Sweet Valley High #29: Bitter Rivals

The moral of the story: If your best friend moves to Connecticut, she’ll come back as Jessica.

The Big Deal: Costume party at Lila’s

Synopsis:

Jessica and Cara have started their own column for The Oracle. It’s called “Dear Miss Lovelorn,” and it’s a romance advice column. I sense disaster looming. Jessica is in love with Jay McGuire, but he’s in love with his girlfriend, a senior named Denise. Jessica decides to use her column to convince Jay that Denise is all wrong for him. The column gets Jay and Denise arguing and Jessica seizes her chance to go out with her dream man. They go to Miller’s Point, but Jay doesn’t want to make out because he’s thinking about Denise. So Jessica tells him Denise has been cheating on him. Then they make out. Good lord, she’s a horrible person. The whole thing backfires eventually and Jay gets back together with Denise. Jessica quits writing the column. Anyway…

Amy Sutton, Liz’s best friend from middle school, is moving back to Sweet Valley. Enid is jealous. The very first thing Liz does when Amy moves to town is stand Enid up. So much for being the thoughtful twin. She takes Enid and Amy out for brunch at the Pancake House to introduce them and is oblivious to the tension between her two friends. Liz is pleased when Amy and Jessica actually get along, but she doesn’t seem to really get it when Amy starts hanging out with Jessica and Cara and the other sorority girls all the time and then tries out for the cheerleading squad.

Still convinced Amy is the same person she was in middle school, Liz asks her to come along on a ski trip she and Enid have been planning. Amy agrees, but then asks if they can postpone until the next weekend because Lila’s having a party she doesn’t want to miss. The party is going to be the biggest event of the year (again) and it’s all for Lila’s cousin Christopher, who will be visiting for a few weeks. Lila goes on and on about how good-looking Chris is, kind of taking it to an uncomfortable level. Everyone is all excited to meet him, but Lila’s decided he’s reserved for Amy.

Liz and Enid are supposed to ride to the party together, but when Amy calls needing a ride Enid gets pissy and just goes by herself. Jessica goes to the party as a slutty Cleopatra, Amy goes as a slutty ballerina and Liz goes as a skier to sort of reach out to Enid since they were supposed to be skiing this weekend. I don’t think Liz really gets what high school costume parties are all about. Neither does Enid I guess, because she also shows up in a ski outfit and she and Liz realize they really are best friends.

Lila tries to introduce her cousin to Amy, but he interrupts her to go say hi to Enid, who he met at a summer camp or something. They’re really hitting it off, but Amy keeps getting in the way and trying to get Christopher to herself. She tells Enid to stop stealing people from her and we find out this isn’t the first time she’s threatened her. Liz offers Enid a ride home, but she’s getting a ride with Chris. A few minutes later Amy tells Liz that she finagled Chris into taking her home instead of Enid. Liz gets mad and Amy runs off crying. She leaves with Chris and Enid gets mad at Liz for some reason. I guess she thinks Liz was in on Amy’s plan to steal Chris away from her. But they make up the next day and Liz realizes she can’t recreate her friendship with Amy and everything goes back to normal.

I think it’s interesting that everyone thinks Enid is boring and nerdy, but she always ends up with the hottest guys.

Quotes:

“Christopher,” she said pompously, “is quite simply the world’s most fabulous man.” … “And,” she went on, “he’s six foot two, with really wavy, thick, blond hair, and the most amazing blue eyes. They just sort of pierce right through you.”

Yeah, that’s Lila talking about her cousin.

It had been a long time since Jessica had fallen in love like this…

A whole two books, right?

The Cover: Poor Enid. She will just never be hot. Amy looks like a whiny brat and Liz actually looks pretty good for once. Maybe because for once she doesn’t have her arm around someone in a comforting way.

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Comments
  • Keri April 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Wow Lila, just come out and say, “By the way, Christopher is really great in bed.”

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  • HelenB April 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Yet another incident that makes me wonder why the writers insist that Elizabeth and Enid are best friends! Jess and Lila may be terrible people who spend as much time setting the other up for a downfall as they do actually enjoying the other’s company, but at least you feel like their relationship has a balance of power!

