Friday, March 21, 2014

Sweet Valley Twins #76: Yours for a Day

Mandy Miller totally like-likes Peter Jeffries. I know this because it was mentioned in a previous book, but now she doesn't know if he likes her. There's a big dance coming up for Valentine's Day, and she wants to ask him to the dance but she isn't sure if he'll say yes or even if he likes her. In the midst of all this, the Unicorns decide to throw a big fundraiser to raise money for the hospital.

They decide to call it Yours for a Day. Kids can sign up to be a servant or they can be a master. Masters have to pay $5 for one day or $10 for two days, and their parents will match their donations. Since this is Sweet Valley and everyone wants to help everyone, they end up with the exact same amount of servants as they do masters.

Jessica winds up with Lloyd, who is pissed that she lied about the earthquake in the last book. He makes things pretty hellish for her. She has to eat a bunch of random cafeteria food, help him with science experiments, and even bring him donuts in the morning. Jessica's servant is Mandy, and she has just one thing for her to do: ask Peter to the dance. Mandy flips out, whines for a long time, and finally gets the balls to do it. The only problem is that Peter already has a date. He's going to the dance with Grace Oliver.

At the same time, Amy and Elizabeth are annoyed with Ken and Todd. They all played tennis, the boys won, and now they won't shut up about it. The girls switch their vanilla pudding with mayonnaise, which leads to the boys declaring a prank war. The guys make them think they have a big surprise planned for them, lead them on a treasure hunt, and rig the door so a bucket of water falls on them. They then tell the girls not to be wet blankets and come to the dance with them.

Elizabeth asks Jessica to rig the master-servant drawing so they can get the boys' names. They make Ken and Todd wear funny ties, answer a bunch of questions wrong, and walk on their hands in the cafeteria. The boys surprisingly go along with everything without any complaints, but the girls wonder if they have something else in mind. Amy gets a little misty eyed though and decides that Ken is the best boyfriend ever.

Mandy decides that Jessica knew Peter had a date and just told her to ask him to the dance as a prank. She trades servants with a bunch of people in school so she can have Jessica. Mandy then makes her sing "Feelings" in the middle of the cafeteria with everyone watching. Jessica finds out that Grace only asked Peter because she had a fight with Winston. She trades servants again, so that Grace winds up with Winston and they make up. The only problem is that Janet winds up being Lloyd's partner and she isn't happy.

Jessica calls Peter to ask him for Mandy, and she learns that he already asked her, so everyone winds up happy. Ken and Todd bring Amy and Elizabeth a bunch of gifts and corsages, but the girls can't stop sneezing. Liz realizes that they put sneezing powder in the flowers, and they share a big laugh. Mandy apologizes to Jessica for making her sing in school, and Elizabeth tricks the guys into singing at the dance. Lloyd then pops up with a gift certificate signed by Janet, which guarantees him one last day with Jessica. Jessica then sets it up so Mandy has to spend some time with him too just to get back at her.

*Elizabeth acts like anyone can stand upside down and walk on their hands, and neither one of the guys have any problems doing it. Yup, I don't even think I could get upside down on my head, let alone support my weight with my hands.

*The Unicorns raise $800 for the hospital, but Lila points out that her dad couldn't donate too much since he just paid for a new wing at the hospital.

*I swear that Mandy and Peter went out on different dates in previous books, but she doesn't even know if he likes her here.

*What middle school kid would actually volunteer to let someone boss them around for a day or two?

*Jessica says that they aren't allowed to make their servants pay for things or buy them things, but Lloyd calls her first thing in the morning and makes her buy him donuts.

*Grace is a Unicorn, but no one knows she asked Peter to the dance until he tells Mandy. Jessica makes some comment about Grace being out sick, but it doesn't even make sense! She's supposedly so sick that she couldn't help them make posters or arrange anything for the fundraiser, but she's well enough to ask him to the dance in school.

*The middle school boys all wear suits or blazers with ties for the dance. Yup, that totally sounds realistic.

