So, in this book, a distant heir to the British throne comes to Stoneybrook. The ‘rents work for the UN or whatever, and the little girl gets to chill in the ‘Brook. Her nanny calls the BSC after Kristy spams her with flyers, and hires Mary Anne as a companion. Is Victoria spoiled? Bitchy? Stuck up? Or just a sad, lonely little girl? Blah. Oh, and the ending? Doesn’t really exist. Just kind of putters out like a dying car.
Subplot: Sharon uses Mary Anne as a lower calorie Dawn substitute! Fun!
- “Playing football is bad enough. Playing with Logan is downright frightening. He happens to be on the Stoneybrook Middle School football team, and he throws extremely hard.” He’s playing with a bunch of kids, [heh.] so how hard do you think he’s really throwing. Plus, he’s 13, not Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Suck it up. Just say you don’t like playing.
- ”Dawn and I were double Yentes.” You gotta love how ANM was referencing things she grew up with. Sure, Fiddler is a classic, but your average 13-year-old hasn’t seen it enough to know the characters’ names.
- Heh, “an obscure condition called Spier’s Tears.” Careful, it’s contagious!
- ”Sharon can be a little absentminded. [You know where this is going…] In our house, it’s not unusual to find the tennis balls in the dishwasher, or her credit cards in the laundry detergent box.” Maybe Sharon has a rare condition, Makes-no-fucking-sensitis.
- Claudia, before she had to go back to seventh grade, thought that Alice in Wonderland referred not to a book title, but to a person, Alison Wonderland. DUMBASS!!!!!!!
- Okay, my Jewish friends, I have a question: Is this right? “they became Bat Mitzvahs together.” It sounds off.
- Oh, yeah, I love how once Abby joins, it’s okay to commute into NYC, but before, it’s crazy unthinkable.
- This has nothing to do with the book: I have a snow day from work today!!!!
- Richard Spier now works for a big fancy law firm and travels a lot, which makes M.A. sad…aw.
- Say it out loud. It’s terrible, and no way would I have gotten this horrible joke when I was 10. “Mom said the parents were both wearing Georgie O’Mani or something, but it looked like a normal suit and dress to me.” So bad!
- Mary Anne gets to ride in limos a lot in this book. She feels cool.
- Whenever there’s a particularly attractive mother, she could be a model. What’s up with ANM’s model obsession?
- Heh, more Laura Ashley!
- Oh, there’s a lame misunderstanding about M.A.’s last name…The nanny thinks it’s Mistu. LAME!!!
- I hate when they’re all “ew, gross” when Sharon (or Dawn, for that matter) mentions a good veggie dish, i.e. Tofu-Leek with Ginger casserole. Sounds fairly tasty.
- Mrs. Porter has a witchy granddaughter named Druscilla. And Spike’s wearing that blue sweater and having sex with Buffy and…oh, sorry, wrong fictional universe.
- There are lots of lame jokes about war with England.
- Everybody’s going to Mary Anne’s for Thanksgiving. Yay.
- Ah, nothing protects you from cold New England weather like a cotton sweater. Dumbasses.
- I have a hard time believing any mall with a Friendly’s also has Bountiful Wellness Macrobiotic Restaurant.
- ANM mentions both cell phones and email. Surreal. I always picture every BSC book firmly in 1988, no matter what year it was actually written.
- There’s this whole thing about Jessi trying to convincer her dad to become an actor. Huh?
- ”Stacey looked very…well, Stacey. She was wearing a black baseball cap, black sunglasses, and a sleek, black, ankle-length coat with sharply padded shoulders.” Wow.
- Oh, yeah, Kristy, Stacey, M.A. and the nanny take Victoria to NYC for an afternoon. Yet they always act like New York is sooooooooooo far away.
- Richard made slides from his business trip to Milwaukee. ‘nuff said.
I can't find a good pic online, but Mary Anne's coat on the cover is adorable...
Oh, someone asked how to get in touch with me about librarianing, as a profession. And I’m thinking about the best way to do that…I’ll get back to you.