Sweet Valley High Magna Edition: Jessica’s Secret Diary, Volume 2

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Jessica and Lila are hanging out in Jessica’s room when they hear fighting coming from Liz’s bedroom. Todd is pissed because Liz went to a movie with Jeffrey. He breaks up with her. That night, Jessica gets home from a party at Amy’s house, and Todd calls to ask if Liz was at the party with Jeffrey. Jessica says they were both there but they weren’t together. Todd wants to come over and talk, so Jessica changes into a sexy nightgown and opens her window. When Todd gets there, he asks Jessica if she remembers what they had “before.” He is not referring to the time he and Jessica fooled around after Sam died, nor is he referring to the time they made out before Todd started dating Liz. This is apparently a whole different thing. Todd says he’s free now and wants a second chance. Jessica thinks reading her diary from those days will help her figure out what to do:

#42: Caught in the Middle – Jessica plans a surprise party for Lila. She also gets a just-saying-hello letter from Todd in Vermont. She teases Liz about it.

#43: Hard Choices – Jessica writes back to Todd and the Wakefields make a documentary.

#44: Pretenses – Jessica tells us about how Steve and Cara almost break up. Todd writes back to Jessica.

#45: Family Secrets – Cousin Kelly comes to town and is a total weirdo.

#46: Decisions – Blah, blah, blah, Robin and George have a fight. Jessica is in love with Alexander Kane. One day, she walks in on Liz looking at old pictures of Todd.

#47: Troublemaker – Jessica is a success in a school play. While telling us about Bruce Patman and Julie Porter, Jessica gives us a very strange version of her “first – and last – date” with Bruce. She says they drove around in a limo while he talked about himself and she got mad when he called another girl from the car phone. No mention of sexy times at the lake or Jessica turning into a love zombie. Whatever. Todd and Jessica are still writing to each other.

#48: Slam Book Fever – Jessica falls in love with A.J. Morgan and writes to Todd for advice.

#49: Playing for Keeps – Jessica almost loses A.J. because she’s an idiot. Todd and Jessica start getting more and more personal in their letters to each other.

#50: Out of Reach – Jessica is totally in love with A.J., but she’s starting to develop feelings for Todd and can’t wait to get his letters.

#51: Against the Odds – Jessica writes to Todd to tell him about being grounded for charging nine hundred dollars to her mother’s credit card.

#52: White Lies – Todd sends Jessica a mix tape.

#53: Last Chance – Todd calls Jessica and says he wants to come to Sweet Valley and see her in secret. Jessica has dreams about Todd sneaking into her room at night and doing “intensely romantic” things with her.

#54: Two-Boy Weekend – Jessica breaks up with A.J. after cheating on him with Psycho Chris. Todd buys a plane ticket.

#55: Perfect Shot – Todd and Jessica meet at Secca Lake and make out. Jessica is sure she’s really in love this time, but after a couple days, they both realize Liz would be really hurt if she knew.

#56: Lost at Sea – Jessica thinks about kissing Winston while they’re shipwrecked, but a helicopter shows up before she can do it.

Back in the present, Jessica finishes reading her diary and realizes Todd is much better suited to Liz.

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  • Megan November 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Oh god, can you imagine Todd’s mix-tape? I wonder if it was romantic or poppy, or was Todd trying to be deep and it was all prog rock?

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    Shannon Reply:

    I’m going to guess Todd tried to be deep and failed miserably.

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  • Ugh! November 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    #56: Lost at Sea – Jessica thinks about kissing Winston while they’re shipwrecked, but a helicopter shows up before she can do it. Jessica realizes Todd is better….

    Better than what! The picture covers up the rest of this sentence/paragraph. It’s probably just my screen so someone please tell me – better than what.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ha ha, sorry about that, how strange! It doesn’t look like that on my screen.

    Back in the present, Jessica finishes reading her diary and realizes Todd is much better suited to Liz.

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    Bailey Reply:

    Hoe does reading a Diary where you realize you were in love with this guy and he took a plane to see you and all that make you relize he’s for your sister. I didnt get that AT ALL

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  • Sadako November 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    So…it’s basically a CLIP SHOW IN BOOK FORM?!?!

