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2016-07-24 01:53 am (UTC)
Okay, so I presume each of us reserves the right to write a lot of detailed notes when a BSC book comes up with a subject she knows a lot about. I'm afraid this one is mine. I'm so sorry.
So, when exactly is this set? It's not the summer that just ended because the Thomas-Brewer family wasn't going take a vacation so that they could all get to know each other. Claudia and the New Girl takes place in fall. Time warp aside, we've been pretty good on continuity up until now!
I wonder if Mr. Pike's company knew how many people they would be sending on this trip. Are they paying for Stacey and Mary Anne and, if not, who is?
More references to Cousin Robin! I wonder if she isn't a kid. Could she be Elizabeth's cousin? That would explain why she's not referenced in Kristy's Big Day (also would be explained if she's on Patrick's side) because they don't seem to have invited any other relatives beyond Elizabeth's sisters and their families so I can see leaving a first (or more distant) cousin out. The way Kristy specifically says "we" visited her makes it sound like she's adult and not a kid because if she was Kristy's age, wouldn't they say Uncle Whatever and Aunt Whosit and Cousin Robin?
Things that date this book: meal service on domestic flights, being allowed in the cockpit
So, Karen going missing for hours(?) and buying things she doesn't have the permission to buy (I'm sure a Coke can be forgiven but I have no idea what a manicure costs) is "too much." ARRRGH.
Vacation staples I love that start to show up here: Claudia bringing 5 suitcases, Mary Anne spouting off guidebook information about the Ocean Princess.
There is no way I would allow my thirteen-year-old daughter's friends to wander Nassau alone, given that
the State Department gives it a "critical" rating for safety
I really love Kristy and the old man. I always wanted to read The Mayor of Casterbridge but I have yet to get around to it.
I guess this is some kind of package deal. This is long before Disney Cruise Line existed, but it's a bit odd that everyone on the cruise is also going to WDW. Especially because this means Mr. Pike won a spot (or 12) on this package trip and then Watson was able to reserve 10 more?
I think it's probably a good thing that Spider is not Claudia's secret admirer because unless the BSC-verse has a lot of thirteen-year-old rock stars, the probability of him being about 20 years too old for her is very high!
Is having a sink outside the bathroom really that fancy? That seems standard motel to me.
I have a difficult time believing there are no R-rated movies playing at any given moment on at least one cable channel.
Claudia shutting down Kristy and Dawn is fantastic. I love that she pulls out Kristin Amanda! I love all the little reminders that even though Kristy and Mary Anne are best friends, Claudia has also known them forever.
Claudia meets the mini-bar! I like how Watson takes the key totally away, like just telling them not to eat anything isn't enough.
Okay, time to show off my Disney nerd stuff with Things That Date This Book, Part II: Main Street vehicles, stores on Main Street actually selling different things instead of all the same crap (Incidentally, they are not staying at a Disney hotel because there isn't one that fits the criteria of "open in 1988," "on the bus line," and "has a fancy dining room," although there were non-Disney-owned on-property hotels already open on Hotel Plaza Blvd.)
Nitpick: They keep using "Disney World" in place of "Magic Kingdom" and it's driving me nuts.
LOL at Elizabeth being an architecture nerd. Crenelations?! She has consistently been my favorite BSC parent on this re-read. She's awesome.
Of course Karen and the Haunted Manson. Also, poor Andrew. If he's so scared Watson has to carry him, maybe they don't go one the ride????
Oh, Mary Anne, you should know better than to feed Margo and then take her on Space Mountain.
I'm surprised Nicky let David Michael buy a necklace when he kept making him throw back the pink shells.
I went nuts as a kid because the BSC went to my favorite place on Earth but I am full of nerd glee that they actually went to the Empress Lilly. That is so delightfully obscure and I love it. All of the descriptions have been bang-on. The person who wrote this book has actually been there.
Argh, Karen being a brat again. But guys, guys, Jenny's the REAL brat, donchaknow?
Wait, ten countries? Ha, Morocco opened in 1988 but I guess it was after this book was published. This is making me even more nostalgic than the Magic Kingdom parts. WORLD OF MOTION. But I'm dying to know where they went for lunch. And, oh, Marc. That made me tear up.
Alex is just plain weird, though. Timothy isn't totally normal either. Claudia, you have a bad track record with infatuations recently.
Kristy and the old man saying good-bye is unexpectedly sad-making! Maybe because deep down inside Kristy is actually an old man???
I am cracking up at the idea that this book is what they wrote in the notebook. Because their parents 100% want to read about Claudia's stalker and Mary Anne's crush.
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