August 7, 2013

BSC Super Special #15, Baby-sitters’ European Vacation: I See London, I See France

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I expect these kinds of crimes against fashion from Mallory, but not you, Abby

I expect these kinds of crimes against fashion from Mallory, but not you, Abby

Summary: Kristy, Stacey, Abby, Jessi, Mallory, and Robert are among a group of students who go to London and Paris on a school trip. It’s boring.

Kristy meets the French-Canadian version of Alan Gray, a guy named Michel who keeps annoying her because he likes her. She rebuffs him until they get left behind on a day trip in Paris, and she has to rely on his knowledge of French to survive. They end up practically dating, and Kristy makes out with only the second guy in her life.

Stacey accidentally picks up someone else’s luggage, and it contains a jar of ashes. Don’t worry, it’s not like that. The man who owns the suitcase brought his late Army buddy’s ashes to France to spread them at Normandy, where they both fought on D-Day. Stacey’s mom is one of the trip chaperones, and she keeps getting on Stacey’s nerves by being overprotective. When the McGills connect with the man and give back the ashes, they both decide to go with him to Normandy to spread them. They have a moving experience and end up bonding.

Jessi meets up with David Brailsford’s troupe and gets to fill in for an injured dancer.

Abby accompanies Victoria Kent when she goes to meet the queen. Abby doesn’t get to meet her herself, but she does accidentally step on the prince’s toes.

Mallory meets her mom’s cousin and learns that she’s related to Shakespeare. She spends the rest of the trip writing, and Jessi has to remind her to enjoy herself.

Robert gets one pointless chapter and spends the trip being annoyed with one of Stacey’s former bad girl friends.

Back in Stoneybrook, Claudia, Mary Anne, Dawn, Logan, Cokie, and Janine are working at the playground camp where everyone was competing to get jobs. It’s boring, too.

Claudia has a miserable time because Janine is asked to sub in for a counselor at the last minute, and Claudia has to take orders from her. Janine is already on edge because she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Jerry. Ultimately, Claudia gets Janine to calm down, and in turn, Janine stands up to Jerry, who’s kind of a big jerk.

Mary Anne mostly deals with trying to keep Logan and Cokie from spending too much time together.

Dawn is barely an entity in this book, but she does spend a day filling in at a day camp for special-needs kids, which leads to an encounter with Susan Felder.

Thoughts: “Robert is Stacey’s former boyfriend. Mom is Stacey’s permanent mother.” Hee. Thanks, Abby.

Trivia: Mallory’s parents’ names are Jonathan and Diana.

Yeah, I bet this big-shot dance company has no understudy for this major performance.

Mallory, re: an annoying chaperone who keeps going off by himself: “He’s at Virginia Woolf’s house!” Mrs. McGill: “What’s he doing there? Virginia Woolf is dead!” Heh.

Speaking of that annoying teacher, this trip is horribly chaperoned. And I know from horribly chaperoned trips. We were allowed to wander around New York City by ourselves. We were allowed to stay in ski condos by ourselves. But at least we were in high school and somewhat responsible enough to get ourselves from point A to point B without getting lost.

June 26, 2013

BSC #119, Stacey’s Ex-Boyfriend: Help Me If You Can, I’m Feeling Down

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The next problem Stacey needs to solve is her hairstyle

The next problem Stacey needs to solve is her hairstyle

Summary: Stacey and Robert haven’t been close since they broke up, but she’s noticed (and heard from his friends) that something’s wrong with him. He’s alienated himself from his friends, not paying much attention in class, and uninterested in baseball. She decides to check up on him, and he’s appreciative of the fact that she still cares about him, but he just says he’s bored with his friends and life in general.

Things are worse than he lets on, though: Robert’s having trouble in school and shocks everyone by quitting the baseball team. He gets grounded because of his grades, so Stacey offers to tutor him in math. They start spending time together, leading everyone to think they’re back together. Stacey’s a little concerned because she thinks Robert does want to get back together, and she hasn’t mentioned to him that she’s dating Ethan. Fortunately, he just wants to stay friends.

