I’m sad to see the demise of the fantastic blog BSC Headquarters, and because of it I haven’t really ventured into rereading my BSC books. I don’t plan on rereading all of them (I’ve got my hands full with the twins and Caitlin) but I am going to occasionally reminisce about the memorable moment for me. Little known fact: I only really read up to #45 (For me, Kristy organizing the baby parade really jumped the shark). I wanted to share what I find to be the without a doubt, best BSC book ever, and should I DARE say one of the best YA series books ever.
Are you ready for it?
Omg this one was ten times of awesome. And the BSC really peaked early for me. This one had all the elements of a stellar book: Vacations, boys, great outfits, first kisses, first dates, fights, and mishaps with children.
I could probably recite it word for word for you right now. “Mom?” I asked. “How are you supposed to behave in a mansion?” were the first lines spoken.
Stace is kind of scared because she is going to be au pairs for the Pikes’ Sea City trip with Maryanne, who at this point she doesn’t know very well and quite frankly, she’s a little judgmental about her.
They take two cars up and there’s lots of shenanigans to be had by the Pike kids. They get to the house and Maryanne and Stacey get a big room on the third floor overlooking the ocean. Then there’s a pointless scene about how Mr. Pike has to make Stacey a different kind of breakfast because of her diabeetus (the Bret Michaels way of saying “diabetes”).
Stacey falls in the love with the hunky lifeguard Scott (who looks like Fabio on the cover) and acts like a moron around him and shirks her responsibilities, and Maryanne gets peeved. Oh, and they take the kids to a restaurant called The Magic Garden which seemed cool.
Satce eventually meets a guy named Tobey, and he wears cool shades and a shirt with cowboy boots on it, I think. And Maryanne hangs out with a guy au pair named Alex but it doesn’t go anywhere. Stace and Tobey take the Tunnel of Luv ride and kiss. But only on the cheek! Even when I read this as a kid I thought that was a letdown. Use some tongue! For the date there were some cool outfits involved, including some white sundresses and striped things.
Ah, the memories. They go back to Sea City in Maryanne and Too many Boys, but it was such a letdown. And Tobey dumps Stacey’s ass.