Sweet Valley Twins #14: Tug of War

The Moral of the Story: Only nerds can be class president.

The Big Deal: Sixth grade class presidential election, party at Lila’s


Linda Lloyd, sixth grade class president, has to move to Texas, so the sixth grade gets to elect someone new. The Unicorns, of course, think the new president should be a Unicorn. To complicate matters, there’s a question of what should be done with the money the book fair brings in. The Unicorns think the money should go toward a big party for the sixth grade, while Liz and Amy think it should buy a VCR for the library. (LOL, remember VCRs?)

Amy and Julie nominate Liz, and the Unicorns nominate Jessica. Oh, disaster. Jim Sturbridge nominates Randy Mason as a joke. Jessica is sure she’s got this thing in the bag, considering Randy is a great big nerd and Liz isn’t far off. Lila calls Amy and says the Boosters are having a campaign pool party at Lila’s, and when Liz mentions it to Jessica, Jessica accuses her of spying.

So now the twins are fighting, and the next morning Liz’s stack of campaign flyers goes mysteriously missing from the school library. Liz gets in trouble later because they’ve been thrown into the school fountain. While she, Amy and Julie fish them all out, they see Lila and Ellen watching them and giggling. When Jessica finds out what Lila and Ellen did, she gets it into her head that Liz is going to do something awful to get back at her. She goes snooping in Liz’s room and finds out Liz is planning to hold a rally after the soccer game on Friday. Jessica and Lila decide they have to figure out a way to stop it.

Because of her rich daddy, Lila is able to get her hands on a few boxes of Johnny Buck’s not-yet-released single. The Unicorns spread out through the crowd at the soccer game and tell everyone they need to get out to the parking lot now if they want a copy. By the time the game is over, the stands are empty and Liz’s rally is ruined. In retaliation, she draws mustaches on all Jessica’s flyers. A big fight ensues and the twins aren’t speaking to each other.

Randy Mason has his own little rally, and he says he would use the book fair money to throw the party, but he’d sell tickets to get in and use the ticket money to buy a VCR. Liz is too dumb to have thought of that and she thinks it’s a great idea. She’s pretty sure Randy won’t get elected because he’s such a nerd, so she decides to say that’s what she’ll do with the money. She’s sure she’ll get elected that way, and then the school can have the party and the VCR, as opposed to just the party if Jessica wins. However, she feels like it might not be the right thing to do, even if she gives Randy credit for the idea.

At the assembly the next day, Jessica gives a speech that makes it clear she has absolutely no idea what a class president does. All she wants to talk about is the party. When it’s Liz’s turn to speak, she tells everyone she’s dropping out of the race and she hopes all her supporters will vote for Randy instead because he has the best ideas. Then Randy talks about all his ideas and it’s obvious he’s the best man for the job. He wins the election and asks Liz to be his “special executive assistant” and asks Jessica to help him organize the party.


Julie looked worried. “I hope Lila isn’t planning any dirty tricks to play on you.” Lila was famous for her clever schemes.

Elizabeth shook her head firmly. “Even if she does, Jessica would never go along with it. She wouldn’t do anything like that.”

Since when?

The Cover: Liz needs to stop baring her teeth like that. She looks like she’s going to bite someone. And holy Jesus, that button is as big as her head. Literally.


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  • Megan July 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Jessica wouldn’t plan a dirty trick? Oh Lizzie, Lizzie, Lizzie. Remember those words someday. REMEMBER THEM.


  • K July 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My first ever Sweet Valley book! Oh how long ago it was.


  • Anonymous July 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

    why are they wearing pajamas at the assembly?


  • Jenn July 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yup, Lila would never do anything like that lol


  • Children of the 90s August 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I remember this cover so clearly, it totally brings back memories! I think I bought this one at a library sale and spent many subsequent hours trying to get my hair to look like Liz’s does on the cover.


  • Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I love how Jessica’s sign can be interpreted as “Jessica Wakefield is no one.”


  • pibetaalpha September 3, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I loved this book. I also remember the cover so clearly: I thought that Elizabeth’s shirt, with that smocking, looked more like it belonged to a kindergartener! I also think that E & J are channeling “Teacher’s Pet” cover looks/attitudes here.


  • kylie90210 January 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Oh Randy Mason! Don’t stress, you get hot in College and make out with Jessica, just like everyone else…


  • nana adwoa October 4, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I like sweet valley books please bring some to me.


  • Alex Kennedy August 16, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I love the sign. Jessica Wakefield “is no one.” Well said, Jessica.


  • Natasha December 7, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Liz always underestimated Jess. Of course Jess will play dirty tricks on her. For someone so smart Liz sure can be dumb.

    And the ghostwriter conviently forgot Liz is treasurer. How can someone be treasurer and president at the same time? Plus with her editor role at the newspaper won’t she be too busy?? I don’t get it.


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