I liked their relationship prior to Mary Anne vs. Logan. Then his character seemed to do a complete 180. Like he was this very sweet guy and then they needed them to break up for the book, so they turned him into a total jerkwad who started to control Mary Anne. Their relationship was always a bit much for 13, but if you look past it, it just went downhill after that and I was sort of happy they broke up again instead of staying together in the Friends Forever series. I just wish that like the other girls, we got to see her date more people. Stacey and Claudia had some serious boyfriends at certain points but they weren't the only serious boyfriends they ever had during the series.
I liked them together a lot and found their relationship to be pretty realistic for 13-year-olds (if a bit optimistic). But I also think it's good that they broke up when they did. They felt like an All American young couple that everyone was rooting for, and young girls need to see things other than fairy tales. It's good to see a couple breaking up because it just wasn't working anymore - not because one cheated, or died, or something else dramatic. Plus I would say everybody deserves to have lots of experiences and relationships before settling down.
If they were 17 or 23, I probably wouldn't bat an eye at their relationship.
Yes, it was realistic...I didn't see them as the "all-American" couple, but I did see a sort of realistic edition of two thirteen-year-olds from different backgrounds who give dating a go for a while, break up a few times, then break up realistically for good.
I also say that seventeen to twenty-three is better than thirteen for steady dating.
I'm so glad that despite typical early-teen crushes and all, the BSC books didn't focus too much on dating and/or boyfriends.
It was good to see the BSC series main focus remain on female to female friendships.