Sweet Valley Twins #15: The Older Boy
The Big Deal: Circus!
Jessica has made it her mission in life to meet an older guy. She’s sick to death of being treated like a twelve-year-old. With this in mind, she and Lila go to the roller rink, where Jessica meets Josh Angler. He’s sixteen and can DRIVE! Jessica tells him she’s fourteen and a half, and he asks her out for Saturday night. Jessica knows her parents will never go for this, so she tells Josh to pick her up at Lila’s instead.
Josh decides they should double with his friend Sam Morse. Sam’s girlfriend, Melanie, is a freshman at SVH. This is a problem because Jessica told Josh she was a freshman. She can’t answer any of Melanie’s questions about homeroom teachers and whatnot, so Jessica says she just moved to Sweet Valley a couple months ago. Then Josh takes them all to the Dairi Burger. Caroline Pearce is there and Jessica ignores Caroline’s attempts to speak to her. Melanie refers to Caroline as “Anita’s younger sister” and later mentions that Josh recently broke up with someone named Anita, but Jessica doesn’t put any of this together. Josh asks Jessica out for the following weekend.
Liz and Amy go to the mall a few days later, and a really cute blond guy tells Liz he can’t wait to see her Saturday night. Amy tells her that was JOSH ANGLER, OMG. Josh is apparently some kind of celebrity in Sweet Valley. He plays SOCCER AND EVERYTHING! Liz realizes Josh must have mistaken her for Jessica, and now she’s worried about Jessica going out with someone so much older. She confronts Jessica and tells her going out with Josh would be a bad idea, but Jessica acts all hurt and says she and Josh just talk on the phone and they have a phone date for Saturday. At dinner that night, Jessica tells her parents she’s been invited to stay with Kerry Glenn’s family at their Tahoe cabin that weekend. (Who the hell is Kerry Glenn?) The Wakefield parents would like to talk to Kerry’s parents, so Jessica gets Lila to call and pretend to be Mrs. Glenn. Alice Wakefield is a moron, remember, so of course she falls for it and tells Jessica she can go.
In other news…the circus is in town and Mr. Wakefield has disappointed the whole family by forgetting to get tickets. Going to the circus is a yearly family tradition, but Ned is a doofus. He finally does end up acquiring tickets, but Steven says he’s already made plans to go with friends, and of course Jessica will be at “the cabin.” Jessica calls Josh later that night and asks him what they’re going to be doing that Saturday. He says it’s a big surprise, but they’ll be going with some friends of his. I have a prediction. Do you think…maybe…they’ll be going to the circus? And maybe…there’s a connection between Steven’s friends and Josh’s friends? Hmmmm.
Amy Sutton has been talking to Caroline and she’s found out all kinds of stuff about this Josh character. He used to go out with Anita Pearce, but they broke up three weeks ago. Anita wants to get back together, but she’s heard around school that Josh has met someone named Jessica. Amy tells all this to Liz, who goes home and yells at Jessica. Jessica plays dumb and says Josh lied to her about his age. She promises to tell him off next time she talks to him. Yeah, right.
On Saturday night, Josh picks Jessica up at Lila’s, then gets his cousin Megan. As Megan directs Josh to her date’s house, Jessica realizes they’re driving through her own neighborhood. Oh, dear. While Megan goes to the door to get Steven, Josh tells Jessica he just wants to be friends because he’s still in love with Anita Pearce. Jessica hardly cares because at this point the date is a total disaster anyway. Steven doesn’t see Jessica until he’s in the car. He doesn’t give her away, but hollers at her as soon as they get to the circus and have a minute alone. Then, of course, the rest of the Wakefield clan shows up and Jessica runs off to hide in the bathroom. Anita Pearce walks in and Jessica has an idea. She tells Anita that Josh still loves her and she should go talk to him.
After the show, Jessica’s group runs into the Wakefields and the whole sordid thing comes out. Josh is pissed at first, but he gets over it because he and Anita are getting back together. The Wakefield parents aren’t quite as understanding and they ground Jessica for two weeks. Things aren’t all bad, though. Everyone at school thinks Jessica’s secret affair with an older man is the height of romance, and they think she’s just so amazing for stepping aside so Anita and Josh could get back together.
In all likelihood Jessica was telling the truth, and Josh had just mistaken her for someone else.
Yeah, that’s the most likely scenario…
“He obviously likes you and was afraid – and rightly so – that you wouldn’t agree to go out with him once you knew his real age. But it’s a rotten, rotten thing to do. He could have really hurt you. If I were you, I’d tell him exactly what you think of the way he’s behaved!”
Sometimes Liz sounds like a British nanny.
The Cover: Josh looks like a giant.
Tags: Jessica: Manipulation