The Au Pairs

 
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Three girls, one wild summer
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This is the kind of story you dont want to read if you happen to be a parent looking for a babysitter, but the parents in The Au Pairs arent exactly your typical, every day parents anyway. Its not your average family that can afford to pay a total of $30,000 for three girls to care for their four children during one wild summer in the Hamptons.

These arent three typical girls either. Eliza came from the same world as the Perrys, but her father had been caught in the middle of some accounting irregularities and her life had gone from ritzy glitzy rich to plain middle class. Shes dying to get back in with the friends that she used to have, even though they dont know what her current situation is.

Mara, on the other hand, is a small town girl who gets lost pretty much as soon as she makes it to New York City. By the time she gets to the Hamptons, shes been peed on by a frou-frou dog named Muffy and insulted by Eliza. Shes also leaving behind her boyfriend Jim.

Jacqui is a sexy Brazilian on a search for true love. Shed met Luca while he was backpacking across the country and her only lead (she doesnt even have a last name) is that his family has a summer home in the Hamptons.

The three girls have little in common and only Mara has much interest in watching the kids, who are a hyperactive bunch (though strangely unspoiled). By the end of the summer, everything that you can imagine (and much more) has happened and all their lives are changed forever.

In the same vein as Gossip Girl, though with a little more heart, tween and teen girls will enjoy this story of debauchery, romance, glamour. Youll root for Mara, and even for Eliza and Jacqui (even when you want to smack a little sense in them). A perfect read when youre feeling your own life could use a little shot of decadence.
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Scandalous
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Reader reviewed by Sophia

It's summertime in the Hamptons, the setting of which three very different girls will work together to babysit hyper-active kids. The job pays VERY well, which two out of the three girls needs, while the other just wants to find her lover (who left her without any personal info). What the girls don't know is that they will be getting more than money. There are many bumps they have to overcome in order to make things work. They all find love and/or happiness by the end of the book.
It's a very good book (one of my favorites) if you like romance, funny, and scandal mixed into one. I suggest that young adults/teens read it. It's a good summer book!


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Cute Summer Read
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Eliza is used to the glamorous life, but hasnt lived it since her father lost his fortune. Jacqui is the girl who uses the guys to get what she wants and can get whatever guy she wants. Mara is the good girl from a town in the middle of nowhere. All three have landed summer jobs as au pairs working for the Perry family.

But the hardest part about working in the Hamptons during the summer is the distractions such as the hot boys and the wild parties. Eliza will do almost anything to get back to the top of the social scene. Jacqui is looking for the boy who seemed unaffected by her beauty. Mara is stuck with all the work.

Through the ups and downs or their rocky friendships and love lives, a strong friendship forms between these girls. I liked this book as a fun summer read and I recommend it to girls who love the A-List, Gossip Girl, and Clique series.
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half good, half bad
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Reader reviewed by abscae

Well, overall, I guess it was fine. The writing was nice, and just the problems presented weren't all that bad: the teenage mind and problems weren't portrayed bad at all, they were quite right on target.

I think the thing that bothered me is that it goes a little too much A-List, Gossip Girl, etc. type on me. Yeah, they're in the Hamptons, but after reading far better an more thought provoking novels? I just felt that this one didn't measure up to the quota.

It was still a good read, and for those who prefer reading about cosmopolitan life, they'll definitely enjoy it, but not so much for me.
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Deliciously Trashy Fun
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Reader reviewed by Stephanie

There is more than enough name-dropping in THE AU PAIRS to satisfy the cravings of any reader. However, this series by Melissa de la Cruz stands out from other, similar series because of its character development.

Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are three girls who are going to be au pairs for a rich familys four young children during their summer stay in the Hamptons. Eliza was once the NYC It girl, before her family lost their fortune and they had to relocate to (bleeech!) Buffalo. Therefore, this summer is her glorious return&only made not-so-glorious as she realizes shes working class and struggles to hide her financial status from her old friends.

Mara is the small-town girl with big-town looks. She came to the Hamptons to actually work to save money for college and doesnt realize until later that shes totally Hamptons material. In the meantime, Mara struggles to figure out her relationship with her boyfriend, Jim, as well as deal with her feelings for her bosses son, the hot and nice Ryan.

