Sweet Valley High Senior Year #9: The One That Got Away

The Moral of the Story: If you’re a handsome football player, the girl will always take you back no matter how much of a jackass you are.

Synopsis:

Jessica is really pissed off when she finds out Will is her secret admirer. She screams at him about all the crap he and Melissa put her through and says she can’t believe he’d expect her to go out with him. Then she, Liz and Tia get into the Jeep and drive off, splashing mud on Will as they go. Serves him right. On the way home, Liz starts telling Jessica she’s being too harsh, and then Jessica starts remembering how good a kisser Will is. Oh, here we go. She’s going to end up with him, isn’t she? Dammit. Jessica  decides to focus on her anger and go see Jeremy as soon as she drops off Liz and Tia. Jeremy can tell something is bothering her, but she’s decided not to tell him anything because that always works out so well. On Monday morning, Will comes up to Jessica and tries to apologize again. Jessica tells him she has a boyfriend and Will needs to just leave her the hell alone. Will says he’s not giving up, and then he turns around and sees Melissa standing there looking like she’s going to cry.

Angel has a couple of hours to kill between jobs, so he decides to head over to the racetrack. He wants to press his luck a little more since he made so much money there the other night. His anniversary with Tia is the next day and he wants to be able to afford something super special. He wins two hundred bucks and tells Tia to be ready the next night at seven and to be wearing her best dress. You know this isn’t going to end well.

Todd tells Will about a Sweet Valley High tradition that we’ve never heard of: every year, the captain of the football team gets together with the head cheerleader and they organize a kidnap. Every football player and cheerleader gets dragged out of bed one morning and everyone goes to breakfast in their pajamas. Todd says Jessica and Ken organized it last year, so Will thinks this is the perfect opportunity to get Jessica to talk to him; he’ll ask to get together with her on Friday, and the whole thing can “blur into a date” after they talk about the kidnapping thing. I cannot possibly hate this guy more than I already do. Melissa goes to Will’s house that night and kisses him, saying she’s giving him a chance to get back together with her before throwing himself at Jessica. She says Jessica would never go out with him again, but Will says he has a date with her on Friday.

Maria and Ken are working on another project together, and Ken lets Maria slowly drag him into the real world, which, to Maria, means the world of schoolwork. She teaches him how to take notes and takes him shopping for a planner so he can write down his assignments. Fun times. After they leave the office supply store, Ken bites the bullet and asks Maria to have dinner with him. After they eat, they go for a walk on the beach and start having fun chasing each other around. Just when they’re about to kiss, Ken thinks about Olivia and remembers he promised himself he would never get close to anyone ever again. Sigh. Maria talks to him the next day about how unhappy he is, and he realizes it’s because he’s not playing football anymore. He decides to talk to the coach about it, but unfortunately, the coach doesn’t want to let a quitter like Ken back on the team.

Liz has been ridiculously depressed since Conner kicked her out. All she wants to do is hang out with Jessica, but Jessica has to work Tuesday night. Jessica says they can hang out Wednesday, but at dinner Alice announces that the Wakefield house will be ready to move back into in two weeks. Jessica leaves the dinner table and immediately starts packing. She calls Jeremy and invites him over to help her, and Liz gets all sad and angry about Jessica breaking their plans to hang out.

Angel and Tia go out to an incredibly expensive restaurant, and by the end of the night, Angel is pretty much freaking out about how much money he’s spent. Then when he gets home, his father tells him how proud he is to have such a responsible kid, and Angel feels guilty. Who cares? I mean, that was all his gambling winnings anyway, wasn’t it? Anyway, Angel keeps going to the track every night and he ends up losing every cent of his savings. Of course he does.

While Jeremy is helping Jessica clean her room, he finds the necklace from Will and the note that went along with it that says, “A kiss is still a kiss.” Even though the necklace and note have been shoved unceremoniously under the bed, Jeremy decides there’s something going on and he acts all weird the rest of the night. Naturally, he does not say anything to Jessica. That would be too easy. Jessica is walking to class the next morning when the jocks start catcalling her like they always do. Will comes out of nowhere and pins one of them against the wall. He finally announces that all the rumors he and Melissa spread about Jessica were untrue. All right, so maybe that gives him some points, but I still hate him.

Melissa goes to House of Java and tells Jeremy that Jessica is cheating on him and has a date with Will Simmons on Friday. Jeremy, despite recognizing Melissa as one of the bitches who insulted Jessica at that party, freaks out and starts thinking maybe the necklace he found was from Will. When Jessica comes in later, he asks her about the necklace. She tells him the truth, that it was from Will. Jeremy gets pissed and says he heard she has a date with him for Friday. Jessica gets upset and leaves.

Jessica has to blow off Liz again because she gets called in to work. Liz freaks out and yells at her. Oh, get a hobby, Liz. Then Lila comes to Jessica’s room and asks if Will’s outburst means he and Jessica are together now. Jessica is disgusted by Lila’s obvious digging for gossip and starts to leave for work. Will drives up just as she gets out the front door. Will asks her to get together with him on Friday to talk about the kidnapping thing. No fool, Jessica suggests Tia come along as well. They agree to meet at First and Ten.

