNY DIARIES was one of the hot books back in 2000. It was marketed as a snarky darkly comic look into the hidden world of the New York City nanny. And I hated it. It was so incredibly disturbing. The way the NYC mothers were portrayed made them look like something just short of child abusers. And maybe that is how they should be portrayed. I do not doubt that NANNY DIARIES held more than a few grains of truth in it. I just didn't enjoy the ride. So, it was with some trepidation ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I saw that the newest Nanny book was out, so I picked it up at the library. Thank goodness I didn't spend money on it!
This book is a disappointment in many ways:
Marriage and family: Nan got married and seemed to enjoy her time with HH as they lived in various parts of the world. She has parents who are still married to one another and seem happy; she has a grandmother she still talks to, etc. Why does she let such idiotic snot former employers make her second-guess the whole idea of having a
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
I read The Nanny when it first came out and was both horrified and fascinated by the stories of the upper class. The story continues in this book. Nanny married her Harvard Hottie and has spent the last twelve years traveling around the world with him while he works with the U.N. Now she's back in NYC trying to get work as a human resources consultant.

She's abruptly thrown back into the Xs lives when Grayer, her former charge, comes to her door in the middle of the night completely drunk. He's
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
I am glutton for punishment. As part of my non-attainable goal to read every book ever, I tend to lean towards authors whom I have read before, weather I liked the book or not. I mean, if the book was so painful, I wanted to watch any reality tv over reading it, I won't pick up anything else, but even if I thought the book was totally annoying, I'll pick up more. And this was one of them. I don't know when I put this book down on my request list. Must have been a while back. And I actually just ...more
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010books
This book serves as the sequel to the Nanny Diaries to provide closure about the X family and how Grayer turned out.

Wow...the writers wanted about a million other side stories going on at the same time! It was all too much with Nanny and Ryan's house renovation; Nanny's parents' eviction; Ryan's job, in which he was absent about 90% of the book; Nanny's unbelievable job in which she is hired to do (nothing) for a school but sit by and watch them fire good teachers because annoying students
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
I hadn't realized that there was a new book out by the authors of the Nanny Diaries. I've read their other books (Citizen Girl and Dedication) but don't really remember anything about either book. Nanny Diaries was pretty memorable, though (especially the bit with the lavender water!) so I wanted to read this one after I kept seeing it in all of the airports. Luckily my library had would not be worth purchasing, though it's an entertaining read.

As the story begins, Nan and her husband
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
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