A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Young boy raised by college-aged nannies, one after another, while self-involved parents ignore his desperate cries for their attention. Parents take advantage of working relationship with Nanny.
Violence & Scariness
Boy becomes very ill with fever, cough. Nanny worried and scared about his health.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nanny has sex with boyfriend; Mr. X has affair with another woman.
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"F--k," "S--t," "Ass," "Bitch," "Assholes," "Hell," "Damn," "Motherf--ker," are examples of profanity used occasionally by Nanny and often by other adults and children in story.
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Products & Purchases
Constant name-dropping of retailers and designer goods.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking cigarettes, drinking hard alcohol socially and in private, references to smoking pot and crack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens may want to read this book because of the 2007 movie starring Scarlett Johansson. The movie is rated PG-13, but the book is better for older teens and young adults. Nanny drinks alcohol, uses profanity, and has a sexual relationship with a college-age boyfriend; she also develops a close bond to a 4-year-old boy and treats him with kindness, responsiveness, and love. A very materialistic culture is on display, and younger readers probably won't catch the satire.
Is It Any Good?
Authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, both former Manhattan nannies themselves, must have had a cathartic experience and a few good belly laughs writing Nanny's story. To pay for college, Nanny takes a "part-time" Nanny gig, and thus sells her soul to an Upper East Side 40-something mother who wears her child like he's the latest accessory. In the meantime, Nanny is the only stable adult in the kid's life.
The discovery of an affair makes the guilty, overworked, gruff father even more absent and the wife (who met her husband as the mistress in his first marriage) scheming to trap him with another baby. NANNY DIARIES is quick, engrossing read, not only because of Nanny's humorous, and at times sad, ups and downs in her job, but as a glimpse at the just-as-messy way the other half lives.
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