Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Are you done saying "Ew" and pretending to barf? Good.; or, BSC #67: Dawn's Big Move

Okay, I wasn't sure if I'd read this one first time around, and I don't think I did. If I did, I totally don't remember a single thing about it, which doesn't speak highly of its merits.

So, in this one, Dawn's crazy homesick for Cali and for her dad and Jeff. So, she decides she wants to go for a really long (like 6 months) visit. And her parents work it out, and the trip is happening, and then Dawn spends the rest of the book angsting about how people are coping so well with the fact that she's leaving. And of course she has second thoughts and changes her mind right before the trip, only to have a heart to heart with her mom, which helps her realize she's making the right decision. And we end with Dawn on the plane. Blah.

Subplot: There's this weird charity field-day type competition between Stoneybrook and neighboring Lawrenceville. And of course there are family teams and BSC teams and everyone is all into it, including the townie kids, and apparently we're supposed to think that these kids practicing and getting all competitive is hilarious, as opposed to mainly boring. And Stoneybrook wins, cause why would a town that's never mentioned again in the entire series win?

The plot of this one was really, really boring. Seriously, it alternated between reading about Dawn being all lame or everyone being all lame about the competition-y thing. So, the only things that propelled me through this one are:


  1. Dawn and Mary Anne making "Tofu Garden Delight." Mary Anne's never heard of arrowroot, which I found a little odd, given the fact that she's a babysitter, and babies eat arrowroot cookies. But maybe that's just me?

  2. I'm sorry, Dawn, but people in New England are allowed to say that southern California doesn't really have seasons. You can argue with them, but they will probably win.

  3. Oh, "One of our members, Stacey McGill, got a crush on some guy and started hanging out with him and his friends. Well, they were pretty wild..." is just WRONG. Stacey hung out with them cause she caught the surfing bug. She did NOT have a crush on any of the boys. Manuscript assistant should've read "California Girls" before including that little tidbit.

  4. Mal, you can only discover a magic land in a wardrobe, not in the back of closet. Narnia is not in Claud's closet. Maybe the black hole of Calcutta, but not Narnia.

  5. Shut up, Dawn, we know you're all afraid of New York. You don't need to remind us.

  6. Foosball is not table hockey, ANM. It is nothing like hockey. It's table soccer (or football, for all you non-Americans). Dumbass.

  7. Okay, so one of the events in Run for Your Money (the stupid charity thingee) is an underwear race, during which you strip and run and have to cross the finish line in your undies. Now, I've never heard of this sort of thing, but I'm hardly one to talk, as I once went to an underwear party, and I walked around looking quite fetching in my skirt and bra. But I swan (heh.). For the event, Sharon bought Richard "a Simpsons tank top undershirt and an oversized pair of boxer shorts with red hearts on them." Stupid sexy Richard.

  8. All the notebook entries in this book are wicket short. And Claud spells Jamie as Jammie. Heh.

  9. Oh, so Kristy gets crazy bitchy about Dawn leaving, like she's doing it on purpose just to fuck with Kristy and the rest of the BSC. Now, I don't like to defend Dawn, but seriously, the girl has to make the big decisions for herself, not based on how they'll affect the club. So, shut up, Kristy!

  10. Hee. It's My Big Fat Greek Family Reunion, complete with whole lambs on spits. Hee.

  11. Oh, poor Jessy. Her cousin/N.J. best friend Keisha's acting like a sullen teenager. And she has a "bad" friend and is all interested in boys...Well, it's a good thing Mal is emotionally retarded and will never act like a teenage girl.

  12. Your fashion fix this week comes not from Claud, but from the Spier household: "I put on my one-piece bathing suit, then threw a sweat suit over it [now that's California casual!], and jammed my feet into a pair of sneakers...Mom was racing aroun dthe kitchen, dressed in very chic running shorts, with a matching top, leg warmers, and brand-new white sneakers. Richard was wearing a baggy, stiff pair of jeans; a paint-stained sweat shirt; an dhis brown, hideous 'comfortable walking shoes.'" I'm totally singing "Let's get physical, physical..." while picturing Sharon.

  13. "Do you know what it's like to be a vegetarian surrounded by nothing but hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, and fried chicken? Torture!
    We finally settled on a stand that sold corn on the cob [Is it hothouse corn?] and bags of peanuts." Yes, Dawn, please bitch some more about how hard it is for you to be all healthy in Connecticut. Please, I haven't heard it enough. Really. I love hearing you whine.

  14. Oh my god. Another fucking goodbye party with lots of little kids. GET A LIFE AND SOME OTHER FRIENDS YOUR AGE, YOU STUPID BITCHES!



