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Mary Anne and Miss Priss! Part 1! [Feb. 7th, 2017|10:01 pm]
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I'd never gotten this far in the series so, I had no idea what to expect from this book. You can imagine my horror to find out it's about child neglect. Again. Why does Ann always write such horrible parents?! I understand that the series focuses on the BSC so, the parents are really just stage dressing but she does this all the time. You could probably count the number of well adjusted families on one hand.It's like a weird storybook land where everything seems all sunshine lollipops on the outside but if you look deeper, everything's fucked. It's almost a talent. Almost. Well, let's go!

-Song of the Day!-


Lets start with the cover.


Mary Anne is looking pretty cute if a tad sloppy. I don't really see that as an outfit she'd wear. Jenny looks okay but very 80s. Which is weird as this book came out in '94. 'Too perfect to play? Jenny thinks so.' Lies! The problem with Jenny is she doesn't think she's perfect enough. So, of course with have the usual bullshit demonizing of the innocent. A true Ann classic!

Chapter 1!

Mary Anne is sitting at the Pikes with Mal and gives us the oh, so vital information on the kidlings hair and eye color. And just for us continuity police, Mallory's hair is reddish brown and her eyes are blue. Also she's the only one with curly hair so I gotta wonder if Pa Pike wonders about his paternity. They're outside looking for signs of spring and Mary Anne goes right into club exposition. This is book #73, I think the readers know about that by now. Mary Anne mentions that Dawn is in California and I weep grateful tears of joy that I won't have to read about her. She also mentions that Mal just got over mono and that her parents made her drop out of the club. But she still had to sit for her siblings because God only knows what would happen if the Pikes watched their own kids for a change. Also in this book, Logan is on the volleyball team even though he was on the baseball team in 'Dawn the Shit Stirrer'.

While Mal is bitching about that, the triplets come up all pissed because they're too old to be babysat. And I gotta say, if I was Ma and Pa Pike, I would agree. How come Mal had to have an unreasonable amount of responsibility pushed on her at a young age while all the other little apes get to have a childhood? Mal was watching her siblings by age 10, they can certainly look after themselves if she could. But they'll probably end up doing some impossible task like cleaning up a spill and come crying to Mal. They point out that Mallory is only a year older and has privileges and Mal points out her only privilege is sitting and their parents aren't even allowing that. Which is damned sad when you think about it. Ma and Pa come home then and Mary Anne needs to run to a BSC meeting. Mal tells her to tell everyone she misses them and Mary Anne says they all miss her too. I'm sure she, Jessi and maybe Claudia do but let's be honest, K Ron only misses having another servant who worships and fears her.

Chapter 2!

I've been reading too much Stephen King because I read 'Claudia Kishi's' as 'Crimson King's'. Anyways, Mary Anne gets to Claudia's which means I can skim the rest of the chapter only stopping to hate Ann for being a coward and pointing out that Claudia is skinny when she should be fat. The rest of the chapter is unremarkable with Mrs Prezzioso calling about needing a sitter for every weekday till Jenny is 18. Of course no one can make that schedule so the only one to make it is Mary Anne for every Monday/Wednesday/Thursday and then they'll fill in the others as they come. Mary Anne wonders what's up with that, yo and says she'll find out Monday.

Chapter 3!

Monday afternoon, Mary Anne arrives at the Prezziosos and Jenny is seriously so cute I want to hit the BSC with a shovel. And I hate kids! When Jenny opens the door Mary Anne 'almost faints' because she's wearing-'Two pink lace boys [sic] perched in her dark brown hair. Her pink dress had a delicate lace collar, lacey puffed sleeves, and a big satin-and-lace sash around the waist. Even her socks were topped with lace.' And for that you almost faint? Isn't that how she always dresses? And again, what's the big deal with a kid being neat and girly? I would rather sit for Jenny than some kid who rolls around in mud and runs around like a maniac.

