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Sweet Valley High #58- Brokenhearted

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , , on June 15, 2010 by girltalkread

Very sorry that I did not recap this book last week as promised.  But work has been crazy in the past week, and over the weekend I had a friend over soo… attention not paid to this here blog. But, alas, that will change.

Todd Wilkins is moving back to California! Recap: Todd Wilkins’ father’s job transferred him to Vermont- see what occurs there in my post on ” Say Goodbye.” Elizabeth is heartbroken at first when Todd leaves, and becomes even more upset when, during a ski trip ( see ” Special Christmas” for THAT recap) Todd falls in love with Suzanne Hanlon and ditches Elizabeth. Elizabeth is, of course, crushed, until she meets the new boy from Oregon, Jeffrey French, and Elizabeth and Jeffrey have been a hot item for months, and Elizabeth thought she was over Todd forever. But then in Book #57- Teacher Crush which I LOVE and wish I had a coup of but alas  I do not- Lila Fowler announces that Todd’s dad got a HUGE promotion- he is Vice President at Varitronics and therefore has to return to Sweet Valley!!! Elizabeth is upset that Todd sent Ken and Winston letters announcing his return to California, but he never sent Elizabeth a letter. Elizabeth knows they are not dating anymore, but they were once very special to each other, so why wouldn’t Todd tell her? Also, Todd and Suzanne are now splitsville. Well, right before Todd comes back, Elizabeth gets a letter in the mail ( this is pre Internets) that was dated three weeks ago- from Todd. Todd announces the split from Suzanne, and Todd says that he can’t hold out hope that Liz is still single after all this time, but he is really hoping that Elizabeth is, and that he and Liz can get back together when he returns. Meanwhile, Jeffrey is freaking out over the thought that Liz’s first love is returning to Sweet Valley- and all of Jeffrey’s friends, like Winston and Aaron, are telling Jeffrey how Todd is a star basketball player, is a sweetheart, funny, etc, etc. But too bad Todd won’t return to Sweet Valley High- Todd’s dad has decided that Todd has to go to school with the movers and shakers- like children of CEO’s and celebs- and so Todd has been enrolled at the snooty private school, Lovett Academy, which is about forty minutes from Sweet Valley. And if you are wondering why Bruce and Lila don’t go there when they are so rich, and Lovett is so great? Well, it’s because Sweet Valley has an awesome public school system- just not awesome enough for Mr. Wilkins.

When Todd returns, Elizabeth meets him wearing the locket Todd gave her before he left. Todd takes that to mean that Liz wants him back- but nooo…. Liz is dating Jeffrey and loves him, but being with Todd feels great too- Elizabeth has no idea which boy to choose. Jeffrey- her new love, who is so sweet and has great legs from playing soccer ( and is clearly way more awesome than Todd?) or Todd, the basketball player who will also be rich since his dad got the promotion. Elizabeth is torn, and turns to Enid for constant support as she figures out what the heck to do.

Meanwhile… there is a gorgeous, but bitchy, brunette girl named Courtney Kane who is a fellow Lovett student who apparently plays tennis with Todd quite a bit. Courtney WANTS Todd due to his hotness and new-richness- and she is bored with the Lovett boys as she has dated most of them. Courtney is pretty much using Lila to get information out of her so that she can try to land Todd. Lila knows Courtney from the country club and thinks Courtney is the best thing since Tiffany’s. Courtney finds Liz too ” Plain Jane” and boring , and when Courtney wants a man- she gets him! Another Lovett student that features rather prominently in this book is Sheffield- he is the boy that Jessica goes after because Jessica decides she wants a private school boy. Sheffield is smart, sophisticated, rich and loves a good cappuchino- all qualities that attract the average 16 year old. But- the love affair between Jess and Sheffield quickly ends when Jessica learns that Sheffield is going to spend a year living in a homeless shelter as part of his independent study for his senior year at Lovett- and he’s selling his Mercedes!

