Re-Reading: The Babysitters Club #1 – Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

kristy's great ideaAnd the trip down memory lane continues with another favourite series from my childhood! The Babysitters Club was one of those series that I remember gobbling up because I could totally relate to the characters. I like to think that I was kind of a Claudia, but I really think I was more of a Mary-Ann. I definitely didn’t (and probably still don’t) have the business savvy of any of these girls, but I did remember liking to babysit when I was about 12 years old. Or, at least I liked the income from it.

At any rate, it felt almost refreshing to read this one right after reading the first Sweet Valley High book. Whereas that one was about two bickering sisters — one who was a major pain in the butt and the other one a little more normal, but they were still totally at odds throughout most of the book — this one was about a group of friends in their tweens wanting to start a club, a babysitting club. Less bickering, lots of other stories going on with the girls’ families and whatnot, and a super quick read.

This one was so much fun to revisit! I feel like subconsciously as I’m reading these, it all comes back to me — I can’t remember what I was doing when I was reading these stories but the characters and their situations came back to me. It’s really great that not only does the book focus on the club, but also on the girls and their families. This one was more about Kristy and her family, so we meet her mom, her mom’s boyfriend, her siblings, etc., and learn what kind of drama her family is going through. Through her we learn about the other girls’ families, but I’m thinking we’ll get more story as the books go on.

Dare I say that I really want to continue on with the reread of this series? I mean, I know it’s for the 12- to 14-year old range, but they’re still great for a light read right now. Easily gobbled up within a few hours and so full of memories.

I will also say that while it was great to visit the Wakefields of Sweet Valley High, I feel like the Babysitters Club group would be much more accessible for a girl of that age range. They’re a lot more tame, I’d say less (for lack of a better word) lame in the dialogue, the girls are a lot more believable for their age, and it’s not about boys — it’s about friendship. Mind you, I still want to read the Sweet Valley Twins first book because I hear that series is a lot different from the high school version of the Wakefield twins, so you’ll hear my verdict then.

For now, I think I’m going to go see what’s up with Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls! I’m positive they’ll be a rotary phone or something in that one — while the books are definitely relatable these days, it’s fun finding these things that are so 90s. They’re like easter eggs!

Were you a fan of The Babysitters Club? Which girl did you relate to the most? 

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