Estimated Elapsed Time: 1 week?
The SVH cheerleaders have won the state championships and are on their way to regionals, but Jessica and Heather are still bickering over every stupid thing imaginable. Liz is, for some reason, still cheerleading, even though Jess let it slip that she and Ken used to to totally hook up. When the cheerleaders mistake Liz for Jess and lift her up to celebrate her, Jessica runs off and cries and is super mad at Liz.
Liz tries to tell Jess that she and Ken are over and their feelings for one another are resolved, but Jessica is convinced she’s a boyfriend stealing bitch. Todd is also not interested in hearing what Liz has to say and breaks up with her. By the time the girls are on the bus (they decorated it) to Yosemite for nationals, Todd realizes he still loves Liz. After he and Ken have a huge fight in the hall at Sweet Valley, they decide to road trip to Yosemite to win them back. Great! Not at all boring!
There’s a cheerleading camp with cabins, because of course. The SVH squad is rooming with a group from Alabama, so there’s lots of Southern twang stuff that’s totally hilarious. THEN Heather’s old squad from when she lived in Reno shows up, and Heather gets kind of twitchy. She finds a newspaper clipping about how she was kicked off her old squad, and there’s a special note from Marissa James, who is the captain of the Reno squad. Heather messes up all the routines the next day, but WHY?!
Because the cheerleading camp is girls-only, the boys (Ken, Todd, and Winston, for some reason) can’t get in. Instead of admitting defeat, they decide to dress up as girls. This will end well.
Jessica calls Heather out on her crap, and Heather argues with her before telling her about how she cheated on a math test and got booted from the squad. The girls tell the rest of the squad, who decide that Marissa is the worst person ever. The next morning, the squad finds that they can’t leave their cabin because Marissa has locked the door from the outside (what?) and blocked all the windows. When the girls don’t show up for the contest, the boys (dressed as girls) come and rescue them. Everyone laughs about their terrible cross-dressing attempt. Okay. Jess and Liz make up because the sight of boys dressed as girls makes them laugh so hard they can’t stay mad at each other.
Before they’re set to perform, they decide to prank the dudes and call them up to do a routine. They can just do that in the middle of a competition? At any rate, the dudes suck, but they also start sliding all over the floor. The girls realize the stage has been tampered with. The Reno squad admits to sabotage and are disqualified. The SVH cheerleaders perform and take second place. Everyone makes up with everyone else. Thank FUCK this mini-series is over.
- Despite the super sparkly uniforms on the cover (terrible artwork, though), I’m not sure the uniforms ever look like that.
- Lila makes a reference to the Bobbsey twins, which was about the most exciting thing in this book.
- “Something’s up here, Elizabeth thought, her reporter’s nose sensing trouble.” (25)
A (Totally Unqualified) Critical Analysis:
Although it’s a common refrain on this blog lately, I carried this book around for like two weeks before finally getting down to it. It’s weird, because I love the movie Bring it On, but reading about the SVH cheerleaders and their struggles to reach nationals is so completely boring I can’t even believe I finally made it through. I don’t understand any of the characters or their motivations in this book.
Like, why did Heather think that she had to conceal the reason she got kicked off the squad to the point where she intentionally sabotaged her own team? Why are Liz and Jess the worst? Why is Todd so boring? Why couldn’t the boys wait three days for the girls to return to Sweet Valley? NO ONE CARES.