So, apparently Stacey’s titular mistake was thinking that her friends were hicks, or that they weren’t? I’m still not sure I understand the frenemy dynamics in this one. Anyway, a bunch of the adults in Stacey’s building (this is during the few months she lives back in New York) decide to have a big meeting about the homeless problem. Five different families want the “New York branch of the BSC” to sit, so she decides to invite Mary Anne, Kristy, Claudia and Dawn to come to the city to visit and to sit for 10 kids during the homeless meeting. And Stacey is a total hag the entire time, bitching because her friends embarrass her by:
- being loud when they’re in public
- being excited by everything, even stupid things
- being afraid of everything (Dawn)
- being jealous of Laine (Claudia)
- knowing too much trivia about New York (Mary Anne)
- and essentially not having grown up in New York
So, after random blowups/fights/making up without saying I’m sorry, they wind up having a great night at the theatre and riding IN A LIMO (which is short for limousine, according to Mary Anne’s letter to Logan).
This is one of those books where things are either sophisticated or unsophisticated:
Laine=sophisticated (“Laine was beyond chic. She had chosen a short black dress, black stockings, and simple black flats. On one wrist was a single silver bangle bracelet. On her dress was one of those silver squiggle pins. Her fluffy brown hair was newly permed and perfectly cut. She looked wonderful—at least nineteen.”)
Mary Anne=unsophisticated (her party outfit looks like a costume from Little House on the Prairie, she’s too touristy)
Definitely wanted to smack Stacey…She gets pissed at her Stoneybrook friends cause they’re not sophisticated, instead of making her NY friends be more friendly…
On a related not, I used to obsessed with those squiggle pins…I thought they were the coolest things, especially when worn on sweater dresses. Yep, I grew up in the 80s.