Must Love Black

Must Love Black

by Kelly McClymer
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Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer

NANNY FOR 10-YR-OLD TWINS. MAINE COAST. OWN ROOM & GENEROUS SALARY. MUST LOVE BLACK. “Must love black?” Sounds like a coffee-loving, seclusion-seeking goth girl's dream job. Philippa isn’t fazed by the fog-enshrouded mansion on a cliff, the weirdest twins on the planet, or even the rumors about ghosts, ‘cause when she meets the estate’s hot gardener, Philippa’s pretty sure she’s found her dream boy, too. Too bad Geoff’s already taken…by a girl whose wardrobe is head-to-toe pink. Still, Philippa can’t get Geoff out of her head. What will it take to lure him to the dark side?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416949039
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 09/23/2008
Edition description: Original
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,324,707
Product dimensions: 5.66(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kelly McClymer was born in South Carolina, but crossed the Mason-Dixon line to live in Delaware at age six. After one short stint living in South Carolina during junior high, she has remained above the line, and now lives in Maine with her husband and three children.

Writing has been Kelly's passion since her sixth grade essay on how to not bake bread earned her an A plus. After cleaning up the bread dough that oozed on to the floor, she gave up bread making for good and turned to writing as a creative outlet. A graduate of the University of Delaware (English major, of course) she spends her days writing and teaching writing. Look for her next book, The Salem Witch Tryouts, from Simon Pulse in Fall 2006.

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Must Love Black 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
titania86 More than 1 year ago
Philippa's father has just remarried. To avoid her father's and his new wife's sickening honeymoon, Phillipa takes a summer job as a nanny with an odd specification: must love black (which she totally does). When she gets to the client's residence, it turns out to be a very fancy spa called Chrysalis Cliff. Her charges are two 10 year old twins (named Rienne and Triste) who are intelligent, overly sensible, and share Phillipa's love for black. At the spa, Phillipa and the girls have very little area to roam around in and the girls' father is a workaholic. Will Phillipa get the girls to have a little fun and reconnect with their father? Is there a point at all to this book? No. Phillipa immediately struck me as an ungrateful, whiny teenager. I'm willing to concede that it's because I can't really relate to her or because I'm not a teenager anymore. (I ran into the same problem with Shilo, the supposed protagonist of Repo! the Genetic Opera.) However, leaving in the middle of your father's wedding reception without saying goodbye before being away for an entire summer is just plain rude in my book. Her behavior was more tolerable when she started working (mostly because she wanted to keep her job), but I don't think she changed her attitude significantly. I really liked the quirky little twins, Triste and Rienne, with their solemn natures and sensible ways. They reminded me of little Edward Gorey type characters. They were the most enjoyable part of the book for me. I felt that this book was incredibly incomplete. There were huge chunks of plot missing. Since the spa was called Chrysalis Cliff, I figured Phillipa would have some sort of change: a mental or emotional or physical change of some sort. I was wrong. There was a a couple incidences with a possible ghost following and interacting with Phillipa, but again, there was no follow through. It really didn't need to be there at all and just made the book kind of confusing. The end was missing at least a chapter. Very few of the problems were solved: Phillipa still has to return to her "evil" stepmother with the same mentality she had at the beginning of the novel. Lady BV, the father's partner who doesn't seem to like the children very much, remains unchanged and still works against the children, although her influence is a bit diminished. The romantic plot line was resolved in about a sentence. How hard is it to ask a guy if he's dating someone? Not that hard! This is what the problem with relationship between Phillipa and Geoff boiled down to. The writing just didn't flow very well. The concept of the novel was interesting and had a lot of potential, but turned out to fall flat. I liked some of the story, but the holes and failed expectations overpowered the aspects that I liked. I only took about a day to read this, but I would recommend using that time to read something a little more coherent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. While there are bland moments, i loved the characters and the idea. Pippa (the main character) is intresting and fun to read about. The twins are awsome. While you at times wish it was a bit scarier, because it is supposed to have ghosts and scary moments , it is over all a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I loved how it was a mix between a drama, a romance, & a mystery!! It made it even better!!! The title really stood out to me, I really do love black!!!! I love this book, it was amazing!!!!!
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bookworm73MC More than 1 year ago
i kind of had to force myself to read this book. But when i started to read it i got addicted to it. I loved the characters execpet that evil recptionist. ugh what a female dog!!!over all it was a good read and a nice book for the summer.
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But that was about it. The story moved along well. But once it got near the end, I felt it was all forced and jumbled together. Especially that last chapter. Just reading it, and flipping the page, it hit me it was finished. The end just felt slightly rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Must Love Black, I thought that it would be about some Goth girl with a horrible life that finds her way when she babysits some spoiled brats. I was totally wrong--yes, she does figure out more about herself, but she becomes closer to the super-smart twin girls that she babysits. The two girls dad has their mansion as a hotel/relaxtion place and the girls are kind of shoved aside. Sure, they get what they want, but what they want is their dad. Philippa can relate, too, since her father has just gotten married and she feels farther away from him. And her mother was killed in a car accident, so she brings her mom's book with her (Manor of Dark Dreams) to help her out along the way.And those of you who like romance, this has small parts, but no kissing. You could give it to a 12-year-old and they'd enjoy it as much as a 16-year-old. Philippa's voice is very mature and she is a very good role model for girls, no matter what age. I really enjoyed reading this book and since I babysit (not like her, I'm not a nanny) I realized that I shouldn't neglect the kids and play with them. Anyone who wants to babysit or read about something like this, go for it--the book will help you understand kids a bit better. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"Nanny for 10-yr-old twins. Maine coast. Own room & generous salary. MUST LOVE BLACK."

