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October 2, 2017

#30 Jealous Lies

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“Someone doesn’t want Jean in Pi Beta Alpha–her best friend, Sandra.”

This is definitely one of my favorites even though it features my least favorite character in Sweet Valley-dom, Sandra Bacon. (How horrible is she? Twelve books from now, Sandra lets her boyfriend be investigated for attempted murder/arson instead of just admitting to her friends and family that she was dating a Mexican boy. Plus, just look at how fucking smug she is on this cover in her pink sorority jacket.)

Aside from just being a horrible person all around, Sandy Bacon is riddled with horrible self esteem. She’s super jealous of her best friend, Jean West, who by all accounts is prettier than her, smarter than her, and a better friend than her. (Cue my favorite Vanderpump Rules gif.) The one thing that Sandy has that Jean doesn’t is membership in Sweet Valley High’s *exclusive* sorority, Pi Beta Alpha. (Um, almost every girl at school -including Enid Rollins and Caroline Pearson- is in this so-called *exclusive* sorority. I don’t understand the big deal.)

giphy(2)_1Well, Jean missed out on the last pledge season due to her busy schedule, and Sandy intends to make her absence permanent. So the whole book revolves around Sandy plotting to fuck with Jeannie’s pledging a.k.a. hazing period.

Pledge task #1. Take Tom “maybe gay***” Mckay to the sorority party. Sandra knows that every guy would jump at the chance to take Jean anywhere, every one except Tom. The ghostwriter paints him as this sort of aloof, emotional guy who’s been burned by love (more specifically Jessica Wakefield). Plus, he already dislikes Jean due to some earlier perceived hallway snub, so Sandy thinks there’s no way he’d take her to the party.

The last girl he’d gone with was Jessica Wakefield, and a few people joked that she had turned him off the female sex forever, having strung him along until someone better came along.

***We learn much later in the series that he is sort of questioning his sexuality, when he develops feelings for Enid’s cousin, who’s visiting from San Francisco. (Subtle, Sweet Valley ghostwriter. Was her uncle from Fire Island unavailable for this story?)

giphy12Much to Sandy’s dismay, there appears to be a sort of love connection going on, & Tom agrees to be Jean’s date. Sandy being the absolute heinous bitch that she is, decides that she’ll go to Tom’s job and “accidentally” let it slip that this Jean only taking him to the sorority party as part of her pledging process. Ugh.

Tom is understandably pissed, so he wants to make Jean look bad in front of the Pi Beta Alpha girls. He’s a total dick about it, though, stringing her along for hours the night of the party, saying that he’s sick, but he’s coming. When the party’s almost over, he calls and says he’s at the hospital with food poisoning.

Jean goes to the party alone. All the sorority girls are pretty understanding of the situation, but Sandra demands proof that Tom is really in the hospital. So Jean calls the one hospital in Sweet Valley, and there, of course, is no Tom Mckay in the emergency room.

Jean comes up with a simultaneous revenge plan/alternate pledge task. She’s going to make Tom really fall in love with her. At the Friday the 13th dance, since it’s her birthday, she’s supposed to publicly call out who she wants to dance with, and she’s not going to pick Tom, which I guess is supposed to humiliate him. (Girl, your revenge skills need a little help.)

She springs into action the next morning, bringing a really nice care package to the “sick” Tom. He bumbles and stumbles over her nice gesture, thinking that he might have misjudged her. They go on a series of dates. He brings a picnic lunch for them to school. He takes her to an amusement park, & they share a nice moment on a ferris wheel. Jean confesses to Sandy that she’s fallen in love with Tom and can’t go through with the revenge plan. Sandy says nothing, because she’s a heinous bitch.

tumblr_nxoj783mNl1ug0wdso1_500Tom and Jean both confess their initial dishonesty. Tom tells Jean that Sandy clued him in on the PBA pledge task, which is why he stood her up. Jean, being the saint that she is, doesn’t confront Sandy & just waits for her to come clean.

Sandy, I guess to her credit, feels really bad about the whole situation and has a heart-to-heart talk/emotional breakdown with Mr. Collins, Sweet Valley High’s favorite English teacher/Robert Redford lookalike.

The night of the big dance comes, and Jean picks Tom to have the first dance with. The sorority girls have a total meltdown, so Sandy ends up publicly admitting her behind-the-scenes treachery. Sandy begs them to let Jean in and kick her out, but the sorority decides to keep them both. Jean and Sandy hug it out so happy ending, I guess?