So,Lila decides to have a huge party to welcome Todd back to Sweet Valley. Courtney schemes to land Todd at this party- Courtney writes a letter ” from Todd” to Liz, telling her to meet him at the gazebo. Elizabeth runs over to meet Todd, because Liz is thinking she may love Todd more than Jeffrey after all- and well Todd is there- WITH COURTNEY! Courtney manages to drag Todd to the gazebo, saying she has a headache and needs to get away from the loud party. Courtney then starts kissing Todd and Liz sees it! Liz goes running back to the party crying. Then Jeffrey sees the letter Todd ” wrote” to Elizabeth and realizes the handwriting is off. Jeffrey figures out that Courtney schemed to land Todd, and Jeffrey, being the awesome as FUCK human being that he is ( God, I found this sooo utterly romantic and noble of him when I was 12) , Jeffrey talks to Todd and tells him that Elizabeth loves him, and Jeffrey loves Elizabeth so much that if being with Todd makes her happy, Jeffrey is happy to step aside to let Liz and Todd be together. So Todd rushes over to Secca Lake, a spot that used to be special to Liz and Todd, and Todd explains what happened and that Jeffrey gave them his blessing, and Todd twirls Liz around in his arms and I puke. By the way, does anyone recall the episode of Dr. Quinn when another man and Michaela fell in love but Michaela also still loved Sully, but Sully says that he loves Michaela so much that if she’s happier w/ the other dude than Sully, he can accept that because it would make her happy- and so Michaela realizes Sully loves her more than the other man does, so she STAYS WITH SULLY? Yeah, because Dr. Quinn rocks, and Liz Wakefield- ugggghhhhhh….. And I don’t have Book #59- but that is just more drivel about Elizabeth and Todd being together again but it’s soooo hard because Todd goes to Lovett Academy- by the way, that book only served to make me jealous of the fact that I wasn’t in private school!

Soooo Ok I am going to say for next week ( I hope this week but as you know….) that I will recap what has to be one of the BSC’s most asinine books, ” Baby Sitters Island Adventure.”

And coming soon:

Sweet Valley Twins #51- Elizabeth the Impossible

Baby Sitters Super Special #11- The Baby Sitters Remember ( a favorite of mine!!)

Sweet Valley High #7- Dear Sister

Sweet Valley Twins #21- Left Behind

Sweet Valley Twins #62- Sarah’s Dad and Sophia’s Mom

There also will be some Unicorn Club, Sweet Valley High ( including ” A Night to Remember” and ” The Evil Twin!”) and Freshman Dorm books!

Sweet Valley Twins #43- Elizabeth’s First Kiss

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , , on February 10, 2010 by girltalkread

I have fond memories of this book. In 7th grade, I bought it for my cousin when she turned 11. Both of us probably read it at least 500 times and eventually I got my own copy at B Dalton. I believe my sister also read it 500 times. It was a hell of a book- I mean it was Elizabeth’s first kiss!

Jessica is all excited because Peter Jeffries gave Mary Wallace a note telling her she is cute. The Unicorns are all dying for boyfriends, and this is one big development. Then Amy tells Elizabeth that Ken Matthews stopped by Booster practice to see Amy, and Amy is thrilled over this because she likes Ken.  Elizabeth likes a boy too- Todd Wilkins. But Elizabeth cannot tell this to Amy, and Jessica especially can’t know. Why? Because Jessica is into Todd Wilkins- she danced with him at Aaron Dallas’s big party at the Hangout ( I have the book about that party somewhere and plan to recap it soon if I can) and Jessica talks about him a lot. Elizabeth knows it’s not right to like the same boy that Jessica does.

After school, Jessica tells Lila  on the phone  that Todd asked her if she’d ever been bowling. Jessica assumes that means Todd plans to ask Jessica to go bowling. Lila says Jessica is so lucky and Jessica loves that Li is jealous that Jessica’s gonna get a man and Lila doesn’t have one. But Jessica does remind Lila that Jake Hamilton smiled at her in the hall that day. Lila brightens, and says she is sure to get a boyfriend next.  After Lila and Jess gets off the phone, Jessica calls  Ellen Riteman and asks her if she thinks Jake really likes Lila. Ellen says she’s not sure- she saw Jake sitting with Roberta Manning the other day.  Then Jessica sees Todd ride his bike past the Wakefield home! This proves that Todd must really like Jessica if he rode his bike past her house!  Then Ellen mentions to Jessica that Rick Hunter gave Ellen part of his candy bar that day. Jessica deflates- giving a girl part of  a candy bar is much better than riding by on a bike.  After Jessica gets off the phone, a girl calls asking for Steven. She has a Southern accent, and asks for ” Stevie.”  Jessica calls Steven to the phone, and listens in on the conversation. The girl’s name is Candice Stapleton and she keeps gushing to Steven about how great he is. Jessica feels like puking- and yes this Candice/ Steven thing starts the B plot. More on that later.

