I was disappointed that Robert was so different from in the earlier books (especially in #70 he seemed so noble even if maybe excessively so) and his explanation for why he liked Andi more was held until nearly the end and wasn't much of an explanation at all. I've got to at Kristy for being upset that the alternate officer would take her job when she didn't come, that she thought the secretary or vice president should do it, breaking her own system. Amusing that the book claims Abby only joined recently (this might have actually been better as an earlier Abby story) and Stacey even claims that her quitting came not long after she moved back to Stoneybrook. Interesting that Abby also had her dictatorial elements but a lot of her problems seemed more like bad luck than her being a bad leader or making mistakes.
Post by booboobrewer on Aug 9, 2016 22:50:47 GMT -5
I remember feeling shocked as a kid when Stacey implied that Abby had ulterior reasons for her big changes. Oh Abby. Looking back, I don't think she really breathed new life into the club at all...even though I do enjoy her individual books. Strange.
I love all the outfit descriptions! And the earrings Mrs. Walker gifted Stacey at the end. I've been thinking more and more of getting my ears re-pierced (the holes closed), but I think I just couldn't get used to how I look wearing earrings now.
Post by wanderingfrog on May 29, 2017 16:35:26 GMT -5
I'm reading this now and it's weird how Kristy is so freaked out that the club will be short two sitters for a week, when most of the BSC just got back from a trip to Hawaii and Kristy was fine with the idea that only she and Mal were in Stoneybrook to handle all the sitting jobs then.
"I'm tired of being a lovely lady. From now on I'm going to be a cat." ~ Melody Korman
Listen-through Progress: #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary (November 1989)
Post by oldhickory on Feb 25, 2019 11:47:46 GMT -5
I just reread this one, and they don't mention Ethan's last name AT ALL. I kept waiting for it to come up because I couldn't remember it.
I don't remember this book a ton because I haven't read it many times, but I really enjoyed it. Ethan sounded super hot and I was rooting for Stacey to get with him the whole time. He is the anti-Robert in every way - he wasn't too cool for Stacey's interests, he's mature, artistic. It's interesting how natural and easy their relationship seemed, compared to the early days of the Robert relationship.
Post by booboobrewer on Jul 17, 2019 17:58:21 GMT -5
I have a strong urge to go back to the books and make note of all the pairs she had so I can look for them IRL. The only other “outrageous” pair I have are black cats with yellow eyes, the rest are pretty classic like pearls, flowers, etc.
Post by virgoscorpio on Jun 28, 2021 11:53:43 GMT -5
I like this book! I have lots to say about it:
1. I have a lot of memories about it related to when it came out. For me, it was in the Scholastic September 1996 Book Order. My class was a bit too "old" at the time for BSC books but the mature content - "broken heart" which alluded to some sort of dating/relationship plot lines - encouraged some of my classmates, who were past BSC fans, to order it. So I vividly remember seeing it on classmates' desks at school. Also, it came bundled together with Kristy's Great Idea (so if you ordered one you ordered both, at a reduced price) and I think every fan - regardless of age - wanted to see what happened in book 100. My sister who is a year older than me and her best friend also ordered these books. That was a pretty good marketing ploy for Scholastic, seeing as this book was published in August and therefore wouldn't have been in a book order (in my country school always starts in September). When you read book 100, a lot of things bleed in from book 99 so I liked how they bunded them together because the books did a good job bleeding into one another (us fans will get this).
2. I still love the dinner scenes. Lion's Lair with the rock and fading city lights in the background...mmm. I like summer vibe in this book as well. We don't get to the Walkers until Chapter 10! I always look up the restaurants from the book which is fun.
3. As we know, liking Ethan was a huge factor to Stacey being okay with breaking up with Robert. I have mixed feelings about the message of this. I know some people who always start relationships before ending old ones and I don't think it's always the healthiest or kindest thing to do. I do recognize that sometimes you can't help it, but...
4. Like others, I laugh at how the title basically ruins the plot line, haha.
EDITED TO ADD: I think Lion's Lair was a fake restaurant (potentially) as I don't see any notice of it on Google. However, this book did come out before the Internet really exploded so it could have existed and then shut down soon after. Many of the other restaurants do exist though!
As we know, liking Ethan was a huge factor to Stacey being okay with breaking up with Robert.
I have mixed feelings about the message of this.
I know some people who always start relationships before ending old ones and I don't think it's always the healthiest or kindest thing to do.
I do recognize that sometimes you can't help it, but...
I still think Stacey was brokenhearted...I actually think she was rather insecure at that age.
There are some people on some BSC forums and in some fanfics who depict Kristy as the insecure one and as the one most marked by her parents' divorce, but I have the feeling Stacey, who was quieter than loud, bold Kristy, was more affected long-term.
Stacey had been burned by people like Laine, then later by the kids in the group she temporarily hung with between Stacey vs the BSC and when she returned to the BSC as well as a couple of guys.
Like Mary Anne, she was romantic, which translated into a few crushes, which is why some people give her the label of "boy-crazy."
But I think she was gradually moving past that phase, especially since she knew she was a great babysitter and was gifted in math and science and lived to read.
Having the BSC, especially as the treasurer, and having a close bond with her mum...who was very solid and stable...has helped her tremendously also in self-confidence and in gaining solidity and retaining overall stability.
That's my take on this book and on Stacey's storyline.
I think Lion's Lair was a fake restaurant - potentially - as I don't see any notice of it on Google. However, this book did come out before the Internet really exploded so it could have existed and then shut down soon after. Many of the other restaurants do exist though!
Probably Lion's Liar was a fictional restaurant just as Stoneybrook is a fictional large northern town.