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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook2016-05-22 09:56 am

Read Through: BSC #4 - Mary Anne Saves the Day




Mary Anne Saves the Day

MARY ANNE'S ON HER OWN. CAN SHE TAKE CHARGE?



Welcome to the discussion post for week four! Don't panic if you haven't finished Mary Anne Saves the Day yet - we're all in different time zones, so things will be a little bit staggered. The post doesn't have an expiry date on it, so just comment whenever you're ready.

This is the post to discuss your reading of Mary Anne Saves the Day.

What was your favourite part? What was your least favourite part? Any memorable quotes you'd like to share? What had you forgotten about since the last time this book was read? If someone wrote a fic set during the timeline of this fic, what should they write?

There are no mandatory questions or points of discussion for this - anything you want to talk about in relation to this week's book, go ahead!








Next week's book is BSC #5 - Dawn and the Impossible Three.
saiditallbefore: (Mary Anne)

[personal profile] saiditallbefore 2016-05-25 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
Life caught up to me last week, but I'm back!

This one tugged at my heartstrings. Mary Anne and Richard's interactions were so sad. And Mary Anne is still a pretty lonely kid here; she's very dependent on Kristy still. It was nice to see her make friends with Dawn.

Speaking of: first glimpses of Dawn and the Schafer family! I liked the set up for Richard and Sharon's upcoming romance (and the fact that neither Dawn nor Mary Anne knows who Camus is). Dawn must run up her family's electrical bill like crazy, though, with those 100-watt light bulbs. ;)

Mrs. Prezzioso is so weird. I forgot exactly how ridiculous she was. I mean, if I had to extrapolate some sort of characterization, I would probably say that she's a nuevou-riche type. Mostly, like Mary Anne, I just think she's ridiculous.

“You mean some twelve-year-olds are ready to date and other twelve-year-olds still need baby-sitters?” This struck me as kind of self-aware, seeing as I think we've all mentioned that the BSC girls are, in many ways, very mature and responsible for their age. (Even if they're also silly or immature.)
isabelquinn: (Stock - balloons)

[personal profile] isabelquinn 2016-05-27 07:44 am (UTC)(link)
I think Mary Anne breaking out of her shell a bit and making friends with Dawn was also really interesting in the effect it had on Kristy. Her reactions seemed very "Mary Anne made a friend without me????". I've always been aware that Mary Anne would have been unlikely to meet Dawn without the fight, because she needed that push to be brave, but I noticed this time around that Kristy probably also needed the fight. Without it, would she have let MA make another friend? I don't mean in a total domineering way, but in a has-had-a-lifetime-of-being-the-leader-of-their-twosome-and-doesn't-know-anything-else way.

Also, yeah, Mrs P :-| I find it really weird that she's introduced as a friend of the Pikes, and that MA knows them a bit from seeing them at the Pike's house. That combo is really hard to imagine!!
ext_407741: (Default)

[identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com 2016-05-28 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
It's interesting too to think that this all leads to Mary Anne and Dawn becoming stepsisters later, and Kristy had complicated feelings about that.

I find it really weird that she's introduced as a friend of the Pikes, and that MA knows them a bit from seeing them at the Pike's house. That combo is really hard to imagine!!
Right?! I’m picturing fussy Mrs. P. not knowing what to DO with Jenny when they go over to the Pikes’ place (8 kids, bound to be a huge mess with sticky tabletops etc.) and telling her not to touch anything under any circumstances.
saiditallbefore: (Mary Anne)

[personal profile] saiditallbefore 2016-05-28 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, it really got to Kristy that Mary Anne made another friend. And it continues later, when she still gets bothered that Dawn is Mary Anne's other best friend.

I find it really weird that she's introduced as a friend of the Pikes, and that MA knows them a bit from seeing them at the Pike's house. That combo is really hard to imagine!!

I can imagine Mr. P as a friend of the Pikes, but not Mrs. P. They're just so... everywhere. Loud, and messy, and loose on rules (because who has time to be strict with 8 kids?). Although it would probably be good for Jenny.