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Title: According to Yes
Author: Dawn French
Publisher: Published October 22nd 2015 by Michael Joseph
ISBN: 9780718159177
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Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes? 'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes 'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express 'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' Independent Further praise for Dawn French: 'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday 'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express 'Extremely funny' Sunday Times 'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian 'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times 'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home 'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail

30 review for According to Yes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Huge disappointment... I am a great fan of Dawn French. I have watched everything she has done on tv and read both her other books which I thought were great. But this...it's one thing to say 'yes' to life and adventure, I'm all for that. It's quite another to have absolutely no barriers in the way you behave and not take into account other people's feelings. I actually sympathized with the villain of the book! Maybe I'm more of a 'everything in moderation' kind of girl but that's just me and th Huge disappointment... I am a great fan of Dawn French. I have watched everything she has done on tv and read both her other books which I thought were great. But this...it's one thing to say 'yes' to life and adventure, I'm all for that. It's quite another to have absolutely no barriers in the way you behave and not take into account other people's feelings. I actually sympathized with the villain of the book! Maybe I'm more of a 'everything in moderation' kind of girl but that's just me and the way I've been brought up. I just didn't get it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    The worst book I have read in 2015. I am a fan of Dawn French and have read her other novels which I liked for their quirkiness and so I thought that this book would promise the same - I was wrong. I had to force myself to read the whole book - I would've given up on it had it been another author whom I had never read before but I persevered partly because I thought it just had to get better and partly because I thought if I write a critical review I should have read the whole book. The writing st The worst book I have read in 2015. I am a fan of Dawn French and have read her other novels which I liked for their quirkiness and so I thought that this book would promise the same - I was wrong. I had to force myself to read the whole book - I would've given up on it had it been another author whom I had never read before but I persevered partly because I thought it just had to get better and partly because I thought if I write a critical review I should have read the whole book. The writing style and humour seemed infantile and forced - put it this way, if I found out sometime in the future that this was the first book she had written solo and that the previous had been written with a ghost writer I’d believe it. I did not feel any connection with any of the characters and found that Rosie Kitto, the main character, was extremely irritating. Just when I thought the book couldn’t get any worse she gets pregnant - but to whom ? The 18 year old? His 40 year old gay father? Or his 80 year old grandfather, yep she was having sex with all three, yuck. And what was the point of having Nicole Kidman appear as a character in the book? Very odd. In summary, very disappointing book. If I ever read another one of Dawn’s books it’ll be one I borrow from the library and not one I waste $20 buying.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    The Daily Mail describes it as 'witty, wise, poignant,' the Sunday Times as 'Extremely funny' Mail on Sunday, 'Page after page I laughed out loud' I found it not really any of the above. Rosie Kitto is running away from her previous life and ends up in a swanky New York apartment looking after the Wilder-Bingham children. The Wilder-Bingham's (the name doesn't really roll off the tongue does it?) are a most dysfunctional family, rich, but dysfunctional. Hard faced Glenn, the matriarch who scares ever The Daily Mail describes it as 'witty, wise, poignant,' the Sunday Times as 'Extremely funny' Mail on Sunday, 'Page after page I laughed out loud' I found it not really any of the above. Rosie Kitto is running away from her previous life and ends up in a swanky New York apartment looking after the Wilder-Bingham children. The Wilder-Bingham's (the name doesn't really roll off the tongue does it?) are a most dysfunctional family, rich, but dysfunctional. Hard faced Glenn, the matriarch who scares everyone with her criticism and lack of emotion, Thomas who thinks his time is running out, Kemble, in the middle of a messy divorce, still doing what his mother tells him and his children who are caught up in it all. It was a quick and easy enough read but for me the funny parts were all a bit forced and very childish and I didn't particularly like any of the characters, which is a shame because it has put me off reading anymore Dawn French.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Wow, seems like most of the reviews of this book on goodreads were negative. I guess some people can't just cope with the idea of a gorgeous fat woman who enjoys having sex and doesn't feel guilty about multiple partners. For that Dawn French deserves five stars. It was great to read a book about a sexually attractive large woman. One who knew how to enjoy life and make the most of things. The way she cared about people, even those who were unloveable, Rosie was a truly formidable woman. One who Wow, seems like most of the reviews of this book on goodreads were negative. I guess some people can't just cope with the idea of a gorgeous fat woman who enjoys having sex and doesn't feel guilty about multiple partners. For that Dawn French deserves five stars. It was great to read a book about a sexually attractive large woman. One who knew how to enjoy life and make the most of things. The way she cared about people, even those who were unloveable, Rosie was a truly formidable woman. One who'd suffered her own heartbreak and still went out to encourage others to be happy and true to themselves. The only weakness was the main characters were terribly, rich self centred Americans, and really who cares if those people manage to figure out what life is all about. Except that Dawn French wrote with such empathy and understanding that even these people became worthy and interesting in her words. In fact the Polish servant/housekeeper, for all that she was included as an equal person to the rich family, came across as the biggest cliche of the lot. I did enjoy this a lot. I definitely will try and get her other novels from the library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karynne

