the_oracle: (geekout)
Hard Choices
February 1988


Will Enid's life ever be the same?

No life of her own...



   Enid Rollins can hardly wait for her grandmother to come live with her and her mother. But when she arrives, Enid is dismayed that the kind, sprightly woman she remembered is now burdensome and demanding.
   Because Enid's mother works long hours and is often out with her boyfriend, Enid finds herself making all sorts of sacrifices to please her grandmother. She skips school events and even stands up her best friend Elizabeth Wakefield. Worst of all, she never has any time for her boyfriend, Hugh. It's beginning to look as if Enid may have to say goodbye to someone she loves.



   It just figures. Enid has fantastically awful luck. Let's look at the three books you could claim as hers, shall we?

  Secrets: She's nowhere to be seen on the cover. She loses her boyfriend, the respect [if she had any?] of her peers at SVH when her drug addled past is revealed, fights with her best friend, believes herself to be stabbed in the back by said friend but in reality it was said friend's devious twin sister*, but she is given an exceptionally hot former bad boy boyfriend at the end.
* Twin sister essentially gets away with it unscathed. Attempts to extract vengeance and justice just result in wounding innocent bystander Winston.

  Crash Landing!: Aforementioned Super Hot Former Bad Boy has been fooling around on Enid with former fat girl. FBB takes Enid up on promised flight, and plans to dump her immediately afterward. Instead, crashes plane and Enid paralyzes herself rescuing FBB and is reduced to invalid state of mind in the vain hope it'll guilt the FBB into sticking around. Gives FBB up and is even more Saintly than Saint Elizabeth.
   While plane crashes are hardly anyone's best look, and there's an ethereal glow, unfortunate 80's curly frizzy hair disaster distracts from Saint Liz's mustache... and Saint Liz should not be in this scene anyway.

  Hard Choices: Finally escaped Saint Liz. Get alone time on cover. Channeling some serious Golden Girls Blanche, but without the spangled fashion and giant earrings. Rethink fashion choices and wait impatiently for better hair. Take solace in the knowledge that under the unfortunate hair, E is very pretty.
   Major storyline? Grandma from HELL.


  Yes. Enid, she of the drug abuse and plane crashes comes back into our lives in a starring role, finally stepping out from behind Saint Elizabeth's robes. And what does she bring us this time?
  A granny who, if she clung any closer would kill her remaining family members. But not an actual vampire as that'd be really, really interesting and we haven't hit that stage of fucked-up in the series yet. Oh, Enid...

  Enid's grandfather died a few months ago, seriously off-camera, which is sort of understandable as we're in the midst of a C-list/B-list spotlight thing, so our time with Saint Liz has been limited, although you'd think someone would know that SL's best friend's grandfather died. It's a really small school after all. But no one knows. No one cares.
  Typical.
   Enid and her mother invite Nana to stay with them and Nana agrees. So. Everyone's expecting a slightly more subdued version of cookie baking Nana of old, but instead they get Old Woman Who Complains A Lot.
  Nana quickly begins making life miserable for all those involved, but she is helped along by Mrs. Rollins being an incredible nitwit. We're given the impression that Adele [Mrs. Rollins], Nana, and Enid all love one another, but when given a choice, Adele choses Richard, her boyfriend of six months, EVERY TIME. Which would be cool, but this book takes place over a time frame of maybe two weeks and some change. You'd think for a couple of weeks she could dial back the dates. I understand some of them are big deals, but when she's going out so often that Enid ALWAYS has to break her dates? There's a problem.
  And yet, given the way Nana manipulates everything and everyone around her, and is so damn judgmental of everyone, it's not hard to see why Adele would run for the hills at every given opportunity.
  But then she wonders why Enid is being so touchy.

  Parents in the Valley are special. Sadly, this affliction is not just restricted to the Valley, as I know a few people just like that, but without Nana's insanity as an excuse.

   Nana's most annoying habit is saying that she doesn't want to be a burden just as she makes herself a burden.

  Now that we've established that if you were ever struck by the desire to be Enid of all the SVH characters, now is certainly not the time you would chose to be her. Nope, nuh uh.
  Because, as fun as this sounds, there's still more! Nana disapproves of Richard, which makes it easier to Enid to play into her feelings of resenting him for taking her mother away. So Nana and Enid can gang up on Adele. Fun for everyone but A, right? Wrong! Nana doesn't like Hugh either, so she and Adele can bond over that! Except... Adele had no problem with Hugh until Nana came to town.
   It still gets better. Enid and Hugh started out strong enough, but they've hit the end of their honeymoon period, which is a bit unfair considering Liz is still mooning over Jeffrey and those two have been together longer. Of course, Hugh and Enid have the added strain of going to different schools and haven't been going out long enough that his friends are her friends and vice versa. So when Nana begins to make it necessary for Enid to break quite a few dates, Hugh gets more than a bit pissy.
  But things look up for the couple when Hugh invites Enid to go with him on a school sponsored camping trip. Enid's sure her mother will say yes [the fuck?] but after a chat with Nana, it's a no go. Hugh ain't happy because Enid couldn't get in touch with him before he'd left to pick her up.

  Now, before things can explode, we have to take a moment for our B-story. Saint Liz decides to enter a documentary contest and hers will be about the wonderful town of Sweet Valley. Jeffrey will film it, Jessica will narrate/star, and Liz will write the script, and abuse the word "town" in the process. I... don't know what Enid was supposed to do, but she can't do much because Nana throws a hissy fit when she even thinks she's going to be alone. Oi. Anyway, Enid doesn't end up doing much of anything other than bringing the group down [woe!] but Liz still wants her to come to their big premiere night at the Wakefield's. Enid tells her mother about this in advance, invites Hugh, and is so hopeful for a night out that you know damn well she ain't getting it.
   Sure enough, Richard has invited Adele to a big deal dinner for the station. Some awards thing. Annnnnnnd Adele can't tell him no, because she feels bad for not having accepted his marriage proposal due to her mother driving them all insane. So... even when Nana shoots down the thought of the nice neighbor staying with her, Adele leaves Enid in the lurch. Actually runs out the door shouting, "Sorry!" over her shoulder.
   Hugh appears moments later and is not pleased to have his date broken, again. He and Enid get into a shrieking match and break up. Shaken by this, Enid wanders back and finds Nana who is acting as if nothing bad has happened, and bah, she didn't like Hugh anyway. Enid flips out, yells at Nana for not giving anyone a chance, for pretending to be this helpless old woman when that is NOT who Nana is, damn it, and oh yeah, the song of every teenage girl: "I hate you!"
  And then Enid goes to the party, sits alone, and has no fun. When Liz finally asks what's wrong, Enid tells her, but she's worked herself into such a state that she's sure that Nana will have become ill [Nana threatened it all night] and Enid runs home to find...
  Nana baking cookies.
   o_O
  Nana apologizes for being sixteen different flavors of crazy and admits that she was so afraid of losing Enid and Adele that she clung to them like a psychotic ex-girlfriend so they couldn't leave. Or something. But it took Enid yelling at her for all the things she hated about herself for Nana to snap out of her stupidity.
  Adele comes home and everything ends well. Nana moves back to Chicago with the promise of returning to the Valley one day. Enid and Hugh get back together. And... lord knows what happens to Richard and Adele, honestly.
  It's a bit of a shame because Richard was nice to Enid's friends, although the man had a bit of a problem in recognizing his girlfriend should actually spend some time with her family while they were going through a bit of an upheaval. I'm just saying if he'd been thinking with the right head...

  Anyway, the book ends with a bit of suspicion about Cara and Steve's relationship. Oh no! It's time for another Tricia Martin haunting, isn't it?

  Crap!

Trivia:

  • Jess is going to meet Lila and Cara at the DB at 4:30. Liz tells her to pick her up at Enid's around 4:15. Jessica is actually on time. The world comes to a screeching halt, film at 11.

  • Enid moves into the attic so Nana can have her old room. I guess when her little brother was mysteriously abducted, the aliens took his room, too.

  • Nana and Gramps [the Langevins] lived in a rambling old house in Chicago.

  • Our ghosty feels the need to spell it out that Enid and her mother are just teasing Elizabeth and not really ganging up on her when Mrs. Rollins says Liz is a terrible influence on Enid. Draw your own conclusions.

  • Enid's new room doesn't have a bookcase or really any storage space. It also lacks a closet [as I gather most attics do. Ours, when I was growing up, had one], or wardrobe to hold Enid's clothes, so they have to make a clothesline for the hangers. Poor E.

  • By page eight, we realize Enid has some issues with her mother's boyfriend, Richard Cernak.

  • There was a "major problem with the typesetter" that week and Penny's just gotten the proofs for next week's edition Friday. Drama!

  • The DB is packed that Friday. You've got Enid, Elizabeth, Jessica, Cara, Lila, Penny, John Pfieffer and six members of the soccer team, as well as Sally and Dana Larson.

  • "Filmmaker Announces Showcase for Student Documentaries." The filmmaker in question is Jackson Croft, Susan's father.

  • Lila has been upgraded to one of Jessica's two best friends. For the most part in the SVH series, she's just been one of Jessica's friends, as Cara has held the Best Friend slot, usually all by herself. Go Lila?

  • Enid stayed behind while Mrs. Rollins went to pick Nana up at the airport. Enid added a few loving touches to the room she was giving away, like tiny lavender scented, heart shaped soaps for the bathroom, as well as a bouquet of flowers [freesias, baby's breath, carnations, and three white rosebuds] for the room itself. Nana immediately has them banished from the room due to pollen worries, hence the cover art.

  • Nana has green eyes, just like Enid.

  • Enid's house has a staircase with a landing, and yet they've only got two bedrooms? Rip. Off.

  • Enid's mother's name is Adele.

  • Adele invited her boyfriend over on the first night her mother [Nana, remember? Keep up!] got into town.

  • Richard and Nana do not hit it off. Should have waited for night two, Adele.

  • Jeffrey doesn't tell Liz to turn over because she's baking until she's already started to turn pink. I giggle at the smallest things, I know. Sue me.

  • Liz seems to believe that because Richard works at the television station [which one? Is it the one Mrs. Sutton works for?] Enid has developed an interest in television. Really? Because Enid seems to resent Richard more than anything...

  • Lila lent the camera, Jeffrey will be filming, Jessica's the narrator/star, Liz is doing the script, Winston ends up being the highlight, and Enid is there as the idea person. In theory. Too bad she's kind of busy with Cranky!Nana.

  • When Nana ignores Richard's questions, Enid worries that her grandmother is going deaf in her old age instead of wondering if maybe Nana is a bitch. This is after she'd already wondered why her grandmother, in her quest to 'not be a bother' yelled like she was being murdered when it turns out she was only concerned as to where exactly a casserole dish should go. Enid! I thought you were one of us.

  • Within minutes of meeting Nana, Richard needs a drink. Bourbon, no less.

  • Richard Cernak: attractive, even to Enid, with dark, wavy hair that's graying at the temples and a good tan due to a love of tennis. Dude, what is with the tennis love in this town? He's the program director at the TV station.

  • Nana's logic regarding Richard: He asks too many questions, he drinks like a fish [given that Adele's ex-husband is later reveled to be an alcoholic and Enid had her own drinking troubles, this one I'll grant her as a legitimate fear, although dude, he's drinking because you're a bitch], he orders Adele around, and when he runs away from the nut house as soon as dinner is done, Nana proclaims that he has no manners.

  • Big Mesa takes a camping trip out to the desert every year and this year's trip is scheduled a week after Nana arrives. Enid thinks her mother will let her go because there will be plenty of supervision and because Adele loves the desert, too.

  • Enid and Hugh both love reading, and on their date to Miller's Point [in the afternoon, no less] they took turns reading from a book of Edward Lear's poems.

  • You can see the Pacific Ocean from Miller's Point.

  • Hugh made plans to hang out with his friends on Sunday, even though Sundays are Enid/Hugh only time. Bad, Hugh. Bad!

