Dawn's been in the BSC for a few months now, and things are, for the most part, hunky dory. Kristy is still jealous of Dawn's friendship with Mary Anne, and keeps picking fights and trying to make her feel like an outsider. What a refreshingly 12-year-old thing to do; in a later book, they probably would have just talked things out over coffee or something. Anyway, Dawn makes an effort with Kristy, and they finally bond over some rope-swinging in her hayloft. Kristy even gives Dawn her official "alternate officer" title.
When she's not trying to win Kristy's approval, Dawn is sitting for the Barretts. The Barrett parents have just gone through an ugly divorce, and things are tough. The house is a mess, Mrs. Barrett is disorganized, and the kids are wild. Dawn helps out as much as she can, but starts to feel a little put-upon. She considers saying something to Mrs. Barrett, but every time she's about to do it, Mrs. Barrett compliments her or tells her how much the kids love her, and Dawn just can't bring herself to say anything. She finally decides that she's had it when Buddy disappears on her watch one day. He was with his father and not in any danger, but the experience scares Dawn so much that she finally speaks up. Mrs. Barrett, thanks to the intervention of 12-year-old Dawn, promises to be more organized and responsible.
Thoughts and Things
- Dawn describes Claudia as "a little bit hard to get to know." Since when?
- Mallory takes a brownie away from Marnie Barrett because she's allergic. If she's allergic, why was she eating a package of MnMs earlier with no apparent side effects?
- Club dues are only 50 cents at the beginning of the book, and the whole club is planning to buy Kid-Kit supplies with the 10 dollars in the treasury. I don't ever remember things being that cheap...
- Claudia's handwriting is completely different in this book (all of the first ones, really) than it was later in the series. I think hers changed the most.
- Dawn says that her barn is small, but by the end of the Friends Forever series, it's big enough to renovate into a house. Maybe barns grow in Connecticut. :)
- Mary Anne is redecorating her room and puts up a poster of London at night. I'd be all over that....
- Speaking of Mary Anne, she's replaced her reading glasses with contacts. I'm a contact wearer, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be worth the time to have them for reading. You'd be taking them out and putting them back in all the time!
- I wasn't all that fond of this book growing up because of all the vomiting that happens in one chapter. I was a total Stacey about stuff like that.