Good riddance Stacey! Oh damn, you come back later. I thought we’d gotten rid of you.
So, Stacey’s dad gets transferred back to New York, and he won’t commute, so they’re moving back. Which I don’t get. They can’t be that far from New York, given that they’re near Stamford. So how come no one commutes into the city? I know commuting sucks, but still! Anyway, Stacey is torn between wanting to move back to the city and staying with all her friends in Stoneybrook. And how will she tell Charlotte? And how will they fit an entire house into an apartment? And what will the BSC do without her?
Well, they’re moving, so Stacey convinces her mom to let the BSC run a yard sale, which goes swimmingly. And the other girls, unbeknownst to Stacey, decide to use the money to throw a huge going away party with ALL THE KIDS THEY BABYSIT FOR. (I apologizes for the bad grammar, but the whole idea is just soooo appalling). And Dawn gets promoted to treasurer, and they invite Mallory to sort of audition for the BSC. And Stacey leaves, but has calling cards stating that she’s the New York branch of the BSC. And…curtain.
So, what’s to ridicule here? How about “Dawn Read Schafer?” Is that bad enough? How about the cover? There’s a SCARY sheet that says “See you soon Stacey,” and Stacey looks like a Stepford babysitter. And Claudia looks like Delta Burke. But freakiest of all? Dawn looks just like Snake from Degrassi (both the original and the next generation) but with long hair. It’s fuh-reaky.
Okay, the whole party thing? You’ve got to be kidding me. First, they spend all their profits from the yard sale on toys and prizes for the kids and a couple of cakes. And they all get messy and play little kid games. And that’s the most amazing party idea ever! According to all the girls anyway. Somehow I doubt that a group of 13-year-old are crazy psyched about a big party during which, they are essentially babysitting.
Also, this is the book that makes a big deal out of a classmate named Dorianne Wallingford. Yup. Classy.
Oh, and Stacey talks about how she and Claudia are “amazingly different, yet amazingly alike. For instance, Claudia is Japanese-American…I’m just American. Well, technically I guess I’m Scottish-American and French-American…Plus, Claudia is a terrible student but a great artist, and I’m a good student, but I don’t know a thing about art.” Oooh, what a list of similarities and differences.
Yes, Stacey thinks she’s old enough to get some charge cards. Oh, and the list of amazing stores in New York: Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Tiffany’s, Benetton, LAURA ASHLEY, Ann Taylor, Bonwit Teller, Bergdorf Goddman, and B. Altman’s. Yep, everyone’s favorite Laura, and what self-respecting 13-year-old shops at Ann Taylor. Isn’t a little, um, professional for the junior high set?
There’s actually a lot to bitch about in this one, but I have to go to bed. Stupid working early in the morning! Two more things, though.
1. I HATE THE WHOLE MORBIDDA DESTINY THING! SO STUPID!
2. Dawn actually says, “People in California don’t have yard sales.” MY ASS! Come on Cali readers, back me up on this one! I refuse to believe that nowhere in Southern California has there ever been a yard sale (or a more convoluted sentence).