Jessica wants to look special for school the next day in case she sees Todd, so she decides she wants to borrow Elizabeth’s yellow skirt. I never got how Jess apparently thinks Elizabeth dresses so dorky, yet always wants to borrow her clothes. Elizabeth is reading a fashion magazine- Jess can’t believe it. Then Elizabeth asks Jessica for advice about boys and how to get a boy to pay attention to you! Jessica begs Liz to tell her what boy it is that Elizabeth likes, but Elizabeth refuses.  Jessica keeps naming boys and when she names Todd,Elizabeth says she DEFINITELY doesn’t like Todd. Then Jessica tells Liz she has a MAJOR crush on Todd.  Jessica then gives ” evidence” that Todd likes her, such as the fact they danced at Aaron’s party and Todd rode by the Wakefield house. Elizabeth seems rather dejected at this news, but doesn’t let Jessica see that. Then Elizabeth and Jessica decide to go get a snack downstairs. Steven is with a girl named Lindsay- not a girl named Candice.  Lindsay and Steve wanted to watch a hockey game and Jessica says she thought Steven didn’t even like hockey. Lindsay tells Steven they can watch the game at her house because Jess and Liz want to see a movie and Steven can come if he wants but he shouldn’t feel obligated if he’s no hockey fan. Jessica likes that Lindsay stands up to Steven.

Next scene- Jessica is at Casey’s Place with Lila, Ellen and Mary Wallace.  Jessica tells Lila, Ellen and Mary that even Elizabeth likes boys now- that Elizabeth told Jess that she likes a boy in school. Lila finds that hard to believe because Elizabeth is such a bookworm- because if you like to read, clearly you can’t like boys.  Then Lila says Elizabeth needs to dress more funky and less conservatively and wear makeup and curl her hair if she really hopes to attract the boy she likes.  Lila says Elizabeth needs a makeover and Jessica totally agrees- she hopes she can get Elizabeth to agree to a makeover.  As the girls leave, Mary says she loves the fact that the girls are now mature enough to have boyfriends. Jessica thinks to herself that the reason she hopes Todd becomes her boyfriend is to make Lila jealous.  Then Mary and Jessica see Steven with a girl with pale skin and dark hair- who is NOT Lindsay. Jessica hears the Southern accent and figures out it’s Candice. Jessica goes up to Steven and introduces herself to Candice and Candice asks Jess and Mary if they want to sit with her and Steven and Steven begs Jess with his eyes so to speak for Jessica to say no. Mary says maybe Steven would be too nervous to have Jessica sit with them and Jessica says it’s more likely that Steven is afraid Jess would spill the beans about Lindsay.

Elizabeth is at home studying, and she is thinking that Jessica may change her mind about liking Todd because that is so like her. So Elizabeth decides maybe it’d be OK to try to get Todd to like her, but that Elizabeth should maybe change her look to get Todd to notice her. Jessica comes into the room,  and Elizabeth asks Jessica if she could get a perm to have nice, soft curls like Sophia Rizzo. Jessica tells Elizabeth that Elizabeth could use a curling iron to get nice curls, like Jessica does. Then Jessica curls Elizabeth’s hair, puts lip gloss and blush on her and Elizabeth agrees she does look better.  Then Jess and Liz go downstairs to listen to a Darcy Campman tape, and they see Steven and Lindsay dancing in the living room to the tape. Then Candice calls and Steven is whispering to Candice that she’s special to him. Jessica tells Elizabeth that Steven is going to have a hard time juggling two girlfriends.