Words of wisdom from the queen, Lila Fowler: “You’re incredibly lucky, Sandy Bacon,” Lila whispered as the other girls walked back to the dance area. “A lot of other girls wouldn’t have been half as forgiving.”

B-Plot: The twins’ brother, Steven, is planning on dropping out of college, so he can work/cruise around the world with his roommate. (I feel like this is total foreshadowing for when he comes out of the closet in Sweet Valley Confidential.) Instead of everyone calmly discussing their concerns about the situation, Elizabeth comes up with the “brilliant” idea to use reverse psychology to get him to stay. So everyone acts like Steven leaving to sail around the world is the best idea ever. His feelings get hurt, and he decides to say so another happy ending, I guess?

Relatable adult-shit moment: “What’s that?” Elizabeth asked him, trying hard to keep her voice nonchalant.

Steven made a face. “A bunch of junk Dad gave me this morning, insurance policies, medical plans, all that sort of thing. He says I’ll have to check out my coverage now that I’m leaving school.” He frowned again. “I never realized how much paperwork it takes just to stay healthy.”

Oh, poor, naïve Steven. Wait until you get the bill. As I tell teenagers everyday, enjoy being a kid while you can because being an adult sucks.

June 27, 2016

Mr. Collins creepyness alert

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That moment when the only eligible male teacher at your high school (place of employment) is caught sexting with a student. I knew he gave me Mr. Collins’ vibes!

June 20, 2016

#27 Lovestruck

 “Will Suzanne succeed in changing Ken?”

Oh, I love how pretentious this book is! (I mean, just to give you some idea of how hipster-rific it is, a college beatnik and an Ingmar Bergman movie serve as major plot devices.)

Sweet Valley’s star quarterback, Ken Matthews, is dating uber-wealthy Suzanne “Hands-Off” Hanlon, and every one seems to have a problem with it. Jessica hates Suzanne, presumably because she’s beautiful, smart, and rich. Liz dislikes her because she’s “aloof & snobby,” but she admits that she finds every one in their high school sorority to be like that.  (Um, every girl in Sweet Valley High except like 5 nerds/dregs/ poor people are in Pi Beta Alpha, so she must dislike most of the female population of SVH.)

What amazes me the most is that: 1) Some one who knows Jessica Wakefield in all her lazy, sociopathic glory still decides to put her in charge of the charity picnic. 2) Jessica easily convinces a non-concussed Elizabeth Wakefield to man the kissing booth! (first base all day!) and write poster copy (and probably do all the work). Jess gets Ken to man the other kissing booth. Seriously, the idea of kissing booths is so gross, both for the kiss-er and the kiss-ee.

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Well, the whole shindig might be ruined because Ken Matthews is failing English, and he might not be able to play in the big football game against Palisades High. Even Jessica is mystified at how stupid Ken must be to be getting an F in Mr. Collins’ creative writing class. Ken is embarrassed because Suzanne is extremely smart, so he doesn’t mention it to her. But the more time he spends with her, the more time he spends neglecting his schoolwork. It’s a vicious cycle of stupidity.

That night, Suzanne invites Ken to dinner with her family at their palatial,  southern-plantation style home (imagine Gone with the Wind). The décor is all white (think Miami Vice drug dealers.) They’re greeted by the surly butler, who Ken mistakenly thinks is Suzanne’s father, and the evening pretty much goes downhill from there.

Suzanne tells Ken not to mention football at dinner because her father hates sports, and he thinks schools focus too much on them. A-fucking-men, Mr. Hanlon! What will Ken talk about, though? The entirety of his thought process is the o-line or d-line or whatever.

tumblr_nfwx97TOJ81ql5yr7o1_500Meanwhile at the table, Suzanne’s family is busy quoting Shakespeare for fun. Dinner is ultra formal, with fine silver, china, etc.  Ken apparently eats like a savage, has an unrefined palette, and can barely hold even the most basic of conversations. Thank goodness he’s hot and can play football.

