Sunday, September 09, 2007

A treacherous dance of balance and skill; or, BSC #83: Stacey vs. the BSC

Oh my fucking gawd. This book was fucking awesome!!!! Stacey actually makes sense!!!! And totally tells the BSC off for being stuck-up, exclusive bitches!!!! Amazing!!!!!! [Full disclosure, the book sucked up until the end, when Stacey tells off the BSC. But the ending totally made it all worth it!!!!]

But first, the cover:


Um, since when is Claud a prep? She has a sweater tied around her shoulders in (quick title page verso check) 1995? And Dawn's rocking the Farm Casual look, more so than California Casual. And Mary Anne is kind of the stylin' one, huh? Also, it seems like Mal's watching a different movie than the rest of the girls. Oh, and this never happens in the book. They don't go to the movies...Hmm...Also, note the hateful stares from the rest of the movie theater patrons!

Right, so the plot of this one is pretty basic. Stacey's spending more time with her boyfriend Robert and his crew. And she keeps showing up late to BSC meetings, and she asks the other BSCers to cover her jobs so she can roll with her new friends. And she finds the BSC more and more annoying and embarrassing. [Rightly so.] And she totally fucks up while sitting for the Newtons, cause she spends a bunch of time on the phone with Robert, rather than tending to a sick Jamie. Oh, she throws a party for her new friends (well, Robert was supposed to have it at his house, but his parents said no), and the only member of the BSC she invites is Claudia. And she has a balls to the wall fight with the club, during which she simultaneously quits and gets booted.

There are two subplots, kinda. One, the BSC are having a talent show, starring the kids in their neighborhoods. Whoo. And Charlotte's all nervous for her upcoming piano recital, so Stace convinces her to be in the talent show to ease her jitters. But, in an act of avoidance, Stacey breaks her promise to Char and doesn't show at the talent show (though she makes it up to Char later and goes to her piano recital).

Let the awesomeness commence...


  • The book opens with Claud painting the "suggestion" of Stacey. She decides to call it Anastasia Fantasia. Cause, yeah.

  • For somebody actually from New York, Stacey calls it the Big Apple entirely too much. I was always under the impression that only tourists/bad journalists said that.

  • I'm terribly relieved to know that Stace has "seen abstract art before."

  • Did you know that "Claudia is very chic, but she does have a habit of talking with her mouth full." Mmm, hawt?

  • I hate how every description of Claud has some variation on the "I have no idea how she's not a complete fatass, what with all the junk food" theme.

  • There's a reference to "the new Jason Priestly movie." Perhaps they're referring to this. Nice...

  • Oh, and "Claudia has a cool attitude about guys." In this book, especially Kristy and Mal and Jessi are retards when it comes to guys. (It's kinda understandable from the young 'uns, but Kristy's acting like a fucking 6-year-old.)

  • Yes, they're acting immature, but calling it "LUV" hardly ranks as grown-up, Anastasia.

  • Stacey and Robert "spent some time together on Fire Island the summer before." [You know, I get the whole "frozen in time" thing, but I have issue with adding real time to that, then asking me to ignore it..."last Christmas," "last Halloween," "last summer." Just say "that one time." No mindbending feats of suspension of disbelief necessary.][Also, Fire Island? Maybe it was growing up in the 80s and early 90s, but I still tend to associate Fire Island with 80s gay culture. Just sayin'.]

  • Robert is "perfect." At least this early in the book. Seriously, ANM set up a generation of girls for guaranteed disappointment on the guy front.

  • Kristy occasionally wears cords, and the ghostwriter occasionally throws in some sort of year-appropriate slang and/or fashion.

  • Mal and Jessi really come across as 11-year-olds in this book. 'Bout damn time.

  • Stacey, adults don't find "TRUE LUV." In fact, only preteens believe in "luv."

  • Dawn "doesn't lecture. (Well, not to us. She does sometimes go overboard with people she doesn't know so well.)" Um, last time I checked, Dawn was the lecturing-est bitch ever, even to the BSC. (And she lectures a waiter and the BSC later in this damn book.)

  • Another example of a crappy imitation of a Kentucky accent.

  • Apparently, not all boys can be wonderful. Shocking discovery.

  • I think there are multiple mentions of Polo, the cologne by Ralph Lauren (right?). However, it just says things like "The place smelled as if the walls had been washed with Polo." So I'm not positive if that's what they're talking about...

  • Stacey's logic: Mozart had bad hair, therefore he is relatively unimportant in the scheme of history. I can think of better reasons, but that works.

  • Everyone assumes it's an emergency when Stacey wants to find someone to cover her Friday night sitting job at the Pikes'. No one thinks maybe she wants to go out with friends. On a Friday night.

