Someone wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook 2016-05-29 05:19 am (UTC)

Claud is "hard to get to know." Interesting. And Dawn and Stacey bond over being new in town!

I had wondered if Sharon's disorganization was a trait that got blown out of proportion but here from the first Dawn book, she's doing weird things. I mean, there's disorganized and then there's mending clothes they outgrew years ago! It's honestly a little concerning. Or maybe I'm just a Dawn!

I like Mal hanging out with Dawn almost as a friend. I wonder when it was decided that she would join the BSC.

I had always missed that MA got contacts to replace her reading glasses; I wondered if they just got lost in Early Book Syndrome. Although, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't contacts for reading glasses impractical? Is it okay to keep taking them in and out as you would reading glasses?

Dawn doesn't mind Janine! Her trying to talk to Janine at her level is cute.

Aww, Kristy is trying not to be so bossy. We'll see how long this lasts. ;)

Dawn and MA redecorating her room is so much fun! Ugh, Kristy. Mary Anne is allowed to have two friends. You'd think after all you went through last book, you would realize you don't own her, Kristin Amanda.

Interesting that Dawn goes back and forth between Kristy and Mary Anne's lunch table and Claudia and Stacey's. I don't usually associate her with Claudia and Stacey, but I guess it makes sense back when the girls had non-BSC friends, because I think Dawn is a smidge more mature than Kristy and Mary Anne here, but less boy-crazy than Stacey and Claud.

I do feel bad for Kristy, though, especially with her feeling that she and MA were like sisters, as, of course, Kristy doesn't have a sister either (yet). And I'm glad Dawn at least realizes and feels bad. She is constantly trying to extend the olive branch to Kristy in this book, which is nice.

Ooh, more information about Watson's house! Nine bedrooms. That's a lot, even for mansions. I'm a bit surprised it's on a regular street with a bunch of other houses. Shouldn't it be on more acreage? Are these houses back from the street with long driveways, at least? And even with nine, that doesn't leave a guest room once Nannie and Emily Michelle are there. Do all the kids really have their own rooms later on?

Aw, they're not so impossible in their first job! I love how Dawn bonds with the Barretts over the divorce.

I think I was confused about Karen's age earlier, so this book has cleared something up for me. I thought she skipped two grades, but I see she's in first grade when the BSC is in seventh and she'll get stuck in second when they get stuck in eighth. She turned six sometime in the spring (before this book and the previous one which was Jan or Feb) so she'll turn seven next spring and stay seven. The time warp really starts in the first summer after eighth grade... before they go into eighth grade.

If Watson doesn't cook, who does? There's no mention of any hired help.

Okay, there are two guest rooms mentioned here, but I assume those might be taken over by Thomases.

Dawn and Kristy bonding! Them playing in the barn is adorable! I love how Kristy is a little afraid and Dawn gets to see that. I love how they talk and I love how Kristy just comes out with the alternate officer stuff. Was she really thinking about it, or did she just make it up right then?

I think it's pretty clear that Dawn's frustration with Mrs. Barrett lies in her frustration with her mother. I definitely didn't notice that as a kid, but I do now. Because I get a read that Mrs. Barrett is just overwhelmed right now, not habitually disorganized. She doesn't know how to prepare a baby-sitter because she never needed one (presumably) when she was married. My heart is really breaking for them here. Dawn is under a lot of pressure (mostly from herself) to look after her mom and Mrs. Barrett is pushing her to the breaking point.

Jenny the brat!?! Dawn, were you not just in the last book? I really do not get this brat stuff. The girls keep saying it and I don't see it. Poor Jenny. And how can you hate Mrs. P when she comes out to search for Buddy?

The first appearance of the Bizzer Sign! I don't know why but I'm delighted by Mal giving Byron the Bizzer Sign. I like that she's half a kid and half a baby-sitter.

Interesting talk about Kristy moving. I've wondered before about the actual size of Stoneybrook, since it seems much bigger later when they get new clients every book who they don't previously know. And there's no mention here of Kristy potentially having to switch schools.

I don't remember this Memorial Day picnic. I love this reintroduction between Richard and Sharon's parents! I'm glad they seem reasonable that he's actually grown up and become successful, though it's still frustrating and sad that they needed to make sure of that before they approved of Richard/Sharon.

Oh, missing Buddy. Mrs. Pike is so good and helpful. I love her. This situation is terrifying. Even though I knew what happned, my heart dropped when Jordan said he saw Buddy get in a car. (Look what an adult re-read will do?)

Poor Mrs. Barrett. She knows what's going wrong for her and it must hurt to be confronted with it by a twelve-year-old. But I like that Dawn is able to lay out her problems with what's going on and work out a solution.

Ooh, here's some forshadowing of Mal in the BSC!

And thus, the Charlie scheme is born. Because that's exactly what a high school senior wants to spend his afternoons doing!

A picture of the club for MA. <3 These girls are so sweet!

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