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Mary Anne and the Great Romance

(The Baby-Sitters Club #30)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 ratings  ·  47 reviews
At long last, Dawn's mother and Mary Anne's father have decided to get married!
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1990)
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richard asks mary anne if she wants to invite dawn over for dinner one night. mary anne agrees. when dawn arrives, richard asks the girls to help him plan a surprise birthday dinner at chez maurice for dawn's mother. they arrange for flowers, balloons, a special cake (i thought the schafers didn't eat sugar?), etc. mary anne & dawn are excited are the special evening, but mary anne is a little confused about richard's motives. sharon is only turning 43. mary anne doesn't know why he doesn't ...more
I'm still working on my goal to read all the BSC books in order but I realized on Friday that I hadn't read any so far this year. This one centers around my favorite characters--Mary Anne and Dawn, and my favorite plot point--their parents getting married so they're ~step-sisters~. So far this book wins for the most uses of the word "furthermore" in any BSC book.
It’s finally happening! Mary Anne’s dad and Dawns mother are getting married! Mary Anne can’t believe her luck, she is getting a new mother (her own mother died when she was very young) and new step siblings! The only problem is ... all the issues that come with blending two families together. Who’s house will they live in? What will they call their new stepparents? Dawns mon doesn’t like cats but Mary Anne has Tigger , her kitten. While thinking on those issue there is also an issue with two of ...more
this is my first time reading this book

also, this is the first book that came out in the 1990s!

the main plot is that sharon schafer and richard spier decide to get married. they want to have a small wedding, and the spiers will be moving into the schafer's house, which upsets mary anne. the subplot is that the arnold twins who we thought were getting along after the resolution in Mallory and the Trouble With Twins are fighting nonstop. mary anne suggests that they stop sharing a bedroom, and tha
The titles to these kept annoying me because I was not in any way into romance when I was a kid, but I was relieved to find that this was not about another boy-crazy adventure. It was about Mary Anne and Dawn's parents getting married to each other, which will make them stepsisters.

This was pretty cool to me because by book 30 (plus a few Super Specials) we'd really gotten to know these girls and watched their club become sort of like its own sisterhood, so actually seeing two of the girls get t
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I was writing an article earlier this year about Claudia from the Babysitters club being my first ever fashion icon. (100% true to this very day.) So I read a whole bunch of these books again - yeah, I still own loads of them - and I like to read them when I'm on one of my nostalgia trips so be prepard for them to pop up every now and again.

This one is not the best Babysitter's Club book, by a long stretch, but then again: it IS centered on Mary Anne aka pre-teen fiction's queen of soppy. And b
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I really loved how many of Ann M Martin's books talked about different types of families.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc, own, 2019, reread
My kneejerk reaction was to say that this isn't one of my fave BSC books (too much crabbiness - Marilyn & Carolyn, Mary Anne...) BUT the more I think about it, the more I enjoyed it. It's a need-to-read, because Mary Anne and Dawn become step-sisters! (Fulfilling every teen girl's dream to have their bff become their sibling.) So I love it for that reason, because it adds a new layer to the BSC. (Also, I might have teared up at Mary Anne's letter to Kristy. MA and Dawn becoming step-sisters ...more
3.5 Stars
Logan Hughes
Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom announce they are getting married.

Mary Anne and Dawn immediately begin planning an elaborate ceremony, but Richard and Sharon disappoint them by wanting to keep it simple. Mary Anne’s excitement gives way to impotent rage when she is the last to find out that she and her father will be moving into the Schafer farmhouse; she doesn’t want to leave Bradford Court, and she’s worried that Sharon won’t be nice to her cat. Things end on an up note with some reassurances a
Kristie (fabk)
Classic BSC! Oh man, the writing, the story, everything just brought me back to the good ol' days! In this book Mary Anne and Dawn's parents announce they are getting married. This is awesome, but trouble is brewing between the soon to be step sisters. I only wish I had the next book to read right away because of the cliff hanger...who will catch the bouquet? Will it be Mary Anne or Dawn?!?
Amber Hennessey
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still love these books..
Mary Anne's father and Dawn's (possibly unstable) mother tie the knot, and Mary Anne and Dawn freak out because their parents (very sensibly) don't want a lavish wedding. There is a lot of foreshadowing of what's to come in the next book, Dawn's Wicked Stepsister. (Which was the very first BSC book I ever read!) I read this when I was eight.

