Monday, July 21, 2008

BSC Friends Forever Special: Graduation Day

Oh dear.

I just finished reading this book for the first time in YEARS. I bought it when I first came out, and now I'm having a Mary Anne moment. Where's that box of tissues when I need it.

Even the dedication at the beginning had me a bit weepy: For all the readers—past, present, and future—of the baby-sitters Club...with thanks.


It's nice to know that after being on hiatus for well over 100 books that AMM finally came back and wrote the grand finale.

The book definitely has a "final" feel to it... and yet, as a reader, I myself am dying to know what became of the Baby-Sitters. I know many people are against a reunion book, but if there ever were to be one, I'd probably be one of the first in line to read it, just because I WANT to know... I NEED to know what happened. It's a hunger that doesn't seem to want to go away... but for now I will have to make do with fanfiction.

Couple of things I noticed in the book:
There doesn't seem to be a "definitive" timeline when things happened earlier in the series... other than the BSC was formed "almost two years ago". It doesn't say when Mary Anne's house burned down,, when Claudia was sent back to the seventh grade, etc. Only thing it makes mention of is that Abby said she moved to Stoneybrook "less than a year ago."
I guess this was the way of dodging the whole issue of them repeating the same year over...and over... and over again.

Another thing I noticed, and since I don't have an actual COPY of the book, this one was just an ebook, so it could be an error on the typer, but Charlotte goes from 8 to 9 in the same book. Her birthday is supposed to be in JUne which is when this book takes place... and I follow my own timeline in my head during the FF series, so that by this book, Stacey and Dawn are 14... and Mallory would be 12... even if they don't actually say so in the book. They have to age at some point. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

The eighth grade graduation thing I think... is a bit unrealistic...especially since they went to a 6-8 school. I had friends that went to a k-8 school, and I can see hwo that might be a big deal, but seriously? Middle school graduation? On the last day of my eighth grade we had a breakfast brunch thing, and everyone on our "side" was given some sort of "award." (our middle school was divided into three "sides" per grade, where the core classes would be held). I was given the "Over the Rainbow" award, because I was obsessed with Judy Garland. And still am. In FIFTH Grade we had a "graduation" type thing...which was really an over exaggerated recital where they handed out certificates one by one at the end... and we still had another few weeks of school left.

I also found it a little bit unrealistic about Claudia not being able to go to high school because of one test. I was a Claudia in school, bone lazy, and didn't do the work, however I was smart. I was definitely worried about not going onto high school, but we didn't have "finals" persay in middle school... and even if our grades were horrible (ahem) we were still able to go to the high school ... I tested well and I understood the concepts, so that wasn't really an issue... although i wonder what would have happened HAD I been held back. I defintely don't think I would be where I am today... maybe I would have actually graduated and not gotten my GED? Oh well, things are the way they are and I musn't dwell on them... and I'm getting off track.

This book is screaming for fanfictions to be made as a follow up to it. There are three plot devices that are in this book that are practically begging for it.. and yet, there hasn't been one single fanfiction that has actually been completed or even STARTED that I have read that cover these bases.
The time capsule. The BSC members, old and current, and several of the kids put things in a time capsule to be unearthed in seven years when the oldest kids (the Pike Triplets) are about to graduate from high school. Some of the items include: An old BSC flier (Kristy), a softball (Jackie), a page full of ads (Dawn), Info on Stoneybrook's 250th Birthday (Claudia), piece of burnt wood, (Mary Anne), SES newspaper with an article on STacey (Charlotte), etc.

The letters the eighth graders wrote to their future 12th grade selves. Mind you, when I was seventeen and I saw this, I thought it was a FANTASTIC idea. I wrote myself my own letter and tucked it away in a drawer. Two and a half years later I found it.
I have no idea what happened to it.

I think it would make an interesting to have a 12th grade graduation fic that centered around the letters... I just don't think I'm talented enough to come up with it.

The pact.
The girls all sign a pact that in 12 years they would all come back together for a reunion, no matter where they are in the country. I think this has been attempted but I'm not sure if it's actually been completed.

Okay I'm tired, but I'll close with this last line in the book... from Kristy...

Am fairly certain that even though our friendships may change as we get older, we will always remain friends, the eight of us.
Friends forever.

The End

Now i can go back to reading the series from beginning to end as much as I can.


Afraid of the Dark said...

I still need to read this one! I've passed over it twice now at the used book store.
They chose the most boring things for the time capsule. But, I guess at their age, I was pretty boring too!

Hope you don't mind if I link to you from my blog!

Donica said...

Not at all! Thanks! :)

Sara said...

I love the fanfiction ideas! Great blog, Donica!

Anonymous said...

During the last week of grade 8, we wrote letters to ourselves. And sure enough, I got mine a few days before graduating from high school. It was really an awesome project that I'm glad we got to do - I'm pretty sure I'll keep that letter forever.

What I don't get is why the BSC (and Charlie, apparently) took the letters so seriously. It's true that I wish my 14 year-old-self had put a bit more effort into writing the letter, but it was a very lighthearted assignment. I certainly didn't obsess over it or write several different versions of it before I was satisfied.

Anyway, I love your blog! I agree with basically everything you said about Graduation Day (which I just read for the first time). I'm going to be checking for updates often!!

Sadako said...

Sorry to comment on such an old post, but I just had to point out that I had an 8th grade graduation. And yes, it was super, super pretentious. They actually played Pomp and Circumstance, too. It. Was. So. Lame.

Anna said...

I know this post is almost 2 years old and I'm not sure if you're still blogging anymore, but if you happen to get this comment, can you tell me where you find your bsc e-books? I cleaned out my house a few months agoa and found all my old bsc books and started re-reading them, and I am dying to read the ones I missed, especially the friends forever series! Thanks!