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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 allThree 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....

Title : Beach Lane
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ISBN : 9781439107652
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Beach Lane Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-27 15:22

    Listen, don't get me wrong, I love me some fluffy summer smut, but this just isn't it. This is one of the most underdeveloped story lines I've ever read, and the book is 300 freaking pages long! The writing is incredibly simple and the three protagonists Eliza, Mara, and Jaqui, all have super shallow personalities. One is a rich girl, one is a small town girl, and one is an exotic, alcoholic party-girl. It doesn't get more deep than that and nothing really happens to them all summer except that Eliza gets a reality check, Mara grows up, and Jaqui stops letting older men touch her ta-tas. And of course they all become the very best of friends in the end. It's very basic and pretty boring. I only finished it because it was a super easy read and I paid for it. I guess I probably would have liked it when I was sixteen and innocent, but also excited by all the naughty things teenagers get up to. There's some pretty strong allusions to heavy drinking and sex, but nothing is really described in graphic detail. Anyway if you're looking for something REALLY light and silly this might curb your craving, but it's definitely not that satisfying.

  • Racquel
    2019-01-29 09:33

    This is a real summer read book. I really enjoyed this series, honestly sometimes I want to read books for pure enjoyment and not get a lesson or another out of them, I mean come on I need to leave room to learn on my own and this book definitely delivered on the fun pleasure read part. It's a page turner, quirky characters and who doesn't love getting thrown into the rich and fabulous life? I love the 3 main characters, how all three were different but they still became close friends and experienced new boundaries. I loved the romance in here especially *spoiler* between Mara and Ryan, I love maid and boss stories.Over all this was a good read, it maybe for a bit of an older crowd 14+ (but then again it all depend on maturity level) and it certainly reached exceptions from a book you want nothing from but good ol' entertainment.-thank you&come again.

  • Ais
    2019-02-05 13:37

    **edited March 2013 New covers? New Title for the frist novel?Looks like these are going to get a new push forthe summer season. **Three very different girls are brought together for the chance of a lifetime. A summer job as an au pair in the exclusive, luxurious Hamptons with 10,000 dollars of cash to boot for the Perry family.Eliza - Former guest of the Perry family , but now a "poor girl " since Daddy got arrested for fraud. Wants the job so she has a place to stay in the Hamptons to get back "in".Mara- Small town girl totally astonished by the excess of the Hamptons who wants the jo so she can save for a car & college.Jacqui- Cool, Confident Brazilian who takes the job in order to find the boy who left her broken hearted.We see the girls struggling to get along with each other,with their smarmy boss and his gold digger wife and with the Hamptons and its "crowd". Don't forget the 4 "toe-rag" children they are supposed to be feeding raw tuna, teaching to read, teaching to swim and potty training. Throw in the older evil twin sisters, the older brother - that seems to be the only sane person around- and the elite of the Hamptons to finish off what is sure to be a recipe for disaster.So .. will Eliza be outed as "the help"? Will Mara stay true to her small town roots? And will Jacqui get back together with the one who got away?

  • Julie Zantopoulos
    2019-02-05 15:22

    A fun fluffy read and I will be continuing with the series. A great poolside book.

  • Steph Su
    2019-02-07 07:27

    There is more than enough name-dropping in THE AU PAIRS to satisfy the cravings of any reader. However, this series by Melissa de la Cruz stands out from other, similar series because of its character development.Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui are three girls who are going to be au pairs for a rich family’s four young children during their summer stay in the Hamptons. Eliza was once the NYC It girl, before her family lost their fortune and they had to relocate to (bleeech!) Buffalo. Therefore, this summer is her glorious return…only made not-so-glorious as she realizes she’s working class and struggles to hide her financial status from her old “friends.”Mara is the small-town girl with big-town looks. She came to the Hamptons to actually work to save money for college and doesn’t realize until later that she’s totally Hamptons material. In the meantime, Mara struggles to figure out her relationship with her boyfriend, Jim, as well as deal with her feelings for her bosses’ son, the hot and nice Ryan.Jacqui is a Brazilian bombshell who only came to the States to search for her true love, Luca, whom she met when he spent his spring break backpacking in South America. Jacqui finds him, all right, but he’s not the sweetheart he had been over spring break, and Jacqui seems to lose her purpose for being an au pair at all.This is a really fun read, great for anyone who wonders about the summer lives of the rich and privileged. The characters aren’t exactly lovable, and even sweet, kind Mara becomes corrupted after ten weeks, but there are more than enough hot, sweet guys and shopping sprees to get lost in.

