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If you have watched any significant amount of television in the past forty years, you probably will recognize a common stock plot for various sitcoms and dramas: Female Character falls for suddenly introduced Bad Boy and begins to wreak a path of rebellion to be with him. Her friends are concerned and try to stop her, but she continues, only so see the light at the end and return to the status quo. That 70's Show did this. Seventh Heaven did this. It was probably old news when Happy Days did it. Sometimes it appears literary form, such as in Runaway of the Sweet Valley High series.

No trend is too outdated and no cliche too overplayed for Archie Comics, so in 2007, they made an attempt at using this plot device as a dramatic tale to launch their new series. And while I love Archie in spite of its cheese and a lot of the time, for its cheese, even I'm questioning this one.

I have not read this particular story, but I want to get my hands on a copy, because it sounds positively LOLrarious. If your library offers Hoopla Digital Services, they have plenty of Archie stories available. (If your home library does not offer Hoopla, but another library in your county does, you might be able to switch your home library to that one and access the services. It's worth a shot.) Sadly, I have not been able to find this one on there, so I'll just be dissecting the summary from Wikipedia.

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