    I've never really contemplated the true meaning of "she lost the plot" but after reading this book I could easily apply it to the author AND the character of Rosie Kitto. I tried to give the book a chance but after the first chapter, I started shaking my head in disbelief. Strangely though, I couldn't turn away and managed to make it to the end (of the whole book, not just the next chapter). It is the most uninspiring and pointless book I have read for some time. Using the character of Rosie as I've never really contemplated the true meaning of "she lost the plot" but after reading this book I could easily apply it to the author AND the character of Rosie Kitto. I tried to give the book a chance but after the first chapter, I started shaking my head in disbelief. Strangely though, I couldn't turn away and managed to make it to the end (of the whole book, not just the next chapter). It is the most uninspiring and pointless book I have read for some time. Using the character of Rosie as an instrument of (twisted) comfort and peace in a cliched dysfunctional family made me ill. We learned very little (despite the implied promise) about a 38 year old grown up primary teacher (who was described as reliable and emotionally tuned in) on a journey of self-discovery. The only slightly appealing character was Natalie. Give this a miss unless you are compelled to find out just how awful one book can be. Spoiler: Imagine the 38 year old central character having sex with the 83 yr old patriarch of the family for whom she is nannying (not just once) AND then with the 18 year old virgin grandson... but WAIT there's more, ALSO with the 50 something year old father who was confused about his sexual preference and who, after the (distasteful for him and the reader) act with Rosie, decided to come out as gay. Insulting to all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I really wasn't sure I was going to like this book to start with. My wife bought it (she's officially Dawn French's biggest fan) and when I asked how it was she made uncertain 'hmm'ing noises. Not a good sign, I thought. Sure enough, I really wasn't enjoying it much... until about the halfway mark. At this point, it suddenly got really, really good and I was hooked from then onward. It even made me cry at one point, it was so powerful. If the whole book had been as good as the second half this wo I really wasn't sure I was going to like this book to start with. My wife bought it (she's officially Dawn French's biggest fan) and when I asked how it was she made uncertain 'hmm'ing noises. Not a good sign, I thought. Sure enough, I really wasn't enjoying it much... until about the halfway mark. At this point, it suddenly got really, really good and I was hooked from then onward. It even made me cry at one point, it was so powerful. If the whole book had been as good as the second half this would have been a five star review, easily. As it is, I've had to dock a star for the painfully slow and un-engaging beginning. The other problem I had with the book was that I didn't much like the protagonist, Rosie. She was like a sexually-charged Mary Poppins and I found her a bit too twee at times and slightly horrifying at others. Once I'd got halfway in, though, I'd become so interested in the family she was nannying for that it didn't really matter. I started seeing her as a catalyst to the changes in the rest of the cast rather than the central focus of the story. The book didn't end how I'd have ended it. I think it would actually have been a better story if Rosie had died and left the family mourning her and reflecting on how much she'd been a source of growth and changes for the better in their lives but I guess I'm a macabre bugger and most people will, I think, be happier with the ending Dawn actually wrote.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Love Fool

