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Grade 8 Up -Adrienne is hired as a nanny to Emma Warner, a precocious child from an ultra-rich New York family. Using lies, bribery, and blackmail, the eight-year-old tests Adrienne, but the teen manages to keep the upper hand with her charge-most of the time. The same is not true of Adrienne's relationship with Emma's sister, Cam, who is Adrienne's age. Using the same bag of tricks, she has Adrienne believing that they are friends. What Cam offers would be hard for any teen to resist-free designer clothes, invitations to fabulous parties, flying on a private jet, staying in a mansion. But all that glitters is not gold. Soon she forces Adrienne to arrange clandestine parties where out-of-control rich kids partake of sex, alcohol, and drugs. Then Adrienne is drugged and photographed in compromising situations. Worst of all, she is blamed for jewels stolen at a party. The book ends rather abruptly, with a simple explanation for the stolen jewelry, revealed in one sentence. Whether or not Adrienne wins back the boyfriend Cam attempts to steal is left dangling, as if to pave the way for a sequel. But neither of these shortcomings detracts seriously from the enjoyment of the book. Fans of Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series or Zoey Dean's "The A-List" series (both Little, Brown) will like this offering.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID
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The nanny's story has been popular since Jane Eyre. This book give it a chick lit veneer.The flap copy says Ashton is a debutante "who divides her time between New York City, the Hamptons, and Europe." Apparently, she still had time to pen this novel in which Liz gets her friend Adrienne a job in the same Fifth Avenue building where she works. Adrienne's charge is Emma, an eight-year-old malevolent genius who takes a liking to Adrienne. But Emma's half-sister, 17-year-old Cameron, takes a liking to Adrienne's boyfriend. It's all fancy apartments, fancy labels, and backstabbing, and stereotypes, but readers who want the chick lit experience (with no frills in the writing) will find it here.

Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Series: Confessions of a Teen Nanny
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060731788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060731786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book was a fun read.
Tina
As the book progressives, the reader then learns all about Adrienne and her boyfriend Brian and how Emma's older half-sister Cameron is a bad influence on Adrienne.
Jen
Fans of fun teen fiction, that is brimming with over-the-top characters, and intricate story plots will love Ashton's debut.
Erika Sorocco

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sailor Universia on December 11, 2005
Format: Library Binding
Confessions of a Teen Nanny kicks off in an unapologetic high pace and keeps trucking at the same speed throughout all of its mere 198 pages. Author Victoria Ashton sacrafices character development and a deep plot for lengthy (and increasingly annoying) descriptions of the designer clothes the girls wear. And boy, are there a lot of those. I found it aggravating to be force-fed yet ANOTHER detailed account of Cameron's latest outfit, but that's just me. And indeed, those who live for the tabloids will also love this novel, the tale of sixteen-year-old Adrienne Lewis and how she becomes entwined with high society after taking a job as a nanny for the precocious, calculating child prodigy Emma Warner, the daughter of a filthy rich business tycoon and his nauseatingly stuck-up wife, who would gladly fire Adrienne just for wearing a green sweater and tosses out cash bonuses like bread crumbs. But worst of all is Cameron, the backstabbing socialite who pretends to befriend Adrienne while in reality pursuing the nanny's boyfriend. Before Adrienne knows it, much more is at stake than just her job.

As I previously mentioned, the problem with this novel is character development. Each is so superficial in their own way: from Adrienne and her best friend Liz, who take unhealthy delight in gossiping about Cameron (the first conversation that we witness them sharing revolves soley around Cameron's nailpolish and sunglasses...yeah); to Emma, who also takes fixation on a sole being, in this case Oprah, and is malicious for practically no reason; to the overdone caricature of an Upper East Side (...), Cameron. Only in cheap 80's movies have I heard anyone so much as utter the phrases "I'm so psyched!" or "This is totally uncool", but these girls do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacque Cartwright VINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't think it's appropriate for teens to read..especially in the early teens. While the book was an ok read for me (ahem a 30+ female lol) I don't think I would want my daughter reading about the teens in the book who were constantly drinking, drugging and partying. Not just amongst themselves but with ADULT men. Naked in a pool? No way. I would like to find out what happens next though.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on July 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sixteen-year-old Adrienne Lewis wants nothing more than to make some extra spending money, so she can have some luxurious things in life - cool clothes, parties - so she jumps at the chance to be a "teen nanny," when her best friend, Liz, informs her that the rich Warner family is looking for a nanny for their eight-year-old daughter, Emma. Adrienne lands the job, and is suddenly caught up in the whirlwind of the elite. She is befriended by rich, gorgeous, popular, seventeen-year-old Cameron Warner. A girl who is wild, a liar, and a total user. Unfortunately, Adrienne is unaware of this information, and begins hanging out with the bad seed. Only to find that maybe Cameron isn't really trying to "take her under her wing," so to speak, but rather to steal her boyfriend of two-years, Brian.

From page one I could tell that this was a cross between the "novel-based-on-truth," THE NANNY DIARIES, and the enormously popular GOSSIP GIRLS series. Which is definitely not a bad thing. The characters found in CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN NANNY are gutsy, vicious, spoiled, and oh-so-fun to read about. The Upper East Side is their playground, lavishing them in rich clothes, and boosting their every move onto Page 6. Fans of fun teen fiction, that is brimming with over-the-top characters, and intricate story plots will love Ashton's debut. I only hope that there is more to Adrienne's story, and that I will have a chance to read it. Soon.

Erika Sorocco

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A Kid's Review on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Oh, my God, Adrienne thought. Someone at the party stole Mrs. Warner's jewelry! "

Confessions of a Teen Nanny, first in its series. Makes you never want to work with New York socialites no matter the pay. How is a girl like Adrienne going to handle an eight year old super genius, a teen that only likes to party, and the boss? There are a lot of rules. Adrienne has to adapt quickly; she changes from a nanny into a party planner.

Her friend Liz gets her a job babysitting an eight-year-old super genius. At first she thinks it's a normal baby-sitting job. She soon realizes Emma's big sister Cameron (Cam) doesn't like to play things the easy way. Cam makes her way into Adrienne's life without her noticing. She takes Adrienne's boyfriend, and tricks her into buying things she can't afford. Will Adrienne ever get out of this mess?

I love the way Victoria Ashton portrayed the characters. I really could feel what Adrienne was going through. When Cam started hitting on Brian (her boyfriend). I could feel the way Cam clenched her claws into Adrienne's life. I recommend this book to people whom liked the Clique series, and a little drama in their life. In this book you'll see the good the bad and the outrageously wrong.
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A Kid's Review on October 25, 2005
Format: Library Binding
This book was about a girl named Adrienne Lewis and how her friend hooked her up for a nannying job for a super rich family in her apartment were she nannies. She gets the job as a nanny to an eight year old girl Emma who acts like shes thirty or something. Adrienne makes great money but is not prepared for some of the obstacles that face her way. She is forced to lie to her best friend and has started a wierd relationship with Emma's older sister taht forces her to lie to her mom. Can Adrienne keep her cool or will she lose her friends trust or more, her friend!

I thought this book was very good. It was a fast read and it was very enjoyable. I myself have been a nanny, and some of the things that Adrienne had to deal with were kind of unbeleiveable and over the top how ever this book was still good. I would Recomend this book to teen girls that need to find a good book to read!
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