Post by sotypical42483 on Dec 27, 2006 11:07:36 GMT -5
Wow, there's actually still some books we don't have threads for?!
Finished this up last night. I really didn't think I'd like it, but I thought it was okay. I liked the scene where Robert snuck over to Stacey's house and was throwing rocks at her window. His breakdown when he started crying and stuff was really sad, but it doesn't make sense how after ONE conversation with his coach, he's all better. I guess that's typical for a BSC book, but still.
I actually felt bad for Claudia when Stacey kept ditching her to hang out with Robert. I did agree with Kristy, though, Stacey shouldn't have had to babysit Robert like that. Although Kristy could have been a BIT more sensitive.
The strawberry thing was total WTF. First of all, the kids go and pick pint after pint of strawberries... Linny had 7, Hannie had 9, Sari had 2. Strawberries start going bad after like 3 days! There is no way their parents should've let them take that much. Such a waste. I think most of the strawberries would've been rotten by the time the BSC had their little festivel.
Also, all the kids like, ODing on strawberries? Are they REALLY that delicious? i'm not a strawberry fan, so that seemed a bit odd to me.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2009 18:22:59 GMT -5 by Kylie90210
I don't remember much about this part but remember getting a good laugh out of the strawberry part where Claire (I think it was her but it might have been Margo) throws up (even though I did feel really sorry for her). I'll have to reread.
Post by starrynight on Dec 27, 2006 18:42:22 GMT -5
I had to scratch my head a bit at how Robert was all of a sudden undepressed after talking to his baseball coach. Yes, talking can help depression to go away, but it usually needs time. I'd hate to think that someone might read this and think that it's that easy!
I don't think Robert was totally better after this book. He's still sort of in recovery mode, if you could call it that, in European Vacation. So it's not as though he's back to pre-depression Robert after one late night phone call to his coach.
I loved the scene where Robert goes to Stacey for help, and is throwing rocks at her window. It made my heart break a little. Awww, Robert.
And I didn't think about how the strawberries would go bad! Maybe they're magic Stoneybrook berries. I really, really loved the festival. An entire chapter of glorious food!
The model they used for some of the later Stacey books didn't look at all similar to that of the earlier books with Stacey on the cover. Was her unfortunate haircut ever mentioned in the books? I'm sure her apparent lip collagen treatments were ignored.
Just read for the second time and just don't have many thoughts on it right now one way or another. It wasn't bad but wasn't great. I did enjoy the part about the Pikes strawberry picking, though I admit that my mom got some strawberries last night and every time I see them in our fridge I feel a little quesy after reading this book. What was with all the strawberry picking? If no one needed them or wanted them, why did they keep picking them? I never got that. Thought Stacey should have backed off a bit with trying to solve all Robert's problems but really enjoyed the scene where she talked things over with her mom. Also thought Kristy was a little harsh to her but wonder if maybe she wasn't eager for Stacey to be involved in any way with Robert again because she doesn't like him (like me ) I didn't mind this one but don't plan to reread any time soon. It was kind of boring to me and just doesn't "stand out" in my mind.
I think the idea of the book is actually kind of a good one, in that "what to do if your friend is depressed" is probably more relevent a topic to a lot of kids than, I don't know, how to help a princess adjust to her life in America or how to foil a dog-napping ring. But the resolution is pretty flat.
I may just be more sympathetic because I didn't read this one till I was an adult, and I was like a magnet for needy, depressed boys during my high school years. And gay boys. (Seriously, I think from the time I was 14 to 18 I wore an invisible sticker saying, "Met me once? Come out to MEEEEE!")