Things I remember from reading this a kid:
I remember the surprise party that Mary Anne's father throws Dawn's mother, and the ring he gives her by putting it
I rescued my copy of this from a library book sale. It's one of those ridiculously huge hardback library copies we all checked out back in 1991. Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. You know.


Anyway, this was some shit right here. First of all, Mary Anne can be hella catty for no real reason. She has a few little minor hissy fits in this book, and there's so much foreshadowing of what comes in book 31 it's insane. Richard and Sharon let Dawn and Mary Anne know that they a
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this I have come to the conclusion that I am, in fact, the kind of person Mary Anne would grow up to be. Including missing my cat whenever she’s not around, which is a thing Mary Anne admits to feeling in this book. I don’t think I read this one as a kid, and so I came at it with fresh eyes. It was still pretty good. I don’t think I appreciated as a kid the different kinds of families that the BSC had, and the emotional nuances of all of their situations feel very real. Good job, A ...more
This is the first (and I'm pretty sure only) BSC book to end in a cliffhanger. Who will catch the bouquet?!? Ha.

Also, I love that neither Dawn nor Mary Anne realize sharing a room is a bad idea even after we are hit over the head with that plot via the Arnold twins.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I always found the backstory of Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom to be one of the sweeter things of this series.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up at a book sale and decided to read it for nostalgia sake. Loved these books growing up
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The nostalgia!
Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom marry. The Arnold twins are fighting. That is basically the plot in this read. I think "great romance" is exaggerated.
Julie Decker
Mary Anne's conservative dad and Dawn's hippie mom are getting married. So what does that make Mary Anne and Dawn? That's right! Stepsisters! Now, they're thrilled over the novelty of being actually related, but neither of them is used to sharing their space, and it turns out they'll have to share a room. Will they start regarding each other as wicked stepsisters before long? The girls also help their twin babysitting charges sort out their own issues of living in the same bedroom. Sisterhood ca ...more
Edward Creter
The BSC is about to get something special...Dawn's mom and Mary Anne's once strict dad are getting hitched. There's just one caveat: Mary Anne has to move in with Dawn, whose mom does not like cats, even Kitty pet Tigger, Mary Anne's cat. The complications get worse when one (or two) of the BSC clan have to settle yet another dispute with Carolyn and Marilyn, twin sisters who are newly independent and now want seperation rights. (Wonder who'sthe good twin or the evil twin? Details details...) Th ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bsc
When MA and Dawn are surprised by their parents' engagement, they immediately go overboard with wedding plans and become the Super StepSisters in training. They're pretty disappointed when the adults squash their big fat Stoneybrook wedding, but are happy again when they can invite the other BSCers. (Which adds up to more than all the other guests combined.) Everything is super-de-duper awesomesauce...or is it?full review here!
Mary Alex
I'm giving this story three stars just for the wedding part and that the book is about Mary Anne. Mainly this book is sad because Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother are getting married and Mary Anne and Richard will have to move to the Harridan's house (aka Dawn and her mother's house and leave the house Mary Anne had grown up in behind.

After reading this book and skimmed through Dawn's Wicked Stepsister and subsequent books, I got to say that Mary Anne and Dawn make better best friends than
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children until 12 years old
Reread done.
This was the series that got me reading when I was 9 years old. So I thought I'll reread it to see how it was now.
So rating was really hard for me... When I read the series for the first time, I would have said 5-6 stars (even though there are only 5), but now the series is just a little too childish for me, the sentences too simple, not poetic enough somehow. So now:
3,5 stars.
Nina Liu
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting how a best friends can be family. And how that is fate that how the BSC had a fight, the Mary Anne met Dawn and become friends, figure out that their parent had date before in high school, now dating again, and decide to get married.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, bsc
Kind of blah - definitely not one of my favourites! I just didn't care about the parents so the whole omg it's so romantic aspect of high-school sweethearts Richard and Sharon kind of sent me to sleep.
Amy Holcomb
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Baby-sitters Club series was my favorite growing up! :)
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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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