BSC Super Special #4- Baby Sitters’ Island Adventure

Posted in Baby-Sitters Club with tags , , , on June 24, 2010 by girltalkread

I never read this BSC book as a kid, mainly because it did not seem very interesting to me. Reading this as an adult- wow… I had thought the Ramseys were good parents, and after reading this book, I now feel that the Ramseys should have had DCF called on their behinds! Before I even begin this recap, let me just tell you what the freakin’ Ramseys did- they allowed Jessi, an ELEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD, to spend the WHOLE WEEKEND ALONE with her eight year old sister and one and a half year old brother- with NO parents yes you have that right!! And then Jessi gets all pissy at Aunt Cecilia- OK I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning…

Claudia and Dawn have both been taking sailing lessons. Dawn and Claudia race each other in a sailing race,  and it’s a draw. Claudia blames her dangly earrings. 🙂 Dawn and Claud agree to a rematch on Saturday, and they decide to sail to Greenpoint Island. Each girl picks her ” crew”- Dawn picks Jeff, her brother, who is visiting from California, and Haley Braddock. Claudia takes Becca Ramsey and Jamie Newton. Yes, the Newtons feel it’s a great idea for Jamie, who is four years old, to go sailing with an inexperienced 13 year old. Need I mention that Jamie is also sick? Mrs. Newton does say she doesn’t think Jamie should go because he’s sick but Jamie whines, so Mrs. Newton gives in. I used to like her. And yes the Ramsey parents are away for the weekend when Becca is off sailing with Claudia and Dawn. Sheesh.

Well, the ” adventure-” Dawn and Claudia veer way off course after a huge rainstorm, and end up on a deserted island. Very Gilligan, I know. Dawn and Claudia brought candy bars and oranges and all that stuff, so they have enough food for about a day…. but the BSC’ers and the kids end up being at that island for almost three days. And yes obviously they all get rescued because otherwise you’d have no more BSC books, and you would have been a sad child. It turns out that Claudia is the one who stays cool under pressure in this situation, and Dawn pretty much falls apart in a crisis, which Dawn feels terrible about. Also, Jamie is becoming really sick.  Claudia rallies the kids together, and again, does well in this crisis, which makes Claudia very proud of herself in the end.

The rest of the BSC’ers don’t get great plots- but they all revolve around their feelings around Dawn and Claud being lost. Kristy cancels a Krushers/ Bashers tournament because she’s worried about her friends and Krushers ( Becca and Haley are Krushers cheerleaders, Jamie a player) and Bart thinks Kristy is just canceling the game because she’s afraid of losing! Bart is really an ass-clown in this book. But Kristy and Bart make up later when Bart realizes he was being an ass-clown.

Before Dawn left for her ill-fated sailing journey, she and Mary Anne had a major fight because Dawn forgot to tell Mary Anne about a phone message from Logan. Mary Anne gets so steamed and fucking dramatic about it that she tells Dawn she never wants to see Dawn ever again! Then Mary Anne cries a lot thinking Dawn is dead, and they never even made up! Stacey is visiting her dad in NYC for the weekend, and Ed McGill is also an ass-clown. Stacey hears about her friends and baby sitting charges being shipwrecked, and because she is worried she wants to leave NYC early and go help the other BSC’ers and assorted grown-ups try to find the BSC’ers and pals. Mr. McGill refuses to let Stacey leave, and is a real prick about it. Why wouldn’t he get that Stacey can’t exactly have great fun if she’s worried about her pals?

Mallory is just concerned that Vanessa’s best friend Haley and the various other kids are missing. She’s also trying to support Jessi, who is again all pissy because when she hears Becca is lost,  she needs to get to the community center to help find Becca, and has to call Aunt Cecilia to watch Squirt because she CAN’T REACH HER PARENTS!! Why aren’t they easily reachable? UGH! Well, reasonably so, Aunt Cecilia thinks her bro is a fuggin idiot for leaving an 11 year old alone with the 2 other kids, and she is mad at Jessi for letting Becca go sailing with Dawn and Claudia, but then Aunt Cecilia cools a bit when she learns later that the Ramseys OK’ed that before their trip.

UGH I just mostly hated this book because it was sort of boring to me ( as I knew they’d all be OK!) and the parenting decisions in this book are so fuckin’ unbelievable, they make Octo Mom and Alice Wakefield seem like the premier moms of the universe!!!

Next, I get to recap a book I did love reading as an adult, though  I never read it as a kid- Elizabeth the Impossible, from Sweet Valley Twins. I will try to write a longer recap on that one. I also have Baby Sitters Remember, Dear Sister, Mallory and the Trouble with Twins, and Sweet Valley Twins Left Behind coming up! Also look for more Unicorn Club and Freshman Dorm drama!

Sweet Valley High #58- Brokenhearted

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , , on June 15, 2010 by girltalkread

Very sorry that I did not recap this book last week as promised.  But work has been crazy in the past week, and over the weekend I had a friend over soo… attention not paid to this here blog. But, alas, that will change.

Todd Wilkins is moving back to California! Recap: Todd Wilkins’ father’s job transferred him to Vermont- see what occurs there in my post on ” Say Goodbye.” Elizabeth is heartbroken at first when Todd leaves, and becomes even more upset when, during a ski trip ( see ” Special Christmas” for THAT recap) Todd falls in love with Suzanne Hanlon and ditches Elizabeth. Elizabeth is, of course, crushed, until she meets the new boy from Oregon, Jeffrey French, and Elizabeth and Jeffrey have been a hot item for months, and Elizabeth thought she was over Todd forever. But then in Book #57- Teacher Crush which I LOVE and wish I had a coup of but alas  I do not- Lila Fowler announces that Todd’s dad got a HUGE promotion- he is Vice President at Varitronics and therefore has to return to Sweet Valley!!! Elizabeth is upset that Todd sent Ken and Winston letters announcing his return to California, but he never sent Elizabeth a letter. Elizabeth knows they are not dating anymore, but they were once very special to each other, so why wouldn’t Todd tell her? Also, Todd and Suzanne are now splitsville. Well, right before Todd comes back, Elizabeth gets a letter in the mail ( this is pre Internets) that was dated three weeks ago- from Todd. Todd announces the split from Suzanne, and Todd says that he can’t hold out hope that Liz is still single after all this time, but he is really hoping that Elizabeth is, and that he and Liz can get back together when he returns. Meanwhile, Jeffrey is freaking out over the thought that Liz’s first love is returning to Sweet Valley- and all of Jeffrey’s friends, like Winston and Aaron, are telling Jeffrey how Todd is a star basketball player, is a sweetheart, funny, etc, etc. But too bad Todd won’t return to Sweet Valley High- Todd’s dad has decided that Todd has to go to school with the movers and shakers- like children of CEO’s and celebs- and so Todd has been enrolled at the snooty private school, Lovett Academy, which is about forty minutes from Sweet Valley. And if you are wondering why Bruce and Lila don’t go there when they are so rich, and Lovett is so great? Well, it’s because Sweet Valley has an awesome public school system- just not awesome enough for Mr. Wilkins.