    The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realizes that she hasn't read the rule book. Spoilers: Ugh, I'm sorry but Rosie is supposed to be the guardian of the 3 children yet she l The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realizes that she hasn't read the rule book. Spoilers: Ugh, I'm sorry but Rosie is supposed to be the guardian of the 3 children yet she lets them loudly scream penis in the subway, beg on the corner for money, and sleep with all the Wilder-Bingham men (including an 18 year old) and yet that somehow brings everyone to light? Did we mention that she gets pregnant and doesn't know which one is the father but everyone is okay with that (including the young boy's mother). And, Glenn (the grandmother) is the only one that is not okay with this and we have to look at her as the "villain". I'm sorry, I did not find this book funny and very difficult to finish. Rosie annoyed me and I actually ended up hating her.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved Oh Dear Sylvia and I laughed so much through out the book. So when a book club member recommended this I had high hopes and excitement. I don't like to be harsh but this book was dire. The storyline, the language all of it was awful. The storyline was weak and was a sort of Mary Poppins who looks after the kids but after hours has sex with the men in the house. This included the old grandad, the gay dad and the barely out of puberty son. I found it hard to like the character Ro I absolutely loved Oh Dear Sylvia and I laughed so much through out the book. So when a book club member recommended this I had high hopes and excitement. I don't like to be harsh but this book was dire. The storyline, the language all of it was awful. The storyline was weak and was a sort of Mary Poppins who looks after the kids but after hours has sex with the men in the house. This included the old grandad, the gay dad and the barely out of puberty son. I found it hard to like the character Rosie and hence really find anything positive. The story centres around Glenn the family matriarch and Rosie comes along as a Nanny to her Grandchildren. What follows is a period of all the characters getting to realise their true destinies all with the help of Rosie, who clearly has never heard of safe sex and ultimately ends up pregnant by one of the 3 generations of the family but no one knows which. To be frank I couldn't care less if she had given birth to a unicorn by the end of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie Ellen

    A very funny and heart warming book. I have to say, it wasn't as funny as I was expecting but distinctly written in French's voice. This is definitely best read if you take it for the message she's trying to give - to live life according to yes. ------------------------------------------------ According to Yes According to Yes is a highly entertaining novel that had me laughing quite a lot. For some reason the book has reasonably low ratings on Goodreads, I think I perhaps know why, but overall I A very funny and heart warming book. I have to say, it wasn't as funny as I was expecting but distinctly written in French's voice. This is definitely best read if you take it for the message she's trying to give - to live life according to yes. ------------------------------------------------ According to Yes According to Yes is a highly entertaining novel that had me laughing quite a lot. For some reason the book has reasonably low ratings on Goodreads, I think I perhaps know why, but overall I stand heartily behind my 4/5 stars because there are some great life lessons and messages amongst these pages. Not to mention that French’s writing style is one of a kind. The Plot Essentially, this is the story of Rosie, a British woman who’s left England for a job as a nanny for a wealthy American family living in New York. The grandmother of this family, Glenn, is a tough and somewhat mean woman. Her son, Kemble, is going through a divorce and his kids have come to stay at their apartment whilst everything is still up in the air. Glenn is absolutely determined that Kemble will win custody of the three boys in court because to Glenn, continuing the family line of the Wilder-Bingham’s is of upmost importance. Of course, upon Rosie’s arrival things get shaken up in this stiff family and everyone begins to learn to life according to ‘yes’. Rosie is able to use her good-hearted nature (and experience as a teacher) to both entertain and teach the three boys the fun there is to be had in life. They’re used to a strict life of routinely existence, tip-toeing around so as not to displease Glenn – but they’re boys! They should be having fun! Their adventures make for very interesting reading and their little theme song (Happy by Pharrell Williams) was a great choice. What I found to be most interesting about this character that French has written for us, is the fact that I liked and enjoyed reading about her. Perhaps it was simply my sympathy for the boys in that they were finally getting a stable parental figure in their life who knew how to have fun. There are many things that Rosie does throughout the book that I would usually disapprove of, such as skating through a museum and making a right disruption. French just makes everything so much fun that it’s hard not to giggle at the stupid fun that’s to be had. As I’ve said before, I definitely think there’s a lot to be taken from this book when it comes to how to be happy. On the other hand, there are certainly some actions by Rosie that I would be mortified if someone were to repeat them. This book is best read as a metaphor, take away its essence and maybe laugh at and leave the awkward bits behind. The incomparable hilarity that is Dawn French The thing that 100% made this story for me and kept me reading through some questionable moments was the entertaining writing style by French. I think the greatest question people have for this novel is, “is it funny?”. The short answer is, absolutely yes. If you’re interested in reading this book it’s likely because you’re a fan of Dawn French, or, you know of her and are enticed by her unspoken promises of fun to be had. Now, this book is funny but at the same time I don’t think this was as funny as I thought it would be – and I think that this high expectations of comedy falling somewhat short for other people is what is dragging its ratings down. My advice on this matter is to give it a go, I can almost promise you that you will have a laugh many times throughout the story, and there’s never a loss for giving something a go. Personally, I think this is worth the read. It’s light and easy going, the perfect book to ‘break’ on when you’ve indulged in one too many high fantasy novels. Where it gets awkward . . . Okay, so it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There is a pretty interesting plot development around 1/3 of the way in. I have to say, I really was not expecting it. I don’t want to spoil you as to what it is, but I do want to warn you to not freak out, but more importantly, not to judge the entire book on this one point. It was hugely weird and, I think, unnecessary to get the overarching message across – however, I was willing to take it in my stride and power on. This is most likely one of the main reasons people’s opinion of the book is turning sour. It’s a shame, but understandable. Yet I’m still excited to read more of French’s work for the great level of fun that she provided in this one promises shiny goodies in her other works. The other little thing I wanted to address before wrapping things up was the over-praising of the book by the people who blurbed it. I think this is a wonderful book but I think these blurbs have been selling it the wrong way. I wouldn’t say you will be laughing on every page, because you won’t. This is a funny book with serious events and an important message, meaningful fluff, if you will. So I say, go into this with an open mind, ignore other people’s opinions of the book and make up your own mind. That way you might just find this to be as an addictive and entertaining book to read as I did! Happy reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I received a copy of this via the GoodReads Giveaway page. When you are so looking forward to a book and then you end up hating it.... this is the dilemma i find myself in with this book! Have loved all her previous books and found them funny, interesting and enlightening so couldn't wait to start this!! Very difficult to review this book without giving away so many spoilers but the main character Rosie Kitt is a 38 year old english nanny who travels to america to escape sadness back home, and sh I received a copy of this via the GoodReads Giveaway page. When you are so looking forward to a book and then you end up hating it.... this is the dilemma i find myself in with this book! Have loved all her previous books and found them funny, interesting and enlightening so couldn't wait to start this!! Very difficult to review this book without giving away so many spoilers but the main character Rosie Kitt is a 38 year old english nanny who travels to america to escape sadness back home, and she starts working for the Wilder-Bingham family who have 3 children for her to take charge of. The family are dysfunctional to say the least and are ruled by Glenn Wilder-Bingham - wife, mother and grandmother - and what she says goes! Rosie fits into life with the family very quickly as she takes over seemingly full time care for the children as other members of the family seem very uninterested in their welfare! And then Rosie gets herself involved in various situations in the family that just left me feeling cold! Struggling to think of any of the characters that i actually liked - maybe Iva the housemaid seemed to be the only decent human being amongst them! - and the story just seemed extremely silly with only the very minimum in humour. Very contrived ending too - maybe i've just got my grumpy, cynical head on today and if i read it another time I'd have a different take on it! Did love the cover of the book though!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    Definitely not what I expected - it was awfully odd. But I loved that the author narrated the book for audible and I thought the story was light hearted and heart warming. Nevertheless. I would recommend Dawn's previous two books over this one

