The Au Pairs Series

Reviewed by Mckayla, age 15, Canada

Have you ever read the Babysitter's Club series? If you have, and you loved it, then I am sure you will enjoy The Au Pairs series, written by the popular and talented author, Melissa de la Cruz.

The Au Pairs series includes four books. The first book is called The Au Pairs, the second, The Au Pairs: Skinny Dipping, the third, The Au Pairs: Sun Kissed, and the fourth, The Au Pairs: Crazy Hot. I have only read the first two books in the series so far, but I have found the series already worthy enough to write about.

The first book in the series is The Au Pairs, as I mentioned above. In this book you will be introduced into the lives of Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui - 3 girls from different states and countries, all just going to the Hamptons for one summer to become au pairs*. The girls live together in a guest house on the beach while they babysit for a rich family, the Perrys. The girls go through the struggles of boys, watching the kids, managing money, and learning to cope with each other, since the girls have major differences in their personalities. By the end of the summer they learn how to get along, and become more responsible and understanding towards each other.

The second book in the series is The Au Pairs: Skinny Dipping. In this book the girls return for a second summer of babysitting the Perry's kids in the Hamptons. The only difference about this book is that Eliza has decided to take a job at a hot, new nightclub in the Hamptons instead of working with her two best friends as an au pair. This book is packed full of drama, romance, and action. The girls' personalities change drastically as they find new boys, and set new morals for themselves. Mara becomes the queen of mean of the Hamptons, and goes from a nobody to a somebody. Jacqui has learned to stick with her responsibilities, and make a commitment. Eliza has learned that people may be different from what they say they are. I definitely learned a lot about the girls in this book.

In my opinion, this series is a definite read. I mostly recommend The Au Pairs series to girls who enjoy reading about drama and love. However, girls who aren't really into drama and love will still enjoy this series. It really portrays what the life of a teen girl may be like. The books were well written, and have no flaws whatsoever. I am looking forward to reading the last two books in The Au Pairs series, and maybe even more of Melissa's books.

I give The Au Pairs series (first two books) 5 out of 5 stars.

Editor's Note: Au pair is a French term for a live-in child care helper, often in her late teens or early 20's, usually employed by a well-to-do family, and often transplanted from another region or country for a contracted period of time. An au pair can expect to earn income while enjoying a change of scenery on her days off.

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