Sweet Valley Twins #41: The Twins Get Caught

SVT041The Moral of the Story: Your grandparents are probably cooler than you think.

The Big Deal: Big Party


Mrs. Wakefield’s parents are coming for a ten day visit, and Jessica is pissed that she has to move into Elizabeth’s room. She’s also concerned that she’s going to have to spend a lot of time with the old folks. There’s a ton of super fun Unicorn stuff coming up over the next week and Jessica doesn’t want to miss any of it. And Jessica is still angry that her parents won’t let her get her ears pierced because they think she’s too young. Which is just silly to me. In sixth grade I had three holes in each ear and a super cool pair of earrings that had three studs connected by a chain. The Wakefield parents are so uptight sometimes.

The grandparents get to town and everything they do and say makes the twins worry about how old and decrepit they’re getting. It’s stupid. Then brother Steven comes home from a party at the Hangout (super cool new teen club in town) and he’s got a black eye. Apparently a bunch of guys from Big Mesa were there and they were mad about a basketball game they lost to SVH a week ago. There was a big fight, and now Steven isn’t allowed to go to the Hangout anymore.

On Saturday morning, Liz gets up early to make a breakfast of oatmeal and soft boiled eggs for the grandparents (nobody else will eat it), and then the grandparents surprise her by asking her to go jogging around the block with them. And their frailty is never mentioned again. And in other news, Jessica hates Liz’s boring room, so she decides to decorate the walls with a bunch of purple ribbon and pictures cut out of magazines. Liz hates it. It’s never mentioned again and I don’t care.

Jessica goes to the mall with Ellen and Lila so Ellen can get her ears pierced. Jessica wants nothing to do with it so she wanders away by herself and runs into Todd Wilkins. I’m pretty sure this is Todd’s first appearance, but apparently Jessica has “always” thought he was cute, even though he never talks to girls. He asks if Liz is around, and then leaves in a hurry when Jessica says she’s not. Lila and Ellen are totally jealous that Todd talked to Jessica.

Aaron Dallas is going to have a party. It’s going to be the BIGGEST EVENT IN SWEET VALLEY HISTORY. Everyone is invited. Todd asks Jessica if she and Liz will be there, and seems happy when she says they will. Jessica assumes he’s in love with her. The problem with the party is that it’s going to be at the Hangout. As soon as the Wakefield parents find out, they forbid the twins from going.

Jessica is feeling horribly mistreated by her parents, so she gets her ears pierced. (I’m going to interject here just to ask if twelve-year-olds were really able to go to the mall and get their ears pierced without parental permission. Even back in 1990 when this book came out, I would think there would be rules about that sort of thing.) Her parents try to ground her, but Grandma saves the day when she says it was her fault for telling Jessica she thought twelve was old enough for earrings. Grandma also tries to get Mrs. Wakefield to let the twins go to the party, but Alice is being all parental for once and she won’t budge.

Lila goads Jessica into trying to sneak out to the party. While Jessica is trying to convince Liz to sneak out with her, the grandparents come in and overhear everything. And that’s them “getting caught.” Instead of getting them into trouble, the grandparents tell the parents that they should really let the twins go to the party. For some reason, the parents are more receptive this time and they let them go.

The party is marvelous. Todd asks Jessica to dance and now everyone thinks they’re going to be a couple. The grandparents finally go home and Jessica gets to move back into her room.


“Steven!” she cried. “Are you hurt?”

Steven was standing at the entry to the living room. The sleeve of his shirt was torn. There was a scratch on his face. And his left eye was beginning to turn several shades of purple.

Yes, I think it’s safe to say he’s hurt.

The Cover: I don’t even know what scene this is. I guess it’s Jessica on the phone with Lila. I wanted her hair so badly.


  • Leslie April 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    The synopsis is better then the actual book. I don’t ever remember this book. However, I am glad you gave us a synopsis of this book snarkily. The one time the parents decided to be parents and it was stupid. I had my ears pierced at 12 what was the big deal? The Wakefield parents always seem like the never parent when they should and parent when they shouldn’t. Thank goodness they weren’t MY parents!


  • Kanna-Chan April 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I’m not normally a fan of Jessica and usually like to snark at her but even I have to admit the Wakefield parents were being unusually unfair. I mean, it’s kind of rare for a 6th grader to not have her ears pierced and they never said anything about Jessica attending parties in the past.


  • lrene April 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Yay youre back!


  • 137 Times April 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Didn’t Jessica have her ears pierced already in a precious book? Sweet Valley is so messed up. Great snark.


  • 137 Times April 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oops, meant to be previous.


  • lemonypiecrust May 6, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I love Jessica’s purple sweater with the unicorn on it!


  • Alex Kennedy July 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Liz making oatmeal and soft-boiled eggs. Classic.


  • Alex Kennedy July 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Why would Mr and Mrs W give the g-parents Jessica’s room? Elizabeth’s room is probably neater. Better yet, the parents could have booked the g-parents in a nice posh hotel.


  • Jenna October 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I used to work at Classes in the mall and we **never** pierced a child’s ears without a parent present. A note was not good enough.

    Also, my parents didn’t let me pierce my ears until I was 14. You sound like you are way, way cooler than me. 🙂


  • Jenna October 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Ugh, I meant Claire’s, not “Classes”. Damn autocorrect!


  • Jenna October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, and I do have hair just like Jess’s. But it wasn’t cool to wear it like that in 1990. Teased bangs and crimped or permed locks were all the rage. Which I also wasn’t allowed to do. Besides my hair was far too fine to hold curl, even with an entire can of aerosol hair spray. I was such a dork in middle school…


  • Natasha November 21, 2016 at 4:10 am

    This is another favourite of mine. I actually liked most books after 37. Except I don’t know what the big deal is about getting ears pierced?? 12 is not too young. I got mine done at 5 so I won’t remember the pain. My nieces got theirs done at a young age too.


  • Shelley April 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Am I from a really boring town? I don’t understand all these teen dance clubs in books and movies. I never knew of night clubs just for teens. A rare few with 16 and up nights, but none just for teens. It feels like a way to have these kids be able to go to clubs without the plotline of them sneaking in.


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