|Dawn's Book- last! Finally done!
||[Feb. 11th, 2017|04:18 pm]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!
Hey, guys! Finally finished with this! Hope you enjoy!
This is gonna be quick because it's not that snarky: Dawn calls the fire department and the Austins. The fire was confined to the kitchen but everything else is fine. The Austins thank Dawn profusely, which I understand. But then it gets a bit extreme when the mayor wants to give her a medal for being one of the community's heroes. I get she was brave and did all the right stuff but being a community hero for having the common sense to lead the kids out of their house and call the fire department? Also, the other person receiving an award is a woman who fostered twenty children, gave them homes, and helped them go to college and have their own families. That sounds a thousand times more heroic than what Dawn did, no offense.
Dawn says it best: "I didn't feel like I was such a big hero when I thought of all the work and love that Mrs. Hughes had given to her foster children. I had led two kids out of a house and made a phone call." That is actually enormously humble coming from Dawn. Although later, during "Little Ms. Stoneybrook and Dawn", she won't stop showing off about it so points gone.
Jack jokes that Dawn will start driving them even more crazy about fire drills. Go Jack is all I am going to say.
Dawn isn't so worried about fires anymore and is more concerned about her parents fighting. They announce they're separating and Dawn knows she can't fix it it's sad and I can't snark it.
She then tells us she moved to Stoneybrook and started a new life
And I have a feeling we are in for a boring chapter full of shit we've all read before...
Next title: A new life on the East Coast
Dawn did something she was not proud of during babysitting. I actually think I remember this and it's not as bad as other shit Dawn has done. Sometimes I wish that when she finally stops kissing her own ass all the time it's to discuss an actual fault of hers instead of something that's not THAT bad. I mean it's bad, but nowhere near the worst thing she's ever done. It's probably somewhere in the middle of saying she's an individual when she isn't and making snide comments anytime someone eats meat around her. And it doesn't even rank anywhere near how she treated Sunny or stealing her dad's credit card. Yet Dawn never feels guilty about that. Actually, I think she's proud of all of it.
Since she's already uselessly described the BSC to us in great detail, we don't get a description about it but I actually think skipping the beginning introductions and instead BRIEFLY describing what the club is in this chapter would work since her teacher obviously has no idea who they are.
Anyway, the incident occurred shortly after Dawn joined the cult. She's walking to a meeting and
mentions she has to hurry because Kristy doesn't tolerate lateness. I previously snarked "Kristy's Worst Idea" and I remember there's a point where Kristy tells us she's lenient about lateness, yet in every book one of the members is terrified about being late lest they be subjected to "the Look."
If I was Dawn's teacher I may also be concerned at reading that part.
Dawn runs into Mary Anne.
Okay, so we do get a description about how Mary Anne and Dawn became sibs, which makes sense given the context that this is supposed to be written for a teacher who hasn't read over 120 books about these bitches and knows this shit already.
Dawn misses her dad. Can't snark, skim.
Dawn and Mary Anne stroll in at 5:28, and Kristy tells them they were almost late. Really, Kristy? Really? Being intolerant of lateness is bad enough, but now it's a problem if they're not early? Kristy, I hope you fall in a hole on your way out.
A regular meeting commences and then Kristy decides she wants to go over the basic rules of babysitting for some unexplainable irritating reason. Are you their teacher or their friend, Kristy, just wondering?
They have to go over the rules so Dawn can write them down. This really does seem like school. How about you just sit with the kids while the parents are away and make sure the house stays in one piece and the kids are safe? That sounds like the rules to me. No need to be formal about it.
Because Dawn is an individual, rather than tell Kristy off which is what she wants to do, she obeys orders.
Kristy mouths off the rules-- basic shit like knowing where the parents are going to be, having emergency numbers, and knowing about bedtime-- while everyone else makes jokes which makes me like them in this book.
The last rule is to respect the privacy of the clients which sets the stage for upcoming events. But seriously, when does the BSC ever respect the privacy of their clients? When Kristy decided Susan's education was up to her, instead of respecting that Mr. and Mrs. Felder already had a plan for their daughter which suits her best interests? When Kristy called up Mrs. Hobart to screech about her hiring Cokie as a sitter? Any time they decide to meddle into their charge's personal problems?
A new client, Mr. Lazar, calls. He was referred by Dr. Johansson and has a seven-year-old daughter named Sandra.
Obviously, since this is a Dawn book, she gets the job. Dun, dun, dun.
Dawn arrives for the job and is greeted by Mrs. Lazar and Sandra.
Mrs. Lazar explains that Sandra will need help with her homework and then she can play with the Kid-Kit. She tells her other basic stuff and leaves.
They make dinner then work on Sandra's homework. Sandra has trouble reading and Dawn is a little bitchy about it. She tells us that most kids Sandra's age can read a simple story like that. I don't know why but that comment really bothers me. Maybe because I grew up with a disability and I hate the expression "most kids can do (such and such)." Every kid is different. Some are good readers, some aren't. Some walk early and talk late. Some of us are in our twenties and can barely do multiplication and division. Some of us are 13 years old and don't know how to respect people. Shut up, Dawn.
Dawn goes to take a call and starts looking through papers on the desk. Seriously, Dawn? Nosy and invading privacy much? She comes across a letter from Stoneybrook Elementary and reads it. You can't even say she stumbled across it accidentally. She looks through the Lazars' shit and flat out reads the letter.
It's a letter from the principal recommending that Sandra repeat second grade because she is having trouble with reading and math. Poor thing, seriously.
Dawn feels bad for Sandra and puts the letter back exactly where she found it so the parents won't know she's a nosy asshole.
