Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: "Mary Anne & The Great Romance: The Baby-Sitters Club #30"

Mary Anne & The Great Romance: The Baby-Sitters Club #30 by Ann M Martin
2 out of 5 stars

All that foreshadowing in the previous books is finally coming true! Logan got Mary Anne knocked up....oh. No wait, that's not right. Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom are getting married! There that's better. ;) This cover is hooorrrrrible. Dawn's "hip" sailor dress, Mary Anne's Laura Ashley dress, Mrs Schafer's not pale pink, not from the twenties dress. Hey, I just had a thought...shouldn't "Mrs. Schafer" have been "Ms. Schafer" or "Ms. Porter" all this time? Semantics shemantics I guess.

The book starts out with Mary Anne hanging out at Dawn's house and displaying all the ways they are different: Dawn is a veggie-eater, Mary Anne isn't. Dawn is obsessed with Haley Mills, MA just likes her. Dawn has a scary haunted passage in her room, MA is a big scaredy-cat. Etc etc etc...When Dawn gets a call from Jeff, MA goes back in time a la Wayne's World and thinks about where the BSC started. They must get sick of thinking about each other in detail so often. Anyway, let's see What Claudia is Wearing! I obviously took some liberties, but Entropificus does a great job of drawing it. :)

She always wears the trendiest outfits. For instance, at our last meeting she was wearing layers - a shocking pink tunic over a white shirt with pink and yellow umbrellas printed on it. Over the tunic was a wide, low-slung yellow belt with a pink plastic buckle. The shirt, but not the tunic (why does that matter?), was tucked into a pair of black knickers, and below the knickers were yellow stockings.

When MA and Dawn are surprised by their parents' engagement, they immediately go overboard with wedding plans and become the Super StepSisters in training. They're pretty disappointed when the adults squash their big fat Stoneybrook wedding, but are happy again when they can invite the other BSCers. (Which adds up to more than all the other guests combined.) Everything is super-de-duper awesomesauce...until MA finds out that they are all going to live in Dawn's house after the wedding and even worse, Dawn knew before her. MA throws a big ol' hissy cow, but she eventually comes to terms with it...or does she? This book is a "to be continued..." and we get Dawn's side of the story next time. Oooh...scandalous!

What's up with the Stoneybrook kids you ask? Well, my favorite twins, Marilyn & Carolyn, are back and boy, are they having troubles. In fact, they are eerily similar to what MA & Dawn are going thru. What?! How can that be?! Mar-Car are two unique individuals now, but still having issues expressing that. The Mar-Car that is more popular and has lots of friends is suddenly ignoring the Mar-Car who isn't and that's pissing her off. The loser Mar-Car invents a friend named Gozzie Kunka and those idiot BSCers fall for it (again). But it's cool. The BSCers figure out that Mar-Car need their own rooms and tell their parents to make it happen or else! I'm kind of surprised Kristy hasn't had a Bright Idea to teach a parenting class or something, because these Stoneybrook parents obviously need some help. Despite that significant afternoon special, MA & Dawn decide to share a room after the wedding and we end with Mrs. Schafer-Spier tossing her wedding bouquet...straight at Dawn and Mary Anne. OMG, the suspense!!

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