May 21, 2010
SVH #41, Outcast: I Don’t Care About Any of These People
Summary: Molly, the chick who threw the party where Regina died, is now an outcast (oh, that’s where that came from!) because everyone blames her for Regina’s death. The only person who will talk to Molly is Buzz the drug dealer, who’s on the run from the cops. For most of the book, people ignore, insult, or talk trash about Molly; in a memorable (well, relatively) scene, Nicholas even yells at Molly while they’re at Regina’s grave. Even Elizabeth is a jerk about the situation until she realizes that Molly has feelings, too, and St. Elizabeth needs to be nice to her.
From there things just get stupid. Molly decides to skip town with Buzz. Elizabeth goes to her friend Justin to try to get him to talk to Molly. He won’t, because…actually, I’m not really sure. This isn’t exactly what you would call a well-written book. Anyway, Elizabeth catches Molly taking a bunch of money out of her bank account and tells Justin, who goes to stop her from running away. There’s a car chase and an attempted stabbing, and then Justin knocks Buzz out. I guess everyone lives happily ever after? I don’t get why I’m supposed to care about these people.
In the B plot, Jessica has a heart! She wants to do something nice in Regina’s memory, so she gets PBA to create a scholarship in Regina’s name. See, Elizabeth, you can do something other than involve yourself in other people’s business.
Thoughts: The Wakefields do some actual parenting, telling their kids not to do drugs. Of course, they waited until their kids were 16 and 18 before doing this parenting….
How did Enid get inducted into PBA? I thought Elizabeth was the only person who liked her.
“The hope drained from Molly’s heart like water from a broken glass.” Look at the ghost writer, all writerly!
Am I the only person who thinks of the principal from Back to the Future whenever Principal “Chrome Dome” Cooper makes an appearance?
Elizabeth sucks at writing. Avoid the passive voice, Ms. Perfect!