    Ann M. and Scholastic, you suck at a lot of things but at least you never put out a best of the BSC and expected us to shell out 3.50 for it.

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    Shannon Reply:

    So true. It is like a clip show, except with a few deleted scenes thrown in just for fun.

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  • Fear Street November 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I hate Jessica.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Me too. So much.

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  • Sandy November 13, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, no code of honor in the Wakefield house. I knew even in middle school to never date your friends ex, much less your sister’s!

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, they are really bad at being good sisters to each other.

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    Elisabet Reply:

    Ha Sandy. Did you read the new book?

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  • megan s. November 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So did Jessica run home every single day to get the mail? Wouldn’t Liz be doing that, hopeing to get a letter from Todd? They confuse me! lol

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    Sadako Reply:

    And no, “WTF is Todd writing to YOU?!” reaction from Liz?

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    Shannon Reply:

    She did actually rush to get the mail every day. And yeah, Liz is just like, “Oh, Todd wrote you a letter. That’s weird. But how nice of him.”

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  • Lori November 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I’m not sure what’s weirder Todd writing Jessica or Jessica writing Todd?

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    Shannon Reply:

    I think the weirdest part is that Jessica is writing, period.

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  • Darren November 14, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Hey Shannon, got a question: I was reading part 1 of the John Marin arc and Jessica said quote: Claire Middleton tried out for QB on the Sweet Valley High School football team, but was named 2nd string.

    However, Claire won the game and assumption was she was the starting QB…did Ken have some sort of miracle healing, or did Claire did injured in a game? The ghostwriters dont’ do a good job remembering things.

    Sorry this was off subject.

    On subject:
    That’s kind of weird that in book 55 it seems, Todd flies in to Sweet Valley to see Jessica, and in book 57, Todd says nothing about seeing Jessica, but tells Liz in a letter he broke up with Suzanne Devlin. Then in book 56, Jessica thought nothing of Todd?

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, she made second string. I don’t remember her winning a game.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Scratch that, I just read my own recap. Ken’s vision still wasn’t awesome in that game, so he had the coach take him out and put Claire in.

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  • Lorelai November 14, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Ha! Liz and Todd can’t even stay together in somebody else’s diary edition. That is SO LAME.

    Funny, I don’t remember Todd and Jess writing so many letters and pining over each other quite as much as they seem to. Oh wait, that’s because they didn’t and the entire premise of this book is based on bullshit. Of course. Pardon my ignorance.

    Ps I have a bit of a girl crush on Jessica in that pic of her looking smug in a bikini. (From Two-Boy Weekend?) I can’t help it. She’s cute as hell.

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    Shannon Reply:

    That is one of her better covers.

    I hate the diaries for that very reason. None of this ever happened.

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  • Angela2BPecked June 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    The original pics of Jessica look like Marilyn Monroe!

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  • Dane Youssef September 18, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I have to say… this was really one of the better books in the series. Some of them were pretty bad. One of the best, really. In this humble fan and reader’s opinion, anyway.

    And memo to our beloved blogmaster Shannon… to say that none of this really happened… is more than just a little ridiculous. These books are all fantasy. ALL. None of them ever really happened. But… in the universe of ”Sweet Valley”… yes. It was so. Todd and Jessica were together. On and off for a while, I believe.

    It was a big thing in the books. Jess was always kinda jonesin’ for Todd. Her and Liz. But Todd has his eye on ”the good girl.” Liz committed many infidelities. Todd committed only a few. But one of those was with her sister–”the bad twin.” And it was going on behind her back for some time. They didn’t want to hurt Liz, the ”righteous twin.” But of course, they do anyway. And perhaps they must. If you read the book series quite religiously, much of the series’ dramatic theme (FAR TOO MUCH, in my opinion) was Elizabeth was how often Liz was unfaithful.

    And he would beat up the antagonist Popeye-Bluto style. He’d be furious with her. They’d fight and… God, how many times did they re-work that gimmick?

    Todd and Jess… it all makes a strange, sad kind of sense, doesn’t it?

    –For Todd and Jess… Forever, Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef September 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

    AFTER I READ JESSICA’S SECOND DIARY… by Dane Youssef

    “Ha! Liz and Todd can’t even stay together in somebody else’s diary edition. That is SO LAME.”