Mrs P comes down carrying Andrea who's also bedecked in lace and says she has no time to talk. She gives her instructions and gets gone. Mary Anne asks Jenny if she would like to play with the kid kit but Jenny says she wants some juice. Mary Anne serves her some and a drop gets on Jenny's dress and she flips the fuck out. She runs to her room and completely changes her outfit saying her mommy likes to be neat. And all ready my heart is breaking for this girl because it's obvious her parents are ignoring her for Andrea. I always hated the Prezziosos for this. I think it's absolutely unforgivable when parents do this. It just cements my absolute hatred of babies. Jenny also runs to the bathroom to wash her hands, all but muttering 'Unclean! Unclean!'

She goes downstairs and sits up straight on a chair and Mary Anne asks her if she wants to go outside. Jenny is enticed till Mary Anne says she'd have to change into her play clothes then she refuses because she might get dirty. Are you proud of yourself, Mrs P? You've legit given your child a disorder. Of course, because Ann never would give her characters a reason to be the way they are, Jenny is Miss Priss. Mary Anne is like, 'Well, I want to go outside, so that's what we're doing!' and drags Jenny out the front door. They walk down the sidewalk and Matt, Buddy and Nicky go by on their bikes which makes Jenny yell at them to be careful of her dress. They pass Claire and Margo playing beach in the dirt and Jenny says they're like pigs. Which is rude, but she's four. We're supposed to see all this as Jenny being unbearable, but it's really just sad. Now, I don't really expect Mary Anne to know what's wrong with her because she's 13 but reading this as an adult is mortifying.

When Jenny refuses to hula hoop with Jamie, Mary Anne takes her home, making sure to blame Jenny for alienating the others. Okay, so she doesn't want to get dirty and isn't the most polite with the other kids. But I ask you, what is the big fucking deal?! Again, I would have no trouble with a kid wanting to keep clean. I would be more concerned at the levels she's taking it too rather than think she's a problem. Because when she gets home, Jenny immediately goes to wash her hands again. She even makes sure her fingernails are clean. Again, I don't blame Mary Anne for not knowing what's going on. But I am pissed that the Prezziosos aren't even noticing this. I was always neutral on them but I can see them placing themselves in Pike hate territory because of this.

Chapter 4!

Tuesday is a repeat of Monday, with Mrs P breezing on out with Andrea and Jenny just sitting in a chair. She notices a spot on her pinafore and runs to change again. And again this is so sad because when Mary Anne suggests she wear a jean jumper, Jenny says it makes her ugly. This four year old little girl thinks she's ugly if she's not perfect. Yeah, I hate the Prezziosos. I also really wonder at Ann for always writing such awful characters. And the victim blaming. My God, the victim blaming. Even though she's pretty dim, Mary Anne does realize this isn't normal. She tries to distract Jenny by taking her outside where the triplets are forming a kickball team. Mary Anne tries to push Jenny into joining because she thinks it'll take her mind off cleanliness. Jenny finally agrees and when she asks everyone starts bitching about her. And my heart breaks because she's four. And Jenny is way more mature than Mary Anne because she just takes it. Why is she a brat again? Can you imagine if someone had refused Karen? Or Claire? Karen has declared war on classmates for them refusing to obey her whims. And she makes her friends ostracize people she doesn't like. What the fuck is wrong with Ann?!

The triplets tell Jenny they'll figure something out when Mrs P comes back home. Mary Anne takes her home and ponders over Jenny's problem. When she gets home, asks Richard about Jenny's behavior. He says it sounds like obsessive behavior and when they're done talking, Mary Anne checks out some books on psychology in his office. She reads that obsessive behavior is usually caused by emotional disturbance and actually worries about Jenny. She wonders what could be causing Jenny to act this way as she seems to have a happy home life. She thinks it could be sibling rivalry but claims Jenny is over that. Gee, ya think? Because it's not like it's glaringly obvious her mother's ignoring her. Mary Anne wonders whether she's equipped on dealing with Jenny and Mary Anne, hun? Go to her parents. If there's something psychologically wrong with her they need to know. But of course, Mary Anne is a BSC member and they wouldn't go to a parent if their kid was on fire.

Chapter 5!

I don't give a shit about Jessi and Mal sitting the apes and the triplets being annoying. So, instead I offer the exciting continuation of my BSC Sims tales. Today: The Death of K Ron and Karen! Enjoy!


