Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Dawn and the impossible three’.

It’s 8:30 on a Saturday night and I’m writing this while watching the LSU v Vandy game (LSU is ahead 21-7 in the top of the 3rd quarter). It seems kind of pointless to post a blog this late in the day, but this was on my to-do list for today and hey, I’m going to do it!

I think I’ve mentioned before that weekends during the pandemic have been really tough for me. I find that without the ability to go to yoga, the movies, shopping, or out to eat, I really have no clue what to do with myself and I end up going down a social media rabbit hole and/or just sleeping for two days.

Yesterday, as it was nearing 5pm — the official start of the weekend — I was feeling a sense of dread in my stomach. What the??? I was worried that this was just going to be a bad weekend after having a bit of a rough week. 

So, I did the only thing that’s helped me so far: I made a list of things I could do this weekend instead of mindlessly scrolling social media. Most of the things on my list are nothing important — read, scrapbook, watch LSU game, etc. — but it helps me stay focused and see that I do have options for things to do. 

And you know what? I had a good day just sticking to my list. I read an entire book, I took a soak in the tub, I cooked dinner, and am now watching the game. I still have plenty to do to keep me busy tomorrow. 

Anyway, let’s discuss The Baby-Sitter’s Club, book 5: “Dawn and the Impossible Three.” 

This is the first Dawn POV and now that I’ve read one book from each babysitter, I am still not sure which one I relate to the most. I like Dawn. I like that she’s from California, eats health food and while she’s not the only one in the group with divorced parents, her mom is a single mom. 

In this book, Dawn babysits for Mrs. Barrett a lot, who is also a single mom that’s recently divorced. Only… Mrs. Barrett does NOT have it together. 

She is often late or scatterbrained, and doesn’t always communicate where she’ll be when she’s not home. Her kids don’t see her much, so they start going to Dawn for things they would probably go to their mom for. It’s honestly a little sad. 

But, in the end (spoiler alert) Dawn confronts Mrs. Barrett in a very mature way, and explains everything to her face-to-face. I know I wouldn’t have been able to do that at 12… or 13? Nope. 

I liked this book, but it’ll take more books for me to discover how I really feel about Dawn. 

I know I’ve said it before, but re-reading these has really been a treat for me during the pandemic! It might be a little dorky, but anything that gives me a little bit of joy and an escape… I’m here for it!

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