Sweet Valley High #130: Model Flirt

SVH130Read part one of this miniseries here.

The Moral of the Story: If you’re a dumb jock, modeling can ruin your life. If you’re a Wakefield, modeling is the inevitable next stop on your path to stardom.

The Big Deal: Not much happening.

Synopsis:

Liz just caught Todd and Simone the supermodel making out. She runs away and hides in a closet or something, but Todd finds her. She tells him to fuck off and he gets all indignant and stomps away and then goes out with Simone that night. They dance at a nightclub until the wee hours, and Todd gets his picture in Los Angeles Living the next morning. His parents are not amused. Todd’s grounded. Ha.

When Todd gets to the Flair office the next day, he brings some flowers up to Liz’s floor. The receptionist buzzes her, and a second later Liz’s voice comes over the intercom, saying she never wants to see Todd again. Todd is humiliated, but Liz doesn’t care. She saw the picture of him dancing with Simone and she’s pretty upset about it. She’s decided to totally throw herself into her work and become just like Leona, her supervisor who has suddenly turned into a bitch in this book. Liz still likes her, but you and I can tell she’s a condescending and power hungry jerk.

Jessica is supposed to go out with both Quentin and Cameron on Friday night. She would much rather go out with Cameron because she really likes him, but he’s just a lowly mail clerk and can’t do a thing to further Jessica’s career. She doesn’t want to cancel on either guy, so she gets Liz to help her out. They decide to do exactly the same thing they did in Who’s Who? Hooray for recycled plot lines. Liz takes Cameron first and is surprised to find she actually gets along with him. She’s also surprised that someone who works in the mailroom is so comfortable at Chez Paul, the super fancy restaurant at which Jessica insisted on dining because that was where Quentin was taking her. The twins switch places a couple times during dinner. As you might have expected, Quentin is full of himself and no fun at all. At the end of the night, Cameron kisses Liz on the cheek and thanks her for a lovely evening. He calls her Elizabeth, and Liz realizes it was her watch that gave her away. Because people the world over know about the Wakefield twins and their issues with watches.

Leona calls Liz at home over the weekend and says she won’t be in Monday. She’s going out of town with her boyfriend and she wants Liz to take care of things. Liz does a fine job at the office, but then Leona calls again and says she broke her leg and won’t be able to get around for a few days. She wants Liz to go to her house and feed her cats and shit. Liz is in awe of Leona’s closet full of clothes. She gets really creepy and puts on one of Leona’s outfits and then walks around her condo pretending she’s Leona. Weird. Liz finds a tape recorder full of Leona’s notes-to-self. The tape contains dictation for a letter Leona wants to write to Gordon Lewis, Flair’s president or something. The letter makes it clear that Leona wants to steal Liz’s “Free Style” idea and pass it off as her own. Liz is so traumatized that she goes home and becomes almost catatonic. She stays in bed the next morning and doesn’t get up until Reggie, one of the girls from the office, calls and asks her what’s wrong. Reggie convinces Liz to meet her for lunch. Liz tells her everything, and they decide to go to Gordon Lewis themselves and tell him what a horrible person Leona is.

Jessica exposes some film, ruining an entire set of Simone photos. Simone has already left for the day, so Quentin has no choice but to use Jessica as his model. Just so you know, none of this makes any sense. Is Simone the only model who is ever in this magazine? Do Francine and her ghostwriters really think that a photographer and his model just show up at the magazine office every morning, take pictures until five o’clock and then go home? Whatever. Quentin tells Jessica the board loves her pictures and has given the go ahead to use her again if he wants to. Then he tries to kiss her. And wouldn’t you know it, Cameron chooses that moment to walk by. After the fiasco with dinner on Friday, Jessica managed to convince him she doesn’t really like Quentin, but now Cameron tells her she’s out of chances.

While all this has been going on, Todd’s been getting too big for his britches. He doesn’t appreciate being grounded, and when Simone says he’s too old to listen to his parents, Todd agrees to meet her at another club. He gets caught again. He really sucks at breaking rules. Then he misses dinner one night and his parents tell him he needs to stop modeling because they don’t like what it’s doing to him. Todd decides he doesn’t like their rules so he’s just gonna go ahead and move out of their house. Oh man, I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Quotes:

Elizabeth scowled, feeling like a nobody, a nothing. She felt like her entire self had been made worthless. She could change her interests, but she couldn’t change her looks. She’d never be six feet tall. She’d never look like a supermodel.

Oh, cry me a river. Aren’t you one of those twins with golden hair and a perfect size six figure?

Ever since her obsession with Jonathan Cain, a deranged transfer student who had been at Sweet Valley for a month, [Enid’s] life had been entirely guyless.

Oh, now don’t even try to act like he was just some psycho. You know he was really a vampire.

The Cover: Jessica looks pretty creepy in her weird ugly shoes. This photographer guy looks like he’s about twelve. And why is he just holding that rinky dink camera like that? This is such a stupid cover.

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Comments
  • Callie December 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    That Liz story line is straight from Working Girl with Harrison Ford, Sigorney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. The movie is totally 80’s-riffic, but Harrison Ford without his shirt is completely worth it. *swoon*

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    Merrie Reply:

    I thought the same thing!!!

