July 27, 2011

BSC #83, Stacey vs. the BSC: You’re Fired

Posted in books tagged , , , , at 9:58 pm by Jenn

Geez, Kristy, were you born in a barn?

Summary: Stacey has been spending a lot of time with Robert and his friends (which is why she kept missing meetings and jobs in Jessi and the Troublemaker), and the BSC girls don’t like it. Stacey’s started to feel more mature than the other girls and wonders if she’s outgrowing them and the club. She gets so caught up with her new friends that she misses more jobs, keeps showing up late to meetings, and complains (to herself) about the BSC girls’ perceived immaturity.

Admittedly, the girls are being a bit childish, especially Dawn and Mary Anne, who are basically spying on Stacey. They show up at her house while she’s throwing a party for a bunch of her new friends; the only BSC girl she invited was Claudia, who felt strange not telling the other girls about the party. The girls are helping their charges put on a talent show, and Stacey skips out on it so she doesn’t have to see them, which upsets Charlotte, who was nervous about playing the piano there.

This is the last straw for the BSC girls, who lay out everything Stacey’s been doing lately. They’re especially mad at her for hurting Charlotte (which I agree was a pretty rotten move for her to make). Stacey announces that she’s tired of Kristy being bossy, of having to come to meetings three times a week, and of the BSC girls’ immaturity. She quits, and Kristy tries to save face by firing her, but either way, Stacey’s out of the club. The final scene is her going to Charlotte’s piano recital at 5:30 on a Friday.

Thoughts: I remember being so shocked by this book when I first read it. People don’t leave the BSC! It’s like the mob – the only way you get out is when you die!

“Kristy reported that Melody did not live up to her name.” Ha!

Why would Dawn agree to go to a place called Burger Town? And why would Kristy and Mary Anne take her there? They’re just asking for a night full of whining.

Charlotte knows how to correctly use an apostrophe. Charlotte is smarter than most American adults.

Stacey calls Mallory meek, but I wouldn’t say that’s true at all. Dorky, yes; meek, no. Mary Anne’s the meek one.

Kristy, I don’t think you can fire someone from a club. Nice try, though.

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3 Comments »

  1. Lara said,

    Maybe the BSC girls are jealous of Stacey. Meeting a lot of new friends and having a boyfriend is great. Or in some selfish way, it made her look good among others. (Robert is Stacey’s Boyfriend, isn’t it?)

    I don’t side with Stacey, but, when you’re getting older, you get tired of other’s bossiness around you. Right? That’s because you want to do something, and you like to decide on your own. Then it will be a conflict with your friends because they have different opinions about whatever it is.

    Honestly, Stacey’s acting bitchy in that book. How can she think that the BSC is immature while she’s just dropping her responsibility she has engaged with them just to hang out with boys?

    As for the old friends, like Stacey’s BSC, they naturally feel bad that Stacey now found them boring. (I know you mention “immature” as perceived by Stacey, but I think it’s the same.)

    Before these friends knew that both sides are acting according to their own interests, they already broke up. I’ve seen that in real life. But, in a book, they could make up, of course, as they learn something from the experience.

    At that age, when you’re in a clique, a lot are having difficulties in dealing with changes. It made sense that the BSC acted that way.

    • Jenn said,

      I totally agree. It’s completely natural for friends to mature at different paces (or at least think they’re maturing). I would guess most people don’t stay friends with their middle school friends for their entire lives. I had friends in middle school who I grew apart from; some of them I became friends with again later and some I didn’t. And I agree that Stacey was at times more immature than the BSC girls. I think everyone had hurt feelings for different reasons, and they just didn’t know how to deal with them. I felt especially bad for Claudia in the book – she was really stuck in the middle.

  2. One thing I’ve noticed about this book is that it looks at different levels of maturity. For example, it was immature of Dawn to spy on Stacy and for the behaviour of Dawn, Kristy, and Mary Anne at the burger place. However, Stacy made prior commitments to the BSC and it was immature for her to not keep them.

    As for the party, while Stacy should either have invited all the BSC members or none of them at all, it was wrong for Claudia to completely blame Stacy for “forcing her” to attend the party. In the end, it was Claudia’s choice to go along with Stacy or not and I found it was very immature of her for not taking responsibility for her actions and admitting that she made a bad choice. I also have to side with Stacy- Dawn and Mary Anne should not have just showed up her house. Not only was it rude but it was very immature of them. If the BSC members had a problem, they should have talked to Stacy. Just like when it came to her missing the Pike job, Dawn should have talked to Stacy in private about it. Furthermore, yes Dawn you do need to watch what you do in public. There are acceptable and unacceptable social graces that everyone has to follow in order for proper first impressions and to fit into whatever society you are in. Failure to do so may result in worse than what was going through Stacy’s mind and the mind of other people in either restaurant. Simple as that.

    The BSC does need to re-evaluate its priorities as Stacy, and the other members, have the right to have more friends outside of that circle. After all, the BSC is really just a business the girls run and people have friends outside of work. So, they were unfair to Stacy for that. However, she really needed to lighten up about her relationship with Robert. I mean, for fuck’s sake, they’re all between the ages of 11 and 13; it’s not like wedding bells could be heard in the distance!

    So, yeah this book had maturity and immaturity coming from all the characters I think and showed that maturity has many levels and people, especially during the teen years, are mature in some ways and immature in other ways. And that’s my 2 cents.


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