What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear. The symbiotic relationship between parent and nanny ensures that your life will be spent anticipating and fulfilling the needs of your charge and your employer. Have fun! The readers of this book certainly will.More
"The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire." (The New York Times)
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The Nanny Diaries start promising: joking about rich families and their habits of wanting to be involved with their children's but not wanting to be the one's actually spending time with their kids. The story included some interesting threads, but did not work on it.
I found the end rather disappointing. Also the Nanny shows the textbook example of good and controlled behaviour (unrealistic). It would be more realistic if the author had really let her freak out from time to time.
No, it did not explore its full potential.
The main character
I did not throw the book away, but I am also not sad to start a new book.