Subplot, aka THE CLUNKIEST AND MOST OBVIOUS FORESHADOWING EVER, Marilyn and Carolyn, the twins from Mallory and the Trouble with Twins, aren’t getting along. They’re becoming their own girls, but they’re fighting and competing for their parents affections. And Marilyn has no friends while Carolyn is all popular. So Marilyn makes up an exotic and exciting friend named…Gozzie Kunka. And not one of the BSC even suspects that this person is made up. So, they finally start getting along when they ask to have their own bedrooms. Voila, problem solved. And this is going on the entire time Dawn and Mary Anne are deciding to share a room after the wedding. And no one connects the two. Of course, as not complete idiots, we can see where this is going in book 31, Dawn’s Wicked Stepsister.
This one wasn’t very exciting. Lots of stupid little fights, none of which I wanted to read about. Waaaaaaaay too much unsubtle foreshadowing (which really makes me miss Joss Whedon),
There were a few weird little things, though.
- Apparently, because of her diabetes, Stacey has to check her urine every day. I’m pretty sure this is only time that the word urine was ever uttered in the entire series. I could be wrong, but this totally made me double take. (And made me glad I read chapter 2.)
- Oh, and if Stacey visits her dad soooo much, why is she always in town? Why doesn’t she ever miss anything? Just curious.
- I’m totally blaming Stacey’s “body wave in her short blond hair” for all my bad perms in the 80s.
- I never had Mary Anne pegged as a school nerd. Sure, quite the goody goody, but not particularly attached to school. In this one, however, she made up “The Game of School,” a complete rip-off of the Game of Life. She’s all proud, and she gives the game to the twins to play, not even imagining the fight that it’s going to cause. I guess that comes from being an only child, cause anyone with siblings knows that the Game of Life is second only to Monopoly in terms of guaranteed ways to start a screaming match. Oh well. She’ll learn soon enough.
- Okay, so, Sharon is always “scatterbrained,” but it DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE! Scatterbrained is constantly misplacing thing, sure, but I sincerely doubt leaving ONE HIGH HEELED SHOE IN THE VEGETABLE CRISPER is scatterbrained. What was she even doing with the shoe in the fridge? Every time ANM gives us an example of how scatterbrained she is, my head explodes from sheer bafflement. None of it makes any sense!
- Oh, and I had totally forgotten how the only real brand ANM mentions in the earlier books is Laura Ashley.