Just read it, and I liked this one. Just like what everybody else said, I liked that it was more gounded in something that would really happen to them than some of the other mysteries. I feel that Tara is going to act out when she grows into an adolescent because of being jealous of all of the attention lavished on the pets. Or she might do the gothic thing and kill the pets. As for the Gardellas letting Stacey back in, I dunno. I thought that they felt that Stacey genuinely felt bad about stealing the ring (believing that she had) and just wanted to save face and return the ring. And the way to do it was to be allowed to babysit for them and bring back the ring. When the Gardellas returned home, she would claim that she found the ring inside of the house and give them a story to back it up.
^ Agree with all your points. Never thought much about Tara acting out, but you are probably right. I hated it how much attention they gave their pets (not a pet person anyway) and like your theory about her doing the gothic thing ;D (just kidding! I'm in kind of a mean mood right now. I know some of the pet lovers are going to be really upset about this possibility and it is pretty grusome and I really don't want it to happen but it did give me a laugh.) I just can't understand them not giving their child more attention. Wonder if they will have more kids in the future and how they will treat them. Maybe they will just adopt more pets and take Tara to a shelter ;D I have only read this mystery twice but really enjoyed it both times. It always makes me want to be "part" of the BSC (though I would probably kick Claudia out in this one ;D) because I wish I had friends like them who would support me the way they support Stacey.
I liked this one, I remember when I was 6, my best friend had this one, and I really wanted it! Well, anyway, Re-read it recently, how strange the whole situation is... would the Gardellas really let Stacey come back? Would they believe she hadn't just placed it back under the rug once she was back? Why did they prefer (seemingly) their pets over their adorable baby. And WTH was with Claud?!
Post by starrynight on Aug 10, 2007 18:17:34 GMT -5
^ You know, I never thought about it seeming suspicious that Stacey found the ring. I just assumed that is was obvious that the cat had hidden it, and the Gardellas, knowing his habits, wouldn't have even thought about it.
^ I felt the same way, starrynight. I was actually glad the way they let Stacey resolve this. The worst thing about this book for me was Claudia. She was not a good friend at all. Was she like this in other books with being unsupportive? I can't remember.
That's exactly what I thought. Maybe that is why Stacey was her first and only best friend ;D Did the Gardellas just not ever call the BSC again or did the BSC refuse to sit for them? Was that ever mentioned? I will have to reread this one as I remember really liking parts of it - especially the shopping trip, which always sounded like so much fun ;D
I just read this yesterday and enjoyed it. I thought it was one of the more realistic mysteries. I agree that Claudia was a horrible friend. She comes over to Stacey's house and then just starts going through her stuff? "Boo hoo, I can't get a baby-sitting job. I might have to return my new sneakers or I'll have no art supplies!" No one cares about your problem, Claudia. Stacey's got it way worse than you right now.
Post by fluffycakes on Aug 15, 2007 21:25:52 GMT -5
^ Ha ha! I always thought that, too. Claudia isn't really subtle at all when she starts searching. I love how by the end, when they start fighting, she's not even trying to hide the fact that she's looking for that ring. Oh, Claud. Nancy Drew you are not.