Oh, how I love the Sea City books! This one isn't my favorite, and it hasn't held up quite as well over time as some others in the series, but it still brings back good memories. :)
Stacey and Mary Anne are going to Sea City with the Pikes as mother's helpers, and it takes Stacey less than a day to spot the "guy of her dreams" (her words, not mine). The guy of her dreams is apparently 35 and a romance novel cover model, if we go by the picture on the front of this book. She officially meets him the next day, and finds out that his name is Scott, he's 18, and he likes to send underage girls out to run errands for him. Stacey starts spending all of her beach time chasing after Scott and fetching things for him, which doesn't make Mary Anne very happy. I'm on team Mary Anne this time: Stacey's getting paid, and Stacey should be working. Scott keeps leading Stacey on, though, and Stacey keeps following. When she and Mary Anne are given a night off, Stacey decides to buy him a present. She spends ten bucks on a heart-shaped box of candy (that's pretty pricey for a 13 year old baby sitter in 1987), and promptly sees Scott kissing another girl. She's crushed, but gets over it pretty quickly after meeting Toby. Toby is the cousin of Alex, a guy mother's helper who'd been helping Mary Anne pick up Stacey's slack all week. The four of them go out on a double date, Stacey gets her first kiss in the Tunnel of Luv, and is head over heels again. Toby is her new Prince Charming....at least, he is until she meets Pierre at the ski lodge!
Thoughts and Things
- I really, really like the Stacey-Mary Anne bonding.
- When Kristy is sitting for Karen and Andrew, the little kids wash one of Watson's cars with steel wool. She gets blamed for it, even though she was dealing with an emergency and couldn't give them 100% of her attention. I never though that was fair.
- I wonder if Mary Anne kissed Alex in the Tunnel of Luv? It's never mentioned, and it never specifically says that Logan was her first kiss. Hmmm....
- This book is where the Nicky vs. the triplets stuff really starts, and where Byron is first made out to be the "sensitive" one. Those things remained pretty constant throughout the series.
- Smithtown is totally something I'd be into; I wish we'd actually gotten to see it in one of the Sea City books. I guess I'm just a nerd about stuff like that. :)