Sweet Valley High #20: Crash Landing!

The moral of the story: It’s totally okay to put a child in danger if it will help your friend walk again.

The Big Deal: The biggest dance of the year. Again.

Synopsis:

George has gotten his pilot’s license and he’s taking Enid up for his first solo flight. He’s planning to break up with her for Robin Wilson, but before he can do it, the plane’s engine cuts out and they crash land in the lake. Enid saves George’s life, but injures her back and is paralyzed from the waist down. The Wakefields, still at the police station from the events in the last book, hear the call on the radio and rush to the hospital to see about Enid. Jessica is suddenly acting like she doesn’t hate Enid and claims she’ll “just die” if anything happens to her.

Jessica and Lila are taking a cooking class. They’re totally not talking because Jessica stole Lila’s boyfriend in the last book, but they make up during their first class. Their cooking instructor, Jean-Pierre, is the most gorgeous guy Jessica has ever seen, at least this week. Jessica vows to make him hers. After class, Lila and Jessica are driving home when they see George leaving Robin Wilson’s house. He was there to tell her he couldn’t see her as long as Enid was doing so badly, but Jessica (and everyone she tells the gossip to) assumes he was there cheating on Enid. Jessica thinks the best way to help Enid is for everyone to give Robin the cold shoulder. Poor Robin has lost her friends and her boyfriends – both Allen, who she broke up with for George, and George. She’s lonely and starts eating ice cream, which we all know is the devil’s confection.

Enid has an operation on her spine. George and Elizabeth have an awkward time in the waiting room because Liz knows about Robin. George tries to tell her it’s all over between him and Robin, but Liz doesn’t believe him because Jessica saw him at her house that day. Instead of mentioning this to George and asking what he was doing there, she just acts snotty and blows him off. Liz reluctantly agrees to meet Robin at Casey’s Place after school one day and Robin tells her the same thing George did, but the whole thing is too much for Liz’s sensibilities and she runs out. Robin sadly eats her sundae alone. She’s gained ten pounds in the ten days since the plane crash.

Jessica is excelling at her cooking class. She plans to make her parents a really amazing meal for their upcoming anniversary. She frequently gets lost in daydreams about being the good daughter and Liz forgetting the anniversary because of all the stuff going on with Enid. Jessica finds out Jean-Pierre is married, and then claims she wasn’t that into him anyway. In other Wakefield news, Alice will be getting a new car, so the Fiat will belong solely to the twins. Hooray for teenagers getting free cars for no reason!

Enid, who gets very little face time considering this book is supposed to be about her, gets half a chapter dedicated to how upset she is. She feels like she’s losing George, though she doesn’t know why. Without his love, she doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to walk again. UGH.

The night of the big dance arrives. Jessica goes with Ken Matthews instead of Jean-Pierre, but did you really think you were going to get him to go to a high school dance anyway, Jess? Mr. Collins dances with Ms. Dalton and everyone cares for some reason. Jessica disapproves of Robin’s date, some guy she managed to scrounge up at the last minute, and also of Enid showing up in a wheelchair because, like, “who goes to a dance in a wheelchair?”

Enid feels bad for not being able to dance with George so she tells him to go ask someone to dance. Idiot George asks Robin. Enid can totally tell from the way they’re dancing that they’re in love and confronts George about it. He gets all flustered and doesn’t deny it and Enid makes him take her home. Liz goes to see Enid a couple days later and finds her acting all weird and denying anything ever happened at the dance.

Jessica cooks dinner for the family as a trial run for the anniversary meal. She manages to poison everyone and they’re all super pissed at her for making them sick. Ha ha.

Liz wants to talk to someone about Enid. She thinks about talking to her parents, but they’re not quite right. Hmm, who could she talk to? I know! Mr. Collins should be able to help! Like he cares about your stupid high school crap, Liz. She goes to his house and finds Ms. Dalton there, which is weird, but whatever. They talk about Enid and George and Robin and now Mr. Collins knows way more about his students than is appropriate. Liz has a plan to help Enid that involves the use of Teddy, Mr. Collins’s son.

A few days later, Liz has Enid and Teddy over at the house. She tells Enid to watch Teddy while he plays by the pool, then goes inside. As part of the plan he and Liz cooked up, Teddy “accidentally” falls into the pool and pretends to drown. Enid manages to find her legs and rescue the boy. She can walk again!

Are you serious?

Later that day, Liz and Todd go to the Dairi Burger. News of Enid’s breakthrough has spread and Liz gets a standing ovation from everyone at the restaurant.

Really? We’re serious?

Everything ends up wonderful for everyone. Enid realizes she just wants George to be happy, so he and Robin are free to be together. Aw, that was sweet of you, Enid.

Setup for the next book: Jessica is fed up with being the bad twin.

Quotes:

Jessica was too good a friend to stay mad at for long, and besides…it was hard to stay angry at Jessica once she put on the charm.

In what world is Jessica a good friend?

I have to make him understand that if he didn’t love me anymore, I might just not be able to go on.

Enid, darling. What are you going to do? Are you going to die from lack of George? I don’t think that’s possible. And I know you’re not going to kill yourself. Cheerleading is the only thing worth attempting suicide over.

The Cover: Liz wasn’t even there when the plane crashed, nor was Enid unconscious. And why do they seem to be floating in some vague gray oblivion?

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Comments
  • Kate April 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Man, everyone in sweet valley has a teeny tiny button nose! Even the homely girls!

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  • Sadako April 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Ah, that dance totally reminds me of the one in Wicked. Wheelchairs and such and everyone falling for the wrong person!

    Glad to see more updates.