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  • nugirl77 May 5, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Enid has the worst hairstyle in Sweet Valley – the worst! Even Jessica’s odd little curly-cue fringe isn’t as bad as the halo of auburn curls perpetually clouding Enid’s face. We all love a nerd, but this is taking the joke too far! 😀 Aside from her looks, I like Enid and the fact that she drives Jessica crazy with jealousy by being Liz’s best friend. I’m also a huge SVT fan and I was heartbroken that she’d changed from being one of the most down-to-earth girls at Sweet Valley Middle School to this obnoxious, vacuous 16 yr-old. It made me angry enough to want to write my own SVT story about how Amy’s mother gets a job offer with a bigger TV network in San Francisco (all the big, bad terrible things happen in San Fran.) and how 12 yr-old Amy starts hanging around with the Unicorns at school and ignoring Elizabeth because she thinks that only by becoming an air-head at her new school will she ever be accepted as the new girl! Grr! Hence the beginning of the end. You guys, I LOVED Amy Sutton the way she was! 🙂 She was so brave in #4 in the SVT series, Choosing Sides. Double-grr!

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  • nugirl77 May 5, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Let me re-phrase (oops, need to focus when I get on the soap box):

    I’m also a huge SVT fan and I was heartbroken that AMY (Amy, not Enid) had changed from being one of the most down-to-earth girls at Sweet Valley Middle School to this obnoxious, vacuous 16 yr-old. It made me angry enough to want to write my own SVT story about how Amy’s mother gets a job offer with a bigger TV network in San Francisco (all the big, bad terrible things happen in San Fran.) and how 12 yr-old Amy starts hanging around with the Unicorns at school and ignoring Elizabeth because she thinks that only by becoming an air-head at her new school will she ever be accepted as the new girl! Grr! Hence the beginning of the end. You guys, I LOVED Amy Sutton the way she was! 🙂 She was so brave in #4 in the SVT series, Choosing Sides. Double-grr!

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  • Jenna May 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    The Unicorns!! Okay, that cements it. . . I’m going on an Amazon SVT spree.

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  • Jenna May 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’d also like to say that this was one of my favorite write ups. Picturing dorky Liz dressed up in her Mont Blanc ski outfit at a high school party just makes me laugh my ass off. And when Enid shows up in a ski outfit too?? Perfect!

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  • Kylie90210 August 3, 2010 at 1:22 am

    This book, and SVU #1 just proves Liz is a boring best friend. All her friends end up liking Jess better, or becoming like Jess. Ouch.

    I much prefer this Amy!

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  • margie April 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Neither does Enid I guess, because she also shows up in a ski outfit and she and Liz realize they really are best friends.

    Or, you know, hella passive aggressive.

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  • Erica Chestnut September 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I agree about Enid getting all of the hot guys, WTF. Also interesting to note that Jessica is said to always get her man, yet in every book the man she sets her sights on wants nothing to do with her and she ends up completely throwing herself at him anyway. Great job ghostwriters.

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  • Alex Kennedy July 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Amy is such a troll in this story. What a wicked thing to do to Enid. She also does not eat. Perhaps that is why she is always so moody.

    Jessica is also quite nasty when she attempts to break up Jay and Denise. I guess that Jay is one of the few boys in the school that she does not dated and needs to add another one to her scorecard. Another flavour of the month, Jessie?

    Amy and Jessica both need to realise that not all boys desire them. Some people have standards.

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  • Michelle de Voice August 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

    ???

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  • Michelle de Voice August 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    ^Those were supposed to be laughing till you cry emojis!

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  • This series is very odd August 13, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I HATED Amy so much in this book. She was okay before she left SV. She was evil towards Enid and later on in the series SPOILER, she stole Bruce from Regina which was partly attributable to Regina’s death. Amy was just another w hore-ible person. Lila, Amy and Jessica do not have a real friendship. They constantly lie to one another and betray one another. when Liz and Enid have their troubles, their apologies are heartfelt and sincere. JW also behaves horribly in this book. Is it her mission to go out with every guy in high school? Why do some guys wantto go out with her? I mean duuuuh, she is very beautiful, but you know she will try to go with someone else in the next five minutes anyway.i do not blame Enid for being jealous. she seems like the type of girl who does not have a lot of freinds. then she meets Liz, who actually treats her properly. Now you have someone who used to be Liz’s best friend. Of course Enid sees her as a threat and Amy is so selfish. At least Liz realised what Amy was really like.

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  • This series is very odd August 13, 2017 at 4:51 am

    AMY – christopher is NOT inerested in you because he has common sense. Leave him alone. you are not God’s gift to men. You are a gift to a mattress and I am surprised that you do not walk around with one on your back. A young lady does not trick men into falling in love with her. If a person acts sincere, then she will attract the right type of man. It is usually the case that Enid does not have to “pretend.” Christopher liked Enid because she was intelligent, had common sense and not a complete w h ore. Amy is just a little sk ank, like Jessica.

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