Sweet Valley High Senior Year #28: Meant to Be

The Moral of the Story: Will Simmons is no match for his crazy ex’s perfume.

The Big Deal: Party for Conner

Synopsis:

Andy and Tia sit around watching some horrible dating show called Test Your Love because they’re pathetic losers with no boyfriends. They find out the show is doing a teen week and they decide to pretend to be a couple and audition for it. If they win, they’ll get a trip to New York out of it. They get through the first interview and move on to the next waiting area, where Tia starts flirting with some hot assistant guy. She needs Andy to point out to her that it might be a dumb idea to try to score a date when she’s supposed to be pretending to be Andy’s girlfriend. Tia’s kind of dumb sometimes. She hopes they don’t make it to the next round because she wants to ask the guy out, and she’s disappointed when they actually do make it.

Ken feels bad for dumping Melissa the way he did on Friday, but he knows it was the right thing to do. He’s realized that he was never the guy for Melissa and that she and Will totally belong together. He calls her and tells her so, not knowing she’s already tried to get Will back and he wasn’t interested. Melissa hangs up on him. Ken, who is for some reason determined to get them back together, decides he’ll just talk to Will.

Tia calls Liz and says she heard from Conner. He’s back from rehab and will be at school the next day. Liz doesn’t sleep at all that night and she’s a mess the next morning. Evan asks her if she’s going to tell Conner about their little mini-relationship, and Liz says she thinks he should know and she’d like to be the one to tell him. Evan gives her a hug and then Liz takes off when she sees Conner come around the corner. Conner seems genuinely happy to see Evan, so Evan feels guilty for having gone after Liz in the first place.

There’s a pep rally coming up and it’s supposed to be planned by the head cheerleader and the captain of the football team. Since Will is out, Coach Riley puts Ken in charge. And Coach Laufeld puts Melissa in charge because Tia is pretending to be sick so she can audition for the game show. Melissa sees Ken talking to Maria in the hallway and it pisses her off that he’s already trying to get back together with his ex, even though she’s been trying unsuccessfully to get back with Will this whole time. She goes up to Ken all smiley and says they have things to do. Maria scuttles off, thinking Ken and Melissa are still together. Ken realizes there’s no freaking way he can plan a pep rally with his psycho ex-girlfriend, so he decides to make Will do it. He tells Will the team really wants him to plan the thing and he should go to House of Java the next night to start planning. He fails to mention that Melissa is taking Tia’s place.

Conner is having dinner with his mom and sister one night and thinking about how he can never get back together with Liz because of “what happened in rehab.” Then some chick named Alanna calls and asks for him. Conner tells Megan to say he isn’t home. Very mysterious. And I don’t care.

Andy and Tia actually get to be on Test Your Love, and they end up winning. After the show’s taping, Tia starts to go over to the cute crew guy to ask him out, but Andy reminds her one more time that they’re supposed to be a couple and maybe she can wait until after the trip to New York to ask the guy out. Tia goes to the bathroom, and the crew guy comes up to Andy and says it’s a shame he has a girlfriend because otherwise he’d love to hang out with Andy sometimes. Andy tells Tia the guy’s been flirting with him this whole time. Ha.

Will is pissed when he gets to House of Java and finds Melissa there instead of Tia. He decides to just help her organize the thing because the team’s counting on him or whatever, and of course during the course of the evening he notices Melissa’s perfume and how pretty her eyes are. He keeps trying to tell himself that she’s a horrible person, but when he goes to leave, one of his crutches slips and he almost falls. Melissa grabs him and keeps him upright and I guess Will is in love again.

Tia throws a surprise welcome home party for Conner. After much internal debate, Liz decides to go. Conner thanks her for telling him he needed help, and they start to kiss. Then the mysterious Alanna shows up and yells Conner’s name. She doesn’t seem too happy.

The Cover and Title: Is that supposed to be Liz and Conner? I don’t get it. Out of everyone in this book, Liz and Conner were probably in it the least, and they were only in the same room with each other for like one page.

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Comments
  • Sadako April 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Test Your Love totally reminds me of that Full House ep with that show for people in relationships, where Danny was meant to play against Vicky but ended up winning with some random older lady.