*Mandy is the one without a lot of money, but when she asks her mom to buy her a new dress for the dance, literally the night before, her mom doesn't have a problem with it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweet Valley Twins Super Edition #7: Jessica's Animal Instincts

For some strange reason, Sweet Valley Middle School students have the chance to do summer internships. Jessica tells Steven about working at the makeup counter at the mall, but he points out that it's three days before the internship should start and that if she hasn't heard back yet, she probably didn't get the job. She calls the store, only to find out that the woman in charge of stuff like that is gone for the day. Elizabeth shows up with some big news. She entered their names in a job lottery, and they both got jobs working at the zoo along with Bruce and Melissa McCormack.

Zoos freak out Jessica, but she agrees to go for one day. She gets assigned a job working in the bear habitat, but she refuses to actually do any real work. She spends the day calling the mall, only to learn that the woman didn't receive her application. Jessica leaves early to go to the mall, and she tries to apply to dozens of different stores. Each one turns her down because she applied too late or for you know, legal reasons.

The next day, the head of the bear habitat, Justin, comes in with some big news. Someone just caught a mother bear and her cub at a mall, and they're bringing in the bears. When they arrive, he leaves her in charge to check out a few things. The mother bear ends up dying, and Jessica goes in and saves the baby. He grows attached to her and she names him Gus after her teddy bear.

The lady from the mall calls and ask Jessica to start work that day. Jessica quits the zoo, but spend the whole day thinking about Gus, wishing she was there, and hating on everyone else. She goes back to the zoo after Justin tries to use Elizabeth in her place. Gus won't even let her hold him, but he runs to Jessica. She agrees to quit her job and take over caring for him.

Elizabeth gets a job working in the monkey habitat, and the keeper keeps telling her about how smart all the monkeys are. She doesn't see it until one of the monkeys, Spanky, starts playing pranks on her. Spanky eventually escapes from the zoo, and no matter what she does, she can't catch him. He shows up on her street, at the library, at the ice cream shop, and even in her backyard. When she finally gives in and admits that monkeys are smart, Spanks shows up at the zoo and turns himself in.

Bruce, as it turns out, is terrified of birds, which makes it rough when he lands in the aviary with Melissa. Though he tries to hide his fears, she realizes that he's scared when he keeps shaking and making up excuses to escape. Bruce takes over a job watching a new group of eggs, because eggs are less scary than birds. One of the eggs hatches, and the bird imprints on him.

The little bird follows him everywhere he goes, gets excited when it sees him, and sits with him whenever he is there. Bruce finally names the bird drumstick, but he still hates birds. While changing clothes, he hears the bird chirping and realizes that it climbed on top of this super high pole and big birds keep surrounding it. He climbs to the top, saves the bird, and wins Melissa's heart.

Jessica finds out that the zoo plans to return Gus to the wild. She begs them to let him stay on, but Justin points out that he's growing and needs to be around other birds. Jessica sneaks him into her bookbag and takes him home, where she hides him in her room. The next morning, Gus wanders into the kitchen while Alice is talking with her stuffy and uptight clients. Spanky shows up, there's a big confrontation, and the clients leave in shock.

Realizing that she can't care for him, Jessica agrees to give Gus back to the zoo. She and Justin take him into the wild, but he won't move until she comes along. They walk with the bear for awhile, he gets distracted by some stuff, and starts playing without her. Justin tells her that Gus will never forget her and they leave. Jessica decides that maybe zoos aren't so bad after all.

*They have to wear olive green jumpsuits every day at the zoo. Liz can't figure out why Jessica won't ride home with her when she decides to wear her jumpsuit home. I think I know why.

*Lila gets an internship working for some fancy dress store at the mall. When Jessica visits her, she sees a dress that costs $2,000.

*Jessica goes crazy when she can't find another place to intern, but I don't know why. It's not like this is mandatory. They even point out that not everyone signed up for an internship.

*Whenever people say anything like bear, including Steven saying "barely," Jessica gets excited. It just made me roll my eyes. She also thought Elizabeth threatened to take Gus when she mentioned needing to take the bus.

*The Spanky thing is ridiculous. How can a monkey walk into an ice cream shop or lounge around on a bookshelf in the library without anyone seeing him?