Dawn gets a big shock on Tuesday. I imagined that someone ran up behind Dawn and literally shocked her. Claudia invites everyone over to her house to eat ice cream. Mrs. Kishi has made applesauce without sugar so Stacey will be accommodated. Claudia invites Dawn, but Dawn doesn’t eat ice cream only frozen yogurt. She tries to find out a way to refuse without sounding rude. It’s a little late to be worrying about that, Dawn. You always go on about how you’re so superior because of your diet so it’s a little late to think that you may come off as rude. Now I’m just imagining Dawn thinking to herself, “Maybe I annoy people by always preaching about how they should eat and saying they suck because they have eating habits that I don’t. Maybe I should just let them eat what they want and mind my own business. But if I don’t draw attention to my eating habits, how is everyone going to know I’m an individual?”
Claudia just said that there was an alternative to ice cream. I’m sure no one would mind if Dawn had some applesauce as well. Although seeing the word applesauce makes me want to throw a rotten apple at Dawn. But in all honesty, I’m quite sure there will be something to accommodate Dawn. Claudia’s always been pretty good about being accommodating to her friends. I mean, Dawn will just shove whatever she likes at you and expect you to like it, but Claudia’s polite enough to have snacks that her guests can eat. Besides, the Kishis don’t approve of Claudia’s junk food consumption, so I’m quite sure there would be something around the house for Dawn to eat.
Travis comes to Dawn’s school. I feel this could be a scene in a book about stalking. But I think there’s a trope called stalking is love, so I’m pretty sure that the love interest turning up at the girl’s workplace, house, school, etc. is considered romantic. Are Travis’s actions supposed to be romantic or creepy? Dawn blanks out for a second before Stacey tells her to go to the car. Dawn wonders what’s wrong with her. A really hot guy is offering her a ride- why is she just standing there? Maybe because you barely know the guy and some people would find it unsettling to have a guy they barely know show up at their school? Maybe because you aren’t sure if Travis is a good driver? I’d be kind of nervous about driving with someone I didn’t know very well. I don’t know if they like to speed or don’t pay attention or take stupid risks. Stacey shoves Dawn with her notebook to get her to move. I get the feeling that Stacey is one of those girls that says, “Why are you afraid that this guy you don’t know is showing up wherever you are and giving you expensive presents? He’s hot! Being hot automatically makes you a good person.” Or maybe Stacey will be willing to overlook a guy’s flaws if he’s hot and rich.
Travis invites Dawn to go shopping with him. Dawn wants to call her mom, but she doesn’t want Travis to think she’s a baby. I was raised in a household where we told our parents where we were going and what time we would likely be back. My friends had more lenient parents, so they could just walk around at the wee hours of the morning and do whatever they wanted without checking in with their parents. My mom can’t understand that. I wouldn’t want my kid going out with some guy I don’t know and she’s only spoken to twice without telling me. Dawn decides that Mary Anne can tell their parents were she is. I highly doubt their parents will take the news that Dawn is out with a boy they don’t know very well. I’m pretty sure Richard would have a heart attack.
Travis and Dawn go to a sporting goods store. Dawn mentions that she’s been sailing lots of times but doesn’t know much about serious boating equipment. I feel like reading BSC Island Adventure to see if that’s mentioned again. Travis picks out what he needs and Dawn goes towards the car. Travis stops her by grabbing her elbow and steering her towards the Burger Bite. This annoys me. I’ve never felt that the elbow was the most comfortable place to be grabbed. I’d rather the guy just grabbed my shoulder or hand or said to wait. I also wouldn’t appreciate him steering me someplace when he could have just told me where he wanted me to go.
Dawn is surprised that Travis wants to go to Burger Bite because he said he liked health food. Just because you liked health food doesn’t mean you can’t have junk food once in a while. Besides, maybe the Burger Bite has a healthy version of a burger. I wonder if Dawn’s hungry. I don’t remember it being mentioned early on. I wouldn’t want to eat a burger if I wasn’t hungry. I could probably get something to drink at the very least if I was waiting for someone else to eat. Now I’m wondering what would have happened if Dawn had told Travis that she’s not hungry. I’m pretty sure that he would have forced her to eat because he’s shaping up to be a controlling jerk. I’m pretty sure Travis also would have taken the time to boast about how much he knows about health and what a growing girl should be eating.
