The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin


Nan has a tricky relationship with her employer, Mrs X.
A non-existent relationship with Mr X.
But she loves their little boy to pieces.

In between looking after four-year-old Grayer and running a thousand errands for Mrs X ,his rich, uptight Manhattanite mother, Nan is trying to have a life. There’s college, shopping, her friends, her cat George. And the gorgeous Harvard boy from the sixth floor …

But the X family’s dramas keep intruding – visits from Mr X’s predatory mistress, catastrophic family outings and, as a final straw, the case of the marriage-destroying panties. As Divorce looms, Nan realizes how attached she’s become to the Xs’ underloved son – and how nannying has become more than just a job.

Funny, touching and true-to-life, The Nanny Diaries is a modern-day Mary Poppins story – with attitude.

My Perspective

I bought this book a few months ago from an Op shop for $2. Bargain! I had heard of the movie, however i did not realise it was based on a book (i haven’t actually seen the movie either).

The story is about a young woman who is a nanny (duh). The first chapter threw me a bit because it kind of put you in the deep end. You weren’t really introduced to the main character, more what it was like to be a nanny. This didn’t draw me in as i find a good story is made up of great characters (whether they are the good guy or the bad guy) and i wasn’t really getting to know anyone! However after the first chapter you start to get to know Nanny and after that i was hooked and i couldn’t put it down.

The book is based on the experiences of the two authors who were nannies themselves. It was very interesting, and heartbreaking to read the way some of New York’s wealthy live. I have no problem with nannies, or their job, however this book really shows how their job can be abused.

I would highly recommend this book. I found it to be a bit frustrating in some parts, however i wouldn’t let that get in the way of reading a good story. I would definitely read it again.

Also i want to watch the movie now!


3 thoughts on “The Nanny Diaries by Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin

  1. Don’t watch the movie, it is nothing like the book. I hated the movie and how it portrait all of the characters.I am glad that I read the book before the movie came out. I would have never read it if I had seen how horrible the movie was first.
    There is a second book out call The Nanny Returns, I haven’t read it yet though.


  2. Pingback: Nanny Returns by Nicola Kraus & Emma Mclaughlin | Reading For The Masses

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