November 6, 2009

BSC #8, Boy-Crazy Stacey: Stacey Luvs Scott Foley

Posted in books tagged , , , , , , at 2:01 pm by Jenn


She looks 11 and he looks 30. It's a match made in Heaven

Summary: Stacey and Mary Anne go to Sea City, New Jersey, with the Pikes for two weeks to serve as mother’s helpers. Except they’re basically the kids’ parents for two weeks because apparently the Pikes’ idea of vacation is to take their kids to the beach and spend no time with them. (Though if I had eight kids, some of them as annoying as the Pike kids, that would be my idea of a vacation, too.) Stacey falls in “luv” with an 18-year-old lifeguard named Scott Foley (no joke), and her obsession distracts her from looking after the kids, which makes Mary Anne resent her.

Stacey doesn’t quite get that Scott is basically using her (for sodas and sandwiches, pervs), and that most 18-year-olds wouldn’t give a random 13-year-old the time of day if she couldn’t provide them with sodas and sandwiches, until she sees Scott kissing a girl (hopefully also at least 18 years old) and realizes that she’s just developed a silly crush and needs to let it go. She does, and she winds up falling for a 14-year-old instead.

There’s not much of a B plot, though I guess Mary Anne’s killer sunburn comes close. Claudia and Dawn barely make appearances in this book, but Kristy has a scene where she’s watching Karen and Andrew, leaves them alone to wash Watson’s car so she can take care of Louie the dog, and returns to find that they’ve scrubbed the car with steel wool.

Thoughts: Now that I really think about it, the idea of an 18-year-old flirting with a 13-year-old is really gross. Maybe Ann M. Martin or her ghostwriter should have thought that through a little better before writing that in.

Speaking of age, Stacey falls in luv with Scott literally seconds after first seeing him, which just goes to show that as mature as she is, she’s still 13. And his being so nice and flirting with her doesn’t help – of course a 13-year-old is going to fall in love with an older guy who seems to be in luv with her.

The Pike kids’ personalities really come out in this book. Mallory’s calm and level-headed, the triplets are pains, Vanessa talks in rhyme for the first time (crap, it’s catching), Nicky wants to be one of the guys and just get some attention, Margo is…just there, and Claire is silly. Er, a silly-billy-goo-goo. With her adding that to everyone’s names and calling her mom “Moozie” and her dad “Daggles,” I think she’d drive me crazy pretty quickly. That’s probably why she was the last child. It still doesn’t explain why Stacey puts her in time-out for ten minutes for name-calling, though. Sheesh, Stacey, she’s five and she teases everyone. Chill out.

As an adult, the most shocking part of the book for me – aside from the whole 18-year-old-flirting-with-jailbait thing, of course – is that Stacey claims there’s no miniature golf in New York City. Poor, deprived New Yorkers. (According to Google, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, so maybe someone read this book years ago and decided to do something about this travesty.)


  1. notemily said,

    I remember that steel wool scene! I had no idea what steel wool even WAS at that point, nor what you would actually use to wash a car.

    Love Louie the dog. I was so sad when he had to be put down.

  2. bscag said,

    I think the Moozie and Daggles thing is kinda cute, but I’m all crazy with pregnancy hormones and I have a toddler so I may not be the best judge of this. Totally agree that the time out (and the one in Kristy’s Big Day) was way too long. General rule is one minute per year of age, so Claire at five years old should have had a five-minute time out.

  3. I agree with you 100%.

  4. I agree with whoever wrote this summary. Scott was a rat, using a little middle school girl.

    Claire Pike WAS annoying. The Moozie and Daggles bit got old fast and those damn silly billy goo goos would irk me big time. Time out was a good approach, but one minute per age. Claire was extremely irritating.

  5. Patti said,

    I never read BSC when I was growing up. I actually started reading the graphic novel series only recently because one of my favorite cartoonists was illustrating it. Anyway, I read number 8 out of curiosity the other day and liked it. I agree with your summary – and despite such a short read, Ann Martin was able to convey at least 6 different Pike personalities very distinctly (the other 2 triplets besides Byron didn’t really stand out to me). I really identified with the shy, awkward Mary Anne and I was glad she got a nice boy to hang out with her while Stacey ditched her. Reading this book made me really think about myself when I was a 13 year, especially all the adventures my friends and I would get into during the summer!

    • Jenn said,

      Great point about the Pikes. I feel like Ann M. Martin makes every kid in the series distinct, which is hard to do.

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