Unfortunately, all the time Stacey’s spending with Robert hasn’t made much of a difference. And the BSC girls are kind of rude about how she keeps hanging out with him. I forgot that there’s a contract they sign when they join the club, saying they’ll spend all their free time with each other, even if one of their outside friends is having a tough time and needs help. Stacey tries to compromise by inviting Robert to hang out with the BSC girls, but it doesn’t go well. She then convinces Robert to rejoin the baseball team, but he skips the first practice and ticks off the coach.

Out of ideas, Stacey calls a radio show to ask advice from a psychologist. The doctor thinks she needs to ask an adult for help – Robert’s problem is too big for a teenager to handle. Stacey tells Robert about this, but he’s mad that she talked to someone about his problems. Stacey then talks to her mom, who thinks they should tell Robert’s parents what’s going on. Stacey balks, since Robert’s already mad enough.

That night, Robert shows up at the McGills’, really upset. He’s crying and tells Stacey that he doesn’t know what’s wrong with him. (This part really got to me.) She encourages him to call an adult he can talk to, so he calls his coach. From there, the adults take over, making sure Robert will get help. Stacey realizes that all the stress of the situation has made her physically sick, and she was right to ask for help.

Stupid B-plot: Stoneybrook has another popular small business, Strawberry Fields Forever, where you can pick your own strawberries. Everyone in town goes, picks tons of berries, and gets sick of them. Kristy throws a strawberry festival, because of course she does.

Thoughts: Claudia’s lost her mind – she wears a zebra-print leotard, leopard-print overall shorts (which would be awful enough on their own), a tiger-stripe scarf, a lizard-print scrunchie, and giraffe earrings.

Stacey buys jelly sandals with heels. Ew.

The strawberry plot means two things: 1) The writers have run out of ideas, and 2) Kristy has finally exhausted every kind of festival she could possibly organize.

At the festival, Mary Anne and Logan run a game where people have to guess how many strawberries are in a basket, and the winner gets all the berries. No one guesses because they already have too many berries at home and don’t want any more. Hee.

The Kilbournes make strawberry shortcake – “parents had to ask Shannon and her sisters to set a two-cake limit so that their kids wouldn’t make themselves sick eating so many.” Uh, how about you actually parent your kids so Shannon doesn’t have to be the bad guy?

May 1, 2013

BSC Mystery #33, Stacey and the Stolen Hearts: The Usual Suspects

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Stacey looks frighteningly like my childhood best friend

Stacey looks frighteningly like my childhood best friend

Summary: For Valentine’s Day, Stacey and Pete Black organize a fundraiser for the eighth-grade class involving valentine-grams. A bunch of the middle schoolers buy valentines for their boyfriends and girlfriends, some write them for crushes, and some send joke valentines to get people’s hopes up, because that’s what middle schoolers do. Then the valentines disappear, and notes surface commenting on what people wrote.

There are a number of suspects: Alan, Cokie, Cary, Stacey’s ex Robert, and even Pete. Their motives aren’t known, so the BSC girls start investigating. They find out that Pete has a crush on Emily Bernstein and sent her a valentine, but it’s possible he stole them all back so she wouldn’t see it. (Though why wouldn’t he just take his own back?) Cokie and her boyfriend are having trouble; she sent him a bunch of valentines but he didn’t send her any. Robert has been acting so weird that Andi, the girl he almost cheated on Stacey with, asks her to talk to him. (He’s not the thief, he’s just depressed.)

Cary looks more and more like the thief, especially after the girls see a striped sleeve photocopied with one of the valentine-grams, then see him wearing a striped shirt the next day. Stacey asks him if he had anything to do with the theft, but he has an alibi, since he was at the dentist. Then Stacey realizes that he gave his alibi before he knew the timeframe she was trying to nail down.

