Hands Off! (Sweet Valley Junior High Series #15)

Hands Off! (Sweet Valley Junior High Series #15)

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ISBN-13: 9780553487039
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/07/2000
Series: Sweet Valley Junior High Series , #15
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Salvador

I shoved open the door to the boys' locker room on Wednesday afternoon, feeling my usual lack of eagerness. Somehow I never got the my-life-isn't-complete-without-sports gene that most guys are born with. Gym isn't exactly my favorite class of the day. That'd be lunch.

I saw Damon Ross by his locker. "Hey," I said. He lifted his hand in a wave and flashed a brief smile.

Even though Damon hangs around with a lot of people in my grade, he's actually a ninth-grader. He's been going out with Elizabeth's twin, Jessica, for a while, but I still don't know him all that well.

I continued walking toward my locker in the back, passing a bunch of guys grouped around a locker in the center of the room.

"Isn't she one of those cute blond twins?" I heard one of the guys say. I stopped, dropping down onto a bench between the guys and my locker as I waited to hear the response.

"Yeah, and she's even cuter up close," a familiar voice replied.

Richard Griggs.

I bent over and pretended to inspect something on my shoe.

"We went to Vito's yesterday," Richard said. "And we're catching a movie today. She is definitely into me."

I felt my teeth clench. Stay calm, I told myself. So he was bragging to his friends about Elizabeth. It's not like he was saying anything bad.

"So how long do you think this one will last?" someone asked him. "A week? Two weeks?"

"Yeah, how many girls have you gone through so far this year, Griggs?" another guy put in. "Like, twenty?"

My hands tightened into fists. Richard was a player? He was using Elizabeth? I wondered if Elizabeth would visit me inprison after I killed him for her.

"No, guys, this one's different," Richard insisted. "Elizabeth's awesome. She's really sweet and smart too."

I let out a slow, deep breath. Elizabeth was awesome. More than that. So maybe Richard used to be a jerk, but he was trying to reform for Elizabeth.

"This one's different," one of the other guys mimicked. They all started to laugh, and my body stiffened again. "Griggs, you say that every time, man."

"Not every time," Richard protested. "Remember Shari?" He shook his head, and his friends just laughed harder.

My head was spinning. I glanced up to see if Damon was listening, but I couldn't catch his eye--he was staring down at the floor.

I winced as I pictured the way Elizabeth's face had glowed when she talked about Richard yesterday. He was right--she was really into him. But unfortunately, it looked like I'd been right too--he wasn't good enough for her.

Still, if I tried to warn her, she'd think I was just a jealous jerk. I could already imagine the lecture I'd get from Anna. Let Elizabeth be happy and give it up already, she'd say.

Still, I have to do something, I thought. But what?



Jessica

"...then he leaned over," Elizabeth said, her eyes filled with this lost, dreamy expression. "And he kissed me, right in front of everyone at I Scream. I mean, don't worry, it was really fast, and I don't think anyone saw. But isn't that so sweet?"

I cringed. Every time I thought about the way that jerk was playing Elizabeth, I got so furious. The whole time I'd been waiting for her to come home, I'd been dreaming up revenge schemes. I'd even thought about asking Bethel to burn all of Richard's stuff from their locker or something. But now Elizabeth was pouring out the whole story of how he'd asked her to be his girlfriend, and I realized what I really needed was to help my sister get over the guy somehow. She'd really fallen for him. Hard.

"It's almost like he put a spell on me," Elizabeth continued.

I sighed. "Actually, that's what I'm worried about," I said, perching on the edge of the bed next to her.

"What do you mean?" she asked, frowning.

"Look, Liz, there's something I have to tell you," I said. She stared at me, her brow furrowed. I hated having to break my sister's heart--but I'd rather do it myself than leave the job to Richard Griggs.

"Richard is a big-time player," I blurted out. "He goes through girls like dirty laundry--and his friends are even teasing him about how long you're going to last."

Elizabeth scrunched up her face in disbelief. "Where did you hear that?" she asked.

I jumped up and started pacing around the room. "Richard was bragging in the boys' locker room about how he scored one of the Wakefield twins, and his friends all started picking on him about how you wouldn't last any longer than all the other girls he's gone out with."

Elizabeth took a deep breath. "Jessica," she said in this weird, supercalm voice. "Since when do you hang out in the boys' locker room?"

