Anyone know what’s wrong with Dibblyfresh.com? I can’t get it to come up, so thanks to Goodreads for this image!
The book starts off with a typical summer day in the Kishi household. Claud is off to art class, then babysitting, then a BSC meeting, Janine is off to her summer college courses (because, I don’t know if you’ve heard…but Janine is a certified 16 year old genius!), and mom and dad are off to work. Only Mimi will stay home. Claud bitches about Janine being too smart and using words that are too big. As though that’s Janine’s problem and not hers. Christ–and Janine was actually showing an interest in Claudia’s work with the BSC.
At the BSC meeting, Kristy has the Great Idea of running a playgroup for the month of July. Of course, all the babysitters are way on board, so they decide to hold it in Stacey’s backyard. They invite all the kids, and they all bitch about having to invite Jenny Prezzioso. But they do anyway. A couple nights later, Claudia is home with Janine and Mimi while Ma and Pa Kishi are at Chez Maurice. They play The Trivia Game, Janine wins (naturally) and Claudia acts like a stupid jealous cow about it and Janine stomps off. Mimi tells Claudia she wasn’t being nice. When Claudia goes to apologize to Janine, they hear a thud and Mimi has collapsed.
She had a stroke. She’s in the hospital for a while, then she can come home but she needs lots of therapy. Claudia immediately volunteers to “Mimi-sit” in the mornings before the therapy appointments and Ma and Pa Kishi are super grateful to not have to ask Janine to miss classes. Claudia eventually feels put-upon because she’s missing the playgroup, and when she tries to confront Janine about it, turns out that Janine is pissed because no one even asked her to help out with Mimi. So Claudia and Janine realize that they weren’t effectively communicating. Those wacky sisters and their differences. I smell sitcom!!!!!
- I fucking hate how being smart somehow translates to wearing boring skirts and blouses and to being a boring person. How does Claudia manage to forgive Stacey “Mathlete” McGill for the horrendous crime of being good at math?
- So, Mrs. Kishi is a librarian. We learn in this book that Mr. Kishi is a partner in an investment firm. That’s right, I said Partner. A fucking partner in a fucking investment firm can’t afford a home health aide? He has to make his thirteen year old daughter assist his ailing mother-in-law?
- Also, Claudia is all on about how her parents are determined to get a physicist out of the family. Really? It seems like an odd thing for a librarian and a partner in an investment firm to be shooting for. If she’s good at science, wouldn’t they be like “Oh, you should be a doctor, Janine!” But a physicist?
- Heh. Charlie says $2 a day is too much to drive K-ron to and from the BSC meetings. He does it for $1! And Charlie/Janine shippers everywhere take the bait immediately.
- Fun fact: Stoneybrook Public Library doesn’t carry Nancy Drew books.
- I really hate how these girls are so mean about Jenny Prezzioso. So she’s prissy and likes to wear pretty dresses and she has problems sharing. OMG, Fuck her! She’s a four year old ONLY child, of course she doesn’t know how to share! But Karen fucking Brewer can be the biggest wench in the world and all is forgiven.
- OK, I will admit it was a tiny bit mean of Janine to ask to play the Trivia Game in the first place. She had to know what would happen. But then again, Janine deserves to feel a little smug with an idiot for a sister like she has!
- At the playgroup, snack is canned juice and Saltines. Is this playgroup or prison? Seriously, if that’s all I tried to give my son for his morning snack, he’d be all over the kitchen a half hour later looking for real sustenance.
- So when Claudia and her mom need to throw dinner together real quick before visiting Mimi in the hospital, they make burgers, frozen fries and a “lettuce salad.” Then Claudia calls it a “makeshift dinner.” Um…how is that makeshift? That’s like a real fucking meal in our two working parent household.
- It is pretty sad that when Claudia is allowed in to see Mimi, she’s really spooked and can’t stay in the room.
- Foreshadowing to a future BSC book! Buddy Barrett’s card to Mimi says: “Der Claudys granmohter plese fell better verry soon and com back becase we want you to fell better verry soon.” It took Buddy twenty minutes to write that. Many many books later, Buddy was diagnosed with dyslexia! A rare example of continuity in the world of BSC.
- Claudia uses memory tricks with Mimi to help her remember words, and says that’s how her third grade teacher her helped with Claudia’s spelling. That is one epic fail, Claudia’s third grade teacher.
- Jamie Newton is having jealousy issues with his baby sister. Claudia compares them to her and Janine. Yes, Claudia, you are acting like a four year old!
- Why does Mary Anne need to write in the BSC noteboook for her Mimi sitting job?
- Here’s what Claudia wears to Lucy Newton’s christening: A big loose white shirt with black splotches, white pants that came to just below the knees, and dainty gold sandals that lace halfway up her legs, pink flamingo earrings and a pink beaded bracelet that spelled CLAUDIA. I guess Claud didn’t make the bracelet herself, or it would have said CLAWDEA.
- At the party after Lucy’s christening, the parents and guests were fawning over Lucy and pretty much ignoring Jamie, no matter what he did. Which I find weird, because babies are boring and toddlers/school age kids are way more fun. And I say that honestly as a parent. Babies are BORING.
- I totally want Claud’s earrings shaped like Coca Cola bottles.
- At the end, Stacey and Mary Anne are booked up for their job with the Pikes at Sea City!