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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (9 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847377734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847377739
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,016,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Nan is back in town, but she's about to get thrown into battle. A gripping sequel to The Nanny Diaries' 4 stars
--Heat Magazine, 10 April, 2010

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Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin are the bestselling authors of THE NANNY DIARIES and CITIZEN GIRL. They live and work in New York City. Visit www.EmmaAndNicola.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Nanny Returns picks up around 10 years after The Nanny Diaries ended. Nan is now married to the Harvard Hottie (Ryan) and after some time living overseas, has moved to Brooklyn. One day her former charge Grayer (now aged 16) turns up on her doorstep and she gets sucked back into the lives of the X family, which now also includes a 7 year old son called Stilton. The X's marriage is still unhappy and when Mr X hooks up with a Hollywood star, Nan gets caught up in the middle trying to protect the children.

I really enjoyed The Nanny Diaries but I'm sorry to say this book is nowhere near as good. It's a convoluted mess with a massive number of sub-plots, all of which are confusing and none of which are interesting. While there are some amusing snippets about how the Manhattan elite live, they are few and far between, and the froth is tempered this time around with drunken binges and drug overdoses which feel out of place. The writing also gets bogged down with elaborate descriptions, to the point where I wondered if the authors were paid by the adjective. Nan is also such a passive and indecisive character, which seemed appropriate in the first book but far less so in this one, now that she's married and ten years older.

The book starts slowly and you wonder where it's going. While it does pick up, it was a struggle to stay the distance. I don't recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like - not love - chick-lit. "The Nanny Diaries" was cute, somewhat clever, and fun reading. "Nanny Returns" is none of those things. The authors try to cram 10lbs of "stuff" in a 5lb bag. There are way too many characters - mostly similar in type and only distinguishable by their names - and way too many plot lines. I think the book could have done with some judicious editing.

"Nanny Returns" is a sort of continuation of the "X Family", "Mr" and "Mrs", "Grayer", and now, "Stilton". "Stilton" is only one in a collection of stupid names in this book, given, I think, to connote "Upper Class status". Twelve years has passed since "Nanny" was sacked by the family during a visit to the family home on Nantucket. Nanny has graduated college, married the very wealthy Ryan Hutchinson, lived abroad for ten years or so, and has now returned to Manhattan to settle down. One of the plot-lines is the on-going restoration of an old house in Harlem that the Hutchinsons will live in. Some other plot-lines involve babies - those already born, those conceived, and those still in the planning stage. Others include grown up "mean girls" and their husbands, mostly Nanny's classmates from Chapin, and other elite Manhattan private schools. Oh, and those elite schools also are involved in a plot-line. The problem with all these plot-lines is that they basically go nowhere. Not only don't the plots or the characters go anywhere - other than to the Hamptons - most of the characters are mere caricatures.

I finished the book because I had to - being a Viner and all - but I wasn't particularly interested. I might have been more satisfied with the book had the plots actually gelled into something, anything, but, for the most part, they didn't. I would normally say that if you enjoyed the first book in a series, you'd probably enjoy the sequel, but I really don't think so in this case. It just isn't very good. I think/hope the authors can do better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Twelve years have passed, but some things haven't really changed for the ex-Nanny. Unfortunately, "Nanny Returns: A Novel" is a thin retread of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus' first novel about a beleaguered nanny and the rich, dysfunctional Xes. The actual story of Nan and the Xes is about the only halfway interesting part of the story, and it's padded out with loads of generic chick-lit subplots.

After twelve years abroad with her husband Ryan, Nan returns at last to New York and is in the middle of renovating her new home... and fending off Ryan's hints about wanting to finally have kids. Enter Grayer X, now a jaded sixteen-year-old who drunkenly tells her off for abandoning him as a tot. Out of guilt, Nan reenters the lives of the Xes -- Mr. X is cavorting with a Hollywood starlet, Mrs. X is in a downward spiral (and seriously ill), and Grayer is trying to protect his baby brother Stilton.

At the same time, Nan gets a job as a teacher at a posh school called Jarndyce (Jaundice?), which essentially serves as a daycare facility for idle, moneyed brats. Yup, she specifically sought out a job serving those whom she claims to hate. But a sexting scandal spirals into the cyber-lynching of an innocent young teacher, and thence into a dramatic OD on the night of a fundraiser, Nan is discovers that -- shocks! -- the parents don't care about their kids and the kids are bratty and emotionally neglected.

The main plot of "Nanny Returns" could have easily fit into a slender novella: Nan gets sucked back into the Xes' vortex, having not changed at all in all that time. Mrs. X is seemingly very ill and broke. Mr. X is off with a spoiled starlet. The kids are being neglected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By simoneinfrance on 11 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
After the first book, I eagerly awaited this long overdue sequel. But perhaps it took so long because it is so bad? None of the wit, none of the clever castic insight, non of the wry humour of the first book. Nan has become some sort of spineless yuppie with a few throw away lines to try and convince the reader she is not shallow. I struggled right to the end, but only because I was on holidays and this was the only book I took, stupidly thinking it would be great and a perfect holiday read. Thank God I now have a Kindle. Never again! I'd sell it, but it is currently trading at 0.01. No wonder. It reads like it had no editor. Or the authors were pre-paid and just had to reach a word limit. So, so bad.
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