Party Weekend (Sweet Valley High)

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9780553492330: Party Weekend (Sweet Valley High)

Party like there's no tomorrow....

It's the weekend after the prom, and Sweet Valley High has entered a talent contest at the countrywide battle of the junior classes!  Olivia Davidson is in charge of the team from SVH and she's ready for some friendly, fun-filled competition.  But when the rivalry between schools escalates to a violent level, Olivia may be caught in the crossfire.

In true school spirit, Jessica Wakefield is ready to do anything to make sure SVH's team is victorious--until things start to get out of control.  Jessica is suddenly haunted by images of Christian Gorman--the love she lost forever in a tragic interschool confrontation.  Has Christian's spirit returned to remind Jessica of what's really important?

Book three in a monumental four-part miniseries.  Join the Sweet Valley High junior class as they prepare to wrap up the most unbelievable year of their lives!

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Sunlight shone brightly through Elizabeth Wakefield's bedroom window as she opened her eyes Saturday morning.  It promised to be a typically gorgeous day in Sweet Valley, California, with perfect weather, clear skies, and gentle ocean breezes.

"I can't stand it!" Elizabeth grumbled, pulling the covers over her face.  She squeezed her eyes shut again and tried not to remember the horrible yesterday she'd had.  I never imagined I'd feel this miserable the morning after my junior prom, she thought.

Suddenly the door to the adjoining bathroom, which connected her bedroom to her twin sister's, was flung open.  "Jessica, go away!" Elizabeth groaned.

Undaunted, Jessica marched over to Elizabeth's dresser and began rifling through the top drawer.  "Where's your silver chain-link belt?" Jessica asked.

Elizabeth tucked her head under the pillow, hoping to muffle the sound of her sister's voice.  Jessica Wakefield was like a whirling volcano--totally uncontrollable and unstoppable--and very different from Elizabeth.

Although the twins were identical, with sunny blond, shoulder-length hair, smooth tan skin, and clear blue-green eyes, the similarities ended at the surface.  Inside, they were complete opposites.  Older by four minutes, Elizabeth was the steady, calm twin.  She worked hard in school and enjoyed reading literature or watching old movies in her free time.  Elizabeth planned to be a professional writer or journalist someday.  She was already practicing her craft as a staff writer for the Oracle, Sweet Valley High's student newspaper.  Unlike her sister, Elizabeth took life seriously and played by the rules--usually.

I have been breaking a lot of them lately, Elizabeth thought, feeling terribly guilty.  She couldn't believe how badly she had treated her longtime boyfriend, Todd Wilkins.  But when Devon Whitelaw had come to town, she'd felt an irresistible attraction to him.  Then Todd had found out and tried to make her jealous by dating Courtney Kane, a wealthy snob from exclusive Lovett Academy, whom he'd dated in the past.

Elizabeth had accepted Devon's invitation to the junior prom, but because of a mix-up in their plans she'd wound up going with Todd.  Jessica had tried to cover for her by pulling their old twin-switch trick, going to the prom with Devon as Elizabeth.  When the truth came out, both Todd and Devon were badly hurt.

Elizabeth uttered a deep moan.  She felt a throbbing headache coming on, no doubt caused by her own guilty conscience.

"Is it in your closet?" Jessica demanded.

Elizabeth let out a shriek of frustration and threw her pillow at Jessica.  "I said, go away!"

Jessica caught the pillow and threw it back.  "I've always hated your perky-in-the-morning routine, but this is not the day to start changing your annoying habits, Liz!"

"It's not a good day for you to give up your morning beauty sleep either!" Elizabeth retorted.  'What are you doing up this early on a Saturday anyway? It's not even noon yet!"

Jessica plunked herself down on the edge of the bed.  "We're going to Lila's brunch party, and we need to gear up for battle!"

Elizabeth's stomach sank.  Lila Fowler, Jessica's so-called best friend, had conspired with Courtney Kane to get the twins out of the way at the prom.  Lila had lured Jessica and Elizabeth to a golf cart storage garage at the Sweet Valley Country Club where their prom had been held.  Then Courtney locked them inside, along with Elizabeth's friends Enid Rollins and Maria Slater.

The dance was over by the time Enid and Maria's prom dates finally came to the rescue.  Elizabeth and the others rushed to the country club's private marina for the late night prom cruise, but they reached the dock just as the yacht was pulling out to sea.

Elizabeth would never forget the sight of Lila and Devon standing by themselves away from the crowd on the ship's deck.  Lila's dark hair and expensive black dress shimmered in the moonlight.  She and Devon had been leaning toward each other, their heads almost touching, as if they were sharing secrets.

"I'm not sure I even want to get out of bed today, let alone confront Lila," Elizabeth protested.

"We have to," Jessica pointed out firmly.  "I'm sure Lila wanted to get rid of us so she could steal Devon for herself.  Some friend! How dare she team up with Courtney Kane against me?"

"Courtney Kane," Elizabeth echoed disdainfully.  "I hope they lock that girl away for a long time!"

During the cruise Courtney had pushed Todd overboard to get revenge for his using her to make Elizabeth jealous.  He would've drowned if the twins and the others hadn't followed the yacht in a speedboat.

When they'd found him struggling in the dark, churning water, Elizabeth had dived in after him without a moment's hesitation.  But right after he thanked her, Todd said he never wanted to see her again.  His words came back, haunting her.  I won't play the fool anymore, Liz.

"I don't think Todd will ever forgive me for trying to be his prom date and Devon's at the same time." Elizabeth swallowed against the thickening lump in her throat.

'You can worry about Todd later," Jessica insisted.  "Right after we finish with Lila."

Elizabeth caught her bottom lip between her teeth.  "I don't think Devon will ever forgive me either.  He was so angry .  .  .  and hurt."

"And dear Lila was right there to cheer him up," Jessica said, her voice dripping with disgust.

Elizabeth sniffed.  Last night, after she'd helped Todd into the yacht's rescue boat, she and Jessica had huddled together in their rented speedboat, waiting to be taken aboard.  Suddenly another speedboat had pulled away from the yacht--with Devon in the back and Lila cradled against his chest.
    

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