When April's boyfriend Michael becomes obsessed with trying to beat his former best friend Artie in a dirt bike race, April vows to find out what tore the two former friends apart. She must bring them together again--before the feud leads to tragedy. (from Goodreads)
Series: 80 in Sweet Valley High
Rating: 3 stars
This title is kinda wrong. It fits in with the reason, but not the actual plot.
This book follows new character April Dawson, a female dirt-biker, as she battles her boyfriend Michael Harris' (yes that Michael), dirt-bike obsession. He never wants to do anything else. Instead of dates, he wants to stay and fix both his bike's and April's bike brakes and gears... Constantly. He's also fixated on beating his ex-best friend, Artie. The Michael's grandmother gets sick, which is the end of the world. Not because he cares about his grandmother, no because it means he has to miss a race. That is more like training then an actual race. Because he won't be able to beat Artie. Yeah, I'm starting to understand why Michael's engagement to Maria Santelli never worked out.
Michael leaves and April goes to this movie festival (Stars Hollow flashbacks) she asked Michael to go with her to (which he said no to in order to check her brakes) alone. And who does she meet there? Artie. (If you guessed Burn Gorman, if only...)
They start talking, watch the movie together, and everything is set up so you think that they're going to start to like each other. But literally nothing comes of it. They go for pizza, Artie brings up Michael, then avoids all topics of Michael and his feud.
Michael comes back, then Artie and April meet up again at the same movie festival while Michael is babysitting his little sister and April gets the full story: They both like a girl (hence the title), they raced to see who was the better dude, Michael got injured, became convinced that Artie somehow sabotaged him. And neither of them got the girl because she was at the races to watch her boyfriend.
Artie drives April home, where Michael is waiting and blows up, challenging Artie to yet another race, where this time Artie gets hurt. April refuses to speak to Michael, starts mothering Artie in the hospital. Michael brings Artie food from the Dairi Burger, they talk make up, and Michael offers to give up dirt-biking because of his dumb decisions. Artie tells me what a stupid idea that is and tells him to race for the two of them the next day. He does. His partner, Roy, turns out to be April in disguise. The three of them live happily ever after.
Subplot 1: features Jessica as she gets into the world of dirt-biking. Not the racing, just the cheering on, watching part of it. She meets a gorgeous boy named Sam Woodruff (who I've read about in other books when I was a kid so it should be interesting to read his full storyline). She tries to hide the fact that he's a dirt-biker from her parents because of what happened to Elizabeth 74 books before (I did the math, it's been that long). Her parents meet Sam when he comes over when she's not home. The Wakefields love him! Jessica is not punished for lying.
Subplot 2: features Elizabeth as she becomes feisty feminist yet again (I'm loving this) and challenges Todd to a battle of the sexes. She gives him three tasks that are stereotypically female (grocery shopping, sewing an apron and cooking dinner, including chocolate chip cookies) while he gives her three stereotypically male tasks (changing a tire, putting up a shelf, changing a faucet). Both fail, everyone's happy.