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Power Play (Sweet Valley High #4)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,188 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
The Wakefield twins have taken sides—against each other!

Robin Wilson wants to join Pi Beta Alpha, Sweet Valley High’s highly selective sorority. She may not be beautiful or popular, but she’s friendly and smart. So when Elizabeth nominates her for the sorority, Jessica is less than thrilled. She is determined to find a way to keep Robin from Pi Beta.

But Elizabeth is just a
ebook, 250 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1983)
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May 12, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweet-valley
Good lord, this particular book just send the WRONG message to young girls. And I love me some Sweet Valley but really!

Basically Jessica won't let Robin join her sorority (and who has sororities in high school anyway?) because she's fat. And Robin gets all depressed but then gets motivated and loses like a bajillion pounds by pretty much starving herself and exercising too much. Great themes Francine! Like you haven't shoved down our throat how perfect Jess and Liz are already for 3 books (and
Mar 17, 2008 Suede rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this one star review has nothing to do with the cover, which is by far one of my favorites of the series. I'm really hoping that at some point during the primaries Obama and Hillary do a recreation of this.

I really don't want to be a hater about anything related to Sweet Valley, since reading these books as an awkward pimply pre-teen was a VERY IMPORTANT part of my social calendar. And I hate to think that instead of reading great Literature, I was merely being brain washed into belie
Belle Lumiere
Let me preface this review by saying any negative things I say about Sweet Valley High are said with absolute love and affection for the book series as a whole. These books were a huge part of my childhood and teenage years, so they will always hold a special place in my heart - even if they're terrible.

Power Play was a pretty damaging book for me to read as a teenager, but as a 31 year old it was just plain infuriating. The main storyline revolves around "chubby" / "fat and ugly" /
"tubby" / "f
Sep 08, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Reading:'s face-off time with the twins! I always think of them having long, straight hair but it's always kind of short and wavy on the covers. Weird. This is the uber fat-shaming one. I'm sure I'll have a LOT to say about this one!

The Main Plot in 50 Words or Less: Robin is infatuated with Jessica and the Pi Beta Alpha sisters. Jessica is disgusted with her fat rolls and does everything she can to keep her out of the sorority. Elizabeth helps Robin, but does more damage in the
If you want to get ahead in Sweet Valley, apparently it’s best to not be fat! Sadly, I remember being so enamored with this book as a chubby high school freshman.

That's because every chubby gal secretly wants to go away for the summer and come back hot and svelte so you can lord it over the entire boy’s baseball team. (Well, I also wanted to make out with Kirk Cameron, but that was before he started spouting off about how bananas are a religious miracle.)

I wonder how they’re going to re-do Rob
Mar 31, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's business as usual for this series...which isn't a bad thing.
Source: I read this online via Openlibrary.

Title: Power Play
Series: Sweet Valley High #4
Author: Kate William & Francine Pascal
Overall Rating: Less than two stars but I'm being generous

I know what you're thinking, "wow, Connie's being brutal today" and honestly, I'm not. I'm really not. This book infuriated me, I can't seem to remember why I was so obsessed with this series in my pre-teen days, maybe it was because I didn't read all of the start of this series, but I don't know. Th
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All Robin Wilson had ever wanted was to be popular, but it seemed she had been going about it the wrong way. All she had to do was be confident, take care of herself, and treat the people around her the way they deserved to be treated...

I liked this series growing up, didn't I? I could swear I did, but I am finding it harder and harder to remember why. I know I liked the Sweet Valley Twins that I read, and I was obsessed with
Dec 21, 2010 hannaH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svh, own-it
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Cate Marsden
I actually put off reading this one, because my vague memories of it were horrific, and I wasn't wrong: it's like a PSA about bullying overweight people until you induce an eating disorder. The language used by everyone who talks about her is uniformly awful.Also, if Robin *hadn't* turned out to be beautiful once she'd lost weight, what then?

BUT. There are a few moments I loved. Bruce Patman preening because he thinks Elizabeth wants him to ask her to the dance was perfect. (She missed a great
Tara Calaby
The more times I read this, the less I like it. The moral (lose weight unhealthily and become someone else entirely) really is quite awful. Thank goodness for the Lila subplot.

[Reviewing on another edition so that multiple readings will count for the yearly challenges.]
Aug 02, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured these Sweet Valley High books when I was a young girl and am not at all surprised that they are still around! In this book, Elizabeth and Jessica are locked in a struggle that develops into the biggest power play at Sweet Valley High when Elizabeth nominates 'chubby' Robin Wilson to pledge Pi Beta Alpha, Sweet Valley High's snobby sorority. Jessica is determined to keep Robin out and Robin gets the best revenge. Meanwhile, Elizabeth becomes suspicious when Jessica is suddenly showered ...more
I love how there's no irony at all in this book. The fat insecure girl caricature is literally shoving candy bars and cheesecake down her pie hole every time she's mentioned in the first quarter or so of the book, then after she doesn't get let into the sorority she goes to see her aunt who kicks some sense into her and over the next month loses like 30 pounds and gets totally hot and beats out Jessica for Football Queen or something ridiculous like that. And Bruce who is a dick to her suddenly ...more
Okay. First of all, that description makes the book sound a lot more action-packed and exciting than it really was. It was mostly just Jessica making Robin do hard pledge tasks and Elizabeth encouraging her. The synopsis made me think that an all-out war started in the school with people taking sides and shit like that. But nope, it was pretty tame and isolated.

