Stacey can't wait! Her best friend from New York, Laine Cummings, is coming to Stoneybrook for a whole week. Lanie can spend a day at SMS, attend club meetings, and maybe even go to the Valentine Dance.
But the minute Laine arrives, things don't go as planned. Laine thinks Stacey's sleepover with her friends is so childish. And she can't believe Stacey's still into baby-sitting. Laine's used to hanging out at high school parties. She even has a fifteen-year-old boyfriend!
Stacey doesn't want to lose her childhood friend. But Laine's growing up way too fast for Stacey. Is this the end of their friendship?
In Stacey’s Ex-Best Friend, Stacey and the members of the Baby-sitters Club plan a Valentine’s Day party for their sitting charges. I love writing about Valentine’s Day. In fact, every time I’m plotting a BSC or a Baby-sitters Little Sister book that will be published in February, I ask my editor if Valentine’s Day can be one of the themes.
When I was young, I always looked forward to Valentine’s Day. In elementary school, a week or so before Valentine’s Day, we would make folders out of red construction paper and tape them to the fronts of our desks. During the next few days whenever kids brought their valentines into class they would walk around the room and distribute them in the folders. We were not supposed to open them until our class party on Valentine’s Day. The year I was in fifth grade, I decided to make all of my valentines instead of buying them in the store. I had a lot of fun, but I was a little embarrassed by them and wondered if they were as good as store-bought ones. So I decided not to sign them. I thought I could give them to my classmates anonymously. What I hadn’t counted on was that I would be the only student not to sign her cards. So by process of elimination, everyone had figured out exactly who made the cards. But I still love sending Valentine’s Day cards. In fact, I send cards for every possible occasion. But now I’ve learned to sign them.