. . . it is [Fielding's] responsibility to convince us to suspend our disbelief,...more(My more detailed thoughts are posted on my blog. An excerpt follows.)
. . . it is [Fielding's] responsibility to convince us to suspend our disbelief, to cause us to come to like her heroine, to cause us to feel worried for Bridget’s sake; in my opinion, Fielding fails at these tasks quite prodigiously.
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If Bridget was not intended to be likeable, then certainly Fielding may be forgiven for not making her so, but that would still leave me in the situation of having read 320 pages about the trials and tribulations of a woman I don’t much like, whose problems do not much interest me. As an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary was worth reading, but I think I would not have read it otherwise, and I do not foresee myself reading it again for pleasure.(less)
The author was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of this book at his own expense. It took me some time to get around to reading it, but I did...moreThe author was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of this book at his own expense. It took me some time to get around to reading it, but I did complete it at last, and I am glad I did. Lucius the Club isn’t quite a mystery, although it might seem so to the titular character, and we, too, may be surprised by what he learns. I shall simply quote the back of the book: “Lucius the Club committed a murder – and forty years later he found out why.” It’s short, but entertaining; very much worth reading.(less)
This one is absolutely as gripping as any novel I've read. The ending wasn't completely satisfying, but that can easily be forgiven, since the book re...moreThis one is absolutely as gripping as any novel I've read. The ending wasn't completely satisfying, but that can easily be forgiven, since the book recounts true events, and life isn't always satisfying. This book is highly recommended.(less)
I read this for a class, and fortunately found it quite enjoyable. It started off a bit slow, but I enjoyed it more as it went along. I've also seen t...moreI read this for a class, and fortunately found it quite enjoyable. It started off a bit slow, but I enjoyed it more as it went along. I've also seen the excellent 1995 BBC television adaptation, which was quite faithful to the book.
I've still got some questions about the book. How accurate is Elizabeth's final impression of Darcy, really? Is she really likely to be happy? It's not a bad thing, though: books that leave us with questions are often better than books that tie everything up neatly.
Elizabeth is such a sympathetic and likeable character that one really wishes to see her come out ahead, and this helps to keep the book interesting through all of her troubles. Anyone that hasn't read this really ought to give it a shot.(less)
Stacey moved to Stoneybrook, Connecticut from New York City. Her friends in New York abandoned her when she discovered that she had diabetes, and unti...moreStacey moved to Stoneybrook, Connecticut from New York City. Her friends in New York abandoned her when she discovered that she had diabetes, and until she met Claudia, she didn't have any friends in Stoneybrook, either. But, she was invited to the Baby-Sitters Club, and now she's friends with Kristy and Mary Anne, too.
Life's settled into a pleasant pattern of baby-sitting and hanging out with her friends, when the members of the Baby-Sitters Club learn that a new group, the Baby-Sitters Agency, are moving in on their territory. On top of that, Stacey's parents want to take her to yet another doctor, hoping for a miracle cure to her diabetes, when all she wants is to go to school and stay with her friends. What's Stacey to do?
The Truth About Stacey is the third book in Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series. This time, the story is told from Stacey's point of view.
I like the story in this one very much--both major plotlines are well-done and have good messages. The Baby-Sitters Agency, in the persons of Liz and Michelle, provides a good 'villain' for the story, and when the members of the Baby-Sitters Club begin to suspect that their rivals may not be such responsible baby-sitters as they make themselves out to be, it provides a good lesson about what's really important: to be responsible and ethical, even in the face of a challenge. To beat their rivals not through trickery, but by being better baby-sitters.
The second plotline, with Stacey's parents dragging her about the country in search of a cure for diabetes is well done, too. As Dr. Graham points out at the end: "Stacey seems incredibly healthy . . . and that comes from one thing only: regulating the amount of insulin in her body." Seeking miracle cures for diseases is not productive, and I hope that children who read this book will grow up to be skeptical of such things. If everyone were as sensible as Stacey, the world would be a better (and healthier) place.
I must say, I really like the technique of writing each of these books from a different character's point of view. It both gives us insight into how the characters feel about themselves and one another, and prevents the repetition of the premise in each book from getting too stale. Rather than Kristy telling us three times that she had the great idea for the Baby-Sitters Club, we get to hear instead how the formation of the club affected each of the members. Very well done, indeed.
The Truth About Stacey is, like the other books in the series, a great middle grade book, with both excellent story and characterization, and I'd recommend it without reservation to anyone looking for middle grade fiction.
Also like the other books in the series, The Truth About Stacey is now available as an ebook for the Kindle, so ebook readers can join in the fun, too.