July 31, 2010

BSC #51, Stacey’s Ex-Best Friend: Laine is Too Punk Rock for This

Posted in books tagged , , , , , , at 5:37 pm by Jenn

I always liked how colorful this cover is

Summary: Laine comes to visit Stoneybrook and Stacey quickly sees that she’s a completely different person than she used to be. She’s dating a 15-year-old (named King, of all things), she thinks the BSC girls are babyish, and she’s basically just an all-around snob. Things come to a head at a Valentine’s Day dance at school, when Laine snubs her date, Pete Black, and Stacey finally calls her on all her crap. Laine decides she wants to go back to New York immediately, and no one’s sad to see her go. Stacey realizes that they’re too different to be friends anymore, but fortunately, she still has an awesome best friend in Claudia.

In the B plot, the BSC girls plan a Valentine’s Day party for some of their sitting charges. They think Nicky Pike and Carolyn Arnold have crushes on each other, but he actually (unknowingly) likes Marilyn Arnold. It works out, though, because she likes him, too, and Carolyn really likes James Hobart. The seven- and eight-year-olds in Stoneybrook are luckier in love than the teenagers.

Thoughts: This book starts with the series’ second reference to snow and global warming. The ghostwriters need to stick to writing about sitting jobs and sleepovers.

Annoying thing Laine does (ATLD) #1: Calls Stacey Anastasia because it’s more grown-up than Stacey.

Weird how Stacey thinks it’s a big deal for Laine to date a 15-year-old, but when she dates (spoiler!) Sam later in the series, it’s perfectly fine.

ATLD #2: Mocks Dawn for using the word “dude.”

Laine asks what everyone would be doing on a Friday night if they weren’t going to a dance, and Mallory says homework. Mal, try thinking before you speak next time. If we let you speak again.

Everyone gets really excited about watching To Kill a Mockingbird. Yeah, that sounds perfectly normal for 11- and 13-year-olds.

Bart tells Kristy he’ll take her to the dance, then says he might stay home to watch a game on TV. Kristy sure knows how to pick ’em, doesn’t she?

ANOTHER mention of global warming? Is this a Dawn book in disguise?

Pete tells Laine, “You have hair like gossamer.” Aw, Pete. She’s going to get so much mileage out of that. Also, what 13-year-old guy knows the word “gossamer”?

ATLD #3: Calls her boyfriend Heart (he calls her Babe).

ATLD #4: Is sarcastic to Mary Anne. (Only I’m allowed to do that!)

ATLD #5: Tells the BSC girls to grow up.

How, as a 13-year-old, did Laine get a job at a boutique? And just how trendy can this boutique be if it’s called Flowers and Bows?

Stacey says “sartorial.” 13-year-olds don’t talk like that, ghoswriter!

ATLD #6: Goes on a diet to lose five pounds she doesn’t need to lose, then tells Stacey to do the same.

Nice thing Laine does (NTLD) #1: Wears earrings Claudia made for her a lot.

Stacey proves to be more mature than Laine: When she gets to the dance, she tells herself she has the choice between acting mature and being a brat, and she chooses to be mature. Rock on, Stace.

ATLD #7: Says sixth-graders have no muscle control.

ATLD #8: Tells Pete she’s tired and doesn’t want to dance, then dances with another guy.

NTLD #2: Leaves the BSC-verse FOREVER.



  1. Lori said,

    So long Laine, don’t let the door hit you on the way out

  2. Mike said,

    How many of these BSC books are there? I remember going to the library and seeing like, forty quadrillion on the shelves.

    But of course, I’m a boy, and I was too punk rock for this, meaning I opted for the Choose Your Own Adventures anyways.

    • Jenn said,

      Forty quadrillion is about right. I think there are 131 regular books, plus 15 Super Specials, plus 36 mysteries, plus four Super Thrillers (super-long mysteries), plus a few other books sprinkled in there.

  3. Rocky said,

    Ahh…Real World Frankie, rest in peace. She was too punk rock for this world. But really, how sad.

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