Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweet Valley Twins #72: The Love Potion

The Unicorn Club is hosting a meeting because they need to raise money for some random fundraiser at school. Mary rushes in with big news. The radio just announced that Johnny Buck wants to play some smaller venues and added Sweet Valley to the list, even though its stadium only seats 2,000. The girls all vow that they will do whatever it takes to get tickets.

Liz wakes her the next day to reveal the details. The newspaper printed an entry form in each paper, and people can send in an entry form. Liz already took their paper and Steven took off for the store, so Jessica rushes to buy copies too. Steven sends in 30, Jess sends in six or so, Liz just has the one, and Mary sent in 75 entries.

The twins and Steven make a bet. Whoever doesn't get tickets will have to do the housework of the others, so Jessica definitely wants to win. Since she knows she probably won't win, she sucks up to her friends. She gets Lila drinks and agrees to go see some movie she hates, and she keeps telling Mary how great she looks and stuff like that.

Jessica also comes up with a great idea for the fundraiser. They'll make and sell a love potion. Lila's dad agrees to pay for the bottles, but they all fight on how to take the potion taste. After experimenting with a bunch of disgusting things, Mary suggests they just make a punch and color it purple. They find a recipe for pineapple punch in one of Alice's cookbooks.

The newspaper draws 1,000 names and each person gets two tickets. They notify everyone in person on Saturday. A van shows up at the Wakefield house, and Steven wins two tickets. Liz then calls from Amy's house and is all excited because Amy won tickets and plans to take her. No one else Jessica knows won any tickets.

While all this is going on, Peter Dehaven develops a huge crush on Mary. He keeps showing up and wanting to talk to her about stuff, and he even lets it slip to Liz that he entered the contest. Though he doesn't like Buck, he wanted to give Mary the tickets. Janet strongly encourages Mary to turn him off and turn him down because he isn't Unicorn boyfriend material. When he gives Mary an advance copy of a rock magazine his uncle works for with an exclusive Buck interview, Janet takes matters into her own hands. Since Mary once had a crush on this guy Tim, she tells him Mary likes him and kind of sets them up.

Tim does call Mary, but it's clear they don't have much in common. He likes heavy metal, is kind of rude, and only seems to care about himself. Every time they see each other, he just wants to brag about himself and never asks questions about her. Mary tries to talk with her friends, but all they want to talk about is how good they look together.

Steven starts panicking when he realizes he lost his tickets. His girlfriend loves Johnny Buck so he can't tell her what happened. Jessica agrees to help him on one condition. If she finds the tickets, he has to give her his ticket and she'll go with his girlfriend. They spend the whole book fighting and him accusing her of stealing the tickets before finally finding them in his math book.

A SVMS teacher won tickets and does a raffle at the fundraiser. The Unicorn Club shows up dressed as gypsies to sell their love potion. Peter shows up looking like a little puppy dog, and Jessica sells him a bottle before realizing they're all out. She then makes him one filled with hot sauce and random spices that almost makes him vomit. Liz helps the teacher pull the winning ticket and finds out that Peter won. Jessica weasels it out of her and then tells the whole club.

Tim said his dad would pick Mary up but then asks her to come to his house for a ride. She gets there in her new cute little dress, and he announces that she needs to ride his mom's bike because his dad changed his mind. When the tire goes flat, he accuses her of running over something in the road and then acts like a huge brat because she doesn't want to ride on the handlebars of his bike. She finally tells him to go on without her. By the time she gets to the picnic thing, she finds her friends completely surrounding Peter, but she still takes the time to tell off Tim.

When Peter finds out he won, he gives one ticket to Mary. They get all blushing and it seems that they really like each other. He then gives Jessica the other ticket and says it was her love potion that brought him and Mary together. Peter then winks at her to let her know that he knows she tricked him. And then I guess everyone goes to the concert and has an amazing time.

*How does their stadium only have 2,000 seats when there have been big mentions of other major concerts in town. Plus, didn't Buck play there way back when Jessica dog sat for that older lady?

*Mary makes a comment about her dad, which makes me wonder if it's a lack of continuity or a sweet reference to her stepfather. In one of the earlier books, she hated the guy her mom married but they eventually made up.

*Lila sent their gardener to the store to get her 30 copies of the paper. I'm assuming the gardener also filled out the entry forms LOL.

*Does anyone else remember the early books where Peter was a big dork and no one liked him? I think the ghostwriters replaced him with Randy Mason in the later books.

*Ned and Alice ground Steven when they find out he didn't touch his math book for more than a week but he's only grounded after the concert. Yup, that will teach him.

*Ned buys a raffle ticket and says that if he wins, he'll give the tickets to Steven to calm things down in the house. Um, isn't that favoritism? Jessica actually likes Johnny Buck and didn't win tickets. Steven hates Johnny Buck and lost the tickets he won. It kind of seems like he should have said he'd give the tickets to Jessica or at least give them each one.

*Tim is an ass. He keeps showing up and bragging about himself in front of the other Unicorns. Mary is the only one who notices. Everyone else thinks he's so cute.

*Their teacher says he entered the contest for his niece and nephew. Can you imagine how pissed they will be when they find out he gave away their tickets?

