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Sweet Valley High Magna Edition: A Night to Remember Part 1
Okay. This is the first book in what might just be the most awesome eight-book arc in the history of YA lit. It contains death and car accidents and underaged drinking and manslaughter trials and a wedding and attempted murder and actual murder and riots and fake attempted rape and abandoned babies and serial killers and boyfriend stealing and fashion models and kidnapping and tearful reunions with long-lost parents and house fires and TV dating shows and gang warfare and, of course, a prom. It rules. I have all the books in this arc, so I’m starting at the beginning, with A Night to Remember. It’s a Magna Edition, so it’s longer than the books usually are, meaning the recap is too. It was a little too long for one post, actually, so I've divided it in half.
In a nutshell: the Wakefield twins have an idea to hold a Jungle Prom at Sweet Valley High, with proceeds going to save the rainforest. As usual, Jess sticks Liz with all the work but wants to take the credit for herself by being elected prom queen. This time, though, Liz has had about enough of that arrangement and decides she wants to be prom queen too. The resulting rift between them peaks when Jess spikes Liz’s drink at the prom, getting Liz trashed and causing her to total the car, with Jess’s boyfriend in the passenger seat. At the end of the book, the paramedics say that it doesn’t look like anyone could ever come out of the crash alive. Also, Bruce has apparently decided that he really, really misses Heroically Deaf, Dead from Coke Regina, and he channels the resulting rage at Big Mesa High, being pathetic and doing everything he can to provoke a riot between the two schools at the prom, because rioting is balm to the soul. Also, Lila is dealing with the fallout of her rape escape (yes, a real attempted rape!) by going to therapy, and she winds up accusing her counselor of a fake attempted rape because of her poor coping skills. All that, and there are still seven books to go (two more magna editions and five that are regular length).
No B plot here. It’s all A+.