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Wedding bells ring on both coasts, for Dawn's dad and for Mrs. Barrett, a client of the Babysitters Club. This super special marks Dawn's long-awaited return to the Club. Wedding bells ring on both coasts, for Dawn's dad and for Mrs. Barrett, a client of the Babysitters Club. This super special marks Dawn's long-awaited return to the Club.


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Wedding bells ring on both coasts, for Dawn's dad and for Mrs. Barrett, a client of the Babysitters Club. This super special marks Dawn's long-awaited return to the Club. Wedding bells ring on both coasts, for Dawn's dad and for Mrs. Barrett, a client of the Babysitters Club. This super special marks Dawn's long-awaited return to the Club.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    every babysitters club super special has an obnoxious conceit. each one documents some kind of event in the babysitters' lives, & one sitter is anointed the documentarian of the group. she has the others keep a diary of their adventures, & the result is ostensibly the super special. in this book, dawn's father, jack, is getting married to his long-term girlfriend carol. dawn has been tapped to be a bridesmaid & allowed to invite mary anne, claudia, & kristy to the wedding. she asks them to keep every babysitters club super special has an obnoxious conceit. each one documents some kind of event in the babysitters' lives, & one sitter is anointed the documentarian of the group. she has the others keep a diary of their adventures, & the result is ostensibly the super special. in this book, dawn's father, jack, is getting married to his long-term girlfriend carol. dawn has been tapped to be a bridesmaid & allowed to invite mary anne, claudia, & kristy to the wedding. she asks them to keep a record of the wedding & its preparations so she will always remember that magical day. meanwhile, in stoneybrook, long-time babysitters club client mrs. barrett is marrying her fiance, franklin dewitt. because mrs. barrett & franklin have seven children between the two of them, they hire members of the babysitters club to look after the kids during the preparations & wedding. because the barretts have always been special to dawn, she asks the stoneybrook sitters to record their experiences for the same record. the two weddings are being held on the same day. this is arguably one of the most boring super specials. but maybe i'm biased because i find weddings really tedious. it is not the most ludicrous super special, although it has its moments. here's what happens: carol asks dawn to be her bridesmaid. jeff is going to be jack's best man. dawn, despite having spent about fifty books hating on carol, has come around & could not be more excited for the wedding, which will take place on the beach. jack will wear a linen suit & carol will wear a colorful indian-print dress. dawn is allowed to choose her own dress, & she totes the we <3 kids club to the mall to make her selection. she settles on a hideous satin puff-sleeved drop-waist off-the-shoulder monstrosity that would make jessica mcclintock gag. but she is 13 & devoid of taste, so she thinks it's beautiful. the we <3 kids club agrees. dawn buys a matching dress in mary anne's size, because she says mary anne is going to be a bridemaid as well. that's part of why the wedding is so exciting to dawn. she can hardly wait to share her father's special day with her best friend & stepsister. it's unclear why jack allows claudia to invite her stoneybrook friends to the wedding. mary anne & kristy seem to be there just for shits & giggles, but after mr. kishi balks at allowing claudia to attend, jack invites her in the capacity of a photographer & offers to pay half her airfare. mr. kishi is embarrassed by the possibility that jack thinks he can't afford the airfare, so he relents & allows claudia to attend. she will be paid for her photography & has to use it to pay mr. kishi back for the ticket he buys. meanwhile, in stoneybrook, mrs. barrett learns that one of her four bridesmaids can't attend her lavish white dress church wedding. (is it not true that second marriages generally are not so traditional? especially weird because this is the second wedding for both mrs. barrett & franklin, & they have some very young children, indicating that their divorces are still pretty fresh.) so she does what anyone would do & asks stacey to take her place. seriously, it's ridiculous. the bridesmaid that can't make it is one of mrs. barrett's sisters, so she just subs in some random 13-year-old babysitter? why not just have three bridesmaids? it's not that big of a deal. naturally, stacey accepts & is THRILLED to be in the wedding. mallory & shannon are chosen to be the wedding babysitters. you may be thinking, what about jessi? did everyone forget about her? no, she has her own special plotline. you see, both of these weddings are december weddings, taking place immediately before xmas. the babysitters are surprised at a meeting one afternoon when mrs. mcgill calls & explains that the man they hired to play department store santa backed out & they haven't been able to find a replacement. she says it's more important to get along with kids than to actually look like santa claus, & she asks if any of the babysitters can do it. everyone is booked with wedding stuff except for jessi, who grudgingly agrees to the job, despite being eleven years old, female, & black. she thinks the kids are going to laugh her right out of bellair's. can i just say that i wish jessi got a little more face time in the series? i really like her family. there are some cute bits in this one in which the ramseys are having breakfast & mr. ramsey is telling all these jokes & making everyone laugh. it reminds me a lot of my own home life with jared. i think