the best friends you’ll never have

I have a confession to make. Despite the fact that it is universally mocked for being a terrible, terrible book, I really like Mallory Pike, #1 Fan. Yes, it is quite strange how someone who writes stories about sneaker-wearing field mice would suddenly believe that only real-life experience begets good fiction, but still, I like this book a lot.

I like reading about Mallory’s internship with Henrietta Hayes, even though she messes it up. There was a thread on the BSC livejournal recently which posed the question whether #1 Fan was a response to all of the BSC fans’ questions. I.e., why do I keep on receiving form letters, how much of your own life is in the BSC, etc. Which is an interesting proposition, although it kind of promotes the idea that if you’re a fan of the BSC, you can just show up at Ann’s house and she’ll hire you for a job as a personal assistant, even if you’re, um, eleven years old. I do believe that Ann was still living in New York City at the time, and it’d be a bit more difficult in a doorman building to actually reach Ann’s apartment door than just simply riding your bike up to the front door, like Mallory does.

One thing I find slightly annoying is the Kids Can Do Anything Club. I don’t like do-gooding children all that much. The play is hilarious though, especially how Mallory was just so… thick when she was writing it. Ranessa? Delaware? Um, ok Mallory.

I also like how the BSC formula–Kids make anything better!–is not bought by Mallory’s teacher. Although I’m not sure that Mallory’s teacher is reasonable in his rejection of her proposal; it seemed at least as legit, if not more, as Jessi’s plan to type up the plots of some ballets and interview Mme Noelle. Oh well, plot device!

Do you think this book sucks, or do you actually enjoy it, like I do?

I received Best Friends today, so that’s what I’m reading now and what my next blog post will be about. But if you want to read along with my Stoneybrookite Book Club, the next BSC book I will write about is Logan Likes Mary Anne!.

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sarish said, May 2nd, 2008 at 11:22 am

I really liked this book too greer! Mallory was one of my favorites as a child (probably because I wanted to be an author) and I thought this was one of her better books.

corduroy said, May 2nd, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I really want to read this book. yeah, the play seems dumb but to me it’s realistic…when I was Mallory’s age I used to make up songs about my sister. they weren’t very good or clever, either.

Rhiannon said, May 8th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

This was the first book I ever owned, so it holds a great deal of sentimental value for me.

And I know how it is to have you visions of reality shattered when one realizes “Its not real.” I’m 25 and I was still devistated to learn that Teddy Laurence never existed and was only a figment of LMA’s imagination. I should have known, no man is that amazingly hot and awesome in real life *sigh*.

But my point is, Mallory is only 11 and I think some readers forget that as she (like the whole club) are written so they seem older. Her stories were about mice and evil snakes trying to eat them. Talking mice are fiction, but its not a suprise for her to believe that good stories must be based on truth, how can one write of complete happiness or passion if they never felt it?

Can I kiss you for liking this book to and justifying my loyality?

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