Neither Jean West nor her friend Claire Middleton has had a date in ages. So when they each receive a passionate love letter, they're thrilled. But when the girls compare the letters, they discover something horrible: The letters come from the same guy-Scott Trost! Jean and Claire confront the handsome, arrogant Scott. Instead of apologizing, he suggests a dating contest with him as a grand prize.
Elizabeth Wakefield is stunned when Jean and Claire agree to the outrageous plan; her twin sister, Jessica, sees nothing wrong with a little romantic competition. But what neither Elizabeth nor Jessica knows is that their friends are secretly plotting to use the contest for revenge. Everything goes as planned, until the unthinkable happens. It looks as if Jean is falling in love with the enemy. (from Goodreads)
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Okay, so this book was based around the characters of Claire Middleton, who was the first female in Sweet Valley High history to try out for the football team, and Jean West, a cheerleader. Claire has never had a date while at Sweet Valley High (she's a new student so it's not that big of a deal) and Jean, according to the summary, hasn't had a date in ten years when in reality she literally just broke up with her boyfriend like 4 books ago.
Any who, Claire and Jean both receive love letters from the same dude, but we only follow Jean's perspective (I don't think the ghostwriters know how to write Claire, because if my memory serves me correctly (which isn't the greatest but whatever) I don't think we got a point of view from her in her book).
Claire and Jean compare letters and realize that one of the quarterbacks, Scott Trost, has sent them both. They confront him and he sets up a game, he takes them both on a series of dates and chooses his date to the upcoming dance the day before in front of the entire cafeteria. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly), Jean and Claire accept. There's only one problem: Jean has fallen for Scott, and fallen hard.
The rest of the book is her dealing with her feelings, battled with Scott's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personalities, where he's a sweetheart with her and a jerk with his friends. Scott chooses Jean. Jean rejects him. Scott apologizes (*gasp*) and they go to the dance and live happily ever after.
The subplot featured Jessica's obsession with dreams where she's convinced that The One for her is a dude named Jackson who lives in Hawaii. She becomes a dream interpreter and ruins a couple of lives, only to realize that her honey bunny Jackson was a model in a travel magazine she was looking at for her English project.
The set up for the next book features new character Sara, as she struggles with the pain of memories of her twin brother, Tim.
This book wasn't terrible, by Sweet Valley High standards. I feel like I say that a lot, but there are a lot of books where I want to kill Jessica or something, but I didn't feel that way toward anyway except for Scott and that was my inner feminist speaking. It normally feels that way.