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Date Posted: 8/9/2007 4:46 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/9/2007 5:15 PM ET
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It is the same!  When I read it years ago I thought it was a very enjoyable read!

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 6:01 PM ET
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I thought it was a fun book.  There were parts I laughed out loud (not something I do in very often), but there were some that made me want to smack someone around a little. LOL 

Overall, I'd recommend it! :)

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 6:01 PM ET
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I enjoyed the book and even though I thought parts of it were funny, I found the story very sad. Was it just me?

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 6:47 PM ET
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Super cute read!

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 10:25 PM ET
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I just finished it, and while it did have very funny parts, I felt horrible for the little boy! It left me with a bad feeling.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:01 PM ET
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I thought it would be bitchy and amusing and I just found it depressing too.  It wasn't terrible but it was an uncomfortable book.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 11:39 PM ET
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Went back to look at my journal entry for this one - here it is.  I found it a bit disturbing actually.

Since this book is based on the actual experiences of two real New York City nannies, there is enough truth to the stories to make you gag rather than laugh at the narcissism, materialism, shallowness, self-absorption, and total lack of regard for anyone else's feelings, displayed by the 'mother' of this child. I will never, ever, ever envy the very rich again. While their life styles are lavish and their surroundings opulent, their hearts are completely barren of the human compassion that truly makes one rich. I felt enraged at the total lack of respect given this young woman and sick at the complete disconnect of these 'parents' from their own child. Look out world -- there is a generation of spoiled and endulged, overly scheduled and analyzed, but emotionally deprived children coming into their own soon -- I hope it's only their parents whom they lash out at.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:48 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 1:42 PM ET
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I don't usually like fiction and loved it.  I cried at the end (which is extremely rare for me).  It touched me in so many ways.  I thought it was well-written, and a really great concept.  I didn't think it was depressing or lovey-dovey, I just found it touching.  I also didn't think it was all that "funny" and was probably pretty true-to-life regarding the relationship between the Nanny and the parents.  I'd consider it a credit well-spent. :)

 

 



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 8/10/2007 1:45 PM ET
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Sheesh Lynn, nothing like tarring an entire group -  "the rich" - with a tainted brush!  Just FYI...not everyone who has money parents like that....



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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 6:12 PM ET
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This book really depressed me.  I was expecting something funny and light and instead if was filled with self-absorbed people that should never have children.

I felt so sorry for poor G by the end of the book to be "raised" by parents like that and to have the second nanny he'd grown to love leave him. 

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 6:38 PM ET
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A friend just loaned it to me as an audiobook. 

I'm going to try to download it to my iPod so I can listen while travelling next week.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 6:46 PM ET
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I started this book and it never took hold for me.  I didn't finish it.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 7:24 PM ET
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It is a very good book and is one of my favorites.  Also, it is written by two very sweet and generous women.  Their second book, Citizen Girl was just ok and their third book Dedication was very good.  It is well worth the credit and you should try to read it before the movie comes out. IMO the book is usually better than the movie. 

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 8:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/11/2007 8:25 PM ET
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 I loved it.  Many emotions surfaced.  Well written.

Date Posted: 8/14/2007 8:30 PM ET
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I also had a hard time getting started with the book.  It was just a little slow to me at first; however, I pushed through the beginning and it got much better.  The ending I think is what leaves everybody with such mixed feelings on it.  It's just one of those endings that leaves you with unanswered questions that can keep you awake at night thinking...it that makes any sense, lol.

 

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 8:48 AM ET
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I just ordered the book, but it hasn't arrived, i have been wanting to read it, so i honestly cannot wait til it comes in!

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 9:40 AM ET
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I read the book and liked  it. I am a nanny and found the book to be true to life.I never work for people like the ones in the book but I know people who have.

 



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Date Posted: 8/20/2007 7:49 AM ET
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The Nanny Diaries if officially considered lot in the mail, I am bummed!

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 12:42 AM ET
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I loved the book.  I'm definitely not rich but had a nanny for this summer, who I couldn't help but think of in relation to the book.  I think the fact that so many people had emotional reactions to the book (less Moi who put it down) shows the power of the writing. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 8:08 PM ET
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I started to read this book and put it down quickly.  I didn't like its negative attitude toward people (ok, toward the moms hiring the nannys).  I'm working to add kindness and compassion to my life and I didn't want to read this book with its negative attitudes.

I know most other folks loved it, but the negativity put me off.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 11:50 AM ET
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Now that I remembered I had it, I went and dug it out and posted it.  Hope someone else will enjoy it.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 10:56 PM ET
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I enjoyed it.  It's basically about this society of parents who have children just because, and then hire nannies to raise them.  Of course, the nannies are shown no appreciation for their role.  And should they ever accomplish the job they were hired to do....which is to be an authentic, loving, caretaker for the child.....they are suddenly competition and are out the door.  Who suffers?  The children.  It reads like a chick lit expose of the dark side of being a nanny for the wealthy.  Mr. and Mrs. X are quite a pair.  Everything I've read said the movie doesn't live up to the book, but I'd still like to check it out once it comes out on DVD.

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