Sunday, October 07, 2007

The summer was going to be all right, after all; or, BSC #55: Jessi's Gold Medal

Rereading this book, I discovered what might be the epitome of "even more boring to read about than it is to watch." [Even worse than NASCAR, RNL.] Synchronized swimming. Yep.

Even the cover is boring.



See?

The people in the background are seriously freaking me out, though. Are they kids? Adults? I just can't tell.  And there are some rad hats in the audience. Oh, and Jessi's supposed to be the graceful half of the pair, but white girl's form seems a little better here. Her name is Elise.

Yeah, so this is another book that tries to make up for its sheer dullness by adding far too many inane subplots. Just a warning. I'll try to muddle through it for you. [Look at me, being all self-sacrificing...]

It's spring and it's hot. [Fuck you! It's October and it's hitting 90 here. Sorry. Digression.] Jessi wants a pool. Instead, her fam decides to get a membership at the Stoneybrook Pool Complex. And then there's the upcoming SMS Sports Festival; everybody but Mary Anne and Mallory want to compete in an event. And the gym classes are doing a swimming unit, so each class walks over to the pool to go swimming. (Outdoors. In the spring. In New England. Don't care how warm the air is, that pool better be heated.) Um, and during the first swimming class, the synchro [That's what the cool kids call it. And by cool, I mean really lame.] coach spots Jessi's dance training and asks her if she wants to join the synchro team. Jessi's into it [what a hobby slut!], and even has to switch her lunch period around. And she gets partnered up with Elise, who's a swimmer of the racing persuasion.  And they're all going to be in the Sports Festival as a team, then the pairs will compete against each other. Follow me so far? Well, they're working hard, and if this were a movie, there'd totally be a training montage with some sort of peppy power-pop. Meanwhile, the other girls are trying to figure out what they're competing in, and Kristy challenges Alan Gray to the obstacle course. Oh, and because the Summer Olympics are going on (during the fucking spring, while school is still in session, cause...likely), and all the kids in town are kind of obsessed, Jessi comes up with yet another "great" idea [that is actually monumentally dumb]. Yeah, the BSC decide to have a mini-olympics for the kiddies. And they're all giddy and over-enthusiastic, right? Oh, except for Charlotte and Becca. And Andrew, cause he can't do anything [perhaps because he's only 4????]. So, all this is going on, and Mal accidentally sprains her ankle while trying to pretend to sprain her ankle to get out of the Sports Festival instead just copping to the fact that she doesn't want to/is afraid to participate. And Charlotte and Mary Anne talk it out and decide that they're angry that they can't participate because they're klutzes/shy/whatever. Oh, and there are multiple chapters describing the sports festival, making me wish again for a montage. And Kristy beats Alan. And Mary Anne works the refreshments. And Jessi and Elise, who think they're gonna totally lose, win the gold medal. Of course. Um, and the mini-olympics are a success. And Jessi and Elise both decide that neither really loves synchro. Elise is never heard from again. The end.

I think that's all the big stuff that happened. Here's the little stuff:


  • I think every other Jessi book starts with Jessi in ballet class. And then she doesn't have anymore for the rest of the book.

  • Oh, this is the book with the sweating vs. glowing cage match.

  • One of Jessi's heroes is Misha Baryshnikov. Apparently, they're so tight she calls him by his nickname. [From his IMDB bio: "Boyishly cute, diminutive and strong as a bull, but as graceful as any gazelle or swan, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a household name even to non-balletomanes." Heh.]

  • "Gracefool" does not equal "graceful" with a French accent.

  • Actually, Jessi, your professional career would not last the rest of your life. Just sayin'.

  • First on the list of things that come with being a pro 'rina? "Watching what I eat. (Have you ever seen a fat ballerina?)." You'd think she'd be working on that already.

  • Jessi's dad laughs like Darth Vader. I mean, James Earl Jones.

  • Is a/c really bad for dancers? It's better than getting dehydrated when it's really hot. And I've never been to a ballet performance that wasn't climate-controlled.

  • Kristy wears her visor backwards at the BSC meeting.

  • Jessi knows the word "dietetic," but she eats two bowls of cereal for breakfast? I'm so confused.

  • Ah, an outfit: "At that meeting, [Claudia] was wearing these sharply creased, pastel-green [sometimes, I think they just throw in random hyphens to fuck with me], cuffed shorts; a wild Hawaiian shirt tied at her waist, with vibrant colors that perfectly picked up the green [but those colors shall remain nameless, to hide their shame]; and sandals with crisscrossing ankle straps to her knees [how many fucking sandals like that does she have?!?!?]. Her hair was swept to one side and held in place with a long, fake-flowered barrette that looked like a Hawaiian lei."

  • I always forget that supposedly, Dawn's house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

  • Oh, yeah. All that "gross" food that Dawn eats. Like "whole wheat, unsalted sesame crackers." That's the best you could do? Not seaweed, or steamed lentil loaf or something that at least looks a little odd? Crackers that sound like they'd be delicious? Especially with hummus? Probably not a good example.

  • If Jessi goes pro, she's going to move to New York. Shocker!

  • The Sports Festival is mostly track and swimming. Two sports which will never be mentioned again. Cause it's the 'Brook.

  • The BSC are all shocked that Mary Anne doesn't want to get involved in Festival. Because they've never, ever met her before.

  • Claud wants to find an event that's "not too embarrassing." Huh? [Then, she goes and enters the "backward race," which is totally a fake sport.] What would be embarrassing? The "naked run?" The "confess your love while tripping over hurdles" race? The "match the kid with the STD" contest? I don't get it.

  • Blah, Alan's a jerk, he's immature, crush on Kristy...[yawn].

  • They're really taking entire gym classes and making them walk to the pool complex? And, conveniently, it's only a five minute walk each way? Still, permission slips? Liability? Anyone?

  • OH MY GAWD!!!! THE BOYS AND THE GIRLS HAVE SWIMMING CLASS TOGETHER!!! AND MAL'S WEARING A BABYISH BATHING SUIT!!!! IT'S THE FOURTH HORSEMAN!!!! THE WORLD IS ENDING!!!!!

  • Jessi thinks she flunked her swimming test so badly that she'll be put in..."remedial swimming." The fuck?

  • Becca gave each other "high-fives, low-fives, and as many different kinds of fives as [they] could think of." I miss Scrubs; the Todd would've come up with some awesome fives.

