Sweet Valley Twins #43: Elizabeth’s First Kiss

SVT043The Moral of the Story: Once one kid has a boyfriend, they’re all gonna want one.

The Big Deal: Bowling. And love is in the air.


Liz has a crush on Todd Wilkins, but Jessica is interested in him, too, and it seems like he likes her. Jessica and the Unicorns are calling him Jessica’s boyfriend, which is kind of weird but whatever. So basically, this is a middle school version of Double Love. Liz asks for Jessica’s advice about boys, and she doesn’t like it when Jessica tells her to pretend to like the same stuff the boy likes. Jessica begs Liz to tell her who she likes, but Liz doesn’t want to tell her it’s Todd because ain’t nobody got time for that drama.

Jessica listens in on a phone conversation brother Steven has with a girl named Candice Stapleton, and she’s grossed out by their flirting. Later that night, Steven brings home a girl named Lindsay so they can watch the hockey game. Jessica wants to know why, since he doesn’t even like hockey, and Steven gets all embarrassed. Liz thinks it’s interesting that her brother is pretending to like stuff to impress a girl. Then Jessica sees Steven at the mall with Candice, and he’s got Lindsay over the next day to hang out. He doesn’t really like Candice but he doesn’t know how to get rid of her. Oh, Steven. I’ll save you the suspense and tell you he ends up with Lindsay.

Liz asks Jessica to give her a makeover, and she goes to school looking like Jessica. She doesn’t really like it, but, I mean, what did she expect? The Unicorns are in awe of Jessica’s work, and they watch as all the boys flock to Elizabeth. They see Jim Sturbridge handing Liz a piece of paper, and they get it into their heads that Jim is the boy Liz likes. Liz tells Jessica it isn’t Jim, but she still won’t say who it is and Jessica is FURIOUS.

The Unicorns spread a rumor that Liz is looking for a boyfriend, so Liz stops curling her hair because she’s humiliated. She doesn’t want anyone to think she’s changing her look to find a boyfriend. Liz tells Jessica she’ll never speak to her again unless she gets the Unicorns to stop spreading rumors about her. The Unicorns stop talking about her, but it’s too late. Liz’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and they won’t leave her alone. Randy Mason even gives her a bracelet, and Liz wants to cry when Todd sees them together. She’s really concerned that he thinks she’s actually out trolling for a boyfriend.

Jessica is super smart and she’s starting to think that maybe Todd really isn’t that interested in her. Whenever they talk, he always asks her about Liz. But she does manage to talk him and his friends into going bowling with her, Lila, and Ellen on Friday night. When they get to the bowling alley, pretty much everyone in school is there because these kids have a serious groupthink mentality going on. The Unicorns end up in a lane next to Bruce, Aaron, and some other guys, and Aaron starts flirting with Jessica. And by the way, isn’t Bruce in seventh grade? Doesn’t he have any friends in his own class? Just wondering.

When Liz gets to the bowling alley with Amy and Julie, the only lane open is the one next to Todd, Ken, and Tom McKay. Todd is being super nice to her, so Liz assumes he thinks she’s Jessica. When they have a minute alone, she tells him he’s got the wrong twin, but he tells her it was really Liz he liked all along, and he never believed the Unicorns’ rumor. They go to Casey’s Place to have milkshakes because that’s what adorable sixth graders do on dates. On the way back to the bowling alley, Todd kisses her cheek. Then Liz remembers that Jessica likes Todd and she feels totally guilty. Not to worry, though. They run into Jessica along the way, and she’s holding hands with Aaron.


She had known Todd since kindergarten. But since fourth grade, she really hadn’t seen much of him.

He’s probably been hanging out with Minkus and Mr. Turner in the other hallway.


The Cover: That shoe looks gigantic. I hate Todd’s face.

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  • anon May 26, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Someone on 1bruce1 mentioned it and this book really is a tamer version of Double Love. And it just makes the massive continuity error of Liz not really knowing Todd in Double Love more glaring.


  • trista May 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Rounds 1 & 2 go to Elizabeth… but in the end… Jessica wins!!!


  • Rebecca June 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    You may have seen this already since it is over a year old, but I thought it was an interesting article by one of Francine’s ghostwriters: http://www.kenyonreview.org/kr-online-issue/2013-winter/selections/amy-boesky-656342/


  • Kylie90210 June 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Yeah, this is cute, but the continuity really annoyed me! Great review though 🙂


  • Dane Youssef July 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    “That shoe looks gigantic. I hate Todd’s face.”

    His face here is a Hell of a lot less offensive and irritating (to mention wanting a fist in the face) that it is when he gets a little older, at least by the American authors.

    Shannon darling, you remember that stupidly-full-of-shit, self-important, Jackass-mug and expression he had on the cover of “Double Love” and “Todd’s Story.”

    Now THAT’S a face you HAVE to hate.

    Still, was this book at least BETTER than the original “Double Love”–by ANY margin?!?

    –As Always, Dane Youssef


  • yoo September 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    its weird to think there are two books where todd picks liz over jess yet he ends up with jess in the end.


  • Jenna October 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Dane, Todd was not on the cover of Double Love. The twins were. Are you thinking of book five, Dangerous Love?


  • Alex Kennedy February 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

    So Liz curls her hair and everybody goes mad. Moral of the story: Stick to the barrettes, Liz. There clearly is not any room for two blonde girls with wavy hair.


  • Sweet Valley Forever April 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

    These books make me so angry. In SVH, the author makes it clear that Todd was new to the area and obviously did not attend SV Middle School? Do the authors think that the readers are thick? It is almost as if they adopt a “1984 like” mentality where the inhabitants conveniently forget things.


  • Dane Youssef May 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

    “Dane, Todd was not on the cover of Double Love. The twins were. Are you thinking of book five, Dangerous Love?” –Jenna

    Oh, busted. Thank you.

    And yes, you know I’m right.


  • This series is very odd August 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    when Amy Sutton “allegedly” had a boyfriend – I think it was in 4 – she gets made fun of. When Liz begins to get some, it is deemed to be okay. There is a HUGE inconsistency and it makes me furious. I know other people have made similar comments- but WTF is Todd Doing at SV in Grade 6/ sixth grade?


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