  • Liz and Enid always pretend to inspect Jessica's outfits as if something were wrong with them, but this time Jessica refuses to fall for their trick.

  • They start filming right outside Ned's office building, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the town hall.

  • While filming, Winston followed Jessica around, complete with an arrow through his head. She didn't catch on until people had begun to stop and stare. Originally she thought they were admiring her. Ah, Jessie. Such low self esteem. :p

  • Filming began Wednesday.

  • The mayor is as big a camera hog as Jessica, if not more so.

  • Nana tries to convince Enid that Liz is bossy, that Liz, Jessica, and Jeffrey are bad influences, and that their documentary is a waste of time.

  • Adele and Richard have a date Wednesday evening.

  • Friday morning Adele tells Enid that she can't go on the camping trip with Hugh. Enid tries all afternoon to get in touch with him, but can't, so he shows up ready and excited to go. When she tells him she can't go and couldn't get in touch with him, partly because she had to take Nana to the library, he's a little ticked off.

  • Enid tries to talk to her mother about how unfair she's been, but Adele tells her that she's shared her opinions on the matter and the case is closed. Parents!

  • Saturday morning the twins hit the beach, with Prince Albert in tow. Yes, Prince jumps all over Jessica on camera.

  • There used to be an artist colony along the beaches of Sweet Valley.

  • The second week of filming would cover a town meeting, the annual dance festival [wha?], and an interview with Sweet Valley's oldest living resident.

  • Who proposes to someone right after their mother arrives to live with them AND makes it known how much mumsy hates 'em? Jesus, Richard. Save the popping the question until things have settled down a little. Apparently he asked Adele to marry him sometime over the weekend when Nana arrived. Bad, bad timing. Adele still hasn't answered, partly because Nana seems to LOATHE Richard.

  • Tuesday afternoon, the twins, Enid, and Jeffrey head off for the TV station to meet with and interview Jeremy Frank.

  • Enid overheard her mother trying to push back the proposal the night before, but doesn't confide in Liz about the problems Nana is causing.

  • The visitor's badges at the TV station are red.

  • When Richard offers use of the editing equipment, Enid doesn't exactly jump for joy. Liz asks why and Enid says she doesn't really like Richard and that he's offering to let them use the equipment as a way to get Enid to like him. Liz is puzzled and thinks that it doesn't make his offer any less generous. Yes. It does. If it weren't directly affecting Liz, she'd be all over the situation and pretty much pointing out how rude it was. See the ninety billion times she's done similar things thus far in the series.

  • Nana tries to wheedle Adele into offering up her bedroom by saying the traffic is too loud in Enid's old room. Adele refuses to play that game, so Enid throws her under the bus first. Nana then declines, but you know she's going to make another play for it.

  • Then Nana insults the freshly squeezed OJ to put Adele back in her place. I cheer, but only because I hate pulp in my OJ.

  • Ken won a pie eating contest the previous summer, somehow beating Winston.

  • Liz teases Enid about how quickly she can decimate a carton of ice cream, and Enid is not amused.

  • When Enid bursts into tears and flees the cafeteria, Liz follows. When Enid explains how miserable she is and tells Liz to go, Liz does. Liz? You go with your friend when she says she's falling apart.

  • The documentary includes The Droids. Naturally.

  • The Droids play Meltdown as their first song of the night.

  • Bruce claims that as a member of one of the founding families of SV, it's people are the best in the state.

  • In retaliation, Jess sticks her tongue out and crosses her eyes in an effort to make him mess up his interview.

  • Cara comes up with the idea of having a movie premiere the following Saturday night.

  • Jess wants the cheerleaders and their practice in the documentary, shooting on Tuesday. In return for Lila letting them use her camera, Jess promised to make sure Lila got some screen time.

  • In addition to the cheerleaders, Liz wants to shoot some footage of Secca Lake and attempt to film downtown SV from the back of the Fiat while the top's down.

  • Richard arranges for one of the station's editors, Emma Gold, to be around to help Liz and Jeffrey if they need it, perhaps realizing that sixteen year olds do not necessarily know everything in the world about editing. Logic in the Valley! Sound the alarms!

  • There's a broadcaster's dinner Saturday night, and Adele briefly makes a pitch for not making Enid stay home. She caves, though, when Nana nixes Mrs. Denise Cutler, the neighbor, coming to stay with her.

  • Enid and her mother both like to eat applesauce straight from the jar.

  • Nana wants to go to the senior center, finally, to see a movie, but of course it's the Saturday night Adele has her big date with Richard and Enid has the movie premiere.

  • Jeffrey kept the movie with him, otherwise Liz would have caved and let Jessica watch it before the big premiere. Sneaky.

  • Adele cancels on Mrs. Cutler but as she's dashing out the door with Richard, Nana says she's too ill to stay by herself and that Adele will just have to stay home. Adele tells Enid she's sorry and runs out the goddamned door. Minutes later, Hugh appears and this is the part I don't get. Enid can't go to the party. Hugh won't go because they're her friends and not his. Okay, fine. Why the hell doesn't Hugh just stay with Enid at her house then? It's not like Nana's actually sick. She's pretending that any second now she'll have a heart attack, not that she has the flu or something contagious.

  • The Wakefields rented a giant projection TV for the premiere.

  • Attending the premiere: Aaron Dallas, his girlfriend Heather Sanford, Bill and DeeDee, Lynn and Guy, Cara and Steven, Jessica, Liz, Lila, Enid, Jeffrey, Ned and Alice Wakefield, Winston and Maria, Ken, Olivia, and Abbie Richardson.

  • Abbie Richardson, in case you wondered, is a pretty brunette who used to be part of Jessica's and Lila's little clique in ninth grade. In tenth grade, Abbie started dating a guy from Palisades and stopped associating with our favorite popular girls.



Quotes:
  Why couldn't she make a documentary about Sweet Valley? That was definitely something she was an expert on. - Truer words were never spoken or thought, Miss Busybody Wakefield. p 27

  "Hi, Enid. It's me. Listen, I've got this great idea. Remember that article I read to you yesterday about that documentary contest?"
  "I knew it," Enid said smugly. "Go on. What's it going to be?"
  "How does 'This Is Sweet Valley' grab you?"
  Enid was silent for a minute, considering. "You know," she said slowly, "that could be really good." - I like this one for two reasons. One- It sounds as if Enid actually has to think about how badly it could be botched and whether Liz is just full of herself, as possibly usual, before she answers. So, snarky! Two- It actually sounds like a conversation I'd have had with my friends, particularly the smug satisfaction of knowing someone better than they knew themselves. Okay, fine, I'm stretching a bit, I know. p33

   "Man, Enid's grandmother is a real pain," Jessica stated bluntly as she got into the Fiat.
   "Jessica!" Elizabeth exclaimed. "How can you say that?"
   "I don't know. I just can." - I love you, Jessica. I shouldn't, but I do. p56

  "And make sure you always shoot her from her best side."
  "How about I just shoot her period?" he offered, looking hopeful. - Liz/Jeffrey, about Jessica. Um, what has Jess really done to make Jeffrey loathe her? Todd I understand, but Jeffrey's gotten off awfully lite to harbor such notions. p 57

  "Welcome to Sweet Valley, California," Jessica began smoothly. "It's a small town, a quiet town, and maybe a lot like your own hometown. But it has a life and character all its own..." - Liz? Your script needs work. I'm thinking that we should crash the premiere and take the "Town!" drinking game challenge. I'm thinking we'll all have to get new livers by sunup.

  Enid nearly cried with frustration. It seemed as though every time her grandmother insisted she didn't want to be a bother, she was being the most difficult to get along with! -So true, it hurts. p103




  It only took me half of forever to get around to posting this, huh? Yeah, well, problem is that re-reading this to pick up the trivia and quotes just never managed to work out all that well. I love Enid, I do. But why on earth does she get the crazy Grandma story? Really, come on. Maybe because she's just so nice to give up her room for an attic space. Who knows.
  I always think that Enid is a candy striper at the hospital or something when I see this cover, although I know full well she's not. She just looks like she should be at the hospital, I guess. Meh.
  The book is pretty standard as far as these things go, although if you like Winston cameos, you should enjoy him 'ruining' Jessica's camera time. Also, it's weird that unless Richard is talking to Adele, they always call him Richard Cernak. Like we'd forget a last name like that...



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the_oracle: (geekout)
Hard Choices
February 1988


Will Enid's life ever be the same?

No life of her own...



   Enid Rollins can hardly wait for her grandmother to come live with her and her mother. But when she arrives, Enid is dismayed that the kind, sprightly woman she remembered is now burdensome and demanding.
   Because Enid's mother works long hours and is often out with her boyfriend, Enid finds herself making all sorts of sacrifices to please her grandmother. She skips school events and even stands up her best friend Elizabeth Wakefield. Worst of all, she never has any time for her boyfriend, Hugh. It's beginning to look as if Enid may have to say goodbye to someone she loves.



   It just figures. Enid has fantastically awful luck. Let's look at the three books you could claim as hers, shall we?

  Secrets: She's nowhere to be seen on the cover. She loses her boyfriend, the respect [if she had any?] of her peers at SVH when her drug addled past is revealed, fights with her best friend, believes herself to be stabbed in the back by said friend but in reality it was said friend's devious twin sister*, but she is given an exceptionally hot former bad boy boyfriend at the end.
* Twin sister essentially gets away with it unscathed. Attempts to extract vengeance and justice just result in wounding innocent bystander Winston.

  Crash Landing!: Aforementioned Super Hot Former Bad Boy has been fooling around on Enid with former fat girl. FBB takes Enid up on promised flight, and plans to dump her immediately afterward. Instead, crashes plane and Enid paralyzes herself rescuing FBB and is reduced to invalid state of mind in the vain hope it'll guilt the FBB into sticking around. Gives FBB up and is even more Saintly than Saint Elizabeth.
   While plane crashes are hardly anyone's best look, and there's an ethereal glow, unfortunate 80's curly frizzy hair disaster distracts from Saint Liz's mustache... and Saint Liz should not be in this scene anyway.

  Hard Choices: Finally escaped Saint Liz. Get alone time on cover. Channeling some serious Golden Girls Blanche, but without the spangled fashion and giant earrings. Rethink fashion choices and wait impatiently for better hair. Take solace in the knowledge that under the unfortunate hair, E is very pretty.
   Major storyline? Grandma from HELL.


  Yes. Enid, she of the drug abuse and plane crashes comes back into our lives in a starring role, finally stepping out from behind Saint Elizabeth's robes. And what does she bring us this time?
  A granny who, if she clung any closer would kill her remaining family members. But not an actual vampire as that'd be really, really interesting and we haven't hit that stage of fucked-up in the series yet. Oh, Enid...

  Enid's grandfather died a few months ago, seriously off-camera, which is sort of understandable as we're in the midst of a C-list/B-list spotlight thing, so our time with Saint Liz has been limited, although you'd think someone would know that SL's best friend's grandfather died. It's a really small school after all. But no one knows. No one cares.
  Typical.
   Enid and her mother invite Nana to stay with them and Nana agrees. So. Everyone's expecting a slightly more subdued version of cookie baking Nana of old, but instead they get Old Woman Who Complains A Lot.
  Nana quickly begins making life miserable for all those involved, but she is helped along by Mrs. Rollins being an incredible nitwit. We're given the impression that Adele [Mrs. Rollins], Nana, and Enid all love one another, but when given a choice, Adele choses Richard, her boyfriend of six months, EVERY TIME. Which would be cool, but this book takes place over a time frame of maybe two weeks and some change. You'd think for a couple of weeks she could dial back the dates. I understand some of them are big deals, but when she's going out so often that Enid ALWAYS has to break her dates? There's a problem.
  And yet, given the way Nana manipulates everything and everyone around her, and is so damn judgmental of everyone, it's not hard to see why Adele would run for the hills at every given opportunity.
  But then she wonders why Enid is being so touchy.

