Sweet Valley High #20: Crash Landing!
The Big Deal: The biggest dance of the year. Again.
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.
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?