Dawn helps Sandra with her homework and the poor girl acknowledges her trouble with reading. I also feel bad when people have so much trouble. As mentioned, I have a learning disability and I also work with special needs adults.
Dawn decides she's going to make Sandra feel special which is actually very nice. And Sandra is actually a really creative kid who pretended they were doing a cooking show as they were making dinner. Luckily Dawn acknowledges this and Sandra feels good.
She puts Sandra to bed and organizes the house, then starts to feel guilty about breaking the no snooping/respect privacy rule. She thinks it's helpful to know Sandra is repeating a grade, as her babysitter. Not really. It's not like she's her teacher or tutor or something. She really doesn't need to know.
When the Lazars come home, Mrs.
Lazar is very complimentary of Dawn's work that day, making Dawn feel more guilty.
The BSC has a party to celebrate the end of the school year. There's a picture of them, but Stacey is missing (that is, I assume it's Stacey, usually Dawn and Stacey are interchangeable but since this is Dawn's book I am going to assume the blonde girl in the picture is Dawn.) Was that after Stacey moved back to NYC perhaps? I always get confused with the timeline but I feel like it had to be before Stacey moved because the summer between 7th-8th grade prior to the time warp which I assume this is because Dawn has just moved, was the summer of books 6-8 when Stacey is still there. So I am just going to say it is a continuity error. Or Stacey missed the meeting and Kristy has her locked up somewhere. One or the other.
Anyway, Mrs. Lazar calls again and specifically asks for Dawn but Dawn has to pass the job around because of the rules. I feel like the rule is kind of stupid. If your priority is the kids, let the sitter that the kid(s) want(s) come that day. I know if I wanted my favorite babysitter to come and got stuck with someone else because of a stupid rule I wouldn't be too happy.
Dawn ends up getting the job anyway. Mrs. Lazar and Sandra continue to love Dawn and before Mrs. Lazar leaves, she reminds Sandra that she has to do a half hour of reading.
They read Madeline and Sandra struggles. Sandra gets upset and proclaims herself dumb (guys, my heart is breaking.) It's also hard to snark Dawn here because she's acting like a good person for once and is being encouraging and trying to help and telling her she isn't dumb. But then, IT happens. Dawn tells Sandra that going to second grade again will help with the reading problem.
But then she realizes that Sandra never knew she was repeating second grade. Dawn plays dumb and is like "right I forgot you were going to third grade next year hurr de hurr."
Sandra seems to forget about the comment as she and Dawn pretend they're working on a cooking show for the rest of the time.
But as soon as Mrs. Lazar comes home Sandra immediately tells her what Dawn said. An unhappy Mrs. Lazar sends Sandra up to her room and tells Dawn that they weren't going to tell Sandra about repeating a grade until a few days before school because they don't want her to worry about it all summer. That actually makes a lot of sense. Dawn apologizes but it isn't good enough. Part of me has anxiety just reading this because I hate getting reprimanded but part of me is glad that Dawn is finally being told off. However, I wish it was for her judgmental nature or her preachy ass annoying everyone about their diet or her general lack of care for others and selfishness. This situation was bad, but not the worst thing she's ever done. It is bad that she messed with this family's plan and was downright nosy, but I don't think all of it was done maliciously.
Dawn does feel remorse but decides to keep the incident a secret. She does worry about Mrs.
Lazar calling the cult to complain (I don't blame Dawn, Kristy would have her lynched), but she never calls them again, not to complain or to hire, and no one else notices they lost a client which I find really hard to believe.
Dawn finishes her autobiography. Walking to school the next day, Sunny notes how thick it is. Kind of wish Sunny knew what was written about her in there. That would be a telling off I would really enjoy.
And then I realized my wish may actually happen. Sunny asks Dawn to read her autobiography and Dawn says "if you'll read mine." So Sunny will see all the shit written about her. I guess nothing comes of it sadly since they seem just fine in the later books. Still I am surprised that Dawn wanted to share her autobiography with sunny given all the horrible things she said. Does she want sunny to feel bad? I know I'd be pissed if I were her and I read about my best friend thought I was a freak and didn't want to go near me when we first met.
Then Dawn does actually stop to wonder how Sunny will feel about her when she reads the story and sees the chapter about her moving in. She also thinks Sunny may not like her for what she did to Sandra, or think she's stupid for not noticing her parents were headed for divorce (Sunny wouldn't be a very good friend if she thought that and I doubt that's the case. Dawn worries about weird things), or think she's vain for being proud about the fire thing.
I think the only thing she has to worry about is the part where she was so internally mean to Sunny.
Dawn realizes Sunny is also worried about how Dawn will perceive her after reading her autobiography and she decides not to worry after all. But Sunny probably wasn't a huge asshole to Dawn in her story, so there's that. She thinks "we'd be better friends than ever after we read one another's biographies." How could she possibly think that after what she wrote about Sunny? Okay yeah she decided she wanted to be friends but that was only after sunny became likable in the public eye after the mall incident.
Dawn worries about her grade all weekend. Wait, it only takes a WEEKEND for the teacher to grade an entire class's life stories? That's insane.
Anyway, Dawn finally gets her book back and she gets an A- for content and a B for presentation. Her teacher says she is a good storyteller and smiles as she hands her her project. She always says she's glad to have her back at their school. I am super surprised that she's not hiding a frown and wishing Dawn was back in stoneybrook after reading how much of an asshole she was when she was little.
Hope you all enjoyed and thanks for reading! I was thinking of doing all the other girls' autobiographies, but Abby's is a bit too depressing so I may have to skip that one. Would you guys rather see a snark on another autobiography book or a Karen snark? Let me know!