Sweet Valley High Senior Year #17: Backstabber

The Moral of the Story: If you make out with your best friend, you’ll become an alcoholic.


After being caught in Tia’s bed, Conner goes to the Wakefield house and bangs on the door, begging Liz to let him explain. She finally opens the door and he says nothing happened, all he and Tia did was kiss. Liz, who I guess didn’t see the kiss, slams the door in his face. Tia comes over later to apologize, and she’s all hurt when Liz says Conner told her the kiss meant nothing. Oh, Tia, really? Conner goes home and his mom yells at him for staying out all night. Ever since she came back from rehab, she’s been doing this “involved mom” thing and Conner can’t stand it because he’s used to doing whatever he wants. His mother leaves, and Conner goes out to the garage and starts throwing things around. He finds a bottle from his mom’s drinking days, has a drink and then tells himself he’s not an alcoholic like his mom.

Jessica gets promoted to assistant manager at House of Java, but she’s a little upset when she finds out Jeremy was management’s first choice. The only reason he wasn’t promoted was because the boss thinks Jeremy already works too much and she didn’t want to give him more responsibility. Jade Wu gets hired and Jeremy immediately starts crushing on her.

Melissa overhears Jessica telling Maria about Liz finding Conner in bed with Tia. Tia can tell Melissa knows something and she really doesn’t want things to get out of hand. After cheerleading practice, Tia finds Conner waiting for her at her locker. He wants to go for a drive. Tia says she doesn’t think they should hang out until this mess gets straightened out. Conner says, “Call me when you grow up,” and stalks off. Because he’s, like, so mature.

Conner’s having trouble dealing with all this on top of his mother’s newfound sense of responsibility. She gives him a curfew and he sneers at her. The next day, he does a very un-Conner thing and writes a poem to Liz and sticks it in her locker. He can’t believe it when Liz doesn’t immediately come running back to him. He goes to House of Java that afternoon in a terrible mood and loses his temper completely when he sees Tia and Liz having what looks to be an intense conversation. Neither of them is speaking to him and he’s pissed that they’re talking to each other. He goes home and has some Scotch, all the while telling himself he’s not like his mother.

Liz’s talk with Tia is pretty useless. All Liz can think about is the fact that Tia kissed her boyfriend. Tia tries to reassure her that she and Conner have always been just friends and Conner would have said something by now if he liked her. Liz thinks Tia’s delivery is a little weird and asks her if she has romantic feelings for Conner. Tia says she might. Liz loses it and tells Tia she wants her to stay away from Conner. Tia gets all indignant, but Liz tells her that’s the way it is and then sashays out the door. When she gets home, she decides the best thing to do is tell Conner she loves him. What? She starts thinking about when and where and how she’ll tell him. Seriously? You just caught him in bed with some other chick and you want to tell him you love him? Does not compute.

Jeremy and Jade keep on flirting with each other at work and it’s really getting under Jessica’s skin. Jade is way bitchier than I ever thought her capable back when she was just a sad little Chinese-American who didn’t want anyone to know she was Chinese. She knows Jessica and Jeremy used to date, but she doesn’t seem to care. Whatever, I don’t care either.

Conner is hanging out in his garage, listening to the radio, totally wasted. Tia comes over to try to talk things out with him. She knocks on the side door, and Conner pulls her into the garage and starts making out with her. Tia thinks about stopping him but she doesn’t because he’s just so totally hot.

The Cover: I’d be interested in seeing the full version of this picture because it looks badly cropped. Whose ear is that down there?

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  • The One With... March 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Haha, the moral of the story is fantastic. I hate when that happens! And I agree about the cover.I didn’t even see that dude’s ear when I first looked at it. Also, hate Conner.


  • HelenB March 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Is it sad that when I read that Tia and Liz were still talking to each other I actually got excited? Like, wow! For once a SVH girl is prepared to put more blame on the guy who cheated on her than the girl he cheated on her with!

    It couldn’t last, of course 🙁


  • Fear Street March 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    They are so melodramatic.


  • liesel March 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Conner’s character is so the book version of Liam’s TV one on 90210 – kinda like a pretty boy drama queen.
    also, the ear is McDermott boys’ ear… it’s from the same shoot as this cover http://madteaparty.dreamhosters.com/closet/bookcovers/svhsy/svhsy40.jpg


  • Sandy March 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Who is that on the cover? I’m lost.


    Shannon Reply:

    That’s Tia on the cover. But it’s cropped really close and there’s someone else there. Liesel says it’s Conner because this exact photo shoot was apparently used for book 40. Way to go, cover designers.


  • Karla October 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    You just caught him in bed with some other chick and you want to tell him you love him? Does not compute.

    I think this is kind of like when Scarlett O’Hara decides that Ashley’s only marrying Melanie because he doesn’t know Scarlett loves him. No logic – just desperation and horniness.


  • Confused April 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Something is weird when I hate every single character except Jessica. Though I usually give her the benefit of the doubt, she does something crazy for me to cringe go away…

    I am glad we don’t hear the mention of Enid at all. Yay! All is right in the world of SV


    bayerngirl74 Reply:

    Bahahaha!! Yeah, where is Enid the Penid? With Lunchbox? Studying for her gyno exam, methinks.


  • Krista July 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’ve come to the probably obvious conclusion that these books were much more amusing and the lack of reality easier to swallow when the covers were “art” instead of photos. I don’t think I can stand imagining these characters as real people.


  • Nikki August 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    i always figured the ear and small piece of head belonged to conner


  • Brianna August 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Does Tia have a boyfriend


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