  • Who wears (ironed) "crisp, turquoise, light-wool slacks" out for pizza with a group of friends? Especially at 13? It's not like she didn't have time to change after work or anything.

  • Wow, Stacey has lots in common with her new friends...other than kids. Which, you gotta admit, is pretty much the only thing holding the BSC together most of the time...

  • Dawn spies on Stacey. Because Stace wasn't totally honest about why she needed somebody to cover for her. And Stace remembers the last time a friend spied on her, five years earlier. Which, yeah. They're a little too old for that.

  • Also, "with her hood, her six-foot knit scarf, her down coat and L.L. Bean boots, she looked like Nanook of the North."

  • I agree with Stacey's new friends--the BSC totally take themselves far too seriously.

  • Stacey's all confused. Could she really be outgrowing the BSC? Yep. Took her long enough.

  • Mary Anne has a new sticker on her backpack: "A smily [sic] kitten with huge eyes, surrounded by fuzzy hearts and the words I [HEART] MY KITTY." Um, cute?

  • Stacey's shopping list for the mall consists of the following items: bra, corduroy pants (on sale), ankle socks, Breton red cotton baseball cap [the fuck?]. Can she really afford all that on her baby-sitting "profits?"

  • Ah, "A Whole New World" from the movie Aladdin. I think I sang that in chorus in 7th grade. Or some year.

  • Yeah, Kristy pretty much acts like an eleven-year-old boy when they're out at a restaurant.

  • "He was being kind." How old are you Stacey? 50?

  • Hee...Robert likes "metal and alternative." Hee! But Stacey thinks that "house music works better at a party." Seriously. A middle school party with house music?

  • Speaking of mature, Stacey refers to the land of "El Barfo Grosso."

  • Kristy's an ultra-mega bitch in this book.

  • I sincerely doubt that everybody at a middle school party danced. Not everyone dances at middle school dances.

  • Stacey's got a MILF!!! "She didn't look too dorky. In fact, a lot of the guys danced with her (including Robert, of course)." Hee, Stacey's mom has got it going on...

  • In stead of confronting Stacey about the party, Dawn & Mary Anne just show up with a passive-aggressive invitation to hang out...

  • Claud is rightfully pissed that Stacey put her in an awkward position (that has nothing to do with Imminent Death Syndrome).

  • I really didn't think of the noise a harmonica makes when I read "WWWAAAAANNNNNK!" Just pointing that out.

  • One of the talent show acts is Claire Pike doing a veil dance while Byron plays harmonica and Adam plays the spoons. Bizarre, no? And vaguely wrong...

  • Damn, Charlotte goes a lot crazy when Stacey doesn't show. PS-I hate that whole "almost-sisters" thing they've got...

  • Stacey has two "ex-best friends" now.

  • I have to transcribe some particular bits of the fight. Cause it's fucking awesome. Truly amazing.
    "Like what?" I shot back. "Like a person who wants to have a life outside the Baby-sitters Club? Like someone who goes out with other friends from time to time? You're all like that, somewhere inside. Maybe you need to grow up and find out..."

    [Various BSC members whining and insinuating that Stacey is, in fact, the immature one.]

    "This is not a discussion!" I replied. "This is a firing squad. I can't believe I'm sitting here and taking this. You don't want to be my friends. You want to control my life."

    "That's the stupidest thing I ever heard," Kristy said.

    "Yeah, well, anything you didn't think of is stupid. I'm tired of your bossiness, Kristy. And that's not all. I'm sick of the meetings, week in and week out. And the rules. And the talent shows and fairs and contests and field trips and tantrums and stomach viruses and diapers and feeding schedules and sibling rivalries. I've had it! I'm thirteen years old! I want to spend time with kids who act my own age and talk about something besides baby-sitting."

    [YES! YES! YES! FUCKING A! SOMEBODY FINALLY CRACKED!!!! FOR THIS WEEK ONLY, STACEY IS THE AWESOMEST CHARACTER EVER!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!]

  • HEE!! I'm still brimming with joy from Stacey's rant!

  • And then Stacey's relationships with her new friends get better and more real, and actually function somewhat like real, moderately mature relationships! It's a shocking development in the BSC universe.

  • Seriously, the end of the book fucking thrilled me!



Enjoy it! Bask in the euphoric glow of someone verbally bitch-slapping these stupid twats! Have a good week, dwelling on the (limited) awesomeness that is Stacey.

[My spell check suggests Awesome St. as a corrected spelling of "awesomest." I want to live on Awesome St.!]

