#MaryReviewsPonyPals Book 13: The Girl Who Hated Ponies. Aka The one where the Pony Pals have to spend time with a normal person and fail miserably at being decent human beings.
-Lulu comes in from the pony paddock to have a snack with her dad and wait what?! Is he back permanently now or just on holiday? What is going on?!
-Mr Sanders informs Lulu that he's going away to a conference for a weekend and leaving a girl her age called Melissa Prince to stay with her. Understandably Lulu is all "wtf who is this girl, why didn't you tell me, what if she doesn't like ponies??" And seriously can parents stop forcing their kids to socialise with their friends' kids because that was the worst part of my childhood. "Here's a random kid 3 years different to you in age. Go hang out. Have fun." They were always cunts too 😒
-Anna and Lulu meet Melissa. They judge her immediately because she's wearing "a black skirt, lace-up leather boots and a red jacket ... and long, dangling earrings." Melissa sounds like a badass tbh, go Melissa!
-Melissa is polite and positive, complimenting Lulu's house and telling her she's lucky to have a grandmother who is a hairdresser (which she is because even if she hates getting her hair styled, she's still saving like $80 every time she gets a free cut!)
-Melissa is excited for the sleepover with Pam and offers them all manicures. Lulu is so horrified by the thought that she actually hides her hands in her pockets, as if this girl is going to pounce on them and torture her gold sparkles nail polish.
-Then Anna drops the bombshell that they're sleeping in the barn. Melissa is not keen for this and also remarks that she doesn't like horses. She's still not actually doing anything wrong though, just being a bit too honest maybe.
-Lulu leaves Melissa with Grandmother Sanders to drop at Pam's house later. Everyone is happy about this but none more so than Lulu: "she couldn't get away from Melissa Prince fast enough." Whoa girl, she's not that bad! She just likes hair and makeup and not horses. Not the end of the world!
-Oh but wait it is. "Lulu told Anna what Melissa had said about hating horses. "I think I'm beginning to hate Melissa Prince," said