*Tim drinks three bottles of the love potion and then plays in the charity basketball game. He later complains to Mary that her stupid love potion made him super thirsty, and she just kind of rolls her eyes. Way to win a woman's heat there Tim.

*Lila later calls Jessica out on her brown nosing. Turns out that they all knew what she was doing and tried to see how far she would go.

*At the very end, no one cares about Johnny Buck or wants to hear about the concert anymore. They just want to talk about Melody Powers and her new video, which isn't a name we've heard in a long time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweet Valley High #78: The Dating Game

Jean West is down in the dumps because Tom McKay dumped her when he came out of the closet and she hasn't dated anyone since. To make it worse, it's just like any other week at SVH, which means there's a big dance coming up. Instead of talking to anyone about how she's feeling, she just kind of mopes around and whines to herself.

That all changes when she finds a letter in her locker. It's from Scott Trost and it's all about how she's the perfect girl for him and how he's had a crush on her for years but never knew how to approach her. After worrying about what to do or say, she finally writes him a note. When she goes to leave it in his locker, she sees Claire hanging around. Claire says she needed to get her science notes back from him before hurrying off, which lets Jean slip the note in his locker.

Though she asked him to call her, he doesn't call until after 10 that night, but he does ask her out. She's so excited that when she runs into Claire the next day, she starts eagerly talking about her date. Turns out that Claire also has a date. Even though they were never friends before, they decide to go shopping together and help pick out outfits for their dates.

During their shopping trip, Claire drops just enough hints that Jean realizes she has a date with Scott too. After bringing it up, she learns that he left the exact same note in Claire's locker. They even show each other the letter they got. Instead of confronting him, the girls decide to play a trick on him.

This sounds super interesting, but it's totally not. Claire arranges for Jean to be at the coffee house where they go on their date. Scott sees her and just takes Claire somewhere else. She can't get over how absolutely boring he was and how they have nothing in common. Jean's date goes much better. She discovers that she actually kind of likes him, but she keeps telling herself that he's a dog.

The two girls then go to all their friends and tell them that each one is Scott's new girlfriend. Liz is all shocked because Claire seemingly had a crush on Danny Porter and John P. was sniffing around her too. She's also shocked because Scott is an ass who only cares about football. After word spreads around school, Jean and Claire confront him in the middle of the cafeteria. Instead of getting upset, he tells them that there is enough of him to go around and that they should compete for him. Jean and Claire surprise everyone by agreeing to compete with each other.

No worries though. They really just want to make a fool of him and leave him without a date for the big dance. Claire keeps going out with him and pinching herself under the table and stuff just to stay awake. Jean has a completely different experience and realizes that she's falling in love with him after three dates or whatever. He tries to talk about the competition at one point but she freaks out and makes him stop.

Cut to the day the two planned to DESTROY HIM (sorry, couldn't resist). Jean is so upset that she ends up crying in the hall and conveniently runs into Liz. She tells her all about how she really loves him but can't tell Claire, but Liz encourages her to talk with Claire before it all goes down.

They get to the cafeteria and find him surrounded by his bros. Jean plans to confess her feelings, but he then starts his same old routine about being a woman's man. She ends up screaming at him and then running away in tears after he says she won. He then turns to Claire and says he'll take her. Danny walks up and points his arm around her, and Claire turns Scott down. She then reveals that the two made plans the week before to go to the dance.

Jean is so upset that she just goes home and cries a lot, big surprise. Liz goes to Claire and tells her all about how Jean loves Scott. They run over and try to cheer her up. Nothing works until Scott shows up. He explains that he actually liked her all along (bull), he only wanted to ask her out (bull), and that he gave into peer pressure and sent Claire a letter as his back up (bull). She naturally forgives him and the book ends with them kissing.

Liz and Todd have some random fight too. She decides to write this big article about what people really want in a partner and send out questionnaires. The majority of people put looks first, which ticks her off, especially when Todd agrees. She basically stops talking to him because she hates being wrong. Someone writes a heartfelt letter to the paper that she loves. Todd eventually confesses that he wrote it, so they make up for the 317th time.

Jessica has a dream that she's walking on the beach in Hawaii and sees a hot guy. She keeps having the same dream and decides that it means she needs to go to Hawaii and find her soul mate. Each dream reveals a little more, which seems to prove she was right. When she sees a television special about the hidden meaning of dreams, she becomes obsessed with the idea.

Jess launches her own dream interpretation business at school to raise money for her trip to Hawaii. No one really believes her until random things start coming true. She spends so much time on her business that she forgets to do an assignment for school and doesn't get a date for the dance. Jess later finds out that everything she dreamed about was from a magazine she read, but luckily, she runs into a hot guy she had a crush on who conveniently didn't have a date to the dance.

*Jessica clearly doesn't understand dream interpretation, even though she supposedly read a bunch of books. Instead of saying what the dreams mean, she just keeps making random predictions for the future.

*Lila tells her to abandon the guy in her dreams in favor of some hot guy in school because he drives an MG. I love her.