Cary says he isn’t the thief, but he knows who it is – someone who was about to receive a joke valentine from a girl he had a crush on. Stacey puts together that he’s talking about Alan. She questions him, but she feels so bad for him that she gives him the chance to return the valentines with no punishment. He does, and everyone’s satisfied.

In the B-plot, the BSC girls throw a “Valentine’s festival” for their charges. It’s not a festival, it’s a lame party. They just ask the kids what they want so everyone’s happy.

Thoughts: I wish Alan hadn’t been the culprit. The thief should have turned out to be someone completely unexpected, and Cary shouldn’t have been involved at all. It was too obvious.

Kristy wonders if the Hobarts know about Valentine’s Day. Kristy, they lived in Australia, not on the moon. Also, they’ve been in the series for, like, nine Valentine’s Days already.

Abby wants to “check out” Cary and “keep an eye on him.” That’s my girl.

Mary Anne calls Pete shy, but since when? He’s the class president, and they don’t tend to be shy.

The BSC runs a focus group for their Valentine’s party. Kristy has officially lost her mind.

I’ve never Xeroxed a sleeve, so I don’t know for certain, but I’m pretty sure stripes wouldn’t show up on the copy.

When Stacey questions Cary, he’s in the school basement, chilling in an armchair. It’s like he’s in a secret lair. I love it.

May 3, 2012

BSC #99, Stacey’s Broken Heart: When One Door Closes, Another (Hotter) One Opens

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Like Stacey would date a guy who wore those pants

Summary: The Walkers, Stacey’s favorite clients in New York, ask her to come visit for the week and look after their kids while they put together an art show. Stacey agrees but is sad to leave Robert, who’s been acting kind of funny. For example, he’ll say he’s playing basketball with his friends, then wind up doing something else. Andi, one of the bad girls, is hanging around him a lot, too. Someone sees him out with another girl and lets Stacey know, so Stacey and Claudia stalk him but don’t see anything particularly incriminating.

While Stacey’s in New York, Claudia calls to let her know that Robert’s been hanging out with Andi. Well, not just hanging out. Making out. Stacey’s surprised to find herself less upset than she’d expected. It may have something to do with Ethan, a guy who’s been working with the Walkers and hanging out with her and the kids while she babysits. Ethan and Stacey have more in common than Stacey and Robert did anyway. (Sounds like he’s hotter, too.)

When Stacey gets back to Stoneybrook, Andi’s waiting for her, wanting to tell her about the cheating. Stacey tell her she already knows, adding that Robert isn’t hers to control, so if they want to be together, they can. She then tells Robert that they’re done, obviously. He pulls that “I hope we can still be friends” crap, but fortunately, Stacey isn’t ready for that. She’s totally ready for some Ethan lovin’, though.

In other storylines, Kristy’s off to Hawaii with her family, and Abby’s the acting president. She wants to throw a big Mexican festival to benefit an orphanage, but she’s not as organized as Kristy and doesn’t do well with the budgeting aspects of the event. The other BSC girls try valiantly to help out, but things barely come together. Because, you know, Kristy is the best at everything, so don’t even pretend you’re better than her.

Thoughts: Someone majorly screwed up – in Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter, Kristy had just left for Hawaii. At the beginning of this book, she’s about to leave. But Dawn isn’t in this book, and in the previous one, there was no mention of Stacey and Kristy being gone at the same time. So it’s like the two books are set in the same time period, but none of the events are the same.

Freaking A, this summer just WILL NOT END.

I guess unicorns, like sheep, are in, because that’s what Claudia has on her shirt.

I love this exchange:

Henry (five years old): “The Rice Krispies fell on the floor and I spilled the milk.”
Stacey: “Bummer. What did your mom do?”
Henry: “She looked up at the ceiling and said, ‘Give me strength!’ How could the ceiling give her strength?”
Grace (three years old): “Cereal is not heavy.”

