I really enjoyed the first half of this book; it was fascinating and I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, as the author started losing interest in nannying I began losing interest in reading about her loss of interest...
This book was surprisingly good. It has a little bit of everything - Hollywood gossip, Hollywood lifestyle insights, parenting techniques and most of all the ups and downs of being a nanny. The writing style is also wonderful. Ms Hansen wrote from her heart. I did not come away from it with a feeling that she was trying too hard to write a gossipy bestseller. It was more a snapshot of her life after she graduated high school when she became a nanny. It was what she pursued as she was trying to figure out what she wanted going into her adulthood. The insights of her particular position being a nanny in the entertainment industry is something most of us are curious about. But she also writes about that transition age as a young adult. Fun read!
I enjoyed the book but it doesn't warrant its status as a NY Times best seller. The content was somewhat interesting. The writer didn't have much to say and the only reason I can see that it was a best seller is due to the people she worked for - Michael Orvitz, Sally Field, Debra Winger and Rhea and Danny Devito.
This was a fluffy read, but it seemed a little vindictive, if I'm being honest. The parents weren't stars, that's for sure, but the author, while recognizing she was to blame somewhat, still was a little over-the-top. A lot of the problems may have been able to be resolved had she not hid from them for so long.
Having said that, the parents... oh, the parents. The first couple were awful, awful awful. BUT... it did confirm what I already thought was true - DiVito and Pearlman always seemed like a great couple and really honest-to-goodness good/real people. That made me smile. I think so much of that "real people" effect is missing in the stars, in what we know about them, what we learn about them, etc. They live busy lives and need help, but they do recall that they have children.
On the other side of the spectrum was Debra Winger, who seemed like such a sweet soul, but maybe a little too touchy feely for me.
The book wasn't about the stars, I realize that, but the content was so "oh geez, would you all just grow up" in that first house that I don't really have anything to say about it beyond that.
I hope the author has grown up a bit since then and, most importantly, is enjoying her own children now.
Heather reviewed You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again : The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny on
This isn't a book that's going to give you really a gossip of super stars if thats what you are looking for but it does leave you knowing that what you see in Hollywood as far as these perfect on hands parents doesn't truly represent the truth as we all probably know already if we have ever worked and raised a child, kind of sad actually kids seem to be treated as props and the bigger the star the stranger the story.The main people in the book are producers not actual movie stars except for Danny Devitto&Family,and Debra Winger, and Sally Feilds.Which seem to be the exception to the rule.
This book had the same effect that the Nanny Diaries had on me, I felt sorry for the children that get attached to their nannies and then lose them because of some sort of power play. I feel bad for the well intending nannies too. The book did have a lot of juicy information though, I wonder how she was able to write the book and not get sued.
In a nutshell, Michael Ovitz is evil, and Debra Winger, Danny DeVito, and Rhea Perlman are awesome. That said, the book is pretty cute and well-written, but would have been a lot more interesting if most people were aware of who Michael Ovitz is. The message got a little overworked - we get it, having unlimited resources to provide for your kids doesn't make you a good parent. If you're a big fan of books on celebrity culture, it's worth a look. If not, it was just okay.