it's fun & charming. but jessi is constantly sidelined so we can heard more about stacey's boyfriend du jour or karen brewer's latest we all come in character. ugh. turns out jessi makes a fine department store santa. a few kids cotton on to the fact that she's not the real santa, but she successfully convinces them that she is santa's helper. she defuses a few tricky situations & becomes an idol to some little children of color at the store. & that's that. jessi may as well be dead to us. mallory, meanwhile, is having her own issues. she made plans to go caroling with ben hobart & some sitting charges on the very same day as mrs. barrett is getting married. she then had to back out of the caroling to take the wedding babysitter gig & ben hobart had an utter meltdown over it. he yelled at her, saying that she was disappointing the children & obviously didn't care about him, & then he hung up on her. what a baby. mallory feels bad, but not bad enough to leave mrs. barrett in the lurch. meanwhile, out in california, mary anne is having mixed feelings about the wedding. she finds it deeply disturbing that jack & carol are getting married on a beach. she acknowledges that beaches can be romantic, but she also feels that sand is going to get into everything & that she'll probably get sunburnt. she thinks "real weddings happen in churches". that's real nice, mary anne. i guess all the non-christians out there in the world are not "really married". I FUCKING HATE MARY ANNE. anyway, dawn makes mary anne feel a little bit better when she pulls out mary anne's bridesmaid dress. at first mary anne is disappointed (could she be any more ungrateful?) because she thinks the dress is great for dawn, but not for her. she's concerned about the off-the-shoulder cut opening her up to even more sunburn. but eventually she gets over it & is just excited to be part of the wedding party. shortly thereafter, jack gives everyone their wedding day assignments. he explains that guests will be traveling separately from the wedding party, & that the wedding party consists of himself, carol, jeff, & dawn. dawn & mary anne realize simultaneously that mary anne is not in the wedding party & not a bridesmaid. yes, you read that right. dawn just ASSUMED that jack would be totally psyched to have the teenage daughter of the man his ex-wife married participate in his wedding. dawn never confirmed this with jack directly. she went so far as to buy a dress based on a ridiculous assumption. newsflash, dawn: this is not YOUR DAY. bridesmaids don't get to pick the other bridesmaids, even if they are the daughters of the person getting married. rather than being relieved about no longer having to deal with "being the center of attention" (newsflash, mary anne: usually at weddings the bride & groom are the center of attention; no one really cares that much about the bridesmaids), mary anne is pissed. she thinks it was thoughtless & selfish of dawn to tell her she was a bridesmaid when she wasn't. this entire plotline is so obnoxious. what a load of untenable manufactured outrage. i'm not going to write anymore about it except to say that eventually dawn & mary anne make up & mary anne decides to wear her matching dress to the wedding anyway. because that won't look stupid at all. kristy does pretty much nothing. claudia earns her keep, choosing flowers for the reception & ceremony, ordering the cake, & photographing everything. so of the angles sound questionable. she shoots some photos from the floor, because doesn't everyone look great with under-the-chin ghoul lighting? but whatever, she's 13. back in stoneybrook, suzi barrett is having a meltdown over the idea of moving into her new home mere days before xmas. she's worried that santa claus won't know she moved, & will deliver her gifts to some other family. stacey helps her write a letter to santa, informing him of her new address, but suzi is still worried. so she convinces her mom to drive her over the her old house on xmas eve, & then she leaves a trail of chocolate chip cookie crumbs to her new house. & she thinks it worked, because she wakes up on xmas morning & has gifts. no one cares about the precocious misadventures of four-year-olds. anyway, mrs. barrett & franklin get married. stacey has a whole chapter about getting ready with the other bridesmaids & how much fun it was to hang out & joke around with adult women. i really worry about stacey's self-esteem. of course the kids get rowdy waiting for the ceremony to start. shannon has to hustle little two-year-old out of the chapel when he won't stop screaming, & misses the whole thing watching him nap in his portable crib. mallory has to wrangle the remaining four children (the two oldest are in the wedding, as flower girl & ring bearer). it doesn't really work out. marnie barrett escapes & runs up the aisle to cling to her mom's dress throughout the ceremony. there's lots of stuff about how stuffy, uptight guests glared at the children when they were noisy or disruptive, which seems weird to me. anyone who was invited to the wedding has to know that mrs. barrett & franklin have several children a piece, all of whom are pretty young. it can't possibly be surprising that they chose to invite their children to their wedding, or that the children are finding it difficult to behave decorously. i tell you what, if anyone glared at my kid during my wedding, i would personally escort them out into the street where we would rumble. that's fucked up. anyway, after the wedding, mallory is sad that she's not out singing carols with ben & their sitting charges. so she calls him up & apologizes, & he apologizes too, & then they go caroling. well, that was a really boring subplot that was solved with no effort whatsoever. in conclusion, weddings are boring.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shira