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  • Fear Street April 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “Later that day, Liz and Todd go to the Dairi Burger. News of Enid’s breakthrough has spread and Liz gets a standing ovation from everyone at the restaurant.”

    GAG! I hate how these people kiss her ass.

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  • Shannon April 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Sadako, you must be talking about the musical (which my husband was supposed to take me to see but forgot, grr) because I don’t remember anything like that in the book, ha ha.

    Kate, I agree on the button noses. I think Enid looks like Leigh from Christine. I think I just have Christine on the brain lately for some reason.

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  • FG April 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’m surprised Jessica even has the morals to not go after a married man.

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  • nugirl77 May 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Liz rocks this book cover, even if she is in an emergency situation (not that this scene ever takes place in the story) – how cute and adorable is she with her fluffy, almost curly blonde hair? 🙂

    My favorite part in the book, besides the obvious (ie Enid learning how to walk again and letting go of George Warren)? I have a few: when Lila and Jessica make up over mustard seeds and pestles in cooking class; when Jessica accidentally poisons everyone with her seafood pasta salad; Jessica eventually going to the dance with Ken who is (and I quote),”sweet if a bit dull”; Lila getting the best line in the book when Enid rolls into the school dance in her wheelchair and she bitingly remarks, “How inappropriate.” 🙂

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  • girltalkread June 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I have a button nose- I can be a YA character!

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  • Amya July 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    The important question is- did Robin ever lose those 10 pounds she gained? Of course she did! Otherwise George would have had a sudden change of heart and picked Enid over Robin for sure!

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  • Sandy July 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    On the cover Enid can barely mutter “George…..must…..have……George”

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  • PasserByGirl January 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

    It’s the MOST romantic book I have EVER EVER EVER read!!! And it had to be ENID…Enid, who’s sort of a whinning-girl.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I agree that romance is wasted on Enid. She’s pretty annoying. But I hope this isn’t actually the most romantic book you’ve ever read, lol.

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  • Darren July 11, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I love the part of Jessica poisoning her family on mussels. THat’s right, mussels where if they don’t open, you get food poisoning in the WORSE WAY! I bet Jessica always hated Robin until she left Sweet Valley. My version of Sweet Valley totally skips this story alogether. I got a funny rewrite as i”m putting the food poisoning incident on the night Elizabeth reads her play from the SV 17 Loveletters and everybody seemingly got sick on the poetry, but it was because of Jessica cooking the mussels! Myself, I would’ve told Robin to seriously F OFF on George, go back to Allen, and apologize to Enid in the worse way! I never liked Robin going with George anyway. It made her a mean girl in my opinion and she was already a bitch to Jessica.

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  • Kylie90210 August 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    This book is totally lame… sigh. Anything involving Enid is terribly boring, but I do feel sorry for her.

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  • thepixiechick July 27, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Did Enid exhume Tricia Martin’s body and steal her hair? And even as an 11 year old I thought ‘WTF kind of name is Enid?’

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  • miu December 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    i dont like enid, but really? they made her and george be the perfect couple and now its nothing?

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  • Natalie April 26, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Hey Shannon, I LOVE this blog, I have always adored SVH, read and read and reread more than was surely healthy… now to read again as a adult and your epic blog that puts in words what we all think.. you little legend, love it..
    Funny how though for this book Jessica becomes a brilliant chef then reverts afterward to being a crap chef, nearly almost as confusing as liz ending up being a crap chef in SV Seniors, I guess it was a ploy to make her more realistic but cmon.. continuity !!!!

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  • Nikki July 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    “He’s planning to break up with her for Robin Wilson, but before he can do it, the plane’s engine cuts out and they crash land in the lake.”

    He’s planning to break up w/ her on the plane? That just sounds like the wrong time and place, which is probably why they crashed. Can’t concentrate on flying when you’re trying to figure out how to dump someone and tell them you’ve been cheating.

    “Jessica is suddenly acting like she doesn’t hate Enid and claims she’ll “just die” if anything happens to her.”

    With her fake ass

    “She frequently gets lost in daydreams about being the good daughter and Liz forgetting the anniversary because of all the stuff going on with Enid.”

    Like one incident of remembering an anniversary will trump Liz’s years of being the family favorite. Jess is delusional.

    “Jessica disapproves of Robin’s date, some guy she managed to scrounge up at the last minute”

    *Deep sigh* Why the hell does Jessica care? No one needs your damn approval!

    “She goes to his house and finds Ms. Dalton there, which is weird, but whatever. They talk about Enid and George and Robin and now Mr. Collins knows way more about his students than is appropriate.”

    Why do these students even know where their teachers live? Seems inappropriate. There are no boundaries between the teachers and students @ SVH.

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  • Selena June 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    “Their cooking instructor, Jean-Pierre, is the most gorgeous guy Jessica has ever seen, at least this week. Jessica vows to make him hers.”

    Every Jessica plot line ever…

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  • hippiegeekgirl January 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

    “Jessica cooks dinner for the family as a trial run for the anniversary meal. She manages to poison everyone and they’re all super pissed at her for making them sick. Ha ha.”

    This sooooo makes me want to channel “The Little Mermaid.”

    Les poissons, les poissons 
    Hee-hee-hee, haw-haw-haw!

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  • Dane Youssef May 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    “Jessica was too good a friend to stay mad at for long, and besides…it was hard to stay angry at Jessica once she put on the charm.”

    Who wrote this book? Where do they live? I want to drive over to their house/apartment/tent/cardboard box right now… and throw a brick through their… something.

    –Very Sincerely, DANE R. YOUSSEF

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  • Dane Youssef May 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    You have to admit… these books were better than the TV show. And you have to admit… getting your fingers broken is better than having them cut off–all of them.

    –Sincere Again, DANE R. YOUSSEF

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