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Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for r Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all of her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters. Mary Anne doesn't like it one bit! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?


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Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for r Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all of her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters. Mary Anne doesn't like it one bit! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?

30 review for Boy-Crazy Stacey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Scholastic for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review [9/10/2019] - Wow, for once an ad that's actually relevant to me. ************* Cute, charming and classic. I loved this installment in the graphic novel series! | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | Buy

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A so-so story about friendship and summer crushes during a working vacation to the Jersey Shore for two of the babysitters. Mostly, the postcards that served as chapter breaks knocked me out of the story as I thought about how a true adaptation of this story to the modern day would include cell phones and that would radically change large parts of the story as Stacey completely ignored Mary Anne in favor of constantly texting Claudia for advice and affirmation. What happened here was fine, but n A so-so story about friendship and summer crushes during a working vacation to the Jersey Shore for two of the babysitters. Mostly, the postcards that served as chapter breaks knocked me out of the story as I thought about how a true adaptation of this story to the modern day would include cell phones and that would radically change large parts of the story as Stacey completely ignored Mary Anne in favor of constantly texting Claudia for advice and affirmation. What happened here was fine, but not interesting enough to keep my mind from wandering. It'll probably go over better with its intended audience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fantastic, fun, WE'RE 13, WE'RE TEENAGERS NOW drama. I enjoyed the pants off it. I actually read Boy-Crazy Stacey, BSC #8, because I've been listening to the Babysitters Club Club podcast and that book was perfectly fine, but this graphic novel winnows the chaff from Boy Crazy Stacey into a more focused, and more realistic, drama about beaches, boys and babysitting. If I remember correctly, in the original novel, Stacey actually goes on dates with Scott the dreamy lifeguard who's probably, like, Fantastic, fun, WE'RE 13, WE'RE TEENAGERS NOW drama. I enjoyed the pants off it. I actually read Boy-Crazy Stacey, BSC #8, because I've been listening to the Babysitters Club Club podcast and that book was perfectly fine, but this graphic novel winnows the chaff from Boy Crazy Stacey into a more focused, and more realistic, drama about beaches, boys and babysitting. If I remember correctly, in the original novel, Stacey actually goes on dates with Scott the dreamy lifeguard who's probably, like, sixteen or older, and Mary Ann is trying to go on dates with Alex, but the babysitters each only have one night night off a week from the Pike kids and Stacey is a jerk about it. In that timeline, Mary Ann and Logan were already an item, and she and Alex conclude that they each have honeys back home and it's okay to be boy and girl friends, which is absolutely true, but most thirteen year-olds don't have steady boyfriends. I think this conceit hearkens back to the time when a date was effectively hanging out with an opposite gender friend with the possibility of romance but not the obligation, which is how that worked when Ann M. Martin was a teen but not how it worked by 1988, and especially not now. In this graphic novel, Stacey blows off Mary Ann all day to hang around the lifeguard stand with Scott and his cool teenage buddies, and Mary Ann is stuck looking after all eight Pike kids on the beach. Mary Ann takes the high road and she and Stacey have a fun night out on the boardwalk that Stacey ruins by spending the whole time trying to find Scott a present, and then they see Scott kissing a girl who is older than thirteen!!! Stacey is devastated; Mary Ann befriends a cute boy babysitter named Alex and they chum around and have fun with their charges, which is shown less explicitly because it's harder to draw fun than pathos. Stacey transfers her affections to Alex's cousin Toby, who is cool but not the literal coolest boy on the beach, and they do a kiss and promise to write. Good luck with that. But maybe they'll see each other at Sea City in the sequel. Great art, postcards, lots of Pike kids, mini-golf, splashing, etc. Just a good all-around fun book. I read it in about fifty minutes, although one could spend more time admiring the artwork, if one needed to stretch out the reading experience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Atira Caton

    This was a good quick read book! It was light and fluffy, but what bugged me was when Stacey would totally ignore the kids she was babysitting and go talk to the cute lifeguard. Then Mary Anne was left alone to babysit 8 kids! Overall I’d say this book is a good book for middle schoolers!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shira