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed Dawn French's programmes and her last two novels as well as her autobiography. However not this time. On the front cover the Daily Mail says 'funny, poignant and bursting with Joie de vivre'. Yet I am sure that would not be the newspaper headline if they were reporting on a nanny who slept with various members of the family she lived with. A trusted employee kindly introducing an 18 year old to sex? I don't think so. Just imagine if the main character had been an older man seducing the I enjoyed Dawn French's programmes and her last two novels as well as her autobiography. However not this time. On the front cover the Daily Mail says 'funny, poignant and bursting with Joie de vivre'. Yet I am sure that would not be the newspaper headline if they were reporting on a nanny who slept with various members of the family she lived with. A trusted employee kindly introducing an 18 year old to sex? I don't think so. Just imagine if the main character had been an older man seducing the eldest daughter. I found the dialogue of her speaking to the twins cringeworthy, just like watching someone trying to be 'cool' to connect with a child but not succeeding. The character Glenn was like a caricature and the final explanation of her behaviour was unconvincing. The men were weak and their characters unattractive. Sorry Dawn but I feel I wasted my money on this book which I would not recommend to anyone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alison Fairleigh

    I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. It was full of Dawn French's wonderful warmth and sense of humour. I mean, how can you go wrong when the opening starts with 'fuck'?! Rosie Kitto is a glorious character, embracing life it its fullest: mess, mistakes and all. And her joy and enthusiasm for life brings out the best and worst of those around her. If you're a fan of the author, "According to YES" will not disappoint.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kiran

