Sunday, April 15, 2007

I guess you could call them girlfriend and boyfriend; or, BSC #51: Stacey's Ex-Best Friend

I did not mean to do two Stacey books in a row.  Seriously.  But shit happens.  And I'm posting this early, because I'm going to see Yo La Tengo tomorrow night!!!! Yay!!!!

Okay, so the cover question: "Is Stacey's friend Laine super mature or just a super snob?" I think it should say: "What's with the bitch-face, Sweetheart?" Cause Laine even looks like she caught a raging case of the Bitch.  And she looks older than  me. 

See?

So, Laine's getting a week long vacation from school, and Stacey convinces her to come visit Stoneybrook. And it sucks.  For both of them.  Laine's got a massive stick up her rich-girl ass, and Stacey feels all confused and dissed and blah.  And everything winds up in a massive fight at the Valentine's Day dance.  And Stacey and Laine friend-break up. 

Subplot: The BSC organize a Valentine's Day Masquerade for a bunch of the kids.  It's a party, and the kids have to sign their Valentines in code.  Blah.

Who wants a list?

  • Oooh, prescient.  Stacey talks about global warming on the very first page.  Al Gore thinks he's all on top of this issue? Bitch, please...

  • Also, not everyone "in the country" curls up in front of the fireplace and acts all old-timey.

  • Laine insists on calling Stacey "Anastasia" because it sounds "more grown-up." Except, no, it doesn't.

  • Oh, yeah, Laine's got this older boyfriend, King, who's 15.  And he calls her "Babe." And she calls him "Heart." And when she gets on the phone with him, Laine actually says, "It's Babe."  And he has a ponytail. Hawt.

  • Stacey's actually excited to bring Laine on a baby-sitting job.  Because she sucks.

  • Wait.  Stacey has diabetes?  Really?  I had no idea.  Does she know that she might qualify to get her diabetes testing supplies for free from Liberty Medical?  Or whatever.

  • Shoot me if I ever describe any one of my close friends as "such a character."

  • Clothes! "If I may say so so, we are pretty sophisticated. We both like wild outfits--leggings, cowboy boots, short skirts, the layered look, cool hats." I know I've said it before, but I can't help it!  It's like the little tabloid starlets are looking to these books for fashion advice.  Or their stylists are.

  • "My hair is blonde and wavy; the perm makes it look even wavier."  Yeah.  Hon, if your hair's already wavy, you don't need a perm.

  • Jessi's got a date for the dance: a seventh grader.  And her "real boyfriend" Quint lives in NYC.

  • I can't believe not one of these girls can think of anything better to do than throw a V-Day party for a bunch of kids.

  • Oh, and I can't believe I'm going to agree with Laine the Bitch, but I also have a hard time believing that a bunch of 11- and 13-year-old girls give a shit about the "love lives" of a bunch of little kids. (Cause Nicky Pike has a crush on Marilyn Arnold, and Carolyn Arnold has the hots for one of the Hobart boys. Boring.)

  • Side note: I always wondered how to say Laine's name.  I always said it "Lane," until I saw that dreadful movie "Dream a Little Dream."  The hot girl in that was Laine, pronounced "Lane-y." Right?  Am I totally full of shit?  (Well, about this anyway.)

  • Stacey, you shouldn't have to hide things or redecorate your room for your best friend's visit. 

  • Stacey dresses up to pick Laine up at the airport train station [Oops. Thanks for the correction...I think I've been in the Midwest too long]: "a purple shirtwaist top over flowered leggings, my cowboy boots...a purple hair ornament made from shoelaces, and long dangly silver earrings." [Sounds like the outfit on the cover of Mary Anne's Makeover. Wild!]

  • But Laine out-fashions her: "She was hard to miss, considering she was wearing a jean coat with a fur collar (I sincerely hoped the fur was fake), black capri pants edged with lace, very chic black ankle boots, and on her head, a brilliant red oversized beret." [There are a lot of outfits in this book!  Fuckin' sweet!]

  • Example of Laine saying stupid things: "Price...Awesome name." And "Dude?...Sheesh. That word went out with the sixties." One, dude was mighty 80s.  Two, shut up.

  • They get all excited at a BSC sleepover because To Kill a Mockingbird is on.  I mean, it's a good movie and all, but it's hardly sleepover material.  Dirty Dancing or Pet Semetary, yes.  You get where I'm going with this, right?

  • There are a lot of examples of Laine's bitchy tendencies.  I'm just not motivated enough to included them all.  So, suck it up.  You'll just have to read it yourselves.

