Sweet Valley High #58: Brokenhearted

SVH058The moral of the story: If your old boyfriend moves back to town, you’ll immediately fall in love with him again.

The Big Deal: Parties everywhere! One at Winston’s, one at Todd’s new school and one at Todd’s house.

Synopsis:

Todd Wilkins is moving back to Sweet Valley and Liz is all freaked out. She keeps asking herself who she would choose if she has to make a choice between Jeffrey and Todd. She knows Todd isn’t going out with Suzanne Devlin anymore, but she hasn’t heard from him in a couple months. She tells Jeffrey that Todd is coming back and it’s obvious that Jeffrey is worried, but Liz is so confused about her feelings that she can’t bring herself to tell him that he has nothing to worry about. Everyone’s at the Dairi Burger a few days later when Lila tells them that she heard from her father that Todd’s father has been promoted to president of his company and has bought a house in Lila’s neighborhood. Now Jeffrey is really worried that Liz will leave him for Todd.

Liz is upset that Ken and Winston have both gotten letters from Todd and she hasn’t. She’s relieved to think that maybe he doesn’t care about her and she won’t have to choose between him and Jeffrey after all. But then she gets a letter from him that’s postmarked three weeks prior. It somehow got lost in the mail. In the letter, Todd says he wants her to be the first to know he’s moving back. He also says he still has feelings for her and wants to know how she feels. So now Liz is more confused than ever. Jessica thinks she would be an idiot not to go out with Todd because he’s a somebody now. And he’ll be going to Lovett Academy, a nearby private school. Jessica imagines she’ll be able to tag along with Liz when they go out and then she’ll meet her very own Lovett boy.

When Todd gets back into town, Liz is the first person he visits, and he has dinner with the Wakefields a few days later. Jessica starts asking him all kinds of questions about Lovett Academy and Alice wants to know how his family will be decorating their new mansion. Liz starts to wonder if she’ll fit into Todd’s new life. After dinner, Todd says he wants to get back together with her. He knows she’s seeing someone, but promises he’ll wait for her to figure out what she really wants. On Friday night, Jeffrey takes Liz out on a magical date to try to keep the love alive. Liz tells him how confused she is, but that when she figures out what Todd means to her, Jeffrey will be the first to know.

The next night, Winston has a party to welcome Todd back to town. Liz is there with Jeffrey and she appears to Jessica to be in total agony. Aaron and Ken are discussing who Liz will choose. Jessica thinks that if she gets Todd and Jeffrey next to each other, Liz will have no problem figuring out she wants Todd. She drags Todd over to introduce him to Jeffrey and they stiffly shake hands.

Jessica gets Todd to take her and Liz to a party at Lovett. Jessica meets a nice boy named Sheffield, and Liz meets a girl named Courtney Kane, who seems to have a thing for Todd. Liz is all jealous when Courtney mentions the dinner she went to with Todd last night. Todd assures her it was just a social obligation and it was a chore to spend time with Courtney. Yeah, right, Liz ain’t buying that. But Todd tries to kiss her later when he’s dropping her and Jessica off, so Liz thinks Courtney must not mean anything to him. When she gets inside and Alice tells her Jeffrey called, she’s so confused she bursts into tears. She talks to her mother the next morning, and Alice tells her she needs to just listen to her heart, it’s gonna tell her what to do, she might need a lot of lovin’ but she don’t need you. (Sorry, I’m a Tom Petty fan.) Later that day, the twins are hanging out at the pool with Enid and Lila, and Lila starts telling them all about the party Todd’s going to have to “reestablish himself in Sweet Valley.” Lila learned all about the party from Courtney Kane, who says she and Todd will be co-hosting the party together. The thought makes Liz want to cry, but she tells herself Lila is probably lying. Courtney is another Jessica-like character, though. She made the whole thing up about being Todd’s co-host because she knew Lila would repeat it all to Liz. She wants Todd all for herself. Courtney knows all about Liz and Jeffrey, and she tells Sheffield a big lie about Jeffrey giving Liz a ring. Sheffield tells Todd and Todd is all upset. He decides he might as well go ahead and ask Courtney to be his party date.

When Liz gets her invitation to Todd’s party, it’s addressed to her “and friend.” She realizes Todd really is going to be there with Courtney and expects her to bring a date, too. She’s all upset, but Jessica points out that, hey, now she doesn’t have to try to choose between Todd and Jeffrey. Liz suddenly realizes that Todd is the one she really loves and she’s heartbroken to realize she’s lost him again. Liz doesn’t talk to Todd for the next week and pours all her energy into her relationship with Jeffrey, but Jeffrey knows something is wrong. He’s heard the rumors about Todd and Courtney, and on the way to Todd’s party, Jeffrey realizes the only reason he “won” Liz is because Todd took the decision out of her hands by hooking up with another girl. Aw, poor Jeffrey.

