Sweet Valley High #83: Steven’s Bride

SVH083The moral of the story: Even sixteen-year-olds have more common sense than Steven Wakefield.

The Big Deal: Shower at Lila’s, party at Lila’s


Cara’s mother has gotten a promotion and will be transferring to London. Steve is sad that Cara is leaving him like Tricia did. Ugh, just once, I’d like Steve to have a story line that doesn’t involve Tricia in some way. Jessica feels really sorry for Steve, and while watching Love Story, she comes up with the worst idea ever: Steve and Cara can get married! Then Cara won’t have to move to London! She runs upstairs to tell Steve her idea. He thinks it’s great. He rushes over to Cara’s house and proposes. She’s flabbergasted at first, but then she says yes. They decide to get married in two weeks and not tell their parents until afterward. While Steve is at Cara’s, Jessica does some research and finds a chapel in Nevada where they can get married. When Steve comes home, he tells her nobody can know about the engagement, especially Liz.

For the next few days, Liz notices Jessica acting strange whenever Steve or Cara is mentioned. She wants to know what Jessica’s hiding, but Jessica claims there’s nothing to tell. Then Liz takes a call from the jewelry store. They have a question about the engraving on the wedding rings Steve ordered. Liz tells Jessica about the phone call, so Jessica comes clean. Liz promises she won’t tell their parents, but she can’t help but be worried about what a bad idea this is.

Jessica and Cara are out with Lila and Amy one night, and Jessica just can’t keep her yap shut a second longer. She blurts out that Cara and Steve are getting married, but it’s all good. Lila and Amy will keep it a secret and Lila will even throw Cara a bridal shower. When she gets to the shower, she finds Lila has invited Robin, Maria, Rose, Sandra and Jean. She doesn’t like all the fuss because it makes the whole thing seem “too real.” One of the gifts Lila gives her is a sexy negligee, and Cara kind of freaks out a little when she realizes that if she and Steve get married, it means they’ll have to have sex. This scares the hell out of her and she wishes there was some other way to stay in Sweet Valley besides marrying Steve. That night, Cara’s father calls and says he’s flying in from Chicago for the weekend and has a surprise for her. For some reason, Cara thinks the surprise is that her parents are getting back together. And, for some reason, she thinks that if that happens, her mother won’t have to take the job in London. She goes to sleep relieved that she won’t have to marry Steven after all.

Liz tells Todd about Cara and Steve, and gets upset when he “vehemently” opposes the idea and “takes it personally.” (What he actually says is, “I always thought Steven had a good head on his shoulders. I wouldn’t have thought he’d make a mistake like this.” And later, “They’ll regret tying themselves down so young.”) This is all setup for the next book.

Cara’s father shows up that weekend with a woman named Julia. He announces he and Julia are getting married. Cara gets angry at her father, but mostly at her mother for letting it happen. (Yeah, I don’t get it, either.) All Cara’s doubts about marrying Steve disappear. She’s determined to marry him and run her own life, since blah blah, something about her parents ruining their lives.

Steve gets accepted into a law program at school, something he’s worked very hard for. But it will be too labor-intensive and he won’t be able to support Cara and take on the program, too. He decides to turn it down and  tell his family he didn’t get in. A few days later, Jessica finds the acceptance letter and can’t believe Steve lied. She realizes this marriage is going to cause both parties to make some sacrifices, so she decides to figure out a way to stop it from happening. She spends the remaining days until the wedding telling Cara how awful marriage is going to be, but nothing really works.

Saturday rolls around, and Steve and Cara get in Steve’s car and head for Nevada. As soon as they’re gone, the twins decide they have to tell their parents what’s going on. Ned and Alice are pissed. They call Cara’s mom, and the five of them get in the car and go after Steve and Cara.

At the chapel, Steve says, “I do,” but when it’s Cara’s turn, she says, “No.” Just then, Ned, Alice, Cara’s mom and the twins burst in, yelling at the pastor to stop the wedding. Steve is totally confused and I guess he thinks the whole thing was a setup to humiliate him. He throws the rings on the floor and runs outside. Everyone goes back home. Steve is back in his dorm and he’s not speaking to anyone.

Lila throws a going away party for Cara since it looks like she’s going to have to go to London after all. Liz doesn’t go because she’s upset with Cara for hurting Steve so badly. Cara calls her and asks her to meet her at the Dairi Burger. She’s heartbroken that Steve won’t talk to her, so she tells Liz that the reasons she didn’t marry him are all the reasons Liz didn’t want her to marry him. Duh.