  • This book is full of "startling revelations" and "Maybe there was something I could do about it..." moments of fake drama. Fork...pointed...at...eyeball...

  • The stakes in the Kristy-Alan showdown? A week of 'personal service'...Um, yeah. That could be...um...dirty...if one's mind took it in that direction. Which mine totally didn't. Not even close. No internal jokes about blowjobs in the broom closet during study hall. Nope, none at all.

  • Again with "I was expecting an easy job" whining.

  • I will not repeat really stupid pun-innuendos. I will not do it.

  • I have never thought that synchronized swimming looked easy.

  • Why are they all so pushy in this book? They're all about trying to get the holdouts to join the sporty fun.

  • Fuckin' Claud. Extpretion is nothing at all like the word "expression."

  • There's a fake Olympic coach named "Spuds Diamond."

  • Okay, so the Sports Festival is on a Wednesday, right? And there are tons of parents there to watch the competitions. Don't they have to work? Can all these people duck out all day in the middle of the week to watch a stupid sports thing? Can I work there?

  • Since when does Kristy sprint? And why isn't she on the track team if she's that fast?

  • Oh, yeah. I think Claud thinks the Sports Festival is a fashion show: "She was wearing electric-pink track shorts with a turquoise racing stripe, a matching top with cut-off sleeves, brand-new high top track shoes with no socks, and floral-print suspenders." And a barrette shaped like the Olympic logo. I don't even know where to start. That outfit is too tacky for the Fly Girls, back in, like, 1990.

  • No, Mal. Nothing in this book even remotely qualifies as exciting.

  • And ladies? Kristy's had a ton of shit ideas. You just ignore those.

  • They have all these consolation prize type awards for the kids at the mini-olympics, and they're so full of shit.

  • Kristy is a bitch. During her week of "personal service," she makes Alan call her ma'am.

  • Ever notice that none of the BSC 'rents ever say, "No, you can't have fifty million children over here. I will not be responsible for that many kids in my yard."



A little bit of wisdom from this book? "You know, they're just kids, but sometimes you can really learn things from them." And sometimes, you're just projecting. And sometimes, you're trying to drag a lesson out of a really stupid story. The end.

Next week, I think I'm going to do Get Well Soon, Mallory! Mainly because I want to make terrible mono jokes.

***

Also, if I were to write something BSC-related beyond this blog, like an essay or a book or something like that, what would you want my opinionated ranting to be about? Throw some stuff out there...

128 comments:

Anonymous said...

First comment!

I hated this book when I was little...I was a swimmer and it pissed me off that they could win without any past experience

Hilarious blog

kelsey v said...

Wow! You actually reviewed a BSC book that remember reading! Excellent blog, as usual. I'm patiently waiting for the day when you review "Starring the Baby-sitters Club" because that one sucked all kinds of crap.

Ah, memories ...

Anonymous said...

Oh this book...I was on a swim team from 3rd-12th grade and someone gave me this book because of that...and it pissed me off how they just portrayed it totally wrong! Yeah, hated this one...Jessi usually irritated me...not because she was black, because she was annoying.

Robin Wilson said...

How goddamn long was this book? There are a million plots.

Anonymous said...

Andrew was six...I think

Don't ask how I remember that

There's no room in my brain for me to remember important stuff because of all the BSC things I remember


Ahhh...montages
I love the one on South Park

Niceeeee reviewing =]

glittergirley said...

nah, andrew was four :)

I remember karen and her bitchiness bragging about how seven was soo much better than four.

Kelly said...

You could write an essay about how Ann Martin's character's never act their age. 13 year olds with steady boyfriends? 4 year olds on a softball team with 10 year olds? 11 year olds that can be resposible for other children (Oh, but only during the day. Because a child could never choke/drown/die before 8pm)

Ellie said...

definitely not my favorite!--you should definitely do the one where Jessi actually goes to NYC to try out professional dancing--I dont remember what its called but its #115 (please dont ask me how I can remember things like that)--anyways that ones hilarious!

thanks as always for the blog!
~Ellie

Margie said...

I was in the equivalent of remedial swimming in 7th grade. I was such a bad swimmer that they put me into the "beginners" section, meaning I wasn't allowed to go in anything deeper than 4 feet. And four feet isn't very much when you're six feet tall.

And wtf, Claudia wasn't wearing socks? Blisters, much?

This book was just tedious. I only read it once. I think most Jessi books are tedious though.

PS: I HAAAATE having to do word verification and prove I'm human when I have an account I'm logged into! AGH!

Anonymous said...

I don't know if A/C is officially "bad" for dancers, but in all my years of ballet I never took class in a studio that was kept cool in the summer. You get really really disgustingly sweaty by the end. I think the theory is that you can drink water to keep hydrated (and promptly sweat it out), but that A/C can be dangerous because it might cool your muscles down (there can be a lot of standing around during centre practice). Climate control in theaters is for the audience's benefit, not the dancers'.

Still, that's like one thing they got right about Jessi's training out of the 359238402 other things they got heinously wrong.

Annalisa said...

I doubt you could use this topic for an entire book, but I always enjoy your snarky analyses of the girls' terrible outfits. Some of them are so atrocious, I cannot fathom how ANYONE would think they were a good idea. Now I'm wondering if there was any basis for them at all... perhaps I should see if my grandmother has some old copies of Vogue from the 1980s....

I actually remembered this book fondly, but I don't know why. I'm not that into sports and it sounds like it wouldn't be on my favorites list based on how you described it. Huh.

The one thing I remember most strongly from this book is the sweating vs. glowing! I think that is the thing I remember MOST out of ALL the BSC books ever. In all seriousness. And I have no clue why.

greer said...

i clearly remember how mal's suit was all gross and ruffled. also, when becca was wearing a white suit which she had colored with markers, jessi was all, "omg don't think we are so bourgeois as to have purchased becca a brightly-colored suit! it's really just plain white!" which made me feel guilty for having a brightly colored, patterend suit.

after reading this and the girltalk synchronized swimming book, i totally practiced in the pool in my backyard. uhh.

Anonymous said...

Tiff, I love this blog!

I remember the cover, I remember that for a long while I was convinced that I could become a champion synch swimmer (read it around some Olympics or other, I think the Barcelona ones...), but can't remember any of the plot. Really got to get a hold of my old books!

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

Loved this week’s review, so funny.

I think you should write an essay on “Why Kristy Thomas is gay”

Margie said...

