Sweet Valley University Recaps

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SVU #21 For the love of Ryan

I'm back!

When I got this book out to read it I found a receipt from Target in it. Apparently I bought Gatorade, Popchips, and duct tape. My first thoughts are 'Mmmm Popchips' then 'Wow, duct tape is expensive!' Then 'Wait, when did I buy duct tape? Oh yeah when I moved last summer.' It's a valid question I lived at home until I got married so other people always buy that stuff. To answer the unspoken question I'm telling you this because It's more exciting than the actual book.

 To the book I say! It's the first of three summers in SVU. Now that I'm thinking about it it might be four but whatever. So we open up right at the beginning of the actual story with none of that "It's exciting because tomorrow we're going to...." crap. So hang on because this book has got it all, lifeguards, and uh....the beach....where the lifeguards work, and well, that's pretty much it. We learn that the twins are lifeguards this summer along with Winston(yays) and Nina(ya win some ya lose some) and two other kids we haven't met yet. Don't get excited they tre lame. The first other roomie turns out to be Ben Mecer who is hopelessly trying to get Jessica to like him, also he's apparently in Mensa. I'm pretty sure if your smart enough to be in Mensa, you're too smart to want Jessica to like you. I mean come on everyone knows that smart people just know stuff, they can sense psycho. It's like gay-dar. It's not scientifically "real" but it happens right? Anyways he chases Jessica the whole book like a lost puppy. When he meet Jessica and Elizabeth formally Jessica is painting her nails and he says to Elizabeth
"uh-oh. There's a continuity problem. You're not wearing any nail polish."  
Seriously? There's a continuity problem? I've been saying this for years. Years.
The second roomie is Wendy. See the Winston plot below.

Meanwhile Jessica wants the king of the book title Ryan Something. I'm not going to lie, I don't care enough to look it up to find out. Why do last names matter anyways? I mean come on tons of people don't know there friends last names. Ashamedly so I just learned my Dad's girlfriend's last name three months ago and they've being going out for like two years. Anyways Ryan is the original brooding emo because last summer when he took a day off some kids swimming drowned. I understand he feels guilty and everything but his emo gets on my nerves, especially because he is all nice one second and then he raging mad. Yes I said raging mad. It's a funny phrase. Ok so Nina's boring plot. Byran is in DC working on an internship for the summer and Nina understands but is mad at the same time. This slacker beach bum named Paul works at a nearby surf shop and Nina likes him. Uh yeah that's it. Remind me again why Nina is in these books? She has boring plots and acts all self righteous. It's quite irritating. Winston plot(yays) he makes friends with a girl named Wendy whose major plot is that she's plain looking. Not ugly just plain. The book reminds us more often than it reminds us that J&E are twins. I don't really get why it keeps mentioning it because she is totes fine with it. Come to think of it I don't know anyone who died from not being pretty enough. Huh, maybe I just don't watch the news enough. In pretty much the middle of the lifeguard training we learn that none of them actually have jobs here. They are just training then trying out for the lifeguard jobs. So why did they rent a house here when they didn't have jobs here? No answers. Lame. Everyone makes the squad except Winston. Anyways moving on. Some hunky singer guy named Pedro Paloma vacations at Sweet Valley Shore. This will be important later. Wendy and Winston(reminds me of Waldo and Wanda haha) find a stray dog with beautiful eyes like Pedro Paloma so they name him Pedro Paloma. This will be important in the next book.  Wendy and Winston are pretty obsessed with celebrities and decide that Winston should open a celebrity house tour business for his summer job. He names it Winston's Celebrity Beach House Tours. Seriously I couldn't make this stuff up. When he does the tours people are tearing up the lawns of the houses on the tour by picking flowers and walking on the grass. The police officer in charge of the beach talks to Winston and basically says nice try but knock it off.  Later in the book Pedro runs into Winston in a bar and he bribes Winston to take his house off of Winston's Celebrity Beach House Tours. Anyways he bribes him with money but Winston tells him instead he wants him to take Wendy on a date(Wendy is obsessed with Pedro). He agrees and goes to ask Wendy out. No one tells Wendy that her date is because of a bribe. She goes on the date and has fun but Pedro spills the beans about the date being a trade to get his house off the tour. She gets mad at Winston and they fight but later they make up. OK the last storyline. The Elizabeth storyline. Your trembling with excitement I can feel it. Anyways she likes the head lifeguard Ryan, but shes still going out with Tom(he's too busy to call her btw). Ryan is hard on Elizabeth because she keeps screwing up during lifeguard training. She screws up constantly. She gets slightly better and still makes the squad. At almost the end of the book they kiss and Jessica see from far away(remember Jessica wanted Ryan). Jessica gets mad at Elizabeth and stays mad at her. Elizabeth realizes that Ryan was just hard on her during lifeguard training because he likes her. Uh no no no, it's because you kept screwing up and if that happens when your on duty people die. Grrr.

Bonus quote
"I remember this song" Jessica said. "It was popular when I was in high school" 
When you've been in high school for 30 years that's a joke all it's own.

I'm already almost halfway through the next one so the next recap will be soon:)