Does anyone else wish that Mary Anne's visit to Iowa had been written differently? I always wished that we'd actually SEEN her go to Iowa to meet her grandma, instead of just hearing about it in her letters to everyone back home.
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
I also think this is one of my favorite mysteries. Mary Anne deserved to know what happened to her mother and what her life was like. I like to read things about Mary Anne's background. I was shocked myself when I first read about Mary Anne living with her grandparents because Richard wasn't ready to be a father.
Post by oldhickory on Sept 12, 2010 16:00:26 GMT -5
i just reread, and i liked it a lot more than usual. the part with MA in the cemetary next to mimi's grave was so touching. i thought it was so sweet how she went looking for her mother's grave and found mimi's instead -- in a sense she did find her mother, because mimi was the only mother figure MA ever knew. i was crying like a baby.
even though it was kind of slow, the stuff about heritage day was cool. for once, it actually made sense why the main plot mirrored the subplot. there was no way the cutouts looked as good as the book said they did, but the festival sounded like a lot of fun. stoneybrook is a small new england town, and it seems like it would be so rich with history. (unlike my hometown, which is famous for its barbeque :] ) definitely a good read.
Post by BuckinghamAlice on Sept 22, 2010 13:19:50 GMT -5
This was probably my favorite mystery of the few I've read. I totally understood why Mary Anne felt like she did, and I even understand why Richard did and said what he did. This was a good way of almost retroactively explaining some of that overprotectiveness he exhibited in MA's younger years.
That bit with Logan and his shirt was ridiculously cute.
<3 Bre -- lover of animals, collector of dolls, reader of kiddie books <3
Post by malloryfan14 on Jan 13, 2011 0:02:23 GMT -5
Did anyone notice that in this book Mary Anne's mother's name is Alma Baker, and possibly in the first couple BSC books, and yet most of the other times after this, her name is changed to be "Abigail"?? Huh? Did anyone else notice that Mary Anne's mom had been given TWO names? C'mon, Ghostwriters.