    this is my all-time favorite BSC book so I'm pretty hard to please with any adaptation of it. I know we have to keep this series updated so kids today will read and relate to it, but I was still looking for toby's sunglasses ("black bands with narrow slits from side to side to see through") and the outfit of stacey's that mary anne borrows for their date ("yellow pedal pushers, a yellow and white striped tank top, and an oversized white jacket") not to mention the cow sign, the chapter where kar this is my all-time favorite BSC book so I'm pretty hard to please with any adaptation of it. I know we have to keep this series updated so kids today will read and relate to it, but I was still looking for toby's sunglasses ("black bands with narrow slits from side to side to see through") and the outfit of stacey's that mary anne borrows for their date ("yellow pedal pushers, a yellow and white striped tank top, and an oversized white jacket") not to mention the cow sign, the chapter where karen and andrew brewer use steel wool to clean watson's car, and the fact that claire's minigolf score is over 200. you can't fit everything into one middle grade graphic novel, though, and this one is pretty good. I particularly liked that most of the characters introduced in this book, all of whom assumed a white default in the original book, are depicted with a diverse range of skin tones. also, scott is not a total asshole 18-year-old who asks 13-year-old girls to make him sandwiches; he's actually a decent guy, and he's 15, so his flirting with stacey is less creepy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    I am amazed by how well I remember little details from the original chapter book, which I read TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this late at night in sub-optimal lighting, so I don't think I allowed myself to be 100% immersed in this fantastic book. Not that that deterred me from loving this. The art is amazing as always, I love how the postcards were done. I felt like Stacey's crush on Scott could have been expanded on more - for instance, we never got to see her fetching him a soda - but the looks on Mary Anne's face more than made up for that. This was a delight, and I'm so happy that the graphic novel fans got I read this late at night in sub-optimal lighting, so I don't think I allowed myself to be 100% immersed in this fantastic book. Not that that deterred me from loving this. The art is amazing as always, I love how the postcards were done. I felt like Stacey's crush on Scott could have been expanded on more - for instance, we never got to see her fetching him a soda - but the looks on Mary Anne's face more than made up for that. This was a delight, and I'm so happy that the graphic novel fans got their introduction to the magic that is Sea City. And now, a personal anecdote: the exchange I had with the woman at the bookstore checkout: Her: "Oh, hot off the presses!" Me: "Yeah, I almost forgot it came out today." Her: "Well you're going to have a happy camper at home!" Me: "Uh, yeah. Me. It's for me. I'm the happy camper." Her: [pause] "Well good for you!"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire L

    I want Raina Telgemeier back...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Loved this so much - Gale's style perfectly captures that summertime nostalgic crush energy

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A cute, fun summer read. I love these books but miss Reina's art. She drew the first four books in this series, and while Gale Galligan's art style is very nice and expressive, I'm still having trouble getting used to the shift in the style. There is something about Reina's designs that I prefer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    I couldn't ask for a better comic adaptation of one of the most fun and juicy BSC books, Boy-Crazy Stacey! Gale Galligan's expressive art heightens the dramatic, romantic, and comedic moments; and the bright sunshiney colors and vivid sunsets bring to life the beauty (and kitschiness) of the seaside setting. The script hits all the right beats, not just in the main storyline, but including quirky family moments with the Pikes and side stories like Byron being afraid of water, Mary Anne getting a sunbur I couldn't ask for a better comic adaptation of one of the most fun and juicy BSC books, Boy-Crazy Stacey! Gale Galligan's expressive art heightens the dramatic, romantic, and comedic moments; and the bright sunshiney colors and vivid sunsets bring to life the beauty (and kitschiness) of the seaside setting. The script hits all the right beats, not just in the main storyline, but including quirky family moments with the Pikes and side stories like Byron being afraid of water, Mary Anne getting a