    Don't bother reading this book. If you do, you'll likely lose all and any previously held respect and affection for Dawn French. Until now I thought Dawn French was a witty amusing author whose books were a nice comfort read - having read "A Tiny Bit Marvellous" and "Oh Dear Silvia". But now I just have to ask WTF?! (view spoiler)[ Why was it necessary even for Rosie first of all to start an affair with an 80 year old grandfather, and her employer! But to then also deliberately seduce his virgin Don't bother reading this book. If you do, you'll likely lose all and any previously held respect and affection for Dawn French. Until now I thought Dawn French was a witty amusing author whose books were a nice comfort read - having read "A Tiny Bit Marvellous" and "Oh Dear Silvia". But now I just have to ask WTF?! (view spoiler)[ Why was it necessary even for Rosie first of all to start an affair with an 80 year old grandfather, and her employer! But to then also deliberately seduce his virgin 18 year old grandson in his house ....completely disgusting. None of it was sweet or sentimental (as was the apparent intention), it was just plain wrong. Even though you could see it coming with the pattern, I could not quite believe it when she then really did have sex with Kemble as well. So she had sex (unprotected sex) with everyone adult male in the family. So it was entirely predictable that she'd get pregnant (esp considering what had been made up until then of her fertility issues and long-held desperate desire for a baby) and not know which Wilder-Bingham was the father. Seriously disturbed - and yet treated as though it was all fine and normal. This is a woman whose career is looking after, and being a role model, for young children! So wrong. (hide spoiler)] . In fact, by halfway through the book (view spoiler)[ (before her encounter with Kemble even) (hide spoiler)] I was starting to dislike Rosie for her reckless and interfering ways, and for often coming across as a bit sanctimonious especially when speaking to Kemble for whom she showed no genuine empathy or interest other than insulting him. I really started to feel sympathetic towards Glenn - the apparent 'villain' of the book, but who more and more came to seem like the most sane and socially responsible person in that entire household whose reactions to events were more understandable and reasonable in some ways. Even when the truth all came out, Rosie was still completely unscathed and didn't receive any of the comeuppance she deserved. The ending seemed ridiculous - as the whole book is. Conclusion: I really wish I hadn't read this book, and I'll likely think twice before reading any of her future fiction writing now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Hall

    Now let me start by saying that I LOVE Dawn French. I think she's great, I think she's lovely and I think she's a brilliant actress and comedienne. However, I did not love this book. I am very disappointed actually because this book was well publicised and it has some very good praise. I don't even know if I can class this as 'read' as I skipped half of it to get to the end. Maybe it's an age thing, but I just didn't care for the characters and I just wasn't interested in reading it. Such a sham Now let me start by saying that I LOVE Dawn French. I think she's great, I think she's lovely and I think she's a brilliant actress and comedienne. However, I did not love this book. I am very disappointed actually because this book was well publicised and it has some very good praise. I don't even know if I can class this as 'read' as I skipped half of it to get to the end. Maybe it's an age thing, but I just didn't care for the characters and I just wasn't interested in reading it. Such a shame because I really wanted to love this book because I love Dawn so much. I will be reading Dawn's other books, however, as it was just the story that didn't interest me. Her writing is of course witty and I throughly enjoyed her style, but unfortunately the story just didn't connect with me. 2.5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Review of According to Yes By Dawn French. I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads. I was really looking forward to reading this book expecting it to be funny and uplifting. I found it to be totally different to my expectations but unfortunately not in a good way. It is a long time since I have been so disappointed by a book. The story is about an English girl who goes to America to be a nanny for a strange, very uptight, wealthy but dysfunctional family. It describes the way the differ Review of According to Yes By Dawn French. I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads. I was really looking forward to reading this book expecting it to be funny and uplifting. I found it to be totally different to my expectations but unfortunately not in a good way. It is a long time since I have been so disappointed by a book. The story is about an English girl who goes to America to be a nanny for a strange, very uptight, wealthy but dysfunctional family. It describes the way the different characters react to the nanny and the effect they have upon her. It is easy to read but the whole thing fell a bit flat for me. I was left wondering what was the point?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This is a very silly book, which is exactly what I needed to read after a university literature module. I quite enjoyed it, but I found I had to keep my more cynical side shut in a drawer, and at times, some happening in the book would lever that drawer open, and I would have to stop my cynicism from oozing out and ruining the book for me. I am not usually a big fan of books that constantly psychoanalyse their characters, and which suggest they would be much nicer, kinder, friendlier people, if This is a very silly book, which is exactly what I needed to read after a university literature module. I quite enjoyed it, but I found I had to keep my more cynical side shut in a drawer, and at times, some happening in the book would lever that drawer open, and I would have to stop my cynicism from oozing out and ruining the book for me. I am not usually a big fan of books that constantly psychoanalyse their characters, and which suggest they would be much nicer, kinder, friendlier people, if only Mummy had hugged them a bit more. But there were pluses in the form of some unexpected love for architecture.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linette Akuffo