When Todd returns, Elizabeth meets him wearing the locket Todd gave her before he left. Todd takes that to mean that Liz wants him back- but nooo…. Liz is dating Jeffrey and loves him, but being with Todd feels great too- Elizabeth has no idea which boy to choose. Jeffrey- her new love, who is so sweet and has great legs from playing soccer ( and is clearly way more awesome than Todd?) or Todd, the basketball player who will also be rich since his dad got the promotion. Elizabeth is torn, and turns to Enid for constant support as she figures out what the heck to do.

Meanwhile… there is a gorgeous, but bitchy, brunette girl named Courtney Kane who is a fellow Lovett student who apparently plays tennis with Todd quite a bit. Courtney WANTS Todd due to his hotness and new-richness- and she is bored with the Lovett boys as she has dated most of them. Courtney is pretty much using Lila to get information out of her so that she can try to land Todd. Lila knows Courtney from the country club and thinks Courtney is the best thing since Tiffany’s. Courtney finds Liz too ” Plain Jane” and boring , and when Courtney wants a man- she gets him! Another Lovett student that features rather prominently in this book is Sheffield- he is the boy that Jessica goes after because Jessica decides she wants a private school boy. Sheffield is smart, sophisticated, rich and loves a good cappuchino- all qualities that attract the average 16 year old. But- the love affair between Jess and Sheffield quickly ends when Jessica learns that Sheffield is going to spend a year living in a homeless shelter as part of his independent study for his senior year at Lovett- and he’s selling his Mercedes!

So,Lila decides to have a huge party to welcome Todd back to Sweet Valley. Courtney schemes to land Todd at this party- Courtney writes a letter ” from Todd” to Liz, telling her to meet him at the gazebo. Elizabeth runs over to meet Todd, because Liz is thinking she may love Todd more than Jeffrey after all- and well Todd is there- WITH COURTNEY! Courtney manages to drag Todd to the gazebo, saying she has a headache and needs to get away from the loud party. Courtney then starts kissing Todd and Liz sees it! Liz goes running back to the party crying. Then Jeffrey sees the letter Todd ” wrote” to Elizabeth and realizes the handwriting is off. Jeffrey figures out that Courtney schemed to land Todd, and Jeffrey, being the awesome as FUCK human being that he is ( God, I found this sooo utterly romantic and noble of him when I was 12) , Jeffrey talks to Todd and tells him that Elizabeth loves him, and Jeffrey loves Elizabeth so much that if being with Todd makes her happy, Jeffrey is happy to step aside to let Liz and Todd be together. So Todd rushes over to Secca Lake, a spot that used to be special to Liz and Todd, and Todd explains what happened and that Jeffrey gave them his blessing, and Todd twirls Liz around in his arms and I puke. By the way, does anyone recall the episode of Dr. Quinn when another man and Michaela fell in love but Michaela also still loved Sully, but Sully says that he loves Michaela so much that if she’s happier w/ the other dude than Sully, he can accept that because it would make her happy- and so Michaela realizes Sully loves her more than the other man does, so she STAYS WITH SULLY? Yeah, because Dr. Quinn rocks, and Liz Wakefield- ugggghhhhhh….. And I don’t have Book #59- but that is just more drivel about Elizabeth and Todd being together again but it’s soooo hard because Todd goes to Lovett Academy- by the way, that book only served to make me jealous of the fact that I wasn’t in private school!

Soooo Ok I am going to say for next week ( I hope this week but as you know….) that I will recap what has to be one of the BSC’s most asinine books, ” Baby Sitters Island Adventure.”

And coming soon:

Sweet Valley Twins #51- Elizabeth the Impossible

Baby Sitters Super Special #11- The Baby Sitters Remember ( a favorite of mine!!)

Sweet Valley High #7- Dear Sister

Sweet Valley Twins #21- Left Behind

Sweet Valley Twins #62- Sarah’s Dad and Sophia’s Mom

There also will be some Unicorn Club, Sweet Valley High ( including ” A Night to Remember” and ” The Evil Twin!”) and Freshman Dorm books!

Sweet Valley Kids Super Snooper #4-The Case of the Xmas Thief

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , on June 7, 2010 by girltalkread

I know, I know- I have been soooo MIA lately, and with no warning to boot!! Well, I have been busy- I am working out more and blogging less, and as a result I have many of u missing me, but I have lost 29 lbs- and I have 11 to go!! If I make to be a perfect size 10 or 8, I will be VERY blessed. I am also house/apartment hunting with the boyfriend, and work is busier than ever- but I am going to try to post twice this week- I will do my best!!!

First of all, I swear that every Super Snooper book takes place during Christmas. How many times can one celebrate Christmas in one year? Sheesh! So, there’s actually not a whole lot to this book. Mrs. Otis, the twins’ teacher, has asked every kid to bring in something that most makes the holiday special. Elizabeth and Jessica bring in special cookie cutters. By the way, Mrs. Wakefield is a room mother- this is pre interior designer Alice Wakefield, remember. Well, things start going missing in the classroom. And while things are going missing, Ricky Capaldo, the shy kid in class ( featured rather prominently later on in SVH #21 Runaway- man, I LOVE that book I wish I had that one to recap!) is complaining that due to the impending birth of his baby sister, his parents are totally ignoring him and he is hating Christmas. The Snoopers find out that the kid stealing all of the kids’ awesome holiday stuff is… get ready… readier- RICKY CAPALDO!! Instead of telling the teacher about Ricky, though, Elizabeth helps Ricky to realize that having a baby sister will be great,and Mrs. Capaldo gives Ricky a great Christmas gift and through the power of Elizabeth Wakefield, Ricky knows that his parents will always love him, baby or no baby. I am sorry this book was barely recapped, but it was really boring- even for a Sweet Valley Kids book. I promise that my next post- on SVH #58- Brokenhearted… will be much better. Even if Jeffrey French and Liz Wakefield look like brother and sister on the cover. At least the villian Courtney Kane is introduced and I ADORE Courtney- briefly, she was the Erica Kane of Sweet Valley! But more on that in my next post- and after that post I do PROMISE I will DO MY BEST- apartment hunting, working out or work be damned😉 to post once a week- especially since I do have many books to get recapped! Sweet Valley fans will be especially pleased as I have MANY of those to recap!