Nah, I think the one lesbo in the BSC is Abby. Kristy at least made out with Bart a couple of times, but remember Abby in "Abby's Un Valentine"?

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

oh yeah tru, but what about Kristy + Bart = ?

Anonymous said...

Oh man, there are so many things you could write about if you wanted to extend BSC Bitchiness beyond this blog :D
Personally I love the way you can shoot down how great each BSC member thinks she is. So if you could somehow incorporate how great/arrogant they all are, that would be awesome ;) And there are plenty of bitchy fights/lack of listening skills to focus on.
Excuse my whacko typing, I'm hyped up on caffeine!

Amanda said...

Oh my gosh, I totally remember the "sweat v. perspire v. glow" speech! AWESOME! I love your blog. It always makes me laugh!

Epione said...

I havent read this book - and from the sounds of it, I should be grateful!

I vote for a "Case Study of homosexuality in Stoneybrook: Kristy Thomas" essay

Anonymous said...

What about an essay on the time warp? How they never age, and have a billion Easters a year


The fashion sense? Were they all blind?


But I like the ideas for the gay Kristy/many other characters sending out gay vibes essay or how the characters don't act their age

Anonymous said...

You-mentioned-Scrubs-in-the-blog five!

abi said...

Scrubs rules. You know it's still on, right? One more season left.

KaveDweller said...

I remember the sweat v. glow thing too!! I didn't know what book it was in, but it sounds so familiar.

You could write about how th books changed from being slightly realistic in the early books (they all acted more 12/13, the parents were mentioned, they etc. to being completely crazy in later books where they all acted like they were adults so much older than the kids they say for and never needed parental guidance. Oh, and who went on a millions awesome vacations and could solve murder mysteries.

maylin said...

Jessi actually seemed like the most normal one.
That's kinda scary, considering the weirdness in this book.
This book was really confusing.

Tiff said...

Oh, I know Scrubs is coming back, but I think there's still a couple weeks left.

Anonymous said...

I loved Starring the BSC when I was younger (where they do the play of Peter Pan). Other than that one, I'd love for you to do your "rantings" about Sweet Valley high...nothing says lame like those books!

Katie said...

I remember the sweat vs. glow! I think I even used that term last week, I can't believe I got it from this book!

From what everyone has said, I definetly think you can create an entire book on the inconsistencies of the series, there's so much.

And, of course, the blog is awesome! I look forward to reading it every Monday morning when I get to work! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You could also run a snark-blog about Nancy Drew. I switched over to those after I started to outgrow the BSC. Also, anyone remember Sleepover Friends by Susan Saunders? Those were impossibly retarded - Saunders (and her ghost writers) must have been chummy with the BSC ones. 4th and 5th graders riding bikes into downtown? Whatever!!!

Anonymous said...

Walking to a complex for a gym class isn't actually out of the norm. In high school, we had to walk a few blocks to get to the tennis courts for gym. Which meant we played for about 10 minutes, between walking each way and the locker room.

Chelsea said...

I've always half-heartedly considered writing something about how the BSC problems seemed relatively demure compared to the California Diaries; what, just because 8th grade classes are held in the high school building now their problem become so much darker (suicide, eating disorders, cancer...?) Or perhaps why don't any of those things come up in Stepford-brook? WHAT IS AMM SAYING ABOUT LA, IS IT A DEN OF SIN?

Something to that effect. Playing in my mind for, oh, about 6 years now and I still haven't done anything about it.

nichole said...

The BSC are all shocked that Mary Anne doesn't want to get involved in Festival. Because they've never, ever met her before.

Loved it - my favorite comment of the whole post.

I think my favorite BSC book of all time was the Winter Carnival one where they end up babysitting for another school's kids...cause that would happen in real life.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, the Sleepover Friends were awful. I have, like, 30 of those. I don't even know why I bought them. They were completely an off-brand BSC. There was the added benefit that you didn't have to struggle through (or skip past) vast portions of the booked ruined by tales from babysitting. That said, the Sleepover Friends were so bad but such a guilty pleasure. I love the one where Patti's cool cousin from CA comes to visit and much is made of her "rubber mini." And the chick who dressed in red, white, and black.

Lemur said...

Anyone got a detailed description of just how ass-ugly Mal's suit was? I haven't been horrified in a while and I think this just might do the trick.

As for a greater work on themes ... the impact the BSC books has/had on the rearing of American youth. If you think about it ... alot of chicks who read the early ones are now procreating ... I wonder how many of them are out looking for 13 year old uber-sitters to effectively raise their kids for them while staying eternally 13 ...

Alexis said...

I agree - an essay about how unrealistic the behaviors of the BSC are for their age is wonderful.

May I suggest for a future reading "Kristy and the Secret of Susan"? It's a fabulous little work where Kristy babysits a girl who is severely autistic (and also lucky enough to be a savant - she can play piano and has memorized a perpetual calendar) and currently in-between boarding schools. Kristy is convinced that if she can just "fix" Susan, Susan's parents won't send her away. Chaos and dissapointment ensue!

KaveDweller said...

That is something else you could write about....all the "very special episode" books. An autistic kid, a deaf kid, a kid with Leukemia, etc. I think there was a child abuse book too.

Stephanie said...

i would totally read something else you wrote!

and i was sorry that Elise was never mentioned again. she seemed pretty cool. but, of course, the BSC members are totally not allowed to have friends outside the club.

Anonymous said...

To whoever mentioned Sleepover Friends and the rubber mini, check this out:

http://thedairiburger.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/rubber-minis-or-sleepover-friends-4-pattis-new-look/

Annabelle said...

In "Jessi and the Dance School Phantom", she also calls Mikhail Baryshnikov "Misha"...

paige! said...

Yay! I used to love "Get Well Soon, Mallory!" for some reason...and then after reading it, every time I felt really tired I was convinced I had mono.

stephanie b. said...

opinionated ranting about Sweet Valley High would be AMAZING.

I too look forward to your posts-- many of my friends are now hooked and we patiently await your bitchiness/smarts every week.

Anonymous said...

I totally read Get Well Soon Mallory when I got mono. I only had to stay home for a week, though. I have no idea what kind of mono Mallory got that completely incapacitated her like that. My sister had mono, too, and it was worse than mine, but she stayed home, like, two weeks at most.

I'm glad that's the next book. So much to mock, especially when she tries to get kicked out of the club and the overly cheesy old folks' home plot.