    Utter piffle. I really enjoyed 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous' and was primed to have a light hearted, funny read but this was shambolic. I saw some of the reviews on Goodreads and was a bit worried as so many are bad. Not being one to be put off by reviews I was certain the book couldn't really be that bad. However the Goodreads community are correct and this isn't a good book or story. Don't bother, if you haven't got another book to read then pick up a newspaper instead.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jyv

    I should learn that any book cover that has claims of "extremely funny" or "Page after page I laughed out loud" is a book to be put down and ignored. Those "reviewers" obviously hadn't read this book at all. I did not add "humour" to my tags. It was not funny, at all. It was certainly not what I expected. I like Dawn French but I chose the wrong book to delve into her writing and this book has actually put me off reading any more of her stuff. I wondered why the negative reviews as I thought the I should learn that any book cover that has claims of "extremely funny" or "Page after page I laughed out loud" is a book to be put down and ignored. Those "reviewers" obviously hadn't read this book at all. I did not add "humour" to my tags. It was not funny, at all. It was certainly not what I expected. I like Dawn French but I chose the wrong book to delve into her writing and this book has actually put me off reading any more of her stuff. I wondered why the negative reviews as I thought the story was ok in the first few pages, then I got to the controversial bit and couldn't believe it. I'm no prude, but I felt disgusted. Seriously? A nanny should be able to be fun and bring repressed people out of themselves without being completely irresponsible. The whole thing was unbelievable, feeling forced and unnatural. In a word it was (a load of) bollocks.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Scott

    Was looking forward to reading this as it's written by one of my favourite comediennes ever! I've read Dawn Frenchs other books and was thoroughly impressed although this outing fell somewhat flat. I listened to this on Audible (I hope that counts as read! Haha) and the performances were okay. Dawns performance was the best, of course. This story itself seemed silly and ridiculous. People acted in silly ways and sometimes actions weren't justified. A feel-good read (listen), but a little bit lik Was looking forward to reading this as it's written by one of my favourite comediennes ever! I've read Dawn Frenchs other books and was thoroughly impressed although this outing fell somewhat flat. I listened to this on Audible (I hope that counts as read! Haha) and the performances were okay. Dawns performance was the best, of course. This story itself seemed silly and ridiculous. People acted in silly ways and sometimes actions weren't justified. A feel-good read (listen), but a little bit like having doughnuts for dinner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Papp

    Well this was a nice, funny, over the top and rather light read. Lots of deep messages about family, love and respect treated with a good sense of humour - but fairly cliched. A pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Makes me wonder what Mary Poppins really got up to!! Naughty Rosie - where is your moral compass woman?? (and I reckon I would have clocked Rosie within 5 minutes - way too jolly for me)!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Ok this was a weird book. All the characters were just so lovely. It's like infidelity by Enid Blyton. Even the children enjoyed every activity, I was just dying for one of the children to say, I don't want to do the bloody garden anymore it's just so sodding boring. Stop teaching us swear words and pretending to be one of us and put your knickers back on....

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Yes! This is brilliant. Morally Rosie is not a good girl, but then neither are the dis functional family she moves in with. How can she afford to exist in their world isn't covered properly but for a good old read this book is worth it. Got a long flight ahead? Take this book with you. I was amused at the larger than normal text. Probably more suited to geriatric's but this is what it is.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    As this began, I thought this was a cover version of Mary Poppins, but Mary Poppins was never like this! Darkly humourous as well as emotionally interesting, this is an enjoyable story. Dawn French told me that she was sitting down in January to write this book and I think that some parts might have benefitted from more rigorous editing, but on the whole it is well written and plotted.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Van Trigt