    this is my first time reading this book! in this token Peter Lerangis-ghostwritten book (treating dawn and mary anne like they're acceptable people in any way, plot points that don't really come together or make any sense, not enough outfit descriptions), two weddings take place: dawn's dad's wedding in california, and mrs. barrett's wedding back in stoneybrook. each of the babysitters (except jessi and logan) is either in one of the weddings or working one of the weddings. see character plots be this is my first time reading this book! in this token Peter Lerangis-ghostwritten book (treating dawn and mary anne like they're acceptable people in any way, plot points that don't really come together or make any sense, not enough outfit descriptions), two weddings take place: dawn's dad's wedding in california, and mrs. barrett's wedding back in stoneybrook. each of the babysitters (except jessi and logan) is either in one of the weddings or working one of the weddings. see character plots below (divided into california and connecticut) for more. CALIFORNIA -dawn & mary anne: dawn assumes that mary anne will be a bridesmaid in her dad's wedding but mary anne doesn't want to (she is just SO SHY, guys). once mary anne gets convinced, dawn finds out that her dad didn't want her to be one in the first place. dawn drops the ball but mary anne is really terrible about it too. proof that they are the two worst characters. -kristy: micromanages w<3kc and dawn's going away party, and somehow sunny and dawn's other california friends don't hate her for it -claud: is basically the aesthetic consultant for the wedding, figuring out centerpieces and floral arrangements and such -jeff: is upset that carol will be moving into the house after the wedding because a. he thinks mrs. bruen will move out (spoiler: she won't) and b. he thinks carol's furniture and other stuff sucks (she has macrame, lava lamps, etc) CONNECTICUT -stacey: is a bridesmaid at the barrett-dewitt wedding. this is the most preposterous plotline of all, though for boring mainstream bridezilla types they feel the need to have a specific number of bridesmaids sometimes (this is something I have never understood, but whatevs) -mal & shannon: babysit the barrett-dewitt kids at the wedding. mal had planned to go caroling with ben and some bsc kids and then agreed to babysit at the wedding on the same day, so she and ben get into a fight about it, which ends up being resolved really quickly and easily. -logan & suzi barrett: logan is hired to help the barrett-dewitts move into their new house (and by move I mean including a freakin' PIANO). suzi is scared that santa won't know she moved, so logan helps her plan to leave a trail of cookies from their old house to their new house so santa can find them. -jessi: is a mall santa. this is the saving grace of the book, particularly because jessi feels conflicted about being a black santa but decides that black kids should have the opportunity to see a santa that looks like them. highlights: -jessi as a mall santa. there's a conversation about black santas (jessi says she used to like seeing black santas when she lived in oakley, then shannon asks who SAYS santas can't be black, etc) that would make megyn kelly plotz -jeff schafer's description of carol's lava lamps: "[they] look like pig embryos swimming around in colored water tanks" -this sentence: "Have you tried the grape leaves? They're exquisite," said a man with slicked-back short hair and sunglasses to a woman with slicked-back short hair and sunglasses. -carol's moving van is stolen and all of her gross hippie stuff inside is stolen. carol doesn’t even care. it’s a really silly and funny and weird resolution to jeff’s fears. -also this wedding gift for jeff and carol: a crying clown wearing black and white polka dots. it's a lamp, and when you press one button it lights up from the inside and the frown turns into a smile. when you press the other button, it sings opera. lowlights/nitpicks: -dawn is complaining that because of the barrett-dewitt wedding some of the bsc won't be able to come to california for mr. schafer's wedding. but why would they in the first place? they have barely even met mr. schafer and carol -why is stacey a bridesmaid for the barrett-dewitt wedding? if any of the babysitters should be asked it should be dawn who was basically the barretts' other mother in Dawn and the Impossible Three -mrs. barrett asks stacey "what are you, a size six?" but stacey is always described as being REALLY skinny, so she is probably much smaller than that. peter lerangis doesn't know women's sizes -mary anne says this will be her last entry in the journal (the framing device of the book: dawn making a journal about bridesmaids), but it's her FIRST ENTRY. ugh. -maggie's outfit (see outfits section for description) -- huh? she is always wearing biker jackets, not rasta chic. also there is an accompanying picture of her “dreads”, and they are NOT dreads (more like a greasy mullet): -one party food suggestion (maggie): string cheese with caraway seeds. huh? I'm a vegetarian with many vegan and healthy-eating friends and I have NO IDEA who eats string cheese with caraway seeds. -nasturtia