Something that really bugged me -- Stacey is explaining the BSC to Tess and straight up tells her that she can't be in the club because they're full. Tess responds by saying that she didn't ask to join. WTF, Stacey? It's like....Stacey wants Tess to be popular and well liked, but won't even be a real friend to Tess. I'm shocked that Stacey never attacked Mal with mascara.
^ I felt the same way about Stacey wanting Tess to be popular but being reluctant to be a real friend (probably too embarrassed). I thought Kristy actually would have been friendly to Tess and liked it that she asked Stacey why she didn't ask Tess to sit with them. I think if Tess would have shown any interest in being their friends, the BSC would have been nice to her. It was almost like Stacey kept her away from them and from everyone else and just tried to make her popular by changing her looks.
This book brought back horrors of eighth grade and an experience in summer school when i was in high school. I can speak from experience taht something like that can spiral out of control and the entire eighth grade be in on it whether they know you or not. It sucks. Also had a similar experience with "oinking" in summer school. I was fortunate though, I told my teacher when it became too much, and he basically told the students that if they didn't stop, he would throw them out of the class.
Post by inconstant heart on Apr 12, 2008 4:34:35 GMT -5
^ I'm sorry to hear about that, blossom114. I don't understand how anyone could join in on bullying of people they don't even know. That's so stupid.
On the book: I *hated* Stacey in this. I haven't come across a book where I've been so irritated by a character. Tess genuinely seems like a friendly and interesting person (she's one of my favourite one-book characters, I think), but Stacey feels the need to focus on her looks, even when she's fine with herself? OMG, Stacey, turn around. You see that girl next to you, with 'silky black hair' and 'almond shaped eyes'? Yeah, her name's Claudia Kishi, she's your best friend, and HER OUTFITS ARE THE UGLIEST THINGS I'VE EVER HEARD OF. Give *her* a makeover. (I like Claudia, but it's ridiculous how she can dress like she picked one item of clothing each from the wardrobes of a clown, Doctor Who, Carolyn Arnold and Mr. Spier, and look 'fabulous.' Whatever.) Also, way to mess with someone's self-esteem, Stacey.
I did like that Kristy called Stacey out on her crappy friendship skills. There's one of the reasons she's my favourite character!
I usually like the school-based books, but this one made me so angry on Tess' behalf, that I don't think I'll ever read it again. Argh!
ETA: Hate the blurb and title too. One, Tess does not need Stacey's help, and two, uh, Tess isn't actually Stacey's friend. She's her project, or her pity case. Stacey morphed into Liz from Sweet Valley in this one.
I'm so full of hate about this book that I'm scaring myself! ;D
I'm surprised there hasn't been a bullying book yet (just finished reading it yesterday). Tess sounded like a pretty cool girl and I'd imagine I'd end up friends with her in 8th grade.
^ Well . . . there sort of is . . . with Mallory being called spazgirl and all, which is the cause of her wanting to be shipped to Riverbend and all. I really liked Tess and I agree that it sucks to be someone else's project when he/she doesn't want to be. It is so degrading. I have experience with being someone else's "project." Ugh.
Post by sparklymouse on Sept 24, 2009 18:00:19 GMT -5
I haven't liked a Stacey book since #65. I know she's very popular, but IMO she went through major character assassination later in the series. While I was reading this I was thinking about the movie Clueless. You know how the whole time that Cher and Dionne were trying to make over Tai they seemed to genuinely like her and were trying to be her friend too? Stacey was the opposite of that. I wish some of the club members had called her on her behavior.
I don't see how the subplot tied in that much with the Tess story. The young boys thought Jackie stole something from them and were trying to settle the score. It was a much simpler issue to solve than getting picked on for your appearance.
Random, but I want to play the video game that Claudia played with Shea and Archie. She got to be a tiger who chased a hunter up a tree. That sounds awesome.
I felt bad for Tess since she was been teased so quickly after she arrived in the school. I like that she didn't know right away that people were making fun of her, since it prevented her from been hurt right away. What happened at the bleachers was shocking. Throwing food at her and causing Tess to break her ankle and maybe fracture her wrist. It's too bad Tess wasn't featured in other books since I liked her character.