Post by booboobrewer on May 29, 2010 14:31:25 GMT -5
You know, the Mary Anne/Dawn incident reminds me of Mary Anne's Makeover...Dawn does something to make Mary Anne feel bad, and then Mary Anne ends up apologizing to her first. Dawn must have OD'ed on the California sun, because, has she met Mary Anne? In the early books she would sure know that lying in a pool of fake blood is not something her friend and stepsister would jump at the chance to do. I think it was really insensitive of her to say, "sometimes you need to speak up, and if you don't, it's not always someone else's fault!" Yeah, Mary Anne could have expressed her extreme dissatisfaction with what was happening, but...when has Dawn ever known her to do that? And in a public setting. She's not Kristy; she's not going to suddenly start yelling "CAN I HAVE EVERYBODY'S ATTENTION," or blow a referee's whistle. It's incredibly difficult to speak up for yourself if you're as painfully shy as Mary Anne is.
I totally understand how Mary Anne felt in this situation, and how the other person will try to act all oblivious, and blame you, and make you feel like you're the one overreacting, or not getting into the spirit of things. Team Mary Anne. Boo, Dawn.
That line about a medic spilling orange soda on Claudia in the ambulance is so random and funny.
Why didn't any of the Stoneybrook parents (of the charges), or of the BSC Members themselves, require the girls to take a CPR/Frist Aid class before the BSC truly got off the ground?
By this time, MA was as bad if not worse than Dawn in terms of attitude or claiming insecurity as an excuse for not being upfront. Maybe, slighest of maybes to give Dawn an iota of credit, somewhere in the recesses of her brain thought if MA confronted her fear of disaster situations, she'd be better off. Still not quite the way to go about it.
The whole book was a complete waste of tree and ink. You guys are so right about MA watching Timmy drown. Also, how can the neighbor be of true help if need be if he's "there" but there=not beside the pool?
Logan subplot, who cares? I agree with whoever said this would have been better off if L's problem had been harder to resolve.
Ugh - terrible just terrible. When I read the first page and realized Dawn was back, I just wanted to say f it and not read it. As usual, Dawn and MA make a terrible couple in this one. Maybe Logan is so mean to Dawn b/c he realizes that she is MA's real true love!
Maybe Logan is so mean to Dawn b/c he realizes that she is MA's real true love!
^ Lol, thanks for a needed laugh Wiggirl. That is too funny.
I skimmed a tiny bit of this horror and couldn't believe how both MA and Dawn basically let Timmy drown. MA was busy with her sunscreen and don't remember where Dawn was. Also, if Timmy really couldn't swim, shouldn't that have been made very clear to the BSC? Also what good does it do to have the neighbor next door if he's not actually helping to supervise? it doesn't. As I said before (am editing this) this book has to be a contender for the worst 5 BSC books ever.
Post by oldhickory on Oct 18, 2011 23:59:32 GMT -5
bringing up an old thread. i read this one for the first time today, and it was pretty bad. everybody was super bitchy in it -- the nannies chewing out johnny hobart, dawn chewing out the neighbor, the woman at the fair chewing out claudia.. and then the whole thing where MA thinks the choking man is being rude by pounding on the table. does anybody in stoneybrook mind their own business?
also, it was kind of upsetting when MA was complaining that she would never see logan. i know my situation is a lot different than theirs (and rightly so, because 13 is so young) but it's hard for me to sympathize with their situation since i only see my fiance maybe 30 days out of the year. i almost resent the fact that they don't realize how close connecticut and new hampshire are. i guess if anything i should be extra understanding of her situation, and i don't have the right to say that nobody is allowed to be sad unless their situation is as extreme as mine, but i still couldn't read that part of the book without getting irritated.
Post by virgoscorpio on Mar 25, 2012 13:37:54 GMT -5
I'm surprised that I didn't share my childhood story about this book! So, as you may know, I was freakishly obsessed with Mary Anne as a kid and would check the back of each book right away to see if the next one was a Mary Anne title. (I was really pissed when Claud got book 97, 101 & 106!) Anyway, I knew this book was coming out so on June 1st I called ALL of the bookstores in my hometown and asked if they had it in stock yet. Luckily, one did. I was at my Grandmas for the weekend at the time and I called my Nana and Popa (who I was raised by) and begged them to take me to the bookstore -- which was the farthest one away -- to get this book. I literally ran through the entire mall. I think I even asked them to put aside one for me "just in case". So my childhood memories of this book were blurred by how happy I was to have it!
At least they mentioned Mary Anne Saves the Day in this book. If not, I would have been a bit annoyed -- but they do allude to the fact that Mary Anne has been excellent in a crisis before. So what gives? She basically is only a "few months" older than she was in Book 4...
Mary Anne to the Rescue should have been titled something else, IMO.
Oh, I forgot to add -- the drowning scene wasn't done very well. Mary Anne can hear Timmy cry for help and a few seconds later he's not breathing? Doesn't it take *a bit* longer than that? She heard him cry, jumped in, and he was lifeless. It just seemed like a bit more time should have realistically passed. I know they were trying to portray that "accidents can happen so quickly" but still.
A lot of people seem to have negative opinions about the book but I thought it was a thumbs up because of the safety training. It was really useful to me this time around.
Post by sparklymouse on Mar 25, 2012 19:37:19 GMT -5
I never went sprinting though the mall, but I did buy almost every newly released book at the same Walden Books store. We always went through the same mall entrance (one of the bigger department stores), and the book store was right next to that store when you got out into the mall hallway. My mom would always try to make me wait until we were on our way out of the mall to get my books so I wouldn't have to carry them around all day, but I never let that happen.
Post by wanderingfrog on Apr 1, 2012 14:34:56 GMT -5
Sometimes memories of buying a specific BSC book are really fun. One of the reasons I reread Dawn and the Big Sleepover recently is because I'm planning my Disney World trip and this is the book that doesn't mention Disney World or Disneyland but makes me think of WDW anyway. I bought it in Orlando on my last trip in 1991 and that's what I was reading while I waited in line for rides at Disney World one day! If you watch the video my dad took on our trip, you can see me with this book with the garish red-orange cover. So of course it makes me think of Disney.
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Post by oldhickory on Jun 25, 2012 14:09:55 GMT -5
i am liking this book more after my current reread. the summertime feel is really fun.
i am an anti-fan of the dawn/MA relationship in general, but this part makes me so mad. after logan and MA agree not to discuss the boarding school dilemma with anyone, dawn gets all offended about it and says "right. okay, keep your secrets from me. i don't mind. i'm only your sister." what a freaking cow. and logan and MA spill their secret right away. if it were me, i would tell dawn to mind her own d**n business, i have enough on my mind without you trying to manipulate me. being close means you feel comfortable telling each other secrets. it doesn't mean you are automatically privy to everything.
^You tell her! It's not like Dawn automatically entrusted MA with her not feeling at home in CT feelings either or (I have a feeling) not feeling a true about of her new CT family. It really was too bad they told her. It would have been better had they said something like, "we need to think/work things a little more through before sharing." Dawn needs to "get" that not everything is about her. But, wait, that is her! (Her usual m.o. I mean)