The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1) by Emma McLaughlin

The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)

Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. ...

Details The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)

TitleThe Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)
Release DateMar 18th, 2003
PublisherSt. Martins Press-3pl
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Contemporary, Humor

Reviews The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)

  • F Macias-Mossman
    It is one long anecdote disguised as a novel. A lot like "Devil Wears Prada," it is just a laundry list of incidents while working for the shallow, designer-clad perfectionist. It reads more like an article in Us Weekly, In Touch, and or the Mecca of all celebrity rag mag's, People. What it is clearly the flaw in novels like "Nanny Diaries," and "Devil Wears Prada" is that the protagonist fumbles through the novel lacking any goal or purpose. Ins...
  • Tea Jovanović
    Čitaocima nepoznata činjenica, ali živa istina... Narodna knjiga i Laguna "tukle" su se oko ovog naslova... :) Na moju žalost, jer sam tada još bila u NK, dobila ju je NK... A Laguna je "čapila" meni dražu knjigu "Čik me uhvati"... Volela bih da je situacija bila obrnuta... :) Ali ni jedni ni drugi se nismo usrečili s prodajom tih knjiga a zbog "tuče" su nas papreno koštale u autorskim pravima... Sada posle 10 i kusur godina od tada mo...
  • Stacey
    This book was a gift while I was working as a nanny. At first it was funny, with all of the little observations that all nannies make- mainly about a certain, small subsection of women who hire nannies- the wealthy, entitled, narcissistic bitches. As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that the children are the losers, the parents have no business being parents, and the nannies do nothing to help make the family a better place. Instead they ...
  • Jennifer Holland
    I read this during a series of fifteen-minute breaks at my job. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bit of a grudge against any book packaged as chick-lit, the literary equivalent of low-cal fast food. However, I thoroughly enjoyed both The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing and Prep, and understand that genuinely good fiction is sometimes whored out with candy-colored covers so they'll sell, and I'm always happy to be taken by surprise ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1), Emma McLaughlinتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادیعنوان: خاطرات دایه؛ اما مک لافین؛ نیکلا کراوس؛ برگردان: میترا معتضد؛ تهران، البرز، 1383، در 497 ص؛ در این داستان خانم جوانی برای مراقبت و پرستاری از پسر بچه چهار ساله خانوا...
  • l a i n e y
    I read this book back when I was in college. This was actually the very first non-middle grade English book I ever bought! I had only bought some of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries before then. But that was about it and none of that felt as "grown up" to me as The Nanny Diaries. Hmm, I just realized they were both 'diaries', huh? and to think I've never been one to keep any sort whatsoever! Anywho...I still remember how I was so awed by the writing ...
  • Madeline
    If you must insist on reading chick lit, I recommend this one. There's a romantic subplot and lots of shopping and snarky best-friend banter, of course, but the main relationship in the story is between the main character (called Nan or Nanny by everyone in the story) and her four-year-old charge, Grayer. Both authors used to be nannies in New York City, and you can tell they really enjoyed venting their frustration about past employers in this b...
  • Cheri
    Awful. I found the plot (if you can call it that) predictable and unimaginative and the characters flat. BO-ring. Wish I could get those hours back of my life. Can't believe they made a movie out of it. Although, if there are as many people watching "American Idol" as they say there are, I'm sure there's a ready audience for the movie.
  • Marianne
    2.5★sThe Nany Diaries is the first book in the Nanny series by American authors and ex-nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. We start with a nanny called Nanny. Then we have parents Mr X and Mrs X, and their four-year-old son, Grayer. And a potential boyfriend who never gets beyond HH (=Harvard Hottie). So, ignore the silly names, and wade through the interview experiences, the ridiculous demands of these ultra-rich socialites and their fi...
  • alana Semuels
    This is what happens when you go to a Goodreads book swap and pick up a trashy book, thinking "Oh, i'll read this on the beach someday, it looks mindless." And then you start reading it before bed one night to rest your brain. And then you stay up for three hours reading it, not because it's good, but because it has a plot that is clear and fast-moving, and that is more than you can say for all those high-falutin books that win awards for talking...
  • Kimberly
    I must say didn't you feel like slapping Mrs. X and shaking Nanny!The abuse of power by the richy rich Mrs. X was amazing, even more so was Nanny taking it and staying.It was touching seeing the relationship between her and 'Grover'. The book left me feeling sad for him and his mother constantly changing his caretakers at the faintest perceived slight.
  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    Can I just comment about the movie instead of the book?Sorry, my bad.. It’s just frustrating that I found that I liked the movie adaptation better after I’ve finally read this much-hyped story about nannies and their bitch-employers.. Add to the fact that Harvard Hottie was portrayed by no less than Chris Evans who is certainly a hottie!!Take note: I read this book first before I watched the movie.This book gave me mixed feelings after readin...
  • Nicole (( lost in the book's world ))
    I am so glad that I only pay this book for 50 cents.Yet...I hate it. It is really bore me so hard.I read it till 50 pages, I started to lost my interest in this book.I was likeRIGHT.... BLAH!
  • Amy
    I absolutely LOVED this book!! OMG..I wanted to kill the wicked Mrs. X! I wish Nan would've had more back bone!! Wonderful & entertaining! Highly recommends!!
  • Leftbanker
