Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sweet Valley University #45: Don’t Let Go

This is the book where Jessica goes insane. It’s also the book where I started snapping (out loud) at the characters and had to put it down before I threw it against the wall.

First of all, there really aren’t any stories beyond Jessica. Danny is still in love with Isabella, who still has amnesia. Her parents move into a hotel with her and agree to stay in town and let him try a few things to bring back her memory. He brings her pineapple pizza, which she used to love and now hates, then takes her on walks and basically just tries to be a good boyfriend. In the end, her parents decide that the best place for her is a sanitarium in Switzerland. Oh yeah, I’m sure that’s a lot better.

Dana and Todd start spending a lot of time together, but neither one of them wants to make the first move. Todd is worried that he’s being unfaithful to Gin-Yung and Dana doesn’t think a nice guy like Todd would like her. It doesn’t help when Tom confronts her on campus and calls her a whore. Apparently it’s okay for Tom to sleep with her, but not for her to sleep with him. Eventually they share a kiss.

Prim and proper Liz is assigned a newspaper article on college kids and their feelings about sex, which she turns into a prim and proper article. She ends up writing an article on how the “cool” thing to do is wait and how many couples are now waiting to have sex. Of course it’s a hit and people kiss her ass.

Oh and Nina suddenly starts getting jealous and thinking that Bryan is cheating on her because she finds a girl’s name inside his notebook. She asks him about it, but he refuses to answer anything. And they mention that she’s a virgin, but she’s not! There’s been mentions before about Nina and Bryan sleeping together AND in later books, they talk about how they slept together most of freshman year!

The real story deals with Jess and that’s the one that pissed me off. Even though she got over Sam’s death in like three days, she literally can’t function here and acts like no one in the world ever experienced anything like this before. Lila tries to talk to her and Jessica blows her off because Lila got over Tisano and Jess will NEVER forget Nick. Plus she and Nick had real love, not like Lila. Yeah, it’s not like Lila was married or anything.

Then she completely rewrites history, as in the last book. She says that she and Nick were talking about marriage and remembers him wanting to get married, when that’s not what happened. Nick just humored her and did a lot of “mm-hm’s until she shut up. Now she’s acting like they were three hours away from their wedding day when he was “killed”.

Jessica gets to the point where, if this was the real world, she’d definitely be institutionalized. There’s NO way she should be running around campus, free as a bird. She stops changing clothes and wears the same dirty and torn clothes every day. Then she hangs out at the cemetery all the times and spazzes out on Isabella when she can’t remember who she is. Does she not understand how amnesia works?

Then she gets super paranoid that people are following her everywhere. She chases some guy down the street, thinking it’s Nick because he’s wearing a leather jacket. She grabs him and when he turns around and asks if she needs help, she decides that he’s some spy sent to freak her out. She starts seeing spies everywhere and even hides in the closet of her dorm room when someone knocks on the door.

To top it all off, she washes her hair with body lotion, cleans herself with facial scrub, wears lipstick as blush and puts on tanner as foundation. After getting made up like this, she puts on a red and black plaid skirt, clogs and a purple shirt. She then breaks down in front of her professor and runs off in tears, finally collapsing on the lawn. Seriously, why isn’t someone calling the men with the white coats???

So Jessica then cries herself to sleep and decides that she’ll never get over Nick, never move on with her life and never love anyone ever again. At the end of the book, someone starts watching her outside…

I really hate how Jessica got almost an entire book where the main focus was her being crazy! We all know that she goes through men like most people go through socks and we don’t really need all this crap. It also annoys me that NO ONE even attempts to get her any help!


  1. I always thought it was ridiculous that all of Jessica's boyfriends getting killed seemed to not affect her at all. Then we have this one- which actually seemed more realistic to me. When you lose someone you love, you really do feel like no one will ever understand how you feel. Sure some parts were exaggerated but I still thought it was better. So I didn't find those parts wierd at all. The bad thing is that no one even attempts to help her, expecially Liz. If I remember correctly it only gets worse in the next two books.

  2. It was fairly a point. She kind of went crazy, not depressed or sad, just all out crazy. Then of course she falls in love with someone else by the summer.