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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook2016-06-05 05:02 pm

Read Through: BSC #6 - Kristy's Big Day




Kristy's Big Day

KRISTY'S A BABY-SITTER - AND A BRIDESMAID, TOO!



Welcome to the discussion post for Kristy's Big Day! This 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 Kristy's Big 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?

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Next week's book is BSC #7 - Claudia and Mean Janine

(Anonymous) 2016-06-06 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
Before we get to the notes, I have to confess that this was my favorite book as a kid. Let's see how well it holds up!

The other “con” is that Watson is mostly okay, but sometimes he can be a jerk. - I guess this is still some of her lingering "he's not my dad" stuff. I really don't see how Watson can sometimes be a jerk!

“But Mom, a year from now I’ll be going to college. All the kids – ” - ! I am surprised to see this reference to underage drinking. And it's not really in a "bad girls" context, but almost a tacit admission that Charlie will drink in college.

I think it's sweet Watson asks Sam to be his best man. I forgot about the older boys' roles. Elizabeth asking Charlie to give her away almost made me tear up.

I DO think it's kind of weird that she put the house up for sale in June when they were planning to move in September. It is really not that weird to have someone who can move in so soon! I mean, it's weird that it was in two days, but what if they had a buyer in July or August? I don't know if it was different in the 80s, but I had closing in 30 days. All it takes is for someone to see it and make an offer.

The exchange about the money is interesting. I guess Patrick gets back in touch when there's a large sum of cash coming his way.

I do think it's funny that they can't move before the wedding. Like Elizabeth couldn't stay in one of the other eight bedrooms if they're really concerned about living in sin.

Poor Kristy having to leave Mary Anne next door. We got such a reminder in #4 that Mary Anne needs Kristy but Kristy does need Mary Anne. I'll miss MA and Kristy next door to each other and it was really only six books.

I do think it's cute that AMM thinks a fifteen-year-old boy would make such an accurate Little Women joke.

Sheila and Kendall?!?!?!? Also, wtf at jetting off to England the week before your ex-husband gets married with no notice. If they knew "Sheila and Kendall" were going to England, wouldn't that have been mentioned before? Also - is there no one else? Doesn't Lisa have parents?

LOL at Sam offering to take care of all the kids for $500.

I did remember that they had to pay to keep Kristy at SMS. (But why do they get bus service?) But I didn't remember that they didn't tell her.

I love Kristy, Sam, and Charlie talking about what it's going to be like when they move to Watson's.

It's interesting that Kristy calls the BSC families 'her guests.' Though I assume W&E would have invite the Kishis and the Spiers anyway!

I guess Elizabeth is one of three sisters? It doesn't say out of Theo/Neal which is her sibling, but Colleen is described as "mom's youngest sister of all," so I guess Theo is also her younger sister? (It makes sense she's the eldest because her kids are so much older.) I wonder where they live (it says out of state, I think) and where they grew up. Nannie lives in Connecticut, but did she move closer to Elizabeth because she's a single mom?

So, who is this eighth grade asshole in Watson's neighborhood who told Karen about aliens and where is he in the later books?! (I am willing to accept that it's made up, too.)

She thought about telling them they weren’t allowed to discuss Martians anymore, but decided that was too mean. - WTF? Too mean? I don't hate Karen like some people do but I do hate when they put up with her bullshit. This is not cute and I always thought so, even when I was closer to Karen's age than the BSC's age. I think I WAS Karen's age when I was reading these, actually.

Stacey and Mary Poppins is utterly adorable. I actually forgot they got to see almost all of the movie. For some reason, I remember them as missing it! The pay phone incident really dates it!

What exactly does one do with three toaster ovens?

LOL at Claud questioning why they have to write in the notebook when they're all together. Plus they'll never see most of these kids again! (I don't even think Kristy's family is ever referenced again?)

Yes! I remember the pretend wedding. Is there a TV episode of this book?? I haven't seen much of the show but somehow, I seem to remember the pretend wedding.

Last year, out of the clear blue, Grandma – my other grandmother – sent us all these funny dress-up clothes. - Interesting! So they're still in touch with Patrick's mother. Remember the antique toy chest? I bet that was this.

Haha, I totally forgot about Sam and Charlie. I guess they must've found other things to occupy their time this week…

Mary Anne helping Kristy get dressed. <3

Aww, Kristy gaining strength when she sees Mary Anne and Claudia. Nannie crying.

I cannot believe that poor Mrs. Porter never finds out about the witch stuff. Karen sure shrieks about it enough; she has to hear her at some point.

