It never ceases to amaze me: these girls refuse to ask for help from adults. I know, they’re 13 (or 11) (or 12 in the early books), and they want to be grown ups, and they want to be independent, but they don’t even go to adults when something dangerous or potentially illegal might be going on. Instead, they go all girl-detective and try to solve the problems themselves.
The problem in this book? After Jessi wins the coveted role of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, she starts getting threatening notes and her shit gets stolen and mutilated. And someone pours water on the floor or something, and Jessi falls and twists her ankle. But no, she wont go to her teacher, cause she doesn’t want to be seen as a baby or something. I’m still not sure why she wouldn’t go for help when her (expensive) dance clothes and shoes get STOLEN. Instead, she sets up trap and “catches” the girl who’s been doing it, and it’s boring. And Claud’s all helpful with suggestions from reading too much Nancy Drew. Blah.
Subplot: The BSC decides to hold a pet show in which all the kids they sit for can show their respective pets. And then they’re surprised when all the kids get super competitive. Duh. So, Jessi to the rescue with an idea to give prizes to all the kids that enter. Which I’m surprised that no one thought of earlier.
Did you know that, apparently, “California casual” means wearing a denim shirt with jeans? Cause this is at least the second book I’ve seen with Dawn on the cover wearing exactly that. Speaking of Dawn, did you know that “bean sprouts are to Dawn what Ho-Ho’s are to Claudia?” So, how did you do on the analogy section BSC/SAT? I got a 740! (Well, that’s the old scoring system. I don’t know how many points are on the new fangled scoring system).
Your fashion fix for the week?
“Claudia looked extremely cool and exotic, as usual. Her hair was briaded with silver ribbons, and she wore a shimmery dark blue minidress [Is it just me, or does the phrase ‘shmmery dark blue minidress’ bring to mind disturbing notions of Brenda Walsh?]. On her feet were silver sandals with laces up the calves—kind of like toe shoes.
Stacey had on a tuxedo! That’s right, a tuxedo, just like one a boy would wear. But it was made to fit her perfectly, and she looked great. She must have gotten it in New York…Dawn and Mary Anne must have traded clothes—they do that a lot—because I recognized Mary Anne’s new Laura Ashley dress on Dawn, and Dawn’s pink jumpsuit on Mary Anne.”
Am I the only one that doesn’t buy Mary Anne and Dawn swapping clothes all the time? “California casual” doesn’t seem too compatible with “stuffy New England preppy,” but what do I know?