Sweet Valley High #91: In Love with a Prince

SVH091The moral of the story: Dana Larson is a bitch.

The Big Deal: Two parties at the twins’ house and one at Lila’s

Synopsis:

Prince Arthur of Santa Dora is coming for a visit and everyone is all worked up about it. All the girls are excited and keep worrying about what they’re going to wear when they see him. The girls’ boyfriends are starting to get annoyed, especially Todd, who doesn’t like that Liz and Arthur have been pen pals all this time. The only person who doesn’t care about the prince is Dana, who refuses when Jessica asks the Droids to play at a party she’s throwing for Arthur. Liz is having a lunch party to welcome Arthur to Sweet Valley, and Jessica wants her to invite Dana, figuring if she meets Arthur, she’ll realize he’s not so bad and agree to play the party. Jessica purposely does not invite Sam to the lunch because she’s sure Arthur will fall madly in love with her.

Enid reads some of Arthur’s letters to Liz and points out that maybe Todd has a reason to be jealous. Liz admits that maybe she’s right, so the first chance she gets, she tells Arthur that Todd is her boyfriend and they’re very serious about each other. Arthur seems disappointed, but he’s very gracious. Dana is all moody at the lunch party and seems to have a problem with Arthur just because everyone else is so interested in him. I think it’s because Dana is a lesbian and she’s jealous that all the girls are paying so much attention to him instead of her. (By the way, Dana and Aaron have broken up for no reason that has been explained to me.) Arthur goes to school with Liz for some reason, and during a discussion about Hamlet in English class, Dana starts babbling about how much royalty sucks. It’s clear she’s talking about Arthur, so Mr. Collins asks Arthur and Dana if they’d be okay with a formal debate. They agree to argue on Friday. Arthur wins the debate.

That night at the Dairi Burger, Arthur tells Liz and Todd that he has a crush on Dana. Liz goes home and calls Enid. Jessica listens to the conversation but only hears part of it. She misunderstands and thinks Arthur likes her. At the party the next night, she waits for Arthur to talk to her, neglecting Sam, who gets fed up and goes home. Arthur finally does come talk to her and asks her to ask Dana to dance with him. Dana agrees, and at the end of three songs, she’s falling in love with the guy. Jessica is depressed and decides to give up and help Lila, whose plan is to get in good with one of Arthur’s bodyguards, Paolo, and then get invited to Arthur’s hotel, where she can make him see that Dana is all wrong for him.

Lila invites Paolo over to her house the next day, and he mentions a task that Arthur must complete by the eve of his seventeenth birthday. He won’t say what the task is, but Arthur’s birthday is less than a month away.

I’m finding it really hard to care about this book for two reasons: 1.) This is a terribly boring follow-up to Lila’s ordeal from yesterday. 2.) We’re starting to get really close to the Jungle Prom and I’m getting antsy. Ah, well. Halfway through.

Arthur and Dana start spending a lot of time together while Lila and Jessica follow them around and spy. Jessica thinks Lila’s losing her mind, but Lila is obsessed. Arthur comes over to talk to Liz one night because he wants her advice. He says it’s tradition in his country for the prince to announce a betrothal on his seventeenth birthday. He’s fallen in love with Dana and wants her to be his wife. Liz’s advice is to just be honest with her, so the next night, Arthur gives Dana a ring and asks her to marry him. Dana says she’s gonna need a day or two to think about it.

Lila finds out about the tradition and is sure Dana doesn’t know about it. She talks to a friend of her father’s, Anita, who is a reporter for the Sweet Valley News. Anita calls Dana on Saturday morning and asks whether or not she’ll accept Arthur’s proposal. Dana tells her if she wants the scoop first, she should come to Lila’s party that night. Anita thanks her for the tip, and then remarks how lucky it is that Arthur found a girl he likes before his seventeenth birthday so he doesn’t have to marry the girl his parents have in mind for him. Dana is pissed and thinks Arthur only proposed because of the tradition. She goes to his hotel and throws his ring back at him, but of course doesn’t explain why she’s so upset. She’s home for only a few minutes when Arthur’s limousine shows up. Dana won’t talk to him, but when she looks out her window, he seems really sad. She figures it’s just his pride that’s been hurt.

