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Citizen Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Sorry, Nanny doesn't live here

Yep, this is not a cute nanny tale with a heartbreak kid to make you feel warm and sad all at the same time.It is full of anger, jokes, weakness, confusion, ambition, more jokes, lots of 'bad words',corruption, even more jokes, and a bit of moral victory. It is also ab...
Yep, this is not a cute nanny tale with a heartbreak kid to make you feel warm and sad all at the same time.It is full of anger, jokes, weakness, confusion, ambition, more jokes, lots of 'bad words',corruption, even more jokes, and a bit of moral victory. It is also about the business of sex, and a big business it is. Because like most of us Girl cannot see around every corner, she is drawn in to this business.She is intrigued by the money, then overwhelmed by what she finds around the corner, and then well, you must read it. Some readers seem to want tales like Girl's to be clearer, cleaner, and more soothing. Well, this one doesn't follow that formula. It is not always clear, it is vulgar/obscene at times, and it is not very comforting. This book hit home with me because even though I (and my friends) haven't faced the sex business like Girl, I have faced the seduction that comes with success (praise, promotion, power.) The authors allow Girl to show me us that corruption often slips in unnoticed, and before you know it you are one of them. Kraus and McLaughlin seem to be pushing us (including themselves) to be more careful out there (remember the old cop on Hill Street Blues?), even when you think you've had success. As I read this over it makes their book sound so preachy, but what really carries over from their nanny book is the humor. As in that story, their humor comes in when you really need it. Now, that's soothing! Thanks for reading this.

posted by Anonymous on December 21, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointingly Dirty

After loving the Nanny Diaries, I was excited to find this book by McLaughlin and Krause. At first, I identified easily with the intelligent young girl and her plight to escape a miserable job situation. However, while the book started solidly, it gradually descended ...
After loving the Nanny Diaries, I was excited to find this book by McLaughlin and Krause. At first, I identified easily with the intelligent young girl and her plight to escape a miserable job situation. However, while the book started solidly, it gradually descended further and further into trashy language and themes. I would definitely NOT recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18, as there are some very (perverse) adult themes discussed at length and which are integral to the plot. I was quite surprised and disappointed that these two accomplished authors would sink to using shock value to attract an audience. They could easily have used their already-proven writing skills instead.

posted by Anonymous on August 19, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    real!

    I understood it a lot, cuz I felt the same way out of college.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Recommended

    I was reluctant to read this book because it seemed to be getting a great deal of bad reviews, but having enjoyed The Nanny Diaries so much I HAD to buy this book, and I am glad I did. I would recommend this to anyone who likes chick lit and I don't see why so many fans of The Nanny Diaries were dissappointed. To me the writing style was along the same lines even though the subject matter was different. All in all a great read I'd have to say give it a chance you might like it. I doubt it was meant to be taken so seriously... but who knows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2005

    Great second effort

    After loving 'The Nanny Diaries' I had to try this one and am glad I did. It was worth it. While I don't think that it is the witty satire it is intended to be, 'Citizen Girl' presents an interesting tale with some great twists. Perfect over a cup of coffee!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Fathers; Take Note

    This book is not just for young women or even older women who wonder what happened to all the hard work they put into 'the movement' in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. This book is also a must read for fathers who think the work world is now set up to give their bright, creative and well educated daughters an equal start. 'Girl' could easily be one of our daughters who needs to hear from her father that she has more going for her than that first or second job, and some of the Neanderthals who work there, give her credit for. The book is a reminder to fathers that our work as a supportive, positive, affirming male is not over when our girls set out to bring their gifts to the work would. They, and we, may need to be reminded of what we have learned from our good femenist counterparts of years gone by.

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