Sweet Valley High #6: Dangerous Love

The moral of the story: No motorcycles! Motorcycles=death!

The Big Deal: Enid’s sweet sixteen party

Synopsis:

For some reason Liz is afraid to tell Todd that she isn’t allowed to ride his new motorcycle. For once, Jessica is the voice of reason and tells Liz to just tell him what’s going on. She does and he understands. He offers to talk to Ned and Alice to see about getting the restriction lifted, but they say no. Todd promises them he’ll never let Liz on the bike.

Todd starts giving rides to other girls and Liz gets jealous. She talks to Mr. Collins, naturally, who tells her she needs to talk to Todd about how she’s feeling. Guy Chesney offers her a ride to the Dairi Burger, and on the way there he’s unexpectedly flirty with her. What’s that all about? Anyway, Todd gets jealous when Guy and Liz pull up and wants to know what his girl is doing getting a ride from another guy. Hypocrite. Liz tells Todd she was jealous too and they have a good laugh over how silly they’ve both been.

Todd ends up missing Enid’s sweet sixteen party and Liz is paranoid and angry. Then he finally shows up and tells her he’s so late because he was working out a deal with Crunch McAllister. He’s going to sell his bike. At this point, the party has migrated to some rock club and it’s so late that Liz has no way to get there except on Todd’s bike.

So of course they crash. Crunch is out driving around drunk and hits them. The bike is totaled, Todd is limping and Liz is in a coma. The Wakefields are super pissed at Todd for letting Liz on the motorcycle, but Jessica tells them Liz would never have gotten on the bike if she’d gone back to give Liz a ride like she was supposed to. She realizes she’s been a crappy sister all this time and vows to change. Yeah, right. We’ll see how long that lasts.

The book ends with Liz still in a coma. Sad times.

Oh, also in this book, we find out Enid is only fifteen. She’s been dating a college freshman. Nobody seems to think this is odd or weird or anything. This means that two years ago, when all that stuff happened with Enid and the drugs and stuff, she was thirteen. George would have been about seventeen. That ain’t right.

Quotes:

It was going to be another gorgeous day in Sweet Valley.

Do we really need this affirmation in every single book? Is it ever not a gorgeous day in Sweet Valley?

He hadn’t even had the consideration to break the date in advance, and the more she thought about it, the more she realized that she was, in effect, being stood up.

Seriously? The boy is out on a motorcycle, a “death machine” as you like to call it, and you’re sure he’s stood you up? I thought you were smarter than that, Liz.

The Cover:

Liz: OMG, this is, like, so totally awesome!

Todd: What? I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

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Comments
  • nugirl77 May 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Todd actually looks like a hunk on this cover! And Liz looks super-excited. It’s like a snapshot in time: one happy moment, followed by many weeks of guilt, anger and resentment in #7 Dear Sister.

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  • Darren June 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Actually in the rewrite, the ’15th party’ for Enid is a ‘Sweet 16’ party, and her Prius is getting pumped up. The slang rewritten version is FUNNY, too bad it stopped at 6. Maybe people hated the crude language.

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  • Kylie90210 July 19, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Oh, this is a CLASSIC SVH book. Liz defies her parents, jess has a change of heart… Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous January 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Where do you find the rewrites of the books?

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  • Anonymous January 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve seen people mentioning rewrites, so I’m curious as to where to find them. LOVE your blog! I have the high school collection, but there are some missing, and this is a great way to fill in the gaps. Hopefully, you’ll do recaps on the university series soon, too!!!! =)

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  • Karen April 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Isn’t this the book where Jessica wears the black and white jumpsuit with matching earrings? I have no idea why I remember that, but the imagery always made me giggle.

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    Carol Reply:

    LOL Yes. It was a black-and-white satin jumpsuit held in place by two tiny spaghetti straps. With her hair piled atop her head and long black-and-white earrings dangling from her lobes. 😛

    *I just copied from the book hehe 🙂

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  • Dane Youssef September 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

    SINCEREST LOVE FOR THIS SECTION OF THE SERIES by Dane Youssef

    Oh yeah, I remember this one. Ho boy. How could ANYONE who read anything in the saga forget this?

    And I especially remember this cover. How sick it made me. This is from that infamous book “Dangerous Love” where Elizabeth gets on Todd’s bike and they go for “the ride of their lives.”

    They’re toolin’ around and havin’ fun… until Liz wants to drive. And she practically dies by her own hand. More so than Todd or the bike.
    This is one of the earlier ones… the ones Ms. Francine Pascal penned herself, right?

    Not yet another done by the ghosts. So much of the drama of the town of Sweet Valley was dreamed up and done by the hand of others. I don’t even think Francine even read most of them. Or even looked over them before they went out. She was just the “idea lady.” A figure-head. And just collecting royalites.

    Oh, and to Shannon and one fellow commenter nugril177… about that drawing of our lovebird heroes:

    “Todd actually looks like a hunk on this cover! And Liz looks super-excited. It’s like a snapshot in time: one happy moment, followed by many weeks of guilt, anger and resentment in “Dear Sister.” — nugirl77 May 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “Liz: OMG, this is, like, so totally awesome!

    Todd: What? I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”
    –Shannon

    I gotta say… the drawing of Todd on the cover. He looks like a drooling idiot. Of course, Liz looks like she’s going to die from an orgasm. Even the best-looking people can look terrible and absolutely stupid at times. Whenever Todd makes that face, he just looks ridiculous. He did it again in “Todd’s Story.”

    This was one of the more memorable and noteworthy volumes in the entire series… along with the next one. Where Elizabeth awakens from her coma and we see riding the bike and wiping out have put her through a metamorphosis. She is re-born as… Jessica. Actually, more like “Neo-Jessica.” Look up “Dangerous Love” and “Dear Sister.” In fact, read those two back-to-back. You’ve got to. Believe me, you’ll get the full-feel of the entire experience.

    –For Shannon, For Liz and Todd, For Miss Pascal, For the Raders… and all of the town of “Sweet Valley,” Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef May 8, 2017 at 1:11 am

    “It was going to be another gorgeous day in Sweet Valley.” –FROM THE BOOK

    “Do we really need this affirmation in every single book? Is it ever not a gorgeous day in Sweet Valley?” –SHANNON

    Yeah see, I live in California as well as a especially notably nice neighborhood and the weather’s often nice… but I think this is there way of trying to tell us this whole thing doesn’t take place on this planet. A town with a name like “Sweet Valley.”

    “He hadn’t even had the consideration to break the date in advance, and the more she thought about it, the more she realized that she was, in effect, being stood up.” –FROM THE BOOK

    Seriously? The boy is out on a motorcycle, a “death machine” as you like to call it, and you’re sure he’s stood you up? I thought you were smarter than that, Liz. –SHANNON

    See, the thing about Liz and Todd is they’re both academically overachievers–even resemble teen models… but they’re not very resourceful. Socially and domestically… well, not retarded. Flat-out brain-dead. So… there you go.

    –Sincere Love To Our Beloved Blogmaster General SHANNON, DANE R. YOUSSEF

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