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The Truth About Stacey, by Raina Telgemeier

loreofthebooks's review

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2.0

I probably read some of the original series when I was younger. My library happened to have ebook copies of books 2-4 of the graphic novel, so I picked them up to read.

I was just 'eh' about it. I LOVE Telgemeier's artwork. It is so gorgeous and it's got great colors. I guess I'm just not interested in babysitting or middle schoolers doing so.

It was cute, but there wasn't much about it that I loved or thought was OMG SO GOOD.

It was nice how they introduced diabetes however, and how dealing with health issues is a huge thing, and can cause stress at home and between people.

Overall, it was just okay.

booksforlosers's review against another edition

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5.0

The kid I've even kind of baby sat for was my kid cousin (her parents were there I was just watching her) but I love these books!

lydiagordon02's review

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5.0

8+ Talks about diabetes and the struggles of dealing with people who you thought were your friends.

I think this graphic novel is great! I was so surprised when I found out that the BSC books had been turned into graphic Novels. I knew I had to read at least one, as an homage to my childhood. When I did, it felt as if I was being transported right back. it felt exactly the same as the book, but now with pretty illustrations to boot!

The Babysitters Club books have always had such great messages for children in them, so I think it's great that those same messages are now being presented in different formats to reach even more readers.

finesilkflower's review against another edition

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5.0

Another absolute gem of a graphic novel adaptation of one of my all-time favorite BSC books, [b:The Truth About Stacey|844940|The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club, #3)|Ann M. Martin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1390193161l/844940._SX50_.jpg|2653442]! Raina's art captures the drama, angst, humor, and heart of both storylines: the BSC facing competition from a rival baby-sitting business, and Stacey's parents dragging her back to NYC to undergo tests from a fad doctor she doesn't trust - not to mention staying with her ex-best friend, Laine, who abandoned her when she got sick.

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This is a highly faithful adaptation of book 3; however, we know they're making editorial choices, because they skipped book 2 entirely. [b:Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls|290503|Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-sitters Club, #2)|Ann M. Martin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388901660l/290503._SX50_.jpg|2227698] is not a bad one to skip, really, since it's sort of a goofy one-off, it's one of the spooky/mystery books that are not everyone's cup of tea, and it relies heavily on outdated phone technology. Then again, maybe Raina was just bored by it and more excited to get to The Truth About Stacey, which is definitely a stronger and more character-driven book. And Claudia and Mean Janine, book 7 in the original series (but book 4 in the comics), is a stronger story for Claudia.

The coloring by Braden Lamb is vibrant and fun, especially the outfits and interiors. There are a few coloring gaffes, however, most notably when a giant crayon is referred to as red in the dialogue but colored green.

I love how on-brand all the characters' Kid-Kits are.

Raina casually reveals her superfandom with some deep cuts in the visual details, such as Flashback!Stacey's princess room and Claudia's "under the sea" theme Kid-Kit.

alice_raven's review

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4.0

loved it!:)

catherinemcfall's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

faeriedrumsong's review

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5.0

I remember enjoying the books as a kid, but not overly so. I dont think I owned any, just got them from friends or the library every so often.

This is an amazing update. The artwork is fresh, the telling does not feel at all dated, and I wanted to read more.

I did not read #1, I just grabbed this off the library shelf. I didnt feel lost (partially because of what I remembered) but mostly because the story is pretty self contained. You can follow along really well without much help.

Great middle grade graphic novel.

jaimeb's review

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funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

christabelle_v's review against another edition

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hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

I really liked it. I first discovered the baby sitters club through Netflix that did the TV adaptation and though I'm a young adult, I'm a kid at heart and I loved it. As a type one diabetic, Diagnosed at 7, seeing Stacy, a fashionable strong character who also happened to have diabetes was so... I'm not sure the word but it filled my heart because her struggles were my struggles and for the first time in decades I felt seen and understood. Growing up I had Nick Jonas to look up to and let me know anything was possible, but I'm sure I would have loved Stacy as a kid too. 

 I found the graphic novel and picked it up and read it in one day; I just couldn't put it down. I felt a little silly reading this at my age, but honestly I think I could use some lighthearted things in my life and I don't regret picking it up. The characters and  the story are just so engaging and heart warming. You want the girls to succeed and support them. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did, but I sure did! The facial expressions added in the art style just match the character so well. I enjoyed it. I didn't like as much the scene with Stacy and the candy, given diabetics can eat it, it just needs to be covered and it could cause a spike so all in moderation, but knowing she was only diagnosed for one year makes sense. The first years are more strict in the beginning until you understand better how your body reacts. Each diabetic is different, but candy isn't kryptonite. You just need to be careful with when and how much. But thats just me being technical. I liked in the end we see her eating pretzels in the art because we do need carbs, just count them. Other than that, it was good. 

chess__bored's review against another edition

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hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0