at a december wedding? I know it's california, but it's not like it's usually super hot in december there. -"even in california, december isn't always beach weather" -- it almost never is! ughhhhh learn something about california, peter. on that note, they fly into lax and fly out of john wayne in santa ana. this is fine, but they say john wayne is half an hour from palo city. if you go half an hour northwest of john wayne airport you are still at least an hour from hollywood, where dawn babysat for derek in Kristy and the Vampires. THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. is palo city near LA, or is it near anaheim? -why don't the barretts/dewitts hire a moving company? if you have a piano, you don't hire a 13-year-old to help you move it. you hire a fucking professional who has proper equipment. disrespectful. maggie outfit: -"Her hair was in dreadlocks. Two of them were dyed red and green. She was wearing this crazy neon-patterned jumpsuit, under a tailored cotton jacket with padded shoulders." kristy cafeteria comment (but for her airplane food): -"Tastes like a tennis ball covered with paste." (re: chicken cordon bleu) snacks in claudia's room: -cheez doodles (n.s.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This mostly focused on Dawn's dad's marriage in California. Although, there is another wedding in Connecticut. Dawn, obviously, Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia go to California for that wedding. There is a misunderstanding about who is and isn't a bridesmaid. Claudia works for Dawn's dad to pay for her ticket to California. Stacey is a bridesmaid in the Connecticut wedding of Mrs. Barrett. Logan helps the former Mrs. Barrett and her children move into her new husband's house. Shannon baby-sits th This mostly focused on Dawn's dad's marriage in California. Although, there is another wedding in Connecticut. Dawn, obviously, Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia go to California for that wedding. There is a misunderstanding about who is and isn't a bridesmaid. Claudia works for Dawn's dad to pay for her ticket to California. Stacey is a bridesmaid in the Connecticut wedding of Mrs. Barrett. Logan helps the former Mrs. Barrett and her children move into her new husband's house. Shannon baby-sits the children at the wedding. Mallory goes caroling with Ben, her boyfriend, and their siblings. Jessi is a department store Santa one weekend before Christmas. The group of baby-sitters in California come home for Christmas , and they gather at Mary Anne and Dawn's house to celebrate.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if I come across these at a yard sale, I will pick them up for a couple hour trip down memory lane, and I declare nearly nothing centers and relaxes me more!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    These girls have been in more weddings and gone on more vacations than I have and I'm more than twice their age. First, there was Kristy's mom's wedding. Then Mary Anne and Dawn's parents married each other. Now Dawn's dad is getting married and the two girls get to be bridesmaids AGAIN (necessitating another vacation to California!) and Stacey gets to help out at the wedding of one of her baby-sitting clients. So, if these girls are REALLY still in eighth grade, this makes, like, the fifth time These girls have been in more weddings and gone on more vacations than I have and I'm more than twice their age. First, there was Kristy's mom's wedding. Then Mary Anne and Dawn's parents married each other. Now Dawn's dad is getting married and the two girls get to be bridesmaids AGAIN (necessitating another vacation to California!) and Stacey gets to help out at the wedding of one of her baby-sitting clients. So, if these girls are REALLY still in eighth grade, this makes, like, the fifth time they've all been to California in one year?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    I used to love the Super Specials when I was a kid but I've started to realise that a lot of them don't have much depth to them. Perhaps it's also because I read this book for the first time at the age of 18?! I did enjoy this book and it was a nice distraction from 'Oroonoko' and 'Gulliver's Travels' (although I have my first lecture on the latter in a week's time and I've barely read the first chapter - perhaps not such a good distraction?). But seriously, the plot was rather contrived in this I used to love the Super Specials when I was a kid but I've started to realise that a lot of them don't have much depth to them. Perhaps it's also because I read this book for the first time at the age of 18?! I did enjoy this book and it was a nice distraction from 'Oroonoko' and 'Gulliver's Travels' (although I have my first lecture on the latter in a week's time and I've barely read the first chapter - perhaps not such a good distraction?). But seriously, the plot was rather contrived in this book! And I actually found myself enjoying the Stoneybrook storyline more than the California one. Perhaps this book would have worked better as a regular series book from Dawn's point of view. Overall, a cute story but not one of my favourite Super Specials. 7/10