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  • Elizabeth April 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    That’s definitely the same Conner model, but with longer hair. Another odd cover choice. He looks much better with the new hair, but again, too happy to really be Conner. He’s totally a low-rent Dylan McKay.

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    Shannon Reply:

    He looks much better with the new hair, but again, too happy to really be Conner.

    I know! In every Conner scene, he’s described as “brooding” and “morose” and he smirks all the time. So why is he ALWAYS smiling on the covers?

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  • Dee April 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Ken is trying to get Melissa and Will back together? Doesnt he have anything else better to do? And who the heck wants to see Melissa and Will back together? They’re like the Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag of Sweet Valley.

    Connor looks older than a highschool or even college student. And the title is completely misleading.

    Lame.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, I don’t get it. A few days ago, Will was trying to kill him and Melissa was making his life miserable. Why would he want to do anything for them? Unless he thinks they’ll both be miserable and this is revenge. But this is Ken we’re talking about. That kind of conspiring is beyond him.

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  • HelenB April 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    In summary: Melissa is a psycho, Andy is awesome.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Pretty much!

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  • megan s. April 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    yea, who is meant to be?

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    Sandy Reply:

    Yeah, it just sounds creepy. Like something a crazy ex would spout off.

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  • Sandy2 April 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for the summary!

    Ugh, Alanna shows up and the series is never the same again 😉

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    Dee Reply:

    That’s so true…I couldn’t stand Alanna. Her character was a complete waste of space.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, I’m not too impressed with her so far.

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    Sandy2 Reply:

    Oh she gets worse 😉

    Alanna actually makes Connor even more unbearable – Liz seems tolerable in comparison lol!

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  • Lorelai April 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Weird, weird cover. On the one hand, it’s actually pretty cute, but on the other, Conner is freakin’ OLD and creepy-looking. Check out those Robin Williams arms of his wrapped around Liz like he owns her. I think she might be there against her will.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ha, Robin Williams arms! I didn’t notice before how hairy they were!

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  • Fear Street April 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I’m more interested in the trip to the set of That 70s Show…too bad it’s gone now. *sigh*

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    Shannon Reply:

    Me too. It’s too bad I didn’t read these years ago. A trip to That 70s Show would have been a pretty nice reward for getting through these awful books.

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  • Claire April 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

    HA!! Love the Speidi comment.

    Hhhmmm quite a boring book. This Alanna/Connor storyline better be good. Maybe if they snuck out of rehab and got pissed then he got her pregnant and gave her some hideous disease (oooohhh and THEN gives it to Liz) the book would be of interest….I can just imagine they had a little “make out” session which involved hugging and some pecks on the lips, maybe some dry humping. Ergh I hate how they’re meant to be teenagers. They still act like 12 year olds.

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    Afrancis Reply:

    DRY HUMPING?! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

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  • Elizabeth April 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

    it annoys me that there appears to be only 1 model for the twins. at least the SVU books have the Daniels twins (and a different set of real twins for the early SVU books). if using actual photos real models, there’s no reason not to use actual twins! notice they’re never on the cover together in SHV-SY. (her cheesy, dumb smile is what brought on this rant.)

    also, speaking of the twins never being pictured together, why don’t they ever have an occasion for a twin switch anymore?! i miss those. i guess it’s bc Jessica isn’t as manipulative anymore.

    can’t wait for SVU … SVH-SY is more awful than i thought.

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    Shannon Reply:

    They are actually together on the cover of the last Senior Year book, but I’m positive it’s a Photoshopped job.

    A twin switch could only help this series. They’re all so boring this year!

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  • tia maria April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    So I’ve been lurking for about a week after stumbling on this blog by accident (yes, I’m 28 years old and I googled ‘Sweet Valley fanfic’-thank God this came up in the results as well as actual fanfic) but I felt I had to come out of the shadows and say how much I love your recaps, Shannon-I’ve been laughing so hard it physically hurts.

    Though I have to agree with the general consensus that the original series was funnier/crazier than Senior Year. I’ve read a few of the Senior Year books and they’re fucking dull. So I can’t wait until you get onto the University books, because the craziness returns, as do Winston, Bruce and the real Lila.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Thank you so much! I totally agree: this series is BORING. I’m actually looking forward to University. At least Lila will be there.

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  • Brianna August 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Ya

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  • Brianna August 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Awsome

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  • Brianna August 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Crazy

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