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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook2013-08-25 01:58 pm

read through: discussion post - #3 The Truth About Stacey


Welcome to the discussion post for week three! Don't panic if you haven't finished The Truth About Stacey 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 The Truth About Stacey.

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?

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!

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[personal profile] rubyscarlett 2013-08-25 09:04 am (UTC)(link)
I don't understand why Stacey or her parents never told anyone about her diabetes, why make it such a secret? It seems completely unrealistic to me, and dangerous. She has an illness, I don't undrstand why they made it seem like it was shameful.
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[personal profile] mkrobinson 2013-08-25 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
It was different back in the 80s when the book was written.
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[personal profile] luxken27 2013-08-26 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
YES! Kid-Kits!! Definitely one of Kristy's great ideas ;) And I loved the way the BSC handled the BSA w/r/t their clients, especially after what happened with Jamie.

And poor Kristy VS the Agency. I kind of loved seeing her distraught over it, rather than completely take-action/mow-everything-down-in-her-path.

OMG YES THIS ♥ I so like early-canon Kristy more than later-canon Kristy!
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[personal profile] luxken27 2013-08-26 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Of the four original books, this one is by far my favorite. This is the Stacey that I love so much - she has a lot of depth, and its easy to sympathize with her as she fights with her parents to take control of her disease. I love the way she's so gung-ho about saving the BSC, because they have come to mean *that* much to her.

It seems almost alien that she'd be the one to quit after reading this :)

What was your favourite part?

Stacey and Charlotte and the way they bonded ♥ Both only children, both fighting loneliness and feelings of displacement. I get it, on a gut level, why they became so tight, you know?

2nd favorite part would probably be Kristy bursting into tears - not once, but twice. It's nice to see how much to club means to her, and how much the BSA was hurting her, personally. I don't think she overreacted at all, and it was nice to see the lengths she'd go to to protect her friends and her clients.

What was your least favourite part?

There wasn't much, really. I don't think Stacey overreacted to not wanting to stay with the Cummings, or to her parents making decisions about her body without her input. I thought it all read pretty realistically, including the sketchy as hell doctors out to make a buck. That's the clue as to why it was such a big deal, why they kept the diagnosis a secret. This was before everyone and their brother was diagnosed with diabetes in the last ten years or so. Diabetes was a big fucking deal in the 80s. Insulin injections were it. Things have changed so much in the last 30 years, it's really amazing!

I thought they handed the diabetes issue well, especially considering this book was written in part to include kids in disabilities/illnesses, to see a representation of themselves in children's literature. Yes, it gets ridiculous just like everything else as the series unfolds, but this first book was a good one.

Any memorable quotes you'd like to share?
“I’ll say!… Hey, where are your brothers?”

“You mean Sam?” teased Kristy.

“We-ell. …”

“Let’s see. Today’s Monday so it’s Charlie’s day to watch David Michael. Oh, I bet he met David Michael at school and took him back to Stoneybrook High to watch cheerleader practice. Sam’s probably with them.”

“Cheerleader practice?”

“Yeah. David Michael loves it. He comes home and shows us the cheers.”

LMAO!! There's a fic lurking in there... :P

What had you forgotten about since the last time this book was read?

This was the first appearance of Kristy's visor, clipboard, and pencil-over-the-ear =) It's also the first appearance of Washington Mall, which is described more Mall of America than a typical suburban mall.

It also never really occurred to me how wealthy Stacey's family is when I read this book as a kid, but WOW! does it hit me as an adult!

I'd also forgotten that Mrs. Newton had Lucy in this book - I thought it was the next book, considering what a huge fight the girls have at Jamie's party ;)

OH YEAH - and Mary Anne finding out what time she was born was a sweet moment ♥ and I love how she and Mimi are bonding over their knitting.
Edited 2013-08-26 22:17 (UTC)
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[personal profile] kalloway 2013-08-27 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
It certainly highlights how much progress has been made in the treatment/management of diabetes. I have a decent amount of diabetic friends and coworkers and I'm fairly sure a lot of my 'oh you're diabetic okay let me know what you can/can't have and we'll figure something out' comes from growing up with Stacey.

It's really nice how much development everyone seems to have pre-timeloop.
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[personal profile] bscfan38182 2013-08-27 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
I found it interesting that Claudia stood up to Kristy regarding all of her ideas (except the sacred Kid Kits of course). If this would have happened later in the series everyone would have gone along with it or risked the wrath of KRon.