Cara and her mother are leaving the next day. Liz wakes up that morning and it suddenly occurs to her that she should tell Steve what Cara told her. But she can’t just call him. She drives all the way out to the college (it’s an hour away today) to tell Steve that Cara loves him. Then Steve has to drive all the way to the airport so he can get there with only seconds to spare. He finds Cara, tells her he loves her and gives her a kiss. Then she gets on the plane.

Goodbye, Cara. You’re one of the less annoying characters in the series. You’ll be missed.


Cara couldn’t help but smile as she watched her mother arrange cheese and crackers on a tray. She was making her ex-husband’s favorite dinner. It could mean only one thing!

That she’s a good hostess? Also, is cheese and crackers really considered dinner?

Jessica frowned. “But he dreamed of getting into that program. It’s all he’s talked about for the past few months! Now he’s just going to give it up?”

“It looks that way.” Elizabeth stared hard at Jessica. “Do you still think it’s incredibly romantic that Steven and Cara are getting married?”

Christ, I hate when she does that!

The Cover: I’ve always thought Cara was really pretty, and this cover is no exception. Her dress is way too 80s, though. Steve, as always, looks like a tool.

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  • Kitten Whitman July 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Steven looks constipated. Congrats to Cara for extracting herself from Sweet Valley and a dismal life of always playing second fiddle to a dead girl.

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  • the "s" word July 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “Even sixteen-year-olds have more common sense than Steven Wakefield.” It’s because he’s a robot.

    And crackers and cheese are dinner if you’re me!


  • trappedintheattic July 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Thank GOD Jessica never watched “Love Story” while Tricia was alive. Imagine the wedding she’d have tried to pull off then.


  • Daners Isadora- Bond Girl July 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    OMG, Cara is totally not wearing white. I’m pretty sure that makes her a whore in Sweet Valley terms

    Steven always looks lost and ugly on every cover.

    This book is all sorts of dramatic. Rushing in to stop a wedding at the last minute, the goodbye at the airport (Bogie and Bergman they are NOT, btw, of course the problems of three little Wakefields don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world…).

    I had ice cream for dinner last night, so I guess I can see cheese and crackers.


  • Sadako July 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    That purse is so awesome! Does it come in BSC?


  • Shannon July 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Fine, fine, I stand corrected on the cheese and crackers for dinner thing, ha.


  • Kate August 4, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I love that she’s all freaked that she’ll have to have sex with her soon to be husband. I’d be pretty freaked, too, if I had to have sex with Stephen.


  • Jenn October 8, 2010 at 1:28 am

    “Liz promises she won’t tell their parents, but she can’t help but be worried about what a bad idea this is.” It IS a bad idea. He should marry his dead girlfriend instead.

    “She drives all the way out to the college (it’s an hour away today) to tell Steve that Cara loves him.” Today? It must be horrible attending a college that constantly moves like that.


  • Angela2BPecked May 30, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Your comments on the clothing have me wondering if you know that many of the SVH books were written in the 80’s hence the 80’s clothing and the ‘mom” jeans” that were unfortunately fashionable at the time, low rise jeans were not around until the late 90’s.


    Shannon Reply:

    Of course I know they were written in the 80s, lol. But the fact that these “fashion” choices were acceptable then doesn’t mean I’m not going to make fun of them now. They’re super ugly.


  • Angela2BPecked June 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Ok, I was not sure if you were making a humourous observation about fashion of the 80’s or coming down on the artists for choosing the hairstyles and fashion!

    I agree the 80’s fashion and hairstyles were indeed hideous!…lol…


  • Krista December 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    “Steve is sad that Cara is leaving him like Tricia did. Ugh, just once, I’d like Steve to have a story line that doesn’t involve Tricia in some way. ”

    This is one of the reasons I liked Billie. I don’t remember Tricia’s name coming up once when he was with her.


  • Julie October 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    So Steven proposes to Cara cause Jessica told him it was a good idea? Okay then. Maybe it’s just me but I think Jessica is too old to have such a happily ever after idea of marriage.


  • Alex Kennedy January 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Lila’s response to Cara joking about the fact that Lila purchased her a videotape, “Barefoot in the Grass.” Cara says to Lila, “Now if we only had a TV and VCR.”
    “Well, don’t look at me,” said Lila. “I’m not that rich.”
    Yes, you are, Lila. Yes, you are.


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