The next morning, Elizabeth decides to wear a new blue and green striped dress to school, and to curl her hair and wear some blush and lipstick as Jessica showed her.  Jessica is happy that at school, a few boys give Elizabeth admiring glances.  Then Jim passes Elizabeth a note. Lila decides Jim likes Elizabeth and Elizabeth likes him after Jim Sturbridge passes this note. Jessica thought Jim liked Billie Layton, a fellow Unicorn. Then, Todd goes up to Jessica and thinks she’s Elizabeth. He’s about to ask her something until Jessica says she is Jessica. Then Todd says bye.  Jessica decides Todd is shy, but she’s happy because Janet Howell saw her talking to Todd, and that makes Jessica’s day.  At lunch, Mary, Ellen and Lila make Jessica go over to Todd and sit with him at lunch. Jessica goes over to sit with Todd, and then Mary, Ellen and Lila pull up chairs and talk to the other boys at the table.  Jessica is just glowing at the fact that the other girls now see Todd likes her.

Elizabeth is miserable, meanwhile. She saw Jess and Todd talking in the hallway and everyone is talking about Jessica’s crush on Todd.  Jessica goes up to Elizabeth after class and tells Elizabeth that she knows Liz likes Jim Sturbridge because she saw Jim pass that note to Liz. Elizabeth says it was a question on math homework and besides Jim likes Billie Layton. Jessica tells Lila and Ellen that Elizabeth claims not to like Jim, but Lila doesnt’ believe that. I’d love to know why the Unicorns give a rat about what boy Liz likes, but that is very middle school.  Lila decides it’d be funny to let every boy in school know that Elizabeth is looking for a boyfriend. Ummm-OK.

Todd goes up to Liz after school and asks her if she likes bowling. Elizabeth says she’s really bad at it and Todd is all ” never mind” , sort of. Elizabeth decides she may have blown it with Todd- what if he likes bowling? By saying she’s bad at bowling, she sure blew it with Todd!  Amy then tells Elizabeth that a new bowling alley just opened at the mall, and that she and Elizabeth should go bowling sometime.  The bowling alley becomes important later.

Jessica tells Liz at dinner that she and Elizabeth should go bowling Friday night because she heard Todd and Aaron Dallas say they may go bowling Friday. Elizabeth says that would be fun. Meanwhile, Steven asked Lindsay to go bowling Friday night, and when Candice calls she asks if Steven wants to go bowling but he says he can’t because he is going to a movie with the family.  After dinner, Jessica is going on and on about Todd to Liz, but is more talking about how Lila is burning with envy over Todd liking her because Jake may not like Lila- he seems more into Roberta Manning. It seems to Liz that Jessica likes the attention she’s getting from the Unicorns on the fact Jessica is the first sixth grader to get a boyfriend, and may not really like Todd for himself. This gives Liz a little hope.

After school the next day, Jessica, Li and Ellen go to watch Jake, Rick and Todd play basketball with the team after school.  They all brag afterward about how many points the boys scored.

At school the day after, all of these boys are paying attention to Elizabeth and she has no idea why. Amy says maybe the boys are just being struck by the love bug, and Amy hopes the love bug hits Ken Matthews soon!  After school, Amy tells Liz she hears that the Unicorns are spreading a rumor that Elizabeth is desperate for a man. Elizabeth is furious- that’s why so many boys are giving her attention! And what if Todd hears this? He may think she wants any boyfriend, and may never know Elizabeth really likes HIM.

At Casey’s Place that afternoon, Lila, Ellen and Jess see Rick, Jake and Todd there and decide to join them for ice cream although the boys clearly seem uncomfy with that idea. Then they all start talking about the new bowling alley and the girls pretty much decide that they are going to join the guys bowling on Friday night and again each boy doesn’t seem that comfortable with the idea. Also, Jess is annoyed because Todd always asks about Elizabeth and talks about Elizabeth and doesn’t really seem to like Jess after all. Jessica doesn’t really like that turn of events but doesn’t let on to Li and Ellen. Lila, Ellen and Jessica are super excited over their first ” triple date”-Ellen and Rick, Lila and Jake, and Jessica and Todd of course.

After dinner, Jessica tells Elizabeth about her date with Todd on Friday night and Elizabeth says she thought just Liz and Jess would bowl and then Jessica says ” oh you can still come to” and Elizabeth says ” what so I can get a boyfriend?” Elizabeth tells Jessica she is really pissed Jessica and the Unicorns spread that sort of rumor and Jessica says she is sorry.