  Parents in the Valley are special. Sadly, this affliction is not just restricted to the Valley, as I know a few people just like that, but without Nana's insanity as an excuse.

   Nana's most annoying habit is saying that she doesn't want to be a burden just as she makes herself a burden.

  Now that we've established that if you were ever struck by the desire to be Enid of all the SVH characters, now is certainly not the time you would chose to be her. Nope, nuh uh.
  Because, as fun as this sounds, there's still more! Nana disapproves of Richard, which makes it easier to Enid to play into her feelings of resenting him for taking her mother away. So Nana and Enid can gang up on Adele. Fun for everyone but A, right? Wrong! Nana doesn't like Hugh either, so she and Adele can bond over that! Except... Adele had no problem with Hugh until Nana came to town.
   It still gets better. Enid and Hugh started out strong enough, but they've hit the end of their honeymoon period, which is a bit unfair considering Liz is still mooning over Jeffrey and those two have been together longer. Of course, Hugh and Enid have the added strain of going to different schools and haven't been going out long enough that his friends are her friends and vice versa. So when Nana begins to make it necessary for Enid to break quite a few dates, Hugh gets more than a bit pissy.
  But things look up for the couple when Hugh invites Enid to go with him on a school sponsored camping trip. Enid's sure her mother will say yes [the fuck?] but after a chat with Nana, it's a no go. Hugh ain't happy because Enid couldn't get in touch with him before he'd left to pick her up.

  Now, before things can explode, we have to take a moment for our B-story. Saint Liz decides to enter a documentary contest and hers will be about the wonderful town of Sweet Valley. Jeffrey will film it, Jessica will narrate/star, and Liz will write the script, and abuse the word "town" in the process. I... don't know what Enid was supposed to do, but she can't do much because Nana throws a hissy fit when she even thinks she's going to be alone. Oi. Anyway, Enid doesn't end up doing much of anything other than bringing the group down [woe!] but Liz still wants her to come to their big premiere night at the Wakefield's. Enid tells her mother about this in advance, invites Hugh, and is so hopeful for a night out that you know damn well she ain't getting it.
   Sure enough, Richard has invited Adele to a big deal dinner for the station. Some awards thing. Annnnnnnd Adele can't tell him no, because she feels bad for not having accepted his marriage proposal due to her mother driving them all insane. So... even when Nana shoots down the thought of the nice neighbor staying with her, Adele leaves Enid in the lurch. Actually runs out the door shouting, "Sorry!" over her shoulder.
   Hugh appears moments later and is not pleased to have his date broken, again. He and Enid get into a shrieking match and break up. Shaken by this, Enid wanders back and finds Nana who is acting as if nothing bad has happened, and bah, she didn't like Hugh anyway. Enid flips out, yells at Nana for not giving anyone a chance, for pretending to be this helpless old woman when that is NOT who Nana is, damn it, and oh yeah, the song of every teenage girl: "I hate you!"
  And then Enid goes to the party, sits alone, and has no fun. When Liz finally asks what's wrong, Enid tells her, but she's worked herself into such a state that she's sure that Nana will have become ill [Nana threatened it all night] and Enid runs home to find...
  Nana baking cookies.
   o_O
  Nana apologizes for being sixteen different flavors of crazy and admits that she was so afraid of losing Enid and Adele that she clung to them like a psychotic ex-girlfriend so they couldn't leave. Or something. But it took Enid yelling at her for all the things she hated about herself for Nana to snap out of her stupidity.
  Adele comes home and everything ends well. Nana moves back to Chicago with the promise of returning to the Valley one day. Enid and Hugh get back together. And... lord knows what happens to Richard and Adele, honestly.
  It's a bit of a shame because Richard was nice to Enid's friends, although the man had a bit of a problem in recognizing his girlfriend should actually spend some time with her family while they were going through a bit of an upheaval. I'm just saying if he'd been thinking with the right head...

  Anyway, the book ends with a bit of suspicion about Cara and Steve's relationship. Oh no! It's time for another Tricia Martin haunting, isn't it?

  Crap!

Trivia:

  • Jess is going to meet Lila and Cara at the DB at 4:30. Liz tells her to pick her up at Enid's around 4:15. Jessica is actually on time. The world comes to a screeching halt, film at 11.

  • Enid moves into the attic so Nana can have her old room. I guess when her little brother was mysteriously abducted, the aliens took his room, too.

  • Nana and Gramps [the Langevins] lived in a rambling old house in Chicago.

  • Our ghosty feels the need to spell it out that Enid and her mother are just teasing Elizabeth and not really ganging up on her when Mrs. Rollins says Liz is a terrible influence on Enid. Draw your own conclusions.

  • Enid's new room doesn't have a bookcase or really any storage space. It also lacks a closet [as I gather most attics do. Ours, when I was growing up, had one], or wardrobe to hold Enid's clothes, so they have to make a clothesline for the hangers. Poor E.

  • By page eight, we realize Enid has some issues with her mother's boyfriend, Richard Cernak.

  • There was a "major problem with the typesetter" that week and Penny's just gotten the proofs for next week's edition Friday. Drama!

  • The DB is packed that Friday. You've got Enid, Elizabeth, Jessica, Cara, Lila, Penny, John Pfieffer and six members of the soccer team, as well as Sally and Dana Larson.

  • "Filmmaker Announces Showcase for Student Documentaries." The filmmaker in question is Jackson Croft, Susan's father.

  • Lila has been upgraded to one of Jessica's two best friends. For the most part in the SVH series, she's just been one of Jessica's friends, as Cara has held the Best Friend slot, usually all by herself. Go Lila?

  • Enid stayed behind while Mrs. Rollins went to pick Nana up at the airport. Enid added a few loving touches to the room she was giving away, like tiny lavender scented, heart shaped soaps for the bathroom, as well as a bouquet of flowers [freesias, baby's breath, carnations, and three white rosebuds] for the room itself. Nana immediately has them banished from the room due to pollen worries, hence the cover art.

  • Nana has green eyes, just like Enid.

  • Enid's house has a staircase with a landing, and yet they've only got two bedrooms? Rip. Off.

  • Enid's mother's name is Adele.

  • Adele invited her boyfriend over on the first night her mother [Nana, remember? Keep up!] got into town.

  • Richard and Nana do not hit it off. Should have waited for night two, Adele.

  • Jeffrey doesn't tell Liz to turn over because she's baking until she's already started to turn pink. I giggle at the smallest things, I know. Sue me.

  • Liz seems to believe that because Richard works at the television station [which one? Is it the one Mrs. Sutton works for?] Enid has developed an interest in television. Really? Because Enid seems to resent Richard more than anything...

  • Lila lent the camera, Jeffrey will be filming, Jessica's the narrator/star, Liz is doing the script, Winston ends up being the highlight, and Enid is there as the idea person. In theory. Too bad she's kind of busy with Cranky!Nana.

  • When Nana ignores Richard's questions, Enid worries that her grandmother is going deaf in her old age instead of wondering if maybe Nana is a bitch. This is after she'd already wondered why her grandmother, in her quest to 'not be a bother' yelled like she was being murdered when it turns out she was only concerned as to where exactly a casserole dish should go. Enid! I thought you were one of us.

  • Within minutes of meeting Nana, Richard needs a drink. Bourbon, no less.

  • Richard Cernak: attractive, even to Enid, with dark, wavy hair that's graying at the temples and a good tan due to a love of tennis. Dude, what is with the tennis love in this town? He's the program director at the TV station.

  • Nana's logic regarding Richard: He asks too many questions, he drinks like a fish [given that Adele's ex-husband is later reveled to be an alcoholic and Enid had her own drinking troubles, this one I'll grant her as a legitimate fear, although dude, he's drinking because you're a bitch], he orders Adele around, and when he runs away from the nut house as soon as dinner is done, Nana proclaims that he has no manners.

  • Big Mesa takes a camping trip out to the desert every year and this year's trip is scheduled a week after Nana arrives. Enid thinks her mother will let her go because there will be plenty of supervision and because Adele loves the desert, too.

  • Enid and Hugh both love reading, and on their date to Miller's Point [in the afternoon, no less] they took turns reading from a book of Edward Lear's poems.

  • You can see the Pacific Ocean from Miller's Point.

  • Hugh made plans to hang out with his friends on Sunday, even though Sundays are Enid/Hugh only time. Bad, Hugh. Bad!

  • Liz and Enid always pretend to inspect Jessica's outfits as if something were wrong with them, but this time Jessica refuses to fall for their trick.

  • They start filming right outside Ned's office building, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the town hall.

  • While filming, Winston followed Jessica around, complete with an arrow through his head. She didn't catch on until people had begun to stop and stare. Originally she thought they were admiring her. Ah, Jessie. Such low self esteem. :p

  • Filming began Wednesday.

  • The mayor is as big a camera hog as Jessica, if not more so.

  • Nana tries to convince Enid that Liz is bossy, that Liz, Jessica, and Jeffrey are bad influences, and that their documentary is a waste of time.

  • Adele and Richard have a date Wednesday evening.

  • Friday morning Adele tells Enid that she can't go on the camping trip with Hugh. Enid tries all afternoon to get in touch with him, but can't, so he shows up ready and excited to go. When she tells him she can't go and couldn't get in touch with him, partly because she had to take Nana to the library, he's a little ticked off.

  • Enid tries to talk to her mother about how unfair she's been, but Adele tells her that she's shared her opinions on the matter and the case is closed. Parents!

  • Saturday morning the twins hit the beach, with Prince Albert in tow. Yes, Prince jumps all over Jessica on camera.

  • There used to be an artist colony along the beaches of Sweet Valley.

  • The second week of filming would cover a town meeting, the annual dance festival [wha?], and an interview with Sweet Valley's oldest living resident.

  • Who proposes to someone right after their mother arrives to live with them AND makes it known how much mumsy hates 'em? Jesus, Richard. Save the popping the question until things have settled down a little. Apparently he asked Adele to marry him sometime over the weekend when Nana arrived. Bad, bad timing. Adele still hasn't answered, partly because Nana seems to LOATHE Richard.

  • Tuesday afternoon, the twins, Enid, and Jeffrey head off for the TV station to meet with and interview Jeremy Frank.

  • Enid overheard her mother trying to push back the proposal the night before, but doesn't confide in Liz about the problems Nana is causing.

  • The visitor's badges at the TV station are red.

  • When Richard offers use of the editing equipment, Enid doesn't exactly jump for joy. Liz asks why and Enid says she doesn't really like Richard and that he's offering to let them use the equipment as a way to get Enid to like him. Liz is puzzled and thinks that it doesn't make his offer any less generous. Yes. It does. If it weren't directly affecting Liz, she'd be all over the situation and pretty much pointing out how rude it was. See the ninety billion times she's done similar things thus far in the series.

  • Nana tries to wheedle Adele into offering up her bedroom by saying the traffic is too loud in Enid's old room. Adele refuses to play that game, so Enid throws her under the bus first. Nana then declines, but you know she's going to make another play for it.

  • Then Nana insults the freshly squeezed OJ to put Adele back in her place. I cheer, but only because I hate pulp in my OJ.

  • Ken won a pie eating contest the previous summer, somehow beating Winston.

  • Liz teases Enid about how quickly she can decimate a carton of ice cream, and Enid is not amused.

  • When Enid bursts into tears and flees the cafeteria, Liz follows. When Enid explains how miserable she is and tells Liz to go, Liz does. Liz? You go with your friend when she says she's falling apart.

  • The documentary includes The Droids. Naturally.

  • The Droids play Meltdown as their first song of the night.

  • Bruce claims that as a member of one of the founding families of SV, it's people are the best in the state.

  • In retaliation, Jess sticks her tongue out and crosses her eyes in an effort to make him mess up his interview.

  • Cara comes up with the idea of having a movie premiere the following Saturday night.