  • Beth
    2019-02-15 08:18

    McLaughlin and Kraus's The Nanny Diaries (St. Martin, 2002) meets von Ziegesar's Gossip Girls (Little, Brown, 2002) in this high fashion, air-kissing, celebrity-sprinkled whirl of fluff. Three unique chicas -- one exotic exchange student (Jacqui), one plain Jane from suburbia (Mara), and one former society girl (Eliza) find themselves sharing a summer nanny job (and a staff bedroom) in the Hamptons. Juggling boys, babysitting, and beaches is a challenge that can only be accomplished if they work together despite their differences. Their reward? A summer of jet setting at parties and a salary of $10,000.The author weaves three predictable stories together with ease and allows her characters to have neat, happy endings. The characters genuinely learn something about themselves by the end, and have some effect on their young charges are well. And, their situations and observations along the way are laugh-out-loud funny.Less snottily sophisticated or scathingly judgmental than its contemporaries, Au Pairs is the perfect beach read for fans of Sex & the City or Gilmore Girls - light, fun and flippant. Libraries on a shoestring budget can wait for the paperback edition.

  • Nancy The book junkie
    2019-02-02 08:29

    Rating: 3.25/5Review to come!

  • Rachyl
    2019-02-13 15:32

    It had been my intention to read the whole series which was composed in a single collection I signed out from the library, but after finishing the first one, I know that I can't. While I had gone into this book expecting a pretty light, brainless summer read, I did not expect it to be so dull. Predictability is something that I expect from this kind of book, but it's important that it's presented in an engaging way. And for me, there was just nothing interesting about most of this book. Relationships and situations developed slowly and when secrets came out they really didn't have the impact or element scandal that would make you care that it even happened. Hell, the characters barely cared. All issues just rolled off or were easily resolved and it left the whole story feeling empty and pointless.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-18 12:34

    Pure shite! I loved it

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-16 12:38

    When I was a teenager I did what most girls did for extra money, I babysat the neighborhood kids. I worked weekends, weeknights, and one time I worked through my junior prom. I always had cash on me and loved the kids that I watched. I sometimes thought the kids liked me better than their parents at times. The babysitting experiences that I had were fun, but never glorified and were hard work. Beach Lane is about a group of girls that decide to take a babysitting job for the summer in the Hamptons. Each girl has their own expectations and level of experience. One girl is a ritzy glamour girl that only cares about herself, the next would be considered loose at best, and the last seems to be described as a country bumpkin. *I am not kidding with the stereotypes*As you can imagine I did not like this book whatsoever. There are so many reasons why it will be difficult to pin down. The positives were that it was well written, a fast read, and descriptive. Throughout the story there was a constant referral to drugs, alcohol, and sex. It describes wild nights where these girls sleep with men in their 20's and up, drinking until they pass out, and not watching the kids like they are paid to do. There is a constant theme of irresponsible bratty girls that are upset due to their lack of the latest Gucci bad. How lame is that? Hollywood is described as being stoned and drunk all day and only shopping at designer this and designer that. Their is an elitist attitude toward the average citizen and the girls display a spoilt grabby lifestyle. I did not like the concept of the book, but held strong and finished it. I kept hoping that the author would show me that the girls would grow as a character and learn that their is more to life than what you purchase at a store or screw the night before. Sadly I was deeply disappointed. If you enjoy shallow lifestyles and loose girls than this book is for you. Other than that don't bother wasting your time.

