Sweet Valley High Senior Year #12: Bad Girl

The Moral of the Story: If you ground your kids, they’ll sneak out and try to drunkenly skinny-dip at a party.

The Big Deal: Party at Cherie’s


Liz gets called to the office on Monday morning and is told to go see the guidance counselor, Mr. Valasquez. He says a lot of her teachers have expressed concern because she’s been getting bad grades, skipping Oracle meetings and daydreaming in class. Liz doesn’t want to tell Mr. Valasquez that it’s all because she’s so depressed over Conner (a fact that makes me absolutely sick, by the way), so she tells him it’s all because of the earthquake and living at Fowler Crest and stuff. She actually feels better once she gets it all out and she doesn’t understand why Mr. Valasquez wants her to come back next week. When Liz gets home that night, her parents say Mr. Valasquez called them and they want to know why she didn’t just tell them she’s been having such a hard time. Alice gets really upset for some reason and starts yelling. She says she scheduled a meeting with Mr. Valasquez for all three of them for the next day. Alice is doing some actual parenting? I might die from the shock of it.

Megan Sandborn seems to be under the impression that her parents are going to get back together when her mom gets out of rehab. Conner tries to tell her that’s not going to happen because Gary, her father, isn’t going to want to stick around. Megan and Conner have a big fight and Conner realizes she’ll never listen to him about Gary. He thinks the only person Megan will listen to is Liz. He finds her at school and tells her what’s going on, and of course the whole time he’s talking to her he can’t think of anything but kissing her. But as soon as Liz says she’ll talk to Megan, Conner just turns around and walks away. What the hell is wrong with these people?

With Maria’s help, Ken turns in an excellent English paper and gets complimented by his teacher. To celebrate, he and Maria decide to go see a movie. When Ken takes her home, all he wants to do is kiss her, but he can’t seem to work up the nerve. They go to a street fair the next day and Ken wins Maria a teddy bear, which she promptly gives away to a five-year-old who comes up to her screaming that she wants a stuffed animal. Ken feels like an ass.

Liz is in a really great mood after Conner’s plea for help, and she decides to take Megan out after school. They go to Casey’s for ice cream, and after just a few minutes, Liz remembers she’s supposed to be meeting her parents at Mr. Valasquez’s office. She drives Megan home and then goes straight home because it’s too late to try to meet her parents at the school. When she gets home, Ned hollers at her because Alice is worried sick and driving around looking for her. Ned tells Liz she’s grounded for the next two weeks. Wow, now Ned is getting in on the parenting stuff. This is insane.

Will and Jessica are totally together now and everyone knows it, including Melissa. Cherie is having a big deal party and everyone besides Jessica is going to be there, so Melissa thinks it should be a good opportunity to steal Will back. Sadly for her, Will isn’t interested in going any place Jessica isn’t welcome. How sweet. You’re still a jackass.

Conner is all angry because he overheard Gary telling his girlfriend she could come stay at the Sandborn house while he’s there, so Conner calmly tells him he doesn’t think that’s a good idea because it would upset Megan. Gary says he won’t ask his girlfriend to move in, just as long as Conner behaves himself. Then the next night, the girlfriend – Alicia – shows up for dinner and Gary announces she’s moving in. Megan flips out and runs upstairs to her room. Conner goes to her room later that night and finds a note saying she can’t live with Gary and Alicia. Conner has no idea how long she’s been gone or where she might be. As you can probably guess, Megan is at Liz’s. She rode there on her bike and is now crying on Liz’s shoulder. Liz gets to do some shoulder-patting, so that’s pretty cool. Conner finally thinks to go to Liz’s, and when he gets there and rings the doorbell, Mrs. Wakefield acts like a bitch and says he can’t come in. Then Liz and Megan come downstairs and Alice tells Liz to meet her in the other room when her friends are gone. Conner yells at Liz for not forcing Megan to call home, and then Alice yells at her for having a friend over when she’s supposed to be grounded. She adds another week to Liz’s sentence. Liz decides she’s not cool with that, so she sneaks out to go to Cherie’s party.

Ken and Maria go out to dinner, and Maria starts to panic a little when she realizes they’re at a very romantic restaurant. Apparently, she’s an idiot and hasn’t noticed that Ken is interested in her. When he tries to feed her a bite of his pasta, she asks him if he thinks they’re on a date. He asks her what she thinks they’ve been doing all week. They don’t know how to proceed, so they just leave and go to Cherie’s party.

At the party, Ken gets roped into a conversation with Gina, and that makes Maria jealous so she dances with Aaron. That makes Ken jealous, so he dances with Cherie. Maria cuts in and says they have to talk, but they end up kissing instead. Meanwhile, Liz decides to get drunk. Tia and Andy try to take her home, but she gives them the slip when she says she has to go to the bathroom. She’s just about to take off her clothes and jump into the pool when everyone starts running away because there are police sirens coming closer. Conner is just pulling up when he sees Liz stumbling down the driveway. He can tell she’s drunk and he wants to get to her before the police do. He grabs her arm and shoves her in the car. After he drives her a little way down the street, he stops the car and apologizes for being a jerk earlier. Then he kisses her.


Mr. Collins glanced up from the paper, his warm brown eyes looking surprised.

What happened to Mr. Collins’ crinkly blue eyes?

The Cover: Hello, extreme close-up.

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  • TeacherCollins March 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I was just trying out some new brown contact lenses. I thought the brown would make me look more trustworthy.


    Shannon Reply:

    Ah, okay. For a minute I thought you were some kind of impostor from another reality. I’m glad it was just contacts.


  • Sandy March 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Maybe it’s the way you wrote it, Shannon, but I really thought the 5 year old needed an ass whoopin’ by the parents instead of Maria handing the stuffed animal over. But I guess since the Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield were grounding Liz, there was already enough parenting going on in this book.

    Would Conner kissing Drunk Liz be considered taking advantage of her?

    I know, I know, reading way too into this.


  • Jannie girl talk March 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Sandy- I agree w/ you-sounds like the 5 yr old was being an asshat!


  • Shannon March 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, the five-year-old definitely needed an ass whooping.


  • Sandy March 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I love our parental skills. lol
    And Jannie, I’m going to have to use “asshat” in a sentence next week. I’m making a post-it reminder right now. Please don’t tell me it’s been around for awhile. I’m so behind.


  • Fear Street March 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    That dude looks like he’s about to start crying for his blankie.


  • Elizabeth March 13, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Aren’t there any Andy/Evan/other new kid subplots going on? Or are those characters just too supplemental/appended/totally random to write about? I read these books in high school (when I was WAY too old to admit to it) and I seem to remember getting to “know” those characters too by now. Or maybe it’s later.


    Shannon Reply:

    Andy and Evan each have their own storylines coming up soon. There really just hasn’t been anything exciting going on with them yet.


  • Paula March 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m fairly sure Mr Collin’s eyes changed from brown to blue and back again with a fair amount of frequency throughout the course of the SV books. I’m a bit of a pedant like that; I notice these things!


    Shannon Reply:

    It seems like they were always “crinkly” and blue in the original series. However, I usually skipped the countless descriptions of him because that shit gets boring after a while, ha. So if there was color changing going on, I’m not surprised I missed it.


  • Janelle March 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Lila’s eyes always switched back and forth from brown to blue, too! I like to think they’re brown though, so that she looks like me!


  • Nikki August 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    lol maybe if all the ghostwriters talked to each other on set descriptions we wouldnt have this problem. and i kinda like this cover…just me oh ok.


  • Anonymous August 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    That’s so cool


  • Brianna August 18, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I want to read the holl book


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