SVH #47: Troublemaker

6 Jan

Estimated Elapsed Time: 2 weeks?  I can’t make myself care.


Elizabeth has been taking recorder lessons from Julie Porter.  Elizabeth notices that Julie seems to have a thing for Bruce Patman, who is back to his lothario ways after the death of his girlfriend Regina.  She worries that Julie’s totally oblivious to what a total jerkface Bruce is.  The two of them watch as Bruce harasses some Phi Epsilon pledges, including Julie’s friend Josh Bowen, and Elizabeth tries to push Julie to date Josh, who seems nice and non-threatening.

When Bruce asks Julie to be his date at the Phi Epsilon dance party he’s throwing, she’s thrilled.  She ignores warnings from Josh and Liz about Bruce and freaks out when they try to offer her solid advice about him.  Even though she’s been warned that he asked another girl to be his date at the party as well, she’s happy just to be going.  At the party, she makes out with Bruce.  Bruce also makes out with Danielle, his other date.  He pulls Julie into a make out room and turns the lights down low.  He leaves for a minute and turns on some romantic movie.  When he comes back, they make out some more…only Julie’s really making out with Josh, who had no idea what was happening, either.  This part is so alarming that I have no words.  Julie gets mad at everyone and runs away.

Josh continues to try to get into the fraternity because he wants to help Winston restore it to its former glory.  Bruce continues to give him terrible tasks, like getting Jell-O.  Instead of delivering the Jell-O to Julie, Josh dumps it on Bruce.  Then he and Julie make up and kiss.  All is right in the world again.

The B-Plot involves Jessica trying out for another school play that requires her to brush up on her ballet skills.  She works hard and wins the role.  Everyone loves her in her performance.  Yay.

Memorable Quotes:

  • None.  That’s how much this book blows.

Trivia/Fun Facts:

  • The Wakefield family still has a barre in the basement from when the twins took ballet in middle school.
  • Jessica tries on a blue French-cut leotard.  I don’t know what makes it French.

(Totally Unqualified) Critical Analysis:

To be honest, Gentle Readers, I don’t have anything for you.  I hated this book so much that I put off reading it for an extended amount of time.  I promise that the next book I read will come with an excellent recap and a wonderful critical analysis, but for the time being, let’s just move past this book and pretend like it never happened, okay?

4 Responses to “SVH #47: Troublemaker”

  1. snarkvalley January 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Heh! This book was pretty lame. I think you are suffering from SV-overdose. I am starting to feel it hit me pretty hard and I worry about the health of my brain cells.

    One thing I never got about this book is why some of those kids are in the fraternity at all. Like Bill Chase? Isn’t he supposed to be a loner who doesn’t really need to hang out with a lot of people or be very social?

  2. vlb September 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I read this book so many times as a kid that it started to look worn out! I thought what happened to Julie at the party was like the worst thing ever. Lol


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