Original Publication Date: 1999
Ghostwriter? Yes, Jeanne Betancourt.
Maggie's doing well with her eating habits, thanks to the support of her friends and therapist. Note that I didn't say "and family" there. Her dad is still obsessed with being the best, her mom is still drinking way too much, and her brother, while he cares about Maggie, is just a kid. Maggie's happy she at least has her friends, who are honest and real and not concerned with how they look to the rest of the world, especially when her parents are about to be hosting a screening party for the movie Maggie's dad is working on. The actors Maggie's met are always "on" and never just act like real people. Except this one fifteen-year-old actor at the party...a particular up-and-coming teenage heartthrob, Tyler.
Maggie ends up getting to know him pretty well, and even goes out with him a few times. She's overwhelmed with the press shows up to one of their dates and she ends up with her picture in the paper, but that ends up translating into Vanish being in the movie and some of band's friends--including Sunny, Dawn, Ducky, and even Jill--being extras. Maggie gets pretty nervous about all the publicity, but her therapist helps her work through it. Plus, she gets to know Tyler even better. She goes back and forth a bit wondering whether he's for real or not. When he shows up at the animal shelter where Maggie volunteers, he demonstrates that yes, he is sincere. Maggie decides that she wouldn't mind getting to know him better.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Ducky):
It's nice to see Maggie recovering gradually, showing that serious issues like eating disorders aren't instantly fixable.
Maggie's mother's name is Eileen.
PSA Time: nothing stood out.
This book starts in mid-April, about a month after Sunny's third diary ends, and goes until almost the end of May.
This is the last book narrated by Maggie.
My copy of the book was once the property of the Oakville Public Library (looks like it's a library in Ontario) and was stamped "Iroquois" for some reason. Maybe it has something to do with the Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation super special.
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: 10
BSC Fights: 11
SMS Staff and Faculty: 67
Students (other than the BSC): 209: 119 8th graders (not including Amelia Freeman, who is deceased), 26 7th graders, 47 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: 130