Sweet Valley High #7- Three’s a Crowd

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , on May 11, 2010 by girltalkread

The plot of this book is introduced in Sweet Valley Twins #6- The New Girl. I think I have a copy of that one somewhere to recap, unless I donated it to the library in a huge book donating frenzy I had. I will have to check. Basically, the twins’ friend Mary Giaccio ( who seemed like a real fucking bitch up until this book I am sorry- now we hear she’s smart and nice and friends with both Jessica and Elizabeth) meets Alice Wakefield, and is constantly up Alice’s ass. Mary always asks to stay for dinner, she helps Alice weed the garden, helps her cook and clean, and is always looking at Alice with awe. Some background on Mary- she’s a foster child. The Altmans are her current foster parents, and are quite nifty since they live right near the Wakefields. Mr. and Mrs. Altman tell Jessica and Elizabeth that the Altmans contacted Ned so they could file to adopt Mary- yep, Ned Wakefield is an adoption lawyer, family court lawyer, criminal lawyer, tort lawyer- I swear, thanks to YA novels I never knew attorneys had specialties until college! Ned tells Jessica and Elizabeth not to tell anyone, but one night Jessica accidentally spills grape juice all over a copy of the Sweet Valley Sixers, and Jessica has to retype an article in there so that Elizabeth won’t notice. Jessica then adds to the bottom of Caroline’s gossip column ” Guess who is getting adopted? ” or whatever. Yeah, nice, real nice, when you know Mary doesn’t know yet, Jess! Well, Mary freaks when she hears this because Mary tells Elizabeth that she  has always hoped that her bio mom would find her and she knows that she has to be out there somewhere.  Mary tells Elizabeth about when she was four years old, Mary’s parents divorced. Mary and her mom moved to Kansas and Mary’s mom was a waitress, and they never had much money. Then Mary’s mother met a woman named Annie DeSalvo, and Annie babysits for Mary a lot. Mary never much liked her.  One day, Mary’s mom very responsibly leaves Mary with Annie while she leaves to take care of her mother in Florida ” for awhile” and that’s the last time Mary ever saw her mother. I am confused as to why Mary’s mom left Mary, as a four year, with a woman she didn’t seem to know that well- she’d known Annie for about 6 months- not long enough to me… but whatever. Annie took Mary to California, and abandoned Mary after  a few months- after doing things like leaving Mary with a neighbor for days at a time and what not. A nice lady from the welfare department came in and put Mary in a foster home from there- some homes Mary liked more than others, but she really likes the Altmans- but Mary doesn’t want to be adopted by them because she is still hoping her bio mom is out there, even though Annie said Mary’s mom died. But, since Mary does not want to be adopted, she has to leave the Altmans soon- and may move out of precious Sweet Valley!!

By the way, most of this book is about all of the times Mary invites herself over every night to hang out with Alice, and Jessica pouting. Or else it’s about the Unicorns writing a cookbook filled with recipes submitted by celebrities- who knew celebs would be clamoring to send their recipes to middle school girls for their cheese-o cookbook? Well, of course it is Sweet Valley, and it does involve a Wakefield twin, and the world loves the Wakefields. They are literally the Poloroids of perfection after all- yes I know that’s the theme to the Clueless TV show- see if I care.😉

Well, all’s well that ends well for Mary.  One day after school Elizabeth spots a woman she thinks is Alice Wakefield.  The woman starts asking Elizabeth all sorts of questions about Mary. The woman claims to be a family friend, but then Elizabeth figures out that the Alice look alike is Mary’s bio mother! Her name is Andrea  Robinson, and Andrea tells Elizabeth she’s been searching for Mary all over the country for 8 years. She looked for every DeSalvo she could think of, then a ” smart detective”  ( after 8 years?) found that Annie  had used her maiden name of Giaccio when she and Mary ran away after Annie got arrested for some crime. So Mary being a Giaccio threw Andrea off.  Finally, Andrea has located Mary in Sweet Valley, and Elizabeth says that Mary is with Jessica at the Wakefield home. The cover then gives away the ending- Mary answers the door, and sees this blonde woman who resembles Alice-and knows right away it’s her mother!!  Mary is really, really happy of course. See, Mary always hung around Alice, in case you couldn’t guess – because Alice looks just like Mary’s mother. Andrea tells the Wakefields that she doesn’t want Mary to not be adopted, but she really does want to have Mary back after all these years, and Mary is more than happy to live with Andrea again. They speak to the Altmans, and they are sad to see Mary go, but they realize she needs to be with her mother again. But then Mary delivers sad news- Andrea can’t find a job or home in Sweet Valley- the homes are out of her price range, so they may have to move to the affordable San Diego, where Andrea has a job. Well , here comes Ned the social worker to the rescue! Ned gets Andrea a job and an affordable home like that!!! Of course, the home isn’t as nice as the Wakefields’ or the Altmans’, but it will do. YAY for happy ending.

As a kid, I loved this book. As an adult, I was pretty much skimming to get to an actual plot other than ” Mary invites herself over again to cut veggies with Alice and ignore the twins,” ” Mary comes over to discuss the recipes with Alice, and ignores Jess and Liz.” ” Mary comes over to clean the kitchen floor, and refuses to hang with the twins.” My goodness we GET IT! Mary invites herself over the house and fawns all over Alice as she ignores the twins!! Jeez!

Also, in the course of the Sweet Valley Twins series, Mary has THREE last names!! She’s Mary Giaccio from Books 1-7, then Mary Robinson from Books end of 7 until Book 13, and then Mary Wallace when Andrea marries Tim, and Tim adopts Mary so they can all have the same name. SHEESH that’s a LOT of last names in  the course of one year!