At her party, Lila sees Arthur looking all sad and figures that’s her cue. She drags him out to the dance floor, but he doesn’t feel like dancing and leaves her standing there alone. Jessica, watching from the sidelines, thinks it’s hilarious and tells Liz that Lila was the one who leaked the marriage tradition to the reporter. Liz tells Arthur what happened and that she’s sure Dana is still in love with him, but Arthur isn’t hearing it. He decides to go home the next day.

The next morning, Liz goes to Dana’s house and tells her Arthur really does love her and that he’s leaving that day because he’s so brokenhearted. Dana races to his hotel and he explains himself blah, blah, blah. He decides to tell his parents this particular custom is outdated and he wants no part of it. He and Dana promise to remain close friends.

Quotes:

“If you ask me, the concept of a royal family in this day and age is completely ridiculous. We’re supposed to be above all that in the United States!”

Um, Dana? Arthur isn’t from the United States.

“Your accent is almost gone,” Jessica observed to Arthur as they walked through the house.

“The benefit of so much travel,” Arthur explained.

So, if someone from Europe travels around the world enough, he’ll end up sounding like a Californian?

The Cover: Until I actually read the tagline, I was sure that was Liz on the cover, not Dana. Prince Arthur looks like a real cheeseball.

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Comments
  • R. G. Quimby August 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Ugh, Prince Arthur. Get out of the series, Arthur! And he’s back with those fake effing military medals, too.

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  • Sandy August 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I thought he looked cute on the cover.

    I’m glad the parties are back.

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  • Megan August 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Jess…I’ve said what I have to say many times before. Sam. Appreciate him.

    WTF is Dana wearing?

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  • Sandy August 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Oh, and you are right about this being a bad follow up. Did they constantly remind us that Lila almost got raped in this book like they constantly remind us that the twins are polar opposites or that they got a new jeep?

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  • Lori August 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    If Dana’s suppose to be rock n roll how come she looks like Elizabeth?

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  • Misty August 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I think Todd is upset because he is secretly crushing on Arthur.

    Oh Dana – why can’t you just go away? Also, for someone who is supposedly a rocker chick, you have horrible taste in clothes.

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  • Kate August 18, 2009 at 8:04 am

    My favorite bit is that Liz tells Arthur that she and Todd are VERY serious about each other… which must be why they’re constantly cheating on each other and dumping each other out of petty jealousy.

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  • Karla January 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I hate when writers invent fake countries/principalities like Santa Dora. It’s okay in Coming to America and that’s about it.

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  • Lelandria June 18, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Even though he is a Prince shouldn’t everyone shun him since he is hispanic as Rosa and Manny had issues of? (I’m assuming Santa Dora is a hispanic country)

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    Lelandria Reply:

    Or does being a prince trump that?

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  • MacKenzie April 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Jessica always treats her boyfriends like crap! I remember in the book that was a few books before this one where she cheats on and dumps him for the soap star and later on she cheats on and dumps Ken for that Christian guy. I don’t care what anyone says I can’t stand Jess. Plus it’s hard to believe she can keep all of these guys when she doesn’t even put out. Sure she’s pretty but even pretty girls who aren’t opening their legs gets dumped especailly considering all the shallow douches she has dated!

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  • Ira April 29, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Why did the cover reverted to its old layout?

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  • Sera C July 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    He looks like a slightly jaundiced version of Benedict Cumberbatch.

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  • Kim December 13, 2015 at 3:39 am

    “Jessica purposely does not invite Sam to the lunch because she’s sure Arthur will fall madly in love with her.”

    This disrespectful hobag is always on the come up. She treats her boyfriends like crap whenever someone better comes along.

    “Dana agrees, and at the end of three songs, she’s falling in love with the guy.”

    She goes from hating the dude to dancing with him and being in love after 3 songs? Seriously, these people “fall in love” quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen.

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