Sweet Valley High #75: Amy’s True Love
The Big Deal: Party at the Beach Disco, and another at Enid’s
Jean West has just broken up with Tom McKay. She’s crying about it at lunch one day when Amy sits down and announces she’s had a crush on Tom and wants to “get to know him a little better.” Jean leaves the table, and even Jessica thinks Amy was out of line. She and Lila decide to give her the silent treatment for a while.
Amy does badly on a sociology paper, and Ms. Jacobi says she can earn extra credit by working at a clinic answering a teen helpline. Yeah, I would not want Amy Sutton answering if I had to call one of those. That night at dinner, Amy tells her parents an inane story about guys flirting with her at school. Amy’s mother tells her she wants her to get serious about school and her future. Amy feels bad about herself and I guess I’m supposed to feel sorry for her, but the next thing she thinks is that having a steady boyfriend will show her parents how grown-up she is.
Amy does surprisingly well her first day at Project Youth and impresses Barry, a guy who works there and also happens to be good friends with Tom McKay. Amy finds Tom and Barry on the tennis courts the next day and acts like she needs some tips on tennis. Tom doesn’t take the hint, but Barry offers his help. Amy later confides in Barry that she likes Tom, then doesn’t notice how sad Barry seems at this news.
Enid’s cousin, Jake, comes to town. Everyone is all excited to meet him, so there’s a big party at the Beach Disco. At the party, Amy can’t get Tom to dance with her and asks Barry to help her. Jessica overhears Tom and Barry talking. Tom says he’s not interested in Amy and Barry says he wishes she liked him instead. Jessica knows Barry is really smart and serious and wonders how he could be in love with someone like Amy.
Tom and Jake get along really well and play tennis together the next day. Tom gets all emo when he realizes Jake is going home soon. Then he thinks about Jean and wonders what happened to their relationship. All he knows is that it just didn’t feel right.
Enid is having a party at her house for Jake and Liz goes over to help. When she gets there, it’s clear something has happened between Enid and Jake, but Enid says she can’t tell Liz what’s going on. Amy shows up at the party and immediately starts going after Tom, so Tom finds Jake and they go outside to take a walk. They talk for a while, and Jake tells Tom that he doesn’t have a lot of friends because most people ditch him when they find out he’s gay. Tom feels really weird about this revelation and doesn’t react very well.
A few days later, Enid tells Liz about Jake being gay and the two of them have a grand conversation about how people should be respectful of one another. You can almost feel the self-righteous smugness coming off the page. Tom keeps replaying Jake’s confession and wonders if he reacted negatively because maybe he’s gay, too. He tells everything to Mr. Collins, who sends him to Project Youth. When he gets there, Tom runs into Liz, who is there doing a story for The Oracle. She sees him reading a pamphlet about homosexuality, so Tom tells her what’s on his mind and asks her not to tell anyone he was there. After Tom’s session at Project Youth, he tells Barry he might be gay. Barry doesn’t mind and they go ahead and play their tennis game.
Amy, still convinced she can win Tom over, buys some concert tickets and tells Barry she’s going to ask Tom to go with her. Barry tells her Tom doesn’t like her, so Amy gets mad at Barry and ignores him the rest of the day. I guess she doesn’t believe him, because she asks Tom to the concert the next day at lunch in front of everyone. He turns her down, but she keeps trying to get him to go. Kirk Anderson calls her a dumb blonde because she’s not getting the hint. Humiliated, Amy leaves the table and avoids everyone. She gets a note from Tom apologizing about the concert and telling her not to worry about Kirk. Then Jessica finds her and tells her Barry must really like her because he told Kirk off. Amy acts like she’d never like someone like Barry, but then Jessica says Barry is cute, so now Amy feels like it’s okay to like him. She takes him to the concert and they start dating.
Even Amy’s relationship with Bruce Patman, though long-term, had not been true love, nothing like the relationship Elizabeth Wakefield had with Todd Wilkins.
Why, why, why are Liz and Todd the standard everyone wants to meet at Sweet Valley High? They’re such a terrible couple.
The Cover: First of all, what the hell happened to Amy? She used to be cute. Second, how did everyone not know Tom was gay?