The Au Pairs
By Melissa de la Cruz
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780689873195, 320pp.)
Publication Date: May 31, 2005
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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.
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 lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
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.
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.