  7. 5 out of 5

    April

    Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems. I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens. The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant. Awesome books that girls will love! And the Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems. I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens. The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant. Awesome books that girls will love! And the series grows with them! Terrific Author!

  8. 4 out of 5

    sj

    I am still having a difficult time understanding Dawn's thought process that just because SHE was a bridesmaid for her dad's wedding, that meant MaryAnne was too. Whaaaaa? Yeah, I'm sure your dad wants the daughter of the man his ex-wife married to be front and center when he starts his new life. Brilliant, Dawn. Brilliant. I am still having a difficult time understanding Dawn's thought process that just because SHE was a bridesmaid for her dad's wedding, that meant MaryAnne was too. Whaaaaa? Yeah, I'm sure your dad wants the daughter of the man his ex-wife married to be front and center when he starts his new life. Brilliant, Dawn. Brilliant.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    One last BSC Christmas re-read for the year! I have way too much fun with these books. By the way, I still find it hilarious that Dawn really thought Carol and Jack would want Mary Anne as a bridesmaid in their wedding. After all, who DOESN'T want their ex wife's new husband's daughter in their wedding, am I right? Man, Dawn is an idiot. One last BSC Christmas re-read for the year! I have way too much fun with these books. By the way, I still find it hilarious that Dawn really thought Carol and Jack would want Mary Anne as a bridesmaid in their wedding. After all, who DOESN'T want their ex wife's new husband's daughter in their wedding, am I right? Man, Dawn is an idiot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Took myself back to childhood again. There are weddings on both coasts. It is the end of Dawn's "vacation" at her dad's house. I can see why as a child I loved these books, but now that I am reading them as an adult I find myself laughing at a lot of it. It was still a fun read though. Took myself back to childhood again. There are weddings on both coasts. It is the end of Dawn's "vacation" at her dad's house. I can see why as a child I loved these books, but now that I am reading them as an adult I find myself laughing at a lot of it. It was still a fun read though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    In which half the gang is in OMGCALIFORNIA at Jack and Carol's wedding and the other half is in the 'Brook at Mrs. Barrett's wedding. Why is Mrs. Barrett having Stacey be a bridesmaid? Doesn't she have any friends? Decent story, but not that memorable. In which half the gang is in OMGCALIFORNIA at Jack and Carol's wedding and the other half is in the 'Brook at Mrs. Barrett's wedding. Why is Mrs. Barrett having Stacey be a bridesmaid? Doesn't she have any friends? Decent story, but not that memorable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ifat Meron Lerner

    A heartwarming story A heartwarming story about how the baby-sitters club are reunited, from different points of view of the characters. In the process they go through two successful weddings, with a few difficulties along the way. A must read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Elmvang

    Ha! Perfect timing - I didn't even know it took place around Christmas when it picked it up. I would have loved to read more about Jessi - hers was the most interesting storyline, and the one we heard the least about. Ah well. Ha! Perfect timing - I didn't even know it took place around Christmas when it picked it up. I would have loved to read more about Jessi - hers was the most interesting storyline, and the one we heard the least about. Ah well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    These seem to lose some of their charm when you're above a third grade reading level.... and WTF with the entire premise of the plot? Lame! Nostalgia doesn't work when it's a book that was published after you stopped reading a series.... These seem to lose some of their charm when you're above a third grade reading level.... and WTF with the entire premise of the plot? Lame! Nostalgia doesn't work when it's a book that was published after you stopped reading a series....