Isn't it weird that they didn't invite her to start with, though? They're having the wedding right next door! Jamie Newton scores an invite but not your next-door neighbor? Maybe Watson thinks she's as weird as Karen does.

"A friend of Watson's" takes Karen and Andrew to their mother's? What, did Lisa not want to come over on his wedding day? Or did they get back from England right that second?

Watson says she was a beautiful bridesmaid. <3

I love Charlie's house rules. This is their last chance to be on their own and I love it. I kind of wish we saw more of the Thomas kids on their own.

This was always one of my favorite BSC books. I was an only child and the crazy antics of large groups of kids was always something that appealed to me. But this time, I enjoyed reading about Kristy's misgivings and the wedding. I've loved seeing her journey to grow to accept Watson. So, yes, it might still be my favorite BSC book. ♥
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[personal profile] primeideal 2016-06-06 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
“I’m saying that Watson and I are going to have to get married at the end of the month so we can move into the Brewers’ house two weeks later.” <- yeah, I also noted the "she can't live there as his fiance, even if they're in separate bedrooms"?

The Charlie+Sam+Kristy scene where they break the fourth wall and worry about the ups and downs of the move was touching. (And then Charlie as man of the house at the end was great.)

"You know, maybe we should divide the kids into age groups, organize your list according to age, oldest to youngest." I wonder how hard I imprinted on the plotline of "have a bunch of kids, cousins or otherwise, in one spot for a long time and organize them like that even if they're not well-developed," because I sort of remember trying to write stuff like that as a little kid. Maybe this is where I picked it up from.

"Mary Anne looked so long that Stacey’s quarter ran out and the pay phone clicked off." Yikes, dated! :)

[personal profile] tee_jay 2016-06-09 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
To be honest I didn't like this one as much as the others before this book. I actually found all the kids in the book to annoy me!
But "pasketti" is pretty cute!
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[personal profile] baseballchica03 2016-06-09 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
I'm excited because the next two are probably my favorites in the whole series!
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[identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com 2016-06-11 09:23 am (UTC)(link)
-Hmmm, mildly disappointed by this one. I expected more Thomas family shenanigans. I mean, we'll never hear about most of these kids again, and all in all, it feels like a long string of the baby-sitting chapters we see per book.

BTW, from which side of the family is cousin Robin? (aka the one Kristy is writing to in the Chain Letter book)

-Kristy gets gooey-eyed over dressing up fancy here! So much that 'I'm gonna be a bridesmaid' is a chapter-ender! I don't recall her being this enthusiastic in the much-later books. :p

-I think it's really telling of how the Thomas kids got used to saving up that Kristy says (re: going along with Edie on her trip) she won't even buy tacky souvenirs, just food. Though from what I remember in future books (the Specials, probably!), Kristy (or was that Abby?) becomes a tacky souvenir enthusiast later on.

-Hah, Elizabeth saving Patrick's money for all the kids' college education. And I guess the Grandma we keep hearing about really IS Patrick's mom! Nice that she was still on friendly terms with them

For the time being, she was still our boss. The Thomas boss. Looove. I just love that we are constantly told that Watson hardly had to ‘sweep her off her feet’ –she kicked ass long before that.

-I, too, do not really see how Watson is a 'jerk', and I chalk it up to Kristy's negative new-dad feelings! Speaking of, here it says that only the Thomases will spend for four college tuitions, but in Kristy's Big News, we're told that Watson's gonna help pay for Charlie's. I guess they compromised.

-I love Kristy and David Michael's relationship here! Love how DM says "she's my sister, she's telling the truth!" and how both of them have a 'Mom-has-zero-time-for-our-whining' radar. :D

I totally get all of their anxiety about moving though. If you love the place you’re moving from, you'll always want 'one last' day, week, month, and it's one last summer in Kristy's case.

-Heh. Stacey dressing like Madonna actually doesn't come off as dated. And here’s the first reference to her love of Mary Poppins.

-I have a feeling it was Sam. The person said, ‘Hello, this is Marmee March. I need a sitter for Amy tonight, someone who has experience with little women. OMFG, SAM. I have no words. XD (Funnily enough, Kirsten Dunst, who was a model for the second book, would go on to play Amy in an adaptation.)

-ALL THE MARY ANNE/MIMI FEELS SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT THE BOOKS ARE KILLING ME.

-Mary Anne shot Luke a hideous look - this cracks me up! Fancy Mary Anne having a hideous look!

-Seriously, Watson, tell Karen to at least stop yelling about witches when the actual "witch" is present!

-THOMAS KIDS ALONE TIME. I wish we had more of these! I adore that they’re having one last hurrah at the house they grew up in and Charlie laying down 'house rules'. <3