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ozqueen ([personal profile] ozqueen) wrote in [community profile] stoneybrook2016-05-29 12:21 pm

Read Through: BSC #5 - Dawn and the Impossible Three

Dawn and the
Impossible Three


Welcome to the discussion post for week five! Don't panic if you haven't finished Dawn and the Impossible Three 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 Dawn and the Impossible Three.

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 #6 - Kristy's Big Day

(Anonymous) 2016-05-29 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
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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[personal profile] piscaria 2016-06-01 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
HOLY SHIT! I never got that the Ham face was a reference to Marnie's dad! That's adorable!
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[personal profile] primeideal 2016-05-30 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I knew one reason Mary Anne was so happy about her father and my mother. It was because my mother took Mr. Spier’s mind off Mary Anne. Mr. Spier used to make all these rules for Mary Anne: She had to fix her hair in braids and wear the clothes he bought for her; she couldn’t talk on the phone after dinner; she had to be in by nine; she had to put half of her baby-sitting money in the bank; etc. etc. It was awful. Someone brought up last post that seeing Mary Anne look grown-up probably reminds him of his first wife which would maybe be painful memories; having Sharon around to distract him probably makes it easier for him to deal with Mary Anne getting older too.

Kristy and Mary Anne and I had brought our lunches. Kristy’s and Mary Anne’s were the same. They had each brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple, a bag of Doritos, and a box of fruit juice. They brought that lunch almost every day. It must be the Connecticut state lunch or something. Hahaha. I'm a creature of habit and tended to bring the same lunch every day when I didn't buy a hot lunch, but I never considered it to reflect on my state, plus or minus :p

WSTO (1313 on your dial). I assume that's just a mnemonyic and not the actual call number (it would be multiples of 10)? More to the point, Stoneybrook is big enough for its own radio station?

I don’t like guns. So no guns when I’m around. Dawn justifies this later on, but I hadn't remembered the plot of this book and I felt like this was setting up to be more of a sticking point, or at least something maybe not worth fighting a little kid who wants to play cowboys or something on.

“Oh, yes. He has a new suit of silver,” replied Hannie, not getting the joke. I have no idea whether I would have gotten this the first time around even if it was spelled out to me like that.

The barn scene was I guess necessary as a plot point for Dawn and Kristy to make up but at one point it felt like it was just there as an excuse for an infodump about the early history of Stoneybrook.

In California, one o’clock means two or two-thirty. That explains some things about Dodger attendance ;P
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[identity profile] redsilverchains.livejournal.com 2016-06-06 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Eeeesh, I’m so late to this. Quick notes:

-Ok so, WAY to give Dawn a trial by fire into the Baby-Sitters Club. More like Dawn and the Impossible Mom. I mean, jeez!

-So, Dawn was very much an equalizer that the BSC needed after that huge fight! I like that she’s described as going back and forth between Kristy and Mary Anne’s table and Stacey and Claudia’s table.

-It’s nice that there’s now at least one friend of Claudia’s who tries to be friendly-ish with Janine.

-Haha, I think Dawn talking to the weatherman has some callbacks in a future book

-What would I do without you, Dawn? *remembers that Dawn leaves later* *is sad*

-Awww, I like that Dawn is quite insightful and understanding of Kristy’s jealousy. And the patching up scene in the barn, HOW CUTE. I would love to have a barn like the Schafers’!

-Hahaha, is the Bizzer sign like the Pike’s version of Monica and Ross Geller (from Friends’) I-am-secretly-flipping-you-off sign?

-Ahhh man, poor Buddy. He's looking for congratulatory hugs from his babysitter for heaven’s sake. The part with Suzi and Buddy calling Dawn just to talk breaks my heart.

-SO, Mrs. Barret is so much more interesting to me now! Young and hot and glam, the state of the house is terrible, it seems she’s STILL easing into the idea of having a family… Also, aside from the BSC parents, she’s the ONLY parent whose age is mentioned so far, so that we know she had Buddy at 25.

- Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I think it’s implied that her first kid was an unplanned pregnancy and she just married Hamilton Sr. without planning ahead? Idk.

- Mrs. Pike sure is the person to go to in a crisis. And I know Mrs. Barrett was irresponsible, , but that's also a dick move on Ham Sr.’s part. Come on, you two, wise up.

-This may be how a war gets started- Dawn says this kind of thing a lot in later books!

-But I can’t be a good babysitter unless the parents give me a little help. – I really like that this is the moral of this particular book. It’s doesn’t just make possible babysitting readers aware of how to call out disorganized parents. It also makes the kids of those kinds of parents aware that this kind of thing isn’t okay.

-Maybe one day the Baby-sitters’ club will be a huge organization, and Mallory will be part of it. Oh Dawn. It’s gonna happen sooner than you think.

-“Charlie!” cried Mary Anne suddenly. *ships MA/Charlie totally out of context*