The next night, Suzanne and Ken go with her hipster friends to see The Seventh Seal at the Plaza Theatre. (It’s a black-and-white, existential Swedish film set during medieval plague times that serves as a meditation on life, death, and God.) Ken thinks it’s a total joke, while Suzanne and her friends are moved to contemplative silence. One of Suzanne’s friends is Sweet Valley’s own hipster beatnik, Mark Andrews, a pony-tail sporting film student at Sweet Valley College, who’s obviously trying to woo Suzanne. He’s a total asshole. (I hate when people use intelligence and culture as some sort of weapon.) Mark makes Ken feel like shit because he doesn’t understand the movie and confuses director Ingmar Bergman with actress Ingrid Bergman. (Yeah, what an asshole.)

The next night Suzanne and Ken are attending the literary evening that Suzanne has helped organize. It’s more like a glorified open mic night for bad teen poetry. Liz proceeds to shit talk 99% of the roster, while she is, of course, the star of the night.

Elizabeth is shady as shit: “Elizabeth was happy for Suzanne that there had been such a good turnout, but she wondered whether it was because of the readings or because there wasn’t much else to do on a Wednesday night.”
tumblr_magk2fKZyc1qiw26mAnd lest we forget, Ken is still failing his English class and hasn’t even written so much as his name on a sheet of paper. Liz, of course, decided to stick her nose in Ken’s business earlier in the book and offered to tutor him. Liz’s idea of helping Ken is to give him one of her stories (and its notes, rough drafts, etc.) for inspiration. Titled “The New Kid,” it’s five pages about a boy moving from New York City to Sweet Valley, who realizes what a wondrous utopia he’s stumbled onto. (*Gag*)  Liz makes Ken promise not to show it to anyone, because she’s shy about showing this side of her writing. Ken decides to totally disregard her feelings,  and he turns in the story as his own. To be fair, I guess, he feels really bad about it.

Well, the story is a hit with Mr. Collins, and he decides to publish it in the special edition Centennial edition of the Oracle. Elizabeth is furious but doesn’t rat him out. Ken decides that he’s going to make things right by replacing Liz’s story with one of his own. It plays out like creative non-fiction, and it’s essentially a confession to stealing Liz’s story.

Suzanne dumps him because she’s embarrassed that she told every one what a great writer he was, when in fact he’s a fraud. Every one else is supportive, and Mr. Collins even gives him a good enough grade to pass and play football. Sweet Valley wins the big game, and Suzanne comes crawling back. Ken dumps her for good when he realizes that she’s still an uber-snob, who wants to change him.

B-Plot: Jessica’s in change of the charity picnic, and everything naturally goes wrong. The hundreds of posters she ordered to advertise the event have the wrong date on them (her fault, of course.) She forgets to confirm the food order with catering, so now they have no food for all of the paying customers. She proceeds to make hundreds of PB&J sandwiches, which unintentionally cuts the food budget to almost nothing, meaning more money for the charitable cause. They actually publicly recognize her for her cost-cutting! And she proceeds to make a speech saying that this was her plan all along. Ugh.

hemingway_stamp_700English Major Moment: “‘I know you can pull that grade up, Ken,’ Jessica said brightly, ‘With old Hemingway Wakefield helping you, you can’t miss.'”

April 15, 2015

#23 Say Goodbye (Ta-ta, Todd!)

svh023“Can Elizabeth survive the heartache of losing Todd?”

When we last left off, Todd had announced his imminent departure from Sweet Valley via a melodramatic poetry reading at the high school talent show. Instead of just straightforwardly telling every one that he’s moving, Todd recites a 19th-century Victorian, death-centric poem ,”Remember” by Christina Rossetti**, and tearfully announces the news. Now, the great white mope is really and truly departing Sweet Valley forever (or at least for the next 35 books), so Elizabeth feels like her world is ending.

Liz and Todd have decided to do the bi-coastal romance thing. They agree to write letters and call as often as possible. (And you thought long distance relationships were tough in modern times. Lest we forget, there’s no texting, sexting, skype-ing, emailing, or unlimited calling. Their relationship is basically being conducted pony express and Ma Bell style. Todd even says that he’s going to have to get a job just so he can afford his phone bill. (although both of them are so boring that I don’t even know how they would be able to talk for hours on end.)

unnamedElizabeth goes to 3 people for support 1) Steven, whose girlfriend DIED not too long ago 2) Enid, whose long-time boyfriend just dumped her for another girl and 3) Jessica, who just doesn’t give a shit. Every one basically says the same things: that things are going to be different now and that Liz and Todd should take a wait-and-see approach to their relationship. Surprisingly mature, denizens of Sweet Valley.

