Sweet Valley Twins #47: Jessica’s New Look

SVT047The Moral of the Story: Wearing glasses isn’t so bad as long as boys still think you’re cute.

The Big Deal: Skate-A-Thon

Synopsis:

There are BOYS sitting at the Unicorns’ table in the lunchroom (a.k.a. the Unicorner). One of them is Aaron Dallas, who Jessica thinks is the cutest boy in school. She wows him with her basketball smarts (suddenly there’s a girls’ basketball team and Jessica is apparently on it?) and he asks her to go to a Lakers game with him and his parents. The other Unicorns are annoyed, especially since Jessica won’t shut up about it.

Mr. Bowman chooses Liz to be a Junior Journalist for a thing the Sweet Valley Tribune is doing. She’s supposed to write about kids making a difference. The fame-hungry Unicorns want her to write about them so they start trying to come up with good deeds they can do. After throwing out ideas such as community curling irons in the girls’ locker room and new uniforms for the Boosters, they settle on a skate-a-thon to raise money for a new encyclopedia set for the library.

Jessica has been having a lot of headaches lately and is having trouble seeing the chalkboard at school. Mr. Bowman tells her she should get her eyes examined because she might need glasses. Jessica is horrified by the idea because only nerds wear glasses. She hides the note Mr. Bowman sends home to her parents, but he calls them anyway and Jessica has to go to the eye doctor.

The doctor determines that Jessica’s eyes each work fine on their own, but they don’t focus well together. Wearing glasses for a few months will solve the problem. Is that really a thing? Seems made up. Jessica reluctantly picks out some purple frames, and she only wears them when she’s around her parents. Things are going fine until the Wakefields go to a movie and run into Lila. Jessica buys Lila’s silence by giving her an outfit she just got and carrying Lila’s books for her at school. Because, you know, her life will be over if anyone even suspects she owns a pair of glasses. I don’t think Lila even cares about the glasses, she’s just irritated with Jessica because she still won’t stop talking about her upcoming date with Aaron.

The Unicorns’ skate-a-thon is surprisingly successful, but it ends for Jessica when her parents show up and see her not wearing her glasses. They go home, where Jessica locks herself in her room and claims she’s canceling her date with Aaron and never leaving the house again. No amount of bribery or trickery will make her change her mind.

Liz tries to trick Jessica into thinking she’s going to ask Aaron out, but Jessica isn’t buying it because Liz is a terrible actress. Liz pretends to admit defeat and offers to call Aaron and cancel the date. Instead, she pretends to be Jessica when Aaron comes to pick her up. Jessica sees him compliment the glasses, and now that she knows she can still be attractive to boys, she decides to keep wearing them and go on the date. Liz runs upstairs so they can switch clothes, and Jessica has a wonderful time at the sportsball game.

Quotes:

Elizabeth put the finishing touches on a peanut butter and banana sandwich and placed it on a plate.

What would “finishing touches” on such a sandwich entail?

The Cover: WHAT A NERD! Actually, that dress is worse than the glasses will ever be.

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Comments
  • Lauri September 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    1. LOL at buying a set of encyclopedias.
    2. Um, I got contacts in the 6th grade. I’m sure the Wakefields could afford them.

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  • Kylie90210 September 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I faked having bad eyesight in second grade because I thought glasses were cool. Karma got me back though, now I can’t see without them and can’t do contacts.

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  • Merrrrr September 22, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    hahahaha kylie I did the exact same thing but in third grade.

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  • Lily September 24, 2015 at 3:49 am

    So glasses are lame, but unable to see is so much cooler?

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  • Natasha October 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I wear glasses.
    Guess I’m a nerd :p

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  • Darren5000 November 18, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I guess eye contacts and laser surgery were unheard of back then, right? Jessica should’ve went to a Lens Crafters for her glasses, but guess Sweet Valley didn’t have one.

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  • Alex Kennedy July 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

    The “Unicorner” has always made me laugh.

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  • Alex Kennedy January 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    This series seems to contain a lot of medical miracles. For example, after only a few weeks, Jessica magically does not need glasses. There was also the SVH book where it turned out that Susanne Devlin[?] did not have MS, but mono. I guess the two are very easily mixed up – after all, they start wit hthe same letter.

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  • Alex Kennedy February 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    “suddenly there’s a girls’ basketball team and Jessica is apparently on it?”

    Hello Shannon

    I think in Book 20, it mentions that Jessica is on the basketball team. After that (when it is convenient and the ghost writer remembers that she is not it,) the readers are reminded of the fact that Jessica plays basketall.

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  • Alex Kennedy March 28, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Lila acts like such a cow sometimes. I think nowdays they call it “frenemies?”

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  • Sweet Valley Forever April 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    A peanut butter and banana sandwich? REALLY? That is one of the grossest things that I have ever read. Liz should be arrested.

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