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Where are they now? Illustrator imagines what members of The Baby-Sitters Club are up to in 2016

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If you grew up in the late 80s or 90s, chances are that you probably have a special place in your heart for The Baby-Sitters Club.

Penned by author Anne M. Martin, the iconic YA novels followed the lives of a group of friends living in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, and sold 176 million copies.

With titles like Dawn and the Older Boy, Stacey's Secret Friend and Jessi's Big Break, the series taught young readers about relationships, dealing with family issues, and provided lessons for overcoming jealousy and coping with competitive situations.

We last heard from the gang in the year 2000, when they graduated from middle school - but now a series of illustrated fake book covers imagines what they might be like as adults.

Created by book designer and illustrator Siobhan GallagherThe Jaded Quitters Club imagines what life might be like for Kirsty, Mallory, Jessi and friends in 2016 - in a world with social media, smartphones and manbuns.

As it turns out, the girls are struggling with the same issues as many millennials - creating a sassy online persona, finding the perfect light for a selfie, and hiding embarrassing things before guests arrive. Just like us.

The joy of cancelled plans

The Jaded Quitters Club

The downside of ordering takeaway

The Jaded Quitters Club

Real scenes from a Netflix binge

The Jaded Quitters Club

The best thing about a Sunday afternoon

The Jaded Quitters Club

The perils of hanging out with hipsters

The Jaded Quitters Club

The struggle of finding a place to live (and keeping it)

The Jaded Quitters Club

The problem with house guests

The Jaded Quitters Club

Life in the age of social media

The Jaded Quitters Club

Dealing with a toxic friendship

The Jaded Quitters Club

Getting likes on Instagram

The Jaded Quitters Club

The Jaded Quitters Club was created by illustrator Siobhan Gallagher. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter, and see more of her work on her website.

Want more? Read about JOMO and the other acronyms that sum up our social life, and discover another set of illustrations which celebrate not going out.

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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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