  • Serina
    2019-02-16 15:15

    I read the fiction novel "The Au Pairs" by Melissa De La Cruz. I chose this book because I had previously read a different book by this author before and I really liked how she seemed to relate to the young teens my age and modern lifestyle of many people today.This book is about three young teenage girls (Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui)who all get hired for a summer job as Au Pairs by the Perry family who live in the Hamptons. During the summer all three of the girls' stories are told. The story goes on to tell about their adventures as well as their hardships during their stay in the Hamptons, as they manage to take care of bratty kids, sneak out, as well as deal with their other issues on the side.The main conflicts in this book are man vs. man as well as man vs. society. In the beginning the girls aren't exactly on the best of terms with each other but throughout the summer they realize that they need one another other in order for them to all get the job done successfully. It's also man vs. society because they all come from different backrounds and lifestyles and jumping into the light of the crazy Hampton summer life isn't the easiest thing to do. They deal with social status issues as well as realizing who their real friends are. The theme of the book is to learn that everything is not always as it seems to be and that looks can be deceiving.The authors writing style is simple yet unique and fresh. I really enjoyed reading this book. It really kept me interested the whole time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fiction stories about a fun and interesting adventures in the summer sun.

  • Megan
    2019-01-25 07:19

    This was an okay book. The book reminded me of the Gossip Girl series, but I thought it was a lot better than that one for sure. I didn't like how shallow and reckless the girls were and couldn't believe how clueless the parents were about how the girls were taking care of their children. Still, I thought it was a somewhat fun read and I'll probably read the next book in the series, the next time I want a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking.

  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    2019-02-06 14:40

    3.5 stars. I had a great time reading Beach Lane and will be picking up the second book very soon. The three Au Pairs are all likable characters and I'm enjoying watching them grow and mature.

  • Mateja
    2019-02-14 07:35

    3.5 starsBeach Lane was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprisingly because there were so many things that annoyed the hell out of me, yet I couldn't stop reading. I just had this uncontrollable need to keep reading until I reached the end. The story is simplistic, the premise of the book literally tells you everything that happens. It's a quick, fluffy read, perfect for when you're in the mood to read something undemanding. It's a total brain vacation.As always, Melissa de la Cruz lays it on thick about just how rich people in the Hamptons and NYC are. Endless lists of expensive restaurants, clothing stores, shoe stores, that have absolutely no role in the story. If the characters aren't eating in it, is it really necessary to talk about a particular restaurant? The author really goes overboard on that point. I mean, it would be interesting to read about if I were a rich woman intent on spending all my fortune during a vacation in New York, but I am not.I didn't much care about the main character Jacqui. She brings absolutely nothing to the story. She considers herself worldly and experienced, but she came across very naive. But not a lot happens to her so she was easily ignored. Eliza is one of the most horrible characters I've ever read about. She wasn't written badly, she's just a bad person. She's shallow and vapid. Only considers people who are rich and beautiful, and is unbearably rude to those who aren't. She's has some seriously unhealthy views on life in general and love in particular. She could clearly benefit from hours of intense psychotherapy. Mara was great. She's a smart girl from a small time, has a firm grasp on reality and on what in life really counts. Though she does give in to peer pressure a couple of times, but that's not surprising considering she likes to keep the peace and avoids conflict at all costs.After my initial disgust at how Eliza and in smaller dose also Jacqui behaved and thought about things, I started to really get into the story. It was like watching the movie Mean Girls, where I was just waiting for someone to give the girls this big speech about the important things in life, pointing out their serious personality flaws and laughing in their faces about their stupidity, making them reconsider everything they stood for. Unfortunately the moment they get a reality check never came, but nevertheless toward the end Eliza and Jacqui do make some strides toward becoming half decent people, though they still have a long way to go. I'm quite looking forward to reading about them again and seeing more of their personal growth. And Mara too, though she's already pretty great, she still needs to learn no to always be such a pushover.