  • Jess wants the cheerleaders and their practice in the documentary, shooting on Tuesday. In return for Lila letting them use her camera, Jess promised to make sure Lila got some screen time.

  • In addition to the cheerleaders, Liz wants to shoot some footage of Secca Lake and attempt to film downtown SV from the back of the Fiat while the top's down.

  • Richard arranges for one of the station's editors, Emma Gold, to be around to help Liz and Jeffrey if they need it, perhaps realizing that sixteen year olds do not necessarily know everything in the world about editing. Logic in the Valley! Sound the alarms!

  • There's a broadcaster's dinner Saturday night, and Adele briefly makes a pitch for not making Enid stay home. She caves, though, when Nana nixes Mrs. Denise Cutler, the neighbor, coming to stay with her.

  • Enid and her mother both like to eat applesauce straight from the jar.

  • Nana wants to go to the senior center, finally, to see a movie, but of course it's the Saturday night Adele has her big date with Richard and Enid has the movie premiere.

  • Jeffrey kept the movie with him, otherwise Liz would have caved and let Jessica watch it before the big premiere. Sneaky.

  • Adele cancels on Mrs. Cutler but as she's dashing out the door with Richard, Nana says she's too ill to stay by herself and that Adele will just have to stay home. Adele tells Enid she's sorry and runs out the goddamned door. Minutes later, Hugh appears and this is the part I don't get. Enid can't go to the party. Hugh won't go because they're her friends and not his. Okay, fine. Why the hell doesn't Hugh just stay with Enid at her house then? It's not like Nana's actually sick. She's pretending that any second now she'll have a heart attack, not that she has the flu or something contagious.

  • The Wakefields rented a giant projection TV for the premiere.

  • Attending the premiere: Aaron Dallas, his girlfriend Heather Sanford, Bill and DeeDee, Lynn and Guy, Cara and Steven, Jessica, Liz, Lila, Enid, Jeffrey, Ned and Alice Wakefield, Winston and Maria, Ken, Olivia, and Abbie Richardson.

  • Abbie Richardson, in case you wondered, is a pretty brunette who used to be part of Jessica's and Lila's little clique in ninth grade. In tenth grade, Abbie started dating a guy from Palisades and stopped associating with our favorite popular girls.



Quotes:
  Why couldn't she make a documentary about Sweet Valley? That was definitely something she was an expert on. - Truer words were never spoken or thought, Miss Busybody Wakefield. p 27

  "Hi, Enid. It's me. Listen, I've got this great idea. Remember that article I read to you yesterday about that documentary contest?"
  "I knew it," Enid said smugly. "Go on. What's it going to be?"
  "How does 'This Is Sweet Valley' grab you?"
  Enid was silent for a minute, considering. "You know," she said slowly, "that could be really good." - I like this one for two reasons. One- It sounds as if Enid actually has to think about how badly it could be botched and whether Liz is just full of herself, as possibly usual, before she answers. So, snarky! Two- It actually sounds like a conversation I'd have had with my friends, particularly the smug satisfaction of knowing someone better than they knew themselves. Okay, fine, I'm stretching a bit, I know. p33

   "Man, Enid's grandmother is a real pain," Jessica stated bluntly as she got into the Fiat.
   "Jessica!" Elizabeth exclaimed. "How can you say that?"
   "I don't know. I just can." - I love you, Jessica. I shouldn't, but I do. p56

  "And make sure you always shoot her from her best side."
  "How about I just shoot her period?" he offered, looking hopeful. - Liz/Jeffrey, about Jessica. Um, what has Jess really done to make Jeffrey loathe her? Todd I understand, but Jeffrey's gotten off awfully lite to harbor such notions. p 57

  "Welcome to Sweet Valley, California," Jessica began smoothly. "It's a small town, a quiet town, and maybe a lot like your own hometown. But it has a life and character all its own..." - Liz? Your script needs work. I'm thinking that we should crash the premiere and take the "Town!" drinking game challenge. I'm thinking we'll all have to get new livers by sunup.

  Enid nearly cried with frustration. It seemed as though every time her grandmother insisted she didn't want to be a bother, she was being the most difficult to get along with! -So true, it hurts. p103




  It only took me half of forever to get around to posting this, huh? Yeah, well, problem is that re-reading this to pick up the trivia and quotes just never managed to work out all that well. I love Enid, I do. But why on earth does she get the crazy Grandma story? Really, come on. Maybe because she's just so nice to give up her room for an attic space. Who knows.
  I always think that Enid is a candy striper at the hospital or something when I see this cover, although I know full well she's not. She just looks like she should be at the hospital, I guess. Meh.
  The book is pretty standard as far as these things go, although if you like Winston cameos, you should enjoy him 'ruining' Jessica's camera time. Also, it's weird that unless Richard is talking to Adele, they always call him Richard Cernak. Like we'd forget a last name like that...



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Crash Landing!
June 1985

   Will Elizabeth lose her best friend?

   Terror in the skies...


  George Warren has been looking forward to taking his girlfriend, Enid Rollins, as a passenger on his first licensed flight. Afterward he's going to tell her something he's known for a long time-he doesn't love her anymore, and their relationship is over. Then he'll be free to date Robin Wilson, the girl he does love.
  But as he and Enid are flying, George loses control of the plane and is forced to make a crash landing. Enid is seriously injured, and George is overcome with guilt. He can't possibly break up with Enid now. But how long can he pretend to be in love with her and continue living a lie?

  I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for Enid Rollins. When the books portray her badly, I blame the writers, rarely the actual character. And this, my friends, this is the book that cemented my love for her once and for all. Keep in mind that I read this when I was eight or so, and thus any ability to be objective whatsoever has been damaged beyond repair. With that said, onward!

  This is not George Warren's day. Despite having gotten his pilot's license, he's already been busted by his current girlfriend's best friend about cheating on said girlfriend with a girl in his flying class, and now he's trying to work up the guts to break it off with said girlfriend before her best friend spills the beans. As he's trying to distract himself with some fancy-ish flying moves, the engine on his rental plane dies, and that's when the real fun begins. Amidst Enid's screaming and the plane's stubborn refusal to do anything other than turn into the wind so the crash itself won't necessarily kill them, George is screwed. He tells Enid to open her door before they hit the water and seconds later they "land" and he's promptly knocked out, and from this point on, all traces of pity for the boy are erased from my side.
  Enid realizes she's not dead and that while unconscious and bleeding, George isn't dead either, but that this could change very quickly if they don't get out of the sinking plane. She unbuckles herself, strips her outermost layer of clothes, but stupidly leaves her socks on, and attempts to save her boyfriend. She has to get out of the cockpit and go around the plane, so that she can get a proper vantage point to unhook George from his harness. When she does, he falls out and knocks Enid backwards. Enid slams into something and her legs go numb. Enid doesn't have time to freak out properly as the plane sinks the second she and George are both free. When he realizes that Enid seems a bit off, he asks what's wrong, and she tells him she can't feel her legs. Dun dun DUN.

  From the shore, Todd, Olivia, Roger, Robin, and a few others watch in horror as the plane falls from the sky. Todd races to call 911 [no cell phones yet, loves] and when he returns, finds out that the plane was carrying Enid and George. Before Todd can freak out too much over this, George and Enid are brought to shore. Enid looks pale, but okay, and George looks like crap, what with the head wound that is bleeding quite freely. Robin faints and damages quite a few brain cells in the process. Trust me, you'll see.

  We flash to the twins and their parents who are still at the police station after the previous book's brush with insanity in the form of Jack. Jess begins behaving terribly out of character, with the announcement that she'll "just die if anything happens to Enid!" The fuck? You practically wish her dead three times a book. And no one bats an eyelash. I guess you could chalk it up to them all being so worried about Enid, but still...
  Blah, blah, George is fine, head wound notwithstanding. Enid's paralyzed and they won't know for sure if it's permanent until the swelling goes down. George feels guilty as hell, Liz is mad as hell, and Enid is loopy.
  But first we have our Jessica-detour. Sometime off-camera, Lila decided she and Jessica should take a gourmet cooking class. Jess is pissed when the instructor doesn't show up on time and a little old lady, nice though she may be, starts them off making mustard. Not only is she having to make something boring, but she can't even joke around with Lila who is still pissed about the Jack fiasco. Well, it was just yesterday she learned you were a backstabbing skank... One ruined silk blouse later, and bucketfuls of charm, Li and Jess are talking to one another and Jess is drooling over their instructor. After class, Li drives Jessica over to Robin's so Jess can tell her co-captain that the cheerleading practice was moved. However, when they get there, Jess spies George's light blue GTO in the drive way. Lila offers up information about Robin and Allen having broken up, and both girls quickly put two and two together. They realize that Robin fainted because she's involved with George and gasp! The trollop!
  Jess goes home and tells Liz all about what she's seen. Liz is beyond pissed, but she can't tell Jessica that she already knew the pair were seeing one another. Instead, both twins remark that they'll be unable to look Robin in the eye. Jess sort of promises not to tell anyone about the love triangle, but the next time we see her, she's filling Cara in on the whole thing. Both girls agree that Robin should be punished, as it's the least they can do for poor Enid, who didn't deserve such treatment. If you're wondering how Jess can so easily flip-flop on various things, consider this: She's really good at damning those who reflect any aspect of her personality or actions that she's not 100% proud of. Annie went down in flames for her indiscriminate dating, and now Robin's going to pay for any lingering guilt Jess had over screwing Lila over with the whole Jack situation. Also, she comments about how normally Enid would be on her shit list, but since everyone is rallying around Enid and she's such a star at the moment, of course Jessica must play up her connection to the newest bit of gossip in town. [Being the twin of the injured girl's best friend, duh!]
  So when Robin comes up to the table, Cara and Jessica ignore her and make a comment about Enid before leaving. Robin tries to say hey to Liz and is shot down. So she drowns her sorrow in dessert, all the while wondering why everyone is avoiding her. Later she'll realize they really are avoiding her, but still won't understand why. When you fainted, Robin, did you perchance hit your incredibly thick skull on something sharp and leave your brain behind on the shores of Secca Lake? I swear you weren't mentally deficient before, but now I'm wondering.
  Show of hands, how many people would honestly not be able to piece together why everyone was shunning them if they were in Robin's shoes? Even without knowing that George had tried to stop by and break things off with you until Enid's able to walk, you'd think people would put together your fainting spell as well as your breaking up with Allen for another guy and come up with the possibility that you and George were an item, right? Guilt breeds paranoia, not simply stupidity. So Robin stews and worries and gains ten pounds in ten days.

