Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: "Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye: The Baby-Sitters Club #13"

Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye by Ann M Martin
4 out of 5 stars

Why is Stacey's car in the middle of the lawn? And why did her best friend, who is an artist, do that lame-o going away banner? Oh BSC cover artists, you slacked again. Do you even read the books?

This is one of those sad books. Stacey's dad's job is not doing so well so they are transferring him back to the New York office...which means Stacey has to move away from Stoneybrook and the BSC. But I'm going to tell you a secret, a spoiler even: she comes back! *Gasp* :) Stacey wavers between being super excited about going back to the big, exciting city and sobbing about leaving Claudia and all her friends. Not that she really has a choice in the matter; it's not like she can stay with Claudia and her family. Which of course they try...why did kids always think that's going to work?

Stacey finally comes to terms with the move, mostly because her parents say the BSC can have a yard sale and keep all the money. Spoiled much? There's a great bit where they're trying to price stuff and Stacey seems to think a sweater will sell for $40. Dawn says they don't have yard sales in California either...really? Is that true? Apparently, they make a butt-load of money at the sale and split it between all 5 of them. But the other BSC'ers decide to use it on a going away party for Stacey. And what better way to say "we'll miss you" than having all the kids they baby-sit come over and hosting a big "Field Day" type party??

There's a few interesting smaller plots:

-Jeff is still causing trouble and totally flips out on Mary Anne. He's really ready to move home to Cali with his dad and sick of being with "the girls"
-The Pike kids spy on their new Russian neighbors. And Claudia lets them.
-Morbidda Destiny/Mrs Porter invites the Thomas/Watson kids over for lemonade, nearly scaring the pee out of them. Literally.
-Stacey has to tell Charlotte that she's moving and of course, all the tears. Stacey gives Charlotte a copy of A Cricket in Times Square, which coincidentally, I just checked out at the library this weekend.
-Mrs Barrett gives Dawn .50 cents extra an hour to help Buddy & Suzi run a sidewalk sale. Totally not worth it. Also, Marnie+Ham Face=Cutest Kid Evah!!
-And Stacey's last BSC meeting (for now) with a "What the Baby-Sitters Club is Wearing" (although for some reason Stacey didn't describe her's, so I made up my own.)

She was wearing a wonderful Claudia outfit-a purple-and-white striped body suit under a gray jumper-thing. The legs of the body suit stretched all the way to the ankles, but she was wearing purple push-down socks anyway. Around her middle was a wide purple belt with a buckle in the shape of a telephone. And on her feet were black ballet slippers.

Dawn was wearing a very short kilt, an oversized red sweater, and yellow socks over red tights. On her head was a red beret with a sparkly initial pin attached to the side. Mary Anne was wearing an outfit that I [Stacey] had helped her choose. It was tame, but not dorky-a navy blue minidress with a pink sash, blue tights, and black slippers like Claudia’s.

Kristy was wearing her uniform-jeans, a turtleneck (pale blue), a sweater (blue-and-white striped), and sneakers. I [Stacey] was getting ready for back-to-school at New York in a fitted black jersey tee, a short flouncy skirt with black and red flowers, black tights and slouchy black boots.

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