I remember reading this book, and yet I don’t remember reading it. I know I owned it, because I owned the first tweny or so mysteries, but it clearly did not make an impression on me. It is probably a book that went in the “never re-read pile.” Until I got too old to read them, I liked the later mysteries better – even though they were unrealistic, they had stuff happen. My friend and I used to wish we lived by more crime, so that we could solve a mystery like the BSC. I know, we were lame.
This book isn’t really a mystery. I mean, I guess you could call a missing child a mystery. But this book is not like looking for a missing person on Without a Trace. We already know the kid who is missing and know he will be alright. So, it is just boring.
Anyway, after a Krusher’s game Jake Kuhn tells Kristy he is allowed to walk home by himself (which is true). So, they say good-bye and walk in different directions. Later that day, Mrs. Kuhn calls and says Jake is missing. At first, Mrs. Kuhn is not at all worried when she can’t find Jake, she just assumes her ex took him and gets annoyed. She must have a realization later on though, cause she does call the police. Then she spends the rest of the book freaking out and making other people watch her daughters, because she is too stressed about Jake to take care of them. But she does keep telling people that she thinks her ex was behind it.
Meanwhile, Kristy and the rest of the BSC decide that they know better than Mrs. Kuhn, and that her ex could not have taken Jake. They start search parties to look for him, which (of course) involve a bunch of kids. Eventually (as in about 48 hours later), they find him at a construction site. Well, really Matt Braddock finds him, but he is with a group of people Kristy is leading. Jake had been walking through a house that is being built and fell into the basement, but couldn’t climb out since there were no stairs.
Subplot: Mary Anne is failing Home Ec. She recovers when she thinks she invents Jello Jigglers. It is kinda funny, because Mary Anne doesn’t get real involved with looking for Jake, because she is busy doing Home Ec stuff. Good thing she has her priorities straight.
- Mr. Kuhn is fighting to get joint custody of his kids…while he moves to Texas. I bet moving to a different state looks great to a judge.
- Jake is all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Remember when they were cool? My favorite was always Leonardo.
- Oh, THIS I remember. Mary Anne and Kristy sit around outside making noises by blowing on grass. I think I actually tried to imitate them when I was little, but couldn’t get any noise to happen.
- Gold lamé high-tops? Wow. I have no words for that.
- How come David Michael is just a klutz, but Jackie Rodowsky is a walking disaster?
- I really don’t understand the deal with Charlotte Johansson being a cheerleading for the Krushers. She is so not the type.
- Kristy’s grandmother makes chocolate chip cookies with extra chips and less walnuts and people are surprised they are extra good. Personally, I have never made chocolate chip cookies without adding extra chips.
- So, while Jake is missing his sisters (Patsy and Laurel) end up at the Pikes. Mrs. Pike makes spaghetti, but five-year-old Patsy refuses to eat it. Mal makes her a hot dog, which all the kids end up wanting. And Mrs. Pike just lets her huge pot of spaghetti go to waste. No wonder her kids are annoying.
- The BSC talk about how their parents all say nice things about Mr. Kuhn, so he couldn’t have taken his own son. I love how they think they know better than the man’s ex-wife.
- While Kristy is at an emergency BSC meeting at Claud’s, the police show up to talk to her (because she was the last person to see Jake). Janine just leads them up to Claud’s bedroom to talk to Kristy. That seems…. inappropriate.
- Mrs. Kuhn just sort of blows Kristy off when she tells her about the BSC having an emergency meeting to help Jake. Which would be funnier if Kristy doesn’t end up being there when they find Jake.
- Patsy and Laurel eat popcorn with maple syrup and garlic. Not mixed together, but that still sounds disgusting.
- This is weird. Kristy wants to make an announcement at school to recruit volunteers to search for Jake. So, she goes to Mr. Taylor’s office (the principal) and then talks about how nice SHE was about it. The use of “Mr.” seems to suggest HE would be an appropriate pronoun.
- Claud makes a flier saying “Mising sinse last nihgt – help us fine him”
- Bart was with Kristy when they last saw Jake, but the police only talk to Kristy. Huh.
- I remember this too: Stacey saying she would find Charlotte Johanson in a “nanosecond” if she went missing. It was where I learned what nanosecond was.
- The recipe Mary Anne keeps screwing up for Home Ec? Jello. How do you mess up jello?
- I bet Haley Braddock gets really tired of hanging out with her little brother and translating for him all the time.
- Jake is pretty cheerful at the end, especially for someone who has been stuck in a dark hole with no food/water for two days. Even more especially, when you consider that he seems to have a broken leg.
- Kristy almost wears a dress in this one. “It’s blue, with a drop waist and a full skirt.” But she changes her mind and wears jeans.
- At the end, there is some awards ceremony that the eighth graders have where they give out “silly” awards. It is kind of random.
- Mary Anne gets an award for “Most Improved Home Ec Student.” That sounds seriously embarrassing. She makes Logan go on stage with her to get the award. Didn’t Angelina Jolie do that at some award show back before she started collecting children? Only with her brother, not her boyfriend.
- Kristy gets an award because she helped find Jake, but they don’t tell us the exact name. But when they give it to her, Bart kisses her in front of everyone. How sweet.