Citizen Girl

Citizen Girl

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
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Citizen Girl 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So looking forward to another Nanny Diaries compelling story--truly made me love and feel for the 'nanny'. This new novel is trash. Anytime I started actually feeling for or identify with 'girl' the authors just went over the edge! I concur with the other reviewer--'what were they thinking?!!!' They obviously don't have a clue who their audience is. I thought it odd that the review on the cover was simply 'hilarious'. Good grief--I'm a well educated woman and mother who has barely enough time to devote to reading--I'm insulted by the content and direction of this book. I thought it would be worth my time but it is sadly not worth anyone's time. I keep thinking--who can I recommend this book to? And, I can't think of anyone that would find it appropriate or worthwhile. I keep thinking--analyze it--maybe there's a bigger picture message here but it just is not worth your money or more importantly your time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I understood it was satire, it just wasn't good. It was hard to follow at times and it just didn't flow well. I went into this expecting something charming and kind of snarky like the Nanny Diaries, but this was nothing like that. That character was somewhat unbelieveable, the story just didn't intrigue and there was no depth whatsoever. Girl is full of contradictions and you come away wondering what in the world it was you just read. 1 star was even too much for this book!
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The books description is nothing like the book. It is not funny and has a terribly disturbing ending, oh and lets not forget the anal rape. Well written but incredibly confusing this book made me want to take a shower in clorox to wash away the grime and shame i felt from reading the final 10-20 pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understood it a lot, cuz I felt the same way out of college.
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kaboom23 More than 1 year ago
Hands down one of the worst books I ever read. Not one likeable character and a boring plot. I don't know what the authors have against giving their main character a name, but that's annoying. I can't believe it took TWO people to write this drivel.
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jmacknev More than 1 year ago
I really had to push myself to finish this book. The characters were ok the story was ok the ending was ok - Just ok nothing special
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I loved the Nanny Diaries..Was looking forward to reading another book by the author, as I thought the Nanny Diaries was interesting, had great characters a good plot etc.. This book is total opposite...The characters and plot are lame....The language used in the book is also terrible(I think it is used just to get your attention) because the rest of the book is so boring..I wouldn't recommend this to anyone...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I could really relate to the main character. How she hated her job and wanted to quit. How her boss had absolutely no respect for her. How her boss kept her from succeeding. I also could relate to her having trouble looking for a job after getting fired. But after like the first two chapters I really started to strongly dislike this book. The main character Girl 'yes this is really her name' has no backbone. No matter how crappy people treat her she never stands up for herself. She just complains about it later. It seems as if that everyone she is friends with or is close to betrays her. Her boyfriend is a sleaze ball, along with her boss Guy. The only character I liked in the book was Jack and he was only in the book for like 2 pages. As for the writing style I was not impressed. It seemed like every other word was a swear word. The names of the characters were so unimaginative Girl, Guy, Manly. Scenes tend to drag on and on I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok so I loved The Nanny Diaries.. also thought Devoted was ok, but this one? This book has got to be one of the worst I've read this summer. I should say, though, that I could not even finish it. I feel bad because I like the authors. It was just way too choppy.. and who has their 14 year old brother go to a job fair with them? Anyone else confused by that? Ok so, I don't recommend this one but read their other two books.. they're pretty good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i agree w/ every other review. i could not finish. if i don't respect or like the main character i can't bring myself to read about them. main character is not a likable one for me. she is weak and whiny and a bit stupid in my eyes. If that is what the younger generation is really like, this world is in trouble.