Post by rainbowgirl28 on Aug 26, 2009 16:46:05 GMT -5
I think it's hilarious that in Diary one, Dawn basically says that she doesn't miss her Stoneybrook friends at all. From then until the end of Diary two, she is all angsty and lonely. Then at the end of Diary two she acknowledges she has a mother and step sister (formerly best friend!) and maybe she misses them after all.
In real life, I am sure there would have been some phone calls to Mary Anne and Sharon somewhere in this whole mix. *sigh*
Post by otempora541 on Aug 26, 2009 17:08:07 GMT -5
The more and more I think about it, the more I wonder if Dawn's depression (some of the mid 60s make mention that Dawn is miserable and quiet) and the decision t go back to California was a temporary fix.
Post by yourserendipity on Nov 13, 2009 1:02:36 GMT -5
I liked this book because it was real, which is what I like about CD and FF. Dawn was being unfair to Sunny, but I think her reaction is typical for a thirteen/fourteen year old girl. She's not self-absorbed, but she can only see things from her point of view, and she's removed from the situation. It annoyed me how she came off so self-righteous about the fact that she went to visit Sunny's mother and about how hard it was on her; I thought if she stepped back she might see that when Sunny's mother passed away, Dawn would still have a mother, father, sisters, brother, etc. as a support base but Sunny would just have her dad.
But that said, Dawn is thirteen. Pretty normal, I think.
Stoneybrook has the most competent pre-teens, babysitters, ballerinas, mathematicians, athletes.
On the flip side, it has the most incompetent police officers, teachers and parents.
I don't really know how I feel about the Dawn/Sunny fight. I really understand both pov's and it seems to me like each of them is just going through a lot. I remember at this point in my life feeling like everything was changing around me so I thought the books did a good job of showing that.
Post by merrymelody on Jun 14, 2020 18:35:54 GMT -5
Dawn's so frustrating in this book. I get being irritated by Carol in the first diary, when she's immature about the word 'sterility', that was really inappropriate considering the context and that Dawn was trying to reach out to her; but here she's very pregnant, but is still the only adult figure reaching out to Sunny, and Dawn just constantly sneers at her (and her 'greasy' skin, nice); then has the nerve to moralise to Sunny. (Especially when she's like 'you run away from problems.' Errr, Sunny cut class and went to the beach. You ripped off your dad's credit card and flew across the country.) Her argument seems to be that she can avoid Carol, ignore her and be rude to her and still love her, but Sunny not visiting her mom when Dawn is present is the last word in callous. (Its also interesting that Sunny's diary covers the same time period, and mentions that prior to the stew burning, she also saves Carol's life; whereas Dawn's diary only relays the worst side.)