The Truth About Stacey


Adele, I wrote a book report on The Truth About Stacey. As I do, I sometimes use big fancy words. If you get confused, look the words up.

“Sunlight” explained United States Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis, “is said to be the best of disinfectants.” While Brandeis was writing about the importance of transparency when managing public institutions (because corruption is difficult when one can’t keep secrets, when institutions are transparent, when the sun illuminates what’s happening), much the same can be said of Ann Martin’s The Truth About Stacey.

The Baby-Sitters Club’s biggest business rival The Baby-Sitters Agency collapses when, with a little nudging from club members, the exceedingly poor quality of Agency sitting is revealed to their customers. Beyond making public the Agency’s ineptitude, the Club needn’t do much else. The truth comes out pretty much by itself. Sunlight, of its own accord, disinfects.

Seven year old Club customer Charlotte Johanssen’s situation improves when her parents conference with her teacher and they decide to move her up to third grade because Charlotte finds second grade unchallenging and her classmates are jealous of her easy success. Truth finally outs and sunlight, of its own accord, reveals what to do.

Even Stacey’s strained relationship with her best New York friend Laine Cummings is repaired by honest and thorough transparency. At book’s beginning Stacey figures Laine began to dislike her because she spent too long talking to Allison Ritz at a slumber party and really started to hate her when she began suffering the effects of uncontrolled diabetes like bed wetting, multiple hospital stays and extended school deadlines not offered to other students. When the two friends finally level with each other, Stacey admitting to Laine that she should have told her she had diabetes and Laine admitting to Stacey that she was jealous of the special treatment Stacey seemed to be getting (made worse by not knowing just how ill Stacey was) their friendship gets back on track.

A different theme the in book is not connected to transparency but instead connected to taking responsibility. Stacey is not only frustrated with having diabetes, she’s frustrated with her parents’ meddlesome reaction to it. Stacey keeps getting hauled off to different doctors and put on different plans whether she wants it or not. This frustrating situation is resolved only when Stacey takes charge of her health by making an appointment with a New York diabetes expert and then informing her parents of what she did so they can attend the consultation. What’s important here is that Stacy doesn’t just whine and complain about her parents’ actions, she does something about it. She shows her parents she can take care of herself by actually taking care of herself. If you were to ask me, this is the real truth about Stacey. She’s growing up.

Adele, thanks for loaning me The Truth About Stacey. I enjoyed reading it.

Uncle Pace