At school, Colin Harmon, a boy who is apparently very conceited, asks Elizabeth if she’d like to go on a bowling date. Elizabeth flat out tells Colin no.  Then Randy Mason shoves a bracelet into Elizabeth’s hand- a beaded blue and green one- but horrors- Todd walks by and sees Randy give Elizabeth the bracelet!  After school, Amy tells Liz that she and Ken are going bowling and Amy insists Elizabeth HAS to come because she’s too nervous to talk to Ken alone. So Liz gets roped into going bowling Friday night with Amy and Ken.

At dinner, Steven tells his parents his dilemma- Steven really likes Lindsay and doesn’t know how to stop encouraging Candice from liking him. Bummer.   Elizabeth tells Steven he simply has to tell Candice he likes her only as a friend. Steven tells Liz thanks for the advice, but it won’t be that easy.

It’s bowling night. Jessica wears tons of lip gloss, a pink and white striped top and a pink skirt. Janet Howell saved a lane for Jessica, Li and Ellen right near Bruce Patman and Aaron Dallas. Aaron gives Jessica a big smile.  Jessica notices Aaron has cute dimples.  Elizabeth then walks into the bowling alley with Amy and Julie Porter. Amy, Julie and Liz snag the lane right next to Ken, Tom McKay and Todd!  Elizabeth is having fun bowling with Todd but she is afraid that Todd may not know she’s Jessica and she decides she has to let him know soon.  Though I say if Todd actually liked Jess wouldn’t he be well aware that Jess and Amy don’t exactly hang out?  Amy spots Steven bowling with Lindsay and he looks VERY happy. Then Candice walks in and screams at Steven. Steven goes and whispers to Lindsay, then pulls Candice aside. How that ends? Steven tells Elizabeth that Candice eventually understands he just wants to be friends, and Candice ends up getting chummy with Sam Morse at the bowling alley. And Lindsay gives Steven a big kiss.

Elizabeth and Todd are at the jukebox. Todd tells Elizabeth he likes her hair curled. Then Liz tells Todd that she’s Elizabeth and not Jessica. Todd says he knows that full well and he doesn’t actually like Jessica- he just kept seeing her and one night at Casey’s Jessica, Li and Ellen just sat with the boys with no invite and all that.  Todd and Elizabeth grab some milkshakes and talk and then Todd kisses Elizabeth on the cheek, clearly showing Todd likes Liz! Liz is in heaven! Elizabeth then worries about how Jess will react but not to worry- Todd and Liz are still at Casey’s when Jessica and Mary walk in with Peter and Aaron, and Aaron and Jessica are holding hands!

Jessica then admits to Liz after the bowling alley trip that shes figured out Todd really liked Liz and not her, and that Jessica really only liked Todd because the other Unicorns were giving her a lot of attention about it. Then Jessica tells Elizabeth about how romantic bowling with Aaron was- aww my man and I went bowling on our second date.. bowling and ice cream- OK I digress..

The next day Amy and Elizabeth have a science project to do together and they go to the zoo to look at animals for inspiration for it. Elizabeth and Amy tell each other how glad they are that they have so much in common and are best friends. And so begins the intro to ” Amy Moves In” which I have recapped on this here blog!!!

Next week- I definitely plan to recap Freshman Guys, and if I can I will also recap Stacey and the Bad Girls if I can. After that, I have a lot of Sweet Valley Twins and BSC books to recap, but I also have Freshman Dorm, Sweet Valley Kids and Sleepover Friends- look for em and again Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you enjoyed my V Day blogs!

Sweet Valley High #24- Memories ( or Cara Walker is a sap on stilts)

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , , on November 2, 2008 by girltalkread

I know, my friends, it’s been awhile since I have done a recap. Between work, having a boyfriend just like Todd Wilkins ( OK better:) and general hanging out, I have been rather busy. But I do promise to try to recap slightly more often than I have! Also, I am not going to do a whole recap of this particular novel- I plan to just summarize the A, B and C plots- if you feel slighted by this, I am utterly sorry, but I feel my summary will explain the book.

