Sweet Valley High #14: Deceptions
The moral of the story: Two good morals, actually. 1.) It’s best to be open with your boyfriend about any dates you may feel the need to go on with other boys, and 2.) don’t try to hack into the school’s computer system because it could be a crime. We’re not for sure on that, but it definitely could be.
The Big Deal: This book starts where the last one left off, at the I-Just-Got-Kidnapped party. Later, there is a party at Cara’s house.
At the Party that Spans Three Chapters, Elizabeth finally meets Nicholas Morrow, the new guy in town Jessica has been raving about. Nicholas instantly falls in love with Liz. Why? I don’t get it. It’s love at first sight, but since he’s already met Jessica I don’t understand why he’s not in love with her too. Whatever. Nicholas is a jackass, in my opinion, and keeps Liz away from Todd during the party and keeps hounding her about going out with him, claiming it’s not fair for her to turn him down since she doesn’t even know him. Liz is an idiot so she agrees to a date. She goes to find Todd to tell him about it and finds him sulking about how much she’s been ignoring him and hanging on Nicholas all night. Liz, seeing how jealous Todd is of Nicholas already, doesn’t even consider calling off the date. Instead, she just decides now isn’t the time to tell Todd about it.
Meanwhile, Jessica is flirting with Randy Mason, resident computer nerd, in the hopes she’ll get him to teach her about computers and give her an edge with Nicholas. She acts like a dumb blonde (ugh) and I guess Randy likes that because he fawns all over her and does whatever she wants. This is totally unbelievable to me, because in my experience smart guys like smart girls, not dumb ones. Anyway, a few days later, she goes to his house and he teaches her how to “run a program” on the computer and is all impressed when she can do it on the first try.
The twins run into Nicholas at the mall and Jessica is convinced he’s in love with her even though he does little more than say hello. Later, Liz and Nicholas decide to meet at Cote d’Or, a fancy restaurant about an hour outside Sweet Valley. Liz still hasn’t told Todd about the date and it’s eating her up, so she calls Enid for advice. Enid, so wise, tells her she’ll have to go on the date (because she promised!) but that she has to tell Todd.
Jessica convinces Randy to hack into the school’s brand new computer and change her math grade. He does so because men are powerless in the face of Jessica Wakefield’s feminine wiles. Later that night, Randy calls to tell Jessica he’s turning himself in, but tells Liz instead because he thinks she’s Jess. Liz drags Jessica down to the school to confess her own part in it. Mr. Cooper wants to suspend Randy and Jessica, but doesn’t. Wanna know why? Because Elizabeth asks him not to. Honestly.
Finally, it’s date night for Liz and Nicholas. They have a wonderful evening and everything is fine until Todd and his family show up. Panicking, Liz pretends to be Jessica. When Todd gets home he’s still confused by his encounter with “Jessica” so he races over to the Wakefields’ house. Jessica answers the door and Todd kisses her before finding out she’s not Liz. He’s 0 for 2 tonight. He tells Jessica about Liz’s date with Nicholas and pretty soon the two of them are fuming. Todd decides it’s over between him and Liz. Yeah, yeah, heard that one before. After Jessica gets Liz to confess later that night, she forgives her because she really doesn’t like Nicholas that much anymore anyway.
Big basketball game the next night. Todd’s really frakking things up out there because he’s so upset over Liz. Then Nicholas has a talk with him in the locker room and tells him Liz only has eyes for her brown-haired, brown-eyed basketball star. Upon hearing this, Todd gets his ball playing mojo back and goes out to win the game. Apparently there are no other players on the team. Liz and Todd get back together and go to a post-game party at Cara’s house (on a Monday night?), where Todd lets Liz dance with Nicholas. Aw, cute.
Jessica halfheartedly started putting things away in the kitchen.
Just wondering if there’s any other way to do this. What would it look like to wholeheartedly put things away in the kitchen?
“But that’s not a crime…Is it?” she whispered.
“It could be!” Mr. Cooper’s tone sent chills racing up and down her spine.
Oh, Chrome Dome, way to put the fear into those kids!
“Nicholas begged me to. He wanted me to get to know him. I felt I owed him that.”
Liz’s motivation through this whole book makes me sick. She promises a complete stranger she’ll go out with him, and keeping that promise is apparently more important than making sure her sister and boyfriend don’t get hurt. Ugh, zark off, Liz, you and your integrity.
Jessica and the Number 137:
“You know…there must be a hundred and thirty-seven people waiting to meet you.” p. 13
“If I don’t pass, my parents will ground me for a hundred and thirty-seven years.” p. 62
“Enid Rollins is about one hundred and thirty-seven different kinds of nerd.” p. 90
Liz (as Jessica): “Wait until I tell Elizabeth. Then you’ll be in trouble. About a hundred and thirty-seven different kinds.” p. 101
The Cover: Nicholas is pretty handsome with his floppy hair, but damn, Liz looks rough! And I can’t figure out what she’s doing with her hand there. It looks like, “Who, me, go out with another boy when I’m completely in love with my wonderful Todd? Why, I’d never do such a thing!” Lies, all lies.