  • Oh, yeah. Pete Black gets a mega-crush on the bitch. And she makes fun of him. A lot.

  • I really don't think the Hobarts have been in town long enough to start to lose their accents.

  • And the Hobart boys don't understand Valentine's Day.  Or American parties.  Does ANM hate the Australians?  Huh?

  • Mal & Ben got in a fight over the card catalogue!  Fucking dorks!

  • Apparently, in New York, they don't have child labor laws.  Because I sure as hell couldn't LEGALLY get a job as a cashier at a trendy boutique at 13, yet Laine could.  And did.  And apparently beat out all the hipster 20-somethings desperate to work for an employee discount.

  • Laine's all grown-up, cause she's reading romance novels.  Like Danielle Steele style romance novels. 

  • Laine, who's on a diet, tells Stacey to lose weight.  Yep. That's a good friend right there.

  • "Laine was dressed in black from head to toe. Black leotard, long black jacket, black leggings over black stockings [why?], black shoes. Her jewelry was silver, though."

  • Well, bully for you, Laine.  I'm sooooo glad people tell you look 18.  Who cares?  You're actually only 13.

  • And she expects the boys to pick them up for the dance.  Does that normally happen in NYC, I wonder?  Yeah, I didn't think so.

  • Hee! Kristy wears a dress!

  • Poll time! Does Stacey look too much like a red elf? "I was wearing red leggings, red ankle boots, a bulky red sweater and red barrettes."

  • And Stacey sends Laine a letter ending it all. 


So, yeah.

57 comments:

Lisa said...

*headdesk*

We DO have Valentine's Day in Australia, ANM. We understand it. Even the men! They understand it enough to try and avoid it.

Bah. Stupid bitch.

I remember this book. I always pronounced it as "lane" as well but then, I'm a dumb Australian :D
I always hated Laine. I could never understand why Stacey tried so hard to impress her, because in my book, Stace was already cool, and she didn't need no approval from any NYC bitch.

Looove that you updated early :p I check this far too often and read back through my favourite parts. The novelty will wear off soon.

Bec x said...

Didn't Stacey pick up Laine from the train station not the airport?

Re elf look: Yes. Santa's Little Helper right there.

Re Australians: I've given up and have accepted that in BSC land, I am a bogan-ish, sheltered child who always speaks her words with one less syllable then they are supposed to have. (Exhibity A: Mel-ry).

Margie said...

According to the BSC livejournal community, which has had a debate on the subject, ANM herself pronounces Laine as "Lane", which makes me happy because that's always how I pronounced it too. I think this information comes from Raina Telgemeier, the artist for the BSC graphic novels. Someone correct me if I'm wrong though!

Sara said...

Ha, you forgot to mention how Stacey mailed Laine back her half of the best friends necklace!

And I thought it was really bitchy how she signed the letter, "Goodbye, Laine. Your ex-best friend, Stacey."

Mean! But then again, so was Laine...meh.

bel said...

Ooooh, I love it when Stacey or Claudia wear anything made out shoelaces. Once when I was about 9 I thought this was the coolest thing ever and used rainbow shoelaces to tie my hair one day. Of course, my mum took one look at me and said "Er, do you realise you've got shoelaces in your hair?"

Margie said...

Oh, I forgot to say: Yes, that is definitely the costume of a red elf. Perhaps that was the inspiration for 114(?), The Secret Life Of Mary Anne Spier.

And yeah, I wore shoelaces in my hair sometimes too! Man, I was so, so cool in the 90s.

Anonymous said...

"I really don't think the Hobarts have been in town long enough to start to lose their accents."

Aussies lose their accents very quickly, especilly kids. That's the only part I found realistic about the Hobarts.

coquelicot said...

Hey, I had wavy hair *and* a perm growing up, too! I got the perm because my hair was so stinkin' oily. Maybe Stacey has the same problem and won't admit it. :)

And I like how on this cover, you can actually tell Stacey and Dawn apart!

Anonymous said...

the "hi heart, its me babe." botherd me so much. to this day i just think about it and get really angry.

Anonymous said...

You forgot my favorite part, which is when Stacey says she hates to use this word, but Laine was acting really...snotty. WOAH. Watch the potty mouth!

Library Lady said...