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    Lauri Reply:

    I totally wanted to say that. Also, Todd’s parents ground him? A Sweet Valley parent parents?

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    Merrie Reply:

    Maybe it’s something they picked up in Vermont.

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  • Maggi December 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Whatever Liz! She’s already had a paper, boyfriends, and I don’t know what else stolen from her, what’s one more idea? Is she really not used to people taking things from her? Hello, does the name Jessica mean anything to her? This stuff should be rolling off her back by now. lol

    Todd grounded…ha ha…moron.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Good point. She really ought to be used to it.

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  • Sadako December 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    How is it even remotely plausible that Liz feels out of place and not as hot as a supermodel whereas everyone thinks that Jessica is hotness personified and love her shots? THEY’RE IDENTICAL! Of course if this were top model, Liz would be better at modeling but Jessica would want it more and they’d both get stomped on as Caridee and Melrose duked it out with stilettos in mud and jello.

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    Shannon Reply:

    You know what really surprised me is that they didn’t throw in some story line where the twins model together. I thought for sure they would.

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  • HelenB December 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    This book is amazing. It’s a scathing portrayal of our society today, where women are expected to rate their looks above all other qualities, and are constantly being told they’re not thin enough, not pretty enough, need to be wearing more make-up, better clothes. Liz represents the everywoman, who fears that her partner will only stay with her until he finds someone better-looking. Todd is a metaphor for our society, who value celebrity above brains and personality, and who are prepared to bend the rules for someone if they are famous.

    Jessica, on the other hand, is very much the hero of the story – she rebels against the constant messages that she isn’t ‘good enough’ because she doesn’t have the right look and is determined that instead of fitting in to society, society will have to accept her as she is. In the end she is successful – but at a price. Her confusion between whether Cameron or Quentin is the ‘right’ choice shows that she is starting to wonder if her rebellion is equally justifiable.

    Seriously, though, this book is terrible.

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    Shannon Reply:

    Helen, I seriously think I’m in love with you.

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    Sadako Reply:

    Me too. That post was teh awesome.

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    Lindsay Reply:

    Me three!

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  • Sandy December 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I was actually craving a twin switch. It has been so long.

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  • Lorelai December 3, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I laughed for a disproportionately long time at Todd getting grounded for partying with a would-be supermodel. Parental win, Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins!

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  • Lindsay December 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Seriously? The restaurant is named Chez Paul?

    When Liz is walking around in Leona’s clothes, I immediately think of Buffalo Bill and his woman suit. And I don’t know why.

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    Sadako Reply:

    Because you’re sick and I love it.

    Also, every French restaurant in chick lit/YA lit/sitcom land is called Chez _______. 😀

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    Shannon Reply:

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure they go to Chez Sam a lot, too.

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    Lindsay Reply:

    I think the story would have been so much more awesome if Liz would have made a woman suit.

    Hahahaha Chez Sam!!! Can’t they even give me a French name? Chez Francois? Chez Yves? Something!

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  • Anonymous March 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    “Oh, cry me a river. Aren’t you one of those twins with golden hair and a perfect size six figure?”

    How can you forget the sparkling, blue-green eyes?

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  • Suzanne April 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Am I the only one who thinks the photographer looks like Seann William Scott (I despise that dude)?

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  • Dane Youssef October 13, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Now, I don’t know if this one is as all-bad as you are all making it out to be.

    I know these damn things are really inconstant. You know the “Sweet Valley” books… The characters are all over the place without rhyme-or-reason.

    Well, there sort of is a reason. See, the characters all represent everyone in the world. Someone out there… is living a life like this.

    I myself was expecting Todd to have another affair with Jessica, maybe while they’re posing for boudoir photos. Doing some turning all about on the catwalk. The magazine loves the heat between them, the chemistry is enough to cause a nuclear bomb. And then the chemistry between them gets so strong that…

    But then, when Liz caught Todd a-pokin’ around… well, if he found out he was making forbidden love with her twin sister… If she found out about the affair between these two right away…

    Well, my guess is Pascal wanted to save all that for something really special… like her “Confidential” book. Yeah, that’s right: “Sweet Valley Confidential.” The very first “Sweet Valley” book of hers that she ever actually wrote.

    And as we all know… when models model together… and do more than modeling… That would make for a Hell of a little book, wouldn’t it?

    Well, it should have…

    Still, this isn’t such a bad one. Believe me, there was far, faaaarrr worse… Yeah, like I’d have to tell all of you, right?

    –In The Minority Of Appreciation For A “Model Flirt,” Dane Youssef

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  • Krista November 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “She’s going out of town with her boyfriend and she wants Liz to take care of things.”

    Is there really no one else besides the 16-year-old intern who can take care of things?

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  • Dane Youssef July 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Really? Why? Is it because you believe in real life, he really is “The Stifler”? I know he has an obnoxious way about him… but that is kind of what makes him funny. Scott always plays “The Stifler.” I actually saw him stretch a little as an actor in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”

    I kinda hated his character, too. A little. But it’s fun to see “Stiffy” get hoisted by his own petard.

    Still, we all gotta hate someone. I respect your opinion. Let’s ALL respect Suzanne’s opinion!

    –All The Best Physically Possible, Dane Youssef

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