Aw, I just finished and really enjoyed how Stacey came across in this book. To me, her character (for the most part) felt younger and just more in keeping with the very early BSC books. I loved how she bought candy for Claudia and hid it around her room, so funny. I think that was my favorite part. I also loved the Macy's parade except Mr. McGill should not have left Stacey alone the way he did. Wish there had been an actual sheep in "sheep meadow," sounded cute and also like a peaceful place to relax on a Sunday. I liked that we got to read a little about Stacey and her parents together. I do completely agree with others of you that Ed was just horrible in asking his young daughter to both hide and lie about his briefcase. Ed had stashed his briefcase full of work stuff inside Stacey's suitcase when they went to Maine.
Also thought Stacey and Laine's list of things they would need for their apartment together in 5th grade. The list is on page 67 and among other things includes 1 big red crayon. I would pick a different color but reading that made me smile, loved the idea and also that Stacey and Laine had each other. Yes, it does make Laine's treatment of Stacey even more callous later on. I just meant in their early years, it did sound as though they shared some positive memories.
Post by bscfan1997 on Oct 14, 2015 21:31:11 GMT -5
Stacey's is my number one favorite portrait book! She is also my number one favorite character. I especially loved her when she was younger.
When Stacey and Laine skipped dancing lessons and roamed all over the city When Stacey and her parents went to that the small island When Stacey pretended to be Eloise (a character who I adored as a little kid!)
Parts I didn't care about:
When Stacey got to be on the Thanksgiving parade When Stacey went to camp When Stacey and Claudia were in NYC
I've realized that Stacey seemed to be interested in soccer when she was younger. It would've been nice if she had played soccer in the BSC. It'd contrast well with her oh so sophisticated self, fashion sense, and boy craziness. It might have bonded Kristy and Stacey, too.
There was a huge error at the end of the book. The last chapter titled "when I was twelve". Stacey returned to NYC and was still living there, so obviously she'd be thirteen. Ah. Get it together, ghost writers. :/
Post by bscfan1997 on Oct 14, 2015 21:45:20 GMT -5
Yeah, I hate ghostwriters. Except for maybe Peter Lerangis. He portrays teenage girls' minds well to the point it's sort of twisted lol. And he forces humor into his writing which is so bad it's funny. And yeah the dance classes were hilarious! Stacey and Laine were sort of snobbish (well, Laine is snobby period) but funny kids.
Post by booboobrewer on Oct 15, 2015 13:35:12 GMT -5
My number one portrait too. I would have loved to stay on the island -- what was it called? I'm blanking -- but I grew up quietly like Mara. At Stacey's age though I can understand the horror of being "cut off" from your comforts.