sunburn, and Stacey and Mary Anne both feeling a sense of freedom away from their overprotective families. Galligan makes some solid choices in the character design. Several side characters' races are changed in order to add diversity. Stacey's crush, Scott, is much cuter here than on the original book cover (where he looks 35). Gale draws him as a dreamy teenager with wild dark hair, gold skin, a bright white smile, and a tendency to catch the sun's rays in the most dramatic ways. Script changes also make Scott a more likable and plausible love interest, as his age is lowered (to a reasonable 15; in the original, he is 18, and it is deeply creepy), and some of his more asshole behavior is removed. He's just a cute boy who is friendly with lots of girls and it's nobody's fault that he doesn't end up liking Stacey as much as she likes him. That's how it goes sometimes! Making Scott a more likable and crush-able boy simplifies the story, helps us to relate to Stacey more, and increases the power of the story and the message.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This latest edition of the Babysitters Club graphic novels is Stacey's story. She and Mary Anne are away with the Pike family for a 2 week vacation to Sea City. They have been hired to assist with the kids while the family is on vacation. The first day, Stacey sees a cute lifeguard and develops a huge crush on him. She spends the majority of her time talking and flirting with him,leaving Marianne alone to watch all 8 Pike kids! Understandably, Mary Anne is annoyed. Stacey realizes she is wrong, This latest edition of the Babysitters Club graphic novels is Stacey's story. She and Mary Anne are away with the Pike family for a 2 week vacation to Sea City. They have been hired to assist with the kids while the family is on vacation. The first day, Stacey sees a cute lifeguard and develops a huge crush on him. She spends the majority of her time talking and flirting with him,leaving Marianne alone to watch all 8 Pike kids! Understandably, Mary Anne is annoyed. Stacey realizes she is wrong, but doesn't care. Until she sees Scott, the lifeguard kissing another girl! She is devastated. She apologizes to Mary Anne and eventually meets another boy, but this time doe not shirk her babysitting duties. I enjoy these books, although I am sorry that they are no longer illustrated by Raina Telgemeier. I still enjoy these books, but miss the illustrations of the earlier books. Even though Galligan's art style is expressive and well drawn, I'm still having trouble getting used to the new style. That being said, Galligan did a nice job of capturing the beach scenes and making me feel I was on vacation with Stacey, Mary Anne and the Pike Family! This was a cute and fun summer read, that fans of the series are sure to enjoy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) As a kid I LOVED the Baby-Sitters Club and would often spend hours scouring the library for the next title. Honestly, I probably read the series longer than I should have (reading level-wise), but it always felt like visiting friends. While I have never wanted to be a babysitter, I loved the club idea. As a bossy creative kid this was right up my alley. The friendships in this book was something I had always wanted. This was a series I grew up with and was m RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) As a kid I LOVED the Baby-Sitters Club and would often spend hours scouring the library for the next title. Honestly, I probably read the series longer than I should have (reading level-wise), but it always felt like visiting friends. While I have never wanted to be a babysitter, I loved the club idea. As a bossy creative kid this was right up my alley. The friendships in this book was something I had always wanted. This was a series I grew up with and was my favourite for a long time. Confession time, I may have had a bit of a crush on Logan. I was working at the library and saw that this graphic novel come in while I checked material in. I was excited to see that Baby-Sitters Club was being introduced to another generation. I thumbed through the book and saw this was the same story with a few updates. While usually I am not a fan of updating original stories (as it gives us the time and place when something was first written), I was okay with this series being updated. Moving this novelized book into a graphic novel made it easier to accept new changes. I would definitely recommend this one to those who once enjoyed reading BSC in the past. This is also great read for young girls between 9-12. Stacy and Mary Ann are going on vacation with the Pike family and Stacy has a big crush on a lifeguard which puts the two friends at odds.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Bateman

