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The reason why I’ve been slacking off on posting lately is because I have a lot of work to do before I graduate in May, and it’s difficult for me to sit down and ponder long enough to come up with something to post about. So I decided that until my graduation, I’d try a new format and post my thoughts of a specific BSC book. Regular posting will resume before the end of May.

First up is Kristy’s Great Idea. As well as the first book in the series, it is the first BSC I read. I got it in a set of three from the Collector’s Club with Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls and The Truth About Stacey at the end of first grade. I guess you could make the case that this is the book that got me hooked, but, truth be told, I don’t think that it would have mattered how much I actually enjoyed the book. I was so in love with the idea of reading the BSC that the quality of the book didn’t matter. It just seemed like such a grown-up thing to me, especially since my mom had to use my brother’s Scholastic book club form to enroll me.

As I’ve mentioned before on this site, I actually enjoy the later books more than the early books. They just have a different feel to them. While it’s cute to see them forming the club and everything, it feels very different from the later books. Plus it’s always strange to see the girls in seventh grade rather than eighth, and having Mal be a sittee rather than a sitter. I think that KGI is probably the most realistic book of the entire series, and I think we lose some of the Thomas family closeness later on. Plus, you don’t really see the sitters mouth off to their parents and teachers in later books like you do in this book, which I appreciate.

Hmm, maybe I like this book more than I thought I did!

Next up, in case you’d like to read along with me: Dawn and the We <3 Kids Club.

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myu said, April 24th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

“I think that KGI is probably the most realistic book of the entire series, and I think we lose some of the Thomas family closeness later on.”

Definitely agree, especially re. the Thomas family. Kristy’s Portrait Collection tries hard, but it’s not the same as Kristy’s Great Idea.

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Laura @ hungryandfrozen said, April 24th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

I think this is a good book overall. It *is* kind of strange reading the fledgeling books in the series when everything was still developing. I can definitely relate to you though – as a kid the “idea” of reading BSC books was so exciting! I always was particularly excited to read about boyfriend-related ones lol because it sounded so grownup.

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Ashley said, April 26th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

I have such a hard time reading this book because it reminds me of a 153-page chapter two.

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aaaames said, April 26th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I reread the book recently and was really bowled over by how it was a pretty solid book. Obviously this was when AMM was writing all the books, and it shows. I love the stuff with Kristy’s family, and her being an immature brat AND GETTING CALLED OUT ON IT. Oh man!

Have you read the graphic novel adaptation? LOVE IT.

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Amanda said, December 28th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Kristy is so smart in this book!! (and in a lot of others)

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Dominique said, April 25th, 2009 at 2:52 am

Kristy brain must be a sponge. Well it doesn’t look like, but it works like it. Whoa.

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Dominique said, April 25th, 2009 at 2:53 am

Kristy’s brain must be a sponge. Well it doesn’t look like, but it works like it. Whoa.

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