This is the book that my friend used to make fun of. Dawn and Mary Anne want their parents to have a new baby, and they keep saying how Sharon would only need to do a third of the work as a normal mother, since Mary Anne and Dawn are around.
This is also a book where they have that stupid egg baby project. I never had to do this in school, mainly because when I was a freshman in high school, the seniors who had to carry around bags of flour, dumped the flour all over the halls once they finished the project. But even before that, I never understood why characters in books would really bother carrying an egg to the movies with them.
This one starts out with Mary Anne and Dawn talking about how much they want their parents to have a baby. They think it is totally unreasonable that their parents wouldn’t want to uproot their lives, and they can’t imagine what the big deal is. Mary Anne also gets a couple jobs sitting for a pair of twin six-month-olds. Her first one goes well, and she is in baby heaven.
Then all the girls have to start taking a class called “modern living,” which I can’t believe they would do in an 8th grade class. But, they do, and Mary Anne and Logan have to pretend to be married and that an egg is a baby. It starts off fine, then Mary Anne and Logan realize that apartments and food and doctors are really expensive and can’t be paid for with baby-sitting money. Shocking news. They also fight a lot, because Logan totally doesn’t trust Mary Anne to take care of the egg. I think this is sign 1,006 that Mary Anne should dump him. And THEN Mary Anne sits for the twins again, and they cry the whole time. So, she and Dawn decide that they don’t want a new sibling after all. Um, happy ending?
- All the talk Mary Anne and Dawn have about wanting a baby is ridiculous. Wouldn’t a 13-year-old know that they couldn’t really do everything for a baby that a mother does?
- Mary Anne and Dawn also think it is ridiculous that their parents won’t consider adopting…after all, Kristy’s mom and Watson did, so it must be easy to do.
- Okay, they also talk about how it would be hard to find a relative that could move in to help out like Kristy’s grandmother. Yeah, imagine not having a relative willing to be a non-paid nanny.
- Awe, I feel bad when people embarrass themselves. Mary Anne’s teacher asks who thinks they are responsible enough to raise a kid. And she raises her hand, thinking the teacher is doing a head count.
- Shawna Riverson is an idiot. Not just because she resorted to cheating off Claudia, but because when someone in class says “Girls aren’t commodities, you can’t use us up,” she responds by correcting them to say “condiment.”
- Mary Anne and Logan are shocked that a two-bedroom apartment goes for $2,000 a month. I know the books are old, but that is an awesome price.
- The mother of the twins is tired, and Mary Anne doesn’t understand why having twins would do that. After all, she once was a mother’s helper for the Pikes and it wasn’t bad.
- Mary Anne spends all this effort dressing up the babies in fancy matching outfits and talking about how she would do that with her own babies all the time. I think that would last for about a week.
- Okay, this seems normal. Stacey thinks carrying an egg around is annoying and can’t understand why Mary Anne is so into it.
- Mallory actually sounds like the reasonable one, when she tells the others that being pregnant actually makes people tired.
- This part is kind of scary…Dawn makes a big point of saying she won’t ever change her name if she gets married. Now, this is always something I have thought myself, I seriously hope it is not just because of Dawn.
- Dawn and Mallory let the Pikes waste almost a dozen eggs by pretending they have egg babies too.
- So, Mary Anne and Dawn decide they don’t want a new baby after all. Then, Sharon and Richard say they want to talk, and the girls get all worried that it is too late. But they were just telling them they could get a new pet.
- Mary Anne decides that she doesn’t want to wait until she is “really” old, like 40, to have a baby. But 25 sounds like a perfect age. Yeah…I had lots of friends in high school that talked about wanting to have kids before they were 25 so they wouldn’t be too old. Very few of them actually did.