Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Nanny Diaries, a Kirkus-style review

Authors: McLaughlin, Emma and Kraus, Nicola

Review Date: JANUARY 31, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320 pages
Price (paperback): $13.95
Publication Date: 02/06/2007
ISBN: 031237433X
Classification: NOVEL

McLaughlin and Kraus ignore family and class experts to tell us just how horrible rich people really are to their children.

Nan is a college student in need of a part time job.  Figuring that taking care of a child should be pretty easy, she goes in search of a family needing a nanny.  Because they are rich, and therefore terrible people, family X is all too happy to hire her to raise their son Grayer.  Nan witnesses a long string of selfish parents, neglect, abandonment, extramarital affairs, and borderline emotional abuse – a series of events that could only be made mundane by the erratic pacing of this novel.  Through half-explained time jumps, several months pass in which Nan and Grayer bond.  But Mrs. X ultimately decides that Nan is a worse mother-substitute than she, herself, is a mother, and so Nan is unceremoniously fired.  Proving once again that poor people are superior to rich people in every way, Nan concludes the novel with dignity and some words of advice stolen from Dr. Phil.

A book with only one saving grace – Julia Robert’s performance on the audio.


  1. I remember reading this book and feeling awful about myself because I hated it but I could not put it down. Dumb book. I like your review.

  2. Bingo! Kirkus is going to come calling.