Sweet Valley High #129: Cover Girls

SVH129The Moral of the Story: Even a glamorous fashion photographer can’t resist a sixteen-year-old airhead.

The Big Deal: Big internship thing.

Synopsis:

It’s not summer, but it is time for another internship for the twins. The high school is letting students intern for two weeks at whatever company will hire them. Most kids end up working for their parents (Lila rudely answers phones for Fowler Industries), but the twins manage to get on at Flair magazine in L.A. Liz will be doing administrative type things while Jessica works as an assistant to Quentin Berg, a super fabulous photographer.

Jessica can’t believe it when she goes into work and nobody notices how gorgeous she is. She’s pissed that Quentin Berg has her doing grunt work; she was sure he’d ask her to model the second he laid eyes on her. Quentin is only in his early twenties, so Jessica figures she’ll get him to fall in love with her and then he’ll put her on the cover of the magazine. Trouble is, he’s already dating super skinny and famous model Simone no-last-name. Jessica meets a guy named Cameron and finds him really attractive and funny and stuff, but he’s a lowly mailroom worker so she convinces herself she doesn’t really like him.

Jessica thinks the best way to get ahead in the modeling industry is to create a portfolio. She gets a bunch of pictures of herself in her cheerleading uniform and puts them in a scrapbook. When she smugly shows them to the hairstylist at the magazine, he laughs at her and tells her some crappy snapshots aren’t going to get her anywhere. Jessica is disappointed, but decides the best thing to do is steal one of Quentin’s super duper cameras and have Lila take some pictures of her on the beach. Of course the camera gets ruined when a big wave knocks Lila over.

Liz is really into her internship, which of course makes Todd jealous and annoying. He shows up at the magazine office one afternoon and tries to get Liz to leave work early with him. Liz can’t believe he’d suggest such a thing and tells him to go hang out with Jessica in the photography department. As soon as Quentin sees Todd, he asks him to pose for him. Jessica is livid. Then Liz comes down and flips out when she sees Todd and Simone posing with their arms around each other. Todd leaves with her, but can’t stop talking about what a wonderful time he had modeling with Simone. Liz goes out with black Maria that night, but she’s so preoccupied and annoyed with Todd that she doesn’t listen to anything Maria says. They have a big fight because Liz is a self-centered brat.

The next day, Liz comes up with this brilliant idea to have one reader a month submit her very own views of fashion and have it published in the magazine. She wants to call it “Free Style.” Her supervisor, Leona, tells her it’s a good idea, but she’s not sure the editor will like it. This sends Liz into a depression and makes her feel like a failure. Oh, shut up. She feels bad and can’t wait for her date with Todd that night. Meanwhile, Quentin is freaking out about his missing camera. Jessica calls Lila to beg for a loan to replace the camera, but Lila’s too cool for that shit. Cameron overhears this and somehow wrangles up a replacement. He puts it on Quentin’s desk with a note from Jessica that says she had it cleaned or something. Quentin is totally impressed with her initiative. Jessica doesn’t know who helped her, but it doesn’t really faze her; someone always bails her out of whatever trouble she’s in.

Liz feels bad for neglecting Enid and Maria, so she invites them to meet her at the office on Wednesday night after work so they can go out for coffee. As soon as they get there, Leona asks Liz to stay late. Liz shrugs sheepishly and basically tells her friends to fuck off. What a bitch. She later says she’ll make it up to them by hanging out on Friday night, but then Leona tells her about some office party that Liz just has to attend. Liz says she really can’t, but Leona insists that if Liz really wants a career at Flair, she’ll come to the party and bring a date. Okay then. Liz knows Todd is downstairs in the photography department, so she goes down there to patch things up with him and ask him to go to the party with her. She finds him making out with Simone.

Jessica has managed to get Quentin interested in her. He wants to take her to dinner on Friday. Then Jessica kisses Cameron. He also wants to take her to dinner on Friday. Whatever will poor Jessica do?

Quotes:

[Enid’s] coppery brown hair, which had only recently fully grown out after she had dyed it black some time ago, swung against her neck.

Yeah, it took me a few years to “fully grow out” my hair after I dyed it black.

