It used to be that Mary Anne had to wear her hair in braids and ask her dad before did anything. But not anymore. Mary Anne has been growing up…and the Baby-sitters Club members aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed.
Logan Bruno likes Mary Anne! He has a dreamy southern accent, he’s awfully cute – and he wants to join the Baby-sitters Club.
The Baby-sitters aren’t sure Logan will make a good club member. And Mary Anne thinks she’s too shy for Logan. Life in the Baby-sitters Club has never been this complicated – or this fun!
When I first read this book as a child, I absolutely adored Mary Anne and Logan as a couple. Even now, I haven’t read the later books that made Logan out to be a jerk and for me they were the “it” couple in the world of The Baby-sitters Club.
My feelings for Mary Anne as a character has always flip flopped. Especially since I can’t relate to her over the top shyness. I’ve met shy people before, but never have I met one as shy as Mary Anne is described.
However, the thing I liked about these books was the fact that despite it’s a never ending eight grade year, the girls do grow and mature in front of your eyes. For Mary Anne, she had the most to grow in terms of speaking up for herself and began the process in book four, Mary Anne Saves the Day. In this book, she takes the next big step towards becoming a teenager and gets her first crush, who winds up being her boyfriend. I thought the idea of making Logan interested in baby-sitting was also a great one, because it gave them some common ground.
My only criticism is, that while Mary Anne is growing up in these books, her shyness is bothersome. I don’t know of anyone who would have ran from a surprise birthday cake. Especially if they had already been at the party for quite some time and was enjoying themselves. But besides that, this is still one of my favorite books from this series and it was nice to relive Mary Anne’s first crush.