Travis doesn’t let Dawn see the menu because he comes in Burger Bite all the time and knows what’s good. Yes, but just because Travis thinks likes certain food doesn’t mean that Dawn will like those foods. I like spicy foods but my brother doesn’t, so I’m not going to recommend he try a spicy dish. I have no problem with someone recommending a dish at a restaurant, but I would prefer to decide for myself. Besides, I like reading the descriptions on the menu. My mom doesn’t really try new things when it comes to food, so going out to eat is basically my only chance to try new things. That’s why I like to take my time and read the menu. Dawn wants to tell Travis that she wants to order for herself, but she doesn’t. Why? I could understand if Dawn had a hard time being assertive, but she’s always hailed as a passionate individual that always stands up for her beliefs, so this is out of character. Maybe this book could have explored that sometimes Dawn has a hard time standing up for herself and she can be taken in by the charms of a hot guy, but felt insecure about it because everyone expects her to be such an individual so she didn’t want to admit it.
Dawn wonders if she should mention that she doesn’t eat meat. I think that is something you should mention. Not eating meat is very important to Dawn. Now I’m wondering if she would have mentioned that she didn’t eat meat on any of her other dates. Luckily Travis orders a grilled cheese sandwich for Dawn. What would she have done if Travis had ordered her a burger? Actually, Burger Bite sounds like it’s primarily a burger restaurant, so I don’t know how many things Dawn could have ordered there if she didn’t eat meat. Maybe they have salads or vegetarian options. Would Dawn have eaten a burger if that’s what Travis had ordered? Would she make an excuse not to eat?
Travis asks what’s going on with Dawn. Dawn is still too tongue-tied to say anything. Even if she wasn’t tongue-tied, I’m quite sure Travis would have interrupted her before she finished the first sentence so he could talk about himself. Travis goes on and on about how great he is. I find it hilarious that Travis is doing nothing but bragging about himself when the BSC would do the exact same thing. If I had to sit through this bullshit I would seriously consider faking an allergic reaction or food poisoning or asking the waitress to slip something into my food so I could leave. By the time the sandwiches arrive Travis is talking about football. He’s using the utensils on the table to demonstrate some sort of play. I just beat the Elite Four yesterday, so I would have demonstrated how I defeated my rival. My rival sent out Arcanine as his last Pokemon and I had Blastoise. Here’s how it went down. Poseidon used Surf! Then I would spill my drink of water to represent that move. It’s super effective! Arcanine fainted! Then I’d knock over the ketchup bottle because it’s red and red can represent fire. Player defeated Champion Fuckwad!
Travis brags about himself some more. I’d be wondering, “Can this guy go five minutes without bragging about himself? Do I have to pay him to shut up?” After they eat they go to the Merry-Go-Round. I guess it’s a store. I thought it was a carousel when I first read that. I wonder how long it would take for Margo to puke on a carousel or a Merry-Go-Round. I never liked those as a child because I had motion sickness. I also hated swings for the same reason. I loved monkey bars but my brother hates them because he had a nasty fall when he was playing on them
Travis shows Dawn some earrings he thinks will look great on her. Dawn says that she’ll wear them under the stars and she means she’ll wear them under her earrings. I think “I’ll wear them under the stars” sounds like a vow someone would say to their lover when the lover is going off to war or something. Travis says no and to wear them up higher. Then he tells her to get another hole punched in her ear. Why do you care if Dawn wears the earrings up higher? And it’s really creepy to tell someone you barely know to get another piercing so they can wear the earrings you picked out for them.
Travis says that all the girls in California wear earrings that way. Yes, but Dawn is an individual, so she might not follow the trends. Dawn is still hesitant and Travis is still trying to convince her. He says she can get her ears pierced right now. Dawn’s thirteen. Does she need a parent present or proof of a parent’s permission? They leave and Travis is a little annoyed at Dawn. Why does he care so much about Dawn getting her ears pierced? All he’s ever done since he’s met Dawn is talk about how awesome he is or tell Dawn how she should dress. Does Travis have a dead girlfriend or something? Did he kill his girlfriend in a fit of rage because she stood up to his controlling ass and now he’s trying to find a girl to replace her? That would make some sense. I’m going to be disappointed when there’s no reveal that Travis killed his girlfriend and is trying to force another girl to replace her.