“I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard she had silicone injections to make her lips fuller,” Shelly whispered. “And maybe a nose job too.”

“Yuck!” Jessica exclaimed.

A supermodel having plastic surgery?! You’ve got to be kidding!

Todd’s mouth twisted as if he’d eaten something sour. “Visit Jessica?” he asked… “When was the last time I voluntarily hung out with your psycho twin?”

I don’t know. When was the last time you made out with her?

“If you’re going to start giving me orders too now that you’re a hotshot fashion model,” Jessica threatened, “I will personally tell Simone about the time in sixth grade when you cooked a southern meal for social studies and put in too much hot sauce and used salt instead of sugar and the whole class got sick!”

Come on, Jess. You’ve got to have more embarrassing stuff on Todd than that.

The Cover: At no point in this book do the twins go to the beach together. Stupid new photo covers.

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Comments
  • Merrie November 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Liz’s swimsuit looks like my grandma’s shower curtain!

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  • Sandy November 30, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Yeah that swimsuit that Liz is wearing is more ghastly than the one of the pink one piece. Eeeeewww.
    Well this one was a little interesting.

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  • Sadako November 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard she had silicone injections to make her lips fuller,” Shelly whispered. “And maybe a nose job too.”

    This totally reminds me of that Brady Bunch movie scene. “You’ll need to cut your hair, lose weight, get breast implants, etc.” Then Marcia slaps him and is all, “CUT MY HAIR?!”

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    Shannon Reply:

    Ha! I remember that. I loved that movie.

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  • Wendy November 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Elizabeth wasn’t offered her own Magazine to edit??? Quentin didn’t fall at Jessica’s feet and beg her to bo on every cover?????

    This mini series practivally snarks itself.

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  • Lori November 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Jessica didn’t get on the cover? Liz isn’t super writer? Todd cheats before Liz?

    Really Jessica you can come up with better embaressing Todd stories.

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  • Maggi November 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I can’t decide who is more annoying in this one: Liz, Jess or Todd. I also didn’t realize the twins had know Todd since they were kids, did they really?

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    megan s. Reply:

    yes but sometimes the ghostwriter forget that they grew up together AND dated throughout middle school!

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    HelenB Reply:

    Isn’t he the new guy in town in the first book? Or are the twins just fighting over him then because that’s what they do?

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    Shannon Reply:

    I think that yes, he was the new guy in town in Double Love. Then they started the SVT series and went ahead and put him in there.

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  • HelenB December 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

    On the one hand, Todd is a dick. On the other hand, at least he’s noticed that Jess is psycho. Hopefully one day he’ll notice that Liz is, too.

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  • Tracy London December 1, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Yeah, there is just nothing quite as fabulous looking as coppery brown roots and black ends. Nice, Enid.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Enid is tres classy.

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  • Darren December 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Maybe that’s what they need to do in the Sweet Valley rewrite if they ever bring it back:

    ELizabeth literally tells her friends to Fuck off!

    That would SELL actually!

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  • Jenn December 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Hmm, Todd cheats? So Liz will make his life hell for six months and then expect him to forgive her in an hour the next time she cheats, right?

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  • Darren December 2, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Are those the Daniel twins on the cover? I notice when Sweet Valley was on TV, many of the covers had pictures of the actors/actresses from the show, including the second actress that played Lila Fowler on book 137.

    Why is it OK for Elizabeth to cheat, but not OK for Todd to cheat? Todd needs to count off all the times Elizabeth either cheated on him or dumped him, and let’s not forget this Peggy girl Todd dated back in book 84 I believe, after Cara moved off to London. OR Elizabeth dated Kris Lynch that stole her diary, or another time, Rod Sullivan that was dating Olivia wanted a fling with Elizabeth. For anybody to say it’s NOT OK for Todd to cheat, let’s count the ways Elizabeth cheated.

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    Karla Reply:

    Counting the ways Liz cheated. Yet another potential SVH drinking game!

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  • Anonymous June 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Why does Jess need new professional pics? Didn’t she pay a ton for them in book 32 Jessica’s New Look?

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  • Dane Youssef September 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    “Jessica didn’t get on the cover? Liz isn’t super writer? Todd cheats before Liz?”

