Sweet Valley High Super Star #1: Lila’s Story

SS01The moral of the story: If you don’t like your potential stepmother, you can expose her as a phony and get a party out of it.

The Big Deal: A party to celebrate Lila

Synopsis:

It’s summer vacation and Lila’s father has been seeing a woman named Joan Borden. Lila hates her. She doesn’t like vying for Daddy’s attention, especially since he’s hardly ever home anyway. He’s been acting funny lately, too, asking her to watch her spending. She gets home from the beach one day and her father asks her about a six hundred dollar charge on the credit card. Lila lies and says she never spent that much money. George says he doesn’t have time to straighten it out now because he’s on his way out the door to go see Joan. Lila gets pissed and doesn’t feel so bad for lying about the credit card charge. The next morning, George tells Lila he’s invited Joan and her daughter, Jacqueline, over for lunch. When they get there, Lila instantly hates Joan and thinks her daughter is sickeningly sweet and obnoxious. After they leave, George tells Lila he likes Joan a lot and he wants Lila to make them feel welcome whenever they come over.

Jessica, Lila, Liz and some others go to a concert. Lila meets a really hot guy and falls in love with him, but Jessica tells her the guy is Evan Armstrong, who’s been going out with Sonia Bentley for ages. Lila is all depressed until Jessica also tells her that Sonia used to have a major crush on Bruce Patman and Evan was jealous of him. Lila decides to try to get Sonia and Bruce together, so she asks Bruce to help her out and hit on Sonia. Bruce wants to know what he gets in return, but neither he nor Lila can think of anything she can give him. They decide she’ll owe him one. This is going to end in tears. Later that day, Lila and Jessica meet George, Joan and Jacqueline for lunch and Lila reflects on what a conniving phony Joan is. Ironic, eh?

Aaron and Winston throw a party at the Beach Disco the next night, so Lila and Bruce decide that will be when they put the first part of their plan in action. Bruce shows up at the party and immediately cuts in on Sonia and Evan and asks Sonia to dance. Then he sits down with them and flirts with Sonia until Evan gets pissed and goes outside. Lila follows him and puts her wiles to work and eventually Evan gets her number and asks her to come to some drag race with him the next day. At the races, Lila does her best to pretend she cares about it, and then she and Evan go out to dinner. She knows she shouldn’t because her father wanted her to have dinner with him, Joan and Jackie, but Lila can’t think of anything but Evan. They have a lovely time and hold hands at the restaurant and stuff. When Lila gets home, she finds Jackie wearing her bathrobe and Joan and George having brandy in the living room. They’re spending the night and Lila is horrified. The next day, Lila goes out with Evan again and they end up making out at Miller’s Point. They start spending a lot of time together and Evan finally tells Sonia things are over between them because he’s found someone new.

George makes Lila introduce Jackie to her friends, so the two of them meet Amy, Jessica and Liz at the beach. Lila’s sure they’ll all hate Jackie, but they get along with her just fine and tell Lila to lighten up. Lila calls Evan that night to bitch about Jackie, but he doesn’t get what her problem is. Evan takes Lila out one night and apologizes for being distracted lately. There’s a race he wants to be in, but it would cost him five hundred dollars and his parents won’t give it to him because they think drag racing is dangerous. Lila wants to loan him the money but doesn’t know how she’s going to get her hands on five hundred dollars. Then she remembers her father’s emergency stash and decides to take the money and blame Jackie. She hides the safe key and one of her own necklaces in Jackie’s room to make it look like she’s been stealing more than just money. Later that night, though, the key is back on George’s desk and the necklace on Lila’s dresser. The next morning, Lila finds out Jackie neglected to give her a message that Jessica had called and invited her to some show or something. Lila’s pissed, but Jackie claims she wrote down the message and put it on Lila’s dresser next to her gold necklace. Ooh, well played, Jackie. George and Joan depart for Hawaii the next day and leave Jackie and Lila alone at Fowler Crest. As soon as they’re gone, Jackie reveals herself to be the conniving, manipulative Jessica Wakefield clone Lila always suspected her of being.

Bruce calls one night to remind Lila she owes him a favor and he finally knows what she can do for him. Lila tells him to meet her at the Box Tree Café, but when she goes to get her keys, she discovers Jackie has taken her car. Bitch! Nobody drives the Triumph but Lila! She takes the bus to the café and Bruce makes fun of her ‘cause he’s a douchebag. He tells Lila he has a bet riding on the drag race and he needs Evan to cancel. Lila’s now ready to kill someone. When she gets home, her father and Joan have come home from Hawaii early to announce their engagement. Oh, just shoot her now.

Lila decides she needs to hurry up and come up with a plan to get the Bordens out of her life. First, she starts acting really happy about the engagement. Then she suggests a joint party for the engagement and for Jackie’s birthday. She pretends to be all excited about planning it. This throws Jackie off guard. Lila makes sure the party will be the same day as Evan’s race, then cries at him about how she needs him with her. He agrees to bag the race. So that’s that taken care of. Lila overhears Joan and Jackie talking one day and finds out they don’t have a cent to their name and Joan is planning to file for divorce and get alimony payments as soon as she and George are married. Lila tries to tell her father all this, but he thinks she’s lying, of course.

