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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 reasons 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 reasons 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. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    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 | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram 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 | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Ok if these are modern why does Stacey not have an insulin pump

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diz

    I picked this up on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. The personalities of the main characters are very distinct, and interestingly there is a feature between chapters where the characters write postcards to each other, which shows that they present themselves differently depending on who they are writing to. That kind of psychological depth makes this worth reading. Additionally the art is really well done--particularly the splash pages.

  4. 4 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. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire L

    I want Raina Telgemeier back...

  7. 5 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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    Stacey and the rest of the baby-sitters club is on summer vacation and they are all doing different things. The Pikes have hired Stacey and Mary Anne to watch their eight kids on their summer vacation to Sea city in new Jersey. It is a paid holiday for them and of course they agree. When they get to the Sea city, Stacey gets a crush on one of the lifeguards, Scott at the beach and spends time talking to him and not watching the kids whilst Mary Anne has to do make do with things all by herself. W Stacey and the rest of the baby-sitters club is on summer vacation and they are all doing different things. The Pikes have hired Stacey and Mary Anne to watch their eight kids on their summer vacation to Sea city in new Jersey. It is a paid holiday for them and of course they agree. When they get to the Sea city, Stacey gets a crush on one of the lifeguards, Scott at the beach and spends time talking to him and not watching the kids whilst Mary Anne has to do make do with things all by herself. When Mary Anne acknowledges that, Stacey just shrugs it off and continues doing the same thing until she Scott kissing another girl and then she gets mad at Mary Anne for no reason. Anyway, Stacey finally gets perspective and apologizes to Mary Anne and even meets another guy, Toby and she has her first kiss. Mary Anne also meets a guy, Alex who introduced Stacey and Toby. This was another cute story with gorgeous illustrations. Now all I wanna do is go for a vacation at the fictional town of Sea city in New Jersey. 4 stars

  9. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Atira

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ditya Rathor

    Very Dramatic!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Meh, Stacey was never one of my favorites, and she didn't get any better with time. Love me some Mary Anne, though. Meh, Stacey was never one of my favorites, and she didn't get any better with time. Love me some Mary Anne, though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Charisse

    I needed something warm & fuzzy and these graphic novels pack so nostalgia for me! I read BSC books growing up and it’s wonderful to revisit these characters in graphic novel format. I did miss my two favorites in this installment, Claudia and Kristy, but I’m sure they’ll be back for the next adventure, and yes, I will 100% be reading it.

  14. 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!"

  15. 4 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. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Galluzzo

    one of my favoret books

  17. 5 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meara Malloy

    Not really what I'm most into reading. But if you enjoy "Babysitters Club" books than I guess you might really like it. But I'm not that big of a fan for the series. Hope some people enjoy it a lot! Not really what I'm most into reading. But if you enjoy "Babysitters Club" books than I guess you might really like it. But I'm not that big of a fan for the series. Hope some people enjoy it a lot!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryleigh McDonald

    The book “The Baby-Sitters Club” (Boy-Crazy Stacy) is a graphic novel by Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin. It follows two girls named Stacy and Mary Anne that are enjoying their summer before they go to eighth grade next year. Stacy and Mary Anne are going on a vacation to the New Jersey shore together to take care of eight kids. When they go down to the beach Stacy is distracted by a boy named Scott so she goes to talk to him which gets Mary Anne annoyed because she has to take care of the kids The book “The Baby-Sitters Club” (Boy-Crazy Stacy) is a graphic novel by Gale Galligan and Ann M. Martin. It follows two girls named Stacy and Mary Anne that are enjoying their summer before they go to eighth grade next year. Stacy and Mary Anne are going on a vacation to the New Jersey shore together to take care of eight kids. When they go down to the beach Stacy is distracted by a boy named Scott so she goes to talk to him which gets Mary Anne annoyed because she has to take care of the kids by herself. Although Mary Anne is annoyed with Stacy she finds a boy also named Alex. Alex helps Mary Anne take care of the kids since Stacy isn’t helping. Alex is also babysitting his family member so that added a couple of kids to the mix. The book mainly takes place at the New Jersey Shore called Sea City. The reason I say that is because Stacy and Mary Anne are babysitting the Pikes on their annual beach vacation. Stacy and Mary Anne bring the kids to the beach almost everyday because thats what they love even though they could get sunburn-like Mary Anne. If they don’t go to the beach then they go on the boardwalk. It also shows that it’s at the beach because Stacy is talking to a lifeguard that is looking over the ocean to see if he needs to go save someone or something. Lastly, since it is a graphic novel it shows you pictures of the beautiful beach settings. My favorite part of the novel is when Mary Anne, Alex, Stacy, and Toby all go on a double date. This is my favorite part because I think it is romantic that they found someone they like other than the kids they are babysitting. In the novel, it states, “Hey, Stacy? I got you something.” This indicates that he wants her to remember him because they might not ever see each other again. In the novel, it states, “Hey! You guys look great.” This indicates romance because he is complementing on how they look and making them feel good about themselves. I would recommend this book to people who like romance. The reason I say this is because even though they are going on vacation to babysit they found boys along the way. Stacy found a boy named Scott which wasn’t the right match for her until she found Toby. Mary Anne found a boy named Alex that helped her babysit while Stacy was going boy crazy over Scott. Stacy was all over Scott and left Mary Anne to take care of it when it didn’t even work out. The last reason I think it is romantic is that they gave each other things to remember them after their vacation was over. Even though they only saw each other for two weeks they will never forget about each other.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Rose

    Good and lighthearted read, only took me about 3 hours total to read! Got it for christmas and just started it on the 1st. It was a good break from the "Red Queen" book (#4) that I was reading, to give my brain a break (yes I read it right in the middle of the 4th book {I do it a lot}). Very nice meaning to friendship. All age appropriate! Love this book! Second time reading it. I love all these graphic novels. Good and lighthearted read, only took me about 3 hours total to read! Got it for christmas and just started it on the 1st. It was a good break from the "Red Queen" book (#4) that I was reading, to give my brain a break (yes I read it right in the middle of the 4th book {I do it a lot}). Very nice meaning to friendship. All age appropriate! Love this book! Second time reading it. I love all these graphic novels.

  23. 4 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". 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".

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aalia

    It's very interesting I like this book very much It's very interesting I like this book very much

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liv Gordon

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

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hadley Hatch

    it was a cute and cool book

  27. 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!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michal

    Liked this one

  29. 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😂😂😂

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lilli Gilliam

    Amazing book, illustrations are amazing.

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