Karen and K Ron hit it off talking about their lovely fireplace and wooden chairs


Uh oh! Trouble in paradise!


And Karen is down!


K Ron up in smoke!


The two most annoying piles of ashes in the universe


Death comes for Karen


And for K Ron


Two graves, two ash piles. Who's gonna clean that mess?!

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[User Picture]From: shatisarockgod
2017-02-08 05:27 am (UTC)
Lets start with the cover.--Oh shit, I already don't have a good feeling about this book.

But she still had to sit for her siblings because God only knows what would happen if the Pikes watched their own kids for a change.--Lovely. She doesn't feel well and still has to take care of her zoo animal siblings. *rolls eyes*

How come Mal had to have an unreasonable amount of responsibility pushed on her at a young age while all the other little apes get to have a childhood? --And she wants to be treated like she's an adult. She doesn't realize that's already happening in a lot of ways. And I'd also bring up why the children were raised to be so goddamn lazy. Can't pick toppings you don't like off your pizza? Can't clean up your own milk that you spilled? I'm surprised they're not getting Mallory to wipe their asses.

I can skim the rest of the chapter only stopping to hate Ann for being a coward and pointing out that Claudia is skinny when she should be fat.--And I cringe thinking of the chapter 2 descriptions if Claudia did gain weight. I know I'd be tempted to look for matches and set fire to the book because you know it'd be just as obnoxious as all the other descriptions for overweight people the girls have met throughout the series.

Mary Anne is like, 'Well, I want to go outside, so that's what we're doing!' and drags Jenny out the front door.--Nice. *shakes head*

But I am pissed that the Prezziosos aren't even noticing this.--I'd be surprised if many of the parents really noticed anything about their kids. I pointed that out about Charlotte's parents. You'd think they would be the ones to ask their daughter about the shit the cult forces her to be a part of. "You normally don't like to perform, be on stage, etc. Why the change of heart?" But nope, nothing's said. Just worry about Charlotte's meltdowns when they happen!

Mary Anne tries to push Jenny into joining because she thinks it'll take her mind off cleanliness.--Nope, can't expect Jenny to have a meltdown at that! I get trying to take her mind off this, just don't think a sport where you're expected to get a bit dirty will help matters.

The Death of K Ron and Karen! --Fuck yeah!

Two graves, two ash piles. Who's gonna clean that mess?!--LOL! Amazing!

Enjoyed the snark! :)


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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-11 05:03 am (UTC)
She doesn't feel well and still has to take care of her zoo animal siblings

Right? I could see it if there were two other kids. Two other well behaved kids but a whole house of rowdy kids? I think it'd be more rest sitting for like Charlotte than the Pike brood.

She doesn't realize that's already happening in a lot of ways

It's ridiculous how the Pikes treat Mal. They expect her to be a mini parent to her siblings, while they have zero responsibilities but she has no say in her clothes or hair? They treat her as an adult as far as raising her siblings goes but otherwise they treat her like a little kid. I've mentioned it before, but when I was younger than Mal, I had a choice in my wardrobe. Whenever school year rolled around, my mom would take me out shopping and we had to both approve of what she bought. And she did this while still allowing me a childhood. Of course, I am an only child so that may make a difference.

I cringe thinking of the chapter 2 descriptions if Claudia did gain weight

I'm torn on this because I feel like body diversity is a very important topic and needs to be discussed and done. Because we know Ann hates fat people and wouldn't be able to do it right. That's why I headcanon Claudia gained weight and was okay with it because being fat doesn't make you ugly or a bad person.
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[User Picture]From: the1812overture
2017-02-21 09:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad Claudia is NOT fat because the last thing we needed growing up was to read about someone being body-shamed in EVERY book. Jake was enough. Can you imagine seeing "the best friends you'll ever have" picking on Claudia for having three extra pounds?
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From: andromeda331
2017-02-08 09:00 am (UTC)
But she still had to sit for her siblings because God only knows what
would happen if the Pikes watched their own kids for a change

Of course she did. Mallory call CPS on your parents. Or maybe
just threaten them with it.

