Sweet Valley High #63: The New Elizabeth
The Big Deal: Surfing competition
Liz is tired of being all boring and predictable all the time. She decides to learn to surf. She sees a sign for cheap lessons being given at Moon Beach in Big Mesa, so she goes up there to check it out. She meets a guy named Sean who has just made a bet with his friends that he can turn the next person who walks through the door into a champion surfer who will win the competition next month. So Liz gets free lessons. A girl named Laurie is also hanging around the clubhouse and she’s intimidated by the lovely Liz. She and Sean have known each other forever, but they just recently had their first real date. Laurie decides to learn to surf herself and show Sean that she’s “more than just the girl next door.” Liz asks Laurie if she and Sean are a couple and Laurie tells her they “sort of” are. Liz is relieved to hear it because Sean’s been flirting with her and she thinks that since he has a girlfriend, the flirting doesn’t mean anything. As worried as she is about him liking her, though, she fails to tell him about Todd.
When Liz is halfway through her month of lessons, Sean gives her a surfboard charm bracelet thing and then tries to kiss her. She pushes him away and asks about Laurie. He says there’s nothing romantic between him and Laurie and that he’s never liked anyone the way he likes Liz. Liz finally tells him about Todd and Sean is really cool about the whole thing. Meanwhile, Laurie is outside and she overhears Sean saying he’s not interested in her. This makes her even more determined to become a good surfer.
Liz wants the whole surfing thing to be a surprise so she hasn’t told anyone what she’s been doing. She makes up a story about doing marine biology research three times a week at Moon Beach for extra credit. Todd gets all jealous that Liz is spending so much time away from him. Oh, I hate Todd. One of Liz’s lessons gets canceled because of the rain, so she invites Todd over to play Scrabble. She’s a little distracted because she’s thinking of surfing. Todd totally blows up at her because she’s not hanging on his every word. Seriously, Team Jeffrey. I hate this guy. Liz caters to his tantrum and says they’ll both feel better if they go to the Dairi Burger.
At her lesson the next day, Sean isn’t sure Liz should try surfing because the waves are really rough. Liz is determined to try it, though, so she gets out there and immediately gets knocked off her board. She gets a big lungful of water and blacks out. Sean gives her CPR and she wakes up and starts crying. She and Sean hug for a long time and then he asks her to dinner. This guy just doesn’t give up. She says she has a date with Todd, so Sean offers to drive her home. When she gets home, Todd is waiting inside. He’s all pissed off that she’s late and tells her he can’t take her to dinner that night because he has an extra credit project to do. Then he walks out and slams the door in her face. Oh, I really, really hate him. I still can’t believe she broke up with Jeffrey for this assclown.
Just before the surfing competition starts, Liz overhears Laurie talking to her friend about Sean. Laurie is worried because she really wants to impress Sean by winning, but Liz is such a good surfer. Liz decides the best thing to do is wipeout on purpose so Laurie will win the competition. After her wipeout, Sean is all disappointed, but then Laurie’s name is called. She wins the contest and Sean scoops her up in a big hug. Meanwhile, all the Sweet Valley kids Liz convinced to show up for her “marine biology presentation” are shaking her hand and congratulating her, though they’re all laughing at how funny she looked wiping out. Only Bill Chase could tell she messed up on purpose and he asks her why. She tells him it was all for romance as she gazes at Sean and Laurie. How sweet.
The subplot is pretty awesome. Caroline Pearce has somehow found out about Jessica’s recent dating debacles as Magenta Galaxy and Daniella Fromage. She’s been spreading the story all over school. Jessica is humiliated and out for revenge. Liz is disappointed that Caroline has gone back to gossiping. Jessica decides that harassing Caroline at the Unique Boutique where she works is the best way to get back at her. Of course, it ends up blowing up in her face one day. Caroline steals Jessica’s clothes while Jessica’s in the fitting room and then quits her job and walks out, leaving Jessica in her underwear. Ha!
Setup for the next book: Liz and Steven go to the Unique Boutique. The sales girl looks exactly like Tricia Martin. Steve breaks a date with Cara and calls the store to ask this chick out. Dammit, this again?
“Imagine a world full of Elizabeth Wakefields,” Lila said. “Could you imagine a duller, more predictable place? I think I’d go crazy.”
Me, too, Lila. Me, too.
The Cover: I used to have that exact same swimsuit! Of course, I was nine years old at the time. I’m totally serious. Mine was orange instead of pink.