This is the ad that started it all for Philippa Munson. When her father decides to remarry, Philippa decides there is no way she can be the third wheel on the honeymoon cruise that her dad and Krystal plan on taking. So she responds to the job posting for the nanny position.

She arrives at Chrysalis Cliff on a foggy night. She is impressed with the place and the room that she will have for the summer. Her first night though, as she lies quietly trying to sleep, she is convinced that she is visited by a ghost at her window. Refusing to freak out about the encounter, she puts it out of her mind.

She meets her two charges, Triste and Rienne, only to learn that it was the two of them that posted the help-wanted ad. It was the "must love black" that spurred Philippa to apply. Philippa is a Goth girl with a black wardrobe. The twins are instantly drawn to Philippa, commenting that she's a keeper. The twins are both pensive and reserved children. Their father has hopes that Philippa will be able to incorporate "fun" into their days. Their mother has died and their father is tied up with the daily operations of the spa that is at Chrysalis Cliff.

Philippa learns early on that the children are to be neither seen nor heard by the guests. The beautiful grounds are virtually off-limits because they could encounter one of the patrons. But Philippa slowly bends the rules, using the pool during the day, as well as convincing the girls to get a pet. But the girls are far from conventional, and the pet they choose is a goat.

MUST LOVE BLACK is a quick story of Philippa's adventures as a nanny for the summer. Philippa tries to bring the children and their father together, noticing early on that the attention of their father is what they most crave. Through the help of the gardener, Geoff, Philippa subtly brings changes to Chrysalis Cliff. The summer doesn't turn out the way Philippa originally planned, but it just might exceed her expectations.
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jeffrey_stump More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty good. However, first off, "not judging a book by its cover" definitely applies here. I'm talking more about the back cover. The summary wasn't very descriptive, and even so, it wasn't very accurate. The writing style and mechanics along with the characterization were phenomenal. The plotline didn't have too much depth, though, but it is a great read for a lazy day.
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Philippa's happy to be escaping her father's honeymoon this summer. Instead she'll be working as a nanny for 10 year old twin girls in Maine. She leaves right after the wedding ceremony, before the cake cutting, and before saying goodbye to her father. She's whisked away in a limo to the house/spa where she will spend the next three months. Her limo driver moonlights as the gardener. He's such a hottie that Philippa can see her summer improving already. When she gets to the house, she realizes that she has more in common with her charges that she realized. First of all, they love black and her entire wardrobe contains nothing but black clothes. Secondly they've lost their mother in an accident, just like Philippa. No one talks about their mother's, but Philippa feels a bond and understanding better than their previous nannies. Her biggest challenge is to get the twins to have fun and relax, as they have a strict schedule of lessons and computer time. Philippa takes great pains to make cracks in the serious natures, even if it means taking on other members of the staff.

This book was enchanting and sweet. It pulled at your heartstrings (and I'm not talking about the romance aspect). I loved the twins need for someone to understand them and the nanny advertisement to fit.
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This was a good book. Its about a girl who gets a job being a nanny and the kids are a little odd.She also likes the gardener that works there. The only thing i disliked was the ending it ended to abruptly.