Looks like Jessi's been hanging around uber mature Stacey too much... Me thinks she's pickin' up a bit of the old "slut-tacular", if you know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge*

Poor Quint. I bet he never saw it coming. One minute he's a straight guy who just happens to enjoy wearing catsuits with a hot 11 year-old leotard bunny girlfriend. The next, well... was there ever a book about Quint coming out of the closet?

holly said...

this is one of my favorites, I must admit. There's something truly satisfying about Stacey being out-snobbed by her friend. Stacey totally deserves it after all the little airs she gives herself. Laine is the best.

K said...

Does anyone else think it's super weird that Stacey invited Laine over for the week while she was still in classes? And why the hell did Laine agree? I mean Laine obviously didn't want to visit ANYWAY and then the fact that Stacey will be in boring class while she sits at home alone made her make up her mind? And I kinda recall that Stoneybook had a 'long weekend' or something but still.....who visits a friend who doesn't have time off to spend with you!?

Anonymous said...

I just recently finished reading "Stacey and the Bad Girls" and now this book and my conclusion is that for someone who is supposedly so cool and sophisticated Stacey is kind of dumb about friends. She lets people use her and be mean to her and she abandons her real friends in favour of jerks.

I always picture Laine as one of those girls from the "Gossip Girls" books.

amanda said...

Laine, who's on a diet, tells Stacey to lose weight. Yep. That's a good friend right there.

Yup, a great friend. Especially considering that Stacey is diabetic and already has dieting issues to begin with. Bitch!

Anita said...

I got this book waiting for me at the local library. Just gotta go pick it up.

Anonymous said...

I never got why King used mousse on his hair to make it all bushy and spiky...he wore it in a ponytail! It made me picture some weird mullet thing. Yuck.

Anonymous said...

who watches tkamb during a sleepover? my best friend and I always had the standyby of The Craft.

and the black suit sounds like a mime.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, who visits a friend for a week when she's in class the whole time? It'd be one thing if they were older and the visitor could go on daytrips or something, but why sit in a guest room alone all week?

And, um, Laine? People think you're 18? Really? I'd like to meet these people. I assume they are delusional.

Anonymous said...

the part i remember most vividly was the part where stacey wants to watch the home shopping network (or something) and laine makes fun of her, and says something like, "i bet you ordered one of those little china clown dolls, don't you" and stacey is embarassed that she has. b/c, she's secretly a 90 year old widow who orders things from tv.

veronica said...

Us BSC fans appear to be connected at the brain somehow, because I just finished reading this book the other day and was hoping you'd do it! Yay!

A lot of things bother me about this book, even though I thought it was so dramatic when I was a kid. I think you've more or less covered them all, but there's one thing. Stacey pretty much forces Laine into coming, she doesn't really give her a choice. And while I think Laine (by the way, I called her Lane-y for a long time, too) is a bitch, I sort of get where her bitchyness comes from. I mean, she's spending her vacation stuck in her friend's house, alone all day, and then is expected to hang out with a bunch of baby-sitters who gossip about 8-year-old's love lives. I think after a few days of this, I'd probably start being bitchy too.

Gotta say, though, their fight at the end of the book? Awesome. I love the snark between them. Classic.

Anonymous said...

You know what BSC book would be hysterical for you to blog? The "special edition" Logan book ANM did. I think there were actually two and they were both fabulously bad.

But the first one has a lot of Hobart stuff, since that seems to be a theme.

Soph said...

So...why does AMM have two "Kings" in the BSC books? I mean correct if I'm wrong, but isn't there a guy at SMS whose real name is Clarence but goes by "King" too? I think they like ran out of nicknames or something, cuz I sure as hell don't know two guys named King.

Ashley said...

Does she know that she might qualify to get her diabetes testing supplies for free from Liberty Medical?

Clearly Stacey needs to watch more daytime CBS programming.

I hear you on that describing people as "such a character." That sounds like something that should be paired with a knee slap and a guffaw.

And secretly when I was younger (just before they got rid of card catalogues) I always wanted to get in a fight with a boy over the card catalogue. Nine year old me found it romantic. Then again, I also thought Mallory was cool, so clearly I was delusional.

Anonymous said...

I always pronounced it "Lane". I see no reason why it would be Lane-y. If so it would be spelled "Lainie."

"Hi Heart, it's me, Babe." Yes, you are just sooo sophisticated!

Doesn't Stacey say that she would not tolerate someone calling her babe, but it might be all right if he wrote a song about her and called her babe in that? Haha...

Margie said...

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/books/story/1CEB7BC647CAA569862572C0007A7654?OpenDocument

Dude, you're famous! You probably already saw this. But still!

Ellen K. said...

Found my way here through the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This is a brilliant site.

