Teen beachy read. Mara - good girl, Eliza - spoiled rich girl, Jaqui - exotic confident girl. Sort of stereotypic story about the Hamptons and au pairing for a rich family. Rather predictable plot - "lessons learned" by each girl, lots of references to people and places in the Hamptons. Fast reading.
This is a really fun read, great for anyone who wonders about the summer lives of the rich and privileged. The characters arent exactly lovable, and even sweet, kind Mara becomes corrupted after ten weeks, but there are more than enough hot, sweet guys and shopping sprees to get lost in.
Being a fan of the Gossip Girl, Clique & A-List novels, I thought I'd give this series a shot. Even though this book is more tame, I liked how the girls friendship evolved and I thought the background was interesting. If I needed an au pair, I'd definitely pick Mara over Jacqui and Eliza. She really seemed to have it together. I do plan on reading the other books in the series.
There is more than enough name-dropping in THE AU PAIRS to satisfy the cravings of any reader. However, this series by Melissa de la Cruz stands out from other, similar series because of its character development.
Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are three girls who are going to be au pairs for a rich family's four young children during their summer stay in the Hamptons. Eliza was once the NYC It girl, before her family lost their fortune and they had to relocate to (bleeech!) Buffalo. Therefore, this summer is her glorious return...only made not-so-glorious as she realizes she's working class and struggles to hide her financial status from her old "friends."
Mara is the small-town girl with big-city looks. She came to the Hamptons to actually work to save money for college and doesn't realize until later that she's totally Hamptons material. In the meantime, Mara struggles to figure out her relationship with her boyfriend, Jim, as well as deal with her feelings for her bosses' son, the hot and nice Ryan.
Jacqui is a Brazilian bombshell who only came to the States to search for her true love, Luca, whom she met when he spent his spring break backpacking in South America. Jacqui finds him, all right, but he's not the sweetheart he had been over spring break, and Jacqui seems to lose her purpose for being an au pair at all.
This is a really fun read, great for anyone who wonders about the summer lives of the rich and privileged. The characters aren't exactly lovable, and even sweet, kind Mara becomes corrupted after ten weeks, but there are more than enough hot, sweet guys and shopping sprees to get lost in.