eating disorders, alcoholism and unemployment, oh my! or Sunset Island #6, Sunset Secrets

These covers are really getting irritated. What is more irritating, Carrie’s jumper or the guy in the short shorts with the parrot? Can you imagine how obnoxious these photo shoots must be?

The gals gear up for another reunion, this time over their spring break. Except they all have secrets. I wonder if that is how they picked the title for this one:

  • Carrie has gained weight during her first year of college, due to stress and her relationship with old boyf Josh. So she becomes bulimic.
  • Emma hates Goucher and is all depressed about rich so becomes an alcoholic (mostly from expensive wine, natch)
  • Sam got fired from her job at Disneyworld and has been waitressing at a Denny’s like establishment and is too embarrassed to tell anyone.

They all plan on heading back to Sunset Island and Graham and Claudia allow the girls to throw a big bash at their mansion while they are not there. Have no idea why, considering Carrie keeps fucking up.
Emma’s daddy buys her a new car out of guilt so she and Sam drive up the Coast together to meet Carrie. They have many madcap adventures and stuff. Blah blah blah.

When they get to Sunset Island, Emma is all mooney with Kurt. Carrie sees Billy and he is dating another gal. This totally broke my thirteen-year-old heart when I read that.

Danny, Sam’s friend from Orlando, comes up with his friend, Kevin.They all have a wild time at the party and decide to go to the beach to watch the sunrise. They are all drunk so Kevin drives. There is a crazy accident and Kevin dies and they all sustain minor injuries, despite being thrown from the car. The fleeting and preciousness of life makes them feel SO ALIVE! They all come clean and admit their secrets to each other. Kevin is forgotten in about 5 pages.

Oh, and all their employers ask them to au pair again next summer. Don’t know why, because at one time or another they all fucked up pretty badly. I feel like this was written to be the last book, but then the series picks up and the second summer lasts about 20 years, and all crazy Sweet Valley High shit happens. In other words, awesome. Like I saud, this stuff needs to be read if you haven’t.

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3 thoughts on “eating disorders, alcoholism and unemployment, oh my! or Sunset Island #6, Sunset Secrets

  1. Merrie says:

    This was the book the was the end of the rest of the series. It was the last one I read the first time around. I recently bought the whole series on eBay and it isn’t pretty.

  2. Amber Tan says:

    “What is more irritating, Carrie’s jumper or the guy in the short shorts with the parrot?”

    The jumper is bad but the guy in short shorts with the pink parrot shirt is downright obnoxious. Who wears short shorts indeed (wonder if he Naired). And, continuing the 1970s theme, I must say that the parrot is reminiscent of those iron-on decals we used to get in cereal boxes…

    “They all come clean and admit their secrets to each other. Kevin is forgotten in about 5 pages.”

    Five measly pages?! That must be the record time for forgetting a character’s traumatic death in a cheesy YA romance. The Wakefield twins would be envious of the SI gals’ disassociative abilities. Well, Jessica would; Liz would probably be all “how could those heartless losers forget that guy they barely knew” before running out to screw around on Todd. Again.

    “…all their employers ask them to au pair again next summer. Don’t know why, because at one time or another they all fucked up pretty badly.”

    Rahlly, my dear, it’s just sooo terr-i-bly haaard to find good help these days. 😉

  3. Carrie says:

    I remember this!! In the accident one character’s ear was partially torn off. The crash was highly traumatizing to me and changed my whole view of the normally footloose ‘n’ fancy-free Sunset Island series.

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