Sweet Valley Twins #51: Elizabeth the Impossible

SVT051The Moral of the Story: Never let on to someone how well they’re doing at life. It’s nothing but trouble.

The Big Deal: Model Student contest

Synopsis:

Liz recently won fifty dollars from the Sweet Valley Tribune when she entered a Junior Journalist contest. Today, she’s won an essay contest from Teen Scene magazine. The prize is two hundred dollars and a trip for two to Los Angeles. When Mr. Davis announces a nationwide search for the model student (no word on who is actually conducting this search), Jessica decides to convince the teachers to nominate Elizabeth. She spends the entire day talking to all the teachers she can find.

This weird chick, Pamela McDonald, has been following Liz around for weeks, copying her hairstyles and wearing outfits just like hers. It’s weird and creepy and totally annoying. When Pamela tells Liz she wants to start a petition to get Liz nominated for Model Student, Liz firmly tells her no. But Pamela, along with Liz’s actual friends, keep telling her she’s perfect for this Model Student thing. So when Liz overhears Mr. Bowman telling Principal Clark that Elizabeth is his best student and “she’s the one I’d nominate,” Liz assumes the nomination is in the bag, so she tells Jessica and the rest of her family.

The next day, wanting to look the part of the Model Student, Liz wears the terrible outfit you see on the cover. Everyone tells her she looks like a librarian and Liz almost takes her hair down, but Pamela tells her to leave it. Pamela also urges Liz to make a change at the Sixers after some errors slip past final editing. From now on, all changes have to go through Liz. Everyone is pretty pissed at her, but Pamela tells Liz she did the right thing. Liz continues to act all sanctimonious and annoying. She lectures Aaron when he calls during dinner and tells Jessica she should take up a worthwhile hobby like chess. She makes everyone eat brown rice pudding for dessert and tries to throw away all the junk food in the house.

Amy comes over on Sunday afternoon to play Scrabble with the twins. Things are going okay until Pamela shows up. Amy gets fed up with the sickening compliments and the way Liz drinks them in. She storms out. Pamela tells Liz that Amy is just jealous, and that’s when Jessica dumps her tiles on the board and walks out in a huff, too. Pamela assures her they’re both jealous, and then they go to Liz’s room to pick out some more boring skirt-and-blouse outfits for the coming week.

Caroline starts telling people she’s heard that Todd might actually be nominated for Model Student. Jessica, Amy, and the rest of Liz’s friends all agree that someone else being nominated would be the best way for Liz to quit acting like a dick. So Jessica goes around to some of the teachers, campaigning for Todd this time. When she tells Liz that Todd might get nominated, Liz throws a hissy fit and starts talking about all the times Jessica has been wrong before.

It all comes tumbling down for Liz when she finds Mr. Bowman’s door locked. She assumes he and Mr. Clark are talking about the Model Student thing, so she puts her ear to the door. She almost falls over when the door opens. Liz gets a week of detention, and that’s what makes her realize she’s been a total asshole all week. She apologizes to her friends and tells Pamela to fuck off. At the Model Student assembly, Mr. Clark announces that Sweet Valley Middle School is allowed to nominate two students, and yes, Todd is one of them. And Liz is the other. So even though she’s a total jerkface, she still wins! Hooray!

Quotes:

“Listen, Elizabeth,” Jessica said. “I’m myself, and I’m satisfied with the way I am. I like to waste time. I love shopping with the Unicorns and talking on the phone and going to parties… Maybe I don’t have a lot of self-discipline, and maybe I’m not the most cultured person in the world. But I’m an individual, and I’m happy.”

A round of applause for Jessica. This is the most relatable thing she’s ever said.

The Cover: Ugh, what a brat! I don’t care how much you’ve brainwashed yourself, that’s not a good look. And Jessica looks high.

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Comments
  • KannaChan December 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Jessica’s not satisfied with the way she is. She won’t be satisfied until she’s rich like Lila.

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  • Awin December 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Did you ever find out why that Pamela was such a creepy bitch? I mean, thats some serious Talented Mr Ripley behavior!

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  • Natasha December 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I just reread this one. Pamela basically brainwashed Liz into making her be someone she isn’t. She was such a creepy stalker. I would have been satisfied if Liz didn’t win the stupid Model Student contest. But of course she did. *rolls eyes*

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  • Tiia January 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

    When will you continue with the reviews of swt books?

    I really enjoy reading them 🙂

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  • Alex Kennedy July 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    It seems as if the “Pamela” character appeared out of nowhere. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only book in which she appears.

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  • Jessica is Evil April 1, 2017 at 8:00 am

    For someone who has been portrayed as being “with it” thus far into the series, Liz loses her marbles rather quickly.

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  • Jessica W is an a Bad Person August 4, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Liz acted like a complete psycho in the book. Her personality changed radically. She was so mean to her friends.

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  • This series is very odd August 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    1. Liz’s personality changed too radically in this one. even in the “New Eliabeth” all she really did was curl her hair, but I guess for Elizabeth that is dramattic.
    2. Liz was rude to all of her friends.
    3. She tried dressing in an obnoxious manner.
    4. She tried to tell the teacheers what to do in a mean way.
    5. Shesuggests that JW learn how to play the HARP!!!

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  • KannaChan August 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    @This series is very odd

    Well, in Best Friends, all Jessica did was curl her hair put on lipgloss and wear different clothes and BAM, she looks older and hotter.

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  • This series is very odd October 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

    ^^^I think that might be the point at which JW’s true horrible personality emerged. She starts hanging with the Unicorns who play tricks on people and are horrible to others and are bullies. She just presents as evil and jealous to the point in SWH, she spikes EW’s drink.

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