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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    Nanny... Times Two

    The book itself is very good. At parts it doesn't really follow the first but is very interesting to read. The story and ending was very surprising to me and was not what I expected. But Nicola and Emma still keep the funniness in the story, sure to make you smile..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    A Mediocre Sequel

    It has been a few years since The Nanny Diaries first burst into the forefront. Not only did it become a #1 New York Times bestseller, but it was also made into a mediocre movie. It was only a matter of time before the media hounds would come begging for a sequel. Nanny Returns is a pretty good one, if not very far-fetched.

    Nan (A.K.A. Nanny) Hutchinson has been living abroad with her husband for many years. They return to New York, having bought a fixer-upper. Nan tries to make a name for herself in her new consulting business by taking a job as a faculty liason in an ultra-private school. With all of this going on at once, Nan's husband, Ryan, decides that this is the perfect time to start a family.

    In the middle of the night, Nan gets a visit from Grayer, the now teenage son of the dreaded Mr. and Mrs. X. from her past. He and his brother need help, plain and simple. This starts a chain of events that Nan promised herself she would never do again...get involved with the "X" family.

    While Nanny Returns is enjoyable, there are too many plotlines to follow, and therefore, too many plotlines that McLaughlin and Kraus do not wrap up (my biggest pet peeve). I found myself questioning the plausibility of this story as well. Mr. and Mrs. X see their sons as too much of a burden, so Nan offers to adopt them. Seriously? Read this for escape, but don't worry if you can't make sense of things. Neither could I.

    MY RATING - 3/5

    To see my rating scale and other reviews, please visit my blog at:
    http://www.1776books.blogspot.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

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    Not what I expected

    ...but it's definitely worth reading. I read "Nanny Diaries" about 100 and it is one of my favorite books, so I was super excited for this sequel. I have to admit, I had a hard time getting into the story at first. However, as it progressed it wound up being a very compelling read. Despite being well written, I wish the authors would have taken a little more time to develop the story a little bit more. I feel that things came to a "close" a little prematurely. Despite all that, the book is worth reading and serves as a cautionary tale to those who take their parenting responsibility too lightly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    Worth the wait

    This was worth the wait. In fact I am glad for the wait. I read in an interview that they were pushed for a sequel immediately, but they resisted. Stories have to percolate. Grayer has grown into the sad mess we feared.....with a sibling. Nan has grown up, but she is no superhero, the fount of all wisdom as the 30s begin...thank god. The Xs have survived to smash up against what all of have faced over the last few years. I found it timely, complex, a bit over-the-top at times, very, very funny, and best of all, not obvious. I loved it.

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