    Het leven van de 38-jarige Rosie loopt niet helemaal zoals gewenst en in een vluchtpoging gooit ze het roer volledig om. Ze vertrekt uit haar vertrouwde omgeving om als Nanny aan het werk te gaan in New York. Ze komt te werken bij de rijke familie Wilder-Bingham. De upper class van NY heeft alle denkbare luxe maar heeft ook zo haar problemen en al snel raakt Rosie betrokken bij het gezinsleven en hun uitdagingen. Intussen heeft ze de zorg over de achtjarige tweeling Tomas 'Rood' en Kemble 'Drie' Het leven van de 38-jarige Rosie loopt niet helemaal zoals gewenst en in een vluchtpoging gooit ze het roer volledig om. Ze vertrekt uit haar vertrouwde omgeving om als Nanny aan het werk te gaan in New York. Ze komt te werken bij de rijke familie Wilder-Bingham. De upper class van NY heeft alle denkbare luxe maar heeft ook zo haar problemen en al snel raakt Rosie betrokken bij het gezinsleven en hun uitdagingen. Intussen heeft ze de zorg over de achtjarige tweeling Tomas 'Rood' en Kemble 'Drie' op zich genomen en ze geniet van de jongens en hun ontdekkingsreis door het leven. Het is voor Rosie als juf een heerlijke afleiding van haar eigen zorgen. Toch gaat niet alles over rozen. Zo is de vrouw des huizes, Glen Wilder-Bingham, een verhaal apart en merkt Rosie dat opa Thomas meer in z'n mars heeft dan hij op het eerste oog doet vermoeden. Rosie krijgt langzaamaan steeds meer inzicht en invloed op het gezin en dat gaat niet zonder gevolgen. Meteen al is het surrealistische van dit verhaal duidelijk. Op het ongeloofwaardige af maar oh zo leuk weet Rosie een plaats te verkrijgen in het gezin Wilder-Bingham maar ook bij jou als lezer. Deze vrouw is een wervelwind aan charme en daarbij ook nog eens hartveroverend. Ze rolt van de ene situatie in de andere en haar medepersonages rollen, al dan niet vrolijk, met haar mee. Rosie weet in no time de vastgeroeste familie te overdonderen met haar typisch Britse manier van doen en dat valt niet bij iedereen in goede aarde. Niet alles is dus even leuk, nee er zijn zeker hele serieuze voorvallen die tot nadenken stemmen. Zo is Glen Wilder-Bingham, de oma en vrouw des huizes, met zichzelf in een strijd geraakt waar ze maar niet uit lijkt te komen. Ze stuurt het gezin aan als een bedrijf, iedereen moet voldoen aan haar maatstaven. Dit heeft behoorlijk consequenties voor de andere gezinsleden. Haar man Thomas en zoon Kemble hebben daar indirect ook veel last van maar ook voor de drie kleinzoons is ze niet de meest knuffelige oma. Kemble heeft sowieso een moeilijke tijd, hij ligt in scheiding met de moeder van de drie jongens en moet daarbij voldoen aan de eisen van zijn perfectionistische moeder. De onderlinge familiebanden worden behoorlijk op de proef gesteld wanneer Rosie, goedbedoeld en vooral erg grappig, haar bijdrage levert aan dit gezin vanaf het moment dat ze haar voeten over de drempel zet. Iedereen heeft zo z'n geheimen en onuitgesproken gedachten en de manier waarop deze worden uitgesproken en samenkomen is geniaal te noemen. De scherpe blik van de huishoudster is fenomenaal en haar humor gortdroog. Ook zij komt tot bloei na de komst van Rosie. Toch gaat het gezin te maken krijgen met tegenslag en diverse uitdagingen die het uiterste vragen van ieders inzet en voorstellingsvermogen. Ook Rosie ontspringt die dans niet. Dawn French heeft met Rosie een hilarisch personage met serieuze kanten neergezet in een niet alledaags scenario. Het verhaal is het uiterste van fictie, niets gaat zo in het werkelijke leven. Maar wat is het leuk om op deze manier even te ontsnappen en met Rosie mee te lopen in een wereld met toch herkenbare karaktertrekjes en menselijke (on)hebbelijkheden. De vertaling uit het Engels lijkt goed te zijn gelukt want sommige uitdrukkingen zijn zó grappig en vooral typisch Brits dat je geregeld hardop lacht. Maar het verhaal is ook ontroerend en je sympathiseert ongetwijfeld met een of meerdere personages die de revue passeren. Ondanks dat alles bij lange na niet aannemelijk is, precies zoals Dawn ook op tv overkomt, is dit een geweldig boek. Diverse emoties komen aan bod en er zitten echt wel heel diepzinnige en mooie scènes in. Vriendschap, vertrouwen en liefde maar ook het ophouden van schone schijn en het verwerken van verdriet en teleurstellingen geven een mooie balans aan het geheel. Hoe overbrugt een familie een moeilijke periode die iedereen raakt? Je neemt in dit geval een Nanny genaamd Rosie in dienst. De schrijfstijl van Dawn French laat zich het beste omschrijven als een mix van humor, romantiek, cynisme en optimisme maar dat allemaal met een vette knipoog. Heerlijk om te lezen en je op deze manier te verliezen in de levens van anderen. Wegleggen is geen optie want het boek leest vlot weg. De drang om te weten hoe het gaat aflopen is sterk en dus lees je door. Jammer genoeg is het dan ook snel uit. 4 sterren!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jade Wright