    Well… Jess can’t get whatever she wants all the time, can’t she? Sometimes…. Tough shit, hon.

    And this time, Todd commits infidelity first. Let’s be grateful. It’s kind of a nice change of pace. These things were just following the same pattern line-for-line for a while. The writers are trying to shake things up.

    Hey, maybe the sonovabitch is finally wising up.

    I remember a lot in the books, Liz would fool around and then Todd would cheat back. Jessica got Todd to fool around with her on more than one occasion.

    And I know that Liz was the best writer at ‘The Oracle.’ The competition isn’t exactly fierce over there, is it?

    But she’s out of her high school domain and now she’s in the big leagues.

    Maybe all this DOES make a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

    The “modeling” story-arc was one of the better ones. Check it out, folks. Seriously…

    And to Shannon… thanks again for all it. You do almost as much for the town of “Sweet Valley” as Pascal herself

    –Having Enjoyed It All, Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef November 10, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I get why they put the actors from the short-live (and much despised) TV series on some of covers, but honestly… what’s with that damn “swimsuit” Liz is wearing? I know that Liz is supposed to be “the good one,” but… honestly, it looks like it was made from the upholstery of a chair my grandmother would have in her living room!

    Hon, just because you’re supposed to the saint… doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re a hundred. That looks like the kind of beachwear women wore in the days of silent films. Have some fashion.

    And no, they never went to the beach together. I guess they just took a bunch of publicity shots and just slapped them on the volumes randomly without even bothering to see if it would be a decent fit.

    Go figure.

    Thanks again, Shannon.

    –All Our Love Possible, Dane Youssef

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  • Dane Youssef January 23, 2013 at 4:17 am

    “For anybody to say it’s NOT OK for Todd to cheat, let’s count the ways Elizabeth cheated.” –Darren

    Hey, that’s a good question there. I’ve been mulling that one over. How many times DID Elizabeth and Todd cheat on one another? They spend all their time apart poking around.

    “Counting the ways Liz cheated. Yet another potential SVH drinking game!”–Shannon

    Oh, whoa, whoa! Hon… don’t do that. You’ll be dead of alcohol poisoning before you’re even half-way through… Come on, these two had as devoted and faithful a relationship as J.R. and Sue Ellen. And every bit as epic…

    No wonder Todd married Jessica…

    Thanks again, Shannon.

    –Gratitude, Dane Youssef

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  • Krista November 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    “If you’re going to start giving me orders too now that you’re a hotshot fashion model,” Jessica threatened, “I will personally tell Simone about the time in sixth grade when you cooked a southern meal for social studies and put in too much hot sauce and used salt instead of sugar and the whole class got sick!”

    Seriously, Jess, you didn’t take photos of his mustache and goth phases? Now showing those would have been a threat!

    “On the one hand, Todd is a dick. On the other hand, at least he’s noticed that Jess is psycho. Hopefully one day he’ll notice that Liz is, too.”

    For real. Psycho Liz is why I’m ok with Dickhead Todd.

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  • Natasha February 19, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Todd is a jealoud and possessive creep. Isn’t Liz allowed to have her own interests without him whining about her. It spending time with him?

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  • Dane Youssef May 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    “Hmm, Todd cheats? So Liz will make his life hell for six months and then expect him to forgive her in an hour the next time she cheats, right?” -Jenn

    You nailed it.

    See, they were made for each other… *

    I truly believe they should die in each other’s arms… at the same time, I do believe they should die in a fire.

    But the important part is that they do die.

    Period.

    –Sincere As Ever, DANE R. YOUSSEF

    * Yes, I still believe they are truly a match.

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  • Dane Youssef May 10, 2017 at 12:23 am

    That is a running theme throughout the series, along with the spun-out implausible plot threads. the teens impossible beauty and perfection (especially during beauty)… and the unending infidelity… Unending… And no matter how it plays out or how monotonous it all seems… or how it seems to keep happening again and again and again… No matter how many times it happens–no one gets that feeling of deja vu; no one ever learns a damn thing…

    –Somewhat Amused By It All, DANE R. YOUSSEF

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