Split Decision (Sweet Valley High Senior Year Series #14)

Split Decision (Sweet Valley High Senior Year Series #14)

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by Francine Pascal

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No easy answers for Tia.
When Tia has to make a tough choice, she always writes a list.


No easy answers for Tia.
When Tia has to make a tough choice, she always writes a list.
Too bad this list isn't helping.

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Sweet Valley High Senior Year Series , #14
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Tia sat on her bed, staring down at the framed portrait of Angel in her hands. Funny. She'd always thought his smile was wider than that. And that his eyes drooped more at the corners. Had she forgotten what he looked like already? Or was it that the photo simply didn't do justice to the live, in-the-flesh version of him?

"Give it back! Give it back! It's mi-ine'" Tomás's voice sliced through the wall and pierced Tia's brain like a Ginsu knife. Time for her brothers' daily battle over the Game Boy. Tia lay down on the bed and placed a pillow over her exposed ear, never taking her eyes off Angel.

Should she tell him about what happened at the party? Maybe confessing the whole thing to him would ease her conscience. At the very least she needed to open up about how left out she'd been feeling.

"No fair! I was playing this first!"

"But it's mine!"

"You weren't even here. You were downstairs watching TV!"

"I don't care! It's mine! Give it back!"

"All right. That's it," Tia muttered. She leaped off the bed and ran next door to her brothers' room.

"How much sugar did you guys eat today?" she hollered from the doorway. "Do you even know how to be quiet? Or do you just think you're the only ones on this block with eardrums!"

Tomás and Miguel froze in midargument, their dark brown eyes wide as golf balls. Just then Tia's mother rounded the corner of the hallway and frowned at all three of them.

"Boys, no more fighting," she ordered. "I want you two to go downstairs and settle this quietly." The boys mutely obeyed. As soon as they trudged past, Mrs. Ramirez turned toward Tia and laid a hand on her shoulder."Well, that outburst wasn't like you, Tia. What's wrong?"

Tia raked her fingers into her thick brown hair, grasping her forehead tightly. A sharp pain was throbbing inside her skull. "Nothing," she said. Her mother wasn't exactly the type of person who would understand random party hookups. Tia was pretty sure her mom thought she and Angel were still in the peck-on-the-cheek phase.

"Are you sure?" her mother asked.

"Yes," Tia said evenly. Then she closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. "I just need to be left alone for a minute. Would it be all right if I borrowed the van? I need to sit somewhere quiet and think for a while."

Her mother nodded slowly, wiping her hands on the dish towel she seemed to almost constantly be carrying. "All right. But don't be out too 1ong, okay?"


Tia headed into the hall and grabbed the keys from their usual spot on the table by the door. Free at last! It was just too impossible to have a productive train of thought in this house.

She started up the minivan and let it roar loudly. Then she backed out of the driveway and headed down the street.

The quiet hum of the engine helped her relax, and the brilliant sunshine seemed to be illuminating everything just for her. Tia turned onto the main strip, easily blending into the sparse Sunday traffic.

Sunday. When Angel was here, they'd often meet up at House of Java and talk about the weekend's events. There was nothing more cozy and comfortable than drowning in Angel's eyes . . . and a huge cup of latte. Tia hadn't even realized she was driving toward HOJ until it loomed into view. Some habits must die hard.

No sense stopping, though. She didn't feel like having coffee alone, and being there would only make her feel more miserable. Instead she should find someplace that didn't remind her of Angel.

But where? As she headed down the avenue, every single place held some sort of memory for her. The restaurants. The movie theater. The ice cream parlor and minigolf course. After three years of dating, there was really no place they hadn't visited at least once together.

Without thinking, she rounded a corner and drove down several blocks before turning onto a tree-lined street--a street as familiar to her as her own. Angel's street.

Tia parked the van across the road from his house. For a long moment she sat staring at his bedroom. Fragments of memories flashed past her, like a vivid parade of time. Angel laughing. Angel stroking her hair. Angel surprising her with flowers.

"God, what's wrong with me?" she cried, the van's cramped interior absorbing the sound of her voice.

How could she have even considered being with someone else? After everything she and Angel had been through and meant to each other? What did that say about her? About them?

Covering her face with her hands, Tia slumped over the steering wheel and cried. She felt beyond guilty. And the thing was, Angel was probably the only person in the world who could lift her spirits.

Maybe she should just go back home and call him. Then again, he knew her so well, he'd probably be able to tell something awful was up just by the sound of her voice. Should she risk it?

Tia straightened up and restarted the engine. In any case, she probably should head back. The drive wasn't exactly making her feel better.

After one last look at Angel's house, she pulled away from the curb and headed off. In a way, it seemed fitting she should be driving around aimlessly. Since Angel left, all she seemed to be doing was going around in circles.

