Sweet Valley Twins #34: Jessica, the Rock Star

The Moral of the Story: You’ll never be a rock star if you keep trying to sing like Melody Power.

The Big Deal: Melody Power concert, some kid’s birthday party

Synopsis:

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.

Jem was also truly outrageous.

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.

Quotes:

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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Comments
  • lemonypiecrust July 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    … a highschooler wants a bunch of 12 year olds to play at his party. Damn. That kid must live a sad life.

    Also, we missed you, Shannon!

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  • Shannon July 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve missed being here! I moved recently and all my books are…somewhere. I’ve gotta find them.

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  • Kylie90210 July 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I forgot almost the whole plot to this one… Another book where the Wakefields rock at singing… Sigh. Yay, you’re back!

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  • Noemi July 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Oh, yeah lemonypiecrust, that poor high schooler!
    And yay, your back, is right!
    Also, Bruce is totally that girly dude from the other cover.

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  • Mad Dog July 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Bruce? Looks more like a Brenda to me.

    And yay! This is my first live re-cap. Love, love, love this website. Thank you!

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  • Sharon July 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Why is Aaron snarling on the cover?! I actually really remember this one. Roll on the next book – I haven’t heard from any of my pen pals since the 80s. Totally empathizing with Amy right now.

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  • Whallie July 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Keyboardist Aaron has the worst face ever! It just looks like the artist didn’t know how to draw the eyes. No offense, but very retarded looking. Also, Jessica FINALLY sings awesome and she quits! Just like that!? What is the moral of this story: It’s OK to quit once you’ve practiced enough to become great at it. ??? It feels like there’s something missing. As a singer in a rock band myself, I’m completely horrified.

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  • Whallie July 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, and Jessica…here’s some advice for your “awesome fashion sense”. No one in your band should EVER be wearing a shirt with another band’s name on it. It kind of makes you look like a double douche.

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  • Anonymous July 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It’s kind of extra douchier if they’re wearing their own merch though. I’ve always found that hilarious.

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  • Anonymous August 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

    What happened to the upper half of that creamsicle guitar??

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  • Shannon August 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wallie, I sing in a band too. Also horrified, lol.

    Anonymous, really good question about the guitar. Just sort of disappears into Jessica’s big head.

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  • Jenny March 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

    You know the name Melody Powers, is the same name of the title character in Daria Morgendorfer’s fictional stories about a women who travels the world fighting communism. I can’t believe Daria read SVT

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  • Sophie June 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Oh Jessica, when will you learn

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  • Alex Kennedy July 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

    These people need to sort out whether Jessica and Elizabeth have good voices or not. In “Holiday Mischief,” they apparently sing well. In SVT #18, it was implied that Jessica had a good voice. I have come to the conclusion that the voice issue is contingent upon which book you read.

    If Jessica sings in a “low, gravelly sound” it does not take a genius to realise that she sounds horrible. It might be the case that Jessica needs to spend some more time in the Thinking Seat.

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  • Alex Kennedy July 18, 2016 at 4:48 am

    How convenient that Jessica should have overheard the guys talking about the change in time. Is it the case that all novels/ books/ movies are allowed to have ONE coincidence?

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