Sweet Valley High #31: Taking Sides
The Big Deal: Party at Lila’s, and another at the beach
Enid and Lila are both trying to get in Jeffrey French’s pants. When Jessica finds out Liz is helping Enid she decides to help Lila. Lila has a pool party as an excuse to get Jeffrey to come over and Jessica fails to mention it to Liz or Enid. The twins’ cousin Jenny is in town for a visit. She’s fifteen (what a child!) and she idolizes Jessica, but Jessica can’t stand her because she’s, like, such a nerd. Jenny tags along with Jessica to Lila’s party and then lets it slip to Liz the next day. Jenny also seems to be enamored with Jessica’s latest crush, Eddie. She won’t leave him and Jessica alone and Jessica thinks Eddie is just the nicest boy for actually conversing with the little brat.
Jeffrey French is a photographer and he comes to The Oracle office so Liz can show him around. It’s apparent to us that he isn’t really listening to Liz’s raving about Enid and that he’s really interested in Liz, but she doesn’t seem to get it. He asks her to go for a soda at Casey’s and she can’t figure out why he seems disappointed when she says she can’t. She tells him he should go to the volleyball game that night and hang out with Enid. Later that night she finds out Jeffrey went to the Beach Disco and danced with Lila all night. Liz gets mad at him for standing Enid up. Uh, Liz, it’s not like he made a date with her. Chill out. Then she finds out he only went to the Beach Disco because he thought she was going to be there and she finally understands that he likes her.
Enid’s next idea is for Jeffrey to auction himself off in the food drive and she makes Liz ask him to do it. Liz asks him and she knows he thinks it’s so she can bid on him herself. At the auction, Enid bids seventy-five cans of food and wins the date. Liz has trouble admitting to herself that she’s jealous. Enid’s date with Jeffrey is fine, but she realizes they don’t really click.
Jenny tags along on Jessica’s date with Eddie that night. She’s brushed her hair and traded her glasses for contacts, so I guess she knows about fakeovers, but Jessica reflects that “even the dark-colored dress Jenny was wearing did little to disguise the fact that she was chubby.” The three of them go to the Dairi Burger and see Enid and Jeffrey there. Jessica finds out about Enid and Liz’s plot to get Jeffrey and Enid together. She starts thinking of ways to get back at them.
Enid tells Liz that she and Jeffrey aren’t really interested in each other, but Liz is hell-bent on getting them together. At the beach party that weekend she keeps pushing Enid and Jeffrey together and being totally annoying. They both finally get mad at her and she has to apologize to both of them.
Jeffrey tells Liz he’s in love with her, Enid gives Liz her blessing, Jenny and Eddie end up together and Lila consoles herself by remembering what a fabulous social life she has. End scene.
Setup for the next book: Jessica is sick of people confusing her with Liz.
Thick glasses, unkempt hair, at least ten pounds overweight, and dressed in the most unflattering fuchsia sweats, Jenny was, as far as Jessica was concerned, a mess.
One word: Fakeover. Contacts, a trip to the salon and some flattering clothes and this girl will be hotness personified. Of course, there’s still the problem of those ten whole extra pounds…
“I’m so glad Sweet Valley High has a food drive every year,” [Liz] remarked to Penny Ayala, the editor of the paper. “It’s hard to believe there are people in our own town who don’t have enough to eat!”
I call bullshit. There are no poor people in Sweet Valley, and if there are they live on the other side of town and nobody ever talks about them.
The Cover: Wow, the twins aren’t even a little hot on this cover and they look like a couple of bitches.