Recap: SVHSY # 15 On My Own

The SVH drama continues with this riveting installment in the series with # 15 titled "On My Own" detailing the saga of Jessica and Evan and Andy's aversion to Six Hanson.


Brief recap of the events of the last novel.

Tia and Angel = splitsville. Tia made out with Trent at a Big Mesa party after feeling neglected by Angel and then he catches her with Trent and they broke up.

Melissa and Will are now a two-headed monster of annoying.

Artist rendering of the monster.

Jessica met Evan and fled from him at the Riot after being invited to dance at the Riot. Andy met Six and she tried to make-out with him on top of a mountain. Oh yeah, and Liz has a job now at a make-up store called Sedona, so discount Sephora... because the ghostwriters are lazy.

So here we go:
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Must mash-up!

I don't know how I JUST NOW realized this, but apparently Saved by the Bell is set in Palisades, CA, and Palisades is the name of the rival school in the High School Wars series.  If you remove "Sweet" from "Sweet Valley", you get "Valley" which was Baysides rival high school.

Mind blown!  (...erm, it...doesn't take much to blow my mind to bits, btw).

One of these days I'm going to pull a Roseanne and lock myself in my room and write an amazing mash up, post SVH destroying earthquake, where Sweet Valley High merges with Palisades and lo and behold, our SVH friends meet Zack, Slater, Screech, Kelly, Jessi, and Lisa.  I can SO see Jessica and Kelly getting into a cheerleader war, Jessi and Liz getting into a "Save the Whales" war, Zack and Todd having a basketball war, Slater and Ken having a football war, Screech and Winston having some kind of science war, and Lisa and Lila saying "screw you, bunch of idiots" and maxing out their dads' credit cards and being awesome together.

OMG.  Now I want to write this book.  NOW.

I'm going to find a way to fake having mono for the next 6 months so I can stay glued to my desk and write this.
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Little facts & such!

So, sometime last year I started rereading SVH, and I guess I wanted to bookmark little things along the way. Completely forgot about it until I was reorganizing the small bookcase I keep my SVHs and SVUs on, when I found a few books that had a page or two dog-eared.

Unfortunately, the only things I managed to do this for were two Jessica facts from book 2. They are below. (The other things I flagged were songs to look up, outfits I wanted to see what they looked like IRL, etc.)

Jessica tried to be friends with Enid first! Part of the reason she was annoyed with her was that she was friends with Elizabeth instead. (Source: Chapter 3 of Secrets.)

Jessica is allergic to gardenias. (Source: Chapter 6 of Secrets.) I wonder if Liz has this same allergy?

Anyone got any others? For anybody in the series, not only the twins? I swear, I'm 30, been a fan off and on since I was 8, and was still very surprised by the Jess and Enid thing. Somehow I never remembered it!

SVH-inspired coffee

Apparently Sweet Valley High has inspired a limited edition coffee from Counter Culture Coffee ! It's available until the end of October, so if you want to buy some for the collectible box (and who doesn't need more SVH swag?!), you should probably buy it soon.  The website says this coffee is a blend of beans from two different farms, phrasing it so wonderfully like this:

While these co-ops sometimes seem like twins, they certainly exhibit distinctive flavor profiles

I assume someone there must be a big SVH fan.  Too funny!
PERFECTION

Books, books, books.

I'm not sure if this is permitted, or even if folks are still around, but I always loved and had a great time reading the recaps on this community.

Unfortunately, my parents are moving, and this means my Sweet Valley Kids, Twins, High, University, ETC. collection will no longer have a home. My tiny apartment has no room in it for them.

I am going to sell the lot to a local book reseller or try ebay (I would never throw a book out.), but wanted to drop a line here. I don't have a master list, but if anyone had one they had been looking for, or was missing from their collection, I would happily send you mine for the price of shipping. Anything for a fellow fan.

So, let me know, and I'm happy to let you know if I have it. I have most of the Twins, Unicorn Club, and that era. And then good chunks from the others.

Happy reading. :)

ETA: Thanks for the responses guys! Happy some of these will be going to happy places. I'm looking for Baby Sitter Club fans next - just a headsup in case there's a crossover audience here, I have a huge collection of those as well. :)

- A