A great book about the obscenely rich, and the priorities one wife/mother must make to keep her children and herself intact. Quick read and well written.
This book seemed to be trying to be one of substance. There were some interesting plot elements begging for exploration. Jamie is in her thirties, a mother of three small children. She finds herself ten years into a marriage with a guy she doesn't really like, living the good life surrounded by wealthy people who seem much more comfortable in their wealth than she is. Jamie can't seem to relax into her expected role, and chooses to work part-time for a television station. Her children miss the attention of their parents, and her oldest son, who is nine, seems especially affected.
It would have been interesting to explore in detail these lives of the rich and unhappy, to check out their dysfunctional families. It would have been interesting to see a more in-depth treatment of Jamie's job and her career-boosting assignment landing an interview with a woman who claims to have dirt on a respected Congressman.
In the end, though, this book is simply a frivolous story of a married woman who moons over the male nanny she hires to get her son back on track. He's too perfect in every way, with his easygoing attitude, incredible physique, and knack for charming small children and hired help alike. Jamie and the manny flirt with each other in a variety of situations, with no regard to who is observing. He seems to have no problem with the fact that she is married and has three children, and she seems to have no problem leading him on when she isn't sure if she is going to leave her husband.
For most of the book, Jamie floats, not making any real effort to fix her marriage or to get out of it, not making more time for her kids, not trying to get out of the society she hates nor trying to get more comfortable with it. She passively waits for something to happen to her, and ultimately things do happen. It's not nearly as satisfying, though, as if she had been a character who figured out what she wanted in life and took steps to make it happen.
The book was rather predictable and, as the characters never really sprang to life for me, also rather forgettable.
Okay, this book was crap... I won't lie. But it's also fluffy easy-reading crap. Nothing really made me mad or anything, it was just easy reading "can see the ending a mile away" type of thing. Save it for the beach this Summer, but it's worth a read. Kind of sad the woman had to hire someone to play with her kid though. It's fiction, but you know that some poor kids have these guys that are paid to play with them because their dad is too busy. *laugh*
Okay... like I said, it's total junk, but it's a beach read for sure. Pick it up and read it in June on vacation :)
This is a funny, sweet, laugh out loud and also tug at your heart kind of book - don't pass it up because there is no cover picture on PBS. Great story with interesting "behind-the scenes" of both the world of "the Grid"; the exclusive blocks of the Upper East side of NY, and the world of network television as well. Wonderful working mother story line. I did not want this book to end!
Great book, well written, and you can tell that the author knows her subject (rich New York City families) very well. Recommended!
This was really a fun book to read. It tells how the 'other' side lives. I would be just like Jamie. Not falling for the manny part, but trying to fit in with the upper class and not pulling it off. :)
Thoroughly enjoyable. This audiobook made me spend quite a few extra minutes in the driveway just so that I could listen to the end of the chapter. It's the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put it down."
I absolutly loved this! It is full 11 hours unabridged (10 discs) so for all of you who listed to audio cds on long drives or commute to work this is definitly worth while! It was a perfect combo of laugh out loud moments as well as touching heartfelt moments. Some of the characters that you hate in the beginning end up surprising you in the end as they show that they have more depth and heart than the initial flaky impression they give in the beginning. Eventhough this one is long it doesnt get slow or seem like its dragging out at any point there is so much going on that you are on the edge of your seat the whole time, and eventhough there are so many different things going on it doesnt seem jumbled at all and everything fits together nicely. This was such a great story...to the fainthearted: there is some cursing and sexual referance but it comes off as funny rather than graphic in my opinion.
Didn't finish this one. Just found it uninteresting.