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Mary Anne's Makeover (The Baby-Sitters Club #60)

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When Mary Anne sees a picture of a haircut that she really likes, the Baby-sitters don't pay much attention to it. They like good old Mary Anne just the way she is.

But Mary Anne really wants to get the haircut. So she goes ahead and gets it - along with some new clothes and a little makeup. Mary Anne can't wait for her friends to see her.

What a mistake! The Baby-sitters ca

Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 2nd 1993 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published December 1992)
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Jun 17, 2016 Shira rated it really liked it
this is my first time reading this book!

in this tolerable mary anne book (I know, how could it be tolerable and be narrated by mary anne?) written by ghostwriter Peter Lerangis, mary anne gets what sounds like a louise brooks-style haircut. her dad takes her to the mall for the haircut and lets her buy some new makeup and new clothes too. the baby-sitters all hate her new look, mostly because dawn tells them to/they're the worst, and mary anne gets weirdly popular with the shallow crowd at schoo
Identity is a trap. We are all living under the weight of our own pasts, and the expectations that this has set in the minds of the people we know. I think Thomas Jefferson said something about rewriting all the laws every few years, so that the past should have no tyranny over the present; I would settle for some kind of periodic personal amnesty where we could change styles and pop-music tastes without comments from friends and loved ones. These days the past is more tyrannical than ever in ...more
Jun 09, 2012 sj rated it liked it
Oh, man. I'm kind of glad I stopped reading these before this one came out.

Long story short, Mary Anne decides she's tired of being the same old her, so she asks her dad to take her to get her hair cut. He does, and takes her shopping for new clothes and make up at the same time.

Of course, this is enough for ALL OF THE BSC MEMBERS to act like total snapebags toward her for most of the book.

Not because they're jealous, no. Because they're hurt that she didn't invite them along.

Jeez. When I was
Allison Floyd
OMG, the babysitters are such total b-words to Mary Anne in this book, and she ends up apologizing to them! All because she had the nerve to get a new look—after many derisive comments from the BSC that she wouldn't dare. And then when she does dare? More derision!

Oh, hell, no.

She does show more of a spine in this one, but damn if she isn't also simultaneously reverting to her old invertebrate ways.

If you aren't rooting for Mary Anne to get some real friends and for Dawn to choke on an alfalfa
Sarah B
Jun 10, 2011 Sarah B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Anne gets a make-over and her so-called "friends" treat her like crap because she didn't consult them. I pretty much hated everybody in this book except the Arnold twins.
Passive-aggressive douchery FTL.
Dec 04, 2010 Ciara rated it liked it
the book opens with mary anne babysitting for the arnold twins, & you can tell right away that it's a lerangis book, because when carolyn tries to communicate something up the stairs from the basement, it is written in phonetic gibberish. lerangis loves his allergy-speak & muffle-speak. carolyn is in the basement because she is building a time machine. this is our babysitting B-plot.

the A-plot gets going on the babysitters club meeting that afternoon, when mary anne pages through one of
Laura Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it it was ok
Shelves: babysitters-club
Mary Anne gets a haircut.
That is the plot of this book.

The BSC, for some reason, is 100% opposed to Mary Anne’s new look. Mary Anne is so upset by their disapproval that she cancels plans with them and stops going to meetings (she just can’t face them), opening her up to renewed BSC criticism that she is a slacker and ditches her girlfriends for her boyfriend. Finally they talk things out, of course. A subplot where Carolyn Arnold claims to be building a real time machine and goes so far as to t
May 01, 2013 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.

I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.

The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.

Awesome books that girls will love! And the
Dec 16, 2015 Heatherblakely rated it liked it
I never liked this one because a) I didn't like Mary Anne and b) I'm sure she looked awful with short hair and c) when I was a kid I hated when girls cut their hair at all (always into the femmes, even as a small child) (when Hannah from S Club 7 cut her hair, I was ENRAGED) and since I already disliked Mary Anne, this one threw me into all out hatred.

"Her friends weren't supportive of her haircut" WELL I'M SURE SHE LOOKED HORRIBLE
Oct 03, 2011 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, bsc
Mary Anne gets a haircut and a makeover and a new wardrobe and the other girls totally freak out and act all bitchy towards her and WTF, what happened to friends saying "you look great!" even when you don't?! Did they not get that memo? They act like it's the worst disaster ever that she's "changed"... wow. Loved the drama, though! (It's beside the point that I think Mary Anne's hair looks crap on the cover of this. I'm not one of her BFFs and if I was, I'd tell her she looks rad.)
Mary Anne gets an update from her braids and schoolgirl outfits to leggings and a short haircut. New and improved? Eh. But now she's getting more attention at school and Logan is jealous, and so is Dawn? For me the part that stands out most is when some hair falls in her eyes and she thinks a spider landed on her head.
May 10, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
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I must have skipped around in reading these.... what happened to BSC #26-59?
Aug 06, 2008 Rhiannon1220 rated it really liked it
This whole series is great for girls between 11-15 years old. I read every last one of them as I was growing up.
Never get a huge makeover and buy a lot of things if you are meaning it to be a surprise to all of your family and friends.
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