Sweet Valley Twins #21: Left Behind

The Moral of the Story: There are no child safety laws in Sweet Valley.

The Big Deal: Nothing exciting.


Sarah Thomas is working on a history project with Liz and Amy, and for some reason she feels the need to constantly state that she hates weekends. If anyone mentions the weekend, Sarah makes sure that person feels awkward about it. Nobody can figure out what her problem is.

Sarah’s dad has to leave town for a week on business and he leaves Annie, his fiancé, in charge of Sarah. The second his car is out of the driveway, Annie gets a phone call. She tells Sarah it was one of her old neighbors on the phone to tell her that Annie’s little sister is sick and she should come take care of her. So Annie takes off, saying she’ll be back the following day. Two days go by before Annie calls to say she’ll be gone until Saturday. Annie told Sarah not to mention anything to her father, so Sarah pretends Annie is in the shower whenever her dad calls and she doesn’t tell anyone what’s going on. She’s not sleeping because she’s too scared to sleep in the house alone, and she gratefully accepts when Liz asks her to a sleepover at her house for Friday night.

Janet Howell tells Jessica she wants her advice about what to do for the Unicorns’ next party. She comes over to the Wakefield house and seems disappointed that Steven isn’t there. She manages to bring up Steven’s name over and over, but Jessica doesn’t even notice because she’s feeling so special about Janet wanting her advice. Jessica finally figures out that Janet is only hanging around to get a glimpse of Steven. She gets pissed and tells Janet maybe she’ll resign from the Unicorns. So now Janet’s not speaking to Jessica, and Lila’s mad at her because she’s jealous of all the time Jessica was spending with Janet. But don’t worry, it only takes two pages to get all that resolved and then Jessica’s life is back on track.

By the time Friday night rolls around, Sarah is half dead from sleep deprivation and she falls down the stairs and passes out. When Liz, Amy and Mr. Wakefield arrive to pick her up and nobody answers the door, they look in the window and see Sarah in a heap at the foot of the stairs. Ned breaks a window to get inside. After making sure Sarah’s alive, he calls the paramedics. He also finds out where Mr. Thomas works, and a call to his company reveals that he’s in Texas.

Ned and the girls go to the hospital with Sarah and after a while Sarah’s dad shows up. He doesn’t understand why Sarah was alone in the house and he makes some phone calls. He finds out that bitch Annie doesn’t even have a little sister. Then Annie herself comes running into the ER waiting room acting like she cares, but Mr. Thomas tells her to fuck off. Annie leaves and then Sarah’s dead mother’s sister waltzes in out of nowhere and says she knew something like this would happen and that Sarah should go live with her.

But no, Sarah tells her aunt she wants to stay with her dad and nobody seems to care that a twelve-year-old girl just spent five days living by herself. Everyone has a great time at the Unicorn luau that Jessica and Janet planned.


Making Janet think she was mature and sophisticated was hard work!

The “hard work” consisted of Jessica ordering cherry cola (when she really wanted lemonade) and nachos (instead of popcorn) because that’s what Janet ordered.

“The whole world doesn’t revolve around you, Lila Fowler.”

“That’s a nice thing to say! Some friend you are!”

Unicorn friends should never let on that the world doesn’t revolve around other Unicorns.

The Cover: I’m pretty sure I had a lion just like that.

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  • Megan December 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    …is something very wrong with Sarah’s arm?!


    Shannon Reply:

    Oh god, you’re right! It definitely does not line up with her shoulder.


  • Sonnie December 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Aw, man…I feel bad for Sarah. I gotta get this one. On her arm. HAHAHA maybe she’s wearing huge shoulder pads.


  • Amiee December 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

    She actually looks like a 12 year old though. Maybe a circa 1980s 12 year old anyway.


  • Whallie December 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    At first, before reading the story, I thought it was Lila on the cover being left behind by her daddy.

    Um…Annie is engaged to Mr. Thomas but he doesn’t know anything about this woman? Okaaaaay.


  • Sucky Stackhouse January 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t wait until you tackle the University series. At least it will be brain-numbing in a whole new way…maybe 🙂

    Also, where the f*ck did Annie go? And honestly, why wouldn’t Sarah just tell someone what was going on?

    Kids are dumb.


  • stella January 25, 2013 at 2:03 am

    this was my absolute favourite svt book!


  • Mandy Miller January 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Omg. Sarah looks like a brunette AnnaSophia Robb! 😀


  • Natasha October 30, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I loved this book. It was the first SVT I ever read so I have a soft spot for this one.


  • Alex Kennedy November 16, 2016 at 7:10 am

    What is it about parents in Sweet Valley going on trips and leaving their kids with strange people? ie Mr and Mrs W left the kids with May in one of the books. In SVH, Ned and Alice often left town overnight or longer, leaving their sixteen year old girls alone – who does that?


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