Sweet Valley Twins #34: Jessica, the Rock Star
The Big Deal: Melody Power concert, some kid’s birthday party
Ever since the Melody Power concert, all Jessica can talk about is being a rock star. She’s dressing “outrageously” and singing at the top of her lungs all the time. As luck would have it, some guys from school (Bruce Patman, Aaron Dallas, Peter Jeffries, Scott Joslin) are starting a band called NRG and they want a female vocalist. When Jessica gets to Bruce’s house for the audition, Bruce’s mother says they can’t practice there until she’s done having Charity Ball Committee meetings, three months from now. Jessica says they can use her basement for the tryouts and can continue to use it for practice if she’s in the band, and after a horrible audition, the boys pick Jessica as their singer. Of course, Jessica thinks it’s because she’s so amazing, but she’s really bad. She’s been trying to sing in a “low, gravelly” voice to sound more like Melody Power, and Liz thinks she sounds terrible. She keeps trying to tell Jessica to sing in her natural voice, but Jessica says Liz just doesn’t know what being a rock star is all about. She’s decided her stage name is Gem.
When practices start, Liz is disappointed to find out that the boys aren’t letting Jessica sing. Every time Jessica goes for the microphone, Bruce asks her to go buy him a guitar string or get him a soda or something. She makes some posters and puts them up all over town, and the boys don’t even thank her when her posters land them a gig. They record one of their practices and let Jessica keep the tape. When Jessica finally hears herself sing, she’s mortified that she sounds so awful. So she finally takes Liz’s advice (she should know by now to do that right away) and starts to practice in her own voice.
Jessica is so intent on practicing that she passes up a trip to the mall with Liz and their mother. At the mall, Liz sees Bruce and the other boys picking out matching outfits for the gig. She overhears them talking about their plan to keep Jessica from singing at the party on Saturday. The party starts at two o’clock, but they’re going to tell Jessica it’s at three-thirty. Liz has no idea what to do. She doesn’t want to tell Jessica what the boys said about her, but she doesn’t want to let her sing in front of people either. So in the end she decides not to say anything and let Jessica miss the party. But then she hears Jessica practicing and she sounds really good, so she’s terribly confused and has to go to her “thinking seat” in the backyard to deal with this.
It takes Elizabeth all night and most of the next day to figure out that she can just tell Jessica she missed a call from Bruce. She tells Jessica she’s supposed to be at the party at two o’clock, and then helps her pick out some clothes that will match what the boys are wearing. Jessica makes Liz come to the party with her. Lila is there, too, because she knows the kid whose birthday it is. The boys are already playing when Jessica gets there, but everyone seems to hate them. Once Jessica starts singing though, the crowd goes wild and everyone starts dancing. At school on Monday, everyone is talking about the band and how great Jessica was.
The next time the boys come over to rehearse, Bruce says he got a call from a high schooler who wants them to play at his party, but he only wants them if Jessica sings. Jessica says she’s quitting the band because she’s missed too many Unicorn meetings and they’ll just have to find another singer with a big basement to practice in.
Setup for the next book: Amy hasn’t heard from her pen pal in a long time and she’s worried.
Jessica bristled. “Just because you didn’t get to go to the concert—” she began, her tone huffy.
“I wish you hadn’t gone either,” Lila retorted. “Then maybe you could talk about something else once in a while.”
Lila is the greatest ever.
The Cover: YOU GUYS, IT’S THAT KID! It must be Bruce, right? Aaron’s the keyboardist and the other two guys aren’t described in any detail, so I guess that girly looking boy is Bruce Patman.
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