Jessica decides that Elizabeth needs to date handsome, wealthy Nicholas Morrow to quickly get over Todd. She convinces Nicholas that Liz and Todd are finito and urges him to move in quickly. Nicholas has harbored a not-so-secret crush on Liz ever since she was kidnapped by Carl the orderly, so he’s eager to swoop in.

Jessica then tells Todd that the long distance relationship is ruining Liz’s life, and that if he really wants her to be happy, he’ll set her free. That’s great and all and pretty good advice, but Todd doesn’t inform Liz about any of this. He just cuts off all contact without a word of explanation. Liz is devastated by Todd’s silence and decides to move on to Nicholas. Hello, rebound.

unnamed1Liz realizes after a couple of weeks of dating Nicholas that she really loves Todd, but she doesn’t want Nick to be sad and dateless to Lila’s party. So she postpones dumping him. Todd shows up to surprise her at the party, sees her looking comfy in Nicholas’ arms and runs away pouting. Liz eventually finds him at his old house, and they confess their undying love for each other. But this time they acknowledge the harsh realities of being separated by 2000 miles.

I’m a little confused at their ultimate decision. They love each other and are still sort of dating, but they won’t get in the way of meeting new people. And hopefully, one day they’ll find their way back to each other. ??? Ugh, what does this even mean? Even one-dimensional fictional relationships are confusing. (Future spoiler alert: they both move on quickly. Liz’s future beau, Jeffrey French, is only slightly more palatable than Todd.)

Oh, and I feel so bad for Nick Morrow at the end. He tells Liz that this is her last chance to be with him because he can’t have his heart trampled on again, and she says that she’s ok with that. Sorry, Nicholas! For some reason, he never really has much luck with the ladies, while a douchebag/date rapist/ serial cheater like Bruce Patman and even ultra nerd Winston Egbert find continuous love.

B-Plot: Jessica racked up almost $100 in charges at Lisette’s (without her parent’s knowledge), so they’re making her get a job to pay them back. Even though Jess’ work history is poor/negligible, she somehow manages to become the second in command at a local dating agency. It’s a disaster on par with Tofu Glu, so it’s one of my favorite B plots ever.

While “working” one day, Jessica decides her brother, Steven, needs to start dating again to get over the death of his last girlfriend. She picks three random dates for Steven out of the dating agency’s files. (Hello, conflict of interest. And although there are apparently photos in the files, Jessica does not preview any of Steven’s dates.)

composite_14289608274939Our first single gal is Beatrice Barber, a 43-year-old divorcee, who relentlessly pursues Steven throughout the week, phoning him, and propositioning him for dinner and movies. He is really confused at this point and just assumes he met her at a party. No love connection here.

Jessica is convinced that Steven didn’t give Beatrice a chance because he didn’t get to meet her, so she decides to give the next prospect the Wakefields’ home address!! So one random night, Elizabeth opens the door to find Jordan “Jody” Maguire, a leather-clad punk rocker with assorted piercings, who *gasp* smokes, and talks about Plato’s theory of love. Strike two, and Steven finally discovers what Jessica’s been up to.

But Jess won’t be deterred so she invites the third girl, Melissa Porter, to be Steven’s surprise date to Lila’s party. I just love the ghostwriter’s description of this girl. Her hobbies are “cooking, restaurants, eating—as well as all sorts of traditional things around the house.” I totally had this feeling of dread that a morbidly obsese person was going to show up at his dorm room or something and just be utterly embarrassed. But we never get to meet her, because she calls to cancel and leaves us with my favorite line from the book:

“‘I’ve decided I prefer food to men,’ she’d told Jessica on the phone.”

Jessica’ not really remorseful, but she gets her comeuppance when she invites one of her clients, Spence Millgate, to be her date to Lila’s party. He claims in his profile to love sports, movies, and having a good time. Of course, when he shows up, he looks nothing like his picture and has the air of a young serial killer about him. He wants to be an undertaker, because he thinks embalming is fascinating. This totally sounds like the setup for a future Thriller edition about a crazy coroner who’s obsessed with the Wakefield Twins and wants them all to himself….forever.

Must Watch: I found this amazing video that features various men’s dating-video profiles of the ’80s, and it makes modern dating seem downright delightful in comparison. 

SONY DSCEnglish Major Moment: “‘How could he be mad at you?’ Jessica demanded. ‘You’ve been exactly like—what’s the name of that Greek woman who sat around for ten years weaving things while her husband was away?’