Anonymous said...

pretty much the best thing i've ever read. you're awesome.

kathleen said...

I love the Mallory book--for some reason it (along with Mary Ann's makeover) is the one I remember most vividly.

Jessi was always the most boring BSC member... Ugh reading about her dancing makes me want to poke my eyes out.

Tracy said...

Just the thought of running shoes without socks gives me blisters.

Anonymous said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. :P

About 'remedial swimming'. My mind automatically went to the episode of The Simpsons where the kids had to sign up for PE classes. And cut to Ralph in Tethered Swimming. *tear* "I don't feel right."

Allee

Ali said...

I always laugh out loud at your comments on the outfits. That's my fav part of this blog :o)

Ali said...

Oh also, I think an essay on how the BSC was geared toward pre-teens and tweens and yet was so big on stereotyping and dumbing down solutions to problems that it raised a generation of now-adults who have no skills to cope with real life.

Or is that just me? :o\ haha

Anonymous said...

I absolutely cannot wait for your genius to make fun of Mallory's melodramatic mono situation.

My sister and I (thanks to this blog) got into this hobby of rereading all of the BSC books to each other whenever we found time(keep in mind she's 23, I'm 20 haha). Well, we never managed to get through this one we were laughing too much.

It really is something how when I was younger, I used to steal my sister's BSC books and read them obsessively, anticipating being 13 thinking how cool all the girls were and wishing I could be just like the Sitters....heh.

Anonymous said...

i think almost a book of your essays about the bsc would be great. kind of chuck klosterman-esq. just your opinion on various aspects of the bsc.

also, i basically skipped all the jessi or mal books, cause they were boring. thank you for proving my point.

Anonymous said...

As always, I love your Blog. I look forward to your entries! I check it often.

Anonymous said...

PS. I'd love to read other stuff you've written! You definitely have a flair and great talent.

John said...

Jessi, you were SWEATING. Enough with the denial.

When this book came out I loved it for some reason. I think it was because it was a summer book and I *loved* the summer books.

I've been re-reading the books lately and damn was Jessi ever boring! The only character who's books overall sucked more were Kristy's, and that was because her books almost always dealt with baby-sitting as the A-story (boring!), or even worse, sports. Ugh.

yossi said...

I love this blog! The BSC has so many memories for me. I even bought the Friends Forever spinoffs, where [spoiler]Claudia ended up dating Alan Gray[/spoiler]. And they were actually kind of cute together.

Anonymous said...

This blog has taken over my life! I spent my lunch hour at the Goodwill Store looking for old BSC books.

I vote for why they never aged, they were always in 8th grade!
I can't wait to read what you have to say about Mallory getting mono!

amanda said...

To whomever mentioned Sweet Valley High - check out , a SVH blog that I have become addicted to recently (I think I originally followed a link from a prior post here).


As for essay subjects - you could rant for volumes about the age issue. How many real-life 13 year old are allowed to babysit every night of the week, work at Bloomingdale's or whatever, go out with such older kids (thinking specifically of Stacy when they were in California and she is out with her new friends who can drive and gets in an accident), organize and supervise dozens to hundreds of very young children, etc. And how many parents are not only okay with all this, not to mention having their homes and yards turned into a chaotic mess with day camps and crap, but don't even seem to mind that when their kids are threatened or being stalked and they aren't even told about it.

amanda said...

Whoops! Sorry about the crazy link thing happening up there.

Anonymous said...

Why would a house in Connecticut (the north) be a stop on the underground railroad? Wouldn't they be safe in the North? I could be wrong, but i thought it was pretty much safe once they made it across the Ohio?

Oh. and i'm all for the Gay Stoneybrook. No, i'm not a gay basher. I done caught teh ghey.

Sarah said...

I'm so glad I found this site!! I'm happy that I'm not the only one who found the passages about baby sitting to be insanely dull!
About the outfits, I noticed that when the books were first published in the 80's the outfits were pretty on key with the style at that time, but then towards the older books the outfits that the girls would wear were still stuck in the 80's. So they didn't age at all. It's like the world froze in 1986.

Author By Night said...

I absolutely LOVE your commentary on the books. I loved them when I was 9-12, but now I have no idea how I took them seriously.

Are you going to do California Diaries? Man - those books were supposed to be more mature, but Sunny, Maggie and Dawn just went emo, bitchy, and generally OOC. (Although I can forgive Sunny. A little.)

kiwimusume said...

Hey! People suggested books and Anonymous didn't come and yell at them! Where'd s/he go?

Fuck you! It's October and it's hitting 90 here

So America's being a dick about cooling down too? I thought it was just Japan. Summer next year better be really mild to make up for it.

I totally remembered the sweating/glowing thing. I don't remember any of the rest of the book (probably because I found it really boring) but that bit sticks in my mind.

Also, wtf with everyone being all surprised about Mary Anne and Mallory not joining in the sports thing? C'mon, isn't the fact that they hate sports mentioned in every single fucking book?! And what happened to the BSC being sooooooo accepting of everyone's differences?

Mal accidentally sprains her ankle while trying to pretend to sprain her ankle to get out of the Sports Festival instead just copping to the fact that she doesn't want to/is afraid to participate.

Wait...WHAT?! Is this thing optional or what? Cause if it is, Mal (and MA too) are being serious drama queens. Just don't do it. You're hardly going to be the only ones.

And of course in true BSC tradition they can't have an event with people their own age without creating a kiddie version. One of the many things I find really, really annoying about the BSC...

Ever notice that none of the BSC 'rents ever say, "No, you can't have fifty million children over here. I will not be responsible for that many kids in my yard."

One more thing that I never questioned until you pointed it out. I can't believe that none of them ever had a problem with it. Or that none of their neighbours stuck their head over the fence and yelled "SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!! THIS IS A FUCKING RESIDENTIAL AREA, YOU KNOW!!!!" like my friend did when the decibel level at the local daycare centre reached rock-concert volume early one morning.

As for the essay, there's so many suggestions there that I like, but I'mma have to vote for the one about how none of them act their age. Second choice is the gay!Kristy one.

kiwimusume said...

This blog has taken over my life! I spent my lunch hour at the Goodwill Store looking for old BSC books.

I feel you there. I bought a ton of BSC books on eBay a couple months ago, and when my finances have recovered from the massive box of Sweet Valley High books I've just had shipped across the Pacific Ocean (they arrived today, woo!) I'm going to have to do the same with all the BSC books on here that Tiff has made me morbidly curious to read. Thank God my job pays decently or I'd be in so much debt by now...

melissa d. said...

