Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Kristy’s Great Idea’.

I’ve mentioned a little bit about how I started re-reading “The Babysitters Club” series for a virtual book club I joined. I mean, when in quarantine, you’ve got to find a bit of joy.

So far, it has been really fun reading this books. I’m surprised how much I still remember. I don’t know if I read ALL of them — there are so many — plus there are spin-off series. But I remember my friends in school reading them. I had one friend that would read with me — we would hang out after school and just sit and read.

The first book in the series is “Kristy’s Great Idea” and here’s the book’s description:

When Kristy Thomas has the great idea to form a baby-sitters club–a chance to earn money and spend time with her friends, all while doing something they each love to do–she has no idea how much the club will change everything.

Crank calls, uncontrollable toddlers, wild pets, untruthful clients . . . running a business is hard work! Kristy and her co-founders, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey, are sure they can handle anything. But only if they stick together . . .

This is where it all begins! Kristy comes up with the idea for the BSC and that they’ll meet in Claudia’s room (since she has her own phone line) at designated times so when parents call needing a baby sitter, they can reach all of the sitters at once and assign the job. It’s a pretty smart idea.

The girls decide they will use some of their baby-sitting money to go to club dues, which will pay for club-related expenses. Again, at 12 years old, this is pretty business-savvy.

I can’t remember what I thought specifically about each book when I read them the first time, but reading this as an adult, I thought Kristy seemed so bossy and honestly, a little bitchy.

There is a scene in the beginning of the book where she goes over to Caludia’s house and Claudia is wearing makeup, so she tells her she looks like she’s “ready for the circus.” Ummm what??

We’ll see how she turns out once I read more books from her perspective – ha! Each book is written from a different club member’s perspective. I think, when I read these the first time, I liked Claudia the most because of her creativity and style. I’ll see if that changes this time around.

I’m looking forward to reading more BSC! Do you ever re-read books from your childhood? Or just your favorite books?

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