Saturday, April 6, 2013

Do you remember the Babysitters club books or the Linda series?

I have been looking for the name of a certain book series for quite some time that I read back in junior high. Unfortunately the only thing I could remember was that it was about a girl who lived in NYC and each book was one year of her school life - going from late grade school through the end of high school. Yesterday I ran across a group on Goodreads called "What's the name of that book?" So of course I had to submit my request!

Here's the link - I'd link to the group properly but I'm writing this on my iPhone so linking doesn't work the same way: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/185-what-s-the-name-of-that-book

Anyway, I kid you not, by the time I woke up this morning, I had the answer to my search! I've been trying to remember the name of this series for 5-10 years now! Turns out it was the Linda series by Linda Lewis, with the first book called "2 Young 2 Go 4 Boys". It looks like she also later wrote some prequels as well, which I haven't read.

I also discovered today a site called openlibrary.org where you can actually check out scanned versions of books just like you would get a real book from any library. They're mainly older books, although I did find some newer ones on there (the Gossip Girl series, for example). But yeah, they're literally scanned pages of actual books, so less good quality than you'd get from an actual Kindle book, but still... it beats buying the book on eBay! You can check out 5 at a time for up to 2 weeks each. And guess what? They had "2 Young 2 Go 4 Boys"! He he!! So I checked it out today and finished it. (I'd forgotten how short the books were in the YA section. Maybe I haven't gotten slower at reading with age - the books have just gotten longer. Lol.)

I also found many of the BSC books! Did you know they kept writing those well into the late 90's?? I read them mostly in the 80's and early 90's. I started high school in 1993 and probably stopped reading them right around then. Now I'm really kind of curious to go back and read the ones I've missed! Is that weird? Lol.

I must confess, I did check out the first BSC book today: "Kristy's Big Idea" (and finished it) and am now reading the second one: "Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls". Boy do these sure bring back memories! ;)



4 comments:

  1. I remember the covers of some of the books in the Linda series, but I can't seem to recall if I ever read them.

    I read a ton of the Babysitter's Club, as well as a lot of the spin-off series, Babysitters Little Sister. I was completely obsessed with any of the books having to do with Claudia and Stacey, and absolutely loathed Mary Anne (in retrospect, probably because I was the most like Mary Anne).

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  2. Linda series about a girl who lives in NYC? Sounds like me!!! Haha. I've never read any of these books, but I do remember friends reading Babysitter's Club when I was younger.

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  3. Great idea, there's a book I loved in high-school hopefully I can find it!

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  4. Yes! I remember reading 2 Young 2 Go 4 Boys but didn't realize it was the start of a series! Now I can't wait to read it again. And I was a huge BSC fan, too. Such fun memories!

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