Dawn thanks Travis for the earrings and Travis says he’s glad she likes them. Then he squeezes Dawn’s arm. I read that as an abusive gesture- you know a warning for Dawn to keep quiet and know her place. I think I read that abusers give their victims gifts sometimes. Dawn goes home and sees that her parents are home early. They aren’t very happy. Mary Anne ratted Dawn out and her parents want answers. Dawn says that there’s nothing to do but tell the truth. You could always try lying, but I think that would get you in even more trouble.
Dawn tells her parents that Travis is sixteen and can drive. They’re upset that she went out with a boy they don’t know and didn’t tell them. Dawn tries to smooth things over, but Sharon isn’t having it. I love how the book mentions that she puts down the knife she was using. Is Sharon afraid she was going to accidentally stab Dawn in a fit of rage?
Mary Anne comes in, sees Dawn is in trouble, and eavesdrops while pretending to feed Tigger. I get the feeling Mary Anne secretly likes to watch people get in trouble. If she’s so sensitive I don’t know why she’d want to hang around and watch her best friend get yelled at. Sharon and Richard tell Dawn that they’re disappointed in her and that she showed poor judgment. I’m thinking about stories where the girl goes off with a guy and gets raped and murdered now. Richard wants to know what Travis and Dawn have in common. They have lots of things in common. They’re from California, they like health food and long walks on the beach, and bragging about themselves. Dawn mentions that Travis is impulsive and does things on the spur off the moment. I can’t really see that getting the parental stamp of approval. Dawn tells her parents about the presents and Sharon thinks it’s sketchy. Sharon is willing to give Travis a chance and Richard isn’t.
Dawn realizes Sharon and Richard and going to argue about this for a while, so she goes to confront Mary Anne. Mary Anne says she had to tell their parents the truth and that Dawn never said it was a secret. Dawn can tell Mary Anne is about to start crying so she lets it go. I swear Mary Anne waits for someone to leave the room, smirk and say, “Works every time.” Travis isn’t mentioned at dinner.
Kristy babysat for her siblings which means that they had to play whatever Karen wanted and they all kissed her ass for having such a great imagination even though I’ve seen more imagination in a flobberworm. They played going camping. It’s easy because it just requires a bunch of imagination and a sunny day. My brother and I built forts indoors all the time. I don’t think building tents and forts screams epic imagination. It seems to be a common enough childhood game.
Kristy likes to give lots of details about her babysitting jobs so she can brag about how awesome she is. I wish she would go on Facebook and try that so someone could be like, “No one cares.” I would write snarky comments all over the notebook if I joined the BSC. Karen likes any game that involves pretending. I thought Karen liked any game that involved people kissing her ass.
They set up the tent and Karen says not to go in because they have to check for bears. In that case, I volunteer Karen to go first. And Karen went in and was mauled by a bear. There was much rejoicing. Emily gets scared, so Kristy assures her that it’s just pretend. She doesn’t want to squelch Karen’s imagination, but she doesn’t want Emily to be frightened. First of all, I’m sure Karen has already terrified everyone with her stories of Morbidda Destiny and Ben Brewer. I wonder if the BSC takes a lax stance on Karen spreading stories about Mrs. Porter because it would ruin Karen’s imagination. Now I’m imagining Karen becoming a witch hunter and trying to push Mrs. Porter into a pool to see if she floats or any other idiotic test to see if she’s a witch. The BSC will just shake their head and go, “That Karen has such an imagination.” Then Mrs. Porter will get sick of all the bullshit and sue Watson.
Karen volunteers to go first. She tells them to call the Mountain Rangers if she’s not back in a few minutes. I would have left, but I don’t know if dealing with Karen’s tantrum because we aren’t playing her way would be worth it. The kids start getting into the game and Kristy can’t wait to tell the BSC about it. Yes, I’m sure the BSC will be riveted to hear about how your siblings played camping. I’m not being sarcastic. The BSC is pathetic.
When I was reading this earlier I got bored and started to skim this chapter. Then I wondered why the hell I was reading a chapter about Karen. Unless a chapter involves Karen getting her comeuppance or someone calling her out on her brattiness, I don’t care.