    I suppose that I am one of the few heterosexual males who actually read The Nanny Diaries, or at least part of it before I wanted to make my own guillotine and start lopping off the heads of America’s vulgar ultra-rich. The only reason I tried to read it was because I was going through a phase when I lived in Seattle of noticing the books that people were reading on the bus, or in coffee shops, or where ever. I wanted to get a feel for what fol...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Now I know I've seen the movie before but I honestly didn't remember much about it. So going into this book I had no expectations - I just wanted to like it.The Nanny was kind of funny and I did enjoy reading it. However, Mr and Mrs X were meh to me. They just didn't seem like realistic parents. They were terrible ones but again, I doubt any parent would act like them. Even if they were living in New York.I loved Grayer. I could totally see any k...
  • Candy Boisvert
    Title: The Nanny DiariesAuthor: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausCopyright date: 2002Publisher: St. Martin's GriffinHow many pages: 306 pgsHow long it took me to read: 10 daysCategory: FictionI learned about this book from: Seeing it around Chapter's and then being released as a movieThis book was purchased at: McNeely and RobinsonThis book is: for people who are thinking about becoming a NannyOther books by these authors: Dedication and Citizen g...
  • Allison ☾
    "Where is the child in this home? Where is the woman in this mother? And how, exactly, am I to fit in?" 4.5 stars. I loved this book very much. It is sarcastic, funny, heartfelt, frustrating and sweet.Nan is a 21 year old student at NYU who takes a job as a nanny for an upper eastside Manhattan family. The mom (Mrs. X) is high strung and high maintenance, and prefers to take a 'backseat' parenting role. The father (Mr. X) is never home, has a roa...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    Tata J recommended this book to me saying that he enjoyed this very much. This even came with two other books about nannies - WHITE HOUSE NANNIES and YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. So, after just reading the tearjerker in the love story of Van and Davy, I thought I needed to have something very light. Something that will make me laugh.And laugh I did. In the first 10 pages of this book, I was laughing at the wee hours of a Sunday morning....
  • Alison
    This book mirrors The Devil Wears Prada, offering a glimpse into the world of Upper East Side WASPs. Like DWP, we see this opulent lifestyle through a college aged woman who grudgingly agrees to work for the upper crust in hopes of improving her career outlook. But it turns out rich people are rude, inconsiderate, manipulative, and really, really bad parents.I might have rated this book a little higher if the parents hadn't been so awful. Not onc...
  • Weng
    5/5.0 starsPlease read the blurb and tell me this book isn't already a promisingly witty read. I just got the sequel Nanny Returns which I will be reading very soon, hopefully, with teenage Grayer X seeking Nanny out for her abandonment (her sacking, actually).I live in the Philippines where nannies are widespread because, I assume, everybody needs a career to elevate their lifestyle and to support daily demands in a developing country such as ou...
  • Wendy
    I got really tired of this Mary Sue of a nanny. I've never met anyone so selfless and endlessly caring. Why are we supposed to feel sorry for/sympathize with someone whose problems are pretty much the result of her having No Backbone Whatsoever?The writing is fluid and the book is definitely readable, but it wasn't as funny as I expected. Kind of struck me as COFFEE, TEA, OR ME? with nannies.
  • Kirsty
    This is not at all my usual reading fare, but actually, it turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting. It was not as funny as it could have been, and frankly, some of the characters were markedly irritating, but there was a surprising amount of depth to it, and it did get better as it went on. I will not be reading the sequel, however, as it sounds utterly ridiculous.
  • Katherine 黄爱芬
    Nanny mendapatkan pekerjaan mengasuh anak berumur 4 thn, keluarga kaya raya dgn ibu berselera tinggi dan fashionista, sedangkan si ayah sibuk berbisnis dan berselingkuh. Seiring berjalannya waktu, tugas Nanny bertambah tapi tidak diiringi dgn kenaikan upah. Nanny makin terjebak di keluarga tsb, antara cintanya pd sang anak dan menghadapi kebencian akumulatif dari ibu sang anak.Well, saya merasa saat membaca buku ini, dialog-dialognya, terutama di...
  • Krissys
    Wanted:One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. T...
  • DJ
    Okay, so this one is teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars for me. *looks at the white board, shakes head and erases number, picks up black marker*DAYS SINCE SPOILERS IN A REVIEW: 0Oh, Harvard made me ruin the run: All because I fell in love with the movie and I had to read the book. Or I can blame my Chris Evans fangirling hitting a resurge moment lately. Either way, it's on him...Okay, so the movie mirrors the book pretty well. As alwa...
  • Ralph
    The Nanny Diaries follows the tale of a woman named Nanny as she works for a family called the Xes. Nanny spends her time working for the Xes babysitting their son Grayer while attending NYU. Everything is going pretty well at the start, then the Xes become the family from hell.Okay, I've had this book on my to-read shelf for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Well, it was very disappointing. The first thing I didn't like was the nam...
  • Camille
    I picked this book up because I wanted to see the movie. I hate to see a movie that's based on a book if I haven't read the book. The Nanny Diaires appeals to a wide audience, I think, for one reason: We've all had a dead-end job with a demanding boss we hate, frustrated because we're waiting for life to begin. And this is exactly what's happened with Nan. The authors show a glimpse into a richer-than-any-person-should-concievably-be New York hou...
  • Rebecca
    Palate cleanser after reading about child soldiers though I think I may have overshot like when you take too many antibiotics and then you need a fecal transfusion to restore the balance. While I should have been able to turn my brain off, I just couldn't. The main character is named "Nanny". I thought this was a pseudonym, but then people make puns about her name. And yet... no one ever says "oh hey, you're a nanny and your NAME is Nanny! ha ha!...
  • Chloe
    2.5 stars. This book is the story of a girl and her experience as a nanny. Nothing really happens, it just follows the day in and out of her life as she takes care of a 4 year old little boy. They live in NYC and the parents are terrible. The mom is a pretentious snob who puts ridiculous rules and expectations on her, but wants virtually no other part in raising her own son. The Husband is cheating on her and cares a lot more about his work and h...