My favorite part of this particular book was when Laine (correctly) makes fun of the BSC's slang.

And I second the request for a review of the Logan "special edition" book.

colleenn said...

This book was great. It was when I first learned that "ex" was spelled "e-x" and not just the letter "x." hehehe. As for pronunciation of Laine, I had always said "Lane" as well, but then in fourth grade a girl in my class was talking about this book and she kept pronouncing it "Lee-ane" which made no sense to me, but then sometimes I'd find myself reading it that way and getting annoyed that her pronunciation had stuck with me.

Was this the one where Marilyn signs her name as a horse because "the horse would be a mare. 'Mare' for 'Marilyn'!"? I couldn't stand that. To me the vowel sounds in "mare" and "Marilyn" sound NOTHING alike... is this just my Boston/Northeast accent? I could never understand how anyone could get "Marilyn" out of "mare."

And one more thing I hated about this book... that whole exchange Stacey and Laine have where they're spelling things out only with "que" instead of "k" in all the words. Like Laine says something about how lots of stuff one of their friends likes is very "j-u-n-q-u-e-y" and Stacey is all "well maybe she l-i-q-u-e-s what she buys!" ...I never got that at all. What was the point of spelling it that way? Were they actually spelling it out, or were they pronouncing the words as like "jun-kay" or whatever to try to sound cool? That's always bothered me. Same with that joke MA makes in that one where they have a mini-camp for the kids and a kid says something about a ghost needing exercise or something and MA is like "you mean any e-x-o-r-c-i-s-e?" and she and Dawn laugh because the kid obviously doesn't get it. I was annoyed because spelling it out just sounds stupid because no one talks like that, but then ghostwriter-person couldn't just have written "exorcise" because they're pronounced the same way and then the joke wouldn't make sense as part of dialogue. It's sad that bad-writing stuff like this used to bother me so much back when I was 10 or 11.

Margie said...

Just wondering, Colleenn, how do you pronounce "Marilyn"? I ask because with my (northern California) accent, it does have "mare" in it, and I thought that part of the book was kinda cool (well, when I first read it anyway)... hahaha.

Also, I've been posting a lot in this comment thread. WTF.

Anonymous said...

The exercise/exorcise thing never bothered me. I always found it kind of clever. And I think the spelling out of the word wasn't so bad. Although, if she had just said the word, all she had to do was pronounce it more carefully, emphasizing each syllable so the joke would be obvious. You know, "ex-OR-cise" instead of "exerrrcise", the way most people say it. I realize I'm probably not making much sense and I'll leave now...

colleenn said...

Re: Margie - I think Boston is weird with how it pronounces different types of short "a" vowels. Like to me "Mary," "marry," and "merry" all have different vowel sounds, but to other people two or all three sound the same. hmm, how can I describe it.. to me, "mare" has a long "a" so that it almost (but not quite) sounds the same as "mayor." But then "Marilyn" has the same short "a" sound as in "cat." If that makes sense. So maybe it was just an accent issue.. now the question is whether people in Connecticut would pronounce it like I do or not. hehehehe.

Re: anonymous - I agree.. I think I would've liked it better if she'd just stressed the pronunciation of "exorcise" rather than spelling it out. For some reason the spelling thing always got to me because I thought it was forcing what was really a visual joke that makes more sense on paper into spoken dialogue. Weird little things like that bothered me as a kid but then I didn't even notice big gaping errors like how Jessi's father is named Alex in one of the super specials yet her brother is John Philip, Jr. I only noticed that when I read it here. :)

showmeyoursoul said...

LMAO. I love this stuff. I always said "Laine" as lane-y when I was reading these books growing up. Now, I said it lane. Makes more sense that way.

Can't wait till you get to Stacey vs. The BSC. That book is my BSC fave!

sikamikanico said...

I shouldn't read this blog at work...I suffer terrible internal injuries in my desperate attempts not to laugh.

But thanks for brightening the day nonetheless!

MagentaNation said...

I always wondered about Stacey ordering a clown doll from the Home Shopping Channel. How many 13 year olds do you know who order things from HSN? Or who even have the credit card required for it in the first place? ANM is an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Careful, magentanation...ANM knows about all us "old" fans now, judging from that news article, and she may just take it upon herself to mosey over here and check out this blog. Hey, it could happen. ;)

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the Stacey stories! Does anyone remember the one where she had a relapse and starting eating candy again, and then realized she hit rock bottom when she was using her hands to drink water out of a bus station bathroom sink, because she remembered she used to make fun of her mom for carrying around a travel-size plastic cup and now she wished she had it. I loved that one!

