Monday, October 30, 2017

Sweet Valley High #7 Dear Sister, #8 Heart Breaker, and #9 Racing Hearts

In Sweet Valley High #7, Dear Sister, Liz lies near death after a serious motorcycle accident.  Liz thought that she could take a chance riding just once on Todd's motorcycle, and a drunken driver forced them off the road.

Liz is now in a coma, and Jessica is devastated.  Finally, Liz awakens, but she seems to have turned into Jessica!  Liz behaves outrageously, dating every boy in school except for Todd.  Can Jessica and Todd get the old Liz back?

This was the first Sweet Valley High that I ever read.  I always loved it.  It did not hold up well.  I found it way too hard to believe, and I couldn't get into it this time.

In Sweet Valley High #8, Heart Breaker, Jessica resents Bill Chase  because he once turned down a date with her, so she tricks him into falling in love with her.  Once Jessica has Bill, she ignores him and plays with his emotions.

Bill and DeeDee soon become friendly.  Jessica continues her charade, making sure that Bill and DeeDee's relationship is doomed.  Can Bill overcome Jessica's manipulation?

Jessica's behavior is obnoxious.  I typically like Jessica's schemes, because they usually are designed to lure in a guy that Jessica actually wants.  It's illogical for Jessica to waste so much time on a guy she dislikes.  She's just being mean for no reason.

It was at this point that I realized that many of the early books in the series no longer appeal to me.  I start really liking the books at around #15.

I do not like this book very much.

In Sweet Valley High #9, Racing Hearts, Roger Barrett really likes Lila Fowler, but Lila laughs at him because he is poor.  Unknown to everyone else, Roger works as a janitor in the afternoon and evenings.  Roger wins the qualifying round for a race that could earn him a scholarship. Roger suddenly becomes popular, but he won't be able to compete in the final race because of his job.  Roger is torn and does not know what to do.

I enjoyed this book.  I always like stories in which the protagonist has a real dilemma that is compelling.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I remember 'Dear Sister' being one of my favorites as a kid too. It is a bit tougher to read these as an adult because of life experience and the difference in social interactions today. So while these books were pushing the envelope and taboo in some places at the time, they are quaint now.

As to Jessica, I always found Jessica extremely selfish. Her shenanigans were quite entertaining, but I was never 'a Jessica'. I was more of 'an Elizabeth', so it was difficult to empathize with her.