Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It’s nice to know boys aren’t aliens from the planet Snorzak or something; or, BSC #10: Logan Likes Mary Anne

Oh, this week is sooooooooo much easier than last week! No guilt here!

So, in this book, Mary Anne meets Logan. Does anything else matter? Almost every fucking book in the series mentions cute Logan with his cute Kentucky accent! And this is where it all began! Aren’t you totally psyched?!?!?

The plot, broadly sketched…

Mary Anne crushes on the new boy…the BSC give him a tryout, but everyone is embarrassed by the words “bra straps” (said in a whisper)…enter Jackie Rodowski…Logan asks Mary Anne on dates…Stacey decides to throw a party and give Mary Anne a surprise cake…Mary Anne gets embarrassed at a dance and flees her own party…she gets a kitten…and a boyfriend…and Logan becomes the very first associate member of the Baby-sitters Club…the end.

The fun stuff, with bullets!


  • Number one reason to join the BSC? “We baby-sit for the kids in our neighborhoods, and we have a lot of fun – and earn pretty much money, too.” That’s convincing...

  • “I’d never been very interested in boys, either. This wasn’t because I didn’t like them; it was because I was afraid of them. I used to think, What do you say to a boy? Then I realized you can talk to a boy the same way you talk to a girl. You just have to choose your topics more carefully. Obviously, with a boy, you can’t talk about bras or cute guys you see on TV [oh, so that’s what I’m doing wrong! See, I thought boys like hearing about underwear…], but you can talk about school and movies and animals [huh?] and sports (if you know anything about sports).” Love lessons from M.A.

  • “Dawn was wearing a pretty snappy outfit – hot-pink shorts with a big, breezy island-print shirt over a white tank top.” Snappy!

  • Oh no! Don’t mention dads around Kristy, cause it makes her think of her own deadbeat one, despite her new Daddy Warbucks…

  • Mary Anne goes goo-goo over Cam Geary…going so far as using gum to hang posters in her locker.

  • Corrie Lalique. Heh. OMG, she’s 14 and she’s not flat!

  • I totally remembered this thing: “I was all set for eighth grade. My brand-new binder was filled with fresh paper; I had inserted neatly labeled dividers, one for each subject, among the paper; and a pencil case containing pens, pencil, an eraser, a ruler, and a pack of gum was clipped to the inside front cover.”

  • “We would have a real graduation ceremony in June. After that, we would go on to the high school.” Keep dreamin’, sweetheart!

  • ANM is the worst dialect writer. Ever. “ ‘In Luevulle. Ah’ve haid plainy of expuryence.’ ‘Way-ull.’” I can’t find any other examples right now, but you know what I’m saying…

  • “…so I put on a pair of small hoop earrings…” Um, I thought she didn’t have her ears pierced.

  • Oh, here’s Mr. Ohdner!

  • Yes, Claudia it must be hard to be a parent. But for more reasons than your kid putting stickers all over the door.

  • Apparently, Stacey remembers when she longed to be nine…

  • MARY ANNE’S DANCE/PARTY OUTFIT! HE-EY! “…a full white skirt with the words Paris, Rome, and London, and sketchy pink and blue pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Bridge, and other stuff scrawled all over it. She matched it up with a pink shirt and a baggy pink sweater…white slip-ons with pink and blue edging that matched the pink and blue in the skirt…” Oh, yeah. That’s hot!

  • Kristy cancels a BSC meeting so everyone can help Mary Anne get ready for the dance. MY ASS!

  • You might be wondering what everyone else wore to the dance…”Claudia was wearing short, tight-fitting black pants and a big white shirt that said BE-BOP all over it in between pictures of rock and roll dancers. She had fixed a floppy blue bow in her hair. Stacey was wearing a white T-shirt under a hot pink [wait for it…] jumpsuit. Dawn and Kristy looked more casual. Dawn was wearing a green and white oversized sweater and stretchy green pants. Kristy was wearing a white turtleneck shirt under a pink sweater with jeans. We just couldn’t seem to get her out of blue jeans.” Yup.