Coming up soon- Sweet Valley Kids Super Snooper book, some BSC Super Specials like Baby Sitters Island Adventure and Baby Sitters Remember, Mallory and the Trouble with Twins,  a Freshman Dorm book, and some Sweet Valley High gems like The Evil Twin and Brokenhearted! Stay tuned!

Baby Sitters Club Super Special #6- New York, New York

Posted in Baby-Sitters Club with tags , , , on May 2, 2010 by girltalkread

I have read this book three times recently, and in thinking about it, I really only like this book because it takes place in New York City. The actual book is not really that interesting in my opinion. Most of the girls have sort of boring plots ( other than Jessi, her plot is rather life-changing for her). I was just so happy that the book takes place in one of the best cities, EVER!!!

The members of the BSC somehow have two weeks off from school ( we sometimes got almost 2 weeks off during Christmas vacation, but otherwise we’d get a week off at a time at most, other than summer vacay of course). But the BSC seem to constantly get two weeks off. Some of the BSC members will stay with Stacey and her father at her dad’s apartment ( that would be  Stacey of course, Claudia,  and Dawn) and the rest of the girls are going to stay with Laine and her parents ( which I find REALLY odd, as Laine’s parents barely know these girls- I don’t care how close the Cummingses are with Mr. McGill- no way in hell would I be having all of these 13 year olds that I barely know stay at my house for 2 weeks!!). Well here are the plots of each girl- some girls I am grouping together as they sort of share plots

Claudia and Mal: Both are talking art classes for two weeks at the Fine Arts League of New York ( or FALNY). In fact, Claudia is the one who sort of makes the New York trip happen- Claudia’s parents let her take the classes for two weeks in NY because Stacey will be visiting her dad, Mallory’s parents also let her take the art classes, and Stacey’s father says the rest of the members of the BSC can visit, too, naturally. Claudia is hoping that the art teacher, MacKenzie Clark, will discover her talents as a great artist. Mallory is just hoping how to learn magic mushrooms and cartoon animals and what not because Mallory wants to write and illustrate children’s books when she grows up.) Claudia gets really upset because MacKenzie always yells at Claudia to slow down and seems to always criticize her, as he tells Mallory she’s doing a good job. Claudia begins to resent Mallory and calls her ” teacher’s pet.” One day at the Cloisters, (which I want to visit sooo bad- it’s all medieval and what not!) Claudia finally decides to slow down when she draws, and when Mac as some of the kids call him sees Claudia’s ” slowed down” art Mac remarks that Claudia is one of the most talented young artists he has ever known, and if Claudia had a bit more discipline she’d be even better. Mac also remarks that Mallory is not as talented, but is very disciplined and if you put Claud and Mallory together you’d have the best artist ever. So Claudia is finally happy that Mac recognized her talents, and Mallory decides that pro art classes aren’t for her- Mallory is satisfied with how she draws, and decides to work on a children’s book about 2 mice, Meaghan and Ryan, visiting NYC and getting into wacky adventures. That actually sounds like a great children’s book to be honest!

Stacey and Mary Anne- Yes, babysitting has to be involved somehow, you know that.  Mr. and Mrs. Cummings’s neighbors’ cousins are visiting from England, and both of these people have very important political jobs in England and have to work for the two weeks, so they ask Laine and her parents if they know of anyone who would be able to be a nanny for the two children, Rowena age 4 and Allistair age 7, as well as ” have the kids see the city as a child would.” Laine immediately recruits the BSC, and Stacey and Mary Anne volunteer for the job.  Rowena and Allistair act stereotypically British and proper of course, and say ” brilliant” a lot, and Stacey and Mary Anne take the kids to Central Park and FAO Schwartz and places like that. Mary Anne keeps seeing a man in a rain hat and sunglasses and is convinced this man is following Rowena and Allistair around in order to kidnap them. Mary Anne gets Stacey to agree that the kids’ lives are in danger, and Stacey suggests talking to Rowena and Allistair’s parents about this so that they know the possible risk to their children. Well the Harringtons  ( R and A’s parents) laugh out loud when Stace and MA tell them about their worries. Mr. and Mrs. Harrington tell Mary Anne and Stacey that the children were being followed- by their bodyguard wearing a disguise. Mr. and Mrs. Harrington wanted their kids to enjoy New York without being attached to a bodyguard, and they didn’t tell Mary Anne and Stacey because they would freak out ( and Mary Anne agrees that she would have freaked out.). Once Mary Anne and Stacey meet the bodyguard, they always wave at him.

Dawn- Supremely annoying in this book. Dawn is PETRIFIED of NYC though she had been there before  ( and what she never went to Los Angeles when she was younger? Just as dangerous, I am sure, and plus home to the Lakers, who suck ass- I am all about the Celtics baby!) and Dawn is constantly afraid she will be mugged or shot. Dawn refuses to sightsee, so she’s always in Mr. McGill’s apartment ( sometimes alone which I don’t get- being alone in a house is the worst thing you could do sometimes!! Why not sightsee with Kristy, Jessi, Stacey et al? It’d be a lot safer!!). Eventually, the boy who lives downstairs, Richie Magnesi, randomly comes to the apartment to introduce himself one day, and tells Dawn he will show her a great time around NYC and take her to places that many non New Yorkers don’t know about. They eat Godiva chocolates ( umm I live in CT they totes have Godiva at the local mall, and did back when I first read this book in like 5th grade), go to the Laura Ashley store ( how is hippy dippy Ms Alterna Dawn into Laura Ashley??) and go to Little Italy and Soho and what not. Dawn ” eats her way through the city” as she puts it and also bitches over eating cannoli because it will ruin her teeth. Dawn ends up really getting  a crush on Ritchie, even though they never kiss or anything (well Richie knowing about Laura Ashley.. yeah probably a friend of Dorothy…)

Jessi- Has the best plot ever in this book. But before I go into that- Jessi was all upset because her parents won’t let her wander NYC alone- well DUH Jessi you are fucking 11! I would barely allow my 11 year old to be home alone in her own house at night, never mind wander NYC by herself!!! So one day Laine, Stacey, Mary Anne and the kids drop off Jessi for her to  watch Swan Lake at Lincoln Center. A boy ends up sitting next to Jessi and his name is Quint- I think he is about 13 or so though we are never told that. Well, Jessi and Quint end up REALLY hitting it off- I mean he is also black, a boy dancer. The boy dancer thing is an issue for Quint- he has the opportunity to dance at Julliard, but he is nervous to try out because the boys in the neighborhood make fun of him for enjoying dance. Jessi gets Quint to audition, saying that those boys making fun of his shouldn’t let Quint not pursue his dream. By the way, to digress a bit, one day Jessi has a cow because Quint invites Jessi over to watch movies at his house,and Laine says she wants to meet Quint’s family and get his phone number before letting Jessi go there alone, and yes Laine walks there with Jessi. Jessi says she feels Laine is treating her like a baby and Laine says it’s just common sense- yeah HELLO-Jessi you are ELEVEN! And going to the home of a boy you barely know!! Jeez Louise Jessi can be very annoying when she wants to be. Well, Quint ends up giving Jessi her first kiss,and he becomes Jessi’s first boyfriend.

