Cara Wakefield (nee Walker) is a character in the Sweet Valley High series as well as a major character in the book Sweet Valley Confidential. She is unique in that she was close friends (at different times) with both of the Wakefield twins, although she became far closer to Elizabeth.
|Cara Walker Wakefield|
|Age||26 (age in Sweet Valley Confidential)|
|Family||Mr Walker (father); |
Jacqueline Walker (mother);
Charlie Walker (brother)
|Spouse||Steven Wakefield (divorced)|
When she was first introduced, Cara Walker was the best friend of Jessica Wakefield. She and Jessica had a lot in common, as in with fashions, boys, being in Pi Beta Alpha, their sorority, and their circle of friends, which included Lila Fowler. Cara was also known as being a shallow and flighty gossip. From the start of the series, she had always had a crush on Jessica's brother, Steven Wakefield.
However, a romance between the two wouldn't occur until SVH #23-24 (Say Goodbye and Memories). Cara could be very snobby, especially when she was around Jessica and Lila, but deep down did have something of a conscience. She was very beautiful with dark hair, dark eyes and an olive complexion.
At times, she would tell Jessica that she deserved what she got, especially when the consequences came from something hurtful that she had done. This trait would serve her well in later stories.
In the aforementioned SVH #23 and 24, Cara's world came crashing down. Her parents, who had been having marital problems, finally divorced. Mr. Walker moved to Chicago, taking Cara's 10 year old brother, Charlie with him. Cara remained with her mother, Jacqueline, who calls her "Cara mia".
Never feeling more alone, even with Jessica, Cara turned to Steven, and they began to bond after the losses in their lives. Steven had just lost his girlfriend, Tricia Martin; and Cara was dealing with the relocation of her father and brother. They bonded, and began a tentative relationship. However, Betsy Martin, Tricia's sister, did her hardest to demolish the relationship.
At first, Elizabeth Wakefield wasn't sure what to make of Cara, because she had never really liked her, because of her gossipy and flighty nature, but when she realized the change in her brother that Cara had brought out, she was impressed. From that moment on, Liz and Cara became good friends.
Although she still remained friends with Jessica and Lila, her role in their group was superseded by Jessica's new friend, and Elizabeth's former best friend, Amy Sutton.
CARA FINALLY BREAKS FROM JESSICA[edit | edit source]
It was revealed in Book #66, Who's to Blame? in a hidden subplot, that Cara and Jessica finally had a huge falling out due to how the latter was treating Liz, blaming her for the breakup of her parents. Jessica cruelly blamed Liz for their parents' breakup, and due to her nastiness, drove a nearly destroyed Liz out of the house.
This cruelty ended Cara and Jessica's friendship for good, and she was aiming to make a new start with Steven and her new friend, Liz.
She and Steven discover Jessica's evil plot to break up her parents so she could matchmake them with others and convince her father to run for Mayor of Sweet Valley, so she could lord it over everyone as the Mayor's daughter.
Steven and Cara were determined to put a stop to Jessica's callous disregard for their family and also to exact revenge on her for what she had done to Liz.
Cara had finally seen Jessica for the cruel person she really was, and she was eager to be there for Liz. She would join forces with Steven in helping to find her.
After finding her at Enid's, where she was staying, Steven and Cara gently convince an emotionally distraught Elizabeth to return home with them. Cara and Steven persuade her, telling her that they were on her side and wouldn't abandon her, and if Jessica made any more trouble for her, she would have them to answer to. She finally goes home, supported by her brother and her new friend.
Later on, they, along with Enid, would confront Jessica about her shabby treatment of her sister, and then the three give her an ultimatum. That she either apologize to Liz for her shabby treatment or else be exposed for what she did, which would lead to a long grounding and total humiliation.
Jessica defied them all and even went and called their bluff. She was quite proud of her nastiness, and was intent that her way would win out. For Cara and Steven, that was the final straw.
Eventually, Steven, furious that Jessica harmed Liz in the vicious manner she had, would reveal Jessica's unabashed cruelty towards her to Alice and she is furious. Although she was furious that Jessica had treated her family with such disregard, Alice was even more angrier that Jessica's heartless antics nearly shattered her older twin daughter's feelings. Elizabeth's sensitive nature was something that Alice understood and she was very protective of her.
Steven, despite his equal treatment of his twin sisters, had also always been more protective of Elizabeth, due to her very sensitive nature.
Alice and Ned get back together, realizing how much they truly loved each other. After they get their relationship back on track, they help a nearly shattered Elizabeth realize that their separation wasn't her fault and that she was loved and cared about.
They, along with Cara and Steven, gently reassured her that Jessica would be severely punished for her blatant cruelty towards her. This helped mend Elizabeth's grieving heart.
In the end, Jessica is publicly humiliated by everyone for what she had done, especially to Liz, and was grounded for a long time by her parents due to her sheer maliciousness.
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN CARA'S LIFE, POST SVH[edit | edit source]
Later on, Cara's mother received a job opportunity in London, and Cara moved with her. She had almost married Steven to stay with him in California, but they realized that they were not ready for marriage. So she left, but not after saying goodbye to Elizabeth, one of her most cherished friends.
In the book, Sweet Valley Confidential, Cara returns from London and was shown to have been a math whiz in college and was even accepted into a graduate program at MIT. She gave it up to be with Steven when he goes to law school in Los Angeles. They eventually marry, but then the marriage sunders.
Cara's friendship with Elizabeth, which grew from high school, is still strong. She loves Liz, who loves her just as much, and prefers her company over Jessica (due to the subplot events in books 66 and 67).
Cara thinks her marriage is floundering because Steven was cheating on her with another woman. He had been cheating, but not with another woman, but another man, since he realized that he was gay.
Jessica blabbed to Cara the whole sordid story, which angered her. Cara denounced Jessica, and then she confronted Steven about what he did. Steven found out about Jessica telling her and he let his younger twin sister have it as well. Todd defended her and called Steven out for having not told Cara this.
At the end, Cara and Steven became civil, and she met a businessman whom she was fond of. They attended the wedding of Todd and Jessica. She and her former in-laws are still friendly, her friendship with Elizabeth is solidified even more (Cara and Liz adored one another); and she also forgave both Steven and Jessica for their duplicity.