The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's over-privileged raises les petites - as if grooming them for a Best of Show competition. A poignant satire, it punctures the glamor of Manhattan's upper class to tackle head-on the truer state of backstairs Park Avenue.
Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic apartment, Nanny takes a job caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved in ensuring that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.
When the X's marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny's nearly impossible mission becomes maintaining the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months Mrs X and Nanny perform the age old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude....Continua
A fun and light-hearted read. It had me laughing out loud on several occasions and smile most through the book. The characters are well-depicted and it's easy to imagine them in their everyday life, a life, by the way, that has nothing to do with most of us (I think).
The Nanny Diaries reminds me a lot of another book I read a few years ago called Left Bank, by Kate Muir. Also another novel of babysitting for the posh (and not so proper).
Similar to the Shopaholic series - fun to read filled with humors.
A good read for long-haul flight.
And the movie (with Scarlett Johansson) was even worse, even if it had an happy ending, while the book did not.
Do not let you fool by the cover: this is not your regular Mary Poppins-happy ending story.
The most impressive phrase from this book is when the nanny said that "just remember that someday his unconditional love for you will end and then it will be too late."
Nanny and mother would naturally have different points of view. Nanny is the caregiver on short term basis, of course, they would do anything as long as the end results meets. (give candy to the boys/girls as long as they would follow order) Mother is different.
When you are a nanny, you can take a break from this but when you are the mother, the only time you could break away from your child is the day you die....Continua