  • Amy :o)
    2019-01-18 07:19

    I chose to read this book during my summer holiday. I wanted something light and easy to read. This definitely fit that need. I've read other books by De La Cruz and enjoyed them. I did enjoy this one too although not as much as I thought. The plot and storyline were a bit obvious and one could guess where things would go with each character. Yes, the characters were quite shallow and as another reviewer said, I had to keep reminding myself that these girls were only 16/17 (with all the sleeping around, alcohol and drugs I just kept thinking they were older). I know I'm probably showing my own age by admitting that, but I am not naïve enough to think it doesn't happen.Again, I wasn't expecting a novel, just a fun summer read which is what this book was. I will say that despite the shallow characters and obvious storyline, I still enjoyed the book... seeing what it's like to be a teenager running wild in the Hamptons. Some things I still question and wonder if that is TRULY what it's like to be a millionaire having all these people work for you and raising/ or thinking that you are raising your children. The amount of time the Au Pairs spent with the children in this books was miniscule... I kept thinking... who is watching those kids?..certainly not au pairs or the parents. Granted, it IS just a story, but it still made me wonder (especially after reading stories like The Nanny Diaries, Gossip Girls, and some other stories about the rich and elite).I liked the ending and the way De La Cruz wrapped up the story, while still allowing room for sequels later on. That being said there was an excerpt of the next book and frankly I was a little surprised and what was coming. Something about that except turned me off. Now, I am going to read the next book because I am very curious, but I was truly hoping the girls learned their lessons from their summer adventures, but apparently not.Overall, I'd give this book 2 1/2 to 3 stars. It was a nice easy read, but this is not a book that would be one I'd read again.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-02-08 10:23

    With spring break time approaching very soon, it's not too early to be thinking of beach reads. The Au Pairs is the first in a series that seems poised to become a great beach read. To me, there are several key factors that make a great beach read. First, it has to be light. Second, it needs to be fun. Third, I like a little romance with my fruity umbrella drinks so it has to have a good love match. Fourth, it needs to be engaging. The Au Pairs has all of this. Are you going to have a major revelation? No, probably not. Is this book going to make you think deep thoughts? Nope. But beach reads are not supposed to do that so it's all good. Eliza and Jacqui really annoyed me at first. They leave Mara to actually do the work that they were hired to do. By the end of the book, they became a lot more tolerable though. They just needed to be taken down a notch (and they are definitely during the book, which is utterly satisfying). This is definitely a fun book and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series when I need a little bit of a mental break. Bottom line: A fun, frothy read.

  • Tianna
    2019-02-08 11:35

    So at first I hated the book. I hated all the characters besides Mara. I thought it was a good plot but executed poorly. But at the end, Melissa de la Cruz redeemed herself. Absolutely loved how she put Mara and Ryan together and i loved Eliza and Jeremy. I thought Jacqui was a naive whore from the beginning but she's less of a whore now and I like that lol. And it's great that even though the girls are so different they became friends in the end. What can I say, I am gonna read the next one, The Au Pairs: Skinny-dipping.

  • Ravegirl172
    2019-02-10 14:40

    3 girls get hired to baby-sit like 4 kids in the hamptons over their summer break. 1 falls in love with the eldest brother (they dnt bbysit him. The other runs into the "love of ehjr life"who ends up being a jerk and the other 1 falls in the luv w/ the pool guy.

  • Merary
    2019-02-05 07:34

    A book about three different girls getting the job of au pairs for a rich family, the Perrys.Mara is the sweet one, Eliza is the now-not-rich, and Jacqui is the Brazillian hottie.Love, scandal, fame, and betrayal are game.(By the way, I hate Eliza. )A fun, fast book and beach ready.

  • Kelsey van Dillen
    2019-02-11 14:33

    Echt een leuk begin van de serie! Doet me denken aan Gossip Girl en L.A. Candy enzo. Knappe, populaire meisjes, veel geld, lekker uitgaan, leuke mannen, noem maar op. Deze serie heeft alle ingrediënten voor een prettig tijdverdrijf aan het zwembad. Of op het strand.

  • Marisa
    2019-02-04 15:34

    This book was iffy when I first started. Then all of a sudden I don't know when I was into it and enjoying it. I think it is an easy read kind of like The Ashley's. I don't take it seriously but they are fun and when reading I just get into the world.