"Well," I admitted. "I wasn't exactly there, but Salvador and-"

"Salvador told you this?" Elizabeth burst out. Slowly her face transformed into an expression of total rage. "I knew he was acting a little weird about the whole thing," she said. "But I never thought he'd..." She trailed off, then narrowed her eyes at me. "And you actually listened to him? It didn't occur to you that he was making it all up because he's jealous? Jess, how could you?"

I sank down next to her on the bed again. "Liz, I know Salvador's jealous, but that's not the point. Damon was there too, and he said it was all true. I asked him because I didn't believe Salvador either."

"Just stop, okay?" Elizabeth interrupted. "I know Richard, and he's not like that at all. I don't know why my own sister can't just be happy for me that I have this amazing, wonderful boyfriend."

I stared at her helplessly, noticing the glint of tears gathering in her eyes. Obviously the direct approach wasn't going anywhere. Richard really had put a spell on her. I'd have to think of something more creative.

And as much as I hated to admit it--I was going to need help.

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Hands Off! (Sweet Valley Junior High Series #15) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv to read sweet valley books but this book is too good i love they salvador likes jessica and how he gets her off frm richard ..its cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book, I LOVE ALL sweet valley books, but the reason I gave it only 4 stars is because I've seen BETTER sweet valley books. Sweet Valley High mini-series books (these tend to be in the hundreds) some of the best are In Love With the Enemy, The High School War, A Kiss Before Dying, 'V' for Victory, The Pom Pom Wars, Jessica Quits the Squad, and many more similar to those. Also try the Sweet Valley Senior Year series, they're all exceptionally good. And some Sweet Valley University books are very good too, such as the ones about Jess and Neil. And for people who are in lower grades... like 3rd or 4th grade, I would recommend the Sweet Valley Twins series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but in reall life Elizabeth would have seen right through Richard. And if she was really a true friend with Salvador she would have trusted him! And she definetly should have trusted her twin. And to everybody who misses the old characters like Lila and Todd and so forth, There is a sweet vally jr. High book coming out called 'She`s Back' Which is about Lila and Jessica, who knows what else it will include!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great . Liz gets a new bf ...... ( i'm not telling who it is ) and Sal and Jessica try to break them up . The end really surprised me a whole lot . Thats all i'm saying , e- mail me if u wanna talK svjh
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book! I've read SVJH books 1-18 and this was the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of twists and turns. This is one of the best books I have read in this particular series (SVJH). I think that it involved Jessica as well as Elizabeth is what kept my attention span running. Normally they are either about Jessica and her group or Elizabeth and HER group. I enjoy Jessica more (maybe cuz that's my name :-)) so I think that is why I liked this book. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes SVJH books and enjoys a good story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book but i wish there was more of the old sweetvalley people like lila and maria and todd and the others.i think that you need to make jessica more popular with lots of friends instead of about 5 friends.and i don't like bethel very much she's to uptight.not at all like jessica's old friend's.but it was a pretty good book.i've been reading sweetvalley books for years and i love them!i have almost all of the old sweetvalley high and sweetvalley twins books.and i have all of the new sweetvalley books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I REALLY LOVE THESE BOOKS! THEY R THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ, AND THIS ONE IS AWESOME! I'M ALWAYS LOOKIN' FORWARD TO THE NEXT LOOK THAT COMES OUT! I HOPE FRAN. KEEPS WRITING THEM, CAUSE ALL MY FRIENDS LIKE THEM TOO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the SVJH books are even better than the Sweet Valley Twin books. All of the books leave you waiting for the next. This book I could especially relate to because something similar happened to me. I have read other books that have ended series and started new ones with the same characters, and these are definitely the best out of them all. If you would like to discuss the books, e-mail me at the above address.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book.I've read the first two diaries, and all the books in the Sweet Valley jr.high series (#1-15). And I've loved them all. They are great books. They are well writen, hilarious,and just plain enjoyable.Especially if you are in junior high.Most of the issues are very similiar to those we face everyday.They are very realistic,and you are never bored. I strongly recomend these books.Read one and you won't be able to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and its really good!!! the characters it deals with are: Lacey, Missy(new),Jessica,Richard,Elizabeth and Salvador. The end of the book kind of makes you want to know what else is going to happen. Its really good though and kind of sad
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've read sweet valey books since i was 9.im 12 now and have over 144 sweet valey books.i love this series and say this book is going to be one of the great ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know this sweet valley JR.High book is gonna be a good one. ALL of the other ones are!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is going to be a good one. The rest are good, so this one should be, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can totally tell that this book is going to be awsome, cause ive read a ton of sweetvalley books including senior and junior year. Ive loved all of them so far so i know that this ones gonna be great also!