Power Play (Sweet Valley High #4)
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Power Play (Sweet Valley High #4)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  1,706 ratings  ·  50 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...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1983)
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Jen
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...more
Suede
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...more
hannaH
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Laura
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...more
Amy
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
Melanie
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
Reading with Cats
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
~Sara~
I don't think I'd want to review these now, but I liked them as a kid.
jenn
Jan 30, 2009 jenn added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Man, this may have been the worst one yet.
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...more
Josefine
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...more
Maui
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...more
Christine
Ugh.

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...more
Christina
Sometimes the best way to get back into the swing of reading is picking up something easy. Growing up I loved to get Sweet Valley books from the library, whether it was from the Kids, Jr. High, or High series. Power Play was a fun and quick read that I zoomed through, and it inspired me to continue reading in 2014. Plus, I'll always enjoy Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield's silly adventures. Not the best piece of literature, but a fun read for sure.
Sasha
fueron las 150 paginas mas aburridas y lentas que conocí, los personajes no me gustaron y la historia es totalmente aburrida.
Sarah
So much fat shaming.
Tracy
Excellent entry in the series. Jessica tortures Robin Wilson b/c she is overweight. Elizabeth tries to make things better. I loved reading how basically bullying someone for their weight was almost acceptable in the 1980's. Of course, the bullying led Robin to lose weight, become extremely attractive, snag the most handsome guy in Sweet Valley and then become Miss Sweet Valley High or Prom Queen or whatever, so you know, it was okay.
Danielle
This was complete trash! I don't know why I used to love these books so much. The characters are all one dimensional and they all go through silly problems, only to overcome them in a silly and contrived way. The only reason I even read this is because I'm a few books behind in my reading challenge. I fear I will have to read more.
Ashley Murphy
These books are so terrible. So, so terrible. But so fabulously trashtastic.

"Robin has us throbbin'"? Nice.

The overuse of the word frenetic was replaced in this one by Jessica's obsession with the number 37.

And Elizabeth. Oh, Elizabeth. Carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders.

So, so bad.

Bring on the next one.
Jodi
How funny! I use to read this book in middle school and always said I would read them all when I was older. I would get a book or two a year and never read them all. I remember reading this one back in the day. What an awful thing they did to the poor girl. Talk about treating someone poorly and shoplifting!
Sarah B
Jessica is a a sociopathic nutcase and treats Robin like crap to the point where she feels the need to do something. Liz writes an article and the SVH administration DOES NOTHING.
Also, I fuind this cover ridiculously homoerotic, considering Jess and Liz are sisters=p
Still not as porny as #69, though=p
Emily
Elizabeth finally stands up to Jessica to help her friend Robin to get into Pi Beta Alpha. But when part of her plan backfires Elizabeth has to figure out what to do to save Robin from getting too depressed. This book is the best of the sweet valley high so far because Jessica finally gets outsmarted.
Ruthie Jones
I read the first twelve in the Sweet Valley High series along with a cousin who was a preteen at the time - so we could talk about them together. Even though I was past my teenage years when I read these books, I had a lot of fun reading them. Very entertaining.
Jessica
Sep 04, 2007 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young girls
Shelves: youngadult
Hello 4th grade! I read this series like a crazy person when I was younger. I loved the twins Elizabeth and Jessica. Boy that Jessica was a bad one...I am nothing like her. Haha Good books, completely clean and appropriate for younger readers.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Erin

Read the drinking game and review here.
Amanda
I think that this is my favoritest SVH book! It features an irony-free Discomarathon, shoplifting, bullying, AND the Miss Sweet Valley contest! What else do you want???
Heather
I have actually read every single SVH and SVU book but I will only rate this one bc they are all the same exact story. It's like watching episodes of 90210 or something.
Jodie
The addiction continues... I had so much fun reading about the wakefields. This series helped to make me a reader and I am so glad that it did.
Sally
Robin may be friendly and smart, but she's certainly not beautiful or popular enough to be a Pi Beta.

In other words, Robin is fat! Ohnoes.
Kimberly Ann
Mar 26, 2008 Kimberly Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Julie
For Julie who does not appreciate my low brow teen chick lit.
I still love it. The Wakefield twins ROCKED in the 80'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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