At the party, Jeffrey sees Courtney put a folded piece of paper in Liz’s jacket pocket and then sneaks away. Liz goes to the bathroom, and Jeffrey uses the opportunity to follow Courtney. He hears her tell Todd she has a headache and ask him to take her to the gazebo on the west lawn. Jeffrey follows them outside. Liz finds the note Courtney put in her jacket, which tells her to come out to the gazebo. It’s not in Todd’s handwriting, but it’s signed with his name, so Liz totally believes it’s from him. She gets out there just in time to see Courtney kissing Todd. She drops the note and runs off and leaves the party. Jeffrey is hiding in the shadows and he picks up the note. He puts all the pieces together, then bravely tells Todd that Courtney’s pulled a Jessica, even though he knows telling the truth will result in him losing Liz. Todd leaves the party and finds Liz at Secca Lake. They renew their love with a makeout session.

Goodbye, Jeffrey. It’s been nice knowing you. You’ll be missed and will always be remembered as being cooler than Todd.

Quotes:

Jessica walked away from Aaron and Ken, flashing them both a big smile. They were both very attractive – she had dated each of them a number of times. In fact, not too long ago she had contemplated falling in love with Ken for lack of anything better to do.

This quote cracks me up, especially the part about her having dated them both a “number of times.” Ha ha, Jessica’s such a whore.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest, splashiest event Sweet Valley’s seen in ages! At least since my last party,” Lila amended.

When was Lila’s last party, anyway? Anyone remember? She’s slipping.

The Cover: My husband picked this one up and said, “What a lovely picture of that twin and a twelve-year-old.” Enough said, I think.

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Comments
  • Abi June 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I really liked Jeffrey! He’s MUCH better for Liz than stupid Todd. I hate Todd.

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  • nugirl77 June 7, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Haha! Yes, Jeffrey looks totally like 12-year-old Tom McKay from Second Best – Sweet Valley Twins #16!

    I haven’t read this story, but I did go to the trouble of buying a second-hand copy of #59 In Love Again, just to find out what happens between Liz and Todd, and Jeffrey. It’s tiresome, and I didn’t like Todd for most of THAT book! I feel sorry for Jeffrey though: to me, he always felt like the “stand-in boyfriend” somehow even when he and Liz were a couple. When Liz first got together with Jeffrey in #31 (Taking Sides), her ambivalence about him was obvious from the start, compared to how she felt about Todd from book #1, Double Love.

    I’ll put forward the completely facetious reason that Todd is perfect for Liz because they both have really bad hair days on a lot of SVH covers, whereas Jeffrey always looked well-groomed, like a Malibu Ken doll. 🙂

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  • girltalkread June 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    TEAM JEFFREY BABY!

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  • Kitty June 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Liz and Jeffrey look like brother and sister in this picture. Very Flowers In the Attic. But I always liked the fact that Jeffrey stood up to Liz and called her out on her b.s.

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  • Kate June 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    They totally look like siblings. Close siblings. As in, maybe Jessica got a sex change and grew a few inches.

    Even so, I’m on Team Jeffrey too.

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  • Shannon June 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Abi: I totally agree. I hate Todd with a passion and thought Jeffrey was way better. Stupid Francine.

    Nugirl: Yeah, I can see that. It’s like Francine always knew Todd was going to come back and Liz just needed a boyfriend in the meantime to make his homecoming dramatic.

    Jan: I’ll join you on Team Jeffrey.

    Kitty: Ew, they do! Gross.

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  • Larissa June 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Ha! I loved the Tom Petty reference, Shannon. I was singing it in my head and then you wrote it, I feel a little less nerdy now. 😛

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    Shannon Reply:

    Hey now, there’s nothing nerdy about Tom Petty! 😉

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  • Kristine November 25, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Am also a part of TEAM JEFFREY. I hate Todd. Jeffrey has always been loyal to Liz. And I like their love story too.

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  • Karla January 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Sheffield? As in Maxwell Sheffield, Broadway producer?

    Totally TEAM JEFFREY. Todd is such a feeb.

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  • S.R. February 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Does anyone remember if there was another book series that featured Courtney Kane & other characters from Todd’s new school?

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    Shannon Reply:

    I don’t know of any series like that, but it probably would have been awesome if they did one.

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  • Darren July 21, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I wish Suzanne Devlin moved to Sweet valley! That shold’ve been the solution!

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  • Anonymous August 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    hey.. don’t be like that.. i like todd much better than jeffrey because they were really meant for each other.. they are a perfect couple you know

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  • Olivia October 8, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I always hated this book! I hate when people get thier heart messed with by someone they love.