HORSES sweat
MEN perspire
but LADIES glow!

Kimberly said...

Jessi books were really the worst. Did she ever do anything remotely interesting? She never seemed to have much middle school drama going on (despite the racist kids in Stoneybrook), so all we were left with was dancing/babysitting/hanging out with stupid Mallory. Ugh. I see this book was no exception.

I love your writing, and I'm sure I'd enjoy any essay/book/other BSC related project you did. A suggestion I haven't seen yet is a comparison of the various ghostwriters. I've noticed the ghostwriters names' now that I've been rereading the books, and some of the writers are especially bad and really like to skip the teen drama in favor of babysitting crap (the worst offenders are the ones who wrote Maid Mary Anne, Mary Anne and Miss Priss, and no doubt many more child- and Mary Anne-focused crap). I'd also like to read something about the "no 13 year olds ever do things like this" aspect of the books.

Krista said...

Claudia? WTF? Spandex and suspenders... holy Christ.

K.E.N. said...

hey tiffany, did you do a zine a couple years back with a friend named linda?
i saw a zine at Powell's(in portland) the other day and thought it might be you.

Caitlin said...

I totally think of the whole sweat/perspire/glow thing every time I see really sweaty (glowy?) people at the gym.

If you're looking for a BSC dissertation-length subject, maybe the constant inconsistency throughout the series, like Dawn being a "vegetarian".

Anonymous said...

"What would be embarrassing? The "naked run?" The "confess your love while tripping over hurdles" race? The "match the kid with the STD" contest? I don't get it."

LMAO :D Also what a title... you don't even have to read the book, the ending's in the bloody title!

colleenn said...

"The stakes in the Kristy-Alan showdown? A week of 'personal service'...Um, yeah. That could be...um...dirty...if one's mind took it in that direction. Which mine totally didn't. Not even close."

-awesome. hehehe. I love how my sheltered little elementary-school mind never picked up on things like that as a kid but now things like that jump out upon rereading. And I wish Kristy had lost. Seeing her being someone's "personal servant" where she couldn't wear her goddamn visor and give orders would have been great.

The cover of this book always bothered me too, even as a kid. I was into ballet and dancing and everything and I always thought Jessi's raised arm looked horrible on the cover.

And yay for the mention of Scrubs! I think it's back on the 25th (in the US at least).

And as far as essays/books/etc., I'd definitely read anything else you're able to publish on the BSC. I'd keep up the snarky tone of this blog in whatever you write... like I could easily see an essay about how they don't behave like normal 13-year-olds getting more serious in tone if you wrote it a certain way (as opposed to a "Kristy is gay" piece, which would be snark-filled no matter what), and I think the tone you have here is perfect. If you're thinking book, you should like do your own take on those "Official Guide to Stoneybrook" books that I never read... snarky profiles of the girls (and their outfits), their charges, all the inconsistencies in the town, fashions, the time warp, a review of some of the worst kid-projects they've taken on, etc. It probably wouldn't happen, but it would be awesome if you were ever allowed to reprint some of the horrific illustrations the Super Specials exhibited. And there could be different chapters with essays about the topics people have tossed about here. I'm not sure if it would actually work as a book that adults outside of this blog's readers would find interesting or if something like that is too big in scope or too parody-esque rather than original, but I'd enjoy anything BSC-related that you wrote. But keep up the blogs too... they're awesome and they seriously get me through the early part of my week at work! :)

Knitter Kris said...

Great blog.. I remember having this book. Something you could write about would have to be how they are permanently stuck in the 8th grade. It seems funny to me that they were in the 7th grade in books 1 through the start of 6 and since then they never got any older and I'm sure we had a good number of summers thrown in... hey even a Super Special took place during the summer.

Sarah said...

Wow, I remember rather liking this book when I was younger. I think it was because I'd wanted to take synchronized swimming classes but hadn't started yet so I had no real idea how far off the book was. That and swimming was the only sport I was ever reasonable at in elementary school so the thought of a school that made it part of their gym class was appealing.

As for dissertation suggestions... if you want to get all English/sociology analytical, you could explore the "phenomenon" of the Babysitters club and try to establish the source of its appeal (like people did with star wars etc.) That could lead to a whole series of essays about the clothing, cliqueyness, the fact that the girls act years older than they are, the inconsistancies, and the formula the books follow... y'know
Chapter 1 - brief intro to main plot/foreshadowing
Chapter 2 - members intro
Chapter 3 - club description
blah blah blah

When I shelved at a library in highschool and found myself curious about what insanity the BSC was up to, I would skim through the first and second to last chapter...that was all I needed to read to know what had happened in the book.

Melissa said...

I remember hating this book. And Jessi always irritated me because I never met another dancer like her - and we NEVER swooned over "Mischa" mostly because he was a jerk. But Jessi is right about one thing (only): A/C is seriously bad for dancers (causes muscle cramps)

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naomi said...

I'd love to read about your speculations on the characters at an older age or go into their personalities more.

Anonymous said...

Re: Connecticut and the Underground Railroad-http://www.ctfreedomtrail.com/site/urailroad.html

Remidial swimming = drowning! (hee!)

Robyn said...

I don't think I ever read this BSC book, but loving the recap. But it did make me think about another series I read around the same time as the BSC books, but I can't remember the name. It was about 4 girls who took gymnastics together. I remember one wasn't that good at at it and one girls dad was a pro football player. Ring any bells for anyone?

Annie said...

I just can't help but wonder where on earth Claudia STORED all that crap...I mean, seriously, I'm picturing a small-to-normal-sized closet in her bedroom, and she never seems to wear the same thing twice. Did they turn the attic into a huge house-length closet for her? Did she take all her duds to the thrift shop the day after she wore them? *confuzzles*

Re: Sleepover Friends - If I'm not mistaken, there WAS some crossover between BSC ghostwriters and whoever did that series; also the "Pen Pals" books by Sharon Denis Wyeth. I don't recall precisely how, but if you read them, the styles are pretty similar.

remy said...

haha gotta love the "Go for it, Jessi!" on the front cover.

Liz said...

This was the first BSC book I ever read. It's like a gateway drug to me. I remember the sweating/glowing rant too. Hey, next Jessi book you review, can it be the one with the girl in her dance class with anorexia?

