Monday, January 31, 2005

Girls in Pants (by Ann Brashears)

I cannot believe I am writing about the magical pants book in my book blog. But as you may notice, I have gone back and added all the books I've read this year so far that aren't on one of my reading lists, and this is one of them.

As a long time Baby-sitters Club reader, I have a soft spot for cheesy series about teenage girls, and so there you have it. I snuck into Barnes & Noble and read this book sitting in an overstuffed chair. Maybe this is unethical? But I really have no need to own the pants books, just an overwhelming need to find out what happens next.

It's cheesy, not that well written, and I'm still holding a grudge against Book Two in the series, where the chubby girl loses weight and dyes her hair blonde and then gets the guy. I mean COME ON, people. Also, wash the damn pants! Because that's gross. (Although my friend Bruce, who is such an expert on jeans that he has gone to a conference on the subject, says that jeans are designed not to be washed.)

I am going to go retreat to the Fametracker thread on the subject of these books. Fametracker is also where my fellow BSC refugees are. (Speaking of which, if you ever read that series, this Fametracker-sponsored fanfic is hysterically funny.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love these books. I think I'll always have a soft spot for young adult books. I've read books one and two and will probably sheepishly borrow the third one from the library when they get it.


8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, if you read the first book, the so-called "chubby girl" is actually thin; the only reason she became chubby was to try to turn into someone she wasn't; again, she tried dying her hair as well, but (forgive the pun) her true roots showed through. This is a wonderful series of books, though. I wouldn't have thought it possible for someone to delve into the mind of a teenage girl like this, but Brashares has done it time and time again.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Continuing on the comment before this, you mentioned that the chubby girl loses weight and dyes her hair blond, but she didn't dye her hair blond. Bridget had naturally blond hair from birth, as did her mother and grandmother. She also used to be slim and athletic. The previous school year she had dyed her hair dark brown and gained weight because of emotional stresses stemming from the grief of her dead mother catching up with her. She found her true (if blond and slim) self when she found her grandmother that summer.

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