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Book Review: Minding Ben by Victoria Brown

Posted on: May 24, 2012

This was an interesting read. I generally enjoy stories about nannies and their realationships with their employers and the children they care for. This was no exception. I liked that this was told from the point-of-view of an immigrant from Trinidad – a nice change from the many books about young white nannies in their twenties. It was an interesting look into the West Indian nanny community.

I was somewhat confused about who was who in the first half of the book – keeping the many characters and their relationships with each other straight was a challenge. There were several past events that were never explained in full, and while that was frustrating (you never do learn what happened), it also kept me reading.

The only real problem I had with this book was the dialog. It was VERY difficult to figure out what was being said when the dialog was written with a heavy Jamaician or Trinidian accent, and this slowed down my reading and impacted my enjoyment of the story. I still haven’t figured out what “lime” means – I’m pretty sure it’s not the fruit!

Overall, I’d recommend this book – it’s typical chick lit turned on its head and twisted around.

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