Sweet Valley High Senior Year #44: Cruise Control

The Moral of the Story: If your parents buy you a car, you’ll suddenly turn into a moron.

Synopsis:

More College Crap: Trent has gotten into UCLA and Jeremy is getting antsy because he hasn’t yet heard back from Arizona. Jade has been accepted to three colleges, two in California and one in Oregon that her father persuaded her to apply to.

Twin Crap: Jessica is still mad at Liz because of the stupid anniversary party, and Liz can’t seem to figure out what Jessica’s problem is. Then Jeremy is so upset about the whole college thing that he tells Jessica he doesn’t feel like going out on Friday. Jessica locks herself in her room and cries all night. Liz cancels her date with Jeffrey to stay home and cheer her up, but Jessica isn’t interested. Jeff comes over with ice cream and Liz tries to get Jessica to watch a movie with them, but she doesn’t come out of her room until she hears Liz and Jeff having a water fight in the kitchen while doing the dishes. A chair gets ruined and Mrs. Wakefield asks Jessica what happened. Liz is pissed when Jessica doesn’t even hesitate before telling their mom about the water fight.

Jeremy finally gets an acceptance letter from Arizona, and he calls Jessica and tells her that’s where he wants to go. I guess they’d made plans to go to SVU together, but Jeremy has reconsidered. Jessica is, like, traumatized.

Scope is sponsoring an essay contest. The grand prize is a year at the school of journalism in England. Liz tries to work on her essay at home, but Jessica is always on the computer or just sulking around, so she goes to Jeffrey’s to do it. When Jessica finds out Jeremy is going to Arizona, she calls Liz at Jeffrey’s and asks her to come home. Liz goes and comforts her sister and they make up, but Liz doesn’t mention the fact that she might be spending the next year in England. She figures that would really send Jessica over the edge.

Crap about Trent: Trent’s parents have agreed to buy him a car to get to and from college, but he’s disappointed when he finds out he won’t be getting a brand new Mercedes. His parents have picked out a boring used Saab for him, but Trent manages to talk them into a model with a few more options. Blah blah blah. So Trent takes Tia out in his new car, and she gets all bent out of shape when he tells her she can’t eat in the car. She also nags him about driving too fast and gets annoyed by him calling the car a “her.” Shut up, Tia.

Trent makes Jeremy go for a ride with him even though they should both be studying for a physics test, and they end up not getting home with enough time to study. Trent acts surprised when he does badly on the test, but he doesn’t really care because he’s already been accepted to his college of choice. He doesn’t actually believe Jeremy when he says colleges can revoke acceptances based on bad grades during the last part of senior year.

Trent wants Jeremy and Tia to go with him to LA to check out some super cool club on Saturday night. Jeremy and Tia think he’s nuts. Trent’s dad is pissed about the physics test and puts Trent on curfew. Then Trent’s parents plan to go out of town for the weekend and Trent tries one more time to convince Jeremy and Tia to go to LA with him. They tell him he’s crazy. Trent decides to go alone and have such a good time that Jeremy and Tia feel like idiots for not coming with him. So he puts on his khaki pants and V-necked sweater and drives to LA. When he gets to the club, he notices everyone else in line has tattoos and piercings, and there’s an awful lot of leather. The bouncer never lets Trent in, so he eventually goes back to his car to drive home.

At two in the morning, Jeremy gets a phone call from the Santa Ana Medical Center. Trent’s been in an accident. Jeremy calls Tia, and her father drives them to the hospital, where Trent apologizes for acting like such a jerk.

Crap about Jade: Mr. Wu says he wants to pay Jade’s college tuition, but he’ll only pay it if she goes to the University of Oregon. Jade’s mom keeps telling Jade to go to whatever college is going to make her happy and they’ll figure out the money thing somehow, but Jade thinks it might just be easier to go to Oregon even though she doesn’t really want to. After a lot of useless pages about nothing, Jade decides to follow her heart and go to USC, not Oregon.

The Cover: This cover looks like it belongs on some kids’ book about basketball.

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Comments
  • Fran May 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Trent gets in an accident- what a shock, I never saw that one coming! Please.

    “I guess they’d made plans to go to SVU together, but Jeremy has reconsidered. Jessica is, like, traumatized.”

    And considering Jeremy doesn’t exist in SVU I’m going to guess that Jessica gets over this traumatizing incident.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Considering Jessica got asked out by 5 men on her first day, I’d say she’s back in the game lol 😉

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    Anonymous Reply:

    To be fair, I can not blame Jessica for still being pissed about the anniversery party and not getting the credit that was due her, and Elizabeth wants to know what Jessica’s problem is. Liz you are the problem becaue you did not bother to correct your parents that this was all Jessica’s doing, not mine but Jessica’s. Liz is such a stupid bitch in this and the previous one.

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  • megan s. May 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    what was the purpose of this book anyway?

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    Shannon Reply:

    I honestly have no idea. To make us dislike all these characters even more so we won’t be sad when the series ends?

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    megan s. Reply:

    lol 🙂

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  • Sandy May 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Who’s on the cover? There was a black guy in the series?

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    Shannon Reply:

    Haha, that’s Trent. He’s black.

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    Wendy Reply:

    But, they didn’t tell us 137 times. How would we know?
    Crap about….. hahahahahahaa

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  • Jessica Squits the Quad May 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Dayaaaaamn this book was crappy. All the plotlines were totally predictable but not even the slightest bit interesting. What would’ve been cool is if Trent had died in the accident! Original SVH got it right – a few deaths to mix things up…

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    Shannon Reply:

    Haha, I know! This series is just BORING!

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  • Anonymous May 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I am so confused about how Liz is with Jeff(rey) in this book but all of a sudden in the first book of the SVU series she has been with todd?!

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    Shannon Reply:

    I’ve never read SVU, but I imagine there are all kinds of inconsistencies. I bet none of the El Carro kids are ever mentioned.

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  • Jenna June 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I forgot Trent was black too. I mean, as the token black guy at SVH, shouldn’t his mom be a crack head or something? They totally would have been if the original SVH ghostwriters had been hired back. . .

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  • Krista December 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    “Liz is pissed when Jessica doesn’t even hesitate before telling their mom about the water fight.”

    Oh FFS Elizabeth, you are almost 18 years old. Apologize, pay for the chair, and move on with life.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I am loving your comments, Krista!

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  • Ladytuku December 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Trent goes to Big Mesa not SVH

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