  Let's return to Liz. Liz isn't having the easiest time of it. Every time she sees Enid, either George comes up or he's there, and she's not exactly the best at masking her emotions. She's livid thinking that George is still seeing Robin while Enid is lying in bed, paralyzed. No matter how he tries to convince her that he's broken things off with Robin, she can't believe him. If Enid is unable to direct the proper amount of wrath in George's direction, seeing as she doesn't know what's going on yet, then Liz will have to be mad enough for the both of them. Which is particularly endearing, actually. Every time she and George run into one another at the hospital, I imagine Liz is shooting him death glares. Problem with that is that he feels so out of sorts around Elizabeth that he can't really keep it together in front of Enid. You see, George has decided that while Enid is crippled, he'll pretend he still loves her and everything is fine, as that's the right thing to do. And I can't exactly fault him for the logic, particularly when you realize that while Enid is in the hospital, she seems to have all of three visitors. Her mother, George, and Liz. Fuck, Easy Annie had the entire cheer squad do a routine outside just for her, but Enid can't even get a sympathy visit from any of her teachers? Rude!
  Enid has her surgery and everyone expects her to do a bit of PT [physical therapy] and be able to walk. She can't. She won't, and she becomes very snippy if you ask her about it. Liz decides to invite Enid, Todd, and George over for a small dinner while her parents are out on a date and Jess is over at Cara's reading cookbooks.
  Yes, cookbooks. You see, Jess has decided that she'll get Jean-Pierre the teacher to date her, and to do so, she'll become the best chef in the class. Thing is, her plan is working, sort of. She's actually really good at the cooking thing and is frequently singled out for exceptional work. Who knew? Her other plan is to upstage Elizabeth. Their parents' wedding anniversary is coming up, and with all the Enid drama, Jess is sure that Elizabeth has forgotten. Jess decides she'll make her parents a fantastic meal and they'll be so pleased, and for once Jessica won't feel second best.
  Unfortunately for Jessica, as she's planning this, as well as her future as a celebrity chef featured in People, her parents come home and discover a mess in the kitchen. Given Jessica's recent culinary leanings and early onset Alzheimer's, they accuse Jessica of leaving the kitchen a mess, the pots not even soaked. Jess shoots back that she JUST got home, hasn't even been in the kitchen, and didn't they say Liz could have her friends over so SHE could cook for them? Ned and Alice realize they were wrong and half-assed apologies are given, only to be followed up with, "Well, Liz must have a good reason." Jessica notes that if she'd really been the guilty party, they'd have been ready to hang her, and she's right. They're actually pretty shitty towards her at the oddest times. It's like instead of actually disciplining her when she needs it, they mock and punish her at other times. Uncool.
  Anyway, Liz left the kitchen a mess because her dinner party failed. Enid and George showed up, Enid in a wheelchair, and they spent the night acting. Badly. George is obviously not in love with Enid anymore and can't even do a passable imitation anymore and Enid knows this on some level [maybe when he confessed while she was asleep, or maybe because she's not a moron] so she tries too hard to be upbeat and sunny. Fails. George skips out early and Enid is crushed, so she asks Todd to take her home. Todd agrees and Liz goes with, just missing both her twin and her parents, figuring if they make it home first, they'll understand. Sure, right after they crucify your twin.

  Jessica works up the nerve to hit on J-P, only to find out he's married. Luckily she finds out before she hits on him. Then she makes her family a trial run dinner, and in the process I learn a very, very important lesson about seafood prep. Namely, if you have to pry the shellfish open after you've cooked 'em, you will poison yourself and anyone who eats the food. Thing is, no one told Jessica this, and at 16 in the 80's, maybe she wouldn't have known it on her own, so it's a little unfair for her family to continuously mock her. Then again, food poisoning isn't pretty. Jess is brokenhearted about her setback, but figures she has until her parents anniversary on Friday to remedy things.

  In Enid land, deciding to go to the dance was a horrible idea. While there, Enid insists that George dance with someone. After one and a half mentions, George runs off to dance with Robin after already having had a heated discussion with her earlier. Enid recognizes the look on his face, as well as Robin's, and her heart breaks. When George comes back after his slow dance, Enid blows up and accuses him of being in love with Robin. He neither confirms nor denies, and Enid knows. He takes her home and Todd suggests maybe going after her in a bit, but Liz says no, Enid needs time. The hell? The girl is paralyzed, obviously depressed, and now she's found out that her boyfriend is in love with a friend of hers? Yeah, she needs alone time, a bottle of Vodka, and something sharp. Stupid twit.
  Anyway, when Liz finally does catch up with Enid, it's pod-person Enid. She says she doesn't know what George feels for Robin, but if he didn't want to be with her [Enid] then he wouldn't be. Liz blinks and wonders what the hell happened to Enid.
  And so she comes up with a plan so sneaky and ingenious that... wait, no. Just a plan. She borrows Teddy Collins, has him pretend to be drowning in the deep end of the Wakefields' pool while Enid is alone with him, and tada! Enid leaps from her wheelchair and rescues Teddy. It works, and everyone loves Liz for her quick thinking. Seriously, she gets a standing ovation at the Dairi Burger. You're telling me no one just wandered in for a salt fix at the same time and thought maybe the town water had been contaminated? Surreal and one of the parts where they lost me.
  Due to Jessica's seafood mishap, her parents aren't inclined to repeat the performance and are thrilled when Liz gifts them with dinner theatre tickets to Bayside. You know you're an 80s kid when all you can think is that Zach and company never did dinner theatre, did they? Jess is upset that once more she's been upstaged and nothing has gone as she expected. Honestly, I don't blame her. I'd be upset, too. :(
  Anyway, Enid goes home after her rescue of Teddy [and after Jess points out that Enid totally got punked, and that Teddy swims like a fish] and breaks up with George. For a moment she seems utterly calm when she's detailing what happened, and Liz is fawning over her and Enid points out that it's easy enough to say, but she's probably never going to be friends with George again, as it'll hurt too much, no matter what she says right that second. So. True.
  All in all, a happy ending for everyone but a still miffed Jess.

Random:

  • George has always wanted to be a pilot.

  • The rental plane of doom is a Cessna 150.

  • The Wakefields are at Sergeant Malone's desk when they hear of George's plane difficulty.

  • Enid's spinal injury centers around the last disc in her spine, and her doctor is Dr. MacGregor.

  • Lila and Jessica's gourmet cooking class is held at the SV Civic Center.

  • Ms. Jackson is a petite gray haired lady who helps run the Civic Center.

  • Jessica ruins a $90 cream colored silk blouse from Lisette's when she manages to accidentally fling mustard onto it. Lila is not pleased.

  • Jean-Pierre Baptiste has written several cookbooks, the youngest head chef at La Maison Blanche, one of the finest French restaurants in California. He's in his early 20's, over six feet tall, broad shoulders, jet black hair, and intense blue eyes. Oh, yeah, and he's married to a fiery redhead named Lisbette who can't cook to safe her life.

  • Cara Walker is Allen's chem lab partner, and he tells her that he and Robin broke up because she was either seeing someone else or just wanted to do so.

  • George drives a light blue GTO. Remember kids, as with robbing a bank, when cheating, make sure you don't drive a really obvious car.

  • Over the course of her cooking class, Jessica made mustard, a raspberry torte [that she gave to Enid], puff pastries, and chicken cordon bleu.

  • Lila quit the class on chicken cordon bleu day.

  • Just when you thought they'd never mention it again, the company that's doing the tour guide thing gets back to the twins and tells them they've passed their tests and are all set for their summer jobs. Thing is, they don't provide transportation. Before the twins can cry into their beer over this, their parents announce that Alice needs a new car, so the twins now have round-the-clock Fiat use. Yay!

  • Ned Wakefield is a big steak lover. Not so much for pumpkin soup, though.

  • When the whole J-P thing fails, Jessica takes Ken to the dance. Poor Kenny is described as cute, but dull. Fear not my jock love, you'll get some personality soon!

  • Speaking of dates to the dance: Robin goes with some friend of a cousin, Stan from L.A. Not exactly a fun date. Lila brings Louis Scott, a sophomore at Sweet Valley College [when does it become SVU?] and he's incredibly boring and not a great dancer. He must be hot, or else Li wouldn't be caught dead with him.

  • Liz and Todd celebrate monthly anniversaries. No wonder I'm so screwed up. :P

  • Jess ultimately poisons her family when she makes them a cold seafood and pasta salad.

  • Mr. Collins smokes a pipe, and as of this book seems to be moving in on Ms. Dalton something fierce.

  • Jessica's planned meal for her parents: Veal piccata, string beans, wild rice, and raspberry torte.

  • Olivia Davidson leads a standing ovation at the Dairi Burger after Liz tricks Enid into walking again.

  • When Ned and Alice come back from their anniversary date, having heard all about Liz and her tricky ways, they celebrate with champagne for everyone, including Todd whom we gather would be driving himself home afterward.

  • Crash Landing takes place over the place of at least three weeks, probably four.



Quote-aliscious:
They didn't know what she knew about George Warren. He didn't even love Enid anymore, and she'd done this to herself so she could save his life! - Liz points out that George is an insensitive ass. Too bad she'll forget it about fifty pages after p24

Usually, Jessica didn't think twice about stealing a boy from someone, but she didn't want Lila to think she was so hard up for guys she had to get them secondhand. - Jess doesn't feel bad about screwing over Lila, she just doesn't want Lila to think she's desperate. p27/28

It upset Elizabeth to see Enid so trusting, so innocent. Here she was worrying about losing George- and Elizabeth knew she'd already lost him. - Makes me sniffle, Liz. Makes me sniffle. p47




   While I love CL!, it does have some flaws. One of them would be Liz waffling after Enid goes pod-person. Yeah, it sucks for George that Enid won't let him go, but maybe you shouldn't have been two-timing the girl and then slacking off in the pretending department. Either you should have told her flat out, or learned to act better, because obviously Enid isn't as popular as you'd think, given how few people actually stop by to see her. Ever. So yeah, she's going to latch on. When he tries to go out with Robin because Enid won't let go, as Enid's friend, I'd still have been pissed at him. Seriously, your job as best friend is to hate what your friend cannot necessarily hate. Did we learn nothing from Buffy? [Think Willow meeting Riley's wife and waffling between loathing her and loving her?] So her asking for Robin to forgive her smacked me all kinds of wrong.
  Sigh. I also hate how Ned and Alice act towards Jessica, although that's because it's believable. Unless you're an only child, your parents will assume your sibling is innocent of something they actually did, and you'll get the riot act, and they'll go easy on said sibling even when they were ready to have you drawn and quartered. You will mess up, they will tease you, and you will wish they'd all learn the fine art of shutting the hell up. Such is life.

  This marks the end of me liking George, and my love for Robin is less... avid. The fact that she honestly couldn't figure out why anyone would be mad at her smacks of stupidity. And hurting Enid is uncool. UN.COOL!
  That said, for an Enid-centric book, she's more like the prop being moved from one character to another than the central person of the plot. Enid is hurt, but it's how the people around her react that the story unfolds. Also, I'm confused as to this cold war. Is it simply that the cheerleaders [and Liz] froze Robin out, or did they manage to recruit a lot of the girls at SVH without anyone getting word back to Todd, since he didn't seem to know about the whole George/Robin/Enid triangle? And if it was common knowledge, then Robin really should have known why she was being sent to social Siberia.
  Why did no one tell Mrs. Rollins about George? If it's pretty obvious that Enid is suffering a mental block, then explaining what the hell is up with that might actually help. I'd like to think that if Liz's plan hadn't worked, a) Teddy wouldn't have been so committed to the fake-out that he wouldn't have drowned, and b) someone would have leveled with Enid's mother.
  Speaking of parents, even if they are divorced, why does Enid's father never show?

And in, you didn't give a damn news, this is one of those books I remember just as much for the circumstances around me owning it as I do for what happened in the actual book. It was to be my Christmas present one year, and I couldn't wait. Mom had bought it maybe the start of December, maybe around Thanksgiving, and I was there at the time, so the knowledge that it was under my roof and I couldn't read it was KILLING me. So I found where she hid it, and every day that I could, I'd sneak it away and read a little at a time. By the time Christmas rolled around, I'd finished it, and had to pretend to be super thrilled... and re-read it again, or else she'd know. I think she did know, and I know I confessed later, but I still bawled when my copy was ruined by a freak soda spill a few years later. Bawled, okay?

the_oracle: (tear)
Crash Landing!
June 1985

   Will Elizabeth lose her best friend?

   Terror in the skies...


  George Warren has been looking forward to taking his girlfriend, Enid Rollins, as a passenger on his first licensed flight. Afterward he's going to tell her something he's known for a long time-he doesn't love her anymore, and their relationship is over. Then he'll be free to date Robin Wilson, the girl he does love.
  But as he and Enid are flying, George loses control of the plane and is forced to make a crash landing. Enid is seriously injured, and George is overcome with guilt. He can't possibly break up with Enid now. But how long can he pretend to be in love with her and continue living a lie?

  I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for Enid Rollins. When the books portray her badly, I blame the writers, rarely the actual character. And this, my friends, this is the book that cemented my love for her once and for all. Keep in mind that I read this when I was eight or so, and thus any ability to be objective whatsoever has been damaged beyond repair. With that said, onward!

