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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Great idea. . .

    Justin Blakewell has examined the merits of pursuing a summer job in a nontraditional occupation and has found those benefits numerous: he is a nanny. For those young men who have difficulty with balancing their masculinity with such a job title, that can be translated ¿manny,¿ as coined on an episode of Friends. This is a cute book that is written in the first person perspective. The plot provides some humorous episodes and some poignant conversations between characters. Having said that, the plot is also predictable in spots. Boy dates rich girl, boy wants to impress rich girl at party, boy can¿t afford rich clothes, boy uses mother¿s credit card (for emergency only) to purchase a silk shirt with the intent of returning said silk shirt after party, rival boy spills salsa on said shirt, thus negating any hope of returning the shirt. While the care giving experiences can be humorous and touching, overall, it very much appears to be a story written from a woman¿s perspective about how she thinks a high school boy would think and react. Some of Justin¿s conversation and narration uses vocabulary that an adult would use, so the story loses some credibility with its readers. Near the final chapter there is a reference to the ¿peanut gallery,¿ which, while not intended to be racist, would be likely to offend more educated readers and seems to war with the more enlightened portions of the story.

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