Sweet Valley High #59: In Love Again

SVH059The moral of the story: Once you’ve gone to Sweet Valley High, you will never want to go anywhere else.

The Big Deal: The Battle of the Schools, a party at the country club.

Synopsis:

Liz and Todd are back together, but they’re having a rough time since Todd goes to Lovett Academy, a private school about an hour away from Sweet Valley. They want to spend all their free time together, so Liz starts blowing off homework and leaving Oracle meetings early so she can see Todd, and Todd is missing basketball practices to see Liz. Jessica is bored now that the buzz about Liz and Todd has died down and she wants the spotlight back on her, so she decides she should go to Lovett Academy, too. Just to spice things up and meet new guys. Her parents tell her to go ahead and find out whatever she can about it.

One day, Courtney Kane (the girl who tried to keep Todd and Liz from getting back together) sees Todd and Liz coming out of a restaurant. She starts seething with anger at the thought of Todd choosing Elizabeth over her. She vows to someday get back at them. That night, her father tells her that a shoe company called Kidd will be sponsoring some kind of mini-olympics and all the area schools will compete, including Lovett Academy and Sweet Valley High. The competition is announced at Sweet Valley a few days later. Jessica says she can’t possibly be on any Sweet Valley teams since her heart belongs to Lovett. Liz is all worried about competing against Todd.

Todd takes Liz to a party at the country club. Liz hates all the shallow and superficial rich kids from Lovett. She sees someone she recognizes from school working there and says hello, and the Lovett kids laugh at her for being friendly with the help. Then Courtney’s date, Campbell, won’t leave Liz alone and keeps asking her to dance with him, which makes Courtney hate her even more. Finally, Liz and Todd leave and Liz is relieved to find out he was having as bad a time as she was. They spend the rest of the evening at the Dairi Burger.

Everyone finds out what teams they’ll be on for the competition, and Liz and Jeffrey both end up being on the relay race team. Awkward. Coincidentally, Todd will be on the relay team for Lovett. He comes to watch Liz practice, but Ken Matthews asks him to leave so he can’t go bringing secrets back to Lovett. Um, what secrets? Don’t you just run? Anyway, later that night, Todd is worried that he and Liz being in direct competition with each other is a bad idea and asks her if she’ll switch teams or something. Liz gets pissed and tells him he should quit because he shouldn’t be competing against Sweet Valley anyway. A few days later, Todd is telling Liz about a couple of children of famous people he met at Lovett, and Liz is all concerned because the old Todd never cared about “important people.” Todd accuses her of hating Lovett and they have a fight and break up. Gee, Liz. Good thing you left Jeffrey for this guy.

Okay, so the relay race isn’t just running. Jeffrey and Robin will be doing the three-legged race portion of it, Ken will be balancing an egg on a spoon and Liz will do the rope climbing bit. It all seems very strange. And, hey! Guess what? Todd will be doing the rope climbing bit for his relay team, too! Courtney sits on the sidelines during his relay practices and tries to get him to go out with her. She’s decided to give him another chance because Liz is the one she really hates. At the big competition, Lovett comes in first and Sweet Valley second. The two schools will be going head to head.

Jessica goes to Lovett during school hours for an official tour. She starts worrying that she won’t fit in and that she’ll miss her friends, but on her way out she sees a cute guy and the beautiful landscaping and her enthusiasm is restored. She runs into Todd and he asks about Liz. Jessica tells him Liz is doing just fine, never been better, and Todd is obviously disappointed that she’s not at home crying her eyes out every night. That night, Jessica tells Liz that Todd misses her, but Liz is all upset that he hasn’t called. Jessica wisely tells her that it takes two people to have an argument and Liz can just as easily call him. So Liz tries, but nobody answers.

At the Battle of the Schools, Courtney cheats during the College Bowl, signaling answers to her classmates. Jessica notices, but keeps her mouth shut. Then Courtney sabotages the rope Liz will be using for the rope climb. The whole school is watching when the rope snaps and Liz falls. Todd immediately jumps down from his rope and holds her in his arms. The schools decide to have a tug-of-war to decide who the winner is. Both Todd and Liz decide to sit it out, so Todd is replaced by a classmate and Jessica takes Liz’s place. Courtney starts complaining that Lovett should be declared the winner and Jessica tells her if she doesn’t shut up, everyone will know she cheated during the College Bowl.