104 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh boy. this was one of my favorites, even if the ghostwriter's description of jamie's puke went on a little too long. especially describing the "trail" from his bedroom to the bathroom.

and also, stacey's fucking mom cracks me up when she was practicing how to introduce herself to stacey's friends ... and at the party she sneaks glances of couples kissing. IN 8TH GRADE? REALLY, YOU MAKE OUT AT A PARTY WHEN THERE ARE PARENTS HOME?!

also, LOL @ stacey getting mad at jessi and mallory laughing at "anastasia." they're 11, cut them some slack, bitch.

great review.

Sophia said...

LOL I totally have read this book a million times and the scene at Burger Town is by far my favorite, when Kristy eats like half a stick of butter or something and then Dawn like lectures them on if they use vegetable oil. They're retarded. Like really, it was AMM's excuse to add some new drama to the series and then just made the rest of the BSC seem annoying as hell.

Uh, yeah, my parents would never let me have a party at my house of those gigantic proportions as of now, let alone when I was 13...

Angie said...

WWWAAAAANNNNNK, hahahahahahahha =P

Anonymous said...

Hhahaaa, awesome review. I never read this one...

Totally agree with the Big Apple thing, that always pissed me off... and confused me.
(If she's a native new yorker, why she talking like a tourist?)

megan said...

did they actually go and see that new Jason movie? Cuz um, it's rated R!

Snrub said...

Sweeeet, I was hoping you'd do this one! This is one of the few truly dramatically satisfying ones, cause for once the bitchiness isn't resolves all neat and tidy at the end. And I'm so glad I'm not the only one who wondered about the Fire Island thing. I'm wondering about the actual book where they go there (wasn't it Stacey's Lie?), I don't remember anything about it but I am curious how on earth they can tiptoe around Teh Gay of the place.

I also loved the line "Song...heim... Stephen Songheim!"
And I'm seriously wondering about the cover now... it's like the cover for Mary Anne vs. Logan, where for some reason the depiction doesn't hint at all of the conflict. Hmm.

I was disappointed that the followup, Stacey and the Bad Girls was so lame. It's like they realized that her new friends in this one didn't provide enough conflict so they added these new girls and basically redid the whole plot to Logan Bruno: Boy Babysitter. Ah well, this entry made me happy and able to forget about the work that must be done for Monday.

T Star said...

Wow, I never read this one but it sounds awesome! I like the trucker look that Kristy is sporting on the cover. No wonder why Bart is so attracted to her.

Seriously, Claire does a veil dance? That's...disturbing.

It has always bugged me how Stacey sounds and acts like a NYC tourist. She was born and raised there, yet the only places she ever goes are the tourist spots that native NYCers avoid like the plague!

KMo said...

My Mom used to buy me the BSC Calendar every year (well, by "every year", I mean 1990-1993). And shut up, so did your Mom. Anyway- I remember that sometimes the calendar would feature a brand new picture, and then the picture would turn up on a cover of a book, but have NOTHING to do with the plot of the book, the only one I can remember was Mary Anne Misses Logan- picture on the cover of MA rollerskating with, um, her friends? And not Logan?

I wonder if the cover of this book originated on a calendar too. That could explain the fact that it features events that aren't in the book.

Anonymous said...

Hee, Kristy's wearing flannel on the cover!

Michelle said...

...I LOVE Stacey's Mom! That song is frackin' awesome! As always, your blog has cracked me up beyond belief!

Anonymous said...

this is the book that was the beginning of the ed of my love affair with the bsc. hearing stacey point out how obnoxious they all were kinda killed it for me haha probably not was ANM had in mind

Lisa said...

I remember being traumatised when Stacey left. When she wasn't in the club again at the end it was like the most devastating thing EVER.
Also, I don't have the next one about Dawn and her stupid Spirit War, but I do have Claudia's WSTO venture, and I can remember the talk of the fight in that one and being all upset that they still hadn't made up ;)

My word verification is "hsvstd" - which is too close to HIV-STD for my liking :p

Heidi said...

kmo, I think this cover picture was in a calendar. I (well, ok, my dad) actually shelled out the money for a calendar/postcard book/some BSC crap one year and I remember this picture. Mainly because my friends and I never hogged two rows at the theater, just like 20 chairs of the same one.

I always wondered where these random pictures came from and if they had a stockpile of them and just picked one out (blindfolded) for the covers. "Does it match the plot? No, but who the hell cares?! It's for 12-year-olds!"

Rebecca J. said...

Heh heh...I remember the Fire Island adventure with Robert...that happens in Stacey's Lie. It's funny because there's this whole sub-plot mystery involving Stacey's dad. She talks about how much he's spending with this guy he knows who has his own place on the island. I seriously remember wondering if the whole mystery was going to be that her dad was gay.

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

ROFL Fire Island! Also in that book Stacey’s dad is always going of with this Stu Major’s guy, it’s very suspicious. Ha, that is a strange noise for a harmonica to make!