Ghostwriter, it’s 1996. It’s time for Stacey to stop getting perms.

April 14, 2012

BSC Super Special #13, Aloha, Baby-sitters!: The BSC, Hawaiian Style

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I want to wear a grass skirt and hula on a beach in Hawaii like a dork, too!

Summary: The BSC girls (minus Kristy, Mallory, and Shannon; plus Logan and Robert) have raised all the money they need to go to Hawaii, so off they go. Jessi makes them all keep a journal of the trip for poor, unloved Mallory, which is why everyone gets a chapter:

  • Jessi spends the whole trip taking way too many pictures and writing down every little detail of the trip for Mallory. If I’d been with her, I would have hidden her camera and notebook.
  • Stacey and Robert aren’t getting along since he had the nerve to talk to another girl on the trip and Stacey’s uncharacteristically jealous. They go with a small group on a side trip that involves helicopter tours over a crater, and Stacey’s helicopter crashes. She and her group have to walk back to civilization, but the lack of food takes a toll on Stacey and she ends up passing out from low blood sugar. However, when she’s back with Robert, she sees how worried he was and they make up.
  • Mary Anne and Logan have decided to spend the trip TBI, together but independent, since their friends have been teasing that they spend too much time together. They avoid each other a lot but admit at the end of the trip that they wish they hadn’t, and they won’t try that again. Mary Anne also accepts a job sitting for a real Hawaiian family, who – shocking! – turn out to be like any other American family. Mary Ann is asked to sit again the next day, but instead she sends…
  • Claudia, who has been depressed for a lot of the trip. She’s just learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor and is uncomfortable with her Japanese heritage. She also wonders how Mimi, who was living in Japan during World War II, viewed the whole situation. When she sits for the Hawaiian family, she meets their grandfather, who’s Caucasian and served in the war. He tells her that he doesn’t have any animosity toward the Japanese, and in fact has Japanese-American friends. He also points out that the U.S. hurt Japan worse with the atomic bombs. After that, Claudia feels a lot better.
  • Dawn finds a little beach and enlists some local kids to clean it up.
  • Abby talks her way into a commercial for sunscreen by saying she’s on her school’s volleyball team (not true) and is 18 (SO not true). Karma gives her a sunburn.
  • Mallory and Kristy run a farm daycamp back in Stoneybrook, but Kristy’s barely in the book, other than to make everyone wear shirts advertising the club (yes, even in Hawaii). While at the park with a tantrum-throwing Jenny Prezzioso, Mallory encounters a woman who thinks she’s a horrible sitter and neglects her charges. The woman, Mrs. Wellfleet, even calls Kristy during a meeting to bash Mallory. Later on, Mallory takes her sisters to the park and catches Mrs. Wellfleet’s own son throwing a much bigger tantrum. Mal manages to be the bigger person and not rub it in the woman’s face.

Thoughts: Logan’s disappointed that they don’t get leis at the airport. I would be, too.

I think I’ve figured out why Abby’s so weird: She’s high from all of her allergy meds.

Trivia: Mary Anne is part Norwegian.

Before seeing sugarcane, Robert thought sugar was dug out of mines. What?

In the scene where Mrs. Wellfleet’s son is a terror, Margo Pike proves to be a wonderful kid. The boy steals the shovel she’s using, and at first she tries to be polite and tell him to return it. When he doesn’t, she finds something else to do. Then when he moves on to something else, Margo takes the shovel back. The kid gets mad, so she invites him to play with her. So out of eight kids, at least a couple Pikes are turning out all right.

I actually liked Claudia’s plotline. We don’t hear about her heritage a lot.

January 16, 2012

BSC #94, Stacey McGill, Super Sitter: Show Me the Money

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Stacey's sweater is cute, but those shoes...ick

Summary: Stacey wants to take Robert to a Broadway play for his birthday, which means she needs to babysit as much as possible so she can buy tickets. A job comes up for a family named the Cheplins; they need a sitter every afternoon right after school until 5:30. Even though it leaves her little time for homework, her friends, her mom, Robert, and other sitting jobs, Stacey takes it.

