Sweet Valley High Senior Year #37: Be Mine

The Moral of the Story: Couples in Sweet Valley always live happily ever after on Valentine’s Day.

The Big Deal: Valentine’s Day


It’s Valentine’s Day in Sweet Valley and everyone’s having issues.

Maria and Ken: Maria and Ken are both broke, so they’ve decided not to exchange presents. So when Maria finds a huge bouquet of flowers on her desk, she freaks out and goes crazy trying to think of something she can give Ken in return. She hears a guy talking about some concert tickets he won’t be able to use, and since it’s a band Ken likes she decides to buy them from him for a hundred dollars. Ken, who doesn’t know anything about the bouquet of flowers, is now freaking out because he didn’t get anything for Maria, as per their pact. So he leaves school at lunchtime and buys a pair of earrings Maria admired last week. Now Maria is freaking out AGAIN, so she decides to have some balloons delivered to Ken at school. They finally see each other that night for their date, and Maria realizes the flowers she got that morning had been placed on the wrong desk; they were really for the girl who sits next to her. Maria and Ken have a good laugh and live happily ever after.

Jade and Evan: Evan isn’t all about the love these days because of his parents’ divorce, and he’s just so glad he’s got a gal like Jade who doesn’t get all girly about stuff like Valentine’s Day. Of course, when he sees Jade all decked out in red and pink and going gaga over some other girl’s candygram, he realizes she really does care. He decides he can’t deal with that, so he just avoids her all day. Jade is crushed, but her mother tells her she should just tell Evan she wants to celebrate. So she shows up at his house that night with all his favorite gross health food treats. He apologizes for being a jerk and they live happily ever after.

Tia and Trent: Tia is getting flowers and stuff from a secret admirer. She assumes it’s all from Trent, and she’s pissed that he won’t leave her alone. At lunch, she announces she’s going to drive out to Big Mesa and tell Trent to back off, but Jessica tells her not to. Apparently, all that stuff was really from Jessica. She was just trying to get Tia and Trent back together. Tia is embarrassed and kind of disappointed to find out Trent wasn’t actually trying to get her back. But don’t worry! She gets home that night and finds Trent on her front porch with a bouquet of flowers. They kiss and then live happily ever after.

Andy and Dave: Andy is all depressed because the first guy he’s ever liked doesn’t want to come out of the closet and now he has no valentine. He goes to the park at lunchtime and runs into none other than Dave. They sit there talking for a minute, but then Dave sees some guys from his school and acts all weird. It’s clear to Andy that Dave doesn’t want anyone to think they’re at the park together, and it bugs him so he leaves. Dave shows up at his house that night. He apologizes for being weird at the park and says he’s going to tell his father he’s gay because he really cares about Andy. Andy and Dave live happily ever after.

Melissa and Will: Will has made all these plans for Valentine’s Day and he’s pissed when Melissa says she has to cancel because of a family dinner. Actually, she’s just planning to surprise him at the Tribune office after school, but Will doesn’t know that and he’s pissed. So pissed that he doesn’t think twice before making out with that Erika bitch. And wouldn’t you know it? That’s when Melissa walks in. She can’t believe her perfect boyfriend would do such a thing. Come on, Melissa, it’s not like he hasn’t done it before.

Some creep: There are all these scenes from an unnamed guy’s point of view. He keeps checking out some chick, also unnamed, and thinking about how much he wants to get back together with her. He leaves the mysterious girl a note asking her to meet him at First and Ten that night at six.

Elizabeth: Liz gets the anonymous guy’s note, which says he has a past with her. She can’t think of any ex-boyfriend she’d like to get back together with, but she decides to go to First and Ten anyway. When she gets there and sees who her secret admirer is, she gets really happy. In an attempt at suspense, the ghostwriters have decided not to tell us who it is just yet, but it’s someone Liz apparently didn’t even consider when trying to figure out which ex might want her back.


Couldn’t be, she reasoned. Fairy-tale plot twists weren’t written into the Elizabeth Wakefield life story.


The Cover: There is something terribly cheesy about this cover. I hate it.

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  • Sandy May 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The cover is cheesy because it’s so 90’s. *shudders*

    What a snoozefest this book was. My condolences, Shannon.


  • Elizabeth May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    JADE is on a cover, but the Wakefield twins can’t appear together still?! Very fishy. How freaking lazy did Francine and her cronies get? They couldn’t even get the Daniels twins to sign on to star on these covers? They had to get some average blonde girl who’s not a twin?

    Or maybe the Daniels twins were too pretty and they wanted some more average looking girls this time around, since the series is a lot more “real” (and boring). No near-death experiences at all in this series! (I’m not counting Melissa.)


  • Dee May 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    The cover isn’t even photographed well. There’s a huge gap between Maria and Tia to fit the stupid title, and half of Tia’s face gets cut off in the process.

    Ken and Maria have officially become the dumbest couple of the series. I can’t believe there was a whole storyline revolving around a gift mix-up.

    Evan’s another moron. He had made a comment to Jessica in a previous book that she should stay single. Um hello pot calling the kettle black…you ignore your girlfriend because you find out she likes Valentine’s Day? Seriously?

    I can’t wait for SVU. And I’m sure you can’t wait either.


  • megan s. May 12, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I’m very sorry that you had to read this book!


  • Shannon May 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for your condolences, everyone! I CANNOT wait until this series is over. We’re almost there!


  • Jessica Squits the Quad May 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

    This book was so cute!! I actually liked it. Although it was totally mean of Maria and Ken just to laugh off the mistake when some other girl got totally screwed for Valentine’s day.


    Shannon Reply:

    I know! Did she ever get her flowers?


    Jessica Squits the Quad Reply:

    Who cares? She’s not a main character so she doesn’t matter!


  • Olivia June 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    So I love Jermey but why did they have to make him seem all creepy and stalker like? I was very concerned the first time I read this book. I mean what were they thinking? Jermey was always the best (male) character of the series!


  • bia_lee August 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It irks me that jessica and jeremy’s valentine day date didn’t get shown. Jeremy and Jessica are one of my otp the other is jessica and jonathan (from the vampire mini series set in junior year)


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