Sweet Valley High Senior Year #24: Never Let Go
The Big Deal: Homecoming football game
Liz wakes up the morning after the homecoming dance all happy about her kiss with Evan. Then she immediately feels uncertain about whether or not she really wants to be with him. I hate Elizabeth. Hate, hate, hate. She tries to talk to Jessica, but Jessica just says a few sarcastic things and then hurries off to the homecoming game. Once there, she messes up on all her cheers because she’s so busy thinking about Jeremy and Jade. In the locker room, Jade and Jessica start arguing a little, and then Coach Laufeld comes in and says Jade’s mother passed out at work and is in the hospital. Jessica offers her a ride, but Jade snaps at her and leaves.
Ken does some kind of awesome football thing, and Melissa runs up and hugs him. Will sees this because he’s asked his mother to take him to the game. I guess he wanted to surprise Melissa and apologize for being so whiny, but after he sees Ken and Melissa hug, he decides to leave. He’s depressed that the crowd is cheering for Ken and seems to have forgotten about poor crippled Will. The Michigan scout that was courting Will comes up to Ken and sets up a meeting with him. Melissa gives him another hug, and they go out together after Ken wins the game for Sweet Valley.
Maria, Andy and Liz go bowling while everyone else is footballing it up. Liz and Maria are both trying to forget about their love lives, but Maria does eventually ask if Ken went to the dance the night before. Andy and Liz reluctantly tell her he went with Melissa. Then they all realize bowling sucks and decide to go for ice cream instead. Evan calls that night and Liz picks up the phone without screening the call. She doesn’t know what to say and things are awkward, especially when Evan asks her what’s wrong and she says she’s just thinking about Conner. She tells him she wants to be alone for a while and they hang up.
Ken and Melissa go hang out at the beach together and then get some dinner. When Melissa gets home, Will is watching television in the living room. They argue about her going out with Ken after the game. He says he was there for her for five years (you know, except for when he was with Jessica) and he can’t believe she’s ditching him just because he’s not the star quarterback anymore. Melissa says Will hasn’t even spoken to her in days and she’s not going to sit around waiting for him to stop sulking. Will breaks up with her and leaves. Just then Ken calls and asks her to go to dinner, and Melissa accepts.
Jade’s mother is in the hospital because of dehydration and exhaustion. She tells Jade that she’s never home because she’s been working a second job. Jade doesn’t understand why her mother has been lying to her and saying she’s been going on dates. Jade keeps getting fired from all her jobs, so she feels like it’s her fault her mom is in the hospital. Jessica feels bad for her, so she calls Jeremy and tells him he should be with her. Jeremy thinks it’s so nice of Jessica to want to help Jade even though they hate each other. He’s not even interested in Jade anymore, but decides to go see her anyway while her mom is in the hospital. He asks her to go to some Big Mesa award thing, even though he knows it’s a bad idea to stick around just because he feels bad for her.
Ken picks up Melissa for dinner and she tells him she and Will broke up. Ken isn’t sure how he feels about that and he can’t stop thinking about Maria. Then for some reason he leans over and kisses Melissa. She kisses him back and they both stop thinking about their exes for two seconds. Ken has a meeting with the Michigan scout, who tells him he’s a great player, but they’re concerned about the time he took off in the beginning of the year. Ken starts worrying and all he wants to do is call Maria. Well, just call her then, wuss.
On Monday morning, Jade thanks Jessica for sending Jeremy to her house. When Jessica gets to the parking lot after cheerleading practice, Evan is waiting for her at the Jeep. He says he thinks the reason Liz is avoiding him is because Jessica has a problem with the two of them dating. Jessica says she doesn’t care at all and Evan asks her to clear things up with Liz. She gives Liz her blessing, but Liz says she’s thinking going out with Evan is a bad idea that’s just going to get everyone hurt. Because everyone just cares so much about who Liz is dating.
Jade runs into House of Java that night looking for Jeremy. She finds him in the employee lounge and tells him she got a job. They start kissing, and then Jessica comes in. Jade can tell by the stricken look on her face that she’s not over Jeremy, and when she looks at Jeremy, she can tell he’s not over Jessica, either. She decides she’ll just have to make him forget about Jessica because she’s not backing down. She’s all ready for a fight, but Jessica comes over later and says she’s okay with the whole situation. Jade doesn’t know how to react to that. She realizes Jessica has no idea Jeremy is still into her.
Evan finds Liz at her locker the next morning and she tells him she can’t be with him. He’s very understanding and says he hopes they can be friends, and then he walks away. Liz thought she’d feel better, but she just feels lonely. Ugh, do I really have to read twenty-four more books about how sad and lonely Liz is while she has guys throwing themselves at her left and right?
Jade asks Jessica to come to this academic award banquet with her and Jeremy because Jeremy has a friend who needs a date. Jessica is appalled that Jade would ask her to do such a thing, but Jade says it would really mean a lot to Jeremy. Then she goes to Big Mesa and tells Jeremy she knows he doesn’t really want to be with her. When Jessica shows up at Big Mesa later and asks Jeremy where her date and Jade are, they realize Jade set them up. They have a great big sloppy kiss and go inside holding hands.
The Cover: I’m thinking of taking this section out because these covers are so blah.
Tags: Body Image/Self Esteem