Post by booboobrewer on Aug 7, 2008 21:41:24 GMT -5
I wasn't surprised to see that Jeane Betancourt wrote a few Cali diaries...it's a very emotional series, and she wrote all the portrait collections except for Claudia's, which of course deal with really emotional stuff.
Dawn (Ann) Sunny (Peter Lerangis) Maggie (Peter Lerangis) Amalia (Peter Lerangis) Ducky (Peter Lerangis) Sunny: Diary Two (Peter Lerangis) Dawn: Diary Two (Jeanne Betancourt) Maggie: Diary Two (Jeanne Betancourt) Amalia: Diary Two (Peter Lerangis) Ducky: Diary Two (Peter Lerangis) Dawn: Diary Three (Ann) Sunny: Diary Three (Ann) Maggie Diary Three (Jeanne Betancourt) Amalia: Diary Three (Peter Lerangis) Ducky: Diary Three (Nola Thacker)
Post by otempora541 on Jan 2, 2009 18:37:07 GMT -5
In regards to an earlier discussion- my life was a cross of BSC/CD. We still had sleepovers and hung out at the mall, but we gossiped about these two girls (the designated sluts of that year) and over an incident involving pot being smoked in the school. I was used to hearing girls with Maggie's story (although I didn't know anyone struggling with an eating disorder.)
I love some of the CD's. Dawn comes of as whiny and I hate Mr. Winslow, but many of them are written with great emotion and depth.
I like reading the California Diaries but I found the Ducky books boring to read, for some reason. I was surprised to see the word "hell" used in a few of the books. I know the books are supposed to be more mature, but still...
^ Yeah. I'm thinking that his books should interest me since his parents usually aren't home and his brother doesn't seem too concerned with him too much, so Ducky's on his own, more or less, and that he might be gay, should make Ducky's books interesting, but not for me.
Post by otempora541 on Nov 14, 2009 11:40:55 GMT -5
I am not a big fan of the Ducky diaries: I find his use of the second person jarring and I don't really like him as a character. He sounded like foil to bring in older themes, but not interesting as a person. I think he's more interesting when the girls write about him.
I finally finished the CDs last night and I KICKING myself for not reading these when they first came out! Everyone talks about how moving Sunny 3 is, so I was bracing myself for that one, but it was Amalia's and Ducky's last diaries that had some legit advice I could have used ten years ago (so old! I'm SO OLD):
Amalia, Diary Three:
I’m still here. Still the same girl.
They took their hate. And it’s still inside them. It’s curdling and rotting away — always hungry, always needing to be fed.
OK, they got away with it this time. But that kind of hunger is never satisfied. It’ll act up again. And someday they’ll pay for it.
I don’t need to hate them back.
I don’t need to feel bitter either. Or sorry for myself.
Those feelings curdle your insides too.
Ducky, Diary Three:
“Don’t be afraid. If it’s right … you can’t be afraid.”
(It’s when it is wrong that you should be afraid.)
“Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t,” says Ted, Big Man on Campus.
“Yeah, well, what do you do when it doesn’t?”
Ted shrugs. He says, “Ducky. She’ll get over it. You’ll get over it. And hey. Maybe you just need more practice together.”
He makes a kissy noise.
I actually thought "sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't" was solid advice from Ted, and wish Jeanne Betancourt hadn't had him go on to suggest they needed more practice, because that's where Ducky threw the baby out with the bathwater. I have a couple other issues with this book but I'll elaborate on them in the Ducky Diary Three thread.
Last thing: I don't know if the diary format really helped these books. I know the BSC books mention months in the narration and days of the week in notebook entries, but something about the actual dates showing up every three pages in the CD books really emphasized the time warp for me.
I agree about the time warp thing in the CDs being emphasized - In Dawn Diary 2 Gracie is born and its June, in Dawn 3 Its February and Gracie is still there - either they have invented time travel and not told anyone or Dawn is now in ninth grade
Post by merrymelody on Jun 14, 2020 18:43:19 GMT -5
I like the Dawn and Sunny books. Ducky kind of bores me because he's almost too perfect, like the way everyone suddenly adores him and he comes to all their rescue all the time is just a bit...much. I'd rather hear about how all their friendships interconnect then just them separately fawning over Duckie. It also annoys me that he drinks when he's supposed to be their driver for the night, and Sunny and Dawn end up apologising to him for it. Take some responsibility and get a backbone!