Sweet Valley High #84: The Stolen Diary

SVH084The moral of the story: Don’t go out with eccentric guys who spend all their time drawing. They’re all evil.

The Big Deal: School dance, party at Maria’s


Todd breaks up with Liz. We know it’s because of this girl named Peggy Abbott who’s been hanging all over him lately, but Liz is under the impression that it’s just a “trial separation” and that Todd isn’t interested in anyone else. Jessica finds out about Peggy and tries to tell Liz, but Liz is in denial.

Meanwhile, Enid is lonely and missing her old boyfriend, Hugh. She and Liz take a drive up to Big Mesa to see if they can find him. They see him in front of a café and have a soda with him. At Liz’s insistence, Enid calls him a few days later and says she lost an earring at the café and wants Hugh to look for it next time he’s there. Interestingly, he finds Enid’s nonexistent lost earring. They make a date to meet up again, but Enid’s mother needs the car. Liz lets her borrow the Fiat, but it’s been acting up lately and it dies. Enid gets stuck and misses her date with Hugh. This is a dumb story line, so I’ll just tell you they get together in the end.

Liz survives her first week without Todd. She’s sure they’ll get back together and that he’ll end up asking her to go with him to the upcoming dance. He runs up to her at lunch one day, saying he needs to talk to her. She’s all ready to accept his invitation to the dance, but he says he’s going with Peggy and didn’t want Liz to hear it from someone else. Liz is upset, but keeps her cool and tells Todd she’s going with someone else, too. There’s this weird senior, Kris Lynch, who’s been following Liz around and he asked her to the dance. She told him she’d have to think about it, but now she’s decided she’ll go with him.

Kris picks Liz up for the dance in a pink Cadillac limo. He comes to the door with candy and flowers. It’s all really nice, but Liz just isn’t into it. She spends the whole night watching Todd and Peggy and hardly pays any attention to Kris. She feels bad, though, and agrees to go to a movie with him the following week. After that, people start thinking they’re a couple, including Kris, who accepts an invitation to a party on Liz’s behalf. Liz realizes she has to break things off and for some reason thinks Maria’s party is the perfect place to do it.

Liz spends most of Maria’s party trying to get Kris alone, but people keep interrupting them. She takes his hand and leads him to Mr. Santelli’s study, but when she opens the door, she sees Todd and Peggy on the couch. She closes the door and turns around. Kris seems to think she’s upset because they can’t find any place to be alone. He starts kissing her right there in front of everyone. Liz tells him she wants to leave, but he misunderstands and, once they’re in the car, suggests Miller’s Point. Liz says she wants to go home. Kris again misunderstands and thinks Liz means that her parents aren’t home and they’ll have the place to themselves. Liz finally says she wants to go home and she doesn’t want to see Kris anymore. Kris loses his shit. He starts driving really fast and yelling really loud, accusing Liz of leading him on. She tells him to stop the car, which he does, surprisingly. She starts to get out, but Kris grabs her arm and starts trying to kiss her. Liz’s purse falls on the floor, and she scoops everything up as quickly as she can and gets out of the car.

Monday morning, Kris gives Liz a white rose and apologizes for being such a dick on Saturday night. Liz forgives him. That afternoon, Todd tells Liz he was breaking up with Peggy in Mr. Santelli’s study. He really wants to be with Liz. Liz couldn’t be happier, and they go for a walk on the beach. When she gets home, Jessica tells her the latest gossip is that Kris and Liz went to Miller’s Point after they left Maria’s party and had a really wild time. Liz laughs it off, saying anybody who knows her would know that isn’t true.

Todd hears the rumors and confronts Kris. Kris says Liz really loves him and that she’s told him all about Todd. He starts listing all the most intimate details about Todd’s relationship with Liz. Todd can’t believe Liz would betray him like that. (By the way, throughout the book, Liz’s journal has gone missing quite a few times.) Kris does the same thing to Enid later. Now Jessica is Liz’s only friend. She asks Enid what her problem is, and Enid tells her Liz betrayed her trust to Kris. Jessica says Liz would never tell Kris anything, she doesn’t even like the guy, but Enid says it’s the only way he could know what he knows. (I refer you to the plot of #2: Secrets.) Jessica talks to Todd, who tells her the same thing, then she decides it’s time to talk to Kris.

