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- Print Length: 207 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Missing Spoon Publishing (August 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005G5V8HI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The lives and escapades of these Nannies will make you laugh and cringe. Clearly the author has lived in NY and known or been a Nanny.
An emotionally honest story of a 19 year old's experiences leaving a broken home, looking for adventure, acceptance and love in NY. Brilliantly written with excellent characterizations, it will tug at your heart strings as the main character explains her thoughts and feelings behind her decision making process as she makes some good, but a lot of bad choices with her young life. You can't help but root for her to succeed. Should be required reading for all High School Seniors!
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It grabbed me hard, pulled me in deep, and didn't let go until I was finished! Can't wait to see what else this author has written.
The book isn't specifically set in a time but it is before 9-11 when you could still get through the airport without a boarding pass, smoke in NY bars, no one had a cell phone and we didn't put kids in car seats.
What makes this book an engaging read is a set of fully three-dimensional, realistic characters that really feel pulled from streets of 90's New York. The story unfolds slowly -- the conflict doesn't fully emerge until fairly late in the tale -- but you don't care, because you're quickly drawn in by both the lead character and her supporting cast. You care about the characters, and you want to jump into the book and shake them when they make the kind of bad calls that 19-year-old women often find themselves making.
I'll keep this vauge to avoid spoilers, but if the book has any flaw, it's that the wrapup is a bit fairy tale. This isn't a lesson book, because while some of the supporting characters end up paying for their indiscretions or bad decisions, the turn of events towards the end of the book is, um, better than things typically work out in such situations. When you read it -- and you SHOULD read it, it's a heckuva great read and a steal at the price! -- imagine the book ending before the epilogue. Then just imagine the epilogue is a Lord of the Rings-style extended ending added in the director's cut. :)
But minor ending nitpicks aside, I have to laud the author, because for the first time in my life, I think I finally have an inkling of understanding (and sympathy!) as to why some young women make decisions that seem to fly in the face of all good judgement. You'll feel happy for the lead character, Michelle, you'll feel sad for her, and you'll wish you could talk some sense into her. How often does a character feel that real?
It's obvious that the author has had personal experience with being a nanny in NYC, so the story definitely has a feeling of credibility. It was interesting to get insight into the life of a live-in nanny. There were definitely some cringe-worthy moments in the story regarding the disgusting pretentiousness and crassness of the upper class, and the harshness of life in the urban jungle of Manhattan. There were also some heartwarming moments where the reader really gets a glimpse of how much these nannies love and become attached to the children they care for, even when the nannies (and the kids) are forced to endure some pretty jacked up circumstances.
I really enjoyed the author's writing style; it was refreshing to read realistic dialogue that was written in the same manner in which we actually think or talk. Sometimes authors try to write so 'correctly' that it actually ends up sounding very disjointed and unnatural. Don't get me wrong -- I do love proper grammar and spelling, but sometimes I just want to read a story that flows, and I don't really care if there are some fragmented sentences thrown in there.
Another thing that lead to the realism of the story was how well the author 'stuck' to the time-frame, which I assume was the late 1980's. The level of detail in the story made it easy to imagine the characters living in the 80's as they waited by the (actual) phone for someone to call, or a phone was 'busy', or they licked stamps or listened to Duran Duran.
All in all, this was a quick, enjoyable read -- but that doesn't mean the story didn't have substance. It actually had much more depth than I expected, and although I saw one of the twists in the plot coming, the other one was a surprise -- and I was very pleased with the ending.
I think this may be this author's first novel (kudos!), and I'll definitely be buying any subsequent works she publishes.
Oh, and one more thing -- I wonder if "The Girl from Ipanema" really was the first song the author heard on the radio when she arrived in NYC for her first nanny gig? :)