Sweet Valley High #74: The Perfect Girl

SVH074The moral of the story: Your boyfriend doesn’t need to apologize for spending all his time with gorgeous coeds. If you don’t like it, that’s your problem.

The Big Deal: Super Sundae!


The cheerleaders need to do a fundraiser to refloor the gym, and Robin comes up with the idea of making the world’s largest hot fudge sundae and having people buy servings of it. Jessica thinks it’s a great idea, but later gets annoyed that Robin came up with it instead of her. They’re going to have the event on a Sunday so they can call it Super Sundae. Robin’s been feeling insecure about her weight recently. She still feels like a fat person, and it’s even worse when George isn’t around to make her feel pretty. Sadly, George is going to be taking another flying course (because the last one worked out so well), so he’s not going to have much time for Robin for a while.

George makes a friend in his flying class named Vicky. He tells Robin how smart Vicky is, so Robin assumes she’s really nerdy and ugly. (Don’t worry, Robin berates herself later for her stereotyping.) George wants to bring Vicky with him to meet Robin when he comes to visit over the weekend. Robin would rather be alone with George, but naturally doesn’t tell him so. Robin is shocked when Vicky turns out to be gorgeous. They all go to the Beach Disco. Robin is too miserable to have fun, so she keeps telling Vicky and George to dance together. Then she gets jealous that they’re dancing together. She gets on her scale that night and freaks out because she’s gained three pounds. Convinced she’s going to lose George to Vicky, she decides she needs to start a serious diet.

By her next date with George, Robin has lost eight pounds, but she still thinks she’s fat. She hopes George doesn’t notice her “extra weight.” She needn’t have worried, though, because all George wants to talk about is Vicky. Robin gets depressed and can’t eat her meal, and George can’t figure out what her problem is. He gets annoyed and takes Robin home. Robin starts to get a little bit weird and develops some OCD tendencies. She also turns into a total control freak about the Super Sundae thing and starts bossing the other cheerleaders around.

Robin eventually stops eating altogether and even Jessica starts to worry about her. Robin faints at the Super Sundae thing. Someone calls an ambulance and Robin wakes up in the hospital. Vicky comes to visit her and for some reason tells Robin a sob story about her parents’ divorce. I’m not sure what her point is, but at the end of the conversation, Robin realizes George loves her just as much as he always did. So when she sees George, she apologizes to him for the way she’s been acting. Ugh. Then she tells him she’s anorexic and needs to take a break from the relationship so she can work on herself. Good for you, Robin.


Lois would never be a fashion model, but she clearly had a great relationship with Gene, and her outlook on life was completely optimistic. So what difference did it make if she couldn’t wear size-six jeans? None at all, Elizabeth told herself confidently. None at all.

Lois doesn’t need you to be confident for her, Liz. She doesn’t need your validation. Zark off.

Also, some Douglas Adams for you because I feel like it: By a curious coincidence, “None at all” is exactly how much suspicion the ape-descendant Arthur Dent had that one of his closest friends was not descended from an ape, but was in fact from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and not from Guildford as he usually claimed.

The Cover: Wow. Robin is WAY hotter than the twins. Best. Cover. Ever.

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  • Sadako July 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Condescend much, Liz?

    Also, Robin looks like a real girl! In comparison the twins look like fembots or Real Girls.


  • trappedintheattic July 14, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Um, Robin is super-hot. Team Robin!


  • Jan aka Girl Talk Read July 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Robin is a total hottie! this was my favorite SVH book ever and incidentally George is a TOOL!


  • Kate July 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Robin is gorgeous! I want her eyebrows.

    I’m sure I’ve seen a more anorexic-looking cover than this before. Did they just think that they could make her look eating-disorder skinny by slapping a shirt two sizes too big on her?


  • Kate July 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I know! It was Andrea’s upper arms from two books ago that I found a bit alarming.

    Though, I guess, in their defense, anorexic girls do tend to wear baggy clothing to hide their bodies.

    This is another one of those “real-life bad stuff can happen in Sweet Vally high too, but only when it’s people dying of their alcohol and drug use, eating disorders, and the poor token black kid getting beat up by a racist gang.”


  • Fear Street July 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Wow. Robin is WAY hotter than the twins. Best. Cover. Ever.”

    Agreed. If Jessica could get rid of her bitchface and Liz her smug smirk, they MIGHT be able to measure up.


  • Daners Isadora- Bond Girl July 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I read this book too many times as a kid. And I remember that quote from Liz. I silently hated her from then on.


  • Callie July 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    “Some factual information for you. Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?”
    “How much?”
    “None at all.”

    Also, Robin is teh hawtness, but she’s definitely from Sweet Valley. Only an SV girl would blame herself an apologize when her boyfriend invites another woman along on outings and talks about her non-stop.


  • Shannon July 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Obviously, I agree with all of you. Robin is teh hawtness.

    As a bonus, she’s also the only chick in Sweet Valley with nice hair. No feathered bangs!


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  • R. G. Quimby July 15, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Count me as another member of Team Robin. Despite the fact that she has no boobs, I think she’s still hawter than the other girls. This lack of boobage actually works to her advantage, I think, since it helps to make the SV on her shirt more clear 🙂


  • Kristine November 25, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Yup Robin is gorgeous. This is one of my first SVH books.


  • Hina December 18, 2010 at 3:22 am

    If I was a lesbian, I’d go for Robin, not the twins!

    Team Robin!

    -does inappropriate things to this book cover-


  • Krista December 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Robin was so beautiful. She makes the twins look like cheap Barbies.


  • Alex Kennedy July 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    This is one of the best SVH covers ever!!! You showed them, Robin. Eat your heart out, Jessica W!!! Robin is also a really nice and friendly girl. The only time when Jessica is “nice” is when it benefits her.

    I just do not get the concept of the Super Sundae thing. Would it not melt whilst it was being constructed? Would sort of vessel would they put it in? It is called Super Sundae, so of course the event shall take place on a Sunday. Brilliant idea. From where do these writers obtain their ideas?

    I can completely understand why Robin feels self conscious. After being bullied by the Great Jessica Wakefield as well as pretty much the whole school, who wouldn’t? The poor girl lost eight pounds because she just did not feel good enough for George. For once, the writers seem to understand how an eating disorder can trigger someone to lose eight pounds. On a serious note, I am glad that Francine Pascal chose to introduce an anorexia storyline into the series. The repercussions of being bullied are quite blatant here.


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