March 13, 2010

BSC #34, Mary Anne and Too Many Boys: How Does She Have Two Guys and Stacey Has None?

Posted in books tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:33 pm by Jenn

Seriously, who wants the pale brunette over the blond in the bikini?

Summary: In what’s essentially part 2 of Boy-Crazy Stacey, Mary Anne and Stacey again serve as mother’s helpers when the Pikes go to Sea City. They meet up with Alex and Toby, their kind-of love interests from the end of Boy-Crazy Stacey, only this time Mary Anne’s dating Logan, so she feels kind of guilty for hanging out with another guy. It’s a lot of drama for a 13-year-old, but ultimately she finds out that Alex also has a girlfriend back home, so they decide to be friends. Because Mary Anne just knows she’s going to be with Logan forever and ever. Which I would totally make fun of, except I was 13 once, too. Oh, and Toby dumps Stacey, and she proves that hell really hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Mallory and Vanessa also have guy issues – well, Vanessa more than Mallory. She develops a crush on a guy named Chris who works at an ice cream parlor, and she starts leaving him poems. However, he thinks they’re from Mallory, who has no idea what’s going on. Vanessa is very mature in her handling of the situation, leaving him one last poem (“from Mallory”) letting him down, knowing that their chances of seeing each other again are pretty slim. Why is the nine-year-old the most mature person in this bunch?

There are a couple of sitting jobs mentioned from the other sitters’ vacations, but the other girls aren’t in the book much. Dawn’s is one of the more important, only in that it introduces us to Carol, her dad’s girlfriend, who later has a bigger role in the series. Also, Jeff turns out to be really good with kids, which is kind of a surprise.

Thoughts: It’s weird to read a book about a beach trip right after reading one about a trip to the mountains.

Stacey wears khaki safari pants and a jungle-print blouse. No, sweetie. Just no.

I don’t think they let 12-year-olds work in ice cream parlors. Maybe child-labor laws are different in Sea City.

Mr. and Mrs. Pike want Mallory and either Stacey or Mary Anne around every night so they can go out. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – why even bring the kids with you on vacation if you’re not going to spend any time with them? And why should Mallory have to sit while she’s on vacation? I hope she gets paid for that.

Is it bad that I consider Mary Anne a two-timer for setting up a date with Alex when she’s already dating Logan?

This book makes it clear that Stacey isn’t someone you want to mess with. You can take the girl out of New York….

1 Comment »

  1. Alison said,

    Censors had to put the kibosh on this book’s original title, “Mary Anne the Nympho.”

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