‘Penelope.’ Elizabeth laughed. ‘Well, I don’t know if that’s exactly true. But I still think something weird is going on.’

Hmm. Am I really supposed to believe that Jessica’s familar enough with Homer’s The Odyssey and/or Greek mythology to make this comparison? Lols. no. For those unaware, The Odyssey details Odysseus’ 10-year journey home after the Trojan war. His wife, Penelope, is facing rowdy suitors who want to take her husband’s kingdom. So she tells them that she won’t marry until she finishes her tapestry. So she weaves it by day and un-weaves it by night until her husband’s return. (Check out Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad for a retelling from Penelope’s point of view.)

 

**In Memoriam: Sweet Valley’s first/worst couple, Todd and Elizabeth…

Remember by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

 

 

November 19, 2014

Early Promotion for Sweet Valley High…

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So I bought this huge lot of old young adult books from the 1980s, and one of them had a long write-up/promo at the end of the book for the “upcoming” Sweet Valley High series. I typed it out because I thought it was an interesting look at Sweet Valley’s inception.

Step inside the halls of Sweet Valley High, and meet the stars of Bantam’s new series–sixteen-year-old twin sisters Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Physically the girls are identical. Both have the same sun-streaked, shoulder-length blonde hair, green-blue eyes, cameo skin, and radiant smiles. Both are five feet six on the button and wear the same size dress, jeans and shoes. But there the similarity ends.

Jessica Wakefield is captain of the cheering squad, a great dancer, very popular with boys, sparkling, coquettish, adorable, and about as devious, conniving, and selfish as any sixteen-year-old could possibly be.

Elizabeth is her mirror image. While Jessica is a performer, Liz is the poet. In fact, she would like to be a writer. Unknown to anyone, except Mr. Collins, the faculty adviser of the high school newspaper, Liz write the “Eyes and Ears” column, which everyone reads for the latest gossip scoops. Her column is bright and funny and on the mark but never cruel. That’s the way Liz is. She cares about other people. She’s open, honest, loyal, generous, and considerate. She’s the best friend you’d ever have. You can lean on her, trust her to come through when you need her, and enjoy her because, along with her other attributes, she sparkles. She’s fun.

Jessica Wakefield is another sort altogether. She takes shameless advantage of her sister. And, for the most part, Elizabeth lets her. When it comes to her twin, Liz is a soft touch. Not a complete pushover, but easier than she should be.
Jessica always knows how to get to her sister. She starts with the simple premise that Liz believes the best about people, in particular her twin. Jessica is not above using her sister’s identity when it comes in handy or, for that matter, her boyfriend. She’s very possessive of Liz and resents anyone, boy or girl, getting too close. Watch out if you’re planning to be Liz’s friend. Poor End Rollins.

Enid is Liz’s best friend. She’s quiet and smart; pretty, too, though you might not even notice her until she smiles her dazzling smile. But beneath the smile is the terrible secret of Enid’s past, a secret she desperately wants to keep buried from her new boyfriend, Ronnie Edwards, and especially from the likes of Jessica and her scheming friend Lila.

Lila Fowler is the richest girl in all of Sweet Valley. While the Wakefields live in the valley’s comfortable development, Lila lives with her father in a fabulous mansion ‘on the hill.’ She has her own car, an endless allowance, a string of credit cards, and no curfew. Glamorous, stylish, and almost as devious as Jessica, she’s the only girl in Sweet Valley who can occasionally best Jessica at her own game. If Jessica’s a 10 on the schemer scale, Lila’s a solid 8.

While Lila Fowler is the richest girl in town, Bruce Patman is the richest boy. Outrageously attractive, with dark hair and big blue eyes, he’s also a fabulous tennis player. The black Porsche he drives doesn’t hurt his image either. But Bruce is a super-spoiled snob. Jessica meets her match in him. They seem destined for each other…

If Jessica and Bruce’s love match is stormy, Liz’s romance with basketball star Todd Wilkins is purest sunshine. His lean, tall good looks attract Liz from the first. And Todd seems to feel the same way. But when Jessica’s greedy gaze falls on Todd, she’s smart enough to size him up as a good thing, too. And she’s certainly unscrupulous enough to go for it.

