Sweet Valley High Senior Year #42: Touch and Go

The Moral of the Story: Melissa is a bigger freak than Jessica ever was.

Synopsis:

Conner and Alanna: Conner keeps calling Alanna but she’s not answering. The only thing he can think to do is ask Tia to go talk to Alanna for him. Tia is a judgmental brat so she can’t stand Alanna, but she agrees to help out. She manages to convince Alanna that everything Conner did was because he loves her, and he was only hanging out with Elizabeth because they both like to write. Then Tia goes home and tells Andy she doesn’t think Conner and Alanna should be together.

Alanna finds out from Megan that Conner is going to an AA meeting, so she goes to meet him there. They make up in the parking lot and then go into the meeting together. One of the other alcoholics starts talking about how her sponsor told her she shouldn’t start any new relationships during the first year of sobriety. Alanna starts freaking out and doesn’t want anyone at the meeting to know she and Conner are together because she doesn’t want anyone to try to tell her they shouldn’t be. She’s relieved when Conner says he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with them dating.

Alanna’s dad yells at her because she never finished writing a letter he asked her to write. Mr. Feldman tells her how irresponsible she is, and Alanna can’t believe how much pressure he’s putting on her when she’s trying to stay sober. Letter writing is, like, so hard, you guys. So Alanna calls Conner to tell him about the fight, and then gets mad at him when he doesn’t seem to think it’s a big deal. She doesn’t have anyone else she can call, so she finds the number for her “interim sponsor,” Sandra.

Sandra meets Alanna for coffee, and she says Alanna shouldn’t take her father’s stupidity so personally, which is exactly what Conner said. As soon as Sandra leaves, Alanna calls Conner to apologize. He asks her if she wants him to go to an AA meeting with her, but Alanna says no because she doesn’t want Sandra to see them together and know she has a boyfriend. Sandra actually does see them together at the coffee shop later and she sends Alanna an email asking about the guy. Alanna totally freaks out and decides to avoid Sandra altogether because she doesn’t want her to know she lied about having a boyfriend.

I cannot express in words how much I can’t stand Alanna. I’m tired of reading about her.

Alanna goes to an AA meeting at the YMCA in the hopes of avoiding Sandra, but wouldn’t you know it? Sandra always goes to the Thursday night meetings at the Y. Sandra asks her who the guy at the coffee house was and Alanna comes clean and says Conner is her boyfriend. She says she was afraid Sandra would tell her she wasn’t allowed to date anyone. Sandra is very understanding.

Melissa: Aaron thanks Melissa for tutoring him and says he has a test coming up. If he does well, he’ll bring up his average and be able to stay on the basketball team. Melissa isn’t finished working on her crazy revenge plans, so she decides to make sure he passes the test, but not with a high enough grade to stay on the team. After Aaron gets the B- Melissa expected, they get together to study again. Melissa can tell Aaron wants to make out with her, so she leans in and kisses him. He pushes her away and asks her what the hell she’s doing. Melissa runs away. Ha! Total burn.

Melissa lies to Will and says Aaron tried to kiss her, and of course Will wants to go beat him up immediately. Melissa convinces him not to because she knows Aaron will tell him what actually happened. Will tells his friends at school the next day that Aaron is a big jerk, and Aaron finds him at the end of the day and says Melissa was the one who kissed him and he can prove it.

Aaron gives Melissa a note saying he wants her to meet him on the soccer field and give him a second chance. So Melissa makes herself all sexy and goes to seduce Aaron. She assures Aaron that she won’t tell Will anything this time, and then Will and Cherie comes out of their hiding places. Everyone is pretty pissed off. Melissa can’t believe everyone is so mad at her.

Andy: Andy gets a call from Dave, who tells him he won some kind of scholarship. This makes Andy feel bad about himself because all his friends are always winning awards but he never does. (Andy, you have to actually do something award-worthy to win one.) Tia tells Trent and Dave about the time Andy did open mike comedy in New York, and they all convince him to do another open mike act at the club in Big Mesa. He tries to write himself an act, but all the jokes he comes up with are about his friends. He doesn’t feel right making fun of his friends in front of an audience, so he goes up there with nothing planned and totally bombs. Some guy stops him on his way out and tells him he has talent, but he needs some decent material. Both he and Dave encourage Andy to write what he knows and just go ahead and joke about his friends.

Andy tells Dave he’s going back to give the open mike another try, but he doesn’t want anyone else to know because he’s still not sure about using his friends in his act. Dave promises not to tell anyone, but then he immediately emails Tia and tells her to round up all of Andy’s friends and get them to the comedy club. Andy has the club cracking up, and even his friends think it’s funny when he starts in on them. Only Dave gets upset and he picks a fight with Andy. What a sissy. They make up the next day and everything is fine.

Quotes:

I can’t believe it. Aaron, Cherie, and Will were all working together to make me look bad. How could they do this to me?

Do I even need to say anything about this quote?

The Cover: Alanna and Conner, I guess. That does not look like the same Conner model from the other covers. I hate his hair.

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Comments
  • Sandy2 May 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The Alanna drama will only get worse from here.

    I can’t wait for the next book. Melissa totally got owned 😀

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ugh, great. I hate Alanna.

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  • Ash May 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Wow, that is the highest hairline I have EVER seen on a girl. Jeepers.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I know! She looks like she’s wearing a Bozo the Clown wig!

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  • Lorelai May 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Alana should absolutely not be a central character, because a) she’s boring and lame, and b) she has a fivehead. Also, I refuse to believe that’s Conner. I miss the dead-eyed Conner model from before.

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  • Lauri May 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Alanna might be the most annoying character ever.
    Why is Aaron on the basketball team and Todd on the football team?
    And in conclusion, Aaron did to Melissa what Jessica should have done in book 2. I would so love to read the book where the old Jessica took Melissa down.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Alanna drives me crazy! I can’t stand her.

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    Enid the Penid Reply:

    I was wondering the same thing, too. Aaron was a soccer player, not a basketball player. Todd never played football, he played basketball.

    I guess the natural progression is for Ken to start doing ballet.

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  • bia_lee August 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Someone put up the chapter titles plz

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