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Boy-Crazy Stacey

(The Baby-Sitters Club #8)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  4,001 ratings  ·  165 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.
Paperback, 138 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Scholastic (first published 1987)
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Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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,
This is one of the first series I got into. They were so popular and I was hooked.
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
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.
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
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 ...more
I am on a quest to revisit my childhood reading favorites. When I was a child, I loved the Babysitters Club books. I devoured them. I read those, along with the Super Specials, Mysteries, Little Sister books, etc. In fact, I still have all of them to this day in paperback. They were such a big part of my love of reading, I could not part with them. So now that they have come out on Audiobook, I had to check them out. As it turns out, I am not too old to enjoy The Baby-sitters Club. It kind of ...more
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
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
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!
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.
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
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 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.....
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.
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
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 ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was about time to stroll back to the 80s & list a few loves (or, in this case, hates) on my new “Tweens of the 80s" shelf. I guess that’s an acceptable shelf title, even though I’m pretty sure the term “tween” didn’t exist in the 80s. I was trying to remember which Baby-Sitter’s Club books I read. While much of the cover artwork of my childhood books is burned into my brain, I realize that’s not the case with this series. It was definitely my least favorite. I didn’t connect ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this in an Ambien induced stupor. And I wasn't sad that I did, but it wasn't as good as I remembered it. Stacey and Mary Anne are going to Sea City with the Pikes, as mother's helpers. This means they are on the clock the entire time but get a free vacation. And Stacey is behaving like a you know what, because she's in "love" with a lifeguard who makes her get him sodas and sandwiches. Because he is actually paying attention to a 13 year old (which is creepy), he must therefore like ...more
Amara Tanith
I wasn't expecting that reading this as an adult would be such an uncomfortable experience. It's not as bad as the cover makes it seem (the boy is supposed to be eighteen, not 30+ like the man the cover artist for some reason chose to depict), but Stacey's naivety and immaturity, coupled with Scott's obvious manipulations, makes for a story that I genuinely can't tell if I'm more disturbed or amused (albeit in a bit of a black comedy sense) by.

Full review to come.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Blurgh. The worst one so far. Stacey is awful!
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was my favourite BSC book ever! I loved the beach setting (Jersey Shore sounded so glamorous to me in Australia) and Stacey's boy-craziness.
Shelby Summerville
The baby-sitters club is a collect of graphic novels about a group of friends who organize a babysitting service in their neighborhood, in this book, number nine in the series, most of the girls go away from vacation for the last two weeks of summer. Boy-Crazy Stacey is all about those adventures during those two weeks of summer. Kristy, a member of the baby-sitters club has just moved into her new step-fathers house, well mansion. Stacey and the other girls are hanging out before they all go ...more
Oh the fun of these old books. The nostalgia of it all. So here goes, first the nostalgia, writing postcards to keep in touch with your friends, also the fact that there were no cell phones and no one posting pictures to social media which didn't exist and kids went out to have fun, got bored being inside when it was raining, no tablets back then. They were truly good times. The memory I had from this book was the genius idea of mixing ketchup and mustard together and calling it orange sauce, ...more
Tiffany Spencer
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Boy-Crazy Stacey
PLOT: During a two week trip to Sea City as a mother's helper for a family of eight kids, Stacey (along with fellow BSC member Maryanne) discover sand, sea, and BOYS. Stacey falls in love instantly with a blond haired, blue-eyed, life-guard by the name of Scott, and Maryanne meets a mother's helper of her own by the name of Alex.

*KRISTY burst into tears first. Shouldn't this be MARY ANE? Kristy isn't at ALL a crier!
*Since WHEN do 13 y ears olds needle point?
*This book
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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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

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The Baby-Sitters Club (1 - 10 of 131 books)
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“Here we are,” said Mallory, running up to me, pulling Margo along. “Oh, thank goodness.” Mary Anne and I counted the Pikes about five times before we were satisfied that they were all safe and sound. “I want to see the shark!” cried Nicky, jumping up and down. So did I. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s walk down the beach, away from this crowd.” Mary Anne and the other kids followed us. When we had a little space, we held our hands to our eyes, blocking the glare of the sun, and stared out to sea. “I think I see something!” exclaimed Byron. “Where?” we all asked. He pointed. “See? Sort of over to the left?” I could make out a faraway shape, but it looked like a seagull bobbing on the waves. Later, Adam swore he could see five fins circling around, but nobody else saw them. At last we gave up. We walked back to the lifeguard stand. The crowd was dispersing. Scott and Bruce were back on duty. I saw a good opportunity to ask Scott a question. “Hi,” I said to him, leaning against the base of the stand and squinting up. “Hi, love.” Love! Scott had called me love! Of course, he meant his love. When I recovered, I managed to say, “So were there really sharks?” “It looked that way. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.” “I’ll say.” Scott wiped his brow. “It’s going to be a hot one.” “So you want a soda or something?” I asked eagerly. “You” 0 likes
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