Sweet Valley High Senior Year #36: Tearing Me Apart

The Moral of the Story: If you want to keep secrets from your kid, you probably shouldn’t have secret meetings when he’s due home from school.

Synopsis:

Evan acts like a five-year-old: Evan comes home from school one day and hears his parents arguing. They notice him standing there and tell him they’re getting a divorce. Evan spends the next day avoiding Jade and everyone else because he’s a Sweet Valley boy now and nobody in Sweet Valley ever talks about their problems. Andy catches up with him after school because Evan is supposed to give him a ride home, and Evan tells him what’s going on. He’s planning to go to his mom’s office to talk to her, and Andy insists on coming along for moral support. While Evan is in his mother’s office getting absolutely no answers from her, Andy waits outside with Dave, the kid of someone else who works there. Dave is super hot and makes Andy weak in the knees, and Andy is thrilled (and confused and awkward) when Dave says they should go check out the new comedy club in town.

Jade hasn’t been able to get in touch with Evan and he’s been distant at school, so she finally just tells him she wants to know what his deal is. When he tells her about his parents, she tries to be supportive and offer some advice. After all, her own parents are divorced so she kind of knows what he’s going through. However, Evan is suddenly in complete denial. He gets mad at Jade and tells her his parents are nothing like hers and they’re absolutely NOT getting divorced. Okay. He gets it into his head that all he needs to do is get his parents in the same room and then they’ll have to talk to each other. He purposely gets in trouble at school and his parents get called in. Evan tells them to get to talking and he’s pissed when they say their decision is final, they’re getting a divorce.

Andy is gay: Andy tells Tia about Dave and she just about starts jumping up and down about the fact that Dave gave Andy his phone number. She makes Andy call him, and Andy and Dave make plans to go to the comedy club the next night. Andy picks Dave up and they have a great time, but when Andy drops him off, he’s surprised to see Evan’s mom’s car in Dave’s driveway. Dave says his dad and Evan’s mom have been seeing each other and that’s why Evan’s parents are getting divorced. He asks Andy not to say anything to Evan because his parents don’t want him to know. He also asks Andy not to say anything to Evan about their date. Dave’s father doesn’t know Dave is gay, and he’s afraid it will get back to him if Evan knows. Andy isn’t sure he’s okay with all the secrets.

Evan gets home from school and finds his mother and Dave’s father laughing together in the living room. Evan’s parents really need to get their kid’s schedule figured out. Evan decides to tell Andy what’s going on, and Andy tells him he already knows. He comes clean about everything, including his date with Dave. Evan appreciates his honesty and Andy is relieved. Andy calls Dave that night and tells him he really likes him, but he doesn’t want to hide who he is. He tells Dave to call him if he ever wants to tell his dad he’s gay.

Evan makes up with Jade, and then he goes home to find both his parents in the kitchen setting the table for dinner. They tell him that even though they’re getting divorced, they both want to be there for Evan as much as possible.

Will and Melissa are obnoxious: Will is getting annoyed with Melissa again because, well, she’s annoying. She asks him to hang out with her one night, but he says it’s assignment day at the Tribune and he wants to make sure he gets a good one. Melissa is in shock that her boyfriend just blew her off. Seriously? Why do I still have to read about these two? For his next assignment, Will gets paired up with another intern, Erika Brooks. Erika graduated from El Carro High two years ago and all the boys used to have crushes on her. Will knows there’s no way he can tell Melissa he’s working with Erika because, of course, Melissa hates her. When Erika and Will find out the article they researched is going to be on the front page, Erika says she wants to take Will out to celebrate. Erika is so hot that he can’t resist, and Melissa can tell something is wrong when Will calls her and tells her he’s going to be late meeting her.

The Cover: Boring.

Comments
  • Ungraceful May 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    It’s funny that Evan gets a cover photo, but Andy never does. Andy had his own story line waaay before Evan. I call discrimination.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Discrimination! Though Tom McKay got a cover back in the day, so I don’t know…

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  • Dee May 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    The Andy/Dave and Evan storyline could have been interesting if I actually cared about Evan. But since I don’t, I’m moving on.

    Will and Melissa are having problems. What…a surprise.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, I really don’t care about Evan. In fact, I don’t care about any of them. I don’t know why I keep reading these books.

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    megan s. Reply:

    you read them for us! thank you hehe

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  • Sandy May 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    “Andy calls Dave that night and tells him he really likes him, but he doesn’t want to hide who he is. He tells Dave to call him if he ever wants to tell his dad he’s gay.”

    I heard heart-warming piano music during this part. Lol

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  • Fran May 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Does Andy have a longer conversation with Dave or is it just “Bam, I can’t hide who I am so if you don’t come out to your parents because I say so even though I’ve only known you for a few days I’m gone” speech. LOL, did that make sense? Because I would think Andy would be a little understanding with Dave for awhile. I can’t imagine it’s an easy thing to tell your parents so you’d think he’d give hime some time. So Will’s gonna hook up with Erica right? And OMG is this another practically Wakefield-free book?

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    Shannon Reply:

    No, that was pretty much the conversation. It’s a whole “I spent so much time hiding who I was and I’m not going to do it anymore” kind of thing.

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  • Fran May 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    And I love when YA books run out of storylines. They always go for the good old divorce and the angsty teen that won’t accept it so they shut all their friends out. Yeah, never hear that one before.

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  • Claire May 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Oh my god. I am so over these repetitive story lines. I actually want some Wakefield drama.
    In saying that, Evans Mum is a home wrecking whore, haha awesome. Surprised the Sweet Valleyans didn’t sharpen their pitch forks because she’s not the perfect citizen for their perfect town.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Seriously. Some good old-fashioned Wakefield antics could only help these books.

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  • Darren May 9, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Man, I wish Sweet Valley Twins was leading the poll. They had some fantastic storeis of the twins in 6th grade. I remember University never really had a graduation story, hope Pascal remembers in her new series to put in some college graduation special.

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  • Sandy2 May 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Evan is Asian? lol I didn’t realize Plummer was an Asian last name.

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  • Karla October 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    That threw me too! Maybe he’s adopted?

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  • Rach October 10, 2013 at 3:51 am

    He’s not Asian! They refer to his blue eyes heaps of times!

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