The Test, Part 1 // Just Add Chloe

I need to do the dishes. I’ve got a pile of clothes that needs folding, and things are all over table. I should probably change my pillowcase, too.

And what am I doing?

I’m taking pictures of dolls. 💁‍♀️ #dollcollectorlife #doitlater

It’s evening, and Chloe and Steven are having some herbal tea before bed.

“You know, I’m really glad we chose this place,” Steven says. “The other houses looked good, but I think this one is perfect. It really suits us.”

“Yeah.” Chloe agrees wholeheartedly.

“It even seems like Grace is settling in. Did you see how she’s decorated her bedroom?” Steven smiles. His teenage daughter, Grace, wasn’t very happy about moving. “I think she’s finally gotten used to the new place.”

“Gotten used to me, you mean.”

Chloe can’t help but sigh. She knows that Grace doesn’t like her. It’s my own fault, I suppose, Chloe thinks. I should have introduced myself to the kids sooner.

“Hey! That’s not true.” Steven says.

“I know, I’m sorry,” Chloe sighs again. “I didn’t mean to lash out at you. I’ll go check that Grace is asleep, okay? And then we can go to bed.”


Upstairs, Grace is typing away at her computer without looking at the keys. She stares at the screen, unblinking.

When she hears Chloe enter the room, she shuts the laptop.

“What do you want?” Grace narrows her eyes at Chloe.

“It’s getting late,” Chloe says. “Perhaps you should go to bed? You’ve got school tomorrow, remember? You can’t learn with four hours of sleep!”

Grace pauses for a moment before speaking. “Um, Chloe, can you, like, go away please? You’re not my mom, you don’t tell me to go to bed. I’ve got a test tomorrow and I need to study.”

“Oh.” Chloe stammers. “Um. Sure. Okay. I’ll leave.” She scrambles to get off Grace’s bed. “I’ll, uh, see you in the morning then.”


7 thoughts on “The Test, Part 1 // Just Add Chloe

    1. Yes, I did! I’m really excited, May is too far away! I really like the whole concept, and it looks like they’ll be a lot of fun storylines. I agree with what you said before, the girl with the pink hair looks quite different to how Harper looked in the vlogs, so I am assuming it’s a new character? I got a Polly Pocket vibe from the text they used in the trailer, not sure if you have seen any of those movies, but I was like ‘whoa, blast from the past!’ Haha.


      1. Oh, thanks for replying! You’re always so prompt!

        Anyway, I’m sorry for once again commenting on something totally unrelated to what your post is actually about. The more I think about it, it seems kinda rude. I’ll try to stop doing that, I promise.

        And, on another note, I’m also sorry if I’m pestering you about this topic, but I have two more things I would like to mention. Did you notice, how, in the trailer, Barbie and her friends were all different heights/sizes? I love that! It looks like Teresa is now petite! (Assuming that’s her, of course.)

        Also, you’ve mentioned before how Barbie’s parents are brought up frequently in the vlogs, but if I remember correctly, the trailer said something to the effect of “Barbie’s family”, but it only showed the four sisters. I’ve often wondered why Mattel doesn’t feature she and her sisters’ parents. It has never made sense to me.

        So, in closing, I’m really sorry if I’m bothering you. I know you must be really busy and I don’t want to pester you. (I know I said that above but I do mean it. I may only be fifteen but I know I shouldn’t bother other people or take up their time.) So, thank you Holly, for maintaining this awesome blog and always responding to your readers!

        Goodnight! Wait, it’s morning in Australia! Lol! Well then, good morning!

        -Sarah Jane



      2. Nooo! It’s not rude at all! I’m actually not busy, I’m only 18 so still very young! (All I do is check Snapchat for three hours a day…) I think you’re really intelligent and you always say things that make me go ‘oh yeah! why didn’t I think of that?’

        And yeah, I totally agree about the Barbie’s parents thing -it’s weird, especially when she’s meant to be 17 most of the time! They used to show them in comics back in the 60s and then they just disappeared! When Barbie mentioned them in the vlogs, I really thought they would appear later on, but then nothing.

        I didn’t notice any height differences! I noticed the pink-haired girl seemed a little more curvy, which was really awesome, but height differences, too? That’s so cool! I’m glad Mattel has come so far.


  1. Hello again! Thanks so much for replying! And for calling me intelligent!

    I read your “Barbie:Dreamhouse Adventures Initial Thoughts” post , and I agreed with almost everything you said! Except, personally, I prefer the bedroom from Barbie’s vlogs, but both are really nice! And it may be because I’m so used to it.

    I’ve heard of Snapchat, but I’ve never used it. My friends apparently do. Although they call it a “group chat”. I honestly don’t know what they’re talking about sometimes. But that’s coming from a girl who actually owns a working flip-phone. Lol. People would consider it retro these days!

    Also, I’ve never seen any Polly Pocket movies, but I’ve watched some of the trailers. I think there a few movies out now…?

    Oh, speaking of Polly Pocket, I saw a video from ToyFair 2018 last week, and it showed several new versions of Polly Pocket and her friends, except these new versions were like the original dolls that came in the compacts that seriously remind me of those little make-up compacts. Lol. I don’t know who the new manufacturer is, I believe it used to be Mattel.


    1. Wow, major flashbacks! I remember the original makeup type dolls, they were super fun! (I used to play with my cousin’s when I was little). There’s three Polly Pocket movies, and they’re actually really entertaining. They’re suppperrr hard to find irl tho :/ Also, I’ve never had a flip phone but it looks really fun to just snap it closed! Like “bam I just hung up on you.” 😂😂


      1. Haha, you’re right about the flip-phone! I find that they’re actually really easy to travel with, because they’re much smaller than your average smartphone. But, since you can’t get any apps on them that I know of, but that’s probably because most people don’t have them these days.

        Oh, and about the 2020 Barbie movie…it’s live action. It isn’t part of the regular animated line-up. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be release to theaters this summer, but maybe problems concerning production caused them to delay it? I don’t know, it seems like Mattel is delaying everything these

        Also, I don’t know why I keep replying on this post. Lol! Anyway, sorry I couldn’t respond yesterday, but I had lots of studying to do! Oh, well, what can you expect from your first year of high school!

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