Kristy- Kristy and Jessi are wandering Central Park one day when Kristy finds a lost dog. Kristy ends up taking the dog in because she can’t find tags. Laine says the dog has to be hidden from her parents and Kristy assumes it’s because the Dakota apartments don’t allow dogs, so Kristy keeps having to hide the dog Kristy has named Sonny, as in Son of Louie, because he reminds Kristy of her late dog, Louie.  Kristy had wanted to take the dog to CT, but Watson won’t allow it. Well, one day despite Kristy hiding the dog, the Cummings do find Sonny and tell Kristy they don’t want a dog, either, ( and the apartment does allow pets it’s Laine’s parents that don’t) and Kristy works hard to find Sonny a new owner.  A little boy named Brandon calls to say he really wants a dog, and Kristy goes to the apartment and even though Brandon’s apartment isn’t as great as Laine’s Kristy lets Brandon keep the dog anyway- damn, Kristy can be a snob- but seriously that’s kind f what she says. Brandon is great with Sonny and Kristy is happy that Sonny has a great owner- and that Brandon is keeping the name Sonny!

So that’s about it for this book. I really really hope I visit NYC again soon!!! And coming up soon in this here blog- Sweet Valley Twins #7, Three’s a Crowd, Baby Sitters Island Adventure, and SVH #58 Brokenhearted!

Sweet Valley Univ. #3- What Your Parents Don’t Know

Posted in Sweet Valley on April 28, 2010 by girltalkread

Sooo.. have any of you read ” The Summer Before..” the BSC prequel? I have read mixed reviews- I would have loved to have seen a sequel ( to see if Kristy became a gym teacher or got an MBA, and is Jessi a ballerina with the New York City Ballet? etc…) but I enjoyed the prequel. I liked Kristy’s story best and I am not ordinarily a huge Kristy fan. Was not really into Claud’s story much. But  I w ill not say too much more in case there are those of you who haven’t read it. I do suggest reading it!!!

Well, onto this recap. God, Sweet Valley University just sucks a LOT. I  liked Book 1 OK but after that- this was sure no Freshman Dorm!!! I never read SVU as a kid- I think by the time the SVU series came out I barely read Sweet Valley High anymore.  By that time, I was more into Freshman Dorm, and I still ready Babysitters Club, and I had just discovered John Grisham- man, I LOVED John Grisham in high school!! ADORED him! I liked Amy Tan a lot, as well. But I digress.

Most of this book is almost a copy of Freshman Dorm’s book 4 Freshman Nights  and I would probably suggest reading the recap I have of that on here because it is just way more kick ass than this book was- though, of course, if you read this recap I won’t complain. Winston Egbert is determined to be a frat brother. Yes, Winston Egbert wants to be a Sigma brother more than anything because he wants to be rid of his class clown image. Basically, he wants to go from being Screech Powers to Zach Morris. So Winston has to do humiliating things like wear a brick around his neck- yes a BRICK- on a cord, and he has to do push ups on command when he sees a Sigma brother. The girls in his dorm ( if you remember Book 1 of this awful series Winston was mistakenly put in the all female dorm) are super worried that something awful will happen to Winston, and tell him to de-pledge but Winston won’t hear of it. If he doesn’t become a Sigma brother, he is NOTHING!!! NOTHING I tell you! Ya know, when I was in college I certainly knew people who were rushing frats and sororities, but I knew of no one who said it would be death if they weren’t accepted. Ah, I guess in Sweet Valley, it is frat or sorority or death, I don’t know. Well, eventually Winston is forced to do one final pledge task- he is forced to drink a ton of alcohol of course ( why are frat brothers sooo alcohol obsesssed? UGH!!) and he has to get on a roof and walk across it!!!!! Holy shit!! Well, as it happens, Elizabeth and Tom happen to be writing an investigative article on hazing ( just as Dash and Lauren were doing in Freshman Nights, remember??) and Tom and Elizabeth see that Winston is up on the roof, and as Winston is going to fall, Tom rescues him. Thank God Elizabeth and Tom just happened to be there!

But what don’t you want your parents to know? Well, Jessica doesn’t want Ned and Alice knowing that Jessica and Mike McAllery now live together. What, Ned and Alice have rules?? And ummm Steven lives with Billie!!! But whatever… so Steven, first of all, is APESHIT that Jessica is living with Mike, and they happen to live in the same apartment building as Steven and Billie. Steven acts VERY overprotective of Jessica to the point of acting less like a brother and more like a jealous lover- even Billie points this out! I swear this all started when Steven had to bend over his muscle-bound body over Jessica to zip that low cut blue dress that Jess wore to Regina Morrow’s party in ” Kidnapped!”😉 But yes it is VERY creepy how Steven is acted. Granted, Mike is rumored to be a drug dealer, is quite possessive of Jessica, ( ie he wants her to drop the sorority, saying all of the girls are snotty bitches- OK he is probably right..) and Jessica saw Mike making out with a hot redhead. I have noticed that in SVU Jess and Liz’s boys always cheat on them with redheads- that must piss off Jessica and Elizabeth just because blondes are WAY better- NO redheads! But Mike always apologizes profusely and calls Jessica ” baby” over and over again so even though Mike is a cheater, rumored drug dealer, and sometimes yells at Jess to the point that she gets scared,  she forgives Mike over and over again. And Ned and Alice do visit for Parents Weekend and Mike gets mad ( actually rightfully so) for Jessica never introducing Mike as her boyfriend.  That is shitty of Jessica. And again why would the Wakefields think it OK for Steven to live with Billie, but wrong if Jessica lived with Mike? Oh yes- Jessica HAS to stay a virgin. Steven can fuck around all he wants- he’s a MAN after all!!

