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.
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
airporttrain 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.