  • SMS dances had bands playing? Like, live ones?

  • Poor, old Mrs. Porter. Yeah, poor, her, living next to stupid bitch Karen.

  • How is people surprising you with a cake and presents like “one of those dreams in which you go to school naked, or study and study for an important test and then sleep through your alarm clock and miss it?” I like cake, I like presents. You should give me both! You should surprise me with both!

  • “Our club had boy members. Well, one anyway.” And that’s all there’ll ever be…


Ah, yes…the cover that spawned a million future-fag-hag crushes!



And one that most certainly did not...

50 comments:

Randi Radio said...

EWWWWWW at the British cover!!! It looks like an older dad-type man seducing a little girl!!!!! As in 10 years old, not 13!!

Anonymous said...

Ha, MA's love lessons.

I remember totally loving the outfits in this book. The famous cities skirt...and correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Stacey obsessed with buying MA underwear when they go on their shopping trip?

Snorzak. Oh-kay.

The British cover is so depressing.

Anonymous said...

That is so super-crazy-sub-arctic-snowbound!

reanon said...

oh wow i've never seen the british covers before!!! that's so wrong!

*shudders at some of those outfits*

Anonymous said...

The British covers of all the BSC books are super duper oooogly! What were they thinking?

Anonymous said...

Man, those covers are bad! The peoiple are not just oooogly... they are defromed looking!

little miss sunshine said...

I will throw my two cents in on the British cover. It looks like an after school special,the one where they talk about "bad touches". She should really talk to an adult that she trusts

Anonymous said...

Ick. I saw that British cover, and the words "statutory rape" crossed my mind.

(takes a quick shower)

Tenacious said...

LOL @ Little Miss Sunshine

I was thinking the same thing...Very very creepy.

I think I had that skirt or shirt, I remember having something with famous cities all over it *ducks*

Wow. Gotta love Stacey's and Claud's outfit, they were so the cool girls who smoked cigarettes in the girl's bathroom at school...how rebel-ish for 8th grade

Kathy said...

OMG
Hilarious. I remember the famous cities skirt!!!
And how she kicked the shoe off and hit some guy in the head at the dance???
Don't forget the exclaimation point:
"Logan Likes Mary Anne!"
yes man.

Tiff said...

I can't believe I forgot the exclamation point! (and a few more for good measure!!!!) I think I was distracted by the political goings-on. Shennanigans, what have you...

Anonymous said...

Daddy Warbucks indeed

Jen said...

In college I knew a guy from Kentucky who had the cutest accent, and I always thought of him as somewhat-grown-up Logan.

Anonymous said...

I STILL think MA's outfit is cool. Like, seriously. I would wear that, with maybe different shoes that weren't so matchy-matchy.

This was like Ms. Martin's nod to all the puberty-filled books of her time. Maybe she fancied herself as a poor man's Judy Blume.

Abbey said...

Yeah, I have to say that ANM is HORRIBLE at writing dialects...being from Louisville, Ky originally myself, I KNOW what a Louisville accent sounds (and looks) like. This ain't it!!

He sounds like he's from Gaw-ja, y'all!

And P.S. ANM - it's Lu-a-vul, Thank you very much! ; )

Anonymous said...

Logan Like Mary Anne! was one of my favorites. I remember the skirt and the whole super-organized binder for 8th grade shpiel also. Classic, truly classic. I totally agree with the british cover comments. And, I remember looking at the original American covers and thinking - wow! everyone looks so grown up and "sophisticated"!!! Also, why is Jackie Rodowsky looking at Logan as if he's going to jump his bones too?!?!!??! Disturbing...

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, the cities skirt actually gets a mention or two in other BSC books. It was totally MAs favorite outfit, because it made her feel cool.

Anonymous said...

I love - talk to guys about animals - I'll try that next time.

coquelicot said...

