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The Truth About Stacey

Poor Stacey She just moved to a new town is still coming to terms with her diabetes and is facing baby sitt. I started reading the Baby Sitter s Club books when I was nine years old and even though they are deeply formulaic and predictable and old fashioned and ridiculous I loved them then and I love them now and I will continue to love them with the same fervor until I die not to get all hyperbolic or anything They were recommended to me actually to my mom for me by the mom of one of my elementary school classmates thanks Mrs Lee because one of the main characters Stacey has diabetes that s the ominous Truth in The Truth About Stacey Stacey is the first diabetic character I encountered in literature and she remained the only one for a couple years until I got Sweetblood from the Scholastic book fair in fifth or sixth grade and I became obsessed with that book instead It s only years later that I realized how outdated and somewhat problematic the representation of diabetes is in these books Stacey can t eat pizza my nightmare or any of the good snacks at club meetings and the club members continually mention that it s gross Stacey has to give herself shots and that they could never do it I could never give myself shots multiple times a day This is one of my all time least favorite things people say to me about diabetes because it s total bullshit When your options are shots or death my guess is that 9999 percent of people are gonna choose shotsAnyway I only recently learned that the first few BSC books had been updated into graphic novels and I was curious to see how they d be updated especially with regard to Stacey s diabetes since the text was first published in 1986 I couldn t tell when exactly the graphic novels are set the girls still answer a regular telephone with a cord at club meetings and although Claudia s outfits remain wacky they re not specifically late 80searly 90s wacky and I imagine that even a modern Claudia would be wearing some wild outfits so that didn t give me any clues As for diabetes updating the graphic novel provides a little factual straightforward information about what diabetes is during the scenes focused on Stacey s diagnosis at least as far as I remember it s info since I haven t read the original in a loooooong time The diabetes representation that bothered me the most actually bothered me in the graphic novel interpretation than it did in the original book although again I haven t read the original in a long time so this is just based on my memory Stacey takes Charlotte for a walk downtown and they go into a candy store and Stacey is tempted by the evils of sugar and chocolate To be fair so is Charlotte but the to eat candy or not to eat candy dilemma isn t as life or death for her Anyway there s a very dramatic panel of Stacey reaching for the candy mouth watering and then tearing herself away and running out of the store as though if she stays there for one second she will eat the candy and then presumably drop dead on the spot Because that s totally how it worksIn 1986 were diabetic children supposed to eat candy No probably not because we didn t have the technology and knowledge that we do now But in 2015 or 2017 can diabetic children eat candy If they take the right insulin for it sure why not It s yet another example of diabetes being used to create dramatic tension just for the sake of creating tension of using diabetes as a plot device and it really bummed me out It plays into these stupid stereotypes that still somehow exist that diabetics can t eat sugar or that we got diabetes because we ate too much candy and so on and so on Side note this whole thing could be avoided if Stacey had an insulin pump It makes candy eating and spontaneous eating in general sooo much easier Side note to the side note Are there even any diabetic characters in literature who use a pump I can t think of any which is weird because almost all of the diabetics I know in real life are on pumps But seriously you could make a whole book about Stacey getting a pump It is a normal event in the life of a child with diabetes that could provide some interesting plot points ie Stacey explaining to the kids she babysits for how a pump workstelling them not to push the buttons Or middle schoolers make stupid jokes about it and Stacey takes them down and the other members of the club support her but then it would stop being a plot point and just be a thing happening in the background of all BSC books that uietly NOT dramatically makes Stacey s life better I would have loooooved to see a story like that when I was actually reading BSC books because all of those things and happened to me and it is cool to read books that actually reflect your own experiences instead of all of this misplaced fear about sugar and candy that I did not actually have My own experiences involved plenty of candy thank goodnessTl dr four stars because while this series and these books are very important to me I still wish the portrayal of Stacey s diabetes was handled in a different way And I still think she should get a pump Because pumps are awesome

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R they're the BSC and they will deal with whatever's thrown their wayeven if it's a rival baby sitting club. This was a fun read

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Ing problems left and right Fortunately Stacey has three new friends Kristy Claudia and Mary Anne Togethe. This was very good I like these girls and their adventures and challenges


10 thoughts on “The Truth About Stacey

  1. says:

    I started reading the Baby Sitter's Club books when I was nine years old and even though they are deeply formulaic and predictable and old fashioned and ridiculous I loved them then and I love them now and I will continue to love them with the same fervor until I die not to get all hyperbolic or anything They were recommended to me actually to my mom for me by the mom of one of my elementary school classmates thanks Mrs Lee becau

  2. says:

    Stacey was very secretive in the first volum

  3. says:

    My second read of this book with the illustrations being in colour in this edition These are fun nostalgic reads a nice way to revisit an old favourite with a fresh twist Raina Telgemeier captures the characters perfectly Highlights in this volume include the creation of the Kid Kits which takes their baby sitting into a

  4. says:

    This was very good I like these girls and their adventures and challenges

  5. says:

    Oh the nostalgia I grew up loving the Baby Sitter's Club and these graphic novels are a fun way to bring back memories of my childhood

  6. says:

    I was so excited for this follow up to Kris

  7. says:

    I thought that it was a good read but the one thing that is incorrect about the book is that in the original series The Truth About Stacey is the third book while Claudia and the Phantom Phone Caller is the second book Th

  8. says:

    This was a fun read

  9. says:

    Did u know that Stacey is from New York also that she has diabetes

  10. says:

    Oh my God I’m having such nostalgic feels over this series Keep ‘em comin’

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