I am starting to like the California Diaries. I have two of Maggie's, one of Ducky's, and one of Amalia's. They are interesting and I like the characters. I haven't read any of Dawn's...so I am not sure if I will like the change in her and I have not read any of Sunny's. Hopefully, I can find more.
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Post by nothingtolose18 on Mar 13, 2008 11:36:07 GMT -5
I've only read three of these books - the first one of Dawn's, Ducky's, and Amalia's. I really liked them all, and would love to find some more. I'm a wee bit slow - I saw that the books were by Ann M Martin so I grabbed them at some yard sale or something. I was reading Dawn's book and la la la, never put two and two together until she said her full name and started talking about Mary Anne and stuff - I was like WHAT?! OMG IT'S DAWN! haha. And freaked out. Dumb, yes but anyway, I was shocked with the getting drunk and probably her saying hell too, if it was in this book, but I can't remember that. But I was like .. drinking .. member of BSC... Didn't know they even knew alcohol existed ('cept for Mal, of course, when she turned down her beer from Aunt Bud - bahaha, never gets old! ;D)
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Post by lionessblack on Mar 13, 2008 19:36:32 GMT -5
I love the California Diaries as a whole. There are definitely books in it I prefer over others. I adore Ducky, but I hate Ducky Diary 2. The entire Alex storyline is SO depressing I can barely stand it.
But I love the entire Dawn-and-Sunny fight arc that happens. I think that you could see it coming from the first book (that's another thing I love, how all the books tie into each other), just Dawn's disapproval, and Sunny's wild streak. And you can really see both sides of it, though, being pretty conservative, I definitely see it from Dawn's angle a lot more.
I remember getting the first two from the library right when they came out, and I was their market. Still liked the BSC, but getting a little old for it, and I just fell in love with those two books. I think they got in Amalia diary 1, and Dawn diary 2, so of course they were out of order, but I really enjoyed them. I don't remember how I got back into them, but I do remember spending a lot of money on that amazon standard shipping for used books to complete my collection.
I just read the first few pages of Dawn II (thank goodness for ebook version ;D) and really am not liking this one either. I'm not sure what it is about the CA Diaries that really bothers me - maybe the whole journal thing of reading someone's really personal thoughts. They just make me feel very uncomfortable and bad - can't really describe it. I might try to read a bit more of this one, though, and see what I think. At least the ebook version gets around the handwriting. ;D
Post by bscforever on Apr 16, 2008 18:25:07 GMT -5
I only own Dawn's first book, but I think I've read everybody's first and second books when they first came out (about 10 years ago). My grade six teacher would buy them for the classroom and a lot of the girls would read them (I don't think any of them was as BSC-crazy as I was). She was my favourite teacher because of that (and also because I was always writing stories in her class)
Post by Penny Lane on Apr 16, 2008 23:55:41 GMT -5
I really want Maggie Two and Three. She's my favorite and I can't find them! I love buying from the library or goodwill, and i've found almost every other CD except for hers and the last one. I even have multiple copies of several, in very new conditions.. It's very frustrating.
Post by lionessblack on Aug 7, 2008 11:28:26 GMT -5
Ann actually wrote a few. She wrote Dawn and Sunny's third diaries, and I think she wrote Dawn's first diary. All of mine are currently under a pile of other books, I can't see this for certain. But, I think, as for ghostwriters, there were a couple. I think Nola Thacker wrote one or two? I need to dig them up, lol.