And everything I know about mono I learned from "Get Well Soon, Mallory!"

Anonymous said...

kiwimusume--- anonymous was hoping that people were beginning to get the picture, since tiff specifically told them that she didn't take requests, and it was annoying. But since there was a comment specifically aimed at them, they felt the need to respond. Happy?

w00t said...

Tiff, I think you should write a big book about the BSC members at age 40. like to see wheree they went with their lives and stuff. ppl have had really good suggestions about stuff like that. u should totally do it. or write a series of short stories with the bsc members and have them actually age and act their age. maybe write like one for every year they go through, like when they are 14 write one and when they are 15 write another, etc. yeah.

Emma said...

What I think is sooooo stupid about all the Jessie books is that she's supposed to be, like, this ├╝berballerina who's got no time for anything else because she's always at a ballet class in Stamford, and her parents built her a mini dance studio in the basement, etc., but she always finds a new hobby/activity (modeling, teaching f---ing sign language, synchronized swimming, pet-sitting for a week) that takes up all her time, completely diverts her attention from anything remotely ballet-related, makes her almost resent ballet and not want anything to do with it, and then at the end of the book, she's like, "Oh, yeah! I totally forgot! I'm going to be a professional ballerina because ballet is my entire life!" Whoa, run-on sentence. Sorry. But seriously, would real parents actually build her a f---ing mini dance studio in their basement and drive her to Stamford every day?!?! She's eleven! She's not even a really mature eleven year old, i.e. all the other hobbies that she temporarily dropped ballet for, and she has a really short attention span! And they aren't even that rich! Wouldn't being your sixth-grade daughter's hobby whore get expensive after a while? Especially with an eight-year-old and a f---ing BABY who need attention, too? When I was eleven, if I said I wanted to be, say, a fashion designer, would my parents haul Donatella across the pond for me (which sounds like what Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey would do for Jessi)? NO! They'd be all, "That's nice, honey. If that's really what you want, then we'll take you to ArtMart and you can buy some sketching stuff, and you can use the old sewing machine in the closet if it still works. If you're still passionate about this in high school, you can take the fashion course they offer." Even now, at fourteen, they'd say the same thing (change the 'when you get to high school' part to 'next semester or maybe sophomore year', though). And really, Jessie, shut up about the whole "racially-mixed Oakley" s---. You make it sound like a 'melting pot' (mmm...fondue), and you said you hated when people said crap like "a good cross-section of the school", etc. News Flash: Racism is deep-rooted hate. It can't "get better." Did anyone ever notice how racism in the 'Brook just "got better"? F--- no. It doesn't just go away. If someone has real racism, real prejudice that goes waaaaaaay back, then it won't "get better" if you just sit on you a-- feeling like an alien. What made 'Brookites suddenly stop being racist? What changed? Come on, people. I'm not saying that I'm racist or anything like that, but you know that hate doesn't magically go away, right? Somebody back me up here, please.

dru_plus_spike said...

I'm so glad that I'm not the only person who thought Ralph Wiggum and Tethered Swimming when they read remedial swimming.

Anonymous said...

Continuing on Emma's point, Claudia's dad immediately buys her all this darkroom equipment after she starts taking that summer photography class. Granted, I think it says that he borrowed some things and bought some stuff used, but...still.

"I also blame the BSC for causing me to narrate my life from the ages of 8-11."

Lol. You are not alone!

Anonymous said...

If/when you finish the BSC books, might you consider doing Sweet Valley High? I read those when I was young too.

Amanda said...

Robyn: I remember too! And they were called the Pinecones, and they had a theme song, and the names that I am remembering are: Jodi, Cyndi (I think I remembered it because of the spelling), Darlene was the one with the rich dad...and, another one I can't remember. Jodi was Claudia-dumb. And the theme song was something about, We are the Pincones, we hang from trees, we have skinned knees, make way for us please!"

I probably can remember more, but I'll stop because it would be best for all of us. Except I do remember a really graphic description of what it was to "rip" on the bars.

Done, for real.

mouse said...

If you're doing an essay, I think you could have an interesting angle in how the girls don't act 13, more emotionally 10 and with skills and ability around 16. When you consider the target audience was 9-12 year olds (although my friends I got hooked and kept reading way past that), it fits. Like 6 year olds playing "orphan" and pretending that they're in charge. Also, in regards to time and money, it's very warped- no adult would act like the parents do- again fitting with the warped view children have of the adult world. And you get interplay between the stories being a reflection of that child's pov, but also it creates that expectation as girls latch on to the stories as they're building their identities...

Random: I fell asleep after reading through the archives here and dreamt I was Maryanne. Except... I was middle-aged, overweight and extremely nervous about seeing a (gay) Logan for the first time in years at the high school reunion. Except... Claudia got framed for murder so we had to call an emergency BSC meeting to solve the mystery and get her out of jail. (I wish I could say it was Bart, but I woke up before the end.)

Anonymous said...

Mouse...OMG. I love it. You need to write that and post it at ff.net. :)

melissa d. said...

Argh. DON'T write a book/essay about how unrealistic the BSC books are. Duh. Most kids books are. It's half the appeal.

Maybe ... get into WHY we're all grows up and still obsessing over it. WHY we can remember stupid shit like sweat/perspire/glow. How these books were such a phenomenon that they're still with us ... And how, upon revisiting them, it's sort of disappointing to discover they're sort of ... lame. Still, it doesn't stop you (me) from remembering the books any less fondly ... It just cracks me up, to think how I used to WORSHIP these characters...

OR how it's an interesting explanation of why so many of us in our 20s now are so damn self-centered... these books were all in first-person, describing the minutiae of middle school life, right down to a detailed outfit description...

Gahh. That got long. Ramblings. Apologies.

Soph said...

This book sucked. It sucked so badly that I am too tired to even add onto the snark that you just created. Word.

However, interesting factoid of the day...Baryshnikov was on Sex and the City as Carrie's boyfriend.

Sunny said...

Robyn & Amanda - 'Gymnasts' were awesome books. I remember the chapter where Jodi and Darlene were looking in the mirror and admitted how glad they were that they were pretty...classic.

"I, too, was convinced every time I got a bit sleepy that it must be mono."
LOL. Was anyone else convinced they had diabetes everytime they were tired and thirsty? I used to drive my Mum crazy with that.

And finally, anyone got into the Friends Forever series? Absolute gold... that bitch Stacey really shows her true side!

Dejana said...