    I first read this series in original form when I was a kid, and I'm loving the updates to the series. Obviously things have changed since the 80s, so I love to see the fresh and modern adaptations. An enjoyable trip down memory lane.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    SUCH a cute graphic novel. I’ve really been enjoying reading the BSC graphic novels. Stacey was always my favorite, so I like stories that follow her. An adorable book and series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Galluzzo

    one of my favoret books

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

    it was a cute and cool book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liv Gordon

    Ive been waiting for this book and it finally came! I loved it SO much :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Here's number 7 in the Baby-sitters Club graphic novel series. The volume was beautifully designed and illustrated but I am so tired of the old "girl falls in love with boy and gives him all the power" theme. Please! Please! Please! can we let young girls know that they don't have to give away themselves in order to be "liked".

  20. 5 out of 5

    JaNee DeBerry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have not read it yet

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aalia

    It's very interesting I like this book very much

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sadira

    Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore, and things are good in Sea City. There's a pretty house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and according to Stacey, the cutest boy ever! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey thinks she is in love. When Stacey leaves to hang out with Scott instead of doing her babysitting jobs, she leaves Marry Anne two babysitting jobs. I Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore, and things are good in Sea City. There's a pretty house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and according to Stacey, the cutest boy ever! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey thinks she is in love. When Stacey leaves to hang out with Scott instead of doing her babysitting jobs, she leaves Marry Anne two babysitting jobs. Is it too much for Marry Anne? Does Stacey find her true love? Read this great book to find out. I recommend this book to kids (mostly girls, as there's a-lot of boy drama in it) my age because it is very fun to read. Hope you enjoy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Stacey and May Anne get to go on a two week trip to the beach with Mallory’s family. They are going along to help take care of the younger children so that Mallory isn’t the only older child of baby-sitting age there. While they are on their trip they send postcards to other members of the baby-sitters club as a means of keeping in touch. They also get into a few disagreements over boys. Did I mention boys? They both meet a couple as well and seem to hit off alright, a {My thoughts} – Stacey and May Anne get to go on a two week trip to the beach with Mallory’s family. They are going along to help take care of the younger children so that Mallory isn’t the only older child of baby-sitting age there. While they are on their trip they send postcards to other members of the baby-sitters club as a means of keeping in touch. They also get into a few disagreements over boys. Did I mention boys? They both meet a couple as well and seem to hit off alright, although they aren’t both happy for each other in a sense. I really enjoyed reading this book. It helps to show that even when you have plans and you know what you are meant to do, that things don’t always work out that way. It shows that sometimes, things aren’t what they seem, and sometimes they are. It also shows, that when you make a commitment to do something you should really stick with it and not try and find a way out of it. All and all this was a fun read and I look forward to reading more books by both authors in the future!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Boy-Crazy Stacey was one of my favorite books from the original series, so I enjoyed seeing it in graphic novel format. After reading this adaptation as an adult, I feel slightly embarrassed by how much ten-year-old me loved the original book. The plot revolves around Stacey neglecting her babysitting duties because she was in love with a boy she just met. The art style is not my favorite. The exaggerated faces reminded me of anime. I did like the colorful backgrounds depicting the ocean at sunset. Ov Boy-Crazy Stacey was one of my favorite books from the original series, so I enjoyed seeing it in graphic novel format. After reading this adaptation as an adult, I feel slightly embarrassed by how much ten-year-old me loved the original book. The plot revolves around Stacey neglecting her babysitting duties because she was in love with a boy she just met. The art style is not my favorite. The exaggerated faces reminded me of anime. I did like the colorful backgrounds depicting the ocean at sunset. Overall, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. I am looking forward to reading the next graphic novel in the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    In this adaptation to graphic novel from a classic Babysitter's Club title, we travel with one Ms. Stacey McGill and Mary Anne Spier to Sea City where they are there to help out the large Pike family with their babysitting. The parents want a break, as does older sister and junior BSC member Mallory. Stacey and Mary Anne take the kids around the town and explore various sights and sounds and eventually Stacey meets a hunk of a lifeguard named Scott who must be in L-U-V with her. Meanwhile, Mary In this adaptation to graphic novel from a classic Babysitter's Club title, we travel with one Ms. Stacey McGill and Mary Anne Spier to Sea City where they are there to help out the large Pike family with their babysitting. The parents want a break, as does older sister and junior BSC member Mallory. Stacey and Mary Anne take the kids around the town and explore various sights and sounds and eventually Stacey meets a hunk of a lifeguard named Scott who must be in L-U-V with her. Meanwhile, Mary Ann is PISSED because Stacey is neglecting the children and leaving all the babysitting to her! THE NERVE!!! Does Scott REALLY love Stacey? And will Mary Anne forgive Stacey for dumping all of the work on her and still getting paid to do nothing but oogle over the older lad? This was a fun read and had very cute artwork. It was great seeing one of my childhood books brought to life!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin W

    I still love the series, but I miss the dynamics of the Babysitters Club as a group relating to each other collectively, rather than the almost solitary story in this book. There is also only so much babysitting that goes on - a lot of the fuel for the drama comes from what happens there, and we only see so much of it. The impact is lessened as a result. Some of the comic artwork angling for laughs from facial expressions is spot on, and some of it is a bit gratuitous. Still good all around.

  27. 5 out of 5

    koza

    This isn't Stacey. Dunno who she is, but this isn't the girl who waltzed up to the hunky (*ahem* 18-year-old) lifeguard and said, "I'm Stacey McGill. Thirteen years old. Formerly of New York City." (Helluva come-on, btw.) Plus, it's missing the sense of growing closeness between Stacey and Mary Anne, which is a shame. (And, random, but why does Maureen look so shlubby?) So I guess these books are for those kids who think they LOVE Harry Potter, but they've only seen the movies. Meh.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joselyn Juarez

    Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sit Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Library copy I would probably have liked the original series if I hadn't been a recent college graduate when they were first published. I do find it interesting that they are being redone as graphic novels, since they clearly didn't age well. This one is apparently one of the problematic originals, and some things are tweaked to make it less 1980s creepy (and yes, genders were not as equal then, although we thought we were, which makes this all the more disturbing), but I am still not Library copy I would probably have liked the original series if I hadn't been a recent college graduate when they were first published. I do find it interesting that they are being redone as graphic novels, since they clearly didn't age well. This one is apparently one of the problematic originals, and some things are tweaked to make it less 1980s creepy (and yes, genders were not as equal then, although we thought we were, which makes this all the more disturbing), but I am still not sure this translates well. My students will still love it, which gives me even more pause. Sigh.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    These BSC graphic novels continue to be delightful - I just love the way Gale Galligan draws the characters! Oh, and I’m so relieved they changed Scott’s age to 15 and Toby’s age to 13. It makes the whole thing a lot less creepy that way! I’m still a little perplexed as to why Mallory is a member of the club this early on, and where on earth Jessi is, but I’m still absolutely loving these. Fingers crossed that we get “A Ghost at Dawn’s House” next - I think that one would be super cute as a grap These BSC graphic novels continue to be delightful - I just love the way Gale Galligan draws the characters! Oh, and I’m so relieved they changed Scott’s age to 15 and Toby’s age to 13. It makes the whole thing a lot less creepy that way! I’m still a little perplexed as to why Mallory is a member of the club this early on, and where on earth Jessi is, but I’m still absolutely loving these. Fingers crossed that we get “A Ghost at Dawn’s House” next - I think that one would be super cute as a graphic novel!

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