Original Publication Date: 1997
Ghostwriter? Yes, Peter Lerangis.
Kristy wins concert tickets through a radio contest, and Charlie agrees to drive her and Claudia, along with his new girlfriend, Angelica. Before the concert, Kristy and Charlie start a week-long softball clinic. The Krushers practically worship Charlie and he's a huge help...when he's not distracted by Angelica. Kristy's not a fan of her. She seems aloof, she distracts Charlie, and she smokes. Kristy decides to try to get Charlie back together with Sarah, the girl he'd been seeing before. Her plan fails miserably, and gets Charlie upset with her. They still want to go to the concert, though. Charlie borrows Watson's car to get there, since he's trying to impress Angelica. She insists on driving after he has a rough time of it, and gets pulled over for speeding. As she's moving to the shoulder, she tries to convince Charlie to switch places with her because--surprise!--she's driving without a license. The ensuing confusion results in the car slamming into the guardrails. No one is hurt, but the car is damaged. And they all miss the concert.
Back at the softball clinic, Kristy discovers that Charlie has forgotten his promise to try to get a professional player to stop by. It turns out that this player is a relative of Charlie's former girlfriend, and she's able to get him to come for the last day.
As for Angelica, she basically says the accident is all Charlie's fault (true, he shouldn't have let her drive, but come on!) and that they shouldn't hang out anymore because he's a bad influence on her. Classy.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: Milk Duds behind her bed. Cheez Doodles and caramels
Kristy makes a good point that men are often described as "strong" or "born leaders" for the same attributes that label women as bossy. Though Kristy does go over-the-top on occasion.
According to Kristy, Stacey wears too much black. According to Stacey, it sets off her blonde hair.
At one point, Kristy has an outburst at Charlie (she's mad that he seems to be ignoring her in favor of more fun things) that reveals something: the reason Kristy is so strict about wanting people to be places RIGHT ON TIME and DO THINGS JUST RIGHT is that she doesn't want to a be flake like her biological father.
Mallory mentions that Mary Anne will be sitting at the Pikes' while Mallory is there. How about that? The Pike parents are letting Mallory have a break.
Judging from the fact that Kristy hears Nannie sing Emily Michelle a lullaby at 9:05 pm, EM and my daughter have about the same bedtime.
I'd say that Kristy's older brothers are acting way too young for their ages when they're wrestling around with each other, but I've seen my own brothers in their teen years.
Kristy's biological father once played for a minor league baseball team.
The narrative implies that Claudia's dad is mad at her for...what, exactly? Being in car that got in a minor accident through no fault of her own? No wonder Claudia thinks her parents are tough on her.
The Club (and clients): nothing new.
SMS: on spring break.
PSA Time: nothing stood out.
Charlie gets a brochure from Wissahickon College. There is a Wissahickon School District, so mabye it's a reference to that, but I like to think that it's a reference to the Bill Cosby routine about his childhood basketball team that played at the Wissahickon Boys Club.
Technically, grammar rules dictate that a group, such as a band, should be treated as a single entity. So Sam was correct in saying that Blade (the band Kristy likes) stinks, and Kristy was wrong to correct him that it should be Blade stink. However, people usually mean "the people belonging to whatever group" when they use the names.
Starting 8th grade: 9
Halloweens in 8th grade: 6 (plus one in seventh)
Thanksgivings in 8th grade: 3
Winter holidays in 8th grade (that BSC members celebrate, not just reference): Christmas-3, Hanukkah-1, Kwanzaa-2
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 3
Summers after 8th grade: 9
BSC Fights: 11
SMS Staff and Faculty: 65
Students (other than the BSC): 203: 118 8th graders (not including Amelia Freeman, who is deceased), 25 7th graders, 44 6th graders, 15 unspecified. Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation tells us that SMS has about 380 students.
Clients: 37 families
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 123