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Split Decision 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is da bomb, but also Tia! She is my favorite (even though I have other favorite characters). Even Angel seem to be a great guy, I think Trent is wonderful besides he is cute or he sound like as if he is. Well, read this book. I promise you, you can't put the book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really good! i knew from the beginning tia and angel would break up. i'm glad we can read more bout andy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome series she really struck the gold mine with Senior Year. I have every single book so far and I plan to get every on in the future!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It has some really interesting points and If you love the SVH series you must read this book. E-mail Me
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this book wasn't the best, but it was fairly good. I have to say i'm glad Jessica and Will broke up. He was a mean and i never liked him. I want Jessica to get back with Jeremy, but Evan will be okay. I would like to see more Liz and Conner. They are my favorite characters. I cried when Tia and Angel broke up. I think it is very sad! I'm glad Andy has finally gotten more involved in the book. I hope him and Six get together. She seems very nice, but maybe a little young for Andy, but whatever. I'm also glad that Evan got so action. I hope him and Jessica get together or she gets back with Jeremy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why everyone says this book sucks because it dosen't have Liz and Conner well in my opinion I liked this book because they wern't in it!!! Tia and Angel are the best characters in the book and the only good SVH books are the ones focused on them! Mostly because Angel is SO hot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I love this series and second of all I love this book and I am anticipating the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really upset when Tia and Angel broke up or 'took a break.' It seems like none of the relationships lasted long. I just hope nothing bad happens with Liz and Connor. I'll be sooooo mad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, but not the best! I want to hear more about Liz and Conner! (I saw some other reviews so I know the rest ofyou do too! And what about Maria and Ken? Lets hear abot them! But back to THIS book. It's great if you like to hear about wise-cracking Tia and her battle of boys. She's almost worse then Jessica, but everything gets solved in the end! Not a good solution, but a solution!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this book definetly deserved five stars i absolutley loved it. but then again i am a big sweet valley fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I opened this book, I was not expecting what happened to happen. I seriously thought Angel and Tia were going to last forever. So, in short, this 'break up' will not last long at all. Oh, does anyone think it is about time the writers do something with Liz and Conner? Nothing has happened in the past two books and I want ACTION!!! This may sound weird,but,I also think Tia and Conner may have something between them in the future. You may never know with Sweet Valley...... Andy and Evan finally come into view, but the plots are soooo weak! E-mail me and tell me your opinion about the entire thing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy liked this book, especially about Jessica and Evan, I can't wait to find out if they get together or not, I mean who knew?I liked how it focused on Tia and Angel, but I wish that it had more Conner and Liz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't too bad, but not completly good either. This book mostly focuses on Tia and Angel, and Andy and Jessica. I would like these books to focus more on Elizabeth and Conner's relationship, and also Ken and Maria's. After reading this book, I hope that Jessica never goes back to Will. The Tia and Angel storyline kind of made things interesting. There was one thing weird about this book, though, there was a little part about Lila. I hope that the writer will also write more about this character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, i'm soooooooo sad!!!! Angel and Tia were like THE PERFECT COUPLE and they were supposed to be together FOREVER and EVER and EVER!!!!!!!! that's soooooo traumatc, it's like another earthquake!!!!! I wish this book had focused more on Liz and Conner though, they're so cute together. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sooooo nervous about reading this book!! This series is probably my favorite series because i feel like the people in it are real- when they cry, i cry, when they laugh, i laugh- i know that sounds stupid but its true! After reading 12 books so far i am sooo into them that i just can't stop!!! I really feel like it is part of my life. I can't wait to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good but it was also sad. I'm not going to tell much but angel and tia break up. Well i hope everyone enjoys this book as much as i did. SVHSY books rock!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, let me be honest. I usually love this series, especially since Liz and Conner got together. But, I have to admit, I really disliked this book. All it did was made me feel depressed; nothing good happened. But, I'm hooked on the series, so I hope On My Own has a lot of Liz and Conner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to get this book!The ending of 'All About Love' and this title have me in suspense!I am getting this book the day it hits the selves!Can't wait to hear more on Conner and Liz either!They are the best couple!Go get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was not the best. Tia is dealing with Trent and Angel. Jess is having problems. Andy is having girl problems?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read this book! All I have to say is Jessica & Jeremy forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love ADORED this book! I love Liz and Conn, they're THE best! Please e-mail me! I want someone to talk to about SV:SY and SV:JH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv sy w/ all my heart and i LUV liz and conner!!!since they were 2gether a lot in the last book i'm sure they'll be 2gether in this one.they r so incredibly perfect 4 each other and i'm so happy that they're back 2gether.feel free 2 email me if u want 2 talk abo