Reading Nanny Returns is like coming across an great old friend on Facebook. You read each other's posts, exchange an e-mail or two and finally schedule some time to catch up at lunch. It's like you've never been apart. Before long you're sharing stories, getting caught up and reimmersing yourself in the friendship.
Especially if you've seen the movie. All throughout reading the book, all I could picture was Scarlett Johanson's face and a slightly older Harvard Hottie. See below.
It been twelve years. Nan's had quite an adventure with her husband overseas (he works for the United Nations). She's back in Manhattan rehabbing an old house and working as a consultant for schools. Suffering from PTSD concerning the X's. Nan barely can hit their street, let alone visit the same building. Despite the fact her husband's parent still own an apartment in the X's building.
Imagine her surprise when young Grayer shows up on her doorstep a couple of days later, now not quite so young, and needing her help. Before long Nan gets sucked back into the X's dysfunctional, over-privileged lives.
The whole book only isn't about the ways that Nan gets screwed by the X's. Although entertaining that would be. Nan has to deal with some pretty normal issues like whether or not to have children. How good of a mother she would be? Her relationships with her friends and family. Her work-life.
The book is truly great as long as you can accept is a characterization of real people and don't expect the authors are describing actual people. Good Lord- at least I hope not.