Dinah said...

I remember totally loving this book just because someone finally stood up to the BSC. They were all too clingy for me.
I remember the "song...heim" line too, although I totally missed it the first time I read it.

Snrub said...

Er... a subplot involving the mystery of where and what a guy is doing with another guy who owns a house at Fire Island. Yeah, I'd say the ghostwriters were having some fun with subtext.

Anonymous said...

I want to live on Awesome Street too! (Race you?)

Poppet said...

I always liked this one. Go Stacey finally being a bitch to them. Ha. Shame it never lasted though, but then everyone else outside of the BSC was always perceived as 'wrong'.

Sara.

Epione said...

I don't remember reading this book but I read the one where Stacey comes back to the BSC - shoplifting, older guys and alcohol at a concert - thats the way it should be!! I hated the typical happy ending though

Dairi Burger said...

I never read this far in the series...so Stacey actually leaves for good?

Epione said...

No, she was gone 10-15 books. Her new cool friends turned out to be "bad girls." Stacey went to a concert with them where they got drunk and arrested and her mum banned her from seeing them. Coincidentally that was around the same time the BSC started to miss her so they all kissed and made up. Her new friends also shoplifted and used her discount card to return items at full price (and hence making a profit).

Ohh wow....I remember it way too well

colleenn said...

I definitely just recently bought (and read for the first time this weekend) both this book and Stacey and the Bad Girls. yay! Perfect timing with the blog.

It was definitely awesome when Stacey finally told them off and tells Kristy to stop acting like a baby. The Newtons' calling up Kristy to "tattle" on Stacey though kind of annoyed me. They could have just settled it right there with Stacey that night and said next time limit your phone calls to emergencies only, but the ghostwriter needed a way for Kristy to find out and bitch about it.

Also, on the cover of Stacey and the Bad Girls (which I think was already reviewed), the so-called "bad girls" are with Stacey at the aforementioned concert and are standing and cheering and wearing concert-appropriate clothes like jeans and flannel shirts and stuff, no mention of the alcohol and shoplifting. And the tag line is "What would the BSC think of her now?" as if she's like snorting coke in the bathroom. Seriously, the "bad girls" looked pretty much like me in 1995, and I was as naive and un-bad-girl as they came. I loved how they were supposed to look all "bad" and "tough" because they actually were dressed like normal 1995 teenagers instead of wearing like patterened leggings and a bright yellow blouse and bright red ankle-boots and earrings that looked like tropical fish. :P

Joey the Girl said...

Thank you thank you thank you for this blog. Such a great way to spend time at work! Really, I don't know where all my old BSC books are now, but I have a desire to go find them...

Anyway, yes, you're right - nobody who lives in New York calls it "The Big Apple"...

and Fire Island is still a big, gay hangout. Maybe it was Robert's idea to go there, and one of the ghostwriters was foreshadowing for a possible "BSC - the Experimental College Years" super special?

Rebecita said...

jason priestly?? an actor who is neither fake nor several generations outdated???

this ghostwriter wins.

Anonymous said...

When Stacey came back to the BSC, wasn't she on probation for a bit? Who would put with that???

Melissa said...

This is so not on topic, but A) I just discovered your blog (through a friend), and I am now obsessed with it. And B) have you ever talked about how effing annoying it was that ANM always talked about phone numbers and they began with "KL5-1234"??!?!?! It took me SO freaking long to figure out what the hell she was talking about. Or is this something that is commonly done on the East Coast, and me, being from MN, is just unaware? Or was she trying to be clever by disguising "555" and failing miserably? Anyone? Thanks.

Ali said...

What a brilliant ending! I wonder if it at ALL carries on into the next book haha.

It tends to bother me when the covers have NOTHING to do with the stories. It's just so random.

I remember being taught to say "kind" instead of "nice" because "nice" is such a trite word. I blame that lesson for my awkward writings in fourth and fifth grade.

stephanie said...

83 books later, they BSC start to grow up. Maybe they'll even go to high school.

Anonymous said...

Melissa - as far as I know, the KL phone number thing hasn't been done in a looooooong time. I'm 26 and from New Jersey, and it hasn't been around in my time. My mom vaguely remembers it from when she was a kid, but said it was being phased out then, too. So maybe whichever writer came up with that is stuck in 1940?

greer said...

actually stacey was back in by the end of stacey and the bad girls, #87. definitely not 10-15, even if you count mysteries. it just feels like longer cause stacey leaving was so traumatizing for all of us.

Alice said...

You have been doing a string of my favorite BSC books! It's like you're reading my fricking mind!!!