    2.5 stars This is possibly the oddest book I have ever read about a voluptuous British woman who becomes a nanny for an extremely strange and dysfunctional American family. Think slutty Mary Poppins meets Bad Grandpa. This book is definitely NOT what I had been expecting from the opening chapter that had me feeling like this book came into my life for a reason; with 2 quotes I could so easily relate to: "Working out how she feels about flying away from everything and everyone that she knows and st 2.5 stars This is possibly the oddest book I have ever read about a voluptuous British woman who becomes a nanny for an extremely strange and dysfunctional American family. Think slutty Mary Poppins meets Bad Grandpa. This book is definitely NOT what I had been expecting from the opening chapter that had me feeling like this book came into my life for a reason; with 2 quotes I could so easily relate to: "Working out how she feels about flying away from everything and everyone that she knows and starting an impetuous new adventure like this. She feels strangely calm, accepting. She has surely surrendered to her future, whatever it might bring." And: "She was the person who, a couple of weeks ago, said no to all the even keel, and yes to grabbing life by the throat, yes to jumping off the edge, yes to what the hell's it going to be like?, yes to being afraid. YES, YES, YES PLEASE!" This book took a huge turn and not in a good way. The main character couldn't keep her legs closed - she literally shagged 3 generations of men in the same family - then she fell preggers and has no idea who the father is. I found her annoying and sympathised more with the 'villain' of the story than anything else. I mean seriously, after all this 'nanny' did to the family she works for, I think she deserved a good slap from the Granny. But, she slaps the Granny back! It's like she has no morals, no conscience. It's portrayed that the Granny (the villain) is the one that handled this disgusting situation cruelly. WTF. I honestly feel like this book was more of some sort of training manual for nannies that should have been entitled: 'How to be a Naughty Nanny'. I mean, c'mon... an 8 year old boy has to lay down a rule of no more kissing for goodness sake!!! Am I being far too judgemental?? I own book is about adultery... but I just felt like this book was a joke. An absolute, ridiculous joke. The only thing I have to say that's positive about it is that the overall weirdness of the book intrigues you so much that you HAVE to find out how it is going to end. What is going to happen next in this strange debacle.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I love this book. I read Dawn French's other novels a while ago and, whilst I enjoyed the stories, I found the writing not particularly engaging. However, According to Yes I found to be a much easier and far more engaging read, and I enjoyed the plot. I love Rosie's enthusiasm with the twins, as they finally have a positive role model who can do no wrong in their eyes. Her loving nature drew me to her as a character and she is exactly what the Wilder-Bingham's need in their lives. Of course, thing I love this book. I read Dawn French's other novels a while ago and, whilst I enjoyed the stories, I found the writing not particularly engaging. However, According to Yes I found to be a much easier and far more engaging read, and I enjoyed the plot. I love Rosie's enthusiasm with the twins, as they finally have a positive role model who can do no wrong in their eyes. Her loving nature drew me to her as a character and she is exactly what the Wilder-Bingham's need in their lives. Of course, things get a little more tense when *spoilers* she discovers that she is pregnant after having slept with the only three men in the family with whom she could possibly have slept. From this point onwards, I had mixed feelings for Rosie. She was no longer the perfectly nice person I had previously thought her to be. However, just because Rosie isn't the perfect person in my eyes, it by no means indicates that she isn't a perfect character. She is a well developed character who has real emotions and reacts to situations in a very real way. Good person does not always equal good character and good character does not always equal good person. I think that the ending should really have been better developed. It felt a little like the ending only ended where it did because there was a word limit or because the author got bored with writing. I wanted to find out whose child it was; I wanted to know how the whole family adjusted to the situation of living with the new baby. I also wanted to know more about Rosie's life back in the UK, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am a huge fan of Dawn French, but unfortunately this wasn't what I expected. I suppose that you shouldn't start a book with expectations anyway but although I read it quickly, I just didn't get it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I was really excited to read this book but it failed to deliver on so many fronts. I almost stopped reading it all together but then a juicy affair kept my interest lol But then it got cheesy and only mildly funny. Quick read so it was easy to finish.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elsemiek Hoge

    Bizar verhaal..

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