While Ann M. Martin created her own ghostwriter dynasty with the Baby-Sitters Club, I forget that she was actually a good writer, and wrote some more mature young adult fiction.
Missing Since Monday was intense. If I remember correctly, Maggie’s half-sister is kidnapped and her stepmother kind of blames her a little, but it turns out that she was taken by Maggie’s crazy and estranged mother. They find out because Maggie’s mother calls to ask to meet them, but the police have their phone tapped and follow Maggie when she goes to meet her. When I was a kid I had an irrational fear of being kidnapped. I guess I shouldn’t have flattered myself too much.
My mother brought Slam Book home from me because she assumed it would be like another BSC book. I remember reading this in the sixth grade and shit was it INTENSE. The gals start high school and start a slam book to gain popularity. One of them is a rich bitch, one has such a messed up home life so she is involved in every single school activity. They play a mean joke on the poor, overweight unpopular girl and she gets so upset she kills herself. And they kind of describe it in detail. It really shook me to the core. It is nice to know that Ann does understand that some teenagers go through some serious shit, and don’t just spend their time throwing beauty pageants for little kids in their neighborhoods.
If she wrote some adult books, I would totally read them.
Also, remember Ten Kids, No Pets? This was basically a stand-alone that read like a BSC book. The awesome part was that every chapter was told from the perspective of each of the ten kids. I remember this being great, but it could have been horrific.