Anonymous said...

DEAR TIFFANI. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE(OR WAS SYOUR FAVOURITE) BABY-SITTER?)

Anonymous said...

As the daughter of a mother named Marilyn the only way I have ever heard my mom pronounce her name is "Mare-ilyn" so I can see how they are getting "Mare" from Marilyn. My mom was born and raised in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. I've never heard it pronounced any other way except for one time at Verizon I went to ask a question about upgrading my phone which is on a family share plan and the store clerk was like "Merleen needs to come in". Not sure where they got "Merleen" from "Marilyn".

Anonymous said...

I always pronounced it mar-i-lyn but then again im in New Zealand. :-)

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD I am so glad I found this blog. I was doing my Roman Literature reading for my freshman literature class at UCSD, when I do not know why but I wanted to know the words to Stacey's poem. SO RANDOM I haven't thought of the Babysitter's Club in years. I miss my old paperbacks, with the corny cover illustrations, I'm glad you post the pictures up. We sold them ALL at a Garage sale over a decade ago. I want them again.. Anyway, so I found the BSC Headquarters, I'm so glad I did!! By strange fortune, it was right here on the front page! Keep it up! I'm going to come here regularly now!

-Christina Han, ex-wannabe Babysitter
cmhan@ucsd.edu

Danielle said...

I love, love this blog! I ran across it on a MSN site. It's crazy to look back at the BSC, and how cool I thought they were. My friends and I actually tried to start out own BSC. Sad, right?
Now, did anyone read Nancy Drew? Because that was my girl right there, and every once in awhile I will go back and read some of mine and laugh my ass off. She was so grown up and smart for being 18.
Keep up the great posts!

lisa said...

Danielle, I read Nancy Drew. I actually read Nancy Drew fanfiction now ;-)

I loved Nancy, she was always getting herself into some sort of weak bondage situation ;-) IN EVERY BOOK.

Anonymous said...

When are you going to post your next post? I love reading these!

nic said...

I just discovered your blog and I'm so glad I did! I've been laughing hysterically at your posts all afternoon instead of working! So thanks for contributing to my procrastination efforts!

I've been saying for the past year or so that having been out of school and working for the past few years has been making me feel older than it should and that I should go back and reread these books to try to bring back some of my childhood and for some reason your recaps are really making me want to do that! So I'm not sure if that's a thanks or what the fuck? there but for some reason I have a feeling I'll be stopping at the BPL tonight!

aries rising said...

wow. i just finished reading all of the archives (instead of working) and love love LOVE IT! i would be SO much cooler now if i'd been reading this blog as a pre-teen instead of the actual bsc books....

srah said...

http://blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/2007/04/babysitters_for.html?csp=34

My mom's name is Marilyn - it's MARE-uh-lin in Michigan.

Anonymous said...

speaking of pronouncing names, how do you pronounce that girl's name, coke? cokie? cookie? whatever. you know who i'm talking about!

Peaches said...

No one mentioned the part when stacey's mom calls Laine's mom and they get into a mini tiff of their own. And why does Laine look like a 45 year old bitch on the cover?

peaches said...

uh, there's Dawn's denim shirt again.

Dinah said...

Her hair was like gossamer!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the second or third v-day they have had in the same grade?

Elizabeth said...

I always pronounced it Lay-een in my head. I never thought I was wrong, I just thought Laine was a really strange name. Lay-een?

Anonymous said...

Just got this book from the library. You forgot to mention that Pete Black told Laine she had hair like "gossamer" and eyes like limpid pools.

Pete Black is one big idiot.

Anonymous said...

This was my favorite one! I actually wrote a letter to Ann M.Martin as a kid (this was like, 1994 or 5, on Prodigy, no less) and asked her if Laine and Stacey would ever be friends again. I really refused to believe that this story was over! Ann told me that sometimes friendship is like that.

I hated her answer.

But now I know she's right. Dammit.

Kylie said...

Pete Black is such a player. He has dated Stacey, Claudia, Dawn and asked MaryAnne out after she split with Logan. But don't blame Laine for making him cry. Stacey obviously gave him the impression that this would be a permanant relationship, when she knew perfectly well Laine already had a boyfriend.

ilovejunk said...

...and on her head, a brilliant red oversized beret.

Really now. Did she also fuck Prince in a barn? She seems like the type...

berseca said...

Oh Stacey. I seriously doubt anyone will ever write you a song let alone call you BABE (!) in it.