When I was in 10th grade gym class we had to run half a mile each way to a tennis court every day during our tennis unit. Liability didn't seem to be a concern.

kiwimusume said...

OMG Sunny, I just got that exact Gymnasts book from Thriftbooks yesterday!! Do you remember Lauren's horrible, horrible "gymnastics joke"?

"Knock knock"
"Who's there?"
"Olga"
"Olga who?"
"Olga home if you don't let me in"

I also remember the scene (in another book) when Jodi gets all tetchy because her mum's remarrying and the Pinecones all come over to her place to check to see if she got out of bed on the right side. Even now, I still think that's kinda funny.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Friends Forever was better than the BSC, mainly because I didn't have to read pages upon pages about babysitting.

I loved California Diaries. Anyone else think that Jill could've moved to Connecticut and fit right in with the BSC? Mal and Jessi would've thought she was so cool despite Dawn and Company thinking she was a baby. And Logan could've found a boyfriend in Ducky. I related to Ducky a lot.

Anyone read Pen Pals? They actually aged and somewhat applied logic if I remember correctly.

whichi coax said...

To the person who asked about the Underground Railroad being in the North: I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and both my church and several houses in town were used as stops on the Underground Railroad. Granted- I am only about 15-20 miles north of the Mason and Dixon. In most instances, a slave was not considered safe until he or she reached Canada, especially after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, allowing any slave owner to rightfully claim his "property" if he found them up North.

I still doubt if much activity existed in CT, though. Most of the Northern portions of the Underground were in the southern tier of Pennslyvania and in eastern-central Ohio.

I have a degree in history. Sorry for the nerdiness.

veronica said...

Claudia didn't wear socks to a sports event she's participating in? Wow, she's even dumber than I thought.

Total word about the liability thing. The public library is right next to my high school - it's closer to the building than most of the portables are - but it's still technically off school property. One of my English teachers wouldn't less us go there to do research because it was off school property and we'd need permission slips. I guess my school cared about our safety! Take that, SMS students!

Anyway. I love the idea of you writing something BSC-related beyond this blog (which I love, btw). I think you could write about the girls' personalities and how we're told about things more than we're showed (like how Mary Anne's always so sweet and sensitive, but actually an uber-bitch). And maybe touch on their views of immaturity - Kristy's immature because she doesn't care about fashion, yet Stacy is like the biggest brat ever. Or something. That wasn't very articulate, but I hope it made sense!

Anonymous said...

Whichi coax: thanks for answering my question about the Underground Railroad.

Just curious, has anyone figured up how many years the BSC should've aged in the series? Like sat down and figured out how many summers there were and stuff?

Anonymous said...

I always tried to do that, and it never worked. Cause the seasons were only sometimes in chronological order. There would be a summer book, a Halloween book, a spring break book, then a Christmas book, then another Halloween book. And the Super Specials/mysteries don't necessarily match up with when the books were taking place.

I did once count how Dawn's "6 month trip to California started in the fall, included two summers and then ended on Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I think there may be a few people in the online BSC communities that have figured out the number of summers, etc. and posted their findings. You might want to search the BSC live journal...

Jen said...

1. I think the ghostwriters were 15. Because these books are what my early-teenage self sounded like when I wrote dialogue and plot

2. Patricia Field clearly took her costume designs for Carrie Bradshaw directly from Claudia Kishi's wardrobe. The track suit? TOTALLY something Carrie would wear to "support" her friend running in a 10K in Central Park. Then they'd go have lunch at Fred's

Artemis said...

Haha, love the comment on Pat Field taking suggestions from Claudia.

Also, what's up with these girls and school spirit? in the other book (dawn and the school spirit war, I think), some of them (like Kristy, and I think Jessi and maybe Claud?) get really super involved in school spirit and a bunch of the kids get pissy when some of them (Dawn, MA) don't want to play stupid reindeer games. And it's freaking middle school!

And yes. I still narrate my life. :)

Tez Miller said...

I distantly remember there being a BSC TV series. (Well, there were videos in the rental place way back when.) They may not have been popular enough to make it to DVD, but you might be able to find them on video.

Also, I never ended up seeing the BSC movie. Would you happen to have that in your collection?

Have a lovely day! :-)

Kristin said...

For those interested, I also just started up an SVH blog. It's just getting started and things have been so hectic but it should soon be updated weekly.

I link to Tiff's blog too because I love it!!

Ryan (Yes, I'm Female!) said...

"Maybe ... get into WHY we're all grows up and still obsessing over it. WHY we can remember stupid shit like sweat/perspire/glow. How these books were such a phenomenon that they're still with us ... And how, upon revisiting them, it's sort of disappointing to discover they're sort of ... lame. Still, it doesn't stop you (me) from remembering the books any less fondly ... It just cracks me up, to think how I used to WORSHIP these characters..."

In total agreement. Why ARE we all still hung up on these books? Why are we embracing the nerdiness within us all? I so wanted to be like these imaginary characters as a pre-teen. . .maybe because middle school is the most awful period in most women's lives and this was not reflected in these books at all. Or maybe I was just a really big nerd. Who knows?

ashwini said...

I'd love to see a Tiff thesis on BSC relationships, like the vacation boyfriends and Logan's permanent case of blue balls.

Or outfits!

.::Ashley.Marie::. said...

I love the site!
It brought back memories of reading all the books my mom bought for me at garage sales. I can't believe she subjected me to these books after reading your commentaries. I have to say that the vacation ones were my favorites. I think I lived vicariously through the BSC girls traveling...

Did anyone else join the BSC club? I was in third grade, and the membership came with one of the books and a little silver heart necklace that says BSC in it.

Can't wait to read what else you have!

morgan hudson said...

Oh Lord...I will forever relish the day I stumbled upon this blog. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

Emma said...

Ooooh! Idea! You could do a choose-your-own advendure-esque book in which the reader determines the reason each BSC character will be f---ed up as an adult and what their lives will be like because of said f---ed up-ness. Good idea?

bazu said...

I know my comment is a little late here (yay, I've finally caught up with the whole blog!), but to answer your question, if you were to write an article or book, I'd love to hear your critique of the series from a feminist / queer angle. Like, why is everyone in these books so stridently straight? And hyper-breedy? And relationship and marriage-minded? Why are pre-teen and teen girls defined almost solely by their job as children's caretakers? Auuuughhhhh! There's just so much to be explored there. I sometimes wonder if my misspent youth reading BSC might have messed with my brain on issues of gender, relationships, what's "normal", etc. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Diane said...

