The Summer Before, by Ann M. Martin

Hey, remember a while back when I was all excited about the return of the BSC? Yep, still excited. So excited, in fact, that I read this prequel to the series, which introduces our intrepid babysitting foursome as they prepare to start the seventh grade.

The story covers Kristy’s birthday and her wish that her deadbeat dad will show up, Mary Anne’s first adventure in babysitting, Claudia’s first sort-of-boyfriend and the beginning of her estrangement from Mary Anne and Kristy, and Stacey’s crappy New York friends and move to Connecticut.

It’s about that fast-paced, too… I admit that I haven’t read a BSC book in more than 10 years so they probably all are. But if I recall correctly, there was usually at least an overarching storyline to the books — this one is more vignette-y and thus a little harder to follow.

All in all, this is not the BSC book to start with. This is a book for BSC fans who want just one more story with their favorite kids. 🙂

Rating: 7/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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