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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook2016-06-19 02:13 pm

Read Through: BSC #8 - Boy-Crazy Stacey




Boy-Crazy Stacey

WHO NEEDS BABY-SITTING WHEN THERE ARE BOYS AROUND?



Welcome to the discussion post for Boy-Crazy Stacey! This post doesn't have an expiry date on it, so just comment whenever you're ready.

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 #9 - The Ghost at Dawn's House
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[identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com 2016-06-19 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
SEA CITY SEA CITY SEA CITY!

/calms self

But, I swear, Sea City is partly responsible for my childhood love of media set along the sea shore. I had a quaint beach town kink. A treasure-hunting-along-the-coast kink. An EVACUATING FROM A HURRICANE KINK, ffs. Thanks a lot, BSC!
And I lovelove how the Pikes’ organized chaos are so intrinsically linked to Sea City! That’s part of what made the Sea City books magical, imo.

OK. Notes…

-Stacey wants double-pierced ears! Doesn’t Dawn later get them?

- I wonder what Edward does with his gardening hobby when he is in NYC. I suppose there are also green spaces there (on the apartment rooftops? Central Park? idk) , but growing plants in a small town backyard is very different from growing them in an apartment.

-it’s so cute that they’re all so nervous about going to The Mansion until they see Kristy Kristy-ing it up and that re-orients them. :D And omg, all of them crying later! Calm down, girls, it’s only two weeks!

-Well, it is no wonder Richard cries so much here. The last time Mary Anne left his side, he had to fight tooth and nail to get her back again. "Hey, that was a good one," said Byron appreciatively. He’s such a sweetie, giving Vanessa a compliment despite her driving everybody nuts. I have to laugh later, when none of the others want to sit with her at Gurber Garden. XD And when Nicky makes her promise not to rhyme throughout the dinner – I bet all they go through those deals with Vanessa at least once a week.

-it has to be said: Claire’s cute silliness drives Stacey 'crazy', but Karen is 'just creative'? And they sure are quick to scold Claire for yelling at some kid, but then they let Karen get away with all kinds of shit because creativity. Come on, AMM. Let Karen apologize and get time-outs for her crap too.

-I love how Stace and Mary Anne quickly adapted Mr. and Mrs. Pike’s loose leash approach to parenting. They know they’re taking care of a family where each kid is trusted to do their own thing, and they just take the Pikes’ lead every time they go exploring. It’s really smart.

-Claire and Margo curling up next to Mary Anne and Stacey! <3 It’s so cute how they’re just like "mmmm, we’re too sleepy, crawl into bed with us and we’ll go out later…"

-seems a bit weird that none of the kids (except Mal later, obviously) are told about Stacey’s diabetes.

-Mary Anne’s trademark embarrassing caftan makes its first appearance! OMG, when the Pikes crowd her in the bed and give her sunburn remedies! <3 <3

-Stacey’s big honking crush on Scott gives me so much secondhand embarrassment now that I’m older! She’s so familiarly thirteen about it too, gosh. And Scott, dude, I am side-eyeing you for knowing that all these underage girls have crushes on, but then flirting with them and making them run errands all day. Tsk.

-Mary Anne is right to be ticked at Stacey and scold her for slacking the days away, though. It’s pretty cute that she dreaded school dances and the opposite sex before this, yet she bonds easily with Alex over taking care of all these kids. : )

-Don’t worry, Mary Anne, I totally would have loved to go to Smithtown too! I love old places.

- Adam had just scored an embarrassing ten on the clown hole. Nevertheless, he punched Nicky affectionately on the shoulder. “Good going, little bro,” he said.
Nicky beamed.

Nice one, Adam. Poor Nicky, his need for validation from the triplets is running strong here.

-On the Stoneybrook side of things, I really like the detail of Charlie and Sam going back to the old neighborhood. Oh, and your car being stripped by your kids = NIGHTMARE. Watson makes a pretty nice compromise – it was your fault but I wanted to have it painted anyway

-sigh, and there’s the inevitable heartbreak. “I thought he liked me but he’s liked someone else all along!” is really the most gut-punching worst when you’re a teen.