How come Mal had to have an unreasonable amount of responsibility pushed on her at a young age while all the other little apes get to have a childhood?

Good point. One year makes no difference. Mallory was doing the same amount
of work when she was ten. I still wonder what Mrs. Pike does all day long.
She has no job.

Jenny is seriously so cute I want to hit the BSC with a shovel.

So do I. I love Jenny.

And again, what's the big deal with a kid being neat and girly?

Good question. Not to mention isn't Mary Anne neat and girly?

And all ready my heart is breaking for this girl because it's obvious her parents are ignoring her for Andrea.

Poor Jenny.

They pass Claire and Margo playing beach in the dirt and Jenny says they're like pigs. Which is rude, but she's four. We're supposed to see all this as Jenny being unbearable, but it's really just sad.

Is it wrong to think Jenny's right? I've kind of always thought the Pikes kids
were pigs.

I would be more concerned at the levels she's taking it too rather than think she's a problem.

Me too. Leave it to the BSC to focus on the wrong thing.

I also really wonder at Ann for always writing such awful characters. And the victim blaming. My God, the victim blaming

I'd love to ask her about that. About how Mallory was treated in Hello Mallory, Claudia when she made a friend, Mary Anne when she cut her hair, and how could she possibly think Karen is an awesome kid?

Why is she a brat again? Can you imagine if someone had refused Karen? Or Claire? Karen has declared war on classmates for them refusing to obey her whims. And she makes her friends ostracize people she doesn't like. What the fuck is wrong with Ann?!

I'd love to know.

The Death of K Ron and Karen! Enjoy!

I'm always up for that!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-11 05:15 am (UTC)
Mallory call CPS on your parents

Can you imagine if she told a guidance counselor about how her parents treat her? They would definitely be hearing from CPS.

I still wonder what Mrs. Pike does all day long

I wonder too. I know in Poor Mallory she was temping but I don't know whether she still is. But even if she is, Vanessa and the triplets don't really need constant supervision. Actually, as long as you're in the house, the kids should be fine on their own. I spent a good part of my childhood in my playroom down the hall from my mom's room. She knew I'd be okay. Kids don't need someone in the room with them all the damned time.

Not to mention isn't Mary Anne neat and girly?

I thought about that too. Mary Anne doesn't like to do anything that makes you break a sweat so why does she get a pass and Jenny doesn't?
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[User Picture]From: the1812overture
2017-02-21 09:44 am (UTC)
Can you imagine if she told a guidance counselor about how her parents treat her? They would definitely be hearing from CPS.

Maybe not. When I was a kid, as the oldest cousin, I really had far too many chores for a while to "set a good example" for kids I only saw on weekends. I was responsible for everything from making coffee in the morning to my brother's laundry and making sure his room was clean, and even making sure his homework was done. He was two years younger, that's it.

I had an essay to do at school about our chores, and I went into it, and detailed what I was responsible for. The only thing I didn't do was make my parents' waterbed. I wrote about being frustrated that I didn't get an allowance at the time even though I felt like a slave because I'd get in trouble if I didn't so everything perfectly. My teacher thought it was funny, and my parents did too, at least until they said if I thought I was doing too any chores that I could also... I remember them both sitting there, trying to figure out a chore I wasn't already doing.

So, rather than CPS being called in, the teacher laughed and said it sounded like so much fun. So many chores legally falls under "parenting decisions" rather than child abuse or something.
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[User Picture]From: star_dragon5
2017-02-08 02:15 pm (UTC)
Why are all the parents in this series so irresponsible? Oh, right. Because the Cult couldn't come in and save the day otherwise.

I love how the bitch and the mini bitch are reduced to two ash piles, but the chairs are just blackened and the fireplace is undamaged.

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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-11 05:16 am (UTC)
I love how the bitch and the mini bitch are reduced to two ash piles, but the chairs are just blackened and the fireplace is undamaged.

It's hilarious because you can click on the chairs and replace them but you can't bring people back to life by clicking their ash piles.
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[User Picture]From: danidee92
2017-02-09 01:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for doing this at my request!