Sooo….

 

Plot A- Basically, we start this book right after Lila Fowler’s big party where Todd Wilkins showed up unexpectedly from Vermont, and Steven brought Former Cokehead Betsy Martin, who flipped the fuck out when Steven was dancing with Cara Walker. Now, Trisha Martin, Steven’s girlfriend that he planned to spend the rest of his life with ( keep in mind these are 16 and 18 year old kids, and they were only dating a few months!) died of leukemia a few months ago, and Steven hasn’t completely gotten over the death the way the Wakefields feel that he should. Jessica was trying to push Cara on Steven before and he wasn’t interested because Cara was all gossipy and what not. But Steven is now seeing a new, more sensitive, mature side of Cara and he is getting very interested in her but feels he is betraying Trisha’s memory. So he starts hanging out with Betsy all the time looking at photos of Trisha and constantly talking about Trisha, and meanwhile he keeps ditching Cara and being a general asshole to her, all as she tries to be understanding, but she wants to get into Steve’s pants eventually!

One memorable scene is Steven wants to take Cara out on her bday, and Cara picks the Valley Inn to go to. The Valley Inn was the last place that Steve and Trisha had dinner before she bit the dust- WAHHHHHHH 😦 ( now why 16 year old kids want to have dinners at a stuffy place like the Valley Inn seems to be and not TGI Friday’s is beyond me) So Steven, rather than telling Cara that so they can head to like, the Dairi Burger instead, just tries to suck it up but then Steve and Cara are dancing as Steve and Trisha’s ” song’ comes on and he starts blubbering and runs off on Cara- leaving Cara to take a fuckin taxi home on her birthday!!!! GRRRRRR!

But of course, Jess and Elizabeth hatch a plot to get Cara and Steven back together, and Elizabeth talks to Betsy about letting Steven move on and find happiness with Cara. And Steve and Cara start dating after Elizabeth and Jess find a way for them to meet, talk and get cozy with Betsy’s help. The end of that.

Plot B- Elizabeth keeps seeing a guy who looks just like Todd Wilkins at Sweet Valley High!  Turns out the guy is Michael Sellers, a Big Mesa student who is captain of some volleyball team that is playing against Sweet Valley. Elizabeth and Jessica are both on the team of course. And during the game, Elizabeth is so distracted and her panties are so wet over the Todd look alike that she totally fucks up the game- luckily the rest of the Sweet Valley team pulls it together enough to win the game. At the dance afterward, Michael is making suggestive, awful comments and only talks about himself and eventually Liz realizes that gee- because Michael resembles Todd doesn’t mean he IS Todd! By the way as a side note- how come the Wakefields are so surprised that Steve isn’t over Trisha when she recently DIED, when you have Liz who like completely fell apart after Todd moved to Vermont and did not die! So anyway back to Plot B- now Michael, who must have some twin fetish, goes after Jessica, and Jess is also tired of Michael’s constant bragging about himself, so she goes to dance with WINSTON!!! But before you think Jess wants Winston bad… here is Plot C!

 

C Plot- Jess wants to be an actress. Jessica hears Alice Wakefield on the phone with Mrs. Egbert ( Sharon for those of you who care) and Alice is talking about a cousin of the Egbert fam who is a movie director who is soon to visit Sweet Valley! So Jessica and Winston begin working on a project together ( of course our evil Jess does that on purpose) so Jessica is always at Winston’s house, trying to cozy up to Winston because the cousin is over visiting. Well- turns out the cousin that was visiting the Egbert fam this time was a CIVIL ENGINEER and not the movie director cousin- and Jessica finds this out because Jessica is talking to the Cousin Egbert, and saying she’s very interested in his career. Then Cousin Marty shows Jess blueprints of strategies for waste disposal!! Poor, humiliated Jessica!!!!!

So ends the book with THREE plots- I hope you found this summary satisfactory. Next, I do plan a full recap of Mallory on Strike, followed by a Freshman Dorm book- yes the one where KC becomes a druggie-GREAT BOOK- a Sweet Valley U thriller, a Sleepover Friends book, and then MORE Sweet Valley High! You all know you can’t wait!