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Boy-Crazy Stacey

(The Baby-Sitters Club #8)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  4,528 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Spending two weeks at the New Jersey shore as mother's helpers, Mary Anne objects when Stacey neglects her babysitting duties after falling in love with Scott the lifeguard. ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Scholastic (first published 1987)
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Robin
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Yikes.

I was obsessed with this book as a kid- when I read it I had never seen a real beach, much less visited the East Coast, so I romanticized the shit out of Sea City, the fictional Jersey Shore town that Stacey, Mary Anne, and the Pikes visit. I loved the mini golf and the corny themed burger restaurant and all the shit covered with shells in the gift shops and the candy store and the Tunnel Of Luuuuv. Plus there was the whole "Stacey's in L-U-V with a lifeguard!" thing, which I got totally w
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Erin
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Screech...that's the sound of my journey down Nostalgia Row hitting a big ole wall in my re-reads of the BSC. The Pikes are heading to the beach and Mary Anne and Stacey are the two lucky babysitters. Since Stacey had expressed in both Claudia and her previous narratives that she wanted to get to know Mary Anne better. Their friendship didn't live up to expectations. Instead, Stacey is too busy ogling the college aged lifeguard while Mary Anne juggles eight Pike children on her own. Stacey is st ...more
Emily
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I enjoyed this book, and my reintroduction to the Baby-Sitters Club, so much! Within two weeks, Stacey meets her first love, loses him, finds her new love, has her first kiss, and then has to leave him in Sea City. She does this all while (theoretically) watching eight children. Your favorite author WISHES they could plot this tightly!!

Some thoughts:

- The fact that the Pike family has eight children and no rules is horrifying. ("We don't believe in rules." Me: 🤯)

- The Pike parents have hit the
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Tina
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a middle grade book, and this is the 8th book in the Baby-Sitters Club series. I loved the baby sitters club books as a kid, so I decided to reread them. I have to say this one has never been my favorite one. Mary Ann is my favorite character in these books. I do like how Mary Ann and Stacey gets to know each other a little bit better in this book. Now as an adult I have grow to love the Stacey character because of all the medical stuff she has to deal with. (*)
Ciara
here we have round one of stacey getting a crush on an inappropriately older man. seriously, does she have daddy issues or what? her parents weren't even divorced yet in this one? stacey is thirteen here, working as a mother's helper for the pike family while they vacation for two weeks at a beach house on the jersey shore. the object of her affections is scott, an 18-year-old lifeguard who calls her "babe" & "honey" & asks her to fetch him sodas & sandwiches. he even gives her his whistle one d ...more
Scott
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stacey and the Chad

What constitutes "boy-crazy" in Ann Martin's mind is what you or I would call totally mundane (certainly neuro-typical) teenage feelings. Stacey is "boy-crazy" because she has a one-sided crush on a boy who innocently(?) leads her on, and she pursues that crush to the point of occasionally shirking her responsibilities.

Oh please. Call me when Stacey is lying prone in a swing in a murky bathhouse darkroom navigating her abandonment issues through desperate, aggressive donat
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Shira
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND HAVE READ IT AT LEAST FIFTY TIMES. okay, let's get started with what is sure to be a really long review.

stacey and mary anne are hired by the pike family to be mother's helpers (in a classic ann m martin subtle feminist moment, stacey notes that she thinks it's weird they're called mother's helpers when they're helping mr. pike just as much) on their annual two week trip to the fictional sea city, new jersey (based, according to martin, on a combination of wildwood,
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Mel
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a struggle, and is absolutely why I need to stop re-reading my childhood favourite books as an adult.

I read this book AT LEAST 50 times when I was a kid, I loved it. I was obsessed with it. And I am glad that my child self had a book that she loved this much, because Mel as an adult did not love this book.

I realize I am not the target audience for this book by any shot, but I don't actually like the messages in this book for the target audience. Stacey falls in "love" with every gu
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Calista
This is one of the first series I got into. They were so popular and I was hooked.
✨Jordan✨
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Stacy and Mary Ann are invited to go with the Pike Family on a 2 week vacation! To the Jersey Shore. With 8 kids to watch though will they be able to enjoy themselves? Of course! They both meet some cute boys, the shore is full of amazing shops and food, and of course there is the beach! I could have done less with all the boy craziness but I enjoyed watching Mary Ann and Stacy become closer and get to know one another better. Cute read.
Swankivy
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I think this was the first Baby-Sitters Club book I didn't really feel like reading because--let's face it--I wasn't into boys and I didn't like that books aimed at my demographic were always trying to push boys at me. (I think this is actually the reason I got into adult science fiction when I was like ten. I was tired of books that were written for my supposed reading level treating me like I would find boy-craziness really exciting. I did not.) But since I was of course a completist, I wanted ...more
Dawn
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
It being summer and oppressively hot, I needed a quick, fun read. (Yes, I realize I always feel obligated to justify reading a BSC book...) I remember Boy-Crazy Stacey being one of my favorite BSC books. Being rather boy-crazy myself at that age, I completely understood Stacey's position. Plus, the added bonus of the new setting of Sea City was doubly awesome. However, unfortunately, this book just doesn't hold as an adult. Stacey's craziness really seems literally crazy as she believes an 18-ye ...more
Katelyn
Highlights: the beach vacation, Mary Anne and Stacey bonding, and remembering that kids like to say "luv"