  This is not George Warren's day. Despite having gotten his pilot's license, he's already been busted by his current girlfriend's best friend about cheating on said girlfriend with a girl in his flying class, and now he's trying to work up the guts to break it off with said girlfriend before her best friend spills the beans. As he's trying to distract himself with some fancy-ish flying moves, the engine on his rental plane dies, and that's when the real fun begins. Amidst Enid's screaming and the plane's stubborn refusal to do anything other than turn into the wind so the crash itself won't necessarily kill them, George is screwed. He tells Enid to open her door before they hit the water and seconds later they "land" and he's promptly knocked out, and from this point on, all traces of pity for the boy are erased from my side.
  Enid realizes she's not dead and that while unconscious and bleeding, George isn't dead either, but that this could change very quickly if they don't get out of the sinking plane. She unbuckles herself, strips her outermost layer of clothes, but stupidly leaves her socks on, and attempts to save her boyfriend. She has to get out of the cockpit and go around the plane, so that she can get a proper vantage point to unhook George from his harness. When she does, he falls out and knocks Enid backwards. Enid slams into something and her legs go numb. Enid doesn't have time to freak out properly as the plane sinks the second she and George are both free. When he realizes that Enid seems a bit off, he asks what's wrong, and she tells him she can't feel her legs. Dun dun DUN.

  From the shore, Todd, Olivia, Roger, Robin, and a few others watch in horror as the plane falls from the sky. Todd races to call 911 [no cell phones yet, loves] and when he returns, finds out that the plane was carrying Enid and George. Before Todd can freak out too much over this, George and Enid are brought to shore. Enid looks pale, but okay, and George looks like crap, what with the head wound that is bleeding quite freely. Robin faints and damages quite a few brain cells in the process. Trust me, you'll see.

  We flash to the twins and their parents who are still at the police station after the previous book's brush with insanity in the form of Jack. Jess begins behaving terribly out of character, with the announcement that she'll "just die if anything happens to Enid!" The fuck? You practically wish her dead three times a book. And no one bats an eyelash. I guess you could chalk it up to them all being so worried about Enid, but still...
  Blah, blah, George is fine, head wound notwithstanding. Enid's paralyzed and they won't know for sure if it's permanent until the swelling goes down. George feels guilty as hell, Liz is mad as hell, and Enid is loopy.
  But first we have our Jessica-detour. Sometime off-camera, Lila decided she and Jessica should take a gourmet cooking class. Jess is pissed when the instructor doesn't show up on time and a little old lady, nice though she may be, starts them off making mustard. Not only is she having to make something boring, but she can't even joke around with Lila who is still pissed about the Jack fiasco. Well, it was just yesterday she learned you were a backstabbing skank... One ruined silk blouse later, and bucketfuls of charm, Li and Jess are talking to one another and Jess is drooling over their instructor. After class, Li drives Jessica over to Robin's so Jess can tell her co-captain that the cheerleading practice was moved. However, when they get there, Jess spies George's light blue GTO in the drive way. Lila offers up information about Robin and Allen having broken up, and both girls quickly put two and two together. They realize that Robin fainted because she's involved with George and gasp! The trollop!
  Jess goes home and tells Liz all about what she's seen. Liz is beyond pissed, but she can't tell Jessica that she already knew the pair were seeing one another. Instead, both twins remark that they'll be unable to look Robin in the eye. Jess sort of promises not to tell anyone about the love triangle, but the next time we see her, she's filling Cara in on the whole thing. Both girls agree that Robin should be punished, as it's the least they can do for poor Enid, who didn't deserve such treatment. If you're wondering how Jess can so easily flip-flop on various things, consider this: She's really good at damning those who reflect any aspect of her personality or actions that she's not 100% proud of. Annie went down in flames for her indiscriminate dating, and now Robin's going to pay for any lingering guilt Jess had over screwing Lila over with the whole Jack situation. Also, she comments about how normally Enid would be on her shit list, but since everyone is rallying around Enid and she's such a star at the moment, of course Jessica must play up her connection to the newest bit of gossip in town. [Being the twin of the injured girl's best friend, duh!]
  So when Robin comes up to the table, Cara and Jessica ignore her and make a comment about Enid before leaving. Robin tries to say hey to Liz and is shot down. So she drowns her sorrow in dessert, all the while wondering why everyone is avoiding her. Later she'll realize they really are avoiding her, but still won't understand why. When you fainted, Robin, did you perchance hit your incredibly thick skull on something sharp and leave your brain behind on the shores of Secca Lake? I swear you weren't mentally deficient before, but now I'm wondering.
  Show of hands, how many people would honestly not be able to piece together why everyone was shunning them if they were in Robin's shoes? Even without knowing that George had tried to stop by and break things off with you until Enid's able to walk, you'd think people would put together your fainting spell as well as your breaking up with Allen for another guy and come up with the possibility that you and George were an item, right? Guilt breeds paranoia, not simply stupidity. So Robin stews and worries and gains ten pounds in ten days.

  Let's return to Liz. Liz isn't having the easiest time of it. Every time she sees Enid, either George comes up or he's there, and she's not exactly the best at masking her emotions. She's livid thinking that George is still seeing Robin while Enid is lying in bed, paralyzed. No matter how he tries to convince her that he's broken things off with Robin, she can't believe him. If Enid is unable to direct the proper amount of wrath in George's direction, seeing as she doesn't know what's going on yet, then Liz will have to be mad enough for the both of them. Which is particularly endearing, actually. Every time she and George run into one another at the hospital, I imagine Liz is shooting him death glares. Problem with that is that he feels so out of sorts around Elizabeth that he can't really keep it together in front of Enid. You see, George has decided that while Enid is crippled, he'll pretend he still loves her and everything is fine, as that's the right thing to do. And I can't exactly fault him for the logic, particularly when you realize that while Enid is in the hospital, she seems to have all of three visitors. Her mother, George, and Liz. Fuck, Easy Annie had the entire cheer squad do a routine outside just for her, but Enid can't even get a sympathy visit from any of her teachers? Rude!
  Enid has her surgery and everyone expects her to do a bit of PT [physical therapy] and be able to walk. She can't. She won't, and she becomes very snippy if you ask her about it. Liz decides to invite Enid, Todd, and George over for a small dinner while her parents are out on a date and Jess is over at Cara's reading cookbooks.
  Yes, cookbooks. You see, Jess has decided that she'll get Jean-Pierre the teacher to date her, and to do so, she'll become the best chef in the class. Thing is, her plan is working, sort of. She's actually really good at the cooking thing and is frequently singled out for exceptional work. Who knew? Her other plan is to upstage Elizabeth. Their parents' wedding anniversary is coming up, and with all the Enid drama, Jess is sure that Elizabeth has forgotten. Jess decides she'll make her parents a fantastic meal and they'll be so pleased, and for once Jessica won't feel second best.
  Unfortunately for Jessica, as she's planning this, as well as her future as a celebrity chef featured in People, her parents come home and discover a mess in the kitchen. Given Jessica's recent culinary leanings and early onset Alzheimer's, they accuse Jessica of leaving the kitchen a mess, the pots not even soaked. Jess shoots back that she JUST got home, hasn't even been in the kitchen, and didn't they say Liz could have her friends over so SHE could cook for them? Ned and Alice realize they were wrong and half-assed apologies are given, only to be followed up with, "Well, Liz must have a good reason." Jessica notes that if she'd really been the guilty party, they'd have been ready to hang her, and she's right. They're actually pretty shitty towards her at the oddest times. It's like instead of actually disciplining her when she needs it, they mock and punish her at other times. Uncool.
  Anyway, Liz left the kitchen a mess because her dinner party failed. Enid and George showed up, Enid in a wheelchair, and they spent the night acting. Badly. George is obviously not in love with Enid anymore and can't even do a passable imitation anymore and Enid knows this on some level [maybe when he confessed while she was asleep, or maybe because she's not a moron] so she tries too hard to be upbeat and sunny. Fails. George skips out early and Enid is crushed, so she asks Todd to take her home. Todd agrees and Liz goes with, just missing both her twin and her parents, figuring if they make it home first, they'll understand. Sure, right after they crucify your twin.

  Jessica works up the nerve to hit on J-P, only to find out he's married. Luckily she finds out before she hits on him. Then she makes her family a trial run dinner, and in the process I learn a very, very important lesson about seafood prep. Namely, if you have to pry the shellfish open after you've cooked 'em, you will poison yourself and anyone who eats the food. Thing is, no one told Jessica this, and at 16 in the 80's, maybe she wouldn't have known it on her own, so it's a little unfair for her family to continuously mock her. Then again, food poisoning isn't pretty. Jess is brokenhearted about her setback, but figures she has until her parents anniversary on Friday to remedy things.

  In Enid land, deciding to go to the dance was a horrible idea. While there, Enid insists that George dance with someone. After one and a half mentions, George runs off to dance with Robin after already having had a heated discussion with her earlier. Enid recognizes the look on his face, as well as Robin's, and her heart breaks. When George comes back after his slow dance, Enid blows up and accuses him of being in love with Robin. He neither confirms nor denies, and Enid knows. He takes her home and Todd suggests maybe going after her in a bit, but Liz says no, Enid needs time. The hell? The girl is paralyzed, obviously depressed, and now she's found out that her boyfriend is in love with a friend of hers? Yeah, she needs alone time, a bottle of Vodka, and something sharp. Stupid twit.
  Anyway, when Liz finally does catch up with Enid, it's pod-person Enid. She says she doesn't know what George feels for Robin, but if he didn't want to be with her [Enid] then he wouldn't be. Liz blinks and wonders what the hell happened to Enid.
  And so she comes up with a plan so sneaky and ingenious that... wait, no. Just a plan. She borrows Teddy Collins, has him pretend to be drowning in the deep end of the Wakefields' pool while Enid is alone with him, and tada! Enid leaps from her wheelchair and rescues Teddy. It works, and everyone loves Liz for her quick thinking. Seriously, she gets a standing ovation at the Dairi Burger. You're telling me no one just wandered in for a salt fix at the same time and thought maybe the town water had been contaminated? Surreal and one of the parts where they lost me.
  Due to Jessica's seafood mishap, her parents aren't inclined to repeat the performance and are thrilled when Liz gifts them with dinner theatre tickets to Bayside. You know you're an 80s kid when all you can think is that Zach and company never did dinner theatre, did they? Jess is upset that once more she's been upstaged and nothing has gone as she expected. Honestly, I don't blame her. I'd be upset, too. :(
  Anyway, Enid goes home after her rescue of Teddy [and after Jess points out that Enid totally got punked, and that Teddy swims like a fish] and breaks up with George. For a moment she seems utterly calm when she's detailing what happened, and Liz is fawning over her and Enid points out that it's easy enough to say, but she's probably never going to be friends with George again, as it'll hurt too much, no matter what she says right that second. So. True.
  All in all, a happy ending for everyone but a still miffed Jess.

Random:

  • George has always wanted to be a pilot.

  • The rental plane of doom is a Cessna 150.

  • The Wakefields are at Sergeant Malone's desk when they hear of George's plane difficulty.

  • Enid's spinal injury centers around the last disc in her spine, and her doctor is Dr. MacGregor.

  • Lila and Jessica's gourmet cooking class is held at the SV Civic Center.

  • Ms. Jackson is a petite gray haired lady who helps run the Civic Center.

  • Jessica ruins a $90 cream colored silk blouse from Lisette's when she manages to accidentally fling mustard onto it. Lila is not pleased.

  • Jean-Pierre Baptiste has written several cookbooks, the youngest head chef at La Maison Blanche, one of the finest French restaurants in California. He's in his early 20's, over six feet tall, broad shoulders, jet black hair, and intense blue eyes. Oh, yeah, and he's married to a fiery redhead named Lisbette who can't cook to safe her life.

  • Cara Walker is Allen's chem lab partner, and he tells her that he and Robin broke up because she was either seeing someone else or just wanted to do so.

