- This book apparently takes places “about a year and half” Dawn showed up in Stoneybrook. Gotta love the magical passing of non-passing time.
- “You can always count on Claudia to be wearing some really unusual outfit, like a white jumpsuit with a wide purple belt and purple high-top sneakers.” So, now Claud’s a gay housepainter. Unusual!
- And this is before it was decreed from Martin-on-High that Richard and Sharon were going to get married, as one of the major reasons Dawn decides not stay in Cali is because she doesn’t want her mom to marry the Trip-Man.
- Some of the odd things I remember from these books: all the girls yelling “No anchovies!” when ordering a pizza at Dawn’s going away slumber party; Dawn’s description of her stewardess (flight attendant, dammit!) as a Kewpie doll, and me having no clue what that was. But this is what it is:
- Yeah, Dawn lives in Anaheim. You got a problem with her being all O.C.? Cause from now on, I’m totally picturing her as Mischa Barton with a bad bleach job. Palo City my ass.
- Did you ever wonder why the We <3 Kids Club even bothered?
- ”I loved the way everything in California was so easy, so free.” Has Ms. Martin ever been to Southern California? Dawn’s not from Haight Ashbury, she’s from Anaheim. Apparently, Dawn has no concept of traffic or pollution or plastic surgery or starving television stars (which did exist in the 80s, thank you Tracey Gold!). Whatever, Dawn. You and all your Cali friends look alike and like the same things and are boring me senseless.
- I doubt that a six year old will really remember much about someone who last sat for her A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. Stupid hippie children.
- God, even in a book that takes places on the opposite coast (aside from which, um CONNECTICUT IS ALSO THE COAST! Sure, not much by way of beaches, but it’s on the farking ocean!), we still have to suffer Karen going on about Ben Brewer haunting the third floor. Shut up, Karen.
- Oh, yeah, the We <3 Kids Club is actually working on something cool, healthy recipes that kids can make, and Dawn turns it into “See how different it is! Healthy!”
- Also, it cracks me up when “healthy” foods are actually “gourmet” foods. For example, Mrs. Bruen makes fish fillets baked with tomatoes and covered with cheese sauce. While not fried fast food, the dish is still covered in cheese sauce and therefore not particularly healthy. Also, it’s nothing like the barley casseroles or nut loaves or whatever Dawn normally considers health food.
- I sincerely doubt that Dawn and her brother get along so well all the time.
- Dawn doesn’t have Mary Anne’s number memorized. Now, I currently don’t have my best friend’s number memorized, but that’s because I only have a celly, and she’s on speed dial. However, up until I got a cell with speed dial/stopped using a land line for long distance, I had it down. And I really have a hard time believing that every time Dawn wants to call MA, she goes to her address book and looks at the first name listed under S.
- Dawn thinks that the BSC looks like an ad for the U.N., cause it’s so diverse. I had to fight not to cross out U.N. and write Benetton in my book.
In addition to a lot of cheesiness, this book also features the best foreshadowing ever: Dawn’s dad suggests that she bring the BSC next time she visits—“The Baby-sitters Club in California? It was a great idea.”