Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Nanny Diaries

Remember a while back how I said you really can't mess up chick lit?

I was wrong. The Nanny Diaries is chick lit at its worst.

The book had tons of potential. They even figured out how to make a movie out of it (which I an not going to see). The book could have had more focus on how her job as a nanny was making her own life messed up.

The job Nanny takes on is meant for her to be able to pay her rent while she tries to finish school. She tells Mrs. X she wants to work two days a week. That two days is translated into "I will be your personal slave."

Nanny just barely turns in her thesis on time and her employers are angry that she can't work for them for one day because she has to graduate. They, obviously, are horrible parents but they blame all their problems on Nanny.

The attempt at making it lighthearted fails. Yes, there is a guy in it, but he's not really in the story all that much.

The book is mostly just expressing how unfair it is to Nanny and the X's kid, Grayer. Yes, it is unfair but you can't exactly make a good book out of it.

To top it off, I think the book had a really bad ending too.

Now I know you can mess up chick lit.

For the waste of time this book was:



Literature Crazy said...

I read You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen, which is actually a non-fiction account of being a Hollywood nanny. I really liked that book (granted, not strictly Chick Lit, but good).

jessi said...

Hi, bookworm! I came to visit for Weekly Geeks #26, and I am so glad to see something we have in common. I HATED The Nanny Diaries (the book and the movie). A friend of mine (who hadn't read the book) really liked the movie, so I don't know if it was actually good or not. I have an anathema about ScarJo and generally stay away from anything she does.

Jeane said...

I really didn't like the Nanny Diaries. And I agree, the ending was awful.