Wow, this was a mean entry. Oh well.

Oh, and the "Dear Reader" page at the end? ANM is all "my big decision was whether or not to go to Smith or Mt. Holyoke, and my heart led me to Smith..." which I think is funny, cause they don't really list her among the illustrious alums in all their promo materials. Hee.

32 comments:

Anita said...

Yeah, and doesn't Dawn move back to California for good in a book in the mid 100's? I remember reading it in 1995, and it spawned off some stupid spinoff series with Dawn's friends?

Anonymous said...

okay-get this...
I was a dorky kid in the day that was an aspiring writer (still am) and I oftentimes wrote my favorite authors.
Well I wrote AMM several times and once I wrote and said that Dawn was eating fish... But she's supposed to be a vegetarian!
Well-- I got a response from AMM. She wrote, "P.S. Fish is not meat."

Wtf?! I thought Dawn felt bad for all the animals and stuff.

Anonymous said...

^ LOL. You just pointed out a foible of one of her ghost-writers, and she was all pissed but she couldn't go psycho at a fan. So she went psycho at the ghost-writer, fired them, then wrote you a lovely little note full of lies to satisfy you. :P Just kidding.

Yes, this book was kinda... whiney.

Annie said...

This book was VERY whiney, and made me wonder why anyone was friends with Kristy. When you announce a life-altering decision and your friend doesn't try to help you out, but instead worries about their club? Maybe it's time for new friends...

Margie said...

LMAO at "fish is not meat".

Tenacious said...

seriously was stoneybrook in a timp warp? One day= 3 months? I fail to belive all of this went on during ONE school year!

didnt she go to cali like 3 times for "good" in the series? And how many spring breaks/vacations do these kids get? Man I would have loved to go to SMS in that case LOL

I actually liked Dawn although sometimes she tended to be a know it all...

Sophia said...

I wonder if people from Southern California are offended by the portrayal Dawn gives in these books by saying all they eat is hummus and pita bread and are all uppity about their weather conditions...

Bah. Dawn is probably why I will never want to live in SoCal.

Anonymous said...

I didn't read this one. I didn't get much higher than the 30s I guess. This blog is so great, thanks.

Stephanie said...

anita - 88 was when Dawn left for good.

yeah, i spent almost a year in So. Cal, and imagine my shock when they ate OMG meat! okay, i wasn't really shocked. but yeah, Kristy's whole "The club comes before your life!" deal always made me want to bitchslap her.

and if i recall correctly, didn't Dawn eat chicken early in the series?

Rach said...

if she procrastinated for 6 months - then what fricken grade are they in?

i hate these alternate fictional universes when eighth grade lasts for like 15 years.

kelly said...

yes , being from san diego, dawn makes me sick with her so.cal. remarks. i've never even heard of all that veggie crap she eats! and no, not everyone in california is blonde haired and blue eyed. argh i hate dawn.

Anonymous said...

Sophia, I grew up in Los Angeles, and I remember wanted to basically beat Dawn senseless every other time she said anything stupid at all about Californians being all hippie vegetarians that are blonde. Girl, you live near fucking AHAHEIM. Do Hispanic Californians not exist in Dawn's world? Give me a fucking break.

Oh, and SoCal totally doesn't have seasons. I was always mad though, how Stacey made NYC seem cool but Dawn made California seem lame, when we really all know the reverse is true ... right? ;) California love.

Sara said...

Y'know, I went to Smith for a year, and during a tour, they showed us a room where they keep all the books written by Smith alums....

AND somebody in my group actually asked if they had all the Baby-Sitters Club books in there!!! I think the tour guide said yes...but I didn't get to see them all. TOO FUNNY.

And OMG, I think I hate that prissy bitch Dawn. Oooof.

McGeek said...

I'm with the rest of the SoCalers in the absolute hatred of Dawn. I was always very confused whenever she described California, because I could never figure out what part of Southern California she was from where there was nothing but hippy vegetarians and no meat for miles. Now I find out she's from Anaheim, and is only 20 minutes from the original In & Out Burger? Girl's trippin if she thinks there's no meat eaters around here. Personally I always imagined her living in some imaginary land where Arcata and Newport magically merged to form a brave new world. Especially because I'm sure it was said somewhere that she lived minutes away from the beach, and though I couldn't exactly calculate distance at such a young age, I was sure that must have been wrong.

Anonymous said...