Myriah and the Hobarts are rehearsing the play. That brat Zack comes and makes fun of James because he writes plays and hangs out with girls. Those things aren’t manly. He should be out playing sports and hanging out with boys. Then Zack tells James that kids think that he’s weird and he can’t blame them because he doesn’t talk properly and he hangs out with girls instead of guys. James sure as hell can blame them. It’s not his fault he has an accent. It’s no one’s business if James likes to hang out with girls instead of guys. It’s not James’s job to change himself to satisfy a bunch of stupid jerks. Zack tells James that he can make him popular. All James has to do is start talking like a real American, play football, and do other stereotypical stuff.
I want to slap Dawn because of her attitude towards James. She says she’s disappointed in James for letting Zack talk to him like that. Until Dawn said that, I’d forgotten that she was babysitting. Why didn’t Dawn step in and tell Zack to stop being a jerk? Why didn’t she tell James that he didn’t need to change himself and the other kids were jerks for teasing him? Why didn’t she do something? Being the new kid is hard. Sometimes kids just want to fit in. Just because Dawn immediately made friends when she moved doesn’t mean everyone has it that easy. I also know this situation is supposed to mirror the situation with Travis. I wonder if the BSC are capable of learning important lessons if there’s not a similar situation going on with their charges
Kristy drops a bomb at the next BSC meeting. Jessi has mentioned Jackie, so now everyone is telling stories about Jackie’s accidents. So the BSC is either laughing at Jackie for being a klutz or whining about it. Kristy tells a story about how she took Jackie to the pool and there was this fantastic –looking girl there. I love how Kristy emphasizes that this girl is fantastic looking. Kristy mentions that Travis is dating the girl and he’s crazy about her. Dawn is upset but doesn’t say anything. I’m pretty sure Kristy would have waved it off because they have more important things to talk about. Kristy hasn’t told anyone about the time Jackie ran into a glass door by mistake.
Dawn goes home and tries to figure out what’s going on. Maybe Kristy meant another Travis? I don’t know how common the name Travis is. Maybe Kristy was mistaken? But Kristy seemed positive. Maybe Travis wanted to get on the swim team and decided to date the captain. Yeah, I can kind of see that happening in a non BSC world. But Travis is a great athlete so why would he need to date the captain? Maybe he’s a shitty swimmer? Dawn can’t think of any explanation.
I can. Maybe that girl is his partner in crime and they’re going to kidnap you pretty soon and force you to live out their twisted G-rated fantasy. Dawn asks Mary Anne what she thinks about Travis and the lifeguard. Mary Anne doesn’t care and asks Dawn if it bothers her. Well, let’s see. Mary Anne knows Dawn has a crush on Travis. Travis has been giving Dawn presents and dropping by to see her. He has not once mentioned a girlfriend. So I think hearing that the guy you liked and that you thought liked you back might upset a person.
Dawn says it bothered her and Mary Anne sighed and wishes Kristy would have kept her mouth shut. Dawn wonders why Travis is taking someone else out when he supposedly likes her and why he’s paying attention to her if he has a girlfriend in the first place. That is a legitimate question. Why are you going out of your way to give a girl you barely know presents and spend time with her when you have a girlfriend? Is Travis grooming Dawn? Mary Anne doesn’t seem to care and says Travis can take out whoever he wants. He and Dawn weren’t going steady. I’m surprised Mary Anne didn’t add, “Like me and Logan,” and then talk about how great Logan is.” I don’t see why Mary Anne can’t cotton on to the fact that Dawn liked Travis and thought he liked her, so the news that she has a girlfriend is upsetting. Maybe Mary Anne is only sensitive or empathetic if she can hijack something. She won’t be empathetic to Dawn because she’s not having boyfriend problems right now, but if she and Logan were having trouble she’d be all, “I know how you feel. Logan has been so distant lately.”
Dawn decides to stalk Travis to get answers. Stalking is the answer for everything. She gets her opportunity a few days later. A teacher let the class out ten minutes early. I don’t remember any of my middle school teachers letting class out early. Dawn goes to SHS to stalk Travis. She sees him. He looks great in a pair of jeans. In my headcanon Dawn is checking out Travis’s ass. Travis is also with this really hot redhead. Luckily Travis doesn’t have his car, so it’ll be easier for Dawn to follow them.