Post by lilafowler on Jun 16, 2006 15:01:01 GMT -5
I FINALLY read my copy of this, and embarrassingly enough, I teared up at the end. All of the handwriting d**n near drove me crazy, though, and the BSC timeline at the end seemed to have a bunch of really random events thrown in.
The plot itself was not so great -- it kind of reminded me of a sitcom trying to end on a sentimental note after churning out three seasons of crap once it stopped being fresh and interesting. Not that I think the BSC should have stopped three eighth grades ago, but, well, you know what I mean. Stacey's problem seemed kind of insignificant compared to Claudia's (did she REALLY think her mother and Samantha would get in a catfight at her middle school graduation?), and Kristy made me genuinely sad, which was weird because I'm not used to feeling genuine anything but contempt when I read a post-1993 BSC book.
The plot itself was not so great -- it kind of reminded me of a sitcom trying to end on a sentimental note after churning out three seasons of crap once it stopped being fresh and interesting. Not that I think the BSC should have stopped three eighth grades ago, but, well, you know what I mean.
I have to agree with you about that. Graduation Day was pretty good, better than some of the other Friends Forever books I think, But if they had had a good book like that when the the series was still good, it would have been much better.
yeah, this book was sad at the end but a bit boring to me. and kristy was a loser, she so needed to move on. it seemed like the BSC was her whole life. maybe i just dont like kristy too much.
and as for claudia failing her exam (was it the science one? i dont even remember), couldnt they give her a break, seeing as it was the last book ever. how was she gonna manage in high school if she couldnt even pass middle school?
and also, about stacey and the library book needing to be returned in order to graduate, does that actually happen? i live in australia so i dont know about the american school system but it sounded pretty odd to me.
Post by lilafowler on Jun 18, 2006 17:52:55 GMT -5
Yeah, when I was ready to graduate high school, there were a ton of random little things that didn't keep you from graduating, but didn't let you walk with your class at the ceremony. Outstanding library books were one of them.
Post by starrynight on Jun 21, 2006 10:53:25 GMT -5
I really sympathized with Kristy. I know what it's like to put your whole life into something, only to have to face the end of it without much to take its place....not a great situation to be in! I also liked Charlie's random chapter....it gave lots of insight into his character. I remember when I bought this at the bookstore. I was totally shocked to see the series was ending. I hadn't bought/read a new BSC book in YEARS, but for old time's sake, I had to. I also got "BSC in the USA" at the same time.
Post by lilafowler on Jun 22, 2006 13:47:21 GMT -5
^Looking back on it, it wasn't too realistic how Claudia was the only sitter who ever spelled a word wrong. I think the disdain all of Stoneybrook seemed to have for bad spellers is the reason that to this day, misspellings are one of my biggest pet peeves.
It was pretty cool reading this book, but kind of weird too. I sympathized with Kristy because it was sad that it was ending after so long. Also a little weird to think that they were all devoted to the club for technically only two years and all of a sudden they're dropping it and won't really be friends. It's just so different from the regular books.
That said, the time capsule thing was dumb. I mean, they put in three newspapers, three flyers and whatever random junk the kids thought up. Boring. Stacey being worried about a catfight (poking?!) and then an overdue library book was funny. Charlie's letter was interesting.
Claire has a stuffed bear named Ba-ba and a stuffed lamb named Baba? Real creative there, Claire. Speaking of, "ckishi" is the best screenname the artist extraordinaire could come up with?
I think being held back for failing one class is a bit harsh. If anything, Claudia should be held back because she's illiterate. Yeah, definitely a big pet peeve.
Jealous. I really, really, really, REALLY want this book and it's impossible to get.
I bought an ebay lot specifically because it had this book in it and wasn't insanely expensive. Funny how a series can print 200 million books over 15 years, and then becomes impossible to get just a few years later.