Does it sound like Sweet Valley High is a hotbed of social intrigue? Well, it is. And one of the people who tries to keep the lid on is good-hearted Mr. Collins. A tall, slim strawberry blonde in tweed jackets and corduroys, Mr. Collins is faculty advisor to the high school newspaper and a special friend of Elizabeth’s Jessica’s head over heels about him, too.

Where is all this drama taking place? In the town of Sweet Valley, located in a gorgeous corner of sunswept Southern California. The town is small and charming, though the peace is getting harder to keep, as old money (the Patman clan) wars with new (Lila Fowler’s father). Sweet Valley has a pharmacy, a tiny movie house, a couple of gift shops, and a pizza place on Main Street. Around the corner are the library and a tiny grocery store. But most of the action is at the mall, a shopping center located five miles from town. There you’ll find all you need for a day’s entertainment; lots of stores, a video arcade, two twin movie theaters, and a giant supermarket.

It’s only fifteen minutes to the beach from Sweet Valley. Kids often head out there after school, stopping on the way at the Dairi Burger for fried clams and a shake. Some of them bypass the Dairi Burger for a dingy roadhouse just across the highway. Inside, the bar is dark and dirty, and the songs on the jukebox are hopelessly out of date. But that’s where the fast crowd goes, and often the college kids. Who said they saw Elizabeth Wakefield there in Book One of SWEET VALLEY HIGH? Find out in…

DOUBLE LOVE

Was it Jessica or Elizabeth at the roadhouse? Poor Todd Wilkins doesn’t know what to think. Neither does Liz, who’s in serious danger of winding up brokenhearted. And no sooner are things straightened out than Liz’s best friend, Enid Rollins, turns up in tears. Seems that some one has leaked her awful secret to her new boyfriend. Guess who? Find out in Book Two…

SECRETS

It’s just a week until the prom. Jessica’s angling for superstud Bruce Patman. Bruce is a shoo-in for prom king. Who will be queen? Can Jessica’s charm and iron will fail to win her heart’s desire? Find out in Book Three…

PLAYING WITH FIRE

At the homecoming dance Jessica has eyes only for glamorous, spoiled Bruce Patman. Elizabeth sees Jessica heading for disaster in her new romance. Will she wake up before it’s too late?
And on another Sweet Valley front, will fat little Robin Wilson ever be accepted by Jessica and her friends? You’ll see how it works out in Book Four…

POWER PLAY

Small, round Robin Wilson follows golden girl Jessica Wakefield around like a puppy. Jessica is everything that Robin isn’t; beautiful, popular, and a bona fide member of Pi Beta Alpha. What’s PBA? Just the most exclusive and chic sorority at Sweet Valley High. And Jessica just happens to be president. Butterball Robin has her heart set on pledging. And to Jessica’s complete astonishment, her own sister is determined to help.
What finally happens out to teach everyone a lesson, including Jessica. But she’s already on the prowl again and heading for big trouble in Book Five….

ALL NIGHT LONG

Jessica’s forbidden overnight partying leaves Liz to play the toughest dramatic role of her life. It’s on e things to be a stand-in for her twin at the breakfast table, but to take a crucial test for her is another matter.

It looks like Elizabeth’s deception may wind up costing her her boyfriend as well as her honor. But there are still bigger problems ahead for Liz and handsome Todd Wilkins in Book Six of the SWEET VALLEY HIGH series. Look out for….

DANGEROUS LOVE

There are really just a couple of hard-and-fast rules in the Wakefield household. One of the hardest and fastest is no motorcycles. Imagine Liz’s reaction when a beaming Todd shows up with the huge new Yamaha for which he’s scrimped and saved, not to mention sold his car.

It’s Jessica’s thoughtlessness (Surprise! Surprise!) that finally brings matters to a head and propels them all to the brink of tragedy…

Like it so far? Want to read more? For those who do we have an excerpt from Book One of this exciting new series from Bantam Books. Keep reading and meet Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, the unforgettable stars of SWEET VALLEY HIGH.

August 14, 2010

This is depressing.

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Apparently, half of the women surveyed said they would give up sex for ten pounds. Thoughts?

“So what can someone do if they’re obsessed with their bodies, but are increasingly overweight?

Lawrence said, ‘The minute you put a number on something, what is your size? ‘Is this an eight dress or a six?’ — you’re already in trouble. Your goal should be to be healthy. You’re not going to eat the things that are bad for you and you’re just going to feel better and that’s the goal. You’ll feel sexier, just by feeling better.'”

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