by Francine PascalSynopsis: It has occurred to me that in each of these books not focusing on Jess & Liz, we have a person with a deeply unhappy home life. This clearly serves to underscore how awesome life is for the Wakefields. But it's interesting that nothing else is ever wrong with these people (no addiction, no mental illness, nothing too deep), they are just either a. too fat or b. lonely and miserable with their lives. Billie Layton is no exception. Remember Booster Boycott? She was Belinda, the only girl on the softball team, and one of the signers of Winston's petition. In this book she's lonely and ignored. It's really getting old, I'm telling you. I thought this one would be more of a struggle about her desire to be more of a girly girl, but it doesn't really have anything to do with that. And it's uneventful.
Billie gets her period, so we know she beats the Wakefields on that by about 20 books (I'm surprised). But she's already been having a time of it at home because her mother has a baby on the way, a little boy they will name William... Billy. So this is a problem, because not only is her new sibling taking away quality time with her dad, he's also going to steal her name (which is actually Belinda, and clearly the baby has no say in the matter). So she gets sad and blah blah, tries to tell her librarian mother about her period but never gets the chance. She also has a budding crush on her teammate Jim Sturbridge (I keep thinking Sturgess, the actor), but he's cavorting around school with Sally Halcomb, a terrible flirt. For some reason this bothers Jessica. Julie Porter's birthday is coming up, and the twins convince Billie she should go shopping with them for a dress for the party, in addition to the new tennis shoes she needs. She gets a gorgeous blue number that that they talk her into. There is a big softball game before the party. Billie has a really off time and can't pitch any no-hitters. They get rained out, but her coach talks about benching her the next day and letting someone else start. Billie's crushed, but she has to get get ready for Julie's party with the twins. They transform her into Belinda, goddess, with soft brown curls framing her face. Every boy at the party dances with her except for Jim Sturbridge, who is busy talking with Sally and doesn't recognize Billie. Her dad comes to the party to tell her that her little brother is about to arrive. Billie goes to the hospital and is finally able to tell her mom about getting her period. After the baby is born, her attitude suddenly changes. She doesn't feel left out. She has a great game. Pete Stone asks her out. And Jim Sturbridge finally notices her. Also, she "changes" her name to Belinda, and she gets invited to be a Unicorn. I don't know why she ever thought she had a bad life!
Wakefield subplot: The Unicorns have a bad image. Or, at least, Janet thinks they do. She's right, for once. But she wouldn't care about their image if there wasn't a Service Award or something coming up, and the Unicorns are determined to get it. So Janet asks everyone to do things to be more helpful and change their image. Jessica thinks this means hooking up Jim and Belinda. But she also cleans her room... though I'm not sure how anyone outside of the Unicorns would ever see her room, thus changing their image. Jessica thinks the rest of the Unicorns just aren't ready to be nice. She's probably right. In the end, their act of kindness is inviting Billie to be a Unicorn, so that they have an athlete among them (besides Jessica... though I thought they were all Boosters?).
Alternate Title: "Billie & Billy"
Tagline: "Can a girl really be one of the guys?" (You can watch Lizzie McGuire for the answer to that question).
On a Scale of 1-10, How Annoying is Elizabeth? 0
On a Scale of 1-10, How Sociopathic is Jessica? 0, actually. She's shockingly non-sociopathic in this one.
The Big Deal: Julie Porter's birthday party
Lingering Questions: So is Belinda the first of the Unicorns to get her period?
Cover: Good or Bad? Billie/Belinda is so cute! But the guy on her right looks like he is 7.
Quotes from the Book: "'Just think how simple that makes everything!" Jessica said excitedly. 'You don't even have to worry about whether to buy pink or blue stuff for the baby's room.'" (As a Women's Studies major, I want to take a second to say that we are not born with gender; it is comments like this from Jessica, and the majority of people, that gender us all and teach us "how" to behave).
"'I'm not supposed to repeat this, but since you're my twin, it's almost like telling myself.'" (You just have to admire Jessica's logic).
"'And while we're on the topic of Sally Holcomb, did you SEE the sweater she had on this morning? What gives her the right to wear a purple sweater? She's not a Unicorn!'" (This from Lila. God help the rest of the school if they ever wear anything purple).
Moral of the Story: Getting your period makes you beautiful and more understanding.
Final Rating: Two stars. I'm obviously not reading the ones that are very eventful.
|Title||Standing Out (Sweet Valley Twins, #25)|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|Publisher||A Bantam-Skylark Book|
|File size||7.7 Mb|
|Book rating||4.11 (239 votes)