Kristy and the Snobs

kristy and the snobsThis month, I went back to reading The Baby-Sitters’ Club books with my nine-year-old daughter. We’ve been reading kind of randomly around the graphic novels that she owns, and Kristy and the Snobs is the eleventh book in the series.

Kristy’s mom got married over the summer (in book six if I’m remembering correctly), and Kristy’s family has moved into a new neighborhood. They’ve moved into Watson’s home, which is really a mansion, and now Kristy’s having to adjust to the bigger houses, rich neighbors, and snobby kids. The kids in Kristy’s neighborhood go to ritzy private schools, make fun of Kristy’s plain clothes, put down the idea of The Babysitters’ Club, and even insult Kristy’s aging dog, Louie.

Louie’s condition, when Kristy stops to think about it, is concerning. He’s suddenly struggling with arthritis, going blind, and spending more and more time at the veterinarian’s office.

As worrying as Louie is, Kristy is more concerned about her new neighborhood. After all, she’s starting to get babysitting jobs in her new subdivision, and she’s worried that the kids she babysits for might be as snobby as the teenagers she’s met.

I noticed . . .

I noticed that Kristy is totally the person who started the unfriendliness with the girls in the neighborhood. She’s the one main character in this series who drives me crazy because she’s just such a petty and confrontational person. I think, but am not sure, that she’s the one who did the first prank as well.

I also noticed that Louie’s slow decline is heartbreaking. I was starting to get a little worried I might cry as I read this aloud to my daughter. She hasn’t lost a pet yet, and I hope she doesn’t have to for quite some time.

I also noticed that most of Mallory’s family has the chicken pox. Can you imagine having seven kids with chicken pox? What an exhausting time. No wonder the parents needed to get a sitter for an evening out!

I also noticed that Martin is setting the stage for a big drama with Dawn’s little brother. He misses his native California and his Dad, and if I’m remembering correctly, this is a theme that continues over several books.

I wondered . . .

I wondered why Kristy is so prejudiced against people with money. It’s an ongoing theme with her, and I find it a little exhausting. Is it defensiveness about having a single mom?

I also wondered why Kristy’s mom and Watson tortured Louie with so many treatments for his arthritis. I felt really sorry for him, but they can’t let him go, and so his pain continued much longer than it should have.

I wondered if we will see Shannon again in any upcoming books. One of the things I like about The Babysitters’ Club books is how Martin keeps bringing back the families that they babysit for. I’d love to see Shannon and Kristy’s relationship grow.

It reminded me of . . .

There were several books that this book made me think of. The first one was The Love Story of Missy Carmichael. Missy suffers pet loss, just like Kristy’s family does.

I was also reminded of my recent read, 99 Percent Mine. The female lead in this book has a difficult personality, and Kristy reminded me of what the little girl version of that personality might look like.

The snobbery and feeling of social hierarchy of the girls reminded me of The Princess GameAnother book in this category is Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education. The social structure is quite rigid.

I was also reminded of Austenland. The main character feels looked down on because she wasn’t rich like the other women staying at Austenland. Kristy often seems to feel looked down on from coming from a less wealthy family.

Overall, this was a quite touching book, even if Kristy was an irritating character.

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