At the party that night, Jackie spends a lot of time talking to Evan. Lila gets pissed and Evan says she’s overreacting, but since he cradles her face all seductively when he says it, Lila’s totally okay. The wedding is going to be in three weeks and Lila offers to help plan it, figuring that somewhere in there is a way to expose the Bordens as the fakes they really are. Evan starts coming over every day, but it’s not the same. He seems distracted and annoyed. Then Lila finds him making out with Jackie. Asshole! Aw, Lila, you should have known. If he’ll cheat with you, he’ll cheat on you. Poor Lila runs off to her room in tears.

Okay, wedding day. Lila still has no idea how she’s going to stop the wedding until she talks to the planner, who shows her all the tiny microphones set up around the lawn so that everyone will hear the vows. Lila sneaks a few of them into the sunroom from which she, Jackie and Joan will be walking. As the ceremony is starting, Lila tells Joan that Jackie outed herself weeks ago and she knows they aren’t who they say they are. Joan freaks out and starts bitching at Jackie about how close they are to being rich. When they walk out, it’s clear the entire audience heard everything. George tells Joan to pack her bags and get the hell out. He then announces that since the food and guests are already there, the event will now be an impromptu party for Lila for being so brave and resourceful. Bruce introduces Lila to Toby, the guy who won the race Evan backed out of for her. To get back at Evan, Lila dances with Toby all night. Ha.

Quotes:

“Lila, your father just said the most flattering thing to me at the bar. He said I don’t look old enough to have a daughter Jackie’s age. Isn’t that silly of him?”

“It certainly is,” Lila said.

I love Lila. How could you not?

The Cover: I love Lila’s hair. And I love how she’s all purple. She’s so much prettier than Jessica.

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Comments
  • Anonymous June 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    one of my favorites. lila rocks.
    by the way it’s toby, not tony.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Good call! I just fixed it. Thanks!

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  • tracy london June 12, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    i agree, MUCH prettier than the sun streaked, blue green ocean eyes twins…the twins hair is fug, all the time. Lila rocks it out.

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    Shannon Reply:

    It really is! I hate their hair so much.

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  • trappedintheattic June 12, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Yessssssssss, I loved this book! Team Lila forever, in all things.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Indeed. Lila is amazing.

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  • Jenna June 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Ohhh, I remember this one! I love Lila so very much. Her snarky comments and scheming brain put her on such a higher level that the gruesome twosome sluts. I love how she’s the only one that can ever show Bruce what’s up too. *sigh*

    Also – how dare that cheap bitch make Lila take the bus?? Mr. Fowler should’ve dumped the mom based solely on that incident!

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  • Daners Isadora- Bond Girl July 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I’m so happy to see the big deal is a party to celebrate Lila!

    She always looks like she will cut a bitch should you happen to stumble in her way.

    Lila is so full of awesomey win.

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    Shannon Reply:

    I think every party given in Sweet Valley should be to celebrate Lila.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They dated before it’s mentioned in the first three SVH books when Jess wants to date Bruce she mentioned he already dated Lila, Cara and every other A list girl but her.

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  • Kristine November 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I love Lila here. Her schemes are the best. She’s also classy.

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  • Katia November 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Please please tell me theres a book where Bruca and Lila get together and hopefully live happily ever after? I always felt they should be together

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    Shannon Reply:

    I’m not for sure, but I hear they hook up after they go off to college.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They dated before it’s mentioned in the first three SVH books when Jess wants to date Bruce she mentioned he already dated Lila, Cara and every other A list girl but her.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Book three is where they mention it.

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  • Karla January 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Team Lila all the way. I wanted a horse because she had one in that SVT book…can’t remember the title but it’s #8.

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  • Karla January 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Oh, and I think this was the last SVH book I bought retail, at an actual bookstore. Just sayin’.

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  • S.R. February 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Katia, Bruce & Lila finally get together in the SVU series.

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  • Anonymous April 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Lila looks like Jennifer Connelly

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  • Natalie October 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Definitely my favourite book. Team Lila all the way.

    I just remembered how much I hated Jacqueline, would still love to punch her in the face.

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  • Twisted Sister October 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I hate the twins almost as much as I hate Karen.
    TEAM LILA!

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  • Kanna-Chan September 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I don’t particularly like Lila’s snobby attitude and the fact that she suffers from the “poor little rich girl syndrome”, I have to admit that she is far prettier than the twins.

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  • Lozza March 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    No one has ever mentioned it before, but Lila looks a lot like a young Jennifer Connely, circa ”Labyrinth.” Anyone else see the resemblance?

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  • Natasha December 25, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This was my favourite super star. I love Lila so naturally I love this book and yes I agree. So much prettier than the twins.

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