-Mary Anne is so understanding about it too (awwww at how she leaves the chocolates behind with no second thought), though she is back to exercising tough love the next day…

-please tell me there’s Jeff/Byron fic that shamelessly milks Byron’s fear of the ocean and Jeff’s love of it. ; )

-Toby and his witches’ castles! I remember that! I even tried making them whenever we went to the beach, but only succeeded in squelching sand between my fingers, lol. The dates and presents and Tunnel of Luv are so puppy love cute, and awww her first kiss. Toby seemed so dreamy when I was ten!

(but, Scott is a ‘first real love’?? Even SAM is a better candidate for that than than Scott – at least there, the feeling was mutual!)

-I love how in the vacation books, there’s always at least one postcard/letter that goes "I’m going to beat this card to Stoneybrook."

- "Mary Anne?" "Yeah?" "I’m really glad we got to know each other better."
<3 <3 <3
Stacey learned that even 'sweet' Mary Anne isn’t afraid to call you out on your mistakes. And Mary Anne learned that even ‘mature’ Stacey can and will get carried away when it comes to matters of the heart.

(Anonymous) 2016-06-19 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
It is so interesting to me to read these books as an adult because I always found the romance/teen focused plots boring. I was 100% in it for the baby-sitting and kid antics! Poor Stacey. Her crush on Scott is so tough to read about but I love Mary Anne being supportive even though Stacey had been a jerk the whole time. I love that they get to know each other through this and become Sea City buddies. :D

I also like how well developed the Pikes are. They're probably the most fleshed out and frequently appearing clients so far and I know that's because of the smal pool they have to draw from yet but I do love them. Mr. and Mrs. Pike have all this down to a T and I love how their family operates. And I love Mal getting to shine here. I find myself looking forward to her and Jessi joining!
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[identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com 2016-06-22 07:04 am (UTC)(link)
I love how this vacation results in Stacey and Mary Anne being giggly all the time together in the next book! And it's really nice and human how Mary Anne is allowed to be both super annoyed by the situation with Scott, but also supportive of Stacey when the inevitable heartbreak comes.

I just realized that there's even a whole Super Special in between Mallory becoming a sittee and a sitter. It's been interesting seeing her being gently molded into a BSC member book by book - she's the only one we get to see evolve like this.
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[personal profile] baseballchica03 2016-06-23 02:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Sea City is my fave! Stacey is one of my least liked sitters, but this is my absolute favorite book because of how much I love Sea City. (I actually got Peter Lerangis to autograph my copy of the Super Special set there! It was awesome!)
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[personal profile] baseballchica03 2016-06-23 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
So many of Stacey's plots are really uncomfortable secondhand embarrassment for me, like this Scott one and the one where she has a crush on her teacher. Like. I got crushes when I was younger, too, but they were crushes, and obviously this much older dude is not going to be into you that way.

(And if he were, that would be gross. Ugh, I'll never get over Luca. "I'll be 14!")
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[personal profile] primeideal 2016-07-02 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Late on this (idk if I'll catch up on #7, I don't have notes), but a few quotes I pulled:

“Mo-om!” yelled Nicky. “Vanessa stuck her tongue out at me!” Nice to see nerdy Vanessa get in on the teasing (and ditto for Mallory being a decent mini-golfer! Although it makes sense that her age would make her bigger and more coordinated than her siblings and that would dominate at that point.)

Mary Anne and I nodded. I was beginning to think that “mother’s helper” was a pretty funny term, since Mary Anne and I were going to be helping Mr. Pike as much as Mrs. Pike. Maybe we should be called parents’ helpers. Touche! I'm not familiar with the term "mother's helper" at all.

On the boardwalk, we gave each kid a dollar to spend, all we thought we could afford, not knowing how expensive the Palace might be. The kids planned and planned, each wanting to get the best and the most for his or her money...An hour later, Byron had ridden the Ferris wheel twice; Vanessa had bought a little pink deer from the glass blower; Claire, Nicky, and Margo had tried the bumper cars; Mallory had bought a frog made out of seashells; and Jordan and Adam had been through the haunted house, and were mad at Byron, who had refused to go with them. Inflation rates also date the book! :P