Sweet Valley Twins #8: First Place
The Big Deal: Sleepover at Lila’s
Elizabeth has recently become obsessed with horses and she’s just started taking riding lessons. Coincidentally, Lila Fowler’s rich daddy has just bought her a horse. Because all little girls love horses, Lila suddenly has a million new friends who all want to come to the stable to see Thunder the horse. Lila, basking in the glow of all the attention she’s receiving, asks Liz to write an article about her and Thunder. This makes Liz furious for some reason, but Jessica tells her she should suck it up and maybe she’ll get to meet the horse. Just as Jessica predicted, Liz tells Lila she’ll do the article and Lila invites Liz to the stable.
Lila takes Liz to meet Thunder, and I just want to mention the spare set of riding clothes she lets Liz wear. This getup includes:
- Stetson hat
- Wool-challis shirt
- Matching silk bandana
- Riding pants
- Belt with mother-of-pearl buckle
- Buckskin vest
- Calfskin boots
My goodness. Liz puts on all this ridiculousness and marvels that it all fits so well. Anyway, it’s love at first sight when Liz meets Thunder for the first time. She rides him around like a pro, even though she’s only had one lesson. She has the time of her life, but then she has to talk to Lila about newspaper stuff, and she hates Lila. However, she knows that if she’s nice, Lila might let her see Thunder again. So she starts hanging out with Lila all the time and letting the Unicorns copy her homework. This is scandalous stuff for Elizabeth Wakefield.
Lila mentions that she needs someone to groom and exercise Thunder every day, and Liz immediately volunteers. She begins spending all her free time at the stable, and everyone thinks she’s Thunder’s owner. This causes great inner turmoil (the Liz Wakefield brand of turmoil): Liz feels bad for deceiving everyone, but she still doesn’t tell anyone the truth. As for me, I don’t see why it matters who Thunder belongs to. There’s a contest coming up for riders. Liz really wants to enter, but she doesn’t think she can since she’s not Thunder’s owner. Blarg.
One night, the twins are at the stable and they meet the new stable boy. His name is Ted and he’s smitten with Liz. Jessica is jealous. She is also jealous of all the time Lila and Liz have been spending together. She gets uber pissed when Liz is invited to a sleepover at Lila’s. Of course, it’s not like Liz has any fun. All the Unicorns want to do is gossip and watch music videos. (What does Liz do at slumber parties? That sounds about right to me…) When they start making fun of Amy and saying no boy will ever like her, Liz blurts out that Ken Matthews kissed Amy at Julie Porter’s party last week. She’s immediately sorry because the kiss was supposed to be a secret, and she asks the Unicorns to promise they won’t say anything. Yeah, right.
Ted the stable boy has become friends with Steven and he comes over to the Wakefield house for dinner one night. Naturally, it comes out that Liz is not Thunder’s owner. She’s beyond humiliated. Ted doesn’t give a crap and thinks Liz should enter the contest anyway. Liz is super excited about the contest, but she doesn’t tell anyone but Amy.
Bored….bored bored bored.
Finally, the day of the competition arrives. After school, the Unicorns start making kissy sounds at Amy. Lila says Liz told them all about Amy and Ken kissing at Julie’s party. Amy gets pissed and blabs about Liz and the riding competition. Both angry, Amy and Lila rush to the stable to yell at Liz. But before anyone gets a chance to say anything to her, Liz goes off on Lila and tells her she’s sick of pretending to like her. She says Thunder would be sure to win the competition, but it’s too bad because Liz isn’t going to ride him even though she really wants to. She stalks off, followed by Amy, who is too awed by Liz’s sacrifice to be mad anymore. Lila calls after Liz and tries to convince her to compete, but Liz won’t do it because she knows Lila just wants the trophy. Who cares? Just ride the damned horse. But you know Liz and her boring morals. Ted enters the competition instead, Thunder wins and Ted offers to buy Thunder from Lila. Yay.
Setup for the next book: A girl from the wrong side of the tracks wants to join the Sixers. Caroline Pearce does not approve.
The car pulled into the curved driveway and stopped in front of the Fowlers’ Georgian house. Elizabeth admired the formal boxwood garden and the long, manicured lawn. But there was something missing, she thought. For all its perfect beauty, it just didn’t look like the kind of place she could call home.
That’s because a house just isn’t a home unless it’s a split-level ranch on Calico Drive, right?
The Cover: Liz looks like she learned that pose from an angry dominatrix, but look at the grip she’s got on that whip! I think she really wants to beat the crap out of Lila and her weird long neck.
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