In fact, the whole concept of Robin trying to get into the sorority is pretty much done with as of halfway through the novel. The rest o
jessica wilson
Aug 10, 2009 jessica wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
i know these books weren't pulitzer prize material back when they first came out in the eighties but at least then the characters had morals. these new rewrites paint teens as being material obsessed and the label dropping is just too much. i truly think these could have been updated with a bit more aplomb. afterall, they may be targeted at fifteen year olds but methinks it is the twelve year olds (and us geeky first timers) who will be buying them.

awful, simply awful.
Caroline Bennett
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Apr 08, 2016 Marna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Discomarathon had become Discodisaster.'

'"Allen Walters! Omigod!"'

'Everybody at Sweet Valley High, even Elizabeth, gradually forgot there had ever been a fat and ugly Robin. But Robin would never forget.'

So, in case you couldn't already tell, this plot involved a starvation makeover (that would probably kill a real person). The subplot involved a rich girl shoplifting in order to earn her Daddy's love. (Don't worry, as she is white and wealthy, nothing much happens to her. Except her father doe
Jun 14, 2011 ~Sara~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I don't think I'd want to review these now, but I liked them as a kid.
Apr 18, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nightmare in this modern world.
Jan 30, 2009 jenn added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Man, this may have been the worst one yet.
Mar 17, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Sweet Valley Series.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.
I was feeling nostalgic when I saw this book at the library. I remembered how much I had loved reading the many parts to this series. From Jessica and Elizabeth being young kids to them now in high school and soon going on in their lives. I read the first three books to Sweet Valley High a few years ago and I finally have now read the fourth book. The plot was okay. It wasn't that great or exciting, but it wasn't bad. It was good and I really liked it. It taught an important lesson and I could r ...more
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Jul 11, 2015 Reading with Cats rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
What the ever-loving fuck did I just read? I can't remember the last book that filled me with so much rage. I feel so bad for all the preteens (*ahem, including me*) that read this back in the day and internalized its beyond vile "message": It's not okay to be fat. If you're fat, you deserve all the abuse and humiliation your classmates will no doubt fling at you. Because it's all your fault! If you didn't shove candy bars and whole cheesecakes into your mouth, you could be a "perfect size six", ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Myah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this Sweet Valley High Jessica and Elizabeth are against each other. Liz thinks that Robin Wilson should be in PBA even though she is a little over weight. But Jessica thinks that Robin is a too tubby to fit the PBA image. Also Jessica keeps getting really expensive gifts from Lila Fowler. Lila claims she is getting the presents from her aunt in New York, but Liz has other ideas. This book was a very good Sweet Valley High book with many twists that you won't see coming.
Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
The Sweet Valley Books changed my life in the 5th and 6th grade. My friends and I would coordinate so that we could read all of the books. I remember reading them along with the BSC. As we got a little older, we also got to enjoy the TV Show. I enjoyed these books. I remember being Team Elizabeth a bit more than Team Jessica, but I liked how they always were friends again at the end.
Tara Calaby
This is not one of my favourites. Sweet Valley High is often known for its dubious messages, but the message for this one is that, if you're overweight, you can stop people bullying you by eating rabbit food and losing a shedload of weight so that you, too, can be beautiful and popular. Ugh.

I think one of the other big issues here is that Robin isn't likeable to begin with, and she still isn't likeable after her personality change. It's just unlikeable in a different way.

The Lila subplot is goo
Lydia Rose
It was good.

Robin Wilson wants Jessica to like her, but since she's a little over weight, Jess doesn't want her. Robin does almost everything Jess wants, but it's to no use.

Jess has had enough of Robin, hanging around her like a puppy, and now Robin wants in to PBA. There's no way she's getting in. Jess with do anything to stop this.

Elizabeth, though, has different ideas. Lizzie is helping Robin by voting her in to PBA, and is trying to help her. Even when Robin gets black balled, Lizzie ther
Sep 27, 2013 Josefine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As many people before me read this it all focus about weight, being pretty, and rich. If you are mean or point out to a fat girl that they are fat, they will work on being skinny, and will become the most popular girl in school.So go ahead start being mean to the "fat" girls.
Trip down nostalgia lane not so good... I do remember my 11-14year old me thinking they were pretty silly but still an okay read. But since I read so many I must have been affected, and now I think about my 2 friends who ha
did I mention fat shaming? because seriously. don't worry though, you can mysteriously lose tons of weight in potentially unhealthy ways and proceed to thwart your nemesis. note that this is only possible when thin.
Oct 25, 2013 Maui rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, series
You'll never know what will happen to a person once you reject them.

I love this particular story about Robin Wilson and how she transformed from a fat and bullied woman to a Miss Sweet Valley High. It might be just a typical story but I find it so inspiring. You'll never know what will happen. I admired the determination of Robin to enter the Pi Beta Sorrority but even if she didn't make it because Jessica blackballed her, she made her own way to bounce back and to be someone everyone else woul
Dec 04, 2014 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drek, ya, svh

I love these books because they're silly and trashy and awful, but this one -- no wonder I and my entire generation have body issues. According to SHV, if you have an ounce of extra weight, you're a freak who spends your entire life shoveling whole cheesecakes down your cakehole and wearing tent dresses.

And it's sad, because I should have liked this book. There's hazing! Shoplifting for attention! A Discomarathon! Miss Sweet Valley!

Did I mention the Discomarathon?

What happens? The town's
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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the ...more
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“Everybody at Sweet Valley High, even Elizabeth, seemed to forget that there was ever a fat and ugly Robin. But Robin would never forget.” 3 likes
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