Sweet Valley High Senior Year #21: The It Guy

The Moral of the Story: Smart chicks don’t date quarterbacks.

The Big Deal: Football party, intervention

Synopsis:

It’s the day after Ken’s big football comeback, and Maria is all upset because when she calls Ken’s house, his dad tells her he hasn’t seen Ken since some cheerleaders brought him a spirit basket. Ken’s dad is just being an ass; the cheerleaders came over and dropped off their basket (this is some kind of football tradition) and then Ken went to the library. Mr. Matthews just wants to piss off Maria for some reason. Meanwhile, Ken is irritated that his own girlfriend hasn’t congratulated him on what a super awesome football player he is.

After dropping off the basket, Jessica, Lila and the other two cheerleaders who went with them go to House of Java and Jessica’s boss tells her she told Jade to come by during Jessica’s shift later so she can fire her. Jade doesn’t take the news well; Jessica has to admit she was the one who told Ally about Jade calling in sick and then showing up with Jeremy. She threatens Jessica by saying, “I won’t forget this.” Scary.

Conner’s mother comes to Liz’s house and tells her Conner is an alcoholic and she wants to have an intervention. Liz thinks that’s a bad idea because Conner isn’t exactly the kind of guy who’s just going to sit around and listen to all his friends tell him what’s wrong with him, but she figures Mrs. Sandborn knows more about this than she does so she agrees to talk to the rest of Conner’s friends and get it set up.

Jade goes to Big Mesa High to meet Jeremy after football practice. He’s surprised to see her, but he’s a nice guy so he chats with her a bit, telling her he’s sorry she lost her job. Jade lies and tells him she was breaking up with Josh when Jeremy showed up the other night and she’s really, really sorry. Jeremy forgives her and asks her to hang out the next night. Oh, Jeremy. She can’t possibly be that good-looking.

Todd tells Ken that all the football players are going to visit Will in the hospital and he should go with them to show his support. When Will sees him, he gets all upset and tells everyone to leave. Ken runs out of there and goes home, and only then does he call Maria to tell her he won’t be able to make it to her house to have dinner with her parents like he’d planned. The next morning, Ken sees Melissa at school looking really rough. He tries to say hello, but she can’t believe he would speak to her after going to see Will. She says, “Maybe if you’d never shown up there in the first place –” and then she walks away, overcome with emotion like the drama queen she is. Ken’s worried, so he waits for Melissa at her locker after school. She tells him Will is totally depressed and doesn’t want anyone, including her, to come visit him anymore. She starts crying and Ken gives her a hug.

A couple of guys come up to Maria and ask her if she’s going to the party in Ken’s honor the next night. Ken hasn’t mentioned anything about it, and of course Maria gets all worked up about that, wondering if he has some reason for keeping her in the dark. Then she turns a corner and sees Ken and Melissa hugging. She runs away in tears and thinks he didn’t tell her about the party because he plans to bring Melissa instead. Maria goes to Ken’s house that night to yell at him, and he explains the whole thing with Melissa. Maria calms down and says she’ll go to the party with him, but Ken still feels like something’s not right.

Conner is hanging out in his room thinking about how nobody understands him because he’s such a complicated guy and all. He’s mad at Liz and his mom for accusing him of having a drinking problem. Then a guy from The Shack calls and says the management liked Conner so much when he played on Friday that they want him to come back. Conner is pleased with himself and thinks that proves everyone wrong; how could he be such an amazing guitarist if he had a drinking problem? After he hangs up the phone, he has a few drinks to celebrate.

Jessica and Jeremy work together one night and flirt the entire shift away. Jessica is sure Jeremy is going to ask her out, but when he leaves he tells her he has a date with Jade. The date is just hanging out at home with his sisters and Jeremy thinks this will turn Jade off, but she happens to love kids. She has a fun time watching Jeremy with the girls, and she has to remind herself that all guys are just temporary. Jade makes sure to tell Jeremy it was Jessica who fired her, and Jeremy is appropriately shocked. The next morning at school, Jade thanks Jessica for firing her because it’s really helped with her relationship with Jeremy.