  • George drives a light blue GTO. Remember kids, as with robbing a bank, when cheating, make sure you don't drive a really obvious car.

  • Over the course of her cooking class, Jessica made mustard, a raspberry torte [that she gave to Enid], puff pastries, and chicken cordon bleu.

  • Lila quit the class on chicken cordon bleu day.

  • Just when you thought they'd never mention it again, the company that's doing the tour guide thing gets back to the twins and tells them they've passed their tests and are all set for their summer jobs. Thing is, they don't provide transportation. Before the twins can cry into their beer over this, their parents announce that Alice needs a new car, so the twins now have round-the-clock Fiat use. Yay!

  • Ned Wakefield is a big steak lover. Not so much for pumpkin soup, though.

  • When the whole J-P thing fails, Jessica takes Ken to the dance. Poor Kenny is described as cute, but dull. Fear not my jock love, you'll get some personality soon!

  • Speaking of dates to the dance: Robin goes with some friend of a cousin, Stan from L.A. Not exactly a fun date. Lila brings Louis Scott, a sophomore at Sweet Valley College [when does it become SVU?] and he's incredibly boring and not a great dancer. He must be hot, or else Li wouldn't be caught dead with him.

  • Liz and Todd celebrate monthly anniversaries. No wonder I'm so screwed up. :P

  • Jess ultimately poisons her family when she makes them a cold seafood and pasta salad.

  • Mr. Collins smokes a pipe, and as of this book seems to be moving in on Ms. Dalton something fierce.

  • Jessica's planned meal for her parents: Veal piccata, string beans, wild rice, and raspberry torte.

  • Olivia Davidson leads a standing ovation at the Dairi Burger after Liz tricks Enid into walking again.

  • When Ned and Alice come back from their anniversary date, having heard all about Liz and her tricky ways, they celebrate with champagne for everyone, including Todd whom we gather would be driving himself home afterward.

  • Crash Landing takes place over the place of at least three weeks, probably four.



Quote-aliscious:
They didn't know what she knew about George Warren. He didn't even love Enid anymore, and she'd done this to herself so she could save his life! - Liz points out that George is an insensitive ass. Too bad she'll forget it about fifty pages after p24

Usually, Jessica didn't think twice about stealing a boy from someone, but she didn't want Lila to think she was so hard up for guys she had to get them secondhand. - Jess doesn't feel bad about screwing over Lila, she just doesn't want Lila to think she's desperate. p27/28

It upset Elizabeth to see Enid so trusting, so innocent. Here she was worrying about losing George- and Elizabeth knew she'd already lost him. - Makes me sniffle, Liz. Makes me sniffle. p47




   While I love CL!, it does have some flaws. One of them would be Liz waffling after Enid goes pod-person. Yeah, it sucks for George that Enid won't let him go, but maybe you shouldn't have been two-timing the girl and then slacking off in the pretending department. Either you should have told her flat out, or learned to act better, because obviously Enid isn't as popular as you'd think, given how few people actually stop by to see her. Ever. So yeah, she's going to latch on. When he tries to go out with Robin because Enid won't let go, as Enid's friend, I'd still have been pissed at him. Seriously, your job as best friend is to hate what your friend cannot necessarily hate. Did we learn nothing from Buffy? [Think Willow meeting Riley's wife and waffling between loathing her and loving her?] So her asking for Robin to forgive her smacked me all kinds of wrong.
  Sigh. I also hate how Ned and Alice act towards Jessica, although that's because it's believable. Unless you're an only child, your parents will assume your sibling is innocent of something they actually did, and you'll get the riot act, and they'll go easy on said sibling even when they were ready to have you drawn and quartered. You will mess up, they will tease you, and you will wish they'd all learn the fine art of shutting the hell up. Such is life.

  This marks the end of me liking George, and my love for Robin is less... avid. The fact that she honestly couldn't figure out why anyone would be mad at her smacks of stupidity. And hurting Enid is uncool. UN.COOL!
  That said, for an Enid-centric book, she's more like the prop being moved from one character to another than the central person of the plot. Enid is hurt, but it's how the people around her react that the story unfolds. Also, I'm confused as to this cold war. Is it simply that the cheerleaders [and Liz] froze Robin out, or did they manage to recruit a lot of the girls at SVH without anyone getting word back to Todd, since he didn't seem to know about the whole George/Robin/Enid triangle? And if it was common knowledge, then Robin really should have known why she was being sent to social Siberia.
  Why did no one tell Mrs. Rollins about George? If it's pretty obvious that Enid is suffering a mental block, then explaining what the hell is up with that might actually help. I'd like to think that if Liz's plan hadn't worked, a) Teddy wouldn't have been so committed to the fake-out that he wouldn't have drowned, and b) someone would have leveled with Enid's mother.
  Speaking of parents, even if they are divorced, why does Enid's father never show?

And in, you didn't give a damn news, this is one of those books I remember just as much for the circumstances around me owning it as I do for what happened in the actual book. It was to be my Christmas present one year, and I couldn't wait. Mom had bought it maybe the start of December, maybe around Thanksgiving, and I was there at the time, so the knowledge that it was under my roof and I couldn't read it was KILLING me. So I found where she hid it, and every day that I could, I'd sneak it away and read a little at a time. By the time Christmas rolled around, I'd finished it, and had to pretend to be super thrilled... and re-read it again, or else she'd know. I think she did know, and I know I confessed later, but I still bawled when my copy was ruined by a freak soda spill a few years later. Bawled, okay?

the_oracle: (left of normal)
Secrets
November 1983


What Jessica wants, Jessica gets- even if someone gets hurt!

Jessica would stop at nothing...



  Beautiful and ruthless, Jessica Wakefield is determined to be chosen queen of the fall dance at Sweet Valley High. If she can win the contest, she's sure to win Bruce Patman, the most sought after boy in school.
  The only person standing in Jessica's way is Enid Rollins. When Jessica discovers the truth about Enid's past, she knows the crown is within her grasp. She doesn't care that Enid is her twin sister Elizabeth's best friend- or that revealing the secret may cost Enid both her reputation and the boy she loves.
  Only Elizabeth can save Enid from Jessica's vicious gossip- but can she stop her scheming twin in time...


  Secrets is a simple little story. Enid Rollins has a couple of secrets she would very much like to keep, you know, secret. Thing is, she makes the mistake of telling them to Liz Wakefield, her best friend. Seems Enid used to have a bit of a teenage rebellion thing going on, two years back after her parents' divorce. Which is a bit disconcerting when you realize that I'm fairly certain Enid is a year or so younger than most of her class, so this would make her 13 at the time of her rebellion. Anyway, drugs, driving around with her older boyfriend George Warren, and oh yeah, damn near killing a small child. This was enough to scare Enid straight, but George was shipped off. Because she's such a good friend, Enid kept in touch with George over the years. Now George is about to graduate [in the fall? Seriously?] and when he's free, he wants to see Enid.
  Who is currently seeing an exceptionally paranoid jealous freak of a guy named Ronnie. Ronnie comes by his oddity fairly honestly, considering his parents are also divorced, and that's because his mother was fooling around. So suddenly everyone is suspect, especially those of the female persuasion. This is a really bad school of thought, Ronnie. If you don't lose it soon, I suggest therapy before you find yourself ancient and alone.
  Anyway, Enid is concerned that if Ronnie finds out, he'll dump her. But the secrets are eating her alive, so she tells Liz, and brings along proof, since the thought of Enid Rollins being a former druggie is a little hard to imagine. Naturally, one of George's letters flutters away, only to be found a most inopportune moment by someone a little morally challenged.
  This brings us to Jessica, who desperately wants to be Fall Queen. Aside from trying to rack up as many crowns outside of actual pageantry, Jessica is sure that Bruce Patman will be elected King, and if she's Queen, they'll be thrown together for the semester at all school events. Of course, if he should happen to fall for her in the meantime, well, that's just what little Jessie wants. What does this have to do with Enid's secrets?
  Weeeeeeeeellllll, Enid is also up for queen, and while normally Jessica wouldn't bat an eyelash at this, she's sure that Ronnie's [he's head of the dance committee] going to try and drum up votes for good old Enid. And that might mean Enid could win. This cannot be! So when Jessica finds George's missing letter in Elizabeth's room, she makes use of the copy machine her father keeps in his home office, and slips a copy in Ronnie's locker.
  Ronnie waits until he and Enid are alone after a particularly painful double date with Liz and Todd, and then gets all grab happy. When Enid asks what the hell is wrong with him, he wonders if maybe Enid's been too busy giving it up to George to save anything for him. Enid flips out, Ronnie flips out, and Enid realizes that if only she and Liz knew the secret and Enid sure as hell didn't tell Ronnie, Liz had to be the one who did.
  And Enid is pissed. PISSED. First, she attempts to give good old Liz the cold shoulder. When Liz presses it, Enid blows up, blaming Liz for blabbing. Liz is shocked, but still somehow believes that Ronnie, whom she has to know deep down is a jackass, will come around. Any attempts to convince Enid that someone else must have told fall on deaf ears and the friendship is nullified due to acts of extreme bitchery.
  So Liz sets about trying to fix it. First she lets Jessica try and fix things, only Jess intentionally screws things up even more. Why? Well, the whole fall queen thing is still up for grabs, but also? Ever since drippy old Enid chose Liz over Jessica, Jess has been holding a grudge. Of course, Jess is also jealous of the amount of time Enid and Liz spend together, and seems to think that with Enid out of the picture, she'll have Liz all to herself. Creepy.
  With all this in mind, it's no wonder Jessica's help makes things worse. Thus Liz is left with only one option. She's got to find out who told Ronnie about the letters. She tries Winston, who's an old friend of George's, but Win tells her that while he may have a big mouth, it's only for show. When it counts, he can be counted on to keep a secret. And she believes him because the class clown should never be mocked while being serious. Ever.
  Woe, Diary, woe. Mom has laid down the law and all Wakefields who want to go to the fall dance must clean their rooms! Woe, listen to Jess complain and wheedle things out of me. Woe. You'd think this would be easier since my room is usually neat freak clean, but I'm still ever so upset over the whole Enid situation. Who could possibly have, hey, what's that peeking out from under my bed? GASP! A letter from George! I doubt Mom would have told Ronnie, which only leaves one other person sneaky enough... JESSICA!
  Yes. But Liz doesn't let Jess know she's on to her bitchy secret. Nope, Liz has another scheme up her sleeve.
  Meanwhile, Enid has finally hunted down Ms. Nora Dalton, the French teacher accused of having an affair with handsome Ken Matthews, but given this is 1983, it's totally just a rumor started by ever so jealous Lila and not true at all, talked things through, and decided she'll go to the dance alone. [Ronnie dumped her, remember? And now he's going with Jessica, who was hoping to go with Bruce, but he has other plans involving a redhead] While painting her nails, the doorbell rings. It can't be Liz, because she would never take five minutes out of her own primping time to come apologize, so maybe it's Ronnie! But no, cuz, remember, he's with Jess. Who could it be?
  Duh. George, the start of all your problems, Enid. Only he's all dressed up and handsome and she's all starstruck. He invites her to the dance [Win filled him in on all the gossip] and she says yes, what with him being hot and all, only, tee hee, she's not wearing shoes. Actually, that bit is cute. With shoes on her feet, Enid and George hit the dance, where they make quite an entrance. Enid is lovely, but lovely is trumped by the unknown eye candy attached at her hip. Fantastic!
  But wait, isn't there supposed to be revenge?
  Jessica wins Fall Queen, but pretends to be surprised. Aw. This is Liz's revenge? Giving Jess exactly what she wants?
  Hardly. As Jess is all aflutter over winning, they announce the king. Winston. Egbert. Jess is not happy, but when she finds out that Winston won because someone [perhaps a certain 5'6" blond with eyes the color of the ocean?] started a rumor that Jess had finally fallen for the clown, she hunts down her twin. Who then proceeds to explain very clearly that if Jessica does not keep her crown, head up to the stage and make Win the happiest guy ever, Liz will tell everyone how Jessica ruined Enid's relationship with Ronnie. And she'll do it in print, too. Jess is horrified because she knows what a grade A bitch she was, so she agrees, but she will totally not be kissing Egbert! Liz hadn't thought of that, but what a great idea... *cackle*



Random tid bits:

  • - Jessica tells Ronnie she's allergic to gardenias.

