Sweet Valley High #74: The Perfect Girl
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.