I could really relate to Claudia in this one. While she was with Stacey and acted like she was really sad. My boyfriend moved to a town for college a few hours away and it has been hard on me, because I saw him nearly everyday for over three years, five if you count before we dated. Sometimes I kinda get how Claudia acted in this book, complete with bursting into tears. At least though, he didn't move to where I don't see him at all. It really hit me though, that I am just being silly and I need to stop it. I think this book helped me. I really liked this book. I liked the Cinderella part of it and seeing her parents in a happy relationship at the beginning. Also the vacation sounded like a lot of fun!
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^ I also really enjoyed seeing the McGills happy as a couple and liked the Cinderella part. I think one of my favorite parts was also the birthday at the Plaza. Did this book mention anything about Stacey being diagnosed with diabetes? I always get it confused with BSC Remembers but don't think this one mentioned it. Can't remember, though.
I got this book after I had stopped reading BSC, but I saw it in a bookstore and had to get it since Stacey was always my favorite. It has bugged me for years how that chapter about Claudia visiting her in NYC is called "When I was 12" because she was NOT 12 when she moved back there. She was already 13. They should have made that chapter about them first meeting each other in 7th grade, like some waaay upthread mentioned. I think my favorite part of the book was Stacey going to Maine and making friends with Mara O'Connell. I wished they had kept in touch after the vacation was over. When I was 10, my family rented a cabin in northern MI for a week and I made friends with these two little girls. We hung out all week but we left early in the morning before I had a chance to say goodbye to them. I always wondered what happened to them...I don't even remember their last name (they were sisters). All I know is that they lived in the Detroit metro area. Anyway, the Stacey/Mara story always makes me think of my own experience.
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
That's not true about kids not being into music. By the time I was 3 years old, I was heavily into Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Cyndi Lauper and other artists of that time, and yet I was heavily into colouring, barbies, dolls, cartoons like care bears and rainbow brite and reading. I liked whatever I was presented with.
Anyways this is my favourite portrait collection book, I loved reading about Stacey and Laine skipping class and wished that I was their age and could have tagged along. I remember seeing a big crayon at a store too in the late 80's though I don't recall where.
The island story was nice too and made me hungry for blueberry pie and lobsters, and to go to an island like that someday.
Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Nov 25, 2008 21:03:15 GMT -5
I read this for the first time a couple of days ago and actually really liked it (I just have to read Dawn's now). The fancy dinner at the Plaza for Stacey's birthday, the Cinderella phase and her being in the parade and her and Laine skipping their ballroom dancing classes ;D. I actually found the Maine vacation chapter to be boring imo. I didn't really like Mara all that much and idk, it just didn't hold my attention too much. And that Claudia chapter was horrible. I wanted to read about Stacey and Claudia meeting for the first time. Worse yet, why the hell was that chapter called, "When I Was Twelve" when Stacey moved back to NYC at thirteen? That chapter did not make sense at all .
Post by corduroyspocket on Nov 27, 2008 23:00:55 GMT -5
a later book that I actually read! I remember seeing it in Waldenbooks and reading it right there, while hiding it from anybody who walked past. slightly off topic, but I've always liked the "collage" covers of the Portrait books-just thought they were cool. and even more off topic, it makes me laugh that Stacey went to dancing lessons and cotillion. I wonder if those things even exist anymore?
Stacey sounding like a middle-aged New York tour guide reeeeeally got to me in this book. I’m usually annoyed by Stacey’s belief that New York is the Promised Land, but this book was overkill even by Stacey’s standards. I live in eastern Pennsylvania (close enough that taking a bus for a day trip to NYC is relatively easy) and NYC is really over-rated to me (ESPECIALLY the places that oh-so-sophisticated Stacey likes, like the Hard Rock Café! Bwa ha ha).
I’m also particularly annoyed by the idea that things in NYC (that can be found everywhere else too) are intrinsically better simply because it’s in NYC. Sorry, but NYC does not have the best Chinese restaurants in the country.
I actually liked the photos in this one. They looked like 13-year-old girls! I think Laine’s and Stacey’s yearbook photos were spot-on.
I liked Mara, even if she did seem defensive and lacking in some social skills. I loved how independent and capable she was at the age of 10 (like, she could drive the pick-up truck), and the fact that she didn’t think it was weird that she knew how to do these things. It was natural to her to know how to take care of herself.
I liked how Stacey and Mara swore to keep in touch and write every week, and then never wrote a single letter. It was sad and realistic (and I had a lot of similar summer camp experiences when I was younger).
I got this book secondhand when I was younger, and the previous owner had filled out the “Name the new baby-sitter” spot. I think she wrote in Katie and Bonnie Zeller.
"This is what us sitters like about Mallory. She is totally levelheaded." - Claudia, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye
I've been re-reading this one for the past few days, especially the part about the island trip. I really felt like having lobster and blueberry pie and just relaxing away from my worries. I thought Stacey was being a snob, but it was funny anyways. I haven't gone berry picking in 20 years and wonder if I would enjoy it now.
Post by Kylie90210 on Mar 22, 2010 22:46:42 GMT -5
I re-read this one recently, and still loved it! I was surprised that I had forgotten Stacey has been to Scotland and Ireland, though I see someone has disagreed with this... Does she ever say she hasn't?
But yeah, love all the same parts mentioned, and I really loved this as a kid. I just love NY.
And now we know why they never wrote about Stacey and Claudia meeting... They were saving it for the new book!
I liked reading about how Laine and Stacey cut the ballroom dancing classes and Stacey and her family going to Pine Island, Maine. I think the fact that fact that Stacey and Mara never wrote to each other is realistic since people become too busy to write or they forget. It would have been nice if Mara visited Stoneybrook or New York while Stacey was at either of these places.
Post by virgoscorpio on Dec 28, 2010 0:24:53 GMT -5
When Stacey takes Claudia to The Saloon, it reminded me of Sex in The City (more specifically, the episode where Carrie goes to The Saloon to find the waitor who knocked her up in the 80s). Oh, Carrie! I also remember the scene in which Samantha comments on The Saloon not being very cool, and Carrie defends it by saying it was happenin' in the 1986 (or something similar...)
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