Friday night rolls around and of course Tia can’t make it and of course Liz tells Jeremy where Jessica is and of course he sees her with Will. He thinks she lied to him so he breaks up with her and leaves the restaurant.

Quotes:

He filled the coffee filter, tamped it down, and twisted it into the locked position. With his other hand he stuck the metal pitcher of milk into position. Then he twisted the knob, sending hot steam surging into the milk. The steamed milk foamed and gurgled as he raised and lowered the pitcher. At the exact moment the espresso machine dribbled to a stop, he grabbed a tall glass, poured in the coffee and some chocolate syrup, and topped it off with steamed milk. He spooned some foam onto the top, dusted it with cocoa, and slid it across the counter.

This book suddenly turned into an instruction manual for making coffee drinks at House of Java. Why?

The Cover: This cover is kind of creepy, what with that big giant Jessica head there.

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Comments
  • Dee March 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I never liked that cover…why did they make Will look like s smurf? Because he’s so blue over Jessica? Whateves.

    And I always thought it was odd that the ghostwriter threw in the tradition of kidnapping cheerleaders and jocks since it was never mentioned in SVH. It was too much of a set up just to get Will and Jessica to make out.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ha, he does look pretty smurfy.

    The kidnapping thing is such a contrivance and I hate it.

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  • The One With... March 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jeremy is so much better than Will! Jessica’s an idiot. Cover Will looks so angst-y. And reminds me of Zachary Ty Bryan from Home Improvement.

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    Shannon Reply:

    THAT’S who he looks like! It’s been bugging me since I started this series, thank you!

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  • Janelle March 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I agree- Jeremy is way better than Will- Jessica is such an idiot. Sadly, I wish there was more Liz and Conner and less Angel in this book, he’s even dumber than Jessica….

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, I’m not a big fan of Angel. But I guess he’ll be going to college soon, so there’s a bright side.

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  • Sadako March 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    That big Jessica head will haunt my dreams.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I know how you feel. *shudder*

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  • Sandy March 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I need a flow chart to remember who’s living with who and who is related to who. Angel is who again? And Andy, I’m having trouble with who he is as well.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Angel is Tia’s boyfriend. He’s a year older than the rest of them and is set to go to Stanford in January.

    Andy is the new redheaded Winston Egbert class clown type, a good friend of Conner, Tia and the gang.

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    Shannon Reply:

    By the way, I’m working on a Characters page for Senior Year, I promise.

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  • Christine March 9, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Will really doesn’t care if he makes Jessica a target of Melissa’s psycho-rage? Oh sure, Will finally clears Jessica’s name… NO ulterior motives on his part. What a hero he is, defending her from those mean ol’ jocks who are only FOLLOWING HIS LEAD/LIES! Grrrr. Shannon, I feel your frustration. Oooh those predictable and infuriating plot machinations to bring Will and Jess together…! What a contrived misunderstanding with Jeremy. I can’t stand it. Why do you have this power over me, Sweet Valley?! *sob*

    I HATE Liz for backing Will! So much for sisterly solidarity. And she was perfectly happy ignoring Jessica (and her problems!) while living with/obsessing over Conner but now expects Jess to drop everything ’cause she’s lonely? Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggghhhhh!!!

    Okay, we can fix this. I want “Liz” to be revealed as Margo. And “Jessica” is the real Liz, who’s snapped and “become” Jessica (only not very believably, ’cause you may have noticed how “Jess” hasn’t really been herself lately, eh, eh?) ’cause she can’t handle losing the real Jessica in that earthquake (the real Jess died heroically trying to save that little girl). Soon, very soon, Margo will kill both Will and Conner. Just ’cause. She likes killing! Then Margo and Melissa (who must avenge Will!) have a maniacal showdown and all the boring new characters get caught in the crossfire…oops, they’re all dead now too. Liz/”Jess” and her split personality live happily ever after with Jeremy who turns out to really be… SAM! Sam didn’t die! That was his twin brother, Stan! They pulled a twin switch for the Jungle Prom, just for kicks, y’know. Sam was so wracked with guilt after Stan died…it should’a been him, man… that he also snapped and developed a split personality…Jeremy! (“Jeremy”‘s mom is really Sam’s aunt, and she’s too out of it to remember her real son, Jeremy, died during childbirth…maybe deep down she knows the truth, but in any case, she’s happy to let Sam be a replacement. It may be twisted, but now the healing can begin!)

    There I go writing fanfic again. It’s the only way to cope. My twin sister, Kristin, made me do it.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I think you’re on to something here! This series is totally ruined for me now because I know that’s not how it’s going to turn out. *pouts*

    You should send Francine a letter and tell her you want to help ghostwrite Sweet Valley Confidential.

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  • Kristine March 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    The fanfic is so hilarious!! LOL

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  • JulieCaroleRayo September 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I always thought the kidnap plot was because the ghost writer watched Jawbreaker…!

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