Sweet Valley High #35- Out of Control

Honestly, not that much really happens in this book.  But Elizabeth is such a total cunt in this book it’s not even funny. So while the book focuses on Aaron Dallas’ anger management issues, all I focused  on is Elizabeth being a total witch.

Elizabeth is going to watch Jeffrey French at soccer practice. Ah, I loved Jeffrey French and was pissed off when Elizabeth dumped Jeffrey for Todd as soon as Todd returned to Sweet Valley. During practice, Aaron gets all pissed off because Tony Esteban fouled him, and Aaron pushes Tony. Elizabeth comments to Jeffrey after practice that Aaron has been acting weird, and Jeffrey says it’s because Aaron’s parents are going through a divorce, Ma Dallas left Pa for another man and Aaron is alone with his verbally abusive dad. Elizabeth hardly thinks this excuses Aaron’s anger management probs.

That night, Jeffrey and Todd are double dating with Aaron and his new girlfriend Heather Sanford, who is a sophomore. Liz acts as if Heather is about 11 instead of 15- the book is peppered with things like ” Elizabet tried to like the younger girl…”- she’s only one year younger TURD!! At the movie, Elizabeth is all pissy because Heather comments on the cool “period” fashions wore in the movie and Elizabeth thinks that Heather is obsessed with fashion and is soooo shallow!! We can’t all wear high waisted pleated pants, Elizabeth! Then at Casey’s, Heather is talking about how she wants to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology after high school to be a fashion designer. Then Heather asks Elizabeth what she wants to do for a career or college after high school and Liz snottily replies ” I am really a private person, Heather!!” Ummm doesn’t any fuckin junior in high school talk about post high school careers or college???? What a little shit Liz is being.  Aaron then gets all pissy at this dude named Michael Schmidt, and Heather talks baby talk to Aaron because that’s all that will calm him down. Wow, Aaron if that’s the case you do have issues!

Jessica has a party for Tofu Glow, these new cosmetics she is selling- sort of like a natural version of Mary Kay, maybe??? Hard to say. Basically, it’s beauty products made out of tofu, and that does sound hella weird.  Heather is at the party, and really trying to be buddies with Enid and Liz. After Heather leaves, Elizabeth starts imitating Heather’s way of speaking and the other girls say it’s the funniest thing they have ever seen. Liz- Heather must think you are pretty cool and you are being a fuggin bitch- and they say Jessica is the bitch!! Oh, and Jessica manages to sell tons of this Tofu Glow and that’s part of the B plot that I intended to explain later.

We then learn that Heather makes most of her own clothing, and looking good is important to her. Nothing wrong with that. Heather also thinks to herself that she hates Aaron’s bad temper.  Later, Elizabeth is covering soccer practice- Sweet Valley has a huge game against Big Mesa coming up. I am not sure why John Pfeiffer is not writing this article, but whatevs. Aaron has some huge tantrum on the field, giving some other dude a bloody nose, and Elizabeth decides she just HAS to write about Aaron’s little tantrum and how Coach says if Aaron flies off the handle one more time he’s suspended from the team. Jeffrey tries telling Liz not to write it, but she’s feel it’s her responsibility as a ” journalist.” Who is she, Nancy Grace???? I don’t get why Liz feels the need to write about Aaron’s anger problems, I really don’t. Especially since she knows Aaron is dealing with a lot of shit at home.

Jessica sells her Tofu Glow door to door, sells it to a nice lady whose house Alice once decorated, and tries selling it to another lady but the lady wants to try it and the stuff will not rub into her skin at all and Jess finds that totes weird. Jessica then gets a call from Alice’s former client saying the stuff smells rancid and she wants her money back. Cara also calls saying the shampoo will not rinse out of her hair. Alice asks Jessica if she’s ever tried the products herself, and Jessica has not. She does, and the moisturizer turns her face BEET RED!! BUMMMER DUDE!!! Hey, Ned did tell Jessica to investigate the company and make sure it was legit and of course Jessica didn’t listen.

Elizabeth shows up to school the next day wondering how Jeffrey and Aaron will react to the article. Of course Jeffrey doesn’t get why Liz has to write the article and Liz gave her whole “it’s my responsibility as a journalist” bullcrap. But Heather says she is glad Elizabeth wrote the article because maybe it would convince Aaron that he has a real problem and it will make him get help. Instead, Aaron gets all pissy and when Jeffrey decides to defend Liz, Aaron punches Jeffrey and gives him a huge black eye! Aaron is all ” I can’t believe I hit my best friend!!” In a scene right before Aaron punches Jeff, Elizabeth tells Heather she loves her pink flowered skirt and Heather says she sewed it herself and Liz is all ” realizing that she misjudged the younger girl.” YOU SUCK ELIZABETH!!

Aaron is all pissed at himself, and Heather tells Aaron maybe it’s time for Aaron to get some help for his anger problem. Aaron also reveals that his dad hit him once. Heather tells Aaron he cannot deal with this pain all by himself, and suggests he talk to the guidance counselor.  Meanwhile, Jeffrey tells Liz that he cannot tell the Coach what happened or Coach will get rid of Aaron. Elizabeth tells Jeffrey that may be the wake up call Aaron needs. Wow, it’s getting all social worky, and sadly as a social worker, I don’t like it!  Aaron then goes up to Elizabeth and Jeffrey and tells Jeffrey he is very, very sorry and he is going to talk to the guidance counselor. He also apologizes to Elizabeth.

Aaron talks to Mrs. Greene, the guidance counselor and she hooks Aaron and his dad ( she talks to Aaron’s dad on the phone) with a family counselor who specializes in working with divorced families. Mrs. Greene and Aaron also tell Coach Horner what happened, and Coach decides to keep Aaron on the team after all. All ‘s well that ends well!!

Re: Jess and Tofu Glow- the stuff starts rotting to hell, and the rep tells Jess it’s her fault that it rotted because she didn’t see the small print on the bottom of the packages telling her to refrigerate the stuff. Jessica then has to pay 60 bucks to have all these tons of products hauled away, and Jessica feels like a dummy- but Ned Wakefield investigated, and Tofu Glow has a huge class action lawsuit against it, and Jess got some beaucoup bucks out of the lawsuit! BITCHIN’!!

The end of the book is a preview to the next- Julie Porter’s older sister Johanna is coming back to Sweet Valley High- Johanna had dropped out because she’s apparently a dumbass. I wonder what will happen when Johanna comes back…

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One Response to “Sweet Valley High #35- Out of Control”

  1. Wow, Heather actually sounds bitchin’. So it makes sense that Liz didn’t like her at first. Maybe if she’d had “frizzy” hair and worn a fugly sweater Liz would have judged “the younger girl” appropriately!

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