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Review: Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye by Ann M. Martin

Good-bye Stacey, Good-byeOh no! Stacey McGill is moving back to New York! That means no more Stoneybrook Middle School, no more Charlotte Johanssen, and worst of all… no more Baby-sitters Club!

Stacey’s friends are crushed when they hear that Stacey’s moving, Claudia most of all. Stacey was her first best friend.

How will the BSC cope without Stacey? What kind of going-away present is good enough for someone as special as she is? But most important… who is going to be the next member of the Baby-sitters Club?

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As a child, Stacey McGill was always my favorite baby-sitter out of these series. I think part of it was because she represented what I always wanted to be, but could never figure out how to be. She was cool, sophisticated, meanwhile I was more like Kristy and a complete tomboy who couldn’t seem to figure out how to get unstuck from that. Even as an adult, she’s still my favorite character and I feel it’s because she has a bit of a maturity about her that some of the other characters are lacking.

Fortunately, the first time I had read this particular book, I already knew Stacey wasn’t moving away forever, because my introduction to the series was book #60, Mary Anne’s Makeover. However, I do remember being able to relate to everything that Stacey and her friends were going through. My childhood best friend moved away at the end of second grade and it was probably one of the hardest goodbyes I had made up to that point. Of course, that also proves how young these books are, which is odd since they are about a bunch of teenage girls.

The book does a fairly good job dealing with how a friend moving away can really affect a group of friends. After all, in a group like the BSC, Stacey is an integral part of the group and the others will be forced to deal with how the group’s dynamics will work in her absence. The other thing that comes from this book, is the movement of Mallory (and Jessi) joining the Baby-sitters Club. It was obvious early on in the series that Mallory would eventually make her way into the club. After all, she has more experience than all of the sitters put together and she’s actually quite mature for her age. Over all, this is probably one of the better handled subjects that Ann M. Martin tackled before handing the reigns over to her ghost writers. I just wish that at this point they would have stopped describing Dawn as a new member of the club (she’s been there at least 8+ months at this point) and would have stopped explaining so much of the background information. I get it, that background information made it extremely easy for a child to grab a book at any point and be fairly caught up on what was going on. But as someone who read the series religiously as a child, I know about all of Kristy’s “great ideas” and Mary Anne’s “sensitivity”, etc.

 

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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