When Jessica confronts him, Kris tries to get to her by talking about things like Jessica joining a cult. Jessica is unimpressed and tells him she’s going to figure out how he knows all these things. That night, she realizes Kris must have read Liz’s journal. She goes to his house the next day after school and tells him she knows everything. He breaks down and confesses to reading the journal. He’s really sorry and wishes he could do something to fix things. Jessica says there is, then takes him to the Dairi Burger to meet Todd and Enid. He tells them everything, and they feel appropriately ashamed for bailing on Liz. Everyone apologizes to her and everything goes back to normal.


“I’m sorry,” [Lila] said, “but I just can’t believe this. Kris Lynch is eccentric. Everybody knows that. He’s always drawing in his sketchbook and he’s never played any sports. The only normal thing about him is that his father belongs to the country club.”

I love the black and white world Lila lives in.

Now that the worst was over, [Jessica] was feeling a little annoyed with Todd and Enid.

Me, too. Except I’m always annoyed with them.

The Cover: I guess that’s Jessica, but at no point does Jessica ever read Liz’s journal, except for catching a glimpse of one line when Liz fell asleep with it open in front of her. Anyway, I don’t get what kind of shirt Jessica is wearing. Or the dead-doll look in her eyes.

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  • yasoup July 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I have no words for this piece of crap.

    Liz and Todd have [another] test breakup. Todd and Liz hook up with different people. Both have regrets but don’t want to upset their people or go back on the separation. Their dates are jerks or boring. They get back together.



  • Sadako July 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Don’t go out with eccentric drawing guys? Well, there goes my date with R. Crumb! 🙂


  • Keri July 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    “He really wants to be with Liz. Liz couldn’t be happier, and they go for a walk on the beach.”

    I’m so happy you broke up with me to try dating some weird Todd-groupie for awhile and ended up coming back after trying her out! Let’s not talk about it at all, a walk on the beach should put all the feelings of rejection and jealousy behind us!


  • the "s" word July 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Don’t go out with eccentric guys who spend all their time drawing. They’re all evil.” Because they aren’t White Hats!

    Lila’s world IS tidy.


  • quackingpenguins July 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It’s just ridiculous. They don’t talk AT ALL about how Todd broke up with Liz to test another relationship. For once, I actually liked Jessica because she, God forbid, knew her sister. These kids are idiots.


  • Lori July 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    What is a test break up?


  • alantru July 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    This Kris fellow… A natural cur? Or is his porchlight on dim? I’m torn.


  • Daners Isadora- Bond Girl July 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

    This is Liz and Todd’s, what, 137th break-up (see what I did there)?

    I want Lila to be my best friend.


  • Lelandria June 18, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I love Peggy’s stupid remark about twins. Peggy: You look just like your sister. Liz: Were twins ( you stupid slut). Peggy: Sometimes it’s hard to tell you apart. Liz: Not really I’m the older one. Peggy: She doesn’t look older. That part always had me laughing.


  • Lelandria July 2, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I always kind of wanted Jessica to get with Kris. He’s perfect for her rich, devious, and (supposedly attractive) just what she looks for.


  • Marian October 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    oh my god. that face. This cover is too much. 🙂


  • Tashina November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m bored today, and reading backlog. I just have to ask…why is no one pissed at Liz for writing down all their business in a normal notebook that she can’t even bother to keep track of? If I’m Enid especially, I still hate Liz.


  • Dane Youssef July 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I do have to hand it to ya, Shannon… No really, I gotta take my hat off to ya (see the head I’m wearing in the profile avatar photo–yeah, it’s off to you).

    These reviews are more worth reading and more inspired than just about the books.

    Eventually, I figured it out… the purpose of the diaries is to follow the twins as they juggle as many affairs as humanly possible.

    And they always pack in a record number of possible infidelity. I doubt the residents of “Dallas” and “Knots Landing” could rack up so many numbers in that amount of time. Brava, girls. You two truly are overachievers.

    –Sincerest Love to The Wakefield Souers… and Ms. Shannon, Dane Youssef


  • Alex Kennedy August 24, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Why is it that most plots revolve around “I lost an earring” excuse? It gets boring.


  • Elaina May 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I really loved Jessica in this book. No matter what personal information Kris told her, she knew that Elizabeth wouldn’t have told him about it. Enid and Todd just pissed me off. They’re supposed to know Elizabeth so well; they should have known she wouldn’t say anything to Kris about them. And Jessica just kept trying to find out the truth. It’s definitely one of the better books with her.


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