    Wow… You know your lame when you get sad over fictional characters.

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  • Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Why did Todd and Jeffrey have to be introduced they met at the Winter carnival?

    Did it annoy anyone else that Jeffrey was always introduced Jeffrey French, yeah we realize thats his last name you don’t have to keep repeating it.

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  • Anonymous April 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Where did Todd’s mansion go in Return of the Evil Twin? It was just a regular house, but big?

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  • Anonymous April 27, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Team Prince Laurence

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Whoops meant Prince Laurent

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  • Angela2BPecked May 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The cover looks like a Neo-Nazi poster for the Aryan race, its kind of creepy!

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  • Angela2BPecked May 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “she had contemplated falling in love with Ken”, I love how Jessica THINKS about falling in love!…..lol….

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  • Dane Youssef September 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

    ALL RIGHT, MY FRIENDS. NOW I HAVE TO SAY…

    I do kind of like the potential idea of Elizabeth with Jeffrey and Todd with Courtney. Oh but of course, they “have to” keep “Liz and Todd together forever.” It’s… sweet. I guess…

    I’d like to see Todd have a long-time engaging relationship with just ONE person that is NOT Elizabeth Wakefield! It’s one of the reasons I liked “Confidential.” Or really any of the books where he hooked up with Jess. Come on. The whole “Ross and Rachel” thing between these two really was just kind of exhausting, wasn’t it? More than that. It just got moronic and tedious. It might’ve been just a little nice for their to be a romance to root for besides just Todd and Liz. Liz had other boyfriends. She has back-door affairs while she was with Todd. Why couldn’t he? That would’ve been a lot of fun. On “90210,” all the characters dated each other at some point and they each had a relationship that was entertaining and personal. They all had their strong points.

    This is why I was rooting for Todd and Jessica. Ever since Jessica’s Diary where we see they not only had a liaison, but she’d been harboring feelings for him since the beginning. She was a better girlfriend to him that Elizabeth ever was. And as far as I’m concerned, for putting Jessica with Todd… we can all be forever grateful. Even more so than Todd.

    Still, this all makes for great drama, doesn’t it?

    And to Angela2BPecked–I was thinking the EXACT SAME THING! Kind of creepy, huh? As I thought that, I felt guilty. Does that sound like a terrible thing to think in and of itself?

    –All The Best Possible, Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef November 8, 2012 at 1:32 am

    OK, and something else about Mr. Jeffrey French here…

    Doesn’t our new friend Jeffrey kind of look like a MALE Elizabeth/Jessica? No, seriously–blonde hair, blue-green eyes… even their faces are somewhat similar.

    Are we all definitively sure that the Wakefield twins weren’t actually TRIPLETS?! No, seriously again–is Jeffrey the MALE one?!

    I personally myself believe that–yes, Liz and Todd getting back together–Liz leaving Todd to get back with Todd makes some sense. I think poor Jeffrey got off light. Let’s be honest: What happened when Liz and Todd re-united. She would cheat on him like crazy and he would do the same… they would have ridiculous fights like crazy.

    Elizabeth kind of took Todd for granted and just drive him nuts. She would betray him for other boys. Like Devon Whitelaw… and boy, DID that one comes back to bite her in the ass.

    But not nearly as what happened to her in the big adult real-world follow-up “Confidential.” What Jessica does to her there… and so does Todd. These books were always about betrayal, weren’t they?

    But at the same time–long after graduation… after college… when the gang goes out in the world, start sparing-up for good. Or at least for now… Todd winds up with Jessica and Liz marries Bruce Patman.

    Oh, come on!

    Now Todd/Jess, I get. But… Liz and Bruce?! I wish Francine had our hero Jeffrey here tie the knot with “the good twin.” That and maybe putting Bruce with Lila. But Liz and Jeffrey should have gotten back together in the big re-union. And stayed together. At least until the next book when the adultery starts. Doesn’t it kind of have to?

    –Just My Diagnosis, Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef January 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

    One more thing… you all say Jeffrey is so much better for Liz…

    Todd is duller-than-dullest, more square than a block of wood… boredom on a terminal level…

    Well… so’s Liz.

    See, that’s why they kept finding their way back to one another. They’re literally PERFECT for each other. They’re BOTH painfully boring. The two are as interesting as the color beige.

    Hell, they both ARE the color beige!

    No two people deserve each other more…

    –VERY Sincere, Dane Youssef

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  • Gia January 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    And the cover – again Liz is rockin the barrettes, even though in the book she wears her hair in a ponytail as usual tied back with a ribbon.

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  • Neidin February 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Iv got to say a little disappointed you didn’t mention the subplot with jessica trying to snag a rich guy then being hilariously disappointed and humiliated when it turned out he had a social conscience and planned to use his wealth to help the homeless!

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