Abbey, no kidding! I'm a native Louisvillian, too, and I always cringed at Logan's "dialect." He must have been born in Eastern Kentucky or the Deep South and then moved to Louisville, because not a single native Louisvillian that I know speaks like that. We sound more Midwestern. But oh well.

By the way, new reader here! (Of the blog, not the BSC books.) It's been a good 10 years since I've picked up a BSC book, so thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Anonymous said...

"Also, why is Jackie Rodowsky looking at Logan as if he's going to jump his bones too?!?!!??! Disturbing..."

Oh my god, it totally makes sense that it's JR on the cover, but until THIS SECOND, I had never noticed the jar was ON the character's HAND (as, of course, it happens in the book)! I thought MA and Logan were at school, like in a bio lab or something (what's up with the books on the desk? Surely they would be applying mayonaise in the kitchen...did they all go to the kitchen, get the mayo, and all traipse back to the bedroom to free little J?), and the ginger kid beside MA was just a particularly ugly FEMALE classmate of theirs who *also* had a crush on Logan! Because that adoring tilt of the head definitely indicates that someone would like Logan's balls in his face.

Anonymous said...

hahaha I read this when I was ten. I was starved for books, I swear.

Liss said...

Hehe being from the UK, most of my BSC books are the British covers so I'm used to them! There are some covers that aren't good (such as this one! V creepy cover!), but I have to stand up for the UK versions as some of them are pretty good. In a way, I think it's what you're used to and have grown up with 'cause when I first saw a US cover, I thought they were scary looking!

Oh, another point about this book is that this is the first book where the BSC decide to ditch their friends from last year and sit together in the cafeteria as a clique :o

Artemis said...

Ooh. Zombie Logan trying to seduce Mary Anne.

Mary Anne was awfully critical of Logan's babysitting, wasn't she? After all, everyone knows that Jackie is a "walking disaster," right?

I never noticed that this was around the time they ditched their old friends and formed the BSC clique. But it's true--in Mary Anne Saves the Day, they're all with various friends.

I agree. A surprise birthday party with cake is awesome. Cake is great. Surprises are great.

jo whittemore said...

I may be ostracized for this, but I LOVED MaryAnn's famous cities skirt in this one. I wanted that skirt! I still do! With some peep-toe heels, that would be so cute!

Annie said...

Artemis - good call about the BSC never really hanging out with anyone else after this book. And don't they even mention in this book how Claudia, Stacey and Dawn all eat lunch together with Kristy and Mary Anne now instead of with their separate groups? And they think Cokie, Grace and their clique are snobs...

Tiff said...

And after this point, other "friends" only show up if the plot neccessitates...curious...

Library Lady said...

"We baby-sit for the kids in our neighborhoods, and we have a lot of fun – and earn pretty much money, too.”

Is this a typo, Tiff, or is this the way it's actually written? I have to believe it's written this way, because you'd never make a mistake (*bows to the ulmighty BSC Queen*) But what does 'pretty much money' mean exactly?

Anonymous said...

Library Lady, I also wondered about that--it reads like, "Pretty much we earn money, but sometimes we earn sexual favors."

Speaking of sexual favors--"that adoring tilt of the head definitely indicates that someone would like Logan's balls in his face" LOLOLOL

Library Lady said...

Bhahahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

The US cover (not the creepy one) has always made me think "Wow, Mary Anne looks in her mid-20s, and Logan looks more like Jeff Schafer, or at least around that age." They always looked really not the same age.

And I *NEVER* imagined Jackie looking like that. He looks like a girl! He's completely different on the cover of Kristy and the Walking Disaster.

I have to agree that I really liked this book. I LOVED her outfit =D

delightfully mediocre said...

Your blog makes me hate myself a little for having absolutely no taste as a child. Dear lord. I remember thinking Logan must've been a real dreamboat. And I, too, wanted the cities skirt. One day, I will have one! One day!

Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I loved this one because of the way it showed that it was possible for popular guys to notice shy girls.

