Original Publication Date: 1996
Ghostwriter? Yes, Suzanne Weyn
Remember how Stacey was concerned with Robert talking so much to other girls? Well...she hears some unsettling news from Emily Bernstein, and ends up finding out that Robert's been cheating on her. Stacey is hurt of course, but also understands a bit. While sitting for some old charges in New York, she found herself developing a crush, although she didn't act on it. So she understands being attracted to someone, but she doesn't understand running with it. The girl he's been seeing behind Stacey's back, Andi Gentile, actually seeks out Stacey to apologize, which is impressive.
Also, Kristy goes on vacation to Hawaii with her family, and Abby takes over as president while she's gone. Wanting to prove herself, Abby organizes a Mexican-themed festival. She goes over budget, and basically cleans out the treasury AND expects the other members to chip in after the fact. While she has good ideas, she's not very good at executing them or leading the BSC. Basically she needs practice and guidance.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: none mentioned, but she does make watermelon carvings
Stacey's attraction to Ethan brings her crush count up to an even dozen.
Claudia's a good friend for telling Stacey about Robert. It's certainly not welcome news, but Stacey deserved to know.
I totally understand Stacey's frustration with her father when she vents a bit about Robert to him and he tries to fix everything, especially with unwelcome suggestions (seeing other people). Sometimes you just want to vent and not discuss it.
The Club (and clients):
I don't get why Claudia wasn't the president during Kristy's absence, being vice-president. Abby already got to fill in for Stacey as treasurer.
Pete Black has grown his hair to almost-shoulder length. I'm not a fan of long hair on guys (I happen to think the military's on to something), but Stacey and Claudia like it.
None relevant to the book, but something from this evening: while standby flights often work out, don't bet on it after a hurricane disturbs plane flights. That was a fun trip to the airport!
Wouldn't it have been easier and cheaper to use balloons to make the pinatas rather than balsa wood?
Henry and Grace Walker, who haven't shown up for dozens of books, are described consistently with their previous appearances.
Starting 8th grade: 8
Halloweens in 8th grade: 5 (plus one in seventh)
Thanksgivings in 8th grade: 2
Winter holidays in 8th grade (that BSC members celebrate, not just reference): Christmas-2, Hanukkah-1, Kwanzaa-1
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 3
Summers after 8th grade: 9
BSC Fights: 10
SMS Staff and Faculty: 56
Students (other than the BSC): 183: 118 8th graders (not including Amelia Freeman, who is deceased), 6 7th graders, 43 6th graders, 15 unspecified. Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation tells us that SMS has about 380 students.
Clients: 33 families
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 120