It's really interesting read the first ten books, compared to all the others (esp. the later ones, like 60+) and notice the real change in mood. The later books make Kristy out to be a total bitch, but in the first couple of books, she CRIES several times. She has, you know, feelings and stuff. And when Dawn is first introduced, she's not really bitchy at all. All the characters have their flaws and foibiles and whatever, but they're not stereotypes. They're just who they are. In the later books, it's just not like that. Stupid ghost writers.

Margie said...

Jumping on the California bandwagon, the only "California" stereotypes I fit is that I'm naturally blonde and hate cold weather. Then again, I'm from the SF bay area, not SoCal... but still. Come ON. I've been to SoCal many times, and it's more Hispanic than yuppie white hippie vegetarian.

buffykay70 said...

i agree that this book was boring. wow, dawn misses california (for the 2000th time)

and kristy was such a beeyotch. being angry at dawn for wanting to be happy cos shes deserting the dumb baby sitting club. get a life kristy.

metalia said...

Dawn is such a caricature of...I don't even know what. ANM's impression of all California girls? Which she gleaned from staring at a Malibu Barbie propped up on her writing table? HATE!

(Also? I love this blog to no end.)

Katherine said...

I love this blog. And you, by default. *earnest*

Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't know why there are all the "Dawn haters" or other "character haters". The BSC series is fictional, so it doesn't need to have all the facts right.
Why "hate" "Dawn" for the incorrect stuff she says, when it's the writers who made her that way? Plus keep in mind that the series is FICTIONAL.
Personally, I really didn't notice or cared about any of the incorrect info/inconsistencies as pointed out by all the comments above (and in other posts). I prefer to just enjoy a great character and book series just as it is rather than complain/criticize/nitpick about everything. Then again, maybe I'm not as cynical and critical about things as most of the so called 'BSC fans' seem to be.

Anonymous said...

i *think* people are just having fun talking about it.

K said...

etiI think that those of us who grew up loving the BSC recognize the qualities that intriqued us from the beginning, but, 15 years later, can also poke frun at the inconsitencies and occasional ridiculousness. It's just fun.

ccburd said...

Anonymous?? ANM, is that you?? Don't get all crazy about us 'Dawn Haters'- it's just grown ups having a good time calling fictional 13 year olds bitches and telling them to shut up. I am re-reading the whole series now and this blog makes me LMAO!! Don't get your panties in a wad, ANM! have some fun!

Artemis said...

A really naughty part of me wants ANM to see this blog now! I'd love to see her reaction.

I agree. Dawn moves, comes back, and moves again way too many times for Stoneybrook to be in anything but a time warp. Kristy was pretty bitchy in later books about the club, too. Also, if I were Dawn's stepsister, I think I'd have to break out the red meat at least once a day, just to torment my weirdass vegetarian sister.

hyperfine said...

I don't think I ever read this one, but I gotta say, if the entires town was participating in any kind of underwear race, I'd be fleeing to the opposite coast pretty fast.

Allie said...

Yeah, they do start a spin-off called California Diaries or some crap like that... The books are about all of Dawn's Cal friends that are gay, anorexic, and skanks and don't try to deny it like Claudia and Stacey...

Anonymous said...

if you hate the fucking books then why do you read them???
just asking
i love them!
bye

bazu said...

I got a response from AMM. She wrote, "P.S. Fish is not meat."


SO much hate to ANM. What is fish, Anne? A vegetable? A mineral? An awesome pair of pink and turquoise stirrup pants with a hot pink and yellow striped oversize shirt?

I remember another time, Dawn's mom bought steaks or hamburgers or something to have a BBQ- way to be a vegetarian, losers.

Zesty Cactus said...

"a Simpsons tank top undershirt and an oversized pair of boxer shorts with red hearts on them."

Um. Sexy?

Actually, I take that back. I want a Simpsons undershirt.

Kate Magee! said...

and why the fuck are Richard and Sharon ringing the doorbell at their own house?

Anonymous said...

omg i dont even know how to start!!! and this book is boring that i fell asleep! i hate dawn's remarks about california. NOT EVERYONE IN CALIFORNIA IS BLONDE HAIRED AND BLUE EYES! NOR EATING HEALTH FOOD SAND NOT EATING JUNK FOOD!!! THATS NOT TRUE! THEN dawn has the NERVE to get all mad at mary anne cause she was moving in a new house. acutaaly i can feel mary anne's pain cause it is hard to move in a another house from the house u grew up in. then dawn gets all bitchy and fuck i hate dawn with a passiomn and hope she fucking dies!!

Dana said...

It's funny but Dawn was only gone like 3 months not six. She left in September and came back in December. Nice math Ann