And William White and Tom Watts both want Elizabeth bad, Isabella Ricci wants Tom Watts,  Celine, Liz’s annoying roommate ( yeah I really hate Celine) wants William White, and Denise and Winston clearly want each other but neither realizes the other wants each other yet. Denise and Isabella are both sorority sisters of Jessica’s BTW in case you weren’t aware, and William is that white supremicist asshole that was head of the secret society- but Liz doesn’t know that yet. Also, this is the book where Nina, Elizabeth’s new best friend ( black Enid, basically, but with slightly more personality) and her new boyfriend Bryan get seriously beaten up by that secret society. Sad face.

And that’s basically what happens- so to review, Winston is OK because Tom and Elizabeth saved him after Elizabeth forced Celine to tell her what the Sigmas planned to do with Winston ( after Denise asked Liz for help of course because even at SVU everyone knows to go to Liz for any help at all times), Jessica is now living in sin with Mike McAllery ( and yes they have had the sex at this point and it was magical) but only Steven Wakefield seems to know- not even Liz knows, but Isabella covers for Jessica.  Ned and Alice cannot know because college girls must never live with their boyfriends.  Tom and Elizabeth finally kiss but William White ruins their beautiful moment. Mike McAllery succeeds in getting Jess to drop the Thetas.

REALLY hoping to recap ” New York, New York” by next week. Wish me luck on that- and books coming up this spring and summer!! This blog is going to be very BSC and Sweet Valley centered for awhile- I may try to get more Sleepover Friends books as well as Fabulous Five books and maybe even a Karen book or two- but all I have left to read and recap for now are SVU, Sweet Valley Twins, High and Kids- and BSC. I do hope to return to the spirit of this blog which is to recap different series than those but for now this has to do… Sorry! So cummin uppp…

Sweet Valley Twins #7- Three’s a Crowd ( LOVED this book as  a kid, HATE it as a 32 year old)

Sweet Valley Kids Super Snooper #4-The Case of the Christmas Thief

SVH #58- Brokenhearted ( where on the cover, Jeffrey and Liz resemble Chris and Cathy from Flowers in the Attic)

BSC Super Special #4- Baby Sitters Island Adventure ( awful Super Special if u ask me- with awful examples of parenting… but more on that in the recap)

Sweet Valley Twins #51- Elizabeth the Impossible ( never read as a kid,but GREAT example of Liz being a douche…)

BSC Super Special #11 ( my FAVORITE one besides the NYC one- well this was truly my favorite one as a junior high kid!!) The Baby-Sitters Remember

Sweet Valley High #7- Dear Sister- the 2nd SVH book I ever read at age 8- and it used to make me cry sooo bad because of my dear little sister.. now I find it VERY snark-worthy!! and SCANDALOUS!

Sweet Valley Twins #21- Left Behind

Sweet Valley Twins #62- Sarah’s Dad and Sophia’s Mom ( this turns Sophia Rizzo into a tomboy… don’t remember that in SV Twins #9 at all!! GRRRR!)

BSC #21 ( one of my favorites as a kiddie!!!) Mallory and the Trouble with Twins

Also, I have to do a poll here- I know it’s hard but I want you all to name your top five favorite Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books. I know this is HARD but I am going to try this!! I am going to write the ones I liked best when I was a kid. I also will include Sweet Valley Twins books that were my favorites.

Sweet Valley High Top Five ( and remember I am writing the ones I liked best when I was about 11-14 years old not the ones I enjoyed reading most at my age now- but you all can answer either way!)

Soo SVH top 5-

SVH #21- Runaway

SVH #10- Wrong Kind of Girl

SVH I wanna say #74-  The Perfect Girl

SVH #81- Rosa’s Lie

SVH #57- Teacher Crush

Sweet Valley Twins”

SVT #42- Jessica’s Secret

SVT #43- Elizabeth’s First Kiss

SVT #6- The New Girl

SVT #9- Against the Rules

SVT #62- Sarah’s Dad and Sophia’s Mom, actually!

BSC : ( this is tough!!)

BSC #1- Kristy’s Great Idea

BSC #3- The Truth About Stacey

BSC #37- Dawn and The Older Boy (  I NEED to read that again)

BSC #50- Dawn’s First Date

BSC Super Special one- Baby Sitters on Board

BSC #60- Mary Anne’s Makeover

Posted in Baby-Sitters Club with tags , , on April 27, 2010 by girltalkread

Yes, I know, I haven’t been around in awhile. But it seems that between work, workouts, spending time w/ my man- more and more of my time is eaten up and there’s less time to devote to this here blog- but I am on vacation this week so I am hoping to post at least a couple times this week. Now, on to the fun!!

First of all, I ADORE this bookcover- Mary Anne is showing off her new short hair, Logan has his feathered hair going on and also his VERY baggy jeans, and Dawn’s jeans ( well who I think is Dawn- I can never tell who is Dawn and who is Stacey on these covers) has quite the bulge in her jeans- Dawn seems to have a bulge in the front of those jeans on a FEW covers- very odd…

Chapter 1: Mary Anne is sitting for Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold. Carolyn loves the movie ” Back to the Future” and is working on a time machine, like in the movie. This starts the B plot of this book, which is sort of boring and I may not get into it much. Mary Anne then describes how Marilyn and Carolyn used to always dress alike and had to share a room, and then Mary Anne convinced the Arnolds to let them be individuals ( umm wasn’t that Mallory who did that???) and now Carolyn has short hair and wears trendy clothes, and Marilyn wears her  hair longer and likes to play piano. Not much more to that chapter, sorry- except we also hear about how Mary Anne and Dawn became stepsisters, which most of you should know already. You know, Dawn moved from Cali to CT,  Dawn and Mary Anne meet and discover their parents dated in high school, Richard and Sharon start to date again, and they marry a few months later ( or what Mary Anne deems ” forever”).

