Have you ever read the book, The Nanny Diaries? I did and really enjoyed it. I don’t know how much of it was real, but it was shocking and funny, and the authors did a really great job on it. I wish I could say that for the sequel to this book, Nanny Returns.
First let me say, the one thing I didn’t like about the first book was how Nan felt as if Grayer was her child. She only watched the kid for a few months, and while it’s not surprising that she became attached, she definitely acted unrealistically when it came to leaving the employ of the X’s. It was a little bit over the top for me, I guess. (A second thing I didn’t like? How they turned the book cover into a promo for the movie that came after it. I know this has nothing to do with the authors, but it bugged me nonetheless.)
Anyways, back to the Nanny Returns. That one thing that bugged me in the first book, was continued in the second book. In fact, Nan’s obsession with Grayer is exactly where the authors chose to continue this story. In doing so, Nan comes off needy and immature in her belief that she had such influence over Grayer. There is one point in this story when Mrs. X tells Nan she was just another babysitter for Grayer, at which point Nan bristles. (Hey Nan, Mrs. X might be a freak, but she’s right on this particular fact!)
This obsession with Grayer allows the story of Nan to continue into Nanny Returns. The authors are expert at telling the story of condescending people who seem to live on a different planet than everyone else. Nan and Ryan (and Grace, the dog) are a nice balance for all the other folks Nan encounters.
All in all, it’s a fun read. You’ll shake your head and wonder if these folks really exist, but you’ll be entertained every step of the way.