The bit with the shoe at the dance still makes me cringe. And who could ever forget the European cities skirt...

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Anonymous said...

I'm trying to remember how the Australian kids (The eldest dated Mallory, didn't he?) spoke like. I just remember that they were all rangars (or, if you will, fire crotches) and were called Crocs or something.

Anonymous said...

heh heh Ben Hobart: he called her "Mel-ry"

Anonymous said...

^ And if he DID call her "Mel-ry", then the Hobarts are from Victoria...

Sara said...

Those outfits....wow. Just....wow. *gag*

ccburd said...

DUDE- my sister in law is an elementary school teacher and ANN M MARTING came to her school and talked to the kids!! She teaches in Newport Beach, CA which is totally snobby and rich so the kid's parents probably paid an ass load to get her there. She said she is totally boring and un-hip (duh; 'cities' skirt with matching shoes; GROSS) and that she speaks in a monotone, boring voice and is so nerdy looking. All the kids just kept asking her if she was rich. If she comes back, I'll be in the front row asking her why she's so lame. I am hoping Francine Pascal will be next; I soo wanted to be Jessica Wakefield...

ccburd said...

whoops, Martin not Marting...

srah said...

I just discovered this site via Pop Candy and I've spent the afternoon reading through the archives from the beginning and I'm SO GLAD I finally got to the Famous Cities Skirt. Ohhhh, Famous Cities Skirt.

I just wanted to say that this site is AWESOME and I will be coming back and reading this all the time to see what's new. Now I shall continue through the archives. I wasn't going to comment until I was done, but... FAMOUS CITIES SKIRT!

Anonymous said...

I'm totally picturing Logan growing up to look like Billy Ray Cyrus for some reason.

Anonymous said...

God the British covers sure are ugly... i think the only one i like was the cover for 7, claudia and mean janine, and that only because janine's supposed to be ugly or something...

Anonymous said...

I think the british cover is uglier, but the ugliest of all is the spanish language cover for the bsc books... they're horriblee... OK, the cover for LLMA wasnt that bad actually... mary anne looked decent. but it I think Jackie Rodowsky looked loads "cuter" than Logan in the spanish cover

Ready24/7 said...

This is the first book I've actually remembered an outfit! MA's dance outfit-sounds hot! I was probably jealous when I was 6 years old and read about it in 1989.

Anonymous said...

Logan Likes Mary Anne! is my all time favorite BSC ever. Mostly because of the famous cities skirt (which I coveted) and Mary Anne's hyper organized approach to beginning the 8th grade. It appealed to my slight OCD tendencies way back when.

Ponine said...

...I didn't even notice Jacky on the cover until just now.

I thought they were at school too, in some lab class . . .and I never noticed there was someone else in the background.

I guess the 7 year old naive me was just distracted by how cute Logan was...

Anonymous said...

It looks like an older dad-type man seducing a little girl!!!!! As in 10 years old, not 13!! or
Zombie Logan trying to seduce Mary Anne.
Personally, I think it looks like Logan is on crack, and Mary Anne kinda looks like one of those porcelain dolls.
and OMG @ Because that adoring tilt of the head definitely indicates that someone would like Logan's balls in his face.
My first thought when I saw this cover was 'Aww, Jackie seems to really... um really like this guy.'

Shannon

Katie said...

I'm from Kentucky, and when I was ten I wrote Ann a letter complaining about the terrible, terrible accent she gave Logan. She sent me back a form letter covered with rubber kittycat stamps in purple ink, along with a brief handwritten note at the bottom that said she had relatives in Lousville and that's how they sounded to her. Her ears need cleaning, I think.

Anonymous said...

Just found this. I am a 28 year old who still has her BSC books at home. My parents used to bribe me with cash to read other things. #10was always my favorite!

ndpndntfilm93 said...

The British cover really freaks me out. Logan looks like a thirty year old man and Mary Anne looks like a ten year old girl. It all looks like a very special episode in which we will discuss very nice grown-ups who like kids....too much.