Todd and Jessica's relationship is on the rocks because Todd feels Jess spends too much time at work and not enough time at home. However Jess loves her green cosmetics marketing job Even her flirty, sexy co-worker can't distract her from the work she loves but can she resist the affections of Hollywood's biggest leading man? Elizabeth soon doubts her trust in Bruce when an intern from his company files attempted rape charges against him. Bruce claims he barely knew the girl but she claims he forced himself on her. Elizabeth finds herself in way over her head when she decides to use her investigative journalism skills to help Bruce and ease her doubts. Lila may be a rising reality star but her manipulations to get there bring out the worst in her and may ultimately cost her the one thing she truly loves, her husband. Elsewhere is Sweet Valley, Steven and Aaron constantly fight over how to properly raise their daughter Emma.
In Part 2, "Lies and Omissions," Ms. Pascal gets a little help from co-writer, Cara Lockwood. Todd and Jessica have separated and Jessica has made a potential relationship ending mistake. As Elizabeth gets closer to Bruce's alleged victim, she starts to wonder if she really should be helping him or if the girl's story is actually true. Lila continues her battle to be a reality show queen but a reality show starlet wannabe is fighting for the title. Lila's fight will have to get even dirtier. Bruce struggles to figure out what exactly happened the night he saw his former intern at the bar before blacking out from what he believed to be food poisoning. Bruce's confusion and anger at his inability to remember lead him to a foolish the choice that makes him appear quite guilty.
I love Sweet Valley. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Life is far from dull. I am disappointed in Jessica though. Not because she makes a foolish choice with a man at the risk of her marriage but because she ultimately wants to leave her job in an effort to win Todd back. For once, Jessica has a job that she loves and excels at. The old Jessica would never, give up on a dream just to please a boy/man. I still, despite reading about her and Todd's love in "Sweet Valley Confidential" and this serial so far, see what she see's in her sisters ex-boyfriend who she once considered exceedingly dull. Todd complains Jessica spends too much time at working meanwhile you never hear about him cutting back at The Sweet Valley Tribune where he is a sports reporter.
Lila is a master manipulator and knows how to play the reality TV game. If only she'd put that much focus in to doing something worthwhile like convincing her best-friend Jessica to keep her job. Or develop a real relationship with Ken and tell him that she adores him every bit as much as he adores her.
I am also disgusted with Elizabeth. She has known Bruce Patman almost her whole life and has dated him seriously for three years. She doubts his story about the attempted rape incident because of another incident when they were both drunk in high school, she wasn't herself and he tried to take advantage of her. To me, it's quite a leap from being a drunken, horny high school boy to attempting to rape an intern. Elizabeth has always been very nosy, it's what always made her an excellent investigative journalist. However, these instincts seem to have kicked into serious overdrive. Not only is she breaking her journalistic ethics, she's manipulating Bruce's alleged victim worse than the victim ever claimed Bruce victimized her.
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Check back in 3 weeks for my review of the concluding volumes of this e-serial. Hopefully there will be more to come after that!