Original Publication Date: 1991
Mary Anne is feeling smothered by Logan, so she has them cool things down. However, Logan doesn't take it as seriously as Mary Anne, and tries to heat things up again without talking to Mary Anne about it first. In response, Mary Anne puts a stop to things and they break up.
At the same time, Jenny Prezzioso is acting out in anticipation of her parents' new baby, due to arrive soon. She's worried that her parents won't have time for her anymore, but once she meets her new little sibling, things start looking up.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: red hots, chocolate-covered cherries, and candy hearts
Stacey's still feeling weak.
Their Families: nothing new
Mary Anne and Dawn are still the only BSC members who don't want to wait until the Prezziosos' new baby is born to find out if it's a boy or a girl. (I'd want to know; I could hardly wait for my 20 week ultrasound. My husband and I figured we could be just as surprised at 20 weeks as at 40, and, having already picked names, we wanted to know who was in there.)
Jenny also doesn't know if she's going to have a brother or a sister. I have a brother seven years younger than I, and only my parents knew he was a he before he was born.
SMS: nothing new
PSA time: nothing new
This book belonged to an Emily Oshiro who had name labels with a kitten on them.
Ugh, Mr. Prezzioso is planning a surprise baby shower for his wife. I would not want a surprise shower, especially at around 36 weeks or more (which is about her gestation). Might get a surprise baby. I like the idea of a party, so you know to be ready for one, then having the fact that it's a shower be a surprise. Better (in my opinion) is no surprise at all, though.
Jenny says she won't be as important after the baby's born. I don't remember this, but my mom told me that after my younger brother was born, my older brother and I (then 7 and 10) told her something to the effect of it being okay that she loved the new baby more because that was just how it should be. She didn't, of course, but we expected her to.
On page 79, the narrator changes briefly: "'But then Toby came along,' Mary Anne reminded me."
Jenny doesn't visit her new sister in the hospital. I was there when my brother was a newborn, even after a complicated labor, and that was around when this book was published.
Starting 8th grade: 3
Halloweens in 8th grade: 2 (plus one in seventh)
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 1
Summers after 8th grade: 2
BSC Fights: 5
SMS Staff: 17
Students (other than the BSC): 56; 33 8th graders, nine sixth-graders, nine unspecified
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 47 (bubble gum, Butterfingers, butterscotch candy, candy hearts, Cheese Doodles, Cheetos, a chocolate bar, chocolate-covered cherries, cookies, Cracker Jacks, crackers (unspecified and whole wheat), cupcakes, Ding-Dongs, Doritos, Fig Newtons, Fritos, gumdrops, Gummi Bears, Heath bars, Hershey's kisses, Ho Hos, jawbreakers, licorice, licorice whips, Lifesavers, M&Ms (regular and peanut), Mallomars, marshmallows, Mentos, mini candy bars, Necco wafers, Oreos (Double Stuf), Planter's Peanut bar, popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, pretzel sticks, red hots, Ring Dings, root beer barrels, salt water taffy, Snickers, taco chips, Tootsie Roll Pops, Tootsie Rolls, Twinkies)
Crushes: Claudia-7 (Guy, Terry, Austin Bentley, Timothy Carmody, Woody Jefferson, Trevor Sandbourne, Will Yamakawa), Dawn-3 (Travis, Lewis Bruno, Parker Harris), Mary Anne-2 (Alex, Logan Bruno), Stacey-6 (Toby, Kelsey Bauman, Pete Black, Pierre D'Amboise, Scott Foley, Sam Thomas), Kristy-1 (Bart Taylor), Mallory-1 (Ben Hobart)