Mrs. Cheplin is hesitant at first since Stacey’s only 13. But Stacey wins her over with the fact that she has diabetes, which Dana Cheplin has just been diagnosed with. Mrs. Cheplin gives Stacey a bunch of household work to do along with watching the kids and helping them with their homework. Though she claims she still isn’t comfortable with the arrangement, only extending the deal two weeks at a time, Mrs. Cheplin keeps giving Stacey more and more responsibilities and paying her more for them.

Stacey’s happy with the money, but soon realizes how much time and energy the job is taking. She has to miss out on plans she’s made with Robert, her friends, and her mom so she can complete homework and do other things she isn’t able to do during the week. Dana has a diabetes-related emergency one day, and though Stacey handles it very responsibly and maturely, Mrs. Cheplin is still clearly not impressed with her.

On Valentine’s Day, things really start to come apart. Stacey forgot to buy Robert anything and finally tells him why she’s been working so hard. Then, after she has a particularly hectic day at the Cheplins’ but still only gets a two-week extension of the job, Stacey tells the BSC girls about all the chaos. They note that the money she’s been making isn’t as important as everything else in her life. Stacey realizes that she’s turning into her workaholic father and tells Mrs. Cheplin she can’t keep working for her every day. Robert may not get to go to Broadway, but Stacey’s still happy.

In the B-plot, Logan wants to buy Mary Anne a ring for Valentine’s Day. He asks Stacey for help picking it out, but she’s busy (of course), so she suggests that he ask Kristy instead. Charlotte and Becca spot Logan and Kristy ring-shopping together, and when they see him put the ring on her finger, they think Logan’s a two-timer and Kristy’s a home-wrecker. They spread the news to a bunch of other kids, and suddenly Kristy starts getting hate mail from eight-year-olds. She has no idea why kids are mad at her; her only idea is that some of the Bashers are mad at the Krushers.

When the news comes out and Logan tells the kids what was really going on, his sister Kerry admits that she canceled his and Mary Anne’s Valentine’s Day reservations (thinking he was going to take Kristy out instead). To make things up to them, the kids make them dinner, which is actually really sweet.

Thoughts: Kristy actually wants Stacey to turn down the job at the Cheplins’ because she won’t be free for other jobs. So she wants Stacey to say she can’t sit so she can…sit. Kristy, you’re a horrible businesswoman. I get her not wanting Stacey to sit every day, but can’t the girls split up the job? Turning it down completely would be a huge loss.

…Although Mrs. Cheplin is a huge bitca. I would never be able to handle working for her. She leaves Stacey two- and three-page-long lists of chores, such as doing laundry and starting dinner, which she’s expected to do in just over two hours, while helping the kids with their homework. She questions Stacey every time she can’t complete some task, like she’s testing Stacey to make sure she can handle everything. But they’re the sorts of things that a stay-at-home mom or housewife would complete over the course of a whole day, not in just a couple of hours. Then when Stacey finally tells her she has to quit, Mrs. Cheplin says it’s because she’s not mature enough for the job. Girl, please! She was more mature than any 13-year-old should be expected to be!

Mary Anne and Logan bring their own pencils to the bowling alley to keep score. Cough nerds cough.

October 14, 2011

BSC #87, Stacey and the Bad Girls: Getting the Band Back Together

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Steve Holt!

Summary: Stacey’s been spending a lot of time with Robert’s friends, since she and the BSC girls are still on the outs. They’re all bored during the summer, and Stacey’s home alone most of the time, so her new friends (Sheila, Jacqui, Heather, and Mia) come hang out with her. Stacey’s mom is clearly not thrilled about this, and after letting Stacey laze around for a little while, she tells her to get a job.