  • - Enid and Todd both have little brothers at this point, but will lose them shortly. They won't die, they'll just be relegated to trivia, as both will mysteriously become only children.

  • - In Double Love, Jess whines and wants an oval face. In Secrets, she's described as having a lovely oval face. Wow, she really does get what she wants...

  • - Jess has been in love with Bruce since freshman year.

  • - Lila sings in the school choir and desperately wants the soprano solo.

  • - This is the first time the Hershey Bar [Jessica's room] is used.

  • - Jessica curls her hair so frequently because it's the one thing she regrets not having been born with.

  • - 13/14 year old Enid had braces and long bangs.

  • - When Ken finds out that Lila was the one who started the rumor about Ms. Dalton, he refuses to take her to the dance.

  • - Lila isn't above snitching some of her father's expensive French wine and then sharing it with her friends.

  • - Not that Dana will drink any, she prefers Pepsi.

  • - Apparently Double Love must have taken about two months, since that's how long Enid and Ronnie have been dating [and they hadn't started at the beginning of DL, though they were close], and considering the Fall theme, DL must have also started pretty much immediately after school started.



Say wha:
Then, out of the corner of one wet eye, she glimpsed a piece of paper sticking out from under the bed. It looked like a letter. Being naturally curious- and having absolutely zero scruples when it came to reading other people's mail- she snatched it up. p33
Elizabeth hoped it was true, but she had her doubts. Jessica had a talent for proving comforting old cliches all wrong. p67

137 ways to be Cruel:
Easy for you to say. Your room is already so disgustingly neat. It'll take me a hundred and thirty-seven years to clean up mine. p87




Secrets again proves that early SVH had no problem with Jess being a complete bitch to anyone she didn't particularly like, and even those she did. Of course, it also shows that neither twin has a problem manipulating innocent bystanders in their evil plots. Liz sets Winston up for major heartbreak/pain/misery by saddling him with Jessica, since anyone with half a brain knows that while more Jess time will make Win happy, having her be a complete bitch to him won't do him any favors.
However, I love Liz and Enid's little sleepover, complete with ODing on cookies. Cute! When I was younger, I wanted so badly to join them. Time would later point out that Enid and Liz were meant to be a duo or nothing at all, but I didn't know that then. Also, the thought of Dana Larson hanging out at Lila's for anything other than a party is a little odd.

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Secrets
November 1983


What Jessica wants, Jessica gets- even if someone gets hurt!

Jessica would stop at nothing...



  Beautiful and ruthless, Jessica Wakefield is determined to be chosen queen of the fall dance at Sweet Valley High. If she can win the contest, she's sure to win Bruce Patman, the most sought after boy in school.
  The only person standing in Jessica's way is Enid Rollins. When Jessica discovers the truth about Enid's past, she knows the crown is within her grasp. She doesn't care that Enid is her twin sister Elizabeth's best friend- or that revealing the secret may cost Enid both her reputation and the boy she loves.
  Only Elizabeth can save Enid from Jessica's vicious gossip- but can she stop her scheming twin in time...


  Secrets is a simple little story. Enid Rollins has a couple of secrets she would very much like to keep, you know, secret. Thing is, she makes the mistake of telling them to Liz Wakefield, her best friend. Seems Enid used to have a bit of a teenage rebellion thing going on, two years back after her parents' divorce. Which is a bit disconcerting when you realize that I'm fairly certain Enid is a year or so younger than most of her class, so this would make her 13 at the time of her rebellion. Anyway, drugs, driving around with her older boyfriend George Warren, and oh yeah, damn near killing a small child. This was enough to scare Enid straight, but George was shipped off. Because she's such a good friend, Enid kept in touch with George over the years. Now George is about to graduate [in the fall? Seriously?] and when he's free, he wants to see Enid.
  Who is currently seeing an exceptionally paranoid jealous freak of a guy named Ronnie. Ronnie comes by his oddity fairly honestly, considering his parents are also divorced, and that's because his mother was fooling around. So suddenly everyone is suspect, especially those of the female persuasion. This is a really bad school of thought, Ronnie. If you don't lose it soon, I suggest therapy before you find yourself ancient and alone.
  Anyway, Enid is concerned that if Ronnie finds out, he'll dump her. But the secrets are eating her alive, so she tells Liz, and brings along proof, since the thought of Enid Rollins being a former druggie is a little hard to imagine. Naturally, one of George's letters flutters away, only to be found a most inopportune moment by someone a little morally challenged.
  This brings us to Jessica, who desperately wants to be Fall Queen. Aside from trying to rack up as many crowns outside of actual pageantry, Jessica is sure that Bruce Patman will be elected King, and if she's Queen, they'll be thrown together for the semester at all school events. Of course, if he should happen to fall for her in the meantime, well, that's just what little Jessie wants. What does this have to do with Enid's secrets?
  Weeeeeeeeellllll, Enid is also up for queen, and while normally Jessica wouldn't bat an eyelash at this, she's sure that Ronnie's [he's head of the dance committee] going to try and drum up votes for good old Enid. And that might mean Enid could win. This cannot be! So when Jessica finds George's missing letter in Elizabeth's room, she makes use of the copy machine her father keeps in his home office, and slips a copy in Ronnie's locker.
  Ronnie waits until he and Enid are alone after a particularly painful double date with Liz and Todd, and then gets all grab happy. When Enid asks what the hell is wrong with him, he wonders if maybe Enid's been too busy giving it up to George to save anything for him. Enid flips out, Ronnie flips out, and Enid realizes that if only she and Liz knew the secret and Enid sure as hell didn't tell Ronnie, Liz had to be the one who did.
  And Enid is pissed. PISSED. First, she attempts to give good old Liz the cold shoulder. When Liz presses it, Enid blows up, blaming Liz for blabbing. Liz is shocked, but still somehow believes that Ronnie, whom she has to know deep down is a jackass, will come around. Any attempts to convince Enid that someone else must have told fall on deaf ears and the friendship is nullified due to acts of extreme bitchery.
  So Liz sets about trying to fix it. First she lets Jessica try and fix things, only Jess intentionally screws things up even more. Why? Well, the whole fall queen thing is still up for grabs, but also? Ever since drippy old Enid chose Liz over Jessica, Jess has been holding a grudge. Of course, Jess is also jealous of the amount of time Enid and Liz spend together, and seems to think that with Enid out of the picture, she'll have Liz all to herself. Creepy.
  With all this in mind, it's no wonder Jessica's help makes things worse. Thus Liz is left with only one option. She's got to find out who told Ronnie about the letters. She tries Winston, who's an old friend of George's, but Win tells her that while he may have a big mouth, it's only for show. When it counts, he can be counted on to keep a secret. And she believes him because the class clown should never be mocked while being serious. Ever.
  Woe, Diary, woe. Mom has laid down the law and all Wakefields who want to go to the fall dance must clean their rooms! Woe, listen to Jess complain and wheedle things out of me. Woe. You'd think this would be easier since my room is usually neat freak clean, but I'm still ever so upset over the whole Enid situation. Who could possibly have, hey, what's that peeking out from under my bed? GASP! A letter from George! I doubt Mom would have told Ronnie, which only leaves one other person sneaky enough... JESSICA!
  Yes. But Liz doesn't let Jess know she's on to her bitchy secret. Nope, Liz has another scheme up her sleeve.
  Meanwhile, Enid has finally hunted down Ms. Nora Dalton, the French teacher accused of having an affair with handsome Ken Matthews, but given this is 1983, it's totally just a rumor started by ever so jealous Lila and not true at all, talked things through, and decided she'll go to the dance alone. [Ronnie dumped her, remember? And now he's going with Jessica, who was hoping to go with Bruce, but he has other plans involving a redhead] While painting her nails, the doorbell rings. It can't be Liz, because she would never take five minutes out of her own primping time to come apologize, so maybe it's Ronnie! But no, cuz, remember, he's with Jess. Who could it be?
  Duh. George, the start of all your problems, Enid. Only he's all dressed up and handsome and she's all starstruck. He invites her to the dance [Win filled him in on all the gossip] and she says yes, what with him being hot and all, only, tee hee, she's not wearing shoes. Actually, that bit is cute. With shoes on her feet, Enid and George hit the dance, where they make quite an entrance. Enid is lovely, but lovely is trumped by the unknown eye candy attached at her hip. Fantastic!
  But wait, isn't there supposed to be revenge?
  Jessica wins Fall Queen, but pretends to be surprised. Aw. This is Liz's revenge? Giving Jess exactly what she wants?
  Hardly. As Jess is all aflutter over winning, they announce the king. Winston. Egbert. Jess is not happy, but when she finds out that Winston won because someone [perhaps a certain 5'6" blond with eyes the color of the ocean?] started a rumor that Jess had finally fallen for the clown, she hunts down her twin. Who then proceeds to explain very clearly that if Jessica does not keep her crown, head up to the stage and make Win the happiest guy ever, Liz will tell everyone how Jessica ruined Enid's relationship with Ronnie. And she'll do it in print, too. Jess is horrified because she knows what a grade A bitch she was, so she agrees, but she will totally not be kissing Egbert! Liz hadn't thought of that, but what a great idea... *cackle*



Random tid bits:

  • - Jessica tells Ronnie she's allergic to gardenias.

  • - Enid and Todd both have little brothers at this point, but will lose them shortly. They won't die, they'll just be relegated to trivia, as both will mysteriously become only children.

  • - In Double Love, Jess whines and wants an oval face. In Secrets, she's described as having a lovely oval face. Wow, she really does get what she wants...

  • - Jess has been in love with Bruce since freshman year.

  • - Lila sings in the school choir and desperately wants the soprano solo.

  • - This is the first time the Hershey Bar [Jessica's room] is used.

  • - Jessica curls her hair so frequently because it's the one thing she regrets not having been born with.

  • - 13/14 year old Enid had braces and long bangs.

  • - When Ken finds out that Lila was the one who started the rumor about Ms. Dalton, he refuses to take her to the dance.

  • - Lila isn't above snitching some of her father's expensive French wine and then sharing it with her friends.

  • - Not that Dana will drink any, she prefers Pepsi.

  • - Apparently Double Love must have taken about two months, since that's how long Enid and Ronnie have been dating [and they hadn't started at the beginning of DL, though they were close], and considering the Fall theme, DL must have also started pretty much immediately after school started.



Say wha:
Then, out of the corner of one wet eye, she glimpsed a piece of paper sticking out from under the bed. It looked like a letter. Being naturally curious- and having absolutely zero scruples when it came to reading other people's mail- she snatched it up. p33
Elizabeth hoped it was true, but she had her doubts. Jessica had a talent for proving comforting old cliches all wrong. p67

137 ways to be Cruel:
Easy for you to say. Your room is already so disgustingly neat. It'll take me a hundred and thirty-seven years to clean up mine. p87




Secrets again proves that early SVH had no problem with Jess being a complete bitch to anyone she didn't particularly like, and even those she did. Of course, it also shows that neither twin has a problem manipulating innocent bystanders in their evil plots. Liz sets Winston up for major heartbreak/pain/misery by saddling him with Jessica, since anyone with half a brain knows that while more Jess time will make Win happy, having her be a complete bitch to him won't do him any favors.
However, I love Liz and Enid's little sleepover, complete with ODing on cookies. Cute! When I was younger, I wanted so badly to join them. Time would later point out that Enid and Liz were meant to be a duo or nothing at all, but I didn't know that then. Also, the thought of Dana Larson hanging out at Lila's for anything other than a party is a little odd.

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