Lowlights: This was not Stacey's best look (and we all know Stacey is obsessed with how she looks). My mama bear came out while reading this, and I just want to throw a tuna sandwich at Scott for being a manipulative jerk. (Know your worth, Stace! Luv, K)
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Adele
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stacey is awful in this one, probably as awful as Claudia was in the last one, but unfortunately/fortunately (embarrassingly) I can relate to Stacey's awfulness much better. Also, reading about two of the baby-sitters staying at the beach being parents' helpers is much more fun for me than reading about a baby-sitter's grandmother having a stroke. I did wish I were reading the story of Mary Ann's two weeks from her perspective instead. ...more
Jenna
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This is probably my least favourite of the first eight books, and it’s all because of Stacey falling head over heels for an 18 year old boy who has no problem taking advantage of her. I know the books were written in the 80s, but something about this just never sits right with me.
Jennifer
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stacey and Mary-Anne are going with the Pike family to the New Jersey shore as mothers helpers. While there Stacey falls in love with the lifeguard on duty and it takes her awhile to realize that maybe things just aren’t right.
Individualfrog
My life-long struggle with unreliable narrators may have started with this book. As literary devices go, the Unreliable Narrator is one of my least favorite, not because I don't recognize the skill and artistry necessary to successfully pull them off, but because, invariably, I don't get it. When the narrator tells me something in a book, I believe them. I am terrible at reading between the lines. This may explain my disgust with The Catcher in the Rye; it certainly does explain why I got nothin ...more
Jenn
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc
Oh.Em.Gee. Would you look at that hunk on the cover?? He's so dreamy. So buff. So...eighteen?!?! Seriously? More like 28. Jeez. Anyway, that hugemongous discrepancy aside, I *love* this book. It's one of my favorites.

It's still summertime in Stoneybrook and the girls are all meeting at Kristy's McMansion for a last sleepover before they all split up for stuff. And right off the bat, we get a "What Stacey is Wearing"! Woo! "I...wanted to be cool since it felt like it was about 150 degrees outside
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Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
I know my younger self is probably cursing me out right now, but this book really made me dislike Stacey McGill. I say this because from the first book of hers I read, she was my favorite babysitter in this series. Ironically, this is far from the first time I've read this particular book. I suppose it is through my thirty year old eyes, I am finally able to see the flaws in this character I adored so much.

Taking place during the summer before their (never-ending) eight grade year, Stacey and Ma
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Logan Hughes
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babysitters-club
Beach time! Stacey has a crush on a lifeguard. Also, children.

Stacey and Mary Anne go to the Sea City ocean resort with the Pike family as mother’s helpers. Stacey falls in love with a hunky lifeguard, leaving most of the work of baby-sitting to Mary Anne.

We get eight books into a girl-centered series before crushes on boys is a central plotline! (Has this ever happened before? Will it ever happen again?) The lifeguard story is horrible and great, as Scott Foley (not to be confused with Scott Fo
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if ...more
Kat
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Li
Shelves: my-childhood
This was my favorite BSC book as a young, nerdy 9-year-old. Of course as an adult, the cover totally creeps me out, but this is what I though being a teenager would be like. Stacey was THE coolest.
Emma
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Guess what, I've described you as 'Boy-Crazy Stacey' many times. Yep, it's a Baby-Sitters Club reference, and it's perfect. Say hello to your friends! ...more
Cait Sherwood
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A festive Valentines read on this February 14th.

Stacey was in fact boy-crazy, which I only mention because sometimes the BSC titles are misleading. I’m glad there was no 20-year-old creepdawg trying to get with her. Maybe bc of the feature film I had that possibility in my mind.

I’m glad she found a boy her age to flirt with and go on a date, and I’m glad she was there to encourage Mary Anne to enjoy her own crush. I doubt Mary Anne would have gone out with Alex if Stacey hadn’t pushed for it.

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Cherish
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book The Baby-Sitters Club , Boy Crazy Stacey is about two babysitters . Stacey and Marry - Anne were the two babysitters out of the group who were chosen to go the Sea City New Jersey to help babysit a huge family of kids . While there , Stacy meets this life guard Scott who she thinks is really cute . After talking to him for awhile , She ends up really liking him . On the other Hand , Mary Anne feels like Stacy is ignoring her and not doing her job because of this lifeguard , so they end ...more
Kate ★
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't help but think how lucky Mary Anne and Stacey are for being with Pikes on their vacation. Looks like my fave girl Stacey got a bit carried away and spent a lot of time flirting with the lifeguard who was too old for her.

The golf course part was a bit hilarious. I just can imagine how impatient I would have got if the Pikes went before me and took that much time before moving on.

The ending with the double date was okay. Big step for Mary Anne!
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Linda Klinedinst
I really enjoyed this book....this is a really cute story - parts of it was funny - parts of it was sad. I don't want to say too much about this book cause it will spoil it for everyone.

I dearly love this Series...it is really good. I will continue reading this series and next up is Book #9. I will be reading this on my Overdrive through my local library.

Happy Reading.....
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Mandy
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The Pike children are like a form of birth control.

If Vanessa continued to rhyme or Claire said "silly billy goo goo" one more time I would of chucked this book across the room.

The storyline was OK. It actually brought back a lot of nostalgic feelings about my first crushes!
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Richelle
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Re-read this as an adult and it gave me nostalgia. This book series got my hooked on reading. It was a quick and easy read, but not as exciting as when I first read them.
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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