Stacy's my favorite, and this is totally why... because she is the only one who can admit that everyone in the BSC sucks. I love (LOVE) the string in the 80s books (like numbered 80-89, not 1980s) where Stacy meets cooler people (Stacy and the Cheerleaders), fights with the BSC (this one), is briefly out of the BSC (Stacy and the Bad Girls), and is back in the BSC. AWESOME!

Alice said...

Dammit! I knew I misspelled Stacey. I totally knew that. That looked completely wrong.

Clevegal42 said...

Oh my gosh - I definitely think that I stopped reading before this - 1995, um yeah. But I wish that I hadn't because this book sounds awesome! I'm going to go to the library tomorrow to get this bad boy.

And when you said "Fire Island" I thought of those two guys from the movie "Big Business" - one might have been named Grant? But they got their kimonos on Fire Island, so then I thought that it was for gay guys. Maybe Stacey IS a gay guy.

Jess said...

I just found the Wikipedia list of every "regular" BSC book ever, and since I stopped reading them at around book 50, I'm now oddly fascinated by the later ones, where people have drama fits and quit the club and move away and get sick and invite new people.

Speaking of things that are inappropriate and incongruous for thirteen year olds, check out the description of book #114, The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier: "Mary Anne takes a second job at the mall: one no one she knows can ever find out." I'll be over here, patiently waiting for your write-up of THIS one.

(By the way, the third BSC graphic novel just came out. Everyone should be reading these, no matter how old you are or what your relationship with the series was like - they're adorable and they bring it all back in the best possible way.)

Paige said...

Yesterday, for some reason, I was totally trying to think of which book mentioned that Stacey liked "house music" at parties. Yes! I think I remembered liking this one too.

Jenny said...

"Claud is rightfully pissed that Stacey put her in an awkward position (that has nothing to do with Imminent Death Syndrome"

Mr. Show reference and halarious commentary on an early 90s kitsch series? Honey, I love you!

Epione said...

Thanks for the wikipedia link jess :) I haven't read past Stacey and the bad girls...might have to hunt the later ones down

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....the one book in that Wikipedia list that really jumps out at me is "#94: Stacey McGill, Super Sitter (February 1996) - Stacey is taken advantage of by a new client"

Is this really what it sounds like?!!?

Margaret said...

I remember reading this and not having clue one as to what 'house music' was. My friends & I were pretty immature when we went out, but it would've just been to a maccas or (exotique!) the food court at the mall.

Love this site - I'm still flummoxed as to why Kristy was my favourite member. Seriously, I was so gay for her when I was a kid.

kiwimusume said...

WWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!

*has the same mental age as Kristy*

Melissa said...

Anonymous - thanks for the heads up on the "KL5" numbers!! I'm 26 too, and had never ever heard of it before. I wish I'd had this info. 15 years ago :)

colleenn said...

Re: anon - Unfortunately, the Super Sitter book isn't as fun as the synopsis makes it sound. :) I tracked that one down last month and read it... Stacey's new client for a regular (multiple times a week) job asks her to like cook and do laundry and clean the kids' rooms and all this extra work and Stacey is running around trying to get everything done in order to prove that she's mature enough to handle the job. What I am wondering about is this one: "Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby (May 1996) - Claudia becomes an aunt, but goes overboard" ...I'm assuming this is a typo??? Claudia becomes an aunt? As in Janine has a baby? :P I'm assuming it must be Peaches who has the baby, but that wouldn't make Claudia an aunt would it?

Anonymous said...

Claud's aunt has the baby, so it's her cousin, but then she's asked to be godmother. And all the people I know who have godparents refer to them as Uncle and Aunt, so maybe...

*long stretch*

More likely that someone got it wrong.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, "Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby" is about HET aunt having a baby, not her becoming an aunt. Although, if Janine the genius did have a kid it would make those descriptions about her be more interesting.

I remember some book after Stace quit when she gets a job sitting for Charlotte (on her own because of the almost sister thing). And Kristy like, flips out that the Johanson's didn't call the BSC.

Elizabeth said...

We also sang "A Whole New World" in 7th grade choir. Sad times.

If you think Awesome St. is awesome you should check out Stephen Lynch's song, Superhero, where he would be Awesome Man. Pretty sweet.

This one was the year I graduated high school, so I was far past reading them. I wish I had now strictly for the big blow-out. I may have to track it down.

Michelle said...

78. Claudia and Crazy Peaches (September 1994) - Claudia has trouble with her pregnant aunt.

This makes me giggle for no reason whatsoever...

87.Stacey and the Bad Girls (July 1995) - Stacey's new friends aren't responsible.

Y'see, this is the BSC world equivilant of a juvenile delinquent. Her friends aren't responsible? Oh no, crack addicts! Hide the children!

119. Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend (May 1998) - Stacey's ex boyfriend is down and the only thing that can cheer him up is her.

Maybe I'm immature, but who else giggled at that?

Aloha, Baby-sitters (July 1996) - All the baby-sitters but Mallory take the school trip of a lifetime.

...YES.

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

ROFL, poor mallory! but actually Kristy does'nt go on that trip either.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, because she's already been to Hawaii with her MILLIONARIE stepfather.

Stephanie said...

wait ... Watson's a millionaire? are you sure about this?

Alea said...

Hey Melissa, I'm 28 and the only person in my life that referred to phone numbers like that was my grandmother. I think it had something to do with the street or area of town you lived in.

maylin said...

does anyone remember what book the kids made up a play about the BSC? they like acted out a meeting? for some reason i'm wondering

Anonymous said...

Oh my God I was sooo excited when I saw that you reviewed this because I've been dying to read this book but can't find it anywhere. So, I was a little surprised when you said you liked this book, and then I found myself liking it as well even though I haven't read it before.
I must say, Stacey is so much more realistic in his story. I loved that rant at the end. Love the cover of the book. Mallory doesn't look as if she belongs with them, and I totally noticed the dirty looks the other people were giving them. Am thrilled. Great job, Tiff!

Naomi said...

On Fire Island, it's really only Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove that are the gay strongholds. The others are pretty much full of families - I've been going to Kismet with my family since I was six, so I was very surprised when I found out that it was better known as a hot spot for theater folks.

Lisa said...

Anybody else notice that none of the other movie patrons are sitting with other people? They're all spread out sitting by themselves!
Apparently if you're not friends with the BSC, you're not friends with anybody.

shelley said...

Mallory looks like she's puking...hate her

She and Jessi look out of the loop...like usual

For some reason I can't get super excited that Stacey went off on the girls in this one. I never liked her when I was reading the series. It annoyed me that she was supposed to be all 'sophisticated'. It always seemed like she tolerated the club for claudia and she secretly thought she was better than the other girls. Plus, she was clearly a future ho-bag. I think I've thought about this way too much lol, maybe she reminds me of a skank I knew in high school...

p.s. charlotte is the neediest child ever and weirdly clingy...me thinks someone needs therapy

shelley said...

Oh, when I was publishing my comment the word verfication was "BTWtAT"....at first I didn't see the t in the middle and it made me giggle...hell, it still makes me giggle and it's prefect for stacey :)

kiwimusume said...

maylin - it was Jessi's Horrible Prank(#...75?), and it was in imitation of the school's "make fun of the teachers" night. Cause, you know, these bitches can't have an event with people their own age without there being a kids' version too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I remember when the kids act out a BSC meeting. I never understood how they knew that Kristy wore a visor or that Claudia hid junk food under her bed.

This morning I saw a license plate that said "BSC." It cracked me up.

katd said...

I have just found this blog, and may I say, Oh. My. Goodness. This is my favorite thing ever. I read about it on the nest, and I do believe I'm going to have to whip out my collection of BSC books and get to re-reading. I'm off to read your reviews of the Super Specials...I was always on pins and needles waiting for those.
You are freaking hilarious. How am I ever going to get any work done now that I've found my BSC mecca?

Anonymous said...

Remember when the series first started and Stacey was more gung-ho about the BSC than Kristy? It was her only outlet to friends! My, how we change in one year that lasts for more than a decade.

Anonymous said...

I alwaya hated the
'crunch! claudia kishi was eating something sweet and chocolatey'.
It really pissed me off. Cos ya know, that's just what the stacemeister does.

KaveDweller said...

Anonymous....I have been rereading the older books (where Stacy was really into the BSC). It is so funny to read them when you are so used to the clicheness of later books. They actually act like 12-year-olds.

LMS said...

Your blog is the ultimate in guilty pleasures. I'm almost as obsessed with it as I was with the BSC the first time around...

Jen said...

Can I make a request for the Super Special where there's the boat race and they Dawn and Claudia get stranded on an island with some kids? (#4 I think!)

Kimberly said...

I never read this book, and I'm sorry I missed it! I love Stacey's "awakening" (starting around Stacey and the Cheerleaders) where she starts realizing that the rest of the BSC is weird and immature. It's the only remotely believable part of the series, since I can't see someone in real life like Stacey hanging around with the likes of Kristy and Mallory. What can she even have a conversation with Mallory about? I agree with the above commenter that once they got to 8th grade Stacey secretly thought she was better than the rest of the club and only hung around for Claudia.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jen, if you click on the Super Specials link on the side of the page, you can find where Tiff has already done Super Special #4. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I am hoping someone has an answer for this question. In earlier books the order form in the back has #35 as Stacey and the new kid on the block. However, this book does not exist. It has always driven me nuts! Did it ever come out? Was it pulled from print and get replaced with the mystery of stoneybrook or whatever that is now #35? It makes me think it had some sort of controversy around it. I am sure it is nothing as exciting as this, but I would still like to know.