Claudia has a lot of lace-up sandals. It's pretty disturbing, because one of my writers recently wrote a piece on "gladiator sandals" and how they are coming back! All of the sandals she pictured looked JUST LIKE something Claudia would wear.

Catherine said...

Oh my goodness! I just found your blog. You're blogging through the BSC!!! That is TOOOO cool!

Wow.
catherine

Rachel said...

i juat have to ask you this tiff, i dont get it i am only 9 but any way, you said you <3 the BSC but yet you alwayz bitch about it and shit (sorry 4 the bad grammar.) how come you never say anything good about the BSC you alwayz critzes them. peace Rachel

Rachel said...

and by the way, where do you get all these books from?

and also i love this books its just a book, couldnt you be talking about more instering things like vanessa hudgens being nude even though that was like a month ago when that happend . please stop critzing them.

Michelle said...

Did anyone else join the BSC club? I was in third grade, and the membership came with one of the books and a little silver heart necklace that says BSC in it.

When I got my first Super Special, the one with the European Vacation (which sucked so much that it's my favorite), it came with two limited edition rings that had "BSC" carved into one, and "Friends" in the other. I remember I gave the "Friends" one to a cousin and kept the "BSC" one. It gave me a horrible rash since it turns out I'm allergic to nickel. Fitting, hm?

Amy said...

Wasn't there a really terrible super special where they all sent around a chain letter and told each other secrets?

And I definitely think Starring the BSC needs to be covered.

Anonymous said...

Oh my good god.... I'd totally repressed so many memories that have now been recalled. For one, my mom signed me up for the "Babysitter's Club!" that came with books and a horrid newsletter and *special* pens. Oh jeeze, and I couldn't very well tell her to stop the subscription because she thought I loved it THAT much. Thankfully she eventually got tired of paying for it.
Oh the oversimplified characters and plots, the annoyingly "perfect" outfits and even the desire to hide Twinkies in hollowed out books so I too could snack while reading Nancy Drew. I totally blame my best friend for hooking me on this blog. I've read every entry today and sadly remember so many of these books.
Great blog, very entertaining and fun. Yes, I still narrate my life and now I come with my own theme music. Don't ask, my head is a scary place to be.

Anonymous said...

Rachel said...
and also i love this books its just a book, couldnt you be talking about more instering things like vanessa hudgens being nude even though that was like a month ago when that happend . please stop critzing them.


Oh Rachel. I have no authority on this blog in the least but am determined to answer you. The amazingness of this blog is to recall those awkward preteen years when we foolishly cared about the lives of ficticious characters and thought they were the shit. I think most teens and preteens today care too much about celebrities and spoiled, anorexic rich girls. I wish y'all would read more-even books like the BSC. I'd much rather read a blog in ten years about how High School Musical messed with our minds (A boy who can sing, dance and play basketball? Awesome!) than talk endlessly about Vaness Hudgens and her nudity. This blog (if I understand it correctly) is not so much about making fun of the author and the plot, etc, but our own naivety. Wait a dozen years. Read a bit more books that don't include sweat vs. glow debates or endless descriptions of fantastic neon outfits complete with monkey and banana earrings. You'll understand.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think I had read this book, but after reading your plot description I realized I had. I hated the Jesse books, and I thought she was a complete twat throughout 'Starring the Baby-sitter's Club.'

Anonymous said...

When I was in high school, we would take a five minute walk down the highway to the bowling alley. And at my husband's school they would actually be bussed to the city pool for P.E. So it does happen.

verb2be said...

I never read this one...but strangely, I feel like I have already...weird...

Write about whatever you want. If you can redeem BSC, you can write anything! (but my vote would be for a Mr Blackwell styled Worst Dressed Fictional Character list?)

Erin said...

One suggestion for a BSC-related project: I would love to read interviews with some of the ghostwriters! Especially to see how much was intentionally stupid, or how much fun they had making up Claudia's outfits!

sharon r said...

"brand-new high top track shoes with no socks."

seriously, Claudia? hello, blisters!

and i'd love to read a Sweet Valley Twins/High/SVU blog from you.

Michelle said...

oh wow look what I found:

http://whatclaudiawore.blogspot.com/

I guess that takes away from the idea of you writing solely about their clothing choices. Although I'm sure you could improve upon this.

Yankees Chick said...

The Sports Festival is mostly track and swimming. Two sports which will never be mentioned again. Cause it's the 'Brook.

Do not forget the Logan Bruno: Boy Babysitter book - he has a big presence on the track team!!!

Ciji said...

All I want to know is... what did Jessi do with her hair? For reals... did the sista get braids or what?

Rachel said...

The major problem with this book is that Jessi would never take up swimming because black people DO NOT GET WET. Ever. Come on. I'm half-black and you'll never see me or my relatives or my kin or my people ANYWHERE near a damn pool.

Carolyn said...

Amy: I think the super special you're thinking of is # 12. The BSC Remembers. They have a sleepover and share stories about their lives, etc.

This blog is so awesome. I collect the BSC books, and his blog really articulates what I feel when I attempt to reread one of the books: WTF Ann M. Martin, ghostwriters, and 70 millionth mention of Claudia's ├╝ber fashion sense!

Word verification: bakyke - the sound one makes upon realizing the wooden snow sled has splinters

zosogirl said...

Still loving your blog Tiff...

You could further elaborate on why they never age. What the fuck? Like, in the first few books they were 12, then they turned 13 and far as I know never turned 14... are they like, Peter Pan clones or something?

And as you mentioned earlier, how does the 'Brook have a civic centre? How big is this goddamn town? To me a town is kinda rural, and probably not all that big, so maybe I've been trying to understand it from an Autralian perspective... but when you mentioned the size of Stoneybrook in an earlier post it started to bug me... I mean, geez, if it's such a small place, how come so much is going on? Is it the centre of the universe? Maybe I should move there for a piece of the action...

Still loving your blog.

metamorphstorm said...

I actually like the Friends Forever series. There's mention but no major detailing of baby-sitting jobs (it's much more about the girls and their teen problems) and I (evilly) *LOVED* the fight between Stacey and Claudia. For like the first time ever, I could really see Stacey's POV and thought Claudia was being stupid and bitter over the loss of something she didn't even have.

See how boring Jessi's Gold Medal is? I ain't even talkin' 'bout it.