I only have a few of the “newer” books, and I found this one in a thrift store, so I figured I should recap the last one, which is does at the beginning. Apparently, Elizabeth “I-never-cheat-on-my-boyfriends” Wakefield surprisingly enough cheated on Todd with some random new hottie named Devon. They worked together in science class, and she fell “in love” with him. When Todd found out about her affair, he proposed to her. Devon saw, they fought, and she stormed off because, what woman would want to see two men fighting over her?
Elizabeth is so disgusted with them that she avoids talking to them both. Enid tells her that her cousin went on a trip with Project Adventure, which is a total rip-off, and she thinks it sounds interesting. The trip ends with each person left alone in the middle of the wilderness to fend for themselves overnight. Since Ned and Alice are without a doubt the worst parents alive, they agree to let her go.
Elizabeth is currently not speaking to Jessica because her sister “betrayed” her. Todd started dating Courtney to get back at Liz, and Jessica knew that they were meeting. She called Courtney and Devon, which led to the big fight. Jessica thinks that the best way to get her forgiveness is with a bitching party. She gets all her friends together, and they convince the guys to help.
Todd mopes over Liz constantly because she is the great love of his life. He sees some random dude named Keith, who goes on and on about how nature is the best cure-all for everything. He decides to go with him and his buddies on a mountain biking trip, and he likes it so much that he rushes out and buys a new bike. He also gets all of his friends involved, and they spend so much time outside that they ignore all the party planning. Todd even asks Devon to join them, but Devon just snaps at him and whines about how crunchy things are in California.
Elizabeth goes with her group, which is 100 percent adults. She naturally makes a bunch of brand new friends, and tells them all about her big problems and how she's in love with two men. Suddenly, it's time for her solo trek through the wilderness. She starts imagining that she's seeing things and feels like she's losing her mind. They gave her a beeper to call for help, and she contemplates using it.
Jessica and the girls keep trying to track down the guys, but they act all cagey and weird about what they've been doing. She finally organizes the girls into two groups, and they follow the guys into the woods. Oh, and by this point, Devon has decided to go ahead and join the group. He and Todd even make a deal to stay away from Liz until she makes her own choice. The girls eventually run into Liz who thinks she's imagining the whole exchange. Jess invites her to the Dairi Burger, but she decides that she's strong enough to finish out the day.
Suddenly, it's one day later and time for the party. Jessica wants to get to the lake early, so she asks Liz to pick up the deli platters. Todd shows up and tells Liz that he understands why she cheated (god I hate him) and that he forgives her. He then offers to pick up the platters for her, and they trade cars. Devon decides to stop by and see her too, but he sees Todd leaving. They have an ugly confrontation, and Todd points out that he and Liz were friends for years and he wanted to make sure they could remain friends, before he speeds off.
Jessica calls and flips out when she hears the news because oh-noes, the brakes on the Jeep are faulty! Liz tells Devon, who suggests that she go with him on his motorcycle. She briefly flashes back to her traumatic accident before hopping on his bike. They find the Jeep barely sitting on the edge of a cliff with Todd trapped inside. Devon manages to pull Todd out while Liz holds onto the back for stability. WTF?
Everyone rushes to the hospital to see Todd, but they will only let in family. The doctor calls Liz over because his parents called and said that they wanted her there until they could get to the hospital. She spent so much time crying over him that Devon thinks she loves Todd, and he tells her that she made her choice. She then asks him to go in with her because Todd would want that. Seriously, WTF? And then the book ends with Liz deciding not to date anyone. Seriously.
*Here's what pisses me off: one of the people in the nature group is there because she just went through a divorce after her husband CHEATED ON HER WITH HIS SECRETARY. She literally tells them this on the same page that Liz starts moaning about her big problem. Everyone tells her that it's oh-so-serious and offers suggestions, including the same woman! She even AGREES that you can love two people at once. I would have totally bitch slapped her up and down that mountain.
*I thought Liz didn't remember her accident. Here, she not only remembers the accident, but she also remembers what it was like in the coma.
*I don't like Devon. This is the only book I read with him in it, and I really disliked him. He literally spent the entire book moping over Liz, thinking about Liz, riding his bike to get away from Liz, and the talking to Liz/wondering why Liz won't talk to him.
*You have to love Bruce. He never rode a mountain bike before, but he owns two of them.
*The whole thing with the Jeep is that it's about to go over the cliff, and Todd's body is what's holding it up. I'm pretty sure that Liz sitting on the bumper is not going to stop it.
*Someone suggests that the boys were abducted by aliens, and Maria says that if Winston uses that excuse, he better be ready to show her the probe marks. LOL.
*I don't get why the boys are so secretive in this one. They've surely done worse things before, but they act all embarrassed about mountain biking.
*Jessica's date for the party? Aaron Dallas. Remember him? The guy that Sweet Valley Confidential tells us numerous times that she never liked or found attractive.
*Speaking of SVC, Jessica tells Liz that she has to love Todd for the way that he loves Liz. Ha!
*Liz is such a bitch. She literally sits in the waiting room, thinking about the time she spent in the hospital and how hard it was for her and how Todd was always there for her. Yet, when she gets the chance to see him, she makes someone else go with her. She doesn't really know that they made up/are friends, so why the hell would she do that?