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Nanny Returns
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VINE VOICEon 26 March 2010
It's ten years after Nan was fired from her Nanny position with the Xs and she's returning to New York. A late-night drunken visit from Grayer X - now fifteen - draws Nan back into the lives of the family. Feeling guilty for abandoning Grayer all those years ago, Nan finds herself agreeing to help him and his seven-year-old brother, Stilton, through their parents divorce.

I'm not usually a chick lit fan but as I'd read the Nanny Diaries I figured I'd give it a shot.

Generally my thoughts were that this book was ok. Some bits were good, some a little dull, in my opinion. There seemed to be too much filler information for my liking and it took me about half of the book to figure out what Nan was doing as a job. The general plot was ok but I'm not sure I really connected to any of the characters.

If you liked the first book and the genre then you might enjoy it.
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on 26 August 2014
Absolutely brilliant! I was taken straight back to nans world, with familiar characters and a wonderful plot this is just as "un-putdownable" as the original nanny diaries. Highly recommended for nan fans
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on 20 July 2010
I was at a bit of a disadvantage reading this book as I haven't read its prequel The Nanny Diaries, but despite this I thought it was generally an entertaining and enjoyable read.

The heroine of the story Nan Saunders is dragged into helping 16-year-old Grayer, who she previously nannied for, and his seven-year-old brother Stilton cope with their parents acrimonious divorce, whilst in the meantime trying to sort out the problems and skewed morals of the staff, students, and parents of the expensive local private school as a consultant.

Her life starts to get very complicated when in addition to the above she also has to deal with an absent husband who is keen to start a family, when she is not, and the renovation of an almost derelict house that starts to fall apart around her.

My main criticism would be that it does fall into the rather clichéd `chic-lit' genre and was somewhat predictable in parts, lacking the originality of similar books such as Hot House Flower by Margot Berwin.

However, it does give a good insight into the rich Upper East Side community of New York and the dangers of loving money above all else, which is quite appropriate in the current economic climate!
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on 12 May 2010
12 years on from Nan being a Nanny and her fledgling backbone has melted back into jelly.

Its the UES as the economy is beginning to plunge and everyone is still a bitch.

Grayer her former charge gets back in touch and it might have been an interesting read if his storyline wasnt almost identical to that of Nate in gossip girl.

nanny does some work for a schmancy school where the kids are out of control and the (overworked underpaid) teachers are the scapegoats, deja vu?
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on 13 October 2010
The book was intensely disappointing. Far too many sub-plots going on, and scarcely a likeable character in the whole story, I'm afraid. Even the main character, Nan, is too scattered and confusing. Is she a sensible, moral, reasonable person completely unlike the shallow, selfish uber-rich of Manhattan? Or is she just as bad because she keeps excusing their actions and enabling their little cruelties?
The teacher, Ingrid, who actually cares about the spoiled teenagers she teaches is the one truly sympathetic character in the book. She saves two of them from dying from a drug overdose, even after they have brutally destroyed her reputation online with a pornographic website. Does she get thanks, from the kids or their parents? No, she gets fired! Does Nan stick up for her in her position liaising between the staff and the school board? Nope. Utterly depressing.
I kept on reading, hoping that everyone would get what they deserved and all the little sub-plots would be resolved, but was disappointed. Nobody really gets their just desserts and as for resolving all the other issues? We never find out if Ingrid got another job. Nan's parents were going to be evicted - she never gets time to do anything about that- but on the last page a hasty phone message lets us know that's been conveniently sorted out. Very slapdash and badly put together. I wish I hadn't wasted my time persisting with reading it all the way to the bitter end.
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on 13 September 2010
If you enjoyed 'The Nanny Diaries' you'll love this sequel.
The story may also appeal to fans of 'The Devil Wears Prada'
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