Anonymous said...

That used to drive me crazy (the New Kids on the Block book that didn't exist. I THINK I remember reading once that the title was pulled because the band NKOTB was becoming popular and the storyline was recycled in another book. I can't remember which book though.....

AlAnon said...

I'm pretty sure I read Stacey and the New Kid. Maybe it got pulled later? I have visions of it having a forest green cover...

Heidi said...

Excellent find at the used bookstore today! It's The Complete Guide to The Baby-Sitters Club. It's "absolutely, positively everything you've always wanted to know about the Baby-Sitters Club!" Such as: club history, places in Stoneybrook, bios of every member (because everyone skips that chapter of each book), BSC clients (everything you do and don't need to know about them), BSC family members, and "much, much more!" The inside of the back cover folds out into a cheesy map of Stoneybrook. They also had Super Special #4, and Super Mystery #2. And a crapload of Little Sister books, blech.

maylin said...

thanks kiwimusume.

i looked at the cover and did anyone notice how evil the guy right behind jessi's head looks? he reminds me of a vampire....biting her head....

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

I have that complete guide book. It sucks. I looked up Sabrina Bouvier in it but they only had one version of her! It doesn’t explain why in book #15 Sabrina Bouvier is the spoilt little pageant girl and in book #60 she reappears as an eighth grader at SMS???

Glamour Boy said...

ROFL. Awww! This review was awesome!!!

I adored this book because Stacey totally grew a pair, even if they withered away soon afterwards. Boo.

I wonder how awesomely bad BSC would be as a CW show where they're all grown up to the ages of sixteen and seventeen.

Epione said...

I though the pageant girl's name was Jenni? I definitely remember 8th grader Sabrina.

I checked out the library and bookshops near my house and I couldnt find any of the laster books. Anyone from Perth know where I can find them?

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

i think u r thinkin of Jenny prezzioso one of the bsc 'charges' there was thing little showgirl called sabrina bouvier as well

colleenn said...

I knew I'd read about the change in book #35 somewhere before, so I dug it up online again:

"Book 35 was to be Stacey and the New Kids on the Block, the 'new kids' being foster children. It was flagged in order to avoid confusion with the then-popular rock group and was replaced with this book 35 [Mystery of Stoneybrook] with a different plot. The foster children book finally did come out as Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever, book 62."

The source is from http://members.aol.com/jonmerrill/bsctitle.htm under "Chapter 3" in the note about book 35.

kiwimusume said...

did anyone notice how evil the guy right behind jessi's head looks? he reminds me of a vampire....biting her head....

Jessi's head sure doesn't have an easy time, does it?

Kristen said...

There is this awesome fan fic out there about the two Sabrina Bouviers.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/913748/1/The_Mystery_of_Sabrina_Bouvier

Kristen said...

Or maybe that link is

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/913748/1/The_Mystery_of_Sabrina_Bouvier

Kristen said...

Arg, what the hell?

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/913748/1/
The_Mystery_of_Sabrina_Bouvier

Anonymous said...

I had the complete guide... it was my goal to read the entire thing.

I never did...my mom bought it for me at a used bookstore (she hated my BSC fixation, got most of my books from the library or friends)... so it smelled really funky and the last 50 pages were missing

:p

Anonymous said...

"Abby's Twin (January 1997) - Abby and Anna might be twins, but that doesn't make them the same. When Anna faces bad news about her health, Abby is at a loss for how to help her sister."

Can someone tell me what happens in this one? I always liked Anna... like more than the BSC

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I've commented like 3 times in the last 3 minutes...

But look at the last line of this, its just too funnny...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baby-sitters_Club#Logan_Bruno

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

Abby's twin was about Anna having scoliosis (sp?) and Abby was trying really hard to be nice to her and stuff and Anna was getting all pissy.

Miriam (a.k.a Poppy Feilds) said...

Lol, I just looked up that Logan wikipedia link. His nickname is Little Flamer! Rofl. And he ‘came out’ on Regis and Kathy Lee? WTF?

Anonymous said...

" Anna having scoliosis "

Oh goodie, I thought she had cancer or something... I kinda want to find that book...

kiwimusume said...

Kristen, that fic is fucking awesome!! XD

Anonymous said...

http://testpattern.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/27/330795.aspx

"Our recent Guilty Pleasures feature included one editor admitting her GP is a Weblog about Baby-Sitters' Club books. That series is too young for me, but I have to share these two Weblogs dissecting the Sweet Valley High series, 1Bruce1 and The DairiBurger. Oh, those gorgeous identical twins, their paradise of a California town, and their so-called "problems.""

