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Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  6,019 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Growing apart...

Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield feel special because they're identical twins. For twelve years they've dressed alike, shared a room, and done everything together. But when they start Sweet Valley Middle School, everything begins to change.

Elizabeth wants to work on the class newspaper, but Jessica doesn't. Jessica would rather join the Unicorns, a snobby al
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published 1986)
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Courtney Stanton
Jul 15, 2008 Courtney Stanton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who's already read it once, but for the love of god keep it away from young girls now
Just as excellent as it was back in 1986 when I first read it. Also, Jessica Wakefield is a sociopath.
Loved this book series when I was young! Hard to rate the books, but I remember them with so much joy that at least 4 stars are they worth even though I probably wouldn't appreciate them now as much as I did when I was a teen.
This was a really powerful book for me because I felt psychologically pulled to identify with both Jessica and Elizabeth. Consequently, this sweet valley duality was the fountainhead of many years of existential anxiety for me. You see, what Pascal does that is so brilliant, is to present you with the choice between good and evil. Will I identify with wild, rule-breaking Jessica, popular and exciting? Or peaceful, rule-abiding Elizabeth, successful and righteous? It really tears you apart b/c yo ...more
Monica Johnson
These were my favorite series of books from my tween years. How I yearned to be the best friend of Elizabeth Wakefield, or possess the power over the prepubescent boy crowd, like Jessica could. I have to give the 4 star rating based on how I devoured these books as a 11 year old girl, but in all reality I probably wouldn't want my daughter to read them.
Instead of a synopsis, I am going to do things a bit differently this time. Even though SVH came first, chronologically this is where it all began (oh shut up, I don't care about Sweet Valley Kids). Jessica seems to be the most sociopathic during the first 30 books of each series (not counting SY and JH). Here she's on a crusade against fat people, just the same as in "Double Love." I won't tell you the plot - it's pretty obvious anyway. Jess and Liz are growing apart for the first time in their ...more
This review stands for the whole series. Between the ages of 12 and 13 I maniacally sought and read all of SVK, SVT and SVH. There was magic in being a twin, and I wished I was one. I really identified with Elizabeth, bookish and clever who had great besties and an entertains sis. Then I started high school and realized that there were books out there that would make your mind explode. I outgrew the Wakefield twins long before they went to SVU.

These books were a part of my childhood. I remember
Mar 13, 2013 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: chick-lit, ya
This series was pure trash, and I devoured every single volume contained within its clutches. It really rotted my brain from my impressionable middle school years all the way until high school, when I pretended that I totally didn't reach for these kiddie books anymore. I loathed Elizabeth and worshipped Lila Fowler. How the hell did Mandy manage to construct a fashionable outfit from one visit to the hardware store?! Why was Bruce Patman named 'Bruce'? I surely didn't know anyone under the age ...more
May 09, 2014 LADS added it
One of my favorite series when I was younger.
Amanda Caldwell
This book was written the year I was born :o Crazyyy. What's even crazier is that it's still totally relatable today. It turns out in the past 27 years not much has changed with sibling relationships and middle school friendships. I don't remember if I read any of the Sweet Valley Twins series as a child, I do remember owning a few of the Sweet Valley High books. I thought I'd start with the Twins and bypass the Sweet Valley Kids series.

I read this book in one night, I can't say how long it rea
I didn't have an interest in reading these books, but I think one of my sisters must have because sometimes they were around the house and I was the kind of kid who'd randomly pick up and breeze through anything that was sitting there. Twins were a subject of mild interest to me, since my younger sister and I always pretended to be twins even though we weren't, so I related to the main problem of the book which was when the twin sisters who'd always done everything together started to grow apart ...more
A strange re-hash of the first Sweet Valley High book: club pledging , mistaken idenity that tarnishes Liz's rep , starting a paper/writing for the paper - but when I was young , I didn't notice or care. Finally the twins were my age!( for more svh svt madness - check out my site - It's embarrassing to recall just how influential this series was to me and my friends. For a while we even started a Unicorn club - it quickly went ka-put... who could find that muc ...more
Oh my. Where to begin. I started reading these books when I was in second grade. I got the first four for Christmas and devoured them. And then they went around to every other girl in my class. The stories are a nice, sweet escape for an eight-year-old going through a tough time. Elizabeth and Jessica took me through many adventures through six years: starting with Twins, moving up to Sweet Valley High, then on to the Sagas and Sweet Valley University. The Sweet Valley Twins books remained my fa ...more
Marie Grace
I LOVED the Sweet Valley Twins Series. I think I started reading them in Grade 4-5, along with the Baby-Sitter's club books. They were totally formulaic but the nice thing was you didn't necessarily have to read them in order. Elizabeth was my favorite twin. Jessica was kind of mean. I felt like I hit the jackpot if I found at least one in the local library. They were easy to find by their pastel-covered spines along the rows of books.