Jacqui is a Brazilian bombshell who only came to the States to search for her true love, Luca, whom she met when he spent his spring break backpacking in South America. Jacqui finds him, all right, but hes not the sweetheart he had been over spring break, and Jacqui seems to lose her purpose for being an au pair at all.

This is a really fun read, great for anyone who wonders about the summer lives of the rich and privileged. The characters arent exactly lovable, and even sweet, kind Mara becomes corrupted after ten weeks, but there are more than enough hot, sweet guys and shopping sprees to get lost in.
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One hilarious journey
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Reader reviewed by two sided freek

They come together, strangers at glance, through a summer job. They come for different motives, however innocent, however self-centered, and come with a clash. What they form is a trio of friends having the best summer of their lives. This book is awesome, packing a punch of a story, but what I loved is the friendship between these strangers that formed instantly and hardened so it becomes almost unbreakable. Journey through the stories of three au pairs and their life changing summer.
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Fun in the Sun, Hamptons Style
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Reader reviewed by Alexandra Husted

For a chance at $10, 000 and the best parties of the summer, three girls, Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui, sign up to be au pairs at a wealthy family's house. Mara is there to escape her small-town life. Eliza is there in hopes to reclaim her It Girl status she lost with her father's bankruptcy. Jacqui is there to find a guy she loved and lost. Once there, though, none of their plans go as followed, and they leave changed, for the better. This book was very realistic, and I liked it a lot.
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Book that I could read over and over.
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Reader reviewed by Elle

Three girls get hired to be Au pairs for one of the wealthiest families in the Hamptons.

For one of the three girls, Eilza, the used to be it girl of the Hamptons, this is her way back to the life of the rich and famous. Eilza's father went broke ever since then she has lost touch with the world she loved so much. Yet, she might find out she just doesn't belong there anymore.

Then there is Mara Waters. The girl who doesn't know that she has a killer body. She takes the job to escape another boring summer in Massachusetts. Also to make money for college. She might just gain something or should I say someone in the process.

Finally, we have the drop dead beautiful Brazilian girl Jacqui. Who takes the job because she sees it as a free ticktet to find the boy who stole her heart over spring break. But she might have been better off not looking for him.

Plot twists that will keep you reading all day and night. Great addicting read.
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perfect for any girl who loves shopping, boys and of course the hamptons!
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Reader reviewed by j.m

this book was an amazing read. i couldnt put it down. being a lover of the hamptons and spending many summer vacations there from canada, reading the book took me right back to the beach. i only hope there will be a third book!<3xox
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Three Girls, one Summer, and memories to last a lifetime...
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Reader reviewed by =)

Three different teenagers, from three different backgrounds are heading to the Hamptons this summer as au pairs, for three very different reasons!

Mara, the small town girl from sturbridge, is it it for the 10,000 dollar paycheck so she can head off to college.

Eliza, the once "Spolied Rich girl," from NYC, is spending the summer hitting the hottest clubs in town, while attempting to become popular again, since she had to move to buffalo after her dad needs financial help, and looses her spoiled friends, and her status as "IT GIRL."

And Jacqui, the exotic beauty from Brazil, is on a mission to find her first love, Luca without a clue of what lies in this place called the... Hamptons?

The three girls, brought together in the hamptons, are promised the "Summer of their lives" but after love, broken hearts, and many difficult times, will the girls be able to keep their friendship, aswell as the paycheck, and the new relationships that come with being an AU PAIR?

Find out for yourself..
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The Au Pairs
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Reader reviewed by Ashley

The Au Pairs is a book about three girls, who come from all different walks of life. One girl comes from a small town who is just trying to earn some money for a car of her own. The second girl is a used to be rich girl, who now lives in a small apartment with her parents and goes to a public school. She takes the job, so she can spend the summer in the Hamptons and tries to be her old rich self. The third girl is from Mexico and is from a town where no guy will look at her. But when she comes to the Hamptons, every guy is all over here. These three girls come together to take care of three kids for one summer and they all help each other discover something new that they never knew was possibly.
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