I only read a few (the first 5), plus both super specials. I remember the regular books being... really bad and the super specials being depressing. I would say they definitely aren't on par with the regular books. I'm not sure why they're called "Friends Forever" because the series seems to be about them growing apart... unless it's irony?
The Claudia and Stacey fued was stupid and took up too much time.
In my massive re read, I wasn't planning on re reading the Friends Forever series, but they're only $1.99 each on Kindle (half the price of regular BSC books). That's the only reason I'm sort of considering reading them anyway lol. Isn't that awful? I was going to read Welcome Home, Mary Anne anyway, just because it has Sunny and Dawn.
I just find the series to be kind of a bummer. Not the BSC I know and love.
I don't see Janine wanting kids, but I agree she would be a good mom if she did have them. She was so sweet with Emily Michelle, but she was also impatient and didn't like her schedule getting interrupted.