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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. 5 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. 5 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

    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.

  5. 4 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 4 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!"

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claire L

    I want Raina Telgemeier back...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

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

  11. 5 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.

  12. 4 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!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Galluzzo

    one of my favoret books

  14. 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".

  15. 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!

  16. 5 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kacie

    Over a few days, I read all seven of the available Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. As a huge fan of the novels when I was a kid, I was nervous to see these adaptations. Would they retain the same charm? The nostalgia was strong. It was such a delight to revisit Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Mallory. Jessi isn't back yet, and I hope she makes an appearance with the next installment. I loved reading about some of the old client families and the drama that went a Over a few days, I read all seven of the available Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. As a huge fan of the novels when I was a kid, I was nervous to see these adaptations. Would they retain the same charm? The nostalgia was strong. It was such a delight to revisit Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Mallory. Jessi isn't back yet, and I hope she makes an appearance with the next installment. I loved reading about some of the old client families and the drama that went along with them. The illustrations captured the characters, and while the GN series has two illustrators and different styles, I think as a series it feels cohesive. To me, part of the appeal of the series is characters kids can relate to and situations they might encounter. My 5th grade boy and 3rd grade girl have devoured the graphic novels and really enjoyed them, and they're excited that I've purchased some of the original novels (I don't have my old books anymore, boo!). I'm glad I read these graphic novels -- they were so much fun.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Oh Stacey way back when I read the original books as a kid I was obsessed with you and Claudia. It's hard for me to understand my mindset now. (I think I'll always be a Mary Anne.) But still a very cute book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Italy

    The book "Boy-Crazy Stacey" by Gale Galligan is a realistic fiction book that is about a girl named Stacy who is a babysitter and is part of the baby-sitters club. Her and another girl are in charge of babysitting the Penman kids. While at the beach Stacy falls in love. What I think is really cool is that there is an original series with different versions of the books. So you can compare the OG Boy Crazy Stacy to the new comical version. Another reason I like this book is because Stacy learns The book "Boy-Crazy Stacey" by Gale Galligan is a realistic fiction book that is about a girl named Stacy who is a babysitter and is part of the baby-sitters club. Her and another girl are in charge of babysitting the Penman kids. While at the beach Stacy falls in love. What I think is really cool is that there is an original series with different versions of the books. So you can compare the OG Boy Crazy Stacy to the new comical version. Another reason I like this book is because Stacy learns her wrong doing and never leaves her friends for some boy ever again. I believe that this is a lesson that needs to be learned world-wide. I would recommend this book to all ages!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    Another cute BSC graphic novel!! I loved reading about Stacey & Mary Anne’s beach adventure, babysitting mishaps, and love interests. I can’t wait for the next installment!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to go to the bookstore or library to get the next book in the series. I am loving the new graphic novels that they have come out with. It takes me back to my teenage years and so many memories. The illustrations are amazing and the girls look exactly how I use to picture them in my head. I hope they are coming out with more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michal

    Liked this one

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

    it was a cute and cool book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    The art was incredible! Your stereotypical preteen “girl is in LOVE with boy” drama... but that’s the kind of book that I love so I’m not bothered by that, not at all😂😂😂

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liv Gordon

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

  27. 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

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aalia

    It's very interesting I like this book very much

  29. 4 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!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Review by Lucy, age 6.5, 11/9/19 Mom's note: I need to remember that when I grab books for Grace off the library shelf, Lucy also will make every effort to read them. I perhaps would not have chosen "Boy-Crazy Stacey" for either girl, but Grace has been reading the Telgemeier Babysitters Club books this year and this was a logical pick based purely on that. Oh well. This is a story about the people the Babysitter's Club. Their names are Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Ma Review by Lucy, age 6.5, 11/9/19 Mom's note: I need to remember that when I grab books for Grace off the library shelf, Lucy also will make every effort to read them. I perhaps would not have chosen "Boy-Crazy Stacey" for either girl, but Grace has been reading the Telgemeier Babysitters Club books this year and this was a logical pick based purely on that. Oh well. This is a story about the people the Babysitter's Club. Their names are Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, and Mallory. This book is especially about Stacey. Mom: Tell me something about Stacey. Lucy: She has Type 1 Diabetes, which means that body isn't making enough sugar into energy by itself, so she has to watch her diet and give herself insulin shots every day. Mom: What job does Stacey get in the summer? Lucy: She has to help out with kids (triplets) in Sea City. The Triplets are 10 years old and Mallory is 11. She's the oldest. Mom: What happens to really stir things up? Lucy: The real problem is Stacey is in love with a lifeguard. Mom: Why is this a problem? Lucy: He's in love with another girl now. Also she doesn't do her babysitting job very well. That upsets Mary Anne who is also babysitting. Later in the story Alex comes in and now Stacey is in love with him. Mom: How does that work out for babysitting? Lucy: It works out great. But Mary Anne is also in love with another boy. They double date and then split up after dinner. They go into the tunnel of love. They kiss. Toby gives her a sea shell with a heart. At the end there's The Chore Hat. People stick in their and and what they pull out is their chore. Stacy comes home. Her parents are very excited. She calls Claudia. Claudia is excited too. Now Stacey has a bear and a shell to help her keep her memories. Mom: What did you like about this book? Lucy: I liked the characters, and the fall-in-love, fall-out-of-love stuff. Mom: Were these girls too young to fall in love? Lucy: Pretty sure. Mom: Did anyone get hurt? Lucy: Yes, Stacey. Mom: How could Stacey have acted better? Lucy: Do her job better by watching the children at the beach instead of being distracted by the lifeguard.

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