Like many of the other reviewers I was probably about 11/12 when I got hooked on the BSC and I *loved* the early books, especially The Truth About Stacey, and many others.
However, I'm not sure I liked the direction that the newer books have taken.
Okay, sure every book series updated for the nineties/noughties and different issues were brought into books in order to deal with the changes in society, etc. After all, the books weren't just about the hilarious escapades of the kids they were sitting for but, I just don't think that the BSC series adapted well.
I admit that this book is the first BSC book I have read in a long time so, I've probably jumped from reading number 30/40 to 87!
Anyways, to get to the point, Stacey didn't seem like that same Stacey in the earlier books, I didn't like her as much in this one. Also, Dawn seemed quite nasty (from what Stacey wrote about her) and at times the characters seemed one-dimensional.
I agree that people change - sometimes not for the better but - one great thing was that Stacey joined the BSC again at the end.
It's a shame she didn't get a chance to tell her loser ex-friends (the ones who used her) exactly what she thought of them!