October 19, 2009

BSC #4, Mary Anne Saves the Day: The Dawn of Dawn

Posted in books tagged , , , , , , at 8:45 pm by Jenn

That's funny, this says my hairstyle makes me look like I'm ten...

That's funny, this says my hairstyle makes me look like I'm ten...

Summary: The BSC girls have a huge fight over something stupid and stop talking to each other. Mary Anne becomes friends with the new girl at school, Dawn Schafer, who dumbly believes Mary Anne’s story that she’s sitting alone at lunch because all of her friends are absent. Mary Anne is also trying but failing to get her cartoonishly strict father to back off and let her grow up already.

The BSC fight makes Mary Anne learn that she’s not as much of a doormat as she thought she was, and her newfound friendship with Dawn leads to the revelation that Dawn’s mom, Sharon, and Mary Anne’s father, Richard, dated in high school. Mary Anne also handles an emergency with a baby-sitting charge (the prissy Jenny Prezzioso) well enough to convince her father that she’s mature enough to stay out later, redecorate her room, and stop wearing her hair in the braids he always made her wear for no evident reason. Ultimately, the BSC girls make up, Richard and Sharon meet up again, and Dawn is invited to join the club.

Thoughts: Dawn is pretty low-key in this book, and it’s nice to enjoy it while you can, because later in the series she can be pretty unbearable at times. Also, she never stops mentioning that she’s from California. I think it’s mentioned more times than the fact that Stacey’s from New York.

Mary Anne Saves the Day reminds us that though the BSC girls are pretty mature for 12-year-olds, they can also be pretty immature. They practically get into a hair-pulling slap-fight at a four-year-old’s birthday party. Yeah, I don’t think I’d be hiring girls like them to watch my kids.

This is one of the few books where Kristy misses a meeting – and she does it purposely. You just know that if anyone else had skipped out, there would have been a trial and public execution. Don’t mess with Kristin Amanda Thomas.

Mary Anne is definitely the quietest, most conservative member of the club, but when she’s brainstorming apology notes to give to her fellow club members, she provides a gem that provokes genuine laughter. She imagines writing to Kristy, “I’m sorry you’re the biggest, bossiest know-it-all in the world, but what can I do about it? Have you considered seeking professional help?” She took the words right out of my mouth.

1 Comment »

  1. charmecia said,

    this is a great blog so far and i love this book. it is one of my favorites

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