“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: LAURIE DEPP / Paperback / Reading Level: Young Adult / 256 Pages / Book is published 2007-10-18 by Hodder Children's Books „
When I first started reading this series of books I picked up number 4, thinking it was a stand alone book. I liked it and decided that I should read the rest of the collection - they don't have to be read in a collection and can stand alone but it is better to read in a collection because you recognise characters and see how things have happened how they have.
It is part of a collection of books by Laurie Depp called consequences. There are 6 and the idea is that what happened in the first book will make the events in the 2nd book unfold and so on, it is quite a nice idea and I liked reading the later books thinking that was why certain things happened as they did.
This is the first book in the series, entitled Don't Call Me Baby, because it focuses around a nanny. Katie never particularly liked school and ended up doing a course in childcare, she is sat at home as a newly qualified nanny looking for a job. She can't believe her luck when she gets a job looking after the children of Premier football player Brett and his wife Kassie Valentine. She is catapulted into a totally different world and feels like a total fish out of water. She embraces the lifestyle that comes with it, a new car, a wing of the house and more but she soon realises that there's a lot more than meets the eye with this celebrity couple as problems and secrets come up from the surface...
This is an enjoyable book, but its probably more suited for young adults which is who it is targeted at, it is quite simple and doesn't particularly go into much detail so it would probably be a good beach read! It wasn't too predictable.
Katie is a newly qualified nanny when she lands her dream job, looking after the two children of Britain's latest 'It' couple, a footballer and his high-profile wife. If you can skip past the unlikeliness of it (why would people in that position hire an inexperienced 18 year old to watch the kids?) you might be surprised by how interesting and well-written this book is. It shouldn't be a surprise, though, if I first tell you that this book has all the ingredients for a top read: a likeable heroine, a fish-out-of-water story about a small town girl trying to take on London, a dubious ex-boyfriend and some colourful characters, especially the WAGs. Add in some serious skeletons in the closet, a group of loose-lipped friends and some persistent tabloid journalists, and that simple nanny job is not looking so simple anymore. Looking after the children is one thing, but sampling goody bags, going shoe shopping with the boss and trying to keep a family together were certainly not in the job description.
I thought the story did well to keep me interested from day one of the interview process right through the first year in the job. After a while you could imagine it becoming a bit dull - tales of things the kids have been up to, what they've said, where they've been - but the special family Katie is working for means there are all sorts of anecdotes not related to the care of the children, be it a description of their plush mansion, or tales of the other staff they have. I also thought the story was realistic, and Katie's previous job au pairing in Italy at age 17 mirrored exactly one of my previous jobs of, um, au pairing in Italy at age 17...
Katie is a nice, normal girl who is the sort of 18 year old you could imagine most parents being happy for their children to be - she has a decent job, she doesn't smoke or drink or party to excess, she has honest values, she doesn't even get down and dirty with her on-again off-again boyfriend. The book is fun because you get to see this weird and wonderful new world of celebdom through some very normal and sometimes quite naïve eyes.
This is the first book in a series, and though I've not read the others I get the impression that each one is going to follow the lives of a different teenager and the actions and consequences in their lives - at the end of this book, a photo is taken which is the link in to the next book, 'The Camera Never Lies' about a young photographer - a simple hook to keep you reading.
But it used on Amazon for a penny - a bargain if ever there was one.
This review first appeared on the Bookbag.