  • Rita
    2019-02-12 11:23

    The Au Pairs series was my very first series that I ever read from Melissa De La Cruz. I remember back in high school, my friend and I, we had to find a book in the school library and presented to the class for our French class. We both picked the first book from the series (Un été pour tout changer/ The Au Pairs) and read the back cover that seamed interesting. After reading it, we totally loved it that we decided to borrow the other rest of the series from the school library to read it as we passed it to each other :) And then a few years ago, I bought the series in English and still love it and now I still do!! It’s my favorite summer series to read! It’s very light, fun and fast read!Sixteen-year-old Eliza Thompson, Mara Waters and Jacarei or a.k.a. Jacqui Velasco are three different girls from different places that are chosen to become Au Pairs at The Hamptons NYC for the Perry family to watch four young children during the summer (for 2 months). Each girl has a different to go to Hamptons. First off, there is Eliza was once the NYC it girl before the financial scandal that plunged her family into poverty and she had to move to Buffalo. She wouldn’t let no one know what really happen to her and her family. The Perry’s are the only family friend that knows what her and her family went through this nightmare. Working in the Hamptons was her ticket out of Buffalo and to try be close to her friends and to regain what she had before the scandal. Eliza will realise that she can keep up with the imagine she once had (to hide her financial status) from her old ‘’friends’’ and who will stand next to her no matter the status she has. Then, there is Mara is the small-town good girl girl who comes to the Hamptons to work and save money for college and a car but doesn’t realize until later that she is a Hamptons material. Mara struggles to figure out her relationship with her boyfriend Jim since freshman year and deal with her feelings for her bosses’ son, Ryan. Finally, there is Jacqui, a very pretty Brazilian who comes to the states to search for Luca, her true love that she met when he spent his spring break backpacking in South America. But when Jacqui finds him, she realises that Luca isn’t the same person as he was in South America and Jacqui seems to lose her purpose for being an Au Pair. But the three girls will learn a lot of stuff during the summer such as love, friendship and money and will be the best summer of their lives!I love the three main characters. There are so different from each other and had their own reasons to work at the Hamptons. I love the character development that De La Cruz portraits each girl. (view spoiler)[ My favorite couple is back then and still is Mara and Ryan.(hide spoiler)] I like how each chapter jump to a different P.O.V from Eliza, to Mara to Jacqui but at the same time the story follows.Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I do recommend for teens up to 14 due to the sex and drugs mentioned in the book but other than that, it’s really a great summer book to read. Now, I’m off to read the next one, Skinny Dipping!

  • Harley
    2019-02-18 13:29

    This is one of those books that seems to have a multitude of problems, but when it is all said and done I don't really care. It was just a fun read. While I do wish it would have been longer just so the relationships were better developed (Eliza and Jeremy seemed to just fall out of the sky, very random) and the scandals were a bit more syndicalist, it was a super fast and fun read. Not my favorite, like I said it had many many issues(i'm just able to over look them), but still an enjoyable summer read which is exactly what I want at the moment.

  • Emily Hobson
    2019-02-14 10:37

    This book was fun to read while I was at the pool since it has such a summer vibe and I enjoyed most of it... but the last 50 pages were awful. The writing style totally changed and seemed super rushed. -__-

  • Jordan Smith
    2019-02-16 10:41

    I love Melissa De La Cruz. Her books are total guilty pleasure reads and even though there isn't a ton of depth to the story she always keeps me interested. Soo I would recommend this book but know that it's a total summer, guilty pleasure, gossip girl type novel.

  • Mariela Martinez
    2019-02-01 10:39

    Although superficial and vain it was a light read that can distract from everyday life.

  • Monica Albright
    2019-01-30 15:32

    Fun read. This was a great addition to my time at an outdoor concert camping trip. Lying in a hammock under the trees reading about these young ladies in the Hamptons...ahhh.

  • Kenna Armstrong
    2019-02-03 11:40

    While Beach Lane wasn't super spectacular, it was an entertaining read and a good way to kick off my summer reading. I really enjoyed it.

  • Julianna Styles
    2019-02-08 12:39

    This was a cute and easy summer read!

  • Tara Frye
    2019-02-15 10:30

    I didn't like it. Maybe because, it reminded me of other books I read before don't know. Plus I didn't like that they kept watching tv shows in the book. Who cares about that? I have to read the whole series because, I bought a set really cheap so, I'm gonna give the other books a solid try but, idk the first book was kind of a dud.