Stacey winds up working in Bellair’s childcare center, and her friends wait around for her every day so they can all hang out. They keep going shopping but act weird, not letting Stacey see the things they’ve gotten and asking her to buy weird stuff with her employee discount. Eventually they tell her that they buy the stuff at a 10% discount and return it for full price. Stacey doesn’t like this, but she’s too chicken to say anything, so she puts up with it. She also doesn’t want Robert to think she doesn’t like his friends, or put him in the position of having to choose between them and her.

The girls are all obsessed with a group called U4Me, and they get tickets to a concert. Well, they make Stacey wait in line to buy all their tickets while they go off and do other stuff. At the concert, the girls start drinking and smoking, which is how we know they’re bad. Stacey still doesn’t want to say anything, and she declines to drink, because she’s a good girl (and also because alcohol would screw up her blood sugar). The girls start getting rowdy (the Devil’s drink, you know) and get pulled out by security. Their parents are called and they’re all in major trouble, including Stacey, even though she didn’t actually do anything.

While this is all going on, Dawn’s mom’s cousin is in London for three weeks with his wife. They send their six-year-old daughter Amy to stay with the Schafer/Spiers, even though she’s never been away from her parents, she’s never met the Schafer/Spiers, and IT’S FOR THREE FREAKING WEEKS. Amy hates almost every second of her stay, and Mary Anne and Dawn aren’t too thrilled with her either.

One day while they’re playing hide-and-seek, Amy runs off and winds up at Bellair’s, somehow. Stacey knows who she is since, unlikely as it sounds, Claudia’s been reading her stories from the club notebook. She calls Dawn and Mary Anne, who come get Amy. From everything that’s happened, Stacey realizes that she doesn’t really like her new friends and she wants to hang out with the BSC girls again. Claudia goes to bat for her and gets her back in the club, though she’s on probation.

There’s also a very brief mention of Sunny’s mom having lung cancer and Dawn wanting to go back to California to be with her, but there will be more on that later.

Thoughts: Mia: “Stacey, you are sooo middle class.” First of all, that’s not an insult. Second, you can get your rich white butt out of my house.

Stacey’s really a doormat in this book. I usually think of her as pretty confident, so it’s interesting to see her act differently around a different group of people.

Stacey’s mom tells her to watch out for pickpockets. In Stamford. Stamford, Connecticut. It’s even more pathetic when you remember that they’re from New York.

July 27, 2011

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

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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.

April 19, 2011

BSC #76, Stacey’s Lie: Apparently Stacey’s Dad Has Got It Going On, Too

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There is a surprising lack of fire on Fire Island

Summary: Stacey’s dad wants to take her on vacation, and she asks to go to Fire Island, where her boyfriend Robert is working for the summer. She decides not to tell her dad or Claudia, who’s also coming. Claudia finds out about Robert’s presence on the island soon after they arrive, and Stacey tells her she didn’t say anything because she didn’t think Claudia would want to come if she knew she’d wind up as a fifth wheel. Stacey’s dad is, unsurprisingly, never around, so Claudia’s the only person Stacey has to tell where she’s going. Claudia keeps her mouth shut but is obviously not happy to have her vacation with her best friend interrupted.

Stacey rushes a girls’ night with Claudia so she can be with Robert, and Claudia decides that’s the last straw. They stop talking, and when Kristy, Mary Anne, and Shannon come visit for a weekend, Claudia turns them against Stacey. She also leaves early because she can’t stand to be in the same house with Stacey.

Robert and Stacey run into Stacey’s dad and a woman named Samantha, and he reveals that he arranged for Samantha to stay on the island so they could see each other during their vacation. He’s upset with Stacey for lying about her reasons for wanting to come to Fire Island, and they stop talking as well. Even though he brought his girlfriend along and lied about it. Jerk.