    Funny, I don’t remember Todd and Jess writing so many letters and pining over each other quite as much as they seem to. Oh wait, that’s because they didn’t and the entire premise of this book is based on bullshit. Of course. Pardon my ignorance.

    Ps I have a bit of a girl crush on Jessica in that pic of her looking smug in a bikini. (From Two-Boy Weekend?) I can’t help it. She’s cute as hell.”–Lorelai

    “That is one of her better covers. I hate the diaries for that very reason. None of this ever happened.” –Shannon

    Okay ladies, seriously… I have to personally interject something here.
    This really was (in my not-so-humble synopsis) really one of the better books in the entire series. It was especially… well, special. Come on. We got to see that Jessica have depth in her. The girl’s thing is being as shallow as a kiddie wading pool–an empty one.

    But here, we see there’s a lot going on with her. In her soul and in her heart. Jessica kind of surprises all of us. Even the most arrogant and callow of us… can have layers. Layers that go on forever and ever. And while her sister is more well-read and versed in tomes and works of literature, Jessica seems to know more about how the world itself works. How people work. How life is. And she comes away with a lot of really bright observations about the way things are. We all really should listen. We can all learn something… from the likes of her.

    And I’m not especially ashamed to say that I myself was rooting for them to find that true love that everyone always talks about, everyone looks for… in each other’s arms. Elizabeth was really something… but while we’re reading this, we can start to believe that there’s something there between them. Something real. Something that just goes beyond shared interests. Something neither of them ever expected…

    Maybe not even us. They both just seem to genuinely need something that they may only be able to get from each other. Their past history, their personal connections and the resot of the world be damned. If they can get what they need most from each other. The more they learn about each other, the more they find out that they may be just very well be.

    Todd and Jessica are exact opposites just as Elizabeth and Jessica are. But… maybe that’s not what matters most.

    And yes, once again… this was one of the better books. Some of them were pretty bad.

    And to our hallowed and esteemed Blogmaster General Shannon… to say that none of this really happened… is more than just a little ridiculous. These books are all fantasy. ALL. None of them ever really happened. But… in the universe of ”Sweet Valley”… yes. It was so. Todd and Jessica were together. On and off for a while, I believe. It was a big thing in the books. Jess was always kinda jonesin’ for Todd. Her and Liz.

    But Todd has his eye on ”the good girl.” Liz committed many infidelities. Todd committed only a few. But one of those was with her sister–”the bad twin.” And it was going on behind her back for some time. They didn’t want to hurt Liz, the ”righteous twin.” But of course, they do anyway. And perhaps they must. If you read the book series quite religiously, much of the series’ dramatic theme (FAR TOO MUCH, in my opinion) was Elizabeth was how often Liz was unfaithful.

    Todd poked around too, but maybe not enough.

    Check out “Confidential”… written by the founder of The Valley, Ms. Francine Pascal herself… Almighty. Todd not only hooked up officially with Jessica. He wound up walking down the altar with her. And… Liz was her maid of honor. Eventually. To those who grew up with the books… your head is just spinning more than a little, isn’t it?

    ‘Still can’t believe she killed Winston off. Still, she didn’t just have him get hit by a car or choke on a chicken bone. She gave him a legitimate walk-off. The sweet lovable class clown really wanted to be loved at heart and after a lifetime of not being taken seriously… no one looking at him as the kind of person who can be loved.

    He acquired great wealth and women flocked to him, looking at him only as a meal ticket. He turned into a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge and grew more and more internally hateful, angry. And vindictive. He also turned into a raging alcoholic, and… well, all this is all-too true and possible, is it not? I felt like there was a message here. His death should not be in vain. Even if he was simply a creature of pure, pure fantasy.

    Todd and Jess deserve their happiness as much as… Winston does. And so does Liz, no matter who with…

    –For All of Them In The Valley, Dane Youssef

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  • Krista November 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    “Todd sends Jessica a mix tape.”

    That is so gloriously 90s.

    “Jessica has dreams about Todd sneaking into her room at night and doing “intensely romantic” things with her.”

    LOLOLOLOLOL

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