The Stepsisters of Silver Hills is the second spin-off of the series Just the Seven of Us. This series is about two popular girls from Silver Hills, California, cheerleader Lexie Winfield and high school reporter Kristen Barrett, who hate each other, become stepsisters after their parents get married.
Derek Barrett, a widowed man from who had daughter Kristen since, marries a divorced woman named Rebecca Winfield, who has a daughter, Lexie from a previous marriage. Up until that point, Kristen was perfectly content with her life. Growing up as the only child in a household in Silver Hills with only her father had suited her well and brought her up as a self-sufficient and independent young woman.
After Derek and Rebecca's marriage, she and Lexie moved in with the Barretts in their house. Kristen was originally upset about having to share her new life with Lexie, for many reasons involving her conflict with Lexie, but she eventually got over her own problems and agreed to move there for Rebecca and Derek's sake once she saw how much they cared for each other. The series plot focused on the rivalry/friendship of popular cheerleader Lexie and unpopular reporter Kristen. Also, it dealt with serious issues including Kristen's eating disorder and Lexie being raped by a teacher.
Main Characters Edit
- Lexie Winfield - Lexie is the most popular girl at Silver Hills High. She is beautiful, fashionable, and a cheerleader. An only child whose father abandoned the family when Lexie was eight years old, she lives alone with her mother until the merging of the Winfield and Barrett families. Lexie becomes a half-sister to newborn baby girl, Courtney, whom her mother gave birth to towards the end of the series. Though she strives to appear perfect, over the course of the two seasons, Brooke reveals her anxiety and low self-esteem on a number of occasions. Lexie spends a good portion of the series romantically involved with football player Zack Ford, but also develops a relationship with Charlie Sykes, a childhood friend from whom she had grown apart due to their opposite social status. She mentions "thinking about" an attraction to girls, though this was never developed further. She is callous and considered the source of all gossip at school, but remains kind-hearted. Her complex and initially hostile/eventually close relationship with Kristen is one of the cornerstones of the series.
- Kristen Barrett - Smart and determined, Kristen Barrett is strong-willed, articulate, a straight-A student, and very stubborn. Kristen's mother died when she was eight years old. An only child, she lives alone with her father until the merging of the Barrett and Winfield families. After her stepmother gives birth to her father's baby, Kristen becomes a half-sister to baby girl Courtney. Kristen is one of the "unpopular" girls at Silver Hills High, along with her best friends Gia Morris and Kendra Jenkins a situation which changes when she and Lexie Winfield begin living together. Kristen is the editor of the school paper and often wrote stories that exposed hypocrisy and unfairness at Silver Hills High. She dates football player George Austin, but eventually discovers feelings for Lexie's ex-crush Zack Ford after he confesses his love for her. Kristen is funny, passionate and has an oft-voiced social conscience, but is quick to anger and slow to let go of hostility. She is also painfully insecure and masks this with a prickly attitude. Her complex and initially hostile/eventually close relationship with Lexie is one of the cornerstones of the series.
- The Stepsisters of Silver Hills was the first series have main characters as step-siblings who are also rivals.
- Stepsisters of Silver Hills is the first series to have a main character to have a deceased mother. Several characters from previous series have deceased fathers, due to author Maryam Wells loosing her father in her life.
- Lexie and Kristen's rivalry dates back to their middle school days.
- This is the first series to involve an student/teacher relationship storyline in TOSH franchise.