The Au PairsBook Title: The Au Pairs
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Number of Pages: 294
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (May 31, 2005)

Three girls with three agendas
and the ultimate destination:
the Hamptons.

Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who’s anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.

So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They’ve got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It’s shaping up to be the summer of their lives.

The ongoing lives of three girls living it up in the Hamptons, in alternating narrations is filled up with drama and love. The one thing in common between these girls is that they are all au pairs. In case, you don’t know what that means it’s like a nanny, babysitter, but full time.

Mara’s character was my favorite au pair. I think she was because she’s seems more like me, and yeaah. She’s a small-town girl, accepting the job so she could save some money up for college. While working with the four young children, she struggles with her unsteady relationship with back-at-home boyfriend, Jim, and figuring out her actual feelings with Ryan, the bosses’ son whose sensitive and hot.

Once upon a time, Eliza was New York City’s “IT” girl. Then reality hit, and her family lost all their fortune through a scandal. Leaving them with the only decision to relocate to Buffalo. Eliza thinks that this summer will be her return to her fabulous life, and that her ‘friends’ will accept her back with opening hands. Not likely, she strives to keep her financial prestige under wraps and soon realizes that she’s part of working class now.

Jacqui is a drop-dead gorgeous Brazilian babe. She only came to the States to find her true love, Luca, when he backpacked through South America during spring break. She finds him, but not like the sweet guy he was during their time together. Soon, she loses her purpose of being an au pair and wonders if she should just leave..

The Au Pairs was a fun, insight to the lives of the rich read. The characters are not exactly worthy of adoration, even Mara becomes caught up in the snobby ways. Definitely a guilty pleasure read and addicting. I really want to read the rest of the series to see what happens between Ryan and Mara.


Listening To: Fell In Love Without You by Motion City Soundtrack
Thinking: hmm…

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