Chapter 2:  Mary Anne is at a Baby Sitters Club meeting. Mary Anne picks up a magazine that Claudia has lying around, and the model has very cute short hair that Mary Anne just loves, and a flowing pastel colored dress. Dawn says she would love to see Mary Anne in a dress like that. Kristy says that you couldn’t wear sneakers with that dress- because, we all know that Kristy must wear sneakers daily.  As Mary Anne continues flipping through the magazine, she keeps going back to the short haired model, and thinks that she would love to have that haircut, and she has been thinking of trying something new. Why not get this short and sassy new short ‘do?  Mary Anne asks her friends about it and Claudia is all ” oh no not our Mary Anne” and Stacey tells Mary Anne “it’s not you.”  Mary Anne says her friends’ reactions make her feel strange. What is wrong with trying something new, and why is everyone all shocked that Mary Anne wanted to do so?

Chapter 3:  Mary Anne is in her room after dinner, and holds her hair up in front of the mirror so she can see what she’d look like with short hair. Mary Anne discovers that she has a great jaw that would look great with short hair. Mary Anne then decides that she wants to go through with getting a cute short haircut, and thinks that her friends will be a little surprised at first, but she then bets that the other BSC’ers will love her new look. But Mary Anne has to ask Richard first – and Mary Anne is nervous about that. But Richard says yes! Richard even suggests a father- daughter day at the mall, where Mary Anne can get her haircut and they can also have lunch. Then Mary Anne tells her dad not to tell Dawn or Sharon because she wants to surprise them. Now anyone whose read this book knows this will make Dawn be a mega-bitch later on… but I am jumping ahead of myself…

Chapter 4: More on Carolyn’s time machine.  Carolyn says the time machine will be ready to operate by next week and this makes Jessi nervous because Jessi thinks Carolyn may think this time machine will actually work, and Carolyn is setting herself up to be disappointed.

Chapter 5: THE MALL TRIP! MY FAVORITE CHAPTER OF THE BOOK!  Mary Anne gets her hair cut first. Joyce, the woman who gives Stacey her hot perms, looks at the haircut Mary Anne brought in and says it will be very flattering on Mary Anne. So Joyce cuts away and Mary Anne is shocked- but she loves it!!! Richard says Mary Anne looks like a mature young woman with that cut, and he can’t believe how Mary Anne is growing up. Richard pays for the cut, and then Mary Anne gets a free makeover at some store that just opened, and Mary Anne loves how she looks with all of the great makeup they used. Richard even asks to buy the ” recipe” the girls used on Mary Anne’s face ( oh Richard how cute you are!!). Mary Anne and Richard stop to listen to a jazz band next( and I remember this from when I read this at 16!!)) and the one guy in the band keeps going ” eh eh eh eh” and Mary Anne and Richard laugh over it. After a lunch of Mexican food, Richard and Mary Anne go to the store Steven E, which is quite expensive, and Richard offers to buy Mary Anne the clothes as long as Mary Anne pays him back. Mary Anne buys a red dress ( that, shit, I’d wear now) that is off the shoulder crepe with a fitted bodice and a red flared out skirt- Mary Anne thinks it will be perfect to wear to the January Jamboree! Mary Anne also gets stockings and shoes to go with the dress, an oversized, indigo cable knit sweater, and flowered leggings with a paisley top. After Richard and Mary Anne get takeout for dinner, Mary Anne and Richard get home. Sharon answers the door and Dawn is next to Sharon. Then as Mary Anne opens the door, Mary Anne yells ” Surprise!!”

Chapter 6: Sharon tells Mary Anne she looks great! Sharon then asks if Richard was on in this and Richard says yes ” he was the principal source of funding.” I LOVE RICHARD!!! Dawn hasn’t said a word yet about Mary Anne’s makeover. Finally, Dawn asks Mary Anne why Dawn wasn’t told about the haircut. But OK I know I have gotten my hair cut, or straightened it, or bought a new outfit, and didn’t tell anyone because I wanted to surprise them all- not a big deal!!! Does this not happen in Stoneybrook? Mary Anne says it was sort of a last minute decision but then Dawn says ” but you said you were thinking about it for awhile” and Mary Anne says ” but yes I wasn’t sure you know me” and Dawn is all ” well I thought I did.” Yep, Dawn is all snippy over a new haircut.  Later on, Mary Anne calls Logan and says she has a surprise for him. Dawn picks up the other extension and goes ” Mary Anne some surprise it’s only a haircut.” BITCHY!!! God, I have never really liked Dawn not even when I was in 5th grade! Mary Anne starts crying to Logan saying she only wanted to surprise everyone and can’t believe how Dawn is acting. Logan says he has no doubt the haircut is great, and he can’t wait to see Mary Anne’s new ‘do. Mary Anne then decides that due to Dawn’s behavior, she won’t speak to Dawn the rest of the night.

Chapter 7:   Logan sees Mary Anne’s new haircut on Sunday and he loves it. On Monday, Mary Anne puts on makeup and brushes her hair and uses a bit of hairspray ( doesn’t Mary Anne brush her hair every day?- I guess not) and Mary Anne is hoping her other friends will like her new look.  Well, two jocks at SMS are like “oh- hey”to Mary Anne so they like the cut, and even Cokie Mason tells Mary Anne she looks fantastic.  Then Mary Anne sees Kristy, Claud and Stacey. Stacey tells Mary Anne Dawn had already told them about Mary Anne’s haircut. Stacey says “oh it will grow out” and Kristy says ” we told you it’s not you, knucklehead” and Claudia is all “oh I can’t believe you went without us.” The fuck?? All this snotty behavior over a HAIRCUT? Then again we know how the BSC reacts if anyone if the club changes in any way. Mary Anne tells Logan she’s starting to worry that her new haircut isn’t nice because of how Dawn, Claud, Stace and Kristy are reacting and Logan tells Mary Anne the other girls are jealous, and that Logan loves her hair but what’s  important is that Mary Anne herself like her haircut.

Chapter 8:  Claudia is baby sitting for the Arnolds again. I really don’t care.  Stacey comes over with Haley and Matt Braddock, and as Haley and Matt play with Marilyn ( well they spy on Carolyn) as Carolyn fools around more with the time machine, Stacey and Claudia ( from what Mary Anne can gather) talk about Mary Anne’s new haircut. LAME.

