Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Nov 12, 2008 16:46:01 GMT -5
One of my favorites because Diana is in it, although I much preferred her character in Karen's Secret Garden. I had no clue why the ghostwriter chose to make Diana such a mean rebel (at least until the end of the book) but then again this same writer turned Diana's little sister Kelsey into her little brother Kelsey so who knows what goes through their heads when they're writing these lol ;D.
I forgot just how terrible this book was. Diana is an absolute brat in it, and then at the end, she writes a little apology note to Karen and suddenly everything's ok? It's not like Diana did just one or two bratty things, either, she was terrible through the whole thing.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding
Diana reminded me of Laine in this book in terms of her superior attitude, It did sound, thankfully, that at the end Diana did apologize and try to make ammends. I was very glad she stood up for Andrew. However that was such an easy way out for the ghostwriter. If that scene had not happened, it sure didn't sound like Diana was ready to change by the next day. I wonder if she would have changed her tune at all with her family. What book does Lisa begin working at the arts center? I know Karen's Nanny is when Merry is hired for that reason but is there ever a story where Lisa is actually working? I did love Sam in this and go him for playing the Easter Bunny and making the kids so happy. It often seems in the LS books Sam and Karen are closer which is sweet. I know Charlie was a great big brother in Karen's Monsters and Karen's Treasure, too. And Andrew was a very sweet little brother for sharing his chocolate bunnies with Karen and Diana, too! I was happy that he won the Easter egg contest.
Sam the bunny made this book for me, so sweet and funny, too! I loved how Karen said even though she knew it was Sam (in the bunny suit) she would have liked a picture with the Easter Bunny. I realized Diana came across similarly to Dawn in "The Secret Life of MA Spier." That is the book where Dawn acts too cool for everyone because at Vista, all the older grades (HS) are together. I was glad Dawn was at least never as mean as Diana nor did she shoplift. I was shocked to read Diana doing that and was very glad Karen did want to tell Lisa out of concern not tattling--I wish she had. I do tend to enjoy smaller moments between the kids and their parents such as Karen and Watson's talks in "Karen's Gift."
As for the parade itself, did Sam mean that whoever wanted to come dressed up in their holiday clothes and just paraded together (like on a walk through town)? I think that sounds Stoneybrook friendly and a good way for family and friends to more informally gather. I just never had heard of such an event. I hope however each of you spends your day today it is happy.
First time reading it. This was okay book. I did not read the book, when Karen met her cousin Diana, in Maine. I didn’t like it, the ghost writer made Diana stealing gum babies. Cause the older kids did it, back in her town. If the older kids rob the bank. Will Diana rob a bank, as well? I do like Karen’s blue dress and hat on the front cover.