The abuse towards Jenny in this book is unbelievable. I completely agree with everything you said about favoring a new baby when it is born. And I hate the title of the book. Why call her "Miss Priss" when they learn the real reason why Jenny is acting the way she is?

Also, it is completely ridiculous that in Stoneybrook, when you reach age 11 you raise your siblings, but when you're 10, you're still sat for.
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-11 05:18 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Yeah, I already hated how they treated Jenny in previous books so them mistreating her when she's in actual distress is just wall punching aggravating. I'll have to see how the rest of the book goes to see how long before they actually talk to Jenny rather than just pissing and moaning about her.
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[User Picture]From: design_star_21
2017-02-10 03:10 am (UTC)
Poor Jenny. I feel so bad for her. :( How horrible to be so scared of getting dirty that you freak out over something so minor as a drop of juice. I feel like she is going to grow up to be the female version of Monk.

Why are the baby sitters so mean to her? It breaks my heart and if that were MY kid they wouldn't be allowed near her--ever.

The triplets have a point, but also need to be more mature in how they behave.
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-11 05:20 am (UTC)
The triplets have a point, but also need to be more mature in how they behave

You're right there. I don't think they realize that having their parents treat them more like 'grown ups' would mean they'd have to do things like wipe up their own damned spills.
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[User Picture]From: the1812overture
2017-02-21 09:32 am (UTC)
But she still had to sit for her siblings because God only knows what would happen if the Pikes watched their own kids for a change.

Know what's amazing? So we all know the Duggars have eleventy million kids. 8 of them are still under 18, and the youngest is 7 years old. The Duggar "parents" are so against raising their own kids that, despite having 9 adult daughters still living at home, they hired a live-in childcare helper.

Can you imagine having 2 daughters who are adults and I've at home to help with their 8 minor-siblings (just ignore the adult sons who still live at home--they can't be expected to do the women's job of dealing with kids), 8 more kids ranging from 7 to 16, and hiring another live-in person to take care of your kids for you?

While Mal is bitching about that, the triplets come up all pissed because they're too old to be babysat.

They're too young to be alone for a couple hours, yet Jessi, at just a year older, could stay home for a weekend?

I always hated the Prezziosos for this.

I hate most of the parents in these books.

Mary Anne is like, 'Well, I want to go outside, so that's what we're doing!' and drags Jenny out the front door.

No wonder she and Kristy are best friends. They don't respect the kids they babysit. Ever. Remember Susan?

Okay, so she doesn't want to get dirty and isn't the most polite with the other kids. But I ask you, what is the big fucking deal?!

Especially since she clearly didn't want to go outside to begin with!

She thinks it could be sibling rivalry but claims Jenny is over that.

At 13, Claudia's not over it.

Today: The Death of K Ron and Karen! Enjoy!

Please give us SIMS in every snark!!!
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[User Picture]From: road_baby
2017-02-21 11:15 pm (UTC)
They're too young to be alone for a couple hours, yet Jessi, at just a year older, could stay home for a weekend?

Ann is really bad at what kids of certain ages can and cannot do. Mal and Jessi can sit but the triplets need constant supervision? And I'm sure that when Mal was ten, the Pikes had her taking care of her siblings. Maybe not home alone but definitely keeping an eye on them. And the weird thing is, Jeff is the same age at the triplets yet he would get home before Dawn and be alone for a while. So, I don't know what's with Ann and how she thinks kids and responsibility works.

Especially since she clearly didn't want to go outside to begin with!

That's an excellent point! Mary Anne forced Jenny into doing something she clearly didn't want to and then got mad that she acted rude? You put her in a bad mood and get mad at her for that? Mmm hmm!

At 13, Claudia's not over it.

Another excellent point. No one ever seems to point out how Claudia treats Janine because she's 'boring'. The just let her act like a brat but it's what Janine deserves for being a brain. They think it's funny and justified.
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[User Picture]From: fairest1
2017-02-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember the Jessi one -- not just fend for herself for the weekend, but care for two younger siblings at the same time. And when her aunt went WTF and came to look after them, she was treated as the bad guy who didn't trust an 11-year-old.
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