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The Au Pairs

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The Au Pairs

Eliza, Mara and Jacqui travel from different classes and parts of the world to the Hamptons for a summer job as au pairs. One is looking for a way back into the good life that a financial disaster pulled her family out of, one for a way out of her small town, and one for a lost love. Their four charges have little parental interaction and prove to be a bigger challenge than expected, but the three young women still find plenty of time for the social life famous for that area.

Fans of the Gossip Girl series will love this novel, which is filled with the same details of luxury living. For most of the country, THE AU PAIRS will read like a fantasy, where young adults wear designer clothes and get photographed by paparazzi.

Readers who have only experienced Hamptons life on E! or through People magazine will learn how to get there, what to wear, and highlights of social life. These delicious details are interspersed with the plot threads of the three au pairs. The girls' stories and their subsequent friendship give this book extra value among the La Perla dresses. Some of the book's best parts come when the girls band together to help their four charges from the snobby lessons and activities assigned by social climbing parents.

The plot is set up for at least one sequel, and readers will be interested in how these three do on their next job.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on May 31, 2005

The Au Pairs
by Melissa de la Cruz

  • Publication Date: May 31, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0689873190
  • ISBN-13: 9780689873195