Ken’s big party happens to be on the same night as the intervention, but Maria doesn’t get a chance to tell him because she’s suddenly really mad at him for not being totally okay with Andy being gay. This kind of just came out of nowhere, but whatever. When Ken shows up to take her to the party, Maria says they have to get over to Conner’s to help him quit drinking. Ken barely knows Conner and doesn’t hardly even like him, and he’s pissed that Maria told Liz he would go. He says he’s going to his party, and he and Maria say, “Fine,” at each other, and then Ken leaves.

Conner gets home and sees all his friends’ cars on his street. He knows what’s up. He plans to go in there, tell them all to leave him alone and then go up to his room. He’s all set to do just that, but when he walks in he sees Megan sitting with everyone. He’s livid that they would bring his little sister into this, and he starts to leave. Liz stands up and says, “We’re here because we love you.” She immediately regrets using such a stupid cliché of a phrase.

The Cover: There’s something about this cover that makes me uncomfortable.

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Comments
  • Anonymous April 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I had so many problems with this stupid book:

    1) Jade’s a bitch. And she’s probably hot, but I’m sure she’s also easy. And at the end of the day, Jeremy is still a teenage boy who’s also a complete moron when it comes to his hormones.

    2) Maria and Ken. First off, they’re fighting was just over the top, forced, and ridiculous. And why the heck would Ken be at the intervention???? It’s a personal matter, not a party. Maria had no right to get angry about that. And Maria shouldn’t have been at the intervention either…her and Connor are barely friends, and the only contact they have is because of Liz. Whatever.

    3)Shut up Connor. You started off appealing for me, and now you just got annoying. Stop channeling your inner Dylan Mckay and grow up.

    Done ranting 🙂

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    Shannon Reply:

    Haha, inner Dylan McKay.

    I agree with everything you said.

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  • HelenB April 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Oh man, I can’t believe how quickly Jeremy has gone from “only decent guy in the series” to “irritating doormat”.

    The guy on the cover looks like he’s about 40, and trying to hook up with a teenager. Skeeeeeevy.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Maybe that’s my problem with the cover. It does look really kind of creepy.

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    bayerngirl74 Reply:

    Total creeper.

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  • Lauri April 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Why wouldn’t Ken want to go to the party in his honor? Maria annoys me in this book so much.
    I’m thinking Jade is easier than Annie ever was.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Maria’s a fucking idiot, seriously.

    And yeah, Jade’s SO easy. Too bad Easy Jade doesn’t have the same ring to it as Easy Annie.

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  • Lindsay April 5, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Off topic: I had a dream the other night that combined these books and the movie ‘2012’.

    I’m not sure what that says about me.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Haha, that would be the worst movie ever.

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    Lindsay Reply:

    It was the most ridic dream ever. Only saving grace? John Cusack was in it.

    My subconscious is lame. I didn’t even get to make out with him

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  • Julie April 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Well I’m assuming that they had to stage a fight between Maria and Ken now that he’s “The It Guy”. He can’t be dating someone like Maria. These kids are annoying as hell. I miss vampires and werewolves.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Me too. And you know things are bad when you start missing vampires and werewolves.

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  • Sandy April 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    When is Conner going to drive drunk and crash????

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    Shannon Reply:

    Soon, I hope.

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  • Jessica Squits the Quad April 6, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Maria sucks. “Come on Ken, skip the party being thrown in your honour and come to my alcoholic ex-boyfriend’s intervention!!” I hope she realises that they broke up because SHE went weird, not HIM.

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  • Jessica Squits the Quad April 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    And I hope I realise that I’m giving advice to a fictional character!

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    thea Reply:

    i suffer from giving advice to fictional characters all the time. there should be a name for this crazy syndrome. i watch soaps (yeh yeh i do) general hospital on youtube in particular and i write advice to characters in my comments all the time. or i curse them out for being complete morons. its crazy but soap fans (sweet valley fan included) are crazy in general right. no one tell my bf i said that. lol

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    Shannon Reply:

    Me too. I regularly yell at the characters on my television.

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