Sweet Valley High #23: Say Goodbye
The moral of the story: You should listen to your loved ones. No, wait, you should listen to your heart. Wait, I’m sorry, you should listen to your loved ones…Honestly, I don’t really know what I was supposed to learn from this one, but I feel sure it was one of those two things.
The Big Deal: Party at Lila’s, farewell party for Todd at the Beach Disco
Todd’s father has been transferred so the whole family moves to Vermont. Liz is distraught. Jessica sees this as the perfect opportunity to get her involved with someone more exciting.
Jessica has to get a job to pay back the money she charged on her parents’ Lisette’s account. She finds work as a receptionist for Perfect Match Computer Dating Agency. While there, she goes through the files to try to find a match for Steven because she figures it’s high time he starts dating again. Why she cares so much is beyond me. She comes up with three prospective girlfriends for him. One of them is forty-three years old. I don’t know what she could have been thinking. He’s not interested in any of them.
After Todd leaves, Liz spends most of her time writing him letters and sitting around hoping he’ll call. One night when she’s at Enid’s, Jessica answers the phone when he calls and she tells him he needs to let Liz go. Instead of talking it over with Liz, Todd just stops all communication with her. Liz has no idea what’s going on and assumes Todd has moved on and stopped loving her. She starts spending a lot of time with Nicholas Morrow, who still has a thing for her.
Not much actually happens here, it’s mostly just pages and pages of Liz being sad about Todd. When Todd first moves away, everyone tells her she should leave herself open to dating other guys, but when she starts dating Nicholas they’re all concerned she’s replacing one guy with another. What’s a girl to think? She eventually comes to realize she’s still in love with Todd and has to stop stringing Nicholas along. She decides she’ll tell him right after Lila’s party. After all, she did promise they’d go together and we all know Liz can’t break a promise.
Todd actually shows up at the party because he’s in town for the weekend finalizing some things for his father. He sees Liz dancing with Nicholas and runs out. Liz follows him and they have a good long talk about blah, blah, blah. Bottom line is that they still love each other but they’re not going to hold each other back. Liz tells Nicholas she can’t see him anymore and he basically tells her that was her last chance because he’s not going to let himself fall in love with her again. Poor Nicholas.
Setup for the next book: Steve is driving along when he sees Cara Walker struggling with a flat tire. He pulls over to help her and they end up going for coffee. She’s been having a rough time with her parents’ divorce and Steven can relate to her better now that she’s grown up a little. (Steve, she’s still sixteen.) At Lila’s party, Betsy Martin sees them together and freaks out about how quickly Steve has gotten over Tricia. What a bitch. That was months ago.
Jessica, who never had to worry about her weight, was concentrating on her ice-cream sundae, her aqua eyes serious as she reflected on her twin’s behavior.
Just in case you needed a reminder of how perfect the twins are.
Although she had considered falling in love with him for a wild moment yesterday, she had by now decided he was off limits.
I love that Jessica can just decide who she’s going to fall in love with.
The Cover: Todd’s hair is HUGE! It looks like a big helmet. Liz, of course, is rocking the barrettes.