By grade 6 I think I read them all and started reading the Sw
Julie Decker
Jessica and Elizabeth have always done everything together since being born on the same day as identical twins. But now that they're starting to develop different interests, they're not sure if they know each other anymore. Elizabeth wants to be a writer and starts hanging out with nerdy school paper types, and Jessica gravitates toward popularity and finds herself pledging to join an exclusive club of snobs called the Unicorns. Are they friends or enemies? Either way, they're sisters.

This was a
It's weird to see that school in Sweet Valley seems like it will benefit them more in life. Yeah we get to choose one of our electives but they have cooking as a class which seems more helpful in life than building a rocket. I'm saying this because when you,hopefully, graduate college you might need to make a fancy dinner. Cooking is more useful than building a rocket, unless you are a rocket engineer.
I read up to no. 16 i think. I must have been around 6-8 years old or something then. I can't say that i liked them so much, (but at the time i didn't think i could take on a "real" book) but they had to do. But after I'd read a "grown up book" I couldn't continue reading the series.
These books are mostly for kids who struggle with reading I think, or for kids who learn to read really early. But at the age I was when reading them they gave no challange and I couldn't care less about the silly gi
Iso Cambia
Read this series in elementary school.
Partridge Public
Oct 08, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition
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Tara Calaby
The various Sweet Valley series aren't exactly known for being excellent literature. Entertaining? Absolutely. Edifying? Not so much. That said, the very first Sweet Valley Twins book is actually good junior fiction.

Elizabeth and Jessica have always dressed alike and done everything together, because that's what identical twins do. But now they're in middle school and developing different interests and groups of friends. Jess is starting to notice boys (Bruce Patman in particular, because of co
I'm only adding the first book because I think I read about sixty of these when I was eleven or twelve, and I really don't feel like searching through them all. I loved this series, though, and I think to some degree it actually ruined my life. See, I started reading these in fifth grade, and I looked forward to going to middle school the next year because it would be OMFG JUST LIKE SWEET VALLEY. Yeah. It wasn't. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice books were much closer to reality, but I didn't dis ...more
I left the Sweet Valley Kids series fairly quickly upon learning that a series for middle schoolers were available. And I wanted to start at the beginning; thinking that ah, this one's more age appropriate for me (then a 6th grader).

This was a great beginning to the Sweet Valley Twins series, wherein we got to witness an early-coming-of-age for the twins. This is of course due to their transition of grade levels and their choosing of both interests and friends. But the dilemma both faced and wer
Tess Majestic
I read this book when I was about nine or ten, and obsessed with all things 'twin'. Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield certainly fit the bill. This is the first book in a very long series about their adventures at Sweet Valley Middle School. Here, we see Elizabeth and Jessica begin to claim their individuality, particularly when Jessica joins an elite club called "The Unicorns". I still remember the three initiation tasks she has to do. The whole book was quite interesting, and let's not forget the ...more
Melissa Mckee
Pascal, Francine. Sweet Valley Twins. New York: Bantam Books, 1986. Print.
Genre: Children’s Chapter Books
Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal is about two twins that have been so similar throughout their whole lives. When they move and start a new school they find out their interest are different and this raises a problem. This book gives readers the opportunity to look at the life of a teenage girl. Readers can relate to the characters in this book by age or the situations that they come in co
Kymberli Williamson
Read the whole series in elementary school. I would highly recommend this book to all young girls because it teaches good, core values. Like respecting your elders, respecting your parents, how to deal with siblings and the bonding of sisters, meeting new friends, and basically all the things that young girls might not know very well. My sister while growing up was 5 years older than me. I loved being around her, watching her, i guess being the typical annoying younger sister. While we did form ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Well, it sure is a nostalgic trip through time reading this, to say the least. But it was also incredibly generic and it makes me wonder why adults write books for kids (though most books for kids are written very well). Best Friends wasn't bad but if you haven't read it, you aren't missing much.
This book made my sorrow times epic :D .. made me laugh .. made me concern sometimes that .. OMG what will happen now :p .... itz a complete pack of pretty nice story .. Loved it .. n loving it
Mary Anne
I loved these books when I was a kid. Such a great set. I forgot about them. I will have to find them and have my girls start reading them.
Zoe and I read this together. very much enjoyed sharing it with her. a stroll down memory lane.
It was with these books that I realized just how much I would love reading. In third grade I used to sneak them to school and read them under my desk until I got caught. I enjoyed them as much for their moral lessons as for the entertainment. I can't speak to the quality of writing (because I'm sure if I went back to read them they wouldn't hold up) but they meant a lot to me at the time. My dad used to buy my sister and I new ones when we got good grades or for good behavior. I read almost ever ...more
Raevyn ~I Stand For Jesus~
Boring in the beginning, didactic at the end, and cheesy all the way through.
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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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