Chapter 9:  Mary Anne feels like a pariah ( it’s a word she looked up.) Mary Anne has made Logan go to club meetings with her because no one in the BSC will speak to her. Mary Anne and Logan also eat lunch alone because of the way the others are freezing Mary Anne out.  Mary Anne tells Logan there’s a rumor going around that a friend of Kristy’s brother Sam named  Chris said Mary Anne is cute and wanted to know her name. Logan suggests that maybe Mary Anne should have a talk with her friends.  Mary Anne says she doesn’t want to because she’s convinced the BSC started the rumors. Mary Anne is supposed to go shopping with Kristy to buy new things for their Kid Kits but Mary Anne doesn’t even want to go so instead she makes plans with Logan after school.  At the BSC meeting, the girls are again freezing Mary Anne out and Mary Anne almost cries and starts to think that maybe Mary Anne no longer belongs in the club.

Chapter 10: A girl named Hannah Toce tells Mary Anne she heard a rumor that a high school boy likes her.  Mary Anne is kind of happy that popular girls like Hannah and Sabriana Bouivier ( I thought Sabrina was 7 and won the Little Miss Stoneybrook pageant) are paying attention to her, and Mary Anne is wearing makeup to school every day now. Mary Anne comments on how the BSC thinks girls like Hannah and Sabrina, who wear makeup and like clothes, are snotty ( umm that’s Stacey and Claud!) but Mary Anne says they are not at all. And Mary Anne is a little annoyed by the rumors, but is flattered that some 10th grader may like her.  Sabrina tells Mary Anne in English class that she hears that a popular, hunky high school boy named Carlos is going to invite Mary Anne to the high school winter dance, and Mary Anne tells Sabrina she knows nothing about this. Wow, so a girl cuts her hair and rumors spread? Weird. Mary Anne then tells Logan that she’s not going to BSC meetings until her friends start being nicer. Logan tells Mary Anne that seems a bit extreme.  When Dawn gets home, she’s all ” Oh Mary Anne is actually going to eat with us?” and then chides Mary Anne for missing the meeting. Mary Anne runs upstairs and cries.

Chapter 11: Carolyn Arnold is charging a dollar for kids to use her time machine.  Mary Anne doesn’t know if she should tell Carolyn that the time machine is not real and she should not be cheating other kids out of their money. Mary Anne wishes she could talk to Stacey or Kristy because both of them are so practical but she cannot because she’s now a BSC pariah.

Chapter 12: Sabrina goes up to Mary Anne saying she must be so happy that Carlos asked her out. Mary Anne tells Sabrina that Carlos has never asked her out and Sabrina is all ” well that’s what I hear! Jeez.” Mary Anne is having second thoughts about Sabrina as a friend. Then, Logan talks to Mary Anne on the phone later  and asks if she really wants to go to the dance with him, because he’s heard the rumors about Carlos. Mary Anne says this is all nonsense and rumors and she has no idea who Carlos even is!  Mary Anne tells Logan she is going to set Sabrina and her friends straight tomorrow.  Then Dawn walks by and goes ” oh talking to Logan again? Or is that Carlos?” Dawn stop being a beeyotch!!!

Chapter 13: Mary Anne is fed up with Dawn and goes to confront her.  That’s when Dawn tells Mary Anne she’s tired of Mary Anne parading around the house with  her ” boy haircut and clown make-up” and that’s when Mary Anne gives Dawn the ULTIMATE rank- ” oh , go choke on an alfalfa sprout!!” AWESOME, MARY ANNE! Mary Anne cries a lot but then goes downstairs and tells Dawn she really does want to talk to Dawn for real. Finally, Dawn relents. Mary Anne tells Dawn she’s sorry but is not sure for what. Dawn tells Mary Anne that first of all Dawn is hurt because Mary Anne didn’t ask her advice about whether or not Mary Anne should cut her hair. So? I mean I guess 13 year old girls must always consult their friends…. Dawn also says that she was hurt by Mary Anne and Richard being so close because Dawn’s dad is all the way in Cali so they really can’t have much dad and daughter time.  Then Dawn also said she and the other BSC’ers felt frozen out because Mary Anne was spending all her time with Logan. Mary Anne tells Dawn she did that because the other girls were ignoring her and making snide remarks. Dawn then asks about Carlos and Mary Anne says he’s never asked her out!! Mary Anne then asks Dawn if they can still be friends even though Mary Anne has short hair and Dawn says yes, hugs Mary Anne and says she actually loves Mary Anne’s hair.  Then Mary Anne goes to a BSC meeting- and the girls all tell Mary Anne they love her hair! Mary Anne is now validated. And Kristy is nervous over this sitting job with the Arnold twins, as it’s the day of the time machine unveiling. Mary Anne says she will bring Jenny and Andrea Prezzioso along, for moral support for Kristy or something.

Chapter 14:  The time machine is actually a success. The kids loved pretending to travel back in time. I really don’t care.

Chapter 15: Mary Anne asks Dawn to borrow blush, as she’s run out. Now, this book spans about 2 weeks- Mary Anne must have looked like a clown if she’s already out of blush 2 weeks later- when I wore makeup daily in high school it took me some months to finish a whole container of blusher!  Mary Anne tells Dawn she looks stunning in her black velvet dress, and her hair in a French braid. Dawn tells Mary Anne that she looks lovely, as well. Pete Black is Dawn’s date.  Now, Logan wears a tuxedo- to a middle school dance. And he looks hot, apparently. A tux??? Ohhhkayy…  I think Dibbly Fresh or someone pointed this out, but it’s really annoying when Mary Anne says things like ” Kristy Thomas was trying to walk in a long dress and heels” and ” Claudia Kishi looked great in her shiny lame ( as in gold lame, not LAME as in ” Sarah Palin is lame”)  outfit. Who refers to their friends like that? Like, I don’t say ” Oh I am going to the movies this weekend with my friend Jen Smith” or whatever.  Sabrina has on a sparkly gown- yep I think she wore that to the Little Miss Stoneybrook pageant.  Sabrina’s date has olive skin and curly hair and is very handsome.  The girls all wonder who that is and Mary Anne says ” Carlos!!” out loud and Carlos even turns around. Then the BSC members all laugh. The End.

I know this post wasn’t nearly as great as Sadako’s, but I tried!! Next- ( I will TRY to post this week) look for SVU #3- What Your Parents Don’t Know.

And coming up at some point- I am not going away yet, peeps, even though I post less often than I used to!

BSC Super Special #6- New York, New York! ( which I love more now than I did as a kid because my BF and I adore NYC)

Sweet Valley Twins #7- Three’s a Crowd

Sweet Valley Kids Super Snooper 4- The Case of the Christmas Thief

Sweet Valley High #58- Brokenhearted