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Dawn, Diary Two is the seventh book in the California Diaries series and takes the form of a diary written by Vista Private School student Dawn Schafer.

Back Cover Summary[]

I hate being so angry at Sunny.

I hate it.

But really, it's all her fault.

Summary[]

Dawn and Sunny’s friendship is over. It seems to Dawn like she moved back to California for nothing—Sunny certainly doesn’t appreciate all that Dawn has done to help her. Dawn spends more time with Maggie and Ducky, but somehow that makes her miss Sunny more, even though she’s still angry with her.

At home, all her dad and stepmom can do is think about the new baby. Is there even room for two daughters in her parents’ lives now?

Maybe she’s not needed in California anymore. When Dawn heads back to Stoneybrook for the summer, perhaps it will be for good.

Characters[]

Dawn's Family

Pre-Teens

Teenagers

Adults

  • Betsy Winslow
  • Mr. and Mrs. Blume
  • Reg (the Blumes' new chauffeur)
  • Unnamed nurses

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • New Parent, Vogue (magazines)

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

  • Dawn narrates that Carol is bedridden for the last three months of her pregnancy, however, in Sunny, Diary Two it's said it's her last two months.

Trivia[]

  • Dawn and Maggie aren't close friends anymore and Amalia is more of Maggie's friend when hers.
  • Dawn still hasn't warmed up to Carol, calling her an OK person and isn't excited for the baby.
  • Names that everyone comes up for the baby include: Emerson, Brad, Brett, and Max.
    • Ironically, the name Carol picks is Emerson, which is Sharon's middle name (which might be why Jack isn't thrilled with it).
  • Dawn thinks that she might not have a relationship with Elizabeth Grace Schafer-Olson because of their age difference.
  • Gracie's birth is the first time Dawn has seen Jack so happy he cried.
  • Carol and Gracie had to stay in the hospital an extra day because of an unspecified minor issue that Carol had.
  • Jack can't stop getting up to check on Gracie at night.
  • Jeff thought Gracie was going to be a boy and insisted they only focus on boys' names.
  • Made up books and magazines include My Lucky Stars, Rollerblade (magazines) and Nightfall by Randal Pierce.
  • Mary Anne, Richard, and Sharon are mentioned in this book.
  • By now the cancer has spread to Mrs. Winslow's bones. Her doctors are trying a new chemotherapy treatment.
  • Mrs. Winslow has coughing spells so severe she throws up.
  • Mrs. Winslow has Dawn pick up a copy of a book called Name Your Baby as a gift from her to Carol.
  • Dawn and Sunny helped Mrs. Winslow plant a special flower garden right after she received her cancer diagnosis.
  • Mrs. Winslow sees Dawn as a second daughter.
  • Carol and Jack opted not to find out Gracie's sex prior to her birth, even though they had plenty of opportunities to do so (Dawn suspects that Jack actually did want to find out but was respecting Carol's wishes).
  • Dawn once skinned her elbow falling off the Winslow's trampoline when she was younger. Mrs. Winslow comforted her.
  • Flash is a made up band.
  • Dawn and Sunny planned to spend the summer in Europe together before college started.
  • Sunny and Dawn gave Jill a sweater that says "I love my boxer" with the dog on it for her eleventh birthday.
  • Mrs. Winslow gets to hold Gracie.
  • This is the first time Jill is seen since Dawn (California Diaries).
  • Maggie, Amalia, Ducky and Jill all get presents for Gracie (a fish mobile, a cartoon of Dawn and the baby surfing together, a t-shirt that says "I'm here!" and a stuffed boxer dog respectively).
  • Maggie started to develop her eating disorder in this book.
  • Sunny pulls on her ear when she gets nervous.
  • According to Dawn, Carol had two main topics of conversation during her last weeks of pregnancy: what to name the baby and what she was going to do once she was no longer confined to bed.

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