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Length: 306 pages
Genre: Chick Lit, Humour
Start Date: Sometime in 2008-9
Finished Date: Sometime in 2008-9
Where Found: Freebie from my cousin
Why: I heard it was a fun read. The movie was also sweet and enjoyable.
Summary: A college student tales a 9-month stint as a nanny to an entitled rich couple with a 4-year-old son starved for their attention.
The way I see it, “chick lit” should not be taken as an offensive category of fiction. It seems to be an accurate way of depicting silly, fluffy, just downright fun books that appeal to women who want to feel like girls again. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from the serious side of literature to delve into something printed for mere entertainment.
Enter The Nanny Diaries, which reminded me in many ways of The Devil Wears Prada—a fairy tale-esque story of a single, young, educated woman finished (or nearly finished) university and naively feels ready to enter the working world. Annie is a likeable character with booksmarts, humour, and like any good heroine, hanging onto her last shred of grace. After a chance encounter with a wealthy socialite anonymously dubbed Mrs. X and her son, Grayer, Annie (mistakenly and henceforth called “Nanny”) is hired to care for Grayer while his absent, workaholic, cheating greaseball of a dad works in some kind of filthy rich business, and mom spends her days lavishly buying things, socializing with her equally plastic friends, and neglecting everyone she takes for granted.
The book contains many laugh-out-loud instances that any babysitter, nanny, parent, or teacher can relate to, which Nanny not only anticipates, but often has terrific foresight to handle diligently. A side romance follows an embarrassing elevator encounter with the apartment neighbour nicknamed “Harvard Hottie,” which soon embitters Mrs. X, leading Nanny to blatantly lay down the truth about her mistreatment of the hired help.
A fun, breezy read for the beach that doesn’t disappoint but doesn’t exactly leave you breathless either.
Rank: (B)- Recommend