It's not something that I'd wear myself, but I don't think its that bad...It's not any worse than what Mary Anne was made to wear in the first couple of books when her dad wasn still strict, is it? I don't remmber anyone ever being mean to her about her pigtails.
Wasn't this book really short? I think I read it at the library one afternoon. I like how Tess is so odd an hideous until you find out she's from PARIS and everyone there dresses like she does, so now she's super cool. If I remember correctly Tess told Stacey off in the end? If so, good for her.
Read this one today. It felt appropriate after last night's episode of Top Chef, if any of you guys watch that show. Anyway, I thought the girls' revenge on Clarence King was kind of out of character for the BSC. I liked Stacey's plan to make Tess over, though, I think because it reminded me of Clueless.
I just pictured her as tall and big boned. But really, I can never get a very good mental "picture" of the characters so just kind of have a rough image of her. I always liked this one, even though Stacey and the other kids did make me mad. I felt for Tess and was glad she was content to just be herself and that she seemed to find a real friend in the end.
Wasn't it not just pink, but pink overalls? I know fashion can be fickle and all, but I really am not convinced. And didn't Stacey herself wear an awful lot of pink?
My brother and his girlfriend lived in Paris during what was roughly that time, and I visited them, and I can say there was very little pink.
Of course, in a school where Claudia is one of the best dressers, it's hard to think of something that might be plausibly en vogue, but shocking to the un-chic eyes of SMS students. A cloche cap? A cape? High-heeled sneakers? Doesn't come close to Claudia on a boring day.
This was one of my least favorite BSC books. I actually was surprised at how cruel the kids at SMS were. Sadly I know it happens to other kids and I feel really bad for kids that are bullied. This book actually made me feel really sad.
I liked Kristy's attitude in this one but wish she would have gone a little further, actually befriending Tess instead of just encouraging Stacey to do so. I thought Abby was almost a little mean (not that this is unusual - I've talked about my share of people) when saying Tess was weird. FOr some reason, I seem to remember her making fun of someone else in another book but I might be wrong. As always, I felt bad for Tess but liked the way she handled the situation. She is a true "individual" and I wish she would have been in more books. I think maybe she could have been a good influence on Claudia - showing her how to not worry about what others thought - as they might have had some things in common with art and design. Was Tess ever mentioned again? I was reading the LS book Karen's Two Families the other day and noticed Kristy mentioned her new friend Tess. I wondered if this was the same girl. Maybe Kristy did befriend her (that's what I would like to think at least ;D)
SMS is schizophrenic when it comes to bullying. I think the kids who were awful to Tess in this book were the same ones who called Mallory Spaz Girl. At least Ann's ghostwriters recycled Clarence King instead of making up yet another new character.
I'm also confused about Alan Gray's posse. I know boys aren't as cliquey as girls, but in some of the earlier books he's hanging out with Logan and Austin and in this one he's friends with Clarence and co. Later, his only friend is Cary. Maybe he's a kid who doesn't have a very secure group of friends?