Sweet Valley High Senior Year #40: Never Give Up

The Moral of the Story: Despite all evidence to the contrary, horrible parents really do care.

Synopsis:

Dance aftermath: Melissa is pissed and feeling sorry for herself because none of her stupid friends have called to make sure she’s all right. Alanna wasn’t supposed to go to the dance at all, and now her parents want to ship her off to a boarding school because she broke the rules. Erika ditched Will last night and he’s pretty much over her now.

Alanna is an alcoholic: Alanna doesn’t want to go to any dumb boarding school, so she uses the credit card her parents gave her and books a flight to Chicago. Her best friend, Lisa, moved there a while back, and she lets Alanna stay at her house. Meanwhile, Alanna’s parents notice she’s gone and Mrs. Feldman calls Conner demanding to know where her daughter is. Conner has no idea and the fact that she’s missing and didn’t call him worries him. He goes to all her favorite hangouts to try to find her, and finally goes to her house to tell her parents she’s not with him.

Melissa is psychotic: Will goes over to Melissa’s house to try to get back together with her since things didn’t work out with Erika and because he’s a co-dependent wuss. Melissa doesn’t let him in because she’s so pissed at him, and she doesn’t think she wants to get back together with him. But then she sees her friend Cherie’s car passing her house, so she hugs Will and tells him she’ll take him back. She knows Cherie saw them, and she figures that by the next morning it’ll be all over school that she and Will are back together and everything will go back to normal.

Cherie tells Melissa she really likes Aaron Dallas but she doesn’t know if he likes her. Melissa’s brain goes into overdrive and she comes up with some hare-brained scheme to “get back” at both Cherie and Will. She finds out Aaron needs help in English and tells him she’ll be his tutor. I imagine this will end up with them making out or something, but I guess we’ll have to wait until the next book to find out.

I’m halfway through the book and Tia hasn’t made a single appearance so I don’t know why she’s on the cover.

Ken blah blah blah: Ken’s dad actually seems to take an interest in him, and he takes Ken to a couple of the schools he applied to. He embarrasses Ken when he asks if athletes are held to the same academic standards as everyone else, and he seems displeased when he finds out they are. Ken goes to school on Monday and Mr. Nelson tells him his sophomore guidance counselor made some kind of mistake with Ken’s classes, and now he doesn’t meet the math requirements to get into any of the schools he applied to. Ken feels sorry for himself and decides he’s too stupid for a big fancy school anyway. I’ll second that.

Blah blah Ken mopes about college blah blah. His father apologizes to him for riding him so hard all year and tries to convince him he really does think Ken is smart enough to get into a college based on grades rather than football. I could not possibly care less about Ken or his stupid dad.

Tia is a nosy bitch: Conner’s freaking out a little by Monday afternoon, and he tells Tia he’s not going to his guitar lesson because Alanna is missing. Tia goes crazy, talking about how he needs to prepare for his future. Conner has an audition on Wednesday for some awesome music school, and I guess Tia thinks missing this one practice is going to prevent him from getting in. She’s not letting that happen on her watch. Man, she’s getting to be as bad as Liz.

Conner remembers Alanna mentioning her friend who moved to Chicago, so he calls another of her friends, gets Lisa’s number and gives her a call. Lisa says she can neither confirm nor deny Alanna’s presence in Chicago, so Conner figures that’s where she is. He tells Andy what’s going on and asks him for enough money for a plane ticket, and then gets pissed when Andy says he doesn’t think it’s a good idea for Conner to miss his audition, and besides, he doesn’t have that kind of cash.

Tia tells Conner that if he goes to his audition, she’ll get him to Chicago. The audition goes just fine and then Tia drives Conner to the Feldmans’ house, despite his protests. The Feldmans start bickering with Conner and Tia calms them all down and says the three of them should fly out to Chicago together because Conner is probably the only one Alanna will talk to. So they all go to Chicago and Conner goes to the homeless shelter to get Alanna and bring her to the hotel. As soon as she sees her parents, she starts freaking out and yelling at Conner about his betrayal. She starts to settle down a little when she realizes her parents are in tears and are really just glad she’s safe.

Quotes:

He knew Andy must have a savings account, or a college fund, or something his parents had probably started for him years ago. And if he really wanted to, he could get the money. Conner was sure of it.

And Andy should just give you money out of his alleged college fund just because you asked him to?

The Cover and Title: So this is the larger version of that other cover. I still don’t get why she’s even on the damned cover, considering she’s barely in this book. And I guess the title means she’s never going to give up on Conner? I thought it meant she was going to try to get him back, so at least that stupidity didn’t happen.

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Comments
  • Sadako May 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Not to totally show my Dawson’s Creek fan wankery but Alanna kind of reminds me of Audrey, Joey’s roommate. Drinking, debauchery, an A-name!

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  • Ellie May 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    The publishers probably ran out of funds for this sinking-ship series and couldn’t set up another cover shoot, so they used one from the cutting room floor. Hilarious!

    Uggh Conner. Isn’t he the one who belongs to the country club? Can’t he get the money somehow from his own mother?

    Alanna’s parents sound like morons. The first thing they should have done was call the credit card company and see what the card’s been used for. Total morons.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, Conner’s mom got kicked out of the country club for her drunkenness, so it seems like they must have SOME money.

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  • Sandy May 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ken’s storyline brings nothing to the table.
    I thought the same thing about the title. That Tia wasn’t going to give up on Conner.

    Or that Conner wasn’t going to give up on Alanna.

    Ken, did however give up on his brain.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ha! I hate Ken so much.

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  • HelenB May 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wait, this entire book doesn’t feature a single twin?

    🙁

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    Shannon Reply:

    Not in any way that bears mentioning. It’s getting ridiculous. I barely care about the Wakefields, so you can imagine how much I don’t care about these other people.

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  • Dee May 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Why does Melissa want to get back at Cherie? I can’t remember if I read about them in any of the recaps.

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    Dee Reply:

    Oh forget it, I just read it in this this recap. Never mind! The attention span regarding these books and their overused storylines fried my brain.

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    Sandy2 Reply:

    I know right? 😀 It’s like an irritating rinse, annoying repeat, continue lol….

    Alanna’s such a drama queen. I wonder why Connor put Liz through hell yet takes all of Alanna’s crap.

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    Sandy Reply:

    Wait, I’m still lost as to why she wants to get back at Cherie? A little help here.

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    Dee Reply:

    From what I see, none of Melissa’s friends called her to see if she was okay after the dance (where she got drunk, got groped by Kel, and made a scene after winning President and First Lady of the dance with Will) Naturally she’s pissed. But due to the fact her friends have zero personality and regard for other people, I’m not surpised they’ve treated her so poorly. And her friends are probably tired of all the drama Melissa creates.

    I personally think Melissa is extremely troubled and I find it a shame that she hasn’t gone for therapy. She needs it.

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    Sandy Reply:

    I can’t believe she even got voted First Lady. For sure, Jessica should have won.

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    lisa Reply:

    exactly! Jessica should have won!! ^_^

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  • svugirl May 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    They get so lazy about the stupid recycled covers.

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  • Jessica Squits the Quad May 25, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Lol and as if Andy would have given his college money to Conner so that Conner could take a vacation to see some girl that Andy doesn’t even like!! Conner is such a douche. I don’t know why these girls fall all over him.

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  • bia_lee August 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Can some one who has read this book give a list of chapter headers please I would appreciate it

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  • Krista December 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Oh Ken suck it up and take a summer school math course (or a course at your local community college) you big wuss.

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