I was reading this the other day, and when Watson tells Karen she's going to charm school, he says "and you will learn some manners." From the way it was worded, he might as well have added "because it's about friggin' time." I'm sure that's what he was thinking. Hey, Watson, did you not get the memo that as Karen's parent it is YOUR job to teach the girl some of these manners you deem so important? My god.
The line about "Because it's about friggin' time makes me laugh so hard every time I reread this thread..see what you mean, though.. This book was a favorite of mine during my elementary school days..like everyone else, I enjoyed reading about the outfits..and the cooking accidents were a little frustrating although I understand the feeling of wanting to be independent..the one with the rice was kind of funny, though. And the part when the boys crashed the party ticked me off until they actually behaved themselves.