Robert doesn’t like how Stacey acted toward her father and best friend, so he dumps her. She finds out that Claudia was selling some photos in a shop on the island, and she’s upset that Claudia didn’t feel she could tell her about it. She realizes that she made a huge mistake and makes up with her dad. She also realizes that she needs to work through her issues about her dad dating someone. And then, almost as an afterthought, Stacey also patches things up with Claudia and Robert.

In the B-plot, Mallory and Jessi are working at a day camp, which Haley and Vanessa are attending. They wear the same bathing suit one day and for some reason it leads to a huge fight. They spend the whole book terrorizing each other until Jessi and Mallory make them work together. Snore.

Thoughts: Stacey wears black jean shorts over blue tights. Shudder.

I have the British version of this book, and when Stacey wonders if Claudia will feel like a fifth wheel to her and Robert, it says, “She might think she’d be a gooseberry.” I’m totally saying that from now on. Other Britishisms: “holiday” for vacation, “subs” for dues, and “vice chairman” for vice president.

There’s a house on Fire Island that a doctor rents called Bedside Manor. That’s awesome.

Another Stacey outfit: She wears a sleeveless denim shirt and green leggings. The horror.

February 18, 2011

BSC #70, Stacey and the Cheerleaders: Mean Girls

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This living room needs the Style network ASAP

Summary: Stacey goes on a date with a basketball player named RJ, and though they don’t really hit it off, she gets the chance to hang out with “the Group,” the popular kids at SMS. They’re all jocks and cheerleaders, and they look down on her because she’s always hanging out with the BSC girls (two of whom are sixth-graders). Stacey starts dating Robert Brewster, who’s on the basketball team and is in “the Group,” but who doesn’t like how the popular kids at school are treated differently from the other kids.

The cheerleaders invite Stacey to try out for the squad, so she works with Jessi to develop a routine. She rocks the tryouts and thinks she’s a shoo-in. Later, she overhears a couple of the cheerleaders giving her backhanded compliments – she’s pretty and talented and blah blah blah, but her friends are losers and she’s dating a guy one of the cheerleaders likes. Stacey tries to brush off the comments and focus on becoming a cheerleader, but when the announcement comes, she’s shocked to learn that the cheerleaders have gone with a different girl. They explain to Stacey that she was so good, they felt threatened by her.

Since Stacey now knows how awful the cheerleaders really are, not making the squad isn’t a huge loss, especially when the BSC girls were so supportive and helpful. Robert, however, is disgusted and announces that he’s quitting the basketball team in protest. Someone writes a nasty editorial for the school paper about Stacey and Robert’s lack of school spirit, like, what did Stacey do? Then the girl who won the spot on the squad also quits, which is kind of awesome, and the cheerleaders ask Stacey to join after all, so this time she rejects them. Also awesome. And then she and Robert write a really cheesy response to the editorial, which isn’t awesome, but you can’t win ’em all.

In the B-plot, Shannon’s sister Tiffany is feeling all Jan Brady, so Mary Anne suggests she look for a hobby. The story is so boring that the book only devotes, like, three chapters to it. Skipping all the dullness, I’ll just say that Tiffany wants to grow a garden. Yay, Tiffany!

Thoughts: Stacey wears plum courderoys. I don’t know about that, Stace….

Were teenagers still saying “go steady” in 1993? I was 11 but I don’t remember. I’m going to guess no.

Didn’t Shannon say in Kristy and the Snobs that Tiffany sometimes babysits in the neighborhood? She’s ten, so that’s ridiculous, but if she’s able to babysit, why does she need a babysitter herself?

“Mal said she’s having a fantastic time. She spends all day reading.” Quick, someone give me mono!

Stacey’s outfit for her date with RJ: “A black-and-white plaid unitard with a tankstyle top, covered with a black, oversized cotton knit jersey.” I’m scared to even think about what that would look like.

Apparently the cheerleading squad has no coach and the girls are allowed to pick the new members. Yes, letting 13-year-olds make those kinds of decisions is a terrific idea.