*Jessica asks Alice if she can go to Hawaii if she raises the money for her trip. Alice thinks for a second about her daughter's crazy ideas, realizes that she can't even afford to buy socks, and tells her it's fine. It actually made me giggle.

*Todd explains that Scott has it rough sometimes. His older brother was a huge football star who blew out his knee, started his own business, and became a millionaire, so Scott feels like he needs to compete with him. Liz acts all cool and says that's just an excuse. I kind of agree with her, but I feel like if Scott was a girl acting this way, she wouldn't have a problem with him.

*Liz and Claire act like their super close and bestest of friends, but Claire is barely mentioned after her and Liz "grow close" when she tries out for the football team.

*Someone makes a comment about how Amy dated Scott and dumped him, and Todd's all like, "Oh Amy? That doesn't count." I love seeing how people think of her LOL.

*Scott shows up to Jean's house in fancy clothes, so she decides to take him miniature golfing. He's shocked because, what teens go on dates like that. I don't know Scott, maybe every teenager in the world? Miniature golfing sounds more realistic than a romantic candlelight dinner at a four star restaurant.

*I love that Tom came out in that one book and then basically never shows up again. Everyone keeps talking about his and Jean's breakup, but no one says why they actually broke up.

*Claire is way cuter on the cover. Jean looks like her eyes are way too big for her head, and Claire seems like someone you could have fun with.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sweet Valley Twins #101: Twins in Love

The lives of the Wakefield family are so difficult that they decide to head to the Triple Z Ranch for a getaway. The owner of the ranch pokes fun at the twins about how he can't tell them apart and how they should wear name tags. He also teases Steven about how his life must be so interesting with twin sisters, which irritates Steven because he's tired of the twins.

On the first day, Liz meets this super cute guy who makes her blush and stammer. Jessica then meets another guy and goes gaga over him. When Liz tells her about her new guy, Jess flips out because it's the same guy. She screams at her twin about stealing her boyfriend, which leads Liz to point out that her twin doesn't even know his name.

They run into him later, but he acts a little weird around them. He then shows up with his own identical twin. It turns out that Liz met Chris and Jessica met Nick. The boys then ask Ned and Alice if they can sit with the twins alone at dinner. The four parents decide to go to dinner together but agree to come later and sit at a separate table.

It doesn't take long before the twins start talking about a double wedding, but it doesn't take long for both of them to realize that they don't particularity like their twins either. Chris is obsessed with Jim Carrey and can't stop talking about how he wants to make movies. Nick is so serious and Jess thinks he's weird too because he keeps cutting his Jello into smaller pieces.

Jess keeps trying to get Liz to confess that she doesn't like Chris but she won't. Liz hopes that Jess will do the same thing about Nick. They keep looking at the other twin and thinking about how he's perfect for them. This leads to each one pretending to be the other one and getting away with it. The only problem is that Jess and Liz quickly realize that the boys switched on them too.

This book is so freaking confusing! Basically they keep looking at who uses his left hand and the type of shoes the guys wear because they keep showing up in matching outfits. Liz and Jess start dressing alike and trading accessories to fool the guys. No matter what they do, it seems like they keep ending up with the wrong twin.

Cut to their next to last day on the ranch. Jess winds up playing Liz and forced to ride her twin's horse, which doesn't like her. She ends up messing up, and Chris calls her out on it. The boys are so mad that the girls lied to them that they refuse to talk to them. They also claim that they never switched places and that they would never do that to their girlfriends.

Steven gets stuck on a slow horse and overhears someone talking about an old derby horse on the ranch. He asks to ride that horse during his stay. The horse is actually super old and super slow, which gives Steven another reason to pout. On the last day, they run a race. His horse gets excited and takes off running so fast that he wins. The owner of the ranch then finds that the poor horse got stung by a wasp, which is why he ran so fast.

On the very last day, Nick comes to see Jessica. He tells her that he really did like her and that he's okay with her lying to him. He gives her a kiss on the cheek and a piece of paper with his name and address on him. As he leaves, she realizes that Nick was actually Chris. Chris goes to see Elizabeth, and while he doesn't give her his address, he does say he might come to Sweet Valley for a visit. After giving her a kiss on the cheek, he makes a Jim Carrey reference and reveals that he's really Nick. No worries though because apparently Jessica and Elizabeth switched identities too and actually ended up with the right guys.

*This book is seriously confusing! One of the male twins wears Reeboks and one wears Nikes, which is one of the only differences between them.

*There's lots of Nick-as-Chris and Chris-as-Nick comments. I literally had to keep flipping through the book to keep them straight.

*When they dress alike, they both wear the outfits from the cover. Why in the heck would Liz have a pair of purple jeans?

*Ned and Alice make a big deal of this being a family vacation, but they're literally only in a few scenes and never really spend time with their kids.

*Jessica wants to borrow a cowboy hat from Lila at the beginning of the book. Lila initially refuses because she only has three and never wore any of them, but eventually agrees because she doesn't need one on her spring break to Paris.

*The Wakefields really need to nip Jess in the bud. She makes it clear that she plans to spend the whole trip checking out the hot guys and immediately eyes up some guy twice her age. Her parents just laugh it off. How the heck did she not end up a teen mom?