Mallory has never been a sports person. In fact, you could say gym is her least favorite subject. But now Mal's worst subject has turned into an absolute nightmare. Gym class has gone co-ed!
Mal feels totally gross in her ugly, oversized gym suit. And once the boys find out she can't play volleyball, they decide to make her life miserable.
Mal's always hated gym. But she's beginning to hate boys even more!
Mallory hates gym, but now she hates it even more, since the new game is volleyball. After getting clobbered with a ball and and getting stepped on, Mal decides its time to call it quits. She’s not going to play, even if it means detention. She talks to Ben, and he convinces her to try it again, but the other team keeps targeting the ball at her. So she still does not play. After her mom finds put about her detention, Mallory talks to Ms. Walden, who tells the other team to stop targeting the ball at only Mallory. But now, Mallory must play volleyball. Soon the game changes to archery, and Mal is happy because she is good at it. She tries out for the team and gets in. Her brothers bake her a cake, and she realizes that boys aren’t so bad after all.
Mallory and Ben trades their brothers because Mallory's brothers were getting on her nerves and vice versa.
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
Boy, can I relate to Mallory’s feelings about gym class! Gym was definitely my all-time least favorite subject in school. I hated it in kindergarten and all the way into college. Like Mallory, I wasn’t particularly coordinated, and I could always think of a thousand other things I would rather be doing. But the worst part about gym for me was that, like Mary Anne, I was shy and hated being singled out. In gym class, I felt that everyone was looking at me. I’m glad that I’ll never have to take another gym class. However, I recently took up cross-country skiing, and I do exercise every day. And that’s important.
This is one of the few times where Logan Bruno comes to a BSC meeting.
Mallory makes the archery team at the end of the book.