Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins, #1)
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