I just finished reading The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus. This book caused me to loose a lot of sleep. Ever since I was a kid I read every night before bed. For 4 days I was up reading this book! It is a wonderful and touching story that I could not put down.
The story is about Nan the nanny. A college student who, every year, takes on a nanny position for some very wealthy family. From the very first page you are immediately captured during her interview process. The story follows her emotional and often funny journey as the primary caretaker of " Grover". He is the only son of an obscenely wealthy and self-absorbed couple, the X's.
This story was not only entertaining, it really touched me on a couple of different levels. I am blessed to be a stay at home mom to two small children. As a typical one income family we often struggle financially to allow me the luxury of staying home with the children. More than once I have found myself wondering if life would be easier if we had more money. This book put the wealth issue into perspective for me. This family had more money than they knew what to do with. But they also had a very sad, lonely maladjusted little boy.
The story also hit an emotional note with me as a parent. It made me so sad to see the struggles the lonely little boy had to deal with because he parents were to concerned with the 'more important' problems in life like business meetings and fundraisers. It was often tough to read.
This book was one of the best stories I have read in a long time. I even enjoyed the fact that the ending wasn't your typical cookie-cutter happily ever after. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.