Anonymous said...

Ah! I read this one recently, and was baffled that Stacey says she and her new *mature* friends discussed politics. While the ghostwriter was certainly trying to drive home that there were other things to talk to your peers about BESIDES babysitting, I thought that was a little far-fetched.

But what I wouldn't give to eavesdrop on a bunch of 8th graders waxing that philosophical...

Anonymous said...

The big apple thing annoyed me so so much...

I grew up about 30 minutes away from nyc (near Stamford, CT, actually...) and went to college in nyc and everyone I've met calls it "the city" or New York if clarification is called for

Jenny said...

Haha, did you write the wikipedia entry for BSC? Because under Kristy we have these little gems: "The lack of a father figure in her life could account for her latent homosexuality" and "Karen Brewer is without a doubt, the most obnoxious character in all the history of written word".

And I never made it far enough to know who the hell Abby is. I feel so deprived...

tragic boffin said...

"I really didn't think of the noise a harmonica makes when I read "WWWAAAAANNNNNK!" Just pointing that out."

I spat my Coco Pops at the screen. Thanks for that!

I loved this book too. It was when the series actually got realistic, you know? With real conflict, etc.

Jamie said...

Oh my gosh! It didn't occur to me to even look this crap up on Wikipedia until somebody brought it up, but this is GOLD:

"Claudia has a grandmother named Mimi who she is very close to. She feels that Mimi is the only one in her family who really understands her. Mimi suffers a stroke and eventually dies."

If that doesn't sum up what the book series ended up like, I don't know what does!

emilyw said...

Kristy totally looks like Tiger Woods on the cover.

emilyw said...

Kristy totally looks like Tiger Woods on the cover.

ilovejunk said...

Wait, they went to Fire Island? Are you fucking shitting me? Even ignoring the whole gay thing, I seriously doubt a couple of 13 year olds would be hanging out on Fire Island. That is fucking hilarious.

Also, I laughed incredibly fucking hard at WWWAAAAAANNNNK.

This blog is absolutely terrific. I remember feeling all inadequate as a kid because I didn't live in some cutesy suburb where everyone was perfect and kids could roam the streets freely. Especially how everyone could walk or bike to any part of town, so long as it wasn't where the rich people live. WTF? I feel extremely vindicated hearing the books picked apart for how unrealistic they are.

Anonymous said...

Charlotte: sweetie, u need some frineds UR OWN AGE!

Oh man! Im talking 2 a fictional 8-year-old! Now I need help!

Kristin said...

No one who lives in NYC ever calls it the Big Apple, just like no one who actually lives in Los Angeles says they live in SoCal. I hope Ann M. Martin tracked down that ghost writer and punched him deuces in the face.

Mim (hey, Claud's grandmother... coooool said...

I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS BOOK ( i still do) i lost it once and was so devastated i actually went online and ordered a new one after 2 years of searching. Number 83 in the series? These bitches ACTUALLY LASTED 83 BOOKS WIHTOUT CRACKING?! man these girls must have real self control...

i feel like wereall connected (by the bsc that is) you know? So Yay BSC!

gigi said...

All of you are terribly cruel. I am really digusted by you!

gigi said...

yes thats right, I AM DISGUSTED! your so mean!

gigi said...

Ohhhhh my gosh.

I am sooooo SO SO sorry about my previous comments. I was such a bitch! Sorry, I wrote them years ago when I was still a massive fan of the BSC. Now I am older and wiser and I see you are a genius.

SO SORRY!!!! Please forgive me, I do love your blog....♥

metamorphstorm said...

1. I call that harmonica noise described in this book as "the big wank," just 'cause...I just don't see how the sound a hormonica makes can be translated into English. And especially THAT word. And unless the word had no adult meaning when this book was published, I don't know how the author got away with it...'cause kids are super-sheltered these days.

2. The BSC was WAY too into themselves. (Yeah, maybe an odd term after what I just said about the harmonica...and only on this blog is any of this I'm saying understandable!)But when Stacey did her rant and quit, I think she recall cheering. About time! She was an ass to them, but they were a clique with their heads so far up their...Kid Kits...and man does that sound perverted...that they couldn't even tell they were a clique. Pathetic. Stacey's rant rules.

3. Mary Anne's I LOVE MY KITTY sticker? Can't help but think of Rachel Nabor's comic about the comic-con piece, "I Love My Pussy," with the cat picture pins. But no way would the BSC series allow that word. Although they spent a chapter gagging me on Jamie's puke.