Synopses & Reviews
SUMMER AU PAIRS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
For four energetic children, between 3 and 10 years old.
Join a NYC family for the best summer of your life in
East Hampton, July 4-Labor Day.
Driver's license a must.
Familiarity with the Hamptons, a plus.
Send resumes and head shots to HamptonsAuPairs@yahoo.com
Meet Mara Waters, Eliza Thompson, and Jacqui Velasco -- new au pairs for one of New York City's wealthiest families -- who will spend their summer in one of the most posh, most exclusive spots for summer summering: the Hamptons.
For good girl Mara, this job is a way out of another go-slow Massachusetts summer. Eliza, New York City's former It Girl, knows this is the fast lane back to the stylish world she wishes she'd never left. And for Brazilian bombshell Jacqui, it's a boarding pass back to her American love who told her he'd e-mail as soon as he got home, and didn't.
After all, how hard can an au pair job be? Slap sunscreen on the kids during the day and party at the coolest hot spots at night, right? Wrong.
While Eliza is desperately trying to hide her baby-sitting job from her superspoiled friends who think she's still just as rich as she used to be, Mara's getting awfully cozy with the kids' extremely attractive older brother, Ryan. And Jacqui is heartbroken when she discovers that the love of her life may have been nothing more than a spring fling.
If the girls can manage au pair duties -- all the while mastering the ins and outs of the Hamptons' social scene -- it might just turn out to be the most incredible summer of their lives. But to do it they'll have to stick together. And that's where things definitely get sticky.
"Lurking just below the surface of de la Cruz's (Cat's Meow) over-the-top fantasy of high life in the Hamptons is a trio of fairly ordinary teen romances. Anna and Kevin Perry (whose power-elite mores and conspicuous consumption recall many Nanny Diaries parents) hire three very different girls as summer au pairs. Former Park Avenue princess Eliza (recently dethroned and exiled to Buffalo, due to her father's financial shenanigans) wants nothing more than to claw her way back to the top of the social heap until a romance with dreamy gardener Jeremy causes her to reexamine her values. Mara likes the lavish pay, which she banks for college tuition, plus she finds herself enjoying the vacation from her lunkish boyfriend and only Mara is even slightly surprised when her friendship with the eldest Perry son turns into something more. Brazilian bombshell Jacqui has come to the Hamptons in search of Luca, the American with whom she had a memorable fling back in So Paolo, who seems the only male in the world to appreciate her mind more than her stunning looks. A flurry of name-dropping, shopping sprees, gala parties and binge drinking may not be enough to distract from the predictability of each plot line, nor to lure readers to further adventures (the stage is set for a sequel when the au pairs are invited back for Christmas in Palm Beach). A beach read without a doubt. Ages 14-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Publishers Weekly Society Page addicts will no doubt enjoy its irreverent spin on the glamorous life.
Michael Musto Village Voice A gift bag of satire, spectacle, and name-dropping. It's all too fabulous for words.
Los Angeles Times Book Review Melissa de la Cruz has created a rambunctious first novel that deserves to have its every page encrusted with sand, its binding ringed with condensation from highball glasses.
The author of "Cat's Meow" introduces three au pairs for one of New York's "better" Upper East Side families, and their adventures in the Hamptons, where they'll brave bratty kids, deal with bitchy bosses, and handle some very hot bad boys.
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the bestselling author of The Blue Bloods series and The Witches of East End. She also wrote The Ashleys novels and Girl Stays in the Picture. Her work has been translated into several languages. She writes regularly for Marie Claire, Gotham, Hamptons, and Lifetime magazines, and has contributed to The New York Times, Glamour, Allure, and McSweeney’s. She recently moved from New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.