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Collett

    Another that I didn't read as a kid. Another that I didn't read as a kid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharper1

    I needed some bubblegum and a blast from the past. This was an excellent palate cleanser.

  17. 4 out of 5

    River ❤️

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sayo

    As a kid my best friends sister had the whole BSC series on a book shelf in her room. I thought she was so grown up. And I envied this bookshelf. And would often poke my head into that room just to look at it. And when I read BSC, I felt like such a grown up. And while I might have still been a little too young to understand some of the issues dealt with in these books, I do appreciated that Ann M. Martin tackled age appropriate issues, some being deeper than others, but still important.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Dawns dad is finally marrying and of course dawn is back home in California. The babysitters club all want to go to California however one of the babysitters club parents is getting married on the same day. Stacey is a bridesmaid and Mal and Shannon are booked to babysit. Lots of adventures on both different ends of the country.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kendig

    (LL) This one I really tried to like, but it was boring and unnecessary. We already got “Kristy’s Big Day,” so we don’t not need to have another whole book about two weddings for people in their second marriage.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Awesome! I really enjoyed this lite read. It is a great way to supplement and add levity to my other reading.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: https://www.livethemovies.com/bsc-blo... Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: https://www.livethemovies.com/bsc-blo...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    For my written review, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-) For my written review, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    In what Kristy christens an "east-west marriage fest," Dawn’s father in California and Mrs. Barrett in Stoneybrook are both getting married. Mrs. Barrett asks Stacey to be a bridesmaid (why? she’s clearly closest to Dawn, who admittedly is not there, but still) and Mallory and Shannon get the job of taking care of her kids during the ceremony. Meanwhile, Mary Anne, Kristy, and Claudia fly to California, where Dawn assures Mary Anne she will be a bridesmaid (forgetting to consult her father); Cla In what Kristy christens an "east-west marriage fest," Dawn’s father in California and Mrs. Barrett in Stoneybrook are both getting married. Mrs. Barrett asks Stacey to be a bridesmaid (why? she’s clearly closest to Dawn, who admittedly is not there, but still) and Mallory and Shannon get the job of taking care of her kids during the ceremony. Meanwhile, Mary Anne, Kristy, and Claudia fly to California, where Dawn assures Mary Anne she will be a bridesmaid (forgetting to consult her father); Claudia helps fetch and carry and do wedding tasks to pay off her plane ticket; and Kristy helps whip the We ♥ Kids Club into shape and organize a farewell party for Dawn, who is returning to Stoneybrook for good on Christmas. In a sprinkling of seasonal subplots, Jessi is a department store Santa, Mallory feels bad for taking the wedding job instead of going caroling with Ben, and Suzi Barrett is worried Santa won’t find her at her new house. One of the more disparately connected and uninteresting Super Specials, as nobody’s plot is particularly useful or dramatic, and I am sick to death of BSC weddings. It was good in Kristy’s Big Day, but that doesn’t mean it will continue to be good. Dawn is not particularly loathesome but that is only because she doesn’t do much. Jeff’s chapters are best of all (he’s such a little grump). Highlights: Kristy IDs the central problems of the We ♥ Kids Club; Jeff complains about everything. Read as a kid: No. Timing: December, including Christmas. Dawn was supposedly gone for six months, which I guess is fine if you consider it was summer then and it’s December now, except that an entire fall, winter, spring, summer, and fall happened in between. I make some judgment calls in placing the Super Specials, but I really didn’t have much choice on this one--Dawn is in California before and in Stoneybrook after. Revised Timeline: Winter break of sophomore year college. Say Dawn planned to go to college for just one semester or one year in California, then transfer back to Stoneybrook for a bicoastal college experience. She’s a little late, but she finally managed to get the paperwork through. Author Gratefully Acknowledges: It's a Lerangis, which is obvious from the fact that everyone's internal narration sounds a lot like Logan from the Reader's Choice Special Editions. It's obvious the California Diaries had not been launched, yet, though, since Sunny is still sunny and not emo; Maggie is still a cool dyed-hair surf rat and not yet a goody-two-shoes; and they're all still friends with Jill.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Holcomb

    The Baby-sitters Club series was my favorite growing up! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katy Lovejoy

    This was the first super special I read, and it's just as good as I remember This was the first super special I read, and it's just as good as I remember

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hope Christina

  29. 4 out of 5

    Riley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hezekiah

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