My favorite book when I was young was the Baby-Sitter’s Club. A group of girls who are good friends but all have very different personalities, get together and form a club, which basically runs as a business. They set up opportunities for each other to baby-sit for many families in their neighborhood. Throughout the books, they experience family struggles, conflicts in their friendships and problems while baby-sitting, but in the end they always remain great friends. They are bonded because of their Baby-Sitter’s Club.
As for my favorite book now, I haven’t changed much in the fact that I can’t pick just one. My favorite is still a series, The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. You may be familiar with Confessions of a Shopaholic, which was recently made into a movie. The main character of these books is a young women who has many problems, including but not limited to, her shopping addiction. She means well, but things often do not go as planned for her. Kinsella’s character, Rebecca Bloomwood, is a very positive and upbeat person who cares a great deal about those whom she is close to, but her debt issues lead to her lying and deceiving her family and friends because she doesn’t want them to think less of her. She makes plenty of mistakes throughout the books, but you can’t help but cheer her on because she is a lovable character with a great personality.
I love books that are a series because it means I don’t have to stop getting to know the characters after just one book. I get pretty attached to the characters, and want to know as much about them as possible. In the Baby-Sitter’s Club, I enjoyed the fact that they took the initiative to have a mini-business when they were so young. I personally tried to have clubs like this plenty of times when I was in elementary and middle school, none of which worked out for very long, if at all, so I was always so impressed that they had clients and were able to handle the work. Another part of the series that got me interested was the close group of friends that were represented. All of the girls who were in the Baby-Sitter’s Club were from different backgrounds, had different interests and skills and personalities that you wouldn’t expect to get along. But, of course, they did. Even if they had their disagreements or complications, these friends remained strong and that is the main thing that I loved about the books when I was young. When I was in 5th and 6th grade, I struggled a great deal with cliques developing between my friends. It seemed like there was always a conflict and I was always very upset about it. I truly believe that the Baby-Sitter’s Club made an impact on me to find friends that would stand by me through anything.