Sweet Valley wins, Jessica decides not to go to Lovett, Liz and Todd are okay again and Todd decides he wants to transfer back to Sweet Valley. Did you expect any other ending?

Quotes:

The fact was, everyone at Sweet Valley High had been following Elizabeth Wakefield’s love life with fascination ever since her old boyfriend had moved back to town a few weeks ago.

Of course they have. Every little thing the Wakefield twins do is fascinating.

“Every time I think of what almost happened to you today, when I saw you there, lying so helplessly on the ground…” Todd said, a catch in his throat.

Todd, she fell a couple of feet and doesn’t even have a bruise. She’s fine.

The Cover:

Todd: If I don’t hold on tight, she’ll run back to that Jeffrey guy.

Liz: We look happy, right? Really happy.

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Comments
  • girltalkread June 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I think Liz actually looks very pretty on the cover, but Todd looks like a Ken doll. I loved this book as a kid- but it kind of made me want to intend private school- probably not the intention of the SVH ghostwriters!!! 😉 Todd and Liz suck ass together TEAM JEFFREY! TEAM JEFFREY! Incidentally I was no fan of Tom Watts in the Sweet Valley U books either!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Tom Watts was a tool.

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  • Callie June 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    They are just so freakin’ needy and insecure ALL the time. I’m definitely over how sappy and weird Liz and Todd are. It’s obviously a toxic relationship.

    I’m with girltalk – Team Jeffrey.

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  • Shannon June 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Team Jeffrey!

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  • tracy london June 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    todd is a d-bag. team jeffrey!

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  • HelenB June 11, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Team Nicholas 🙁

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  • girltalkread June 11, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I do agree about Nicholas, Shannon- the poor guy!

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  • Mara June 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Liz looks sort of cute on the cover, far less sanctimonious than usual. I love love love that quote though. Of course everyone is just rapt with attention to find out what these girls will do next. No matter how popular anyone was at school, nobody kept that close of tabs on them.

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  • Merrie June 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    All I remember from this book is that SVH was losing the tug of war game until Todd shouted (or maybe he roared) “Go Sweet Valley High!” and suddenly the SVH team had the strength to win.

    That struck me as lame even at 13.

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  • TeacherCollins July 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Hey, what happened to Todd’s warm brown eyes? That’s an imposter on the cover!

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  • Kate April 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    *sigh* I think you’re right – Jeffrey was way better than Todd. I’m waiting for Jeffrey to get a girlfriend and Liz to realize she has ‘unresolved’ feelings for him, because Gawd Forbid a boy get over her.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That happens in Enid’s Story. Enid likes Jeffrey and Liz gets all crazy about it.

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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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  • Enid the Penid November 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Those mini-Olympics are bullshit. Where was the bed-making part? Pft, Sweet Valley, I’m disappointed. Someone must have had congenital heart failure in high school. Or asthma.

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  • Dane Youssef November 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Oh, look at them here together. So happy, so content. Oh, yeah… they were made for one another. I’m sorry, but I think this cover just seems kind of creepy. I normally like the old-school original covers for the sake of nostalgia. See, these are the originals. That’s “the REAL Elizabeth and Todd.” It’s… kind of sweet.

    Todd doesn’t come across as a boyfriend here. He looks more like her older brother… or her father. He comes across as a grown man in his mid-30’s cradling a 12 year old. He seems a legal adult. Not her, and…

    Hey, wait a tick… I thought Todd has BROWN eyes. What’s with those matching baby-blues… like Elizabeth’s got?

    What happened, did she and Jessica get to him? Uh-oh. The Master Aryan race is taking over. The “cleansing…” they worked Todd over. Can you hear, “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles”… playing in the background. Oh crap, here comes the Master Race…

    –For Elizabeth and Todd, the poster-couple for the Epitome of European Beauty, Dane Youssef

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  • Alex Kennedy August 2, 2016 at 6:04 am

    So Courtney sabotaged the rope. Is that not a bit extreme? That girl needs to go to prison!!!

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  • anon May 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Courtney tries to kill Liz and they all act like it’s no big deal, in fact, further on in the series, Jessica schemes and calls up Courtney to sic her on Todd.
    If someone tried to hurt my sister, I would never talk to them again.
    But it’s Jessica, so we shouldn’t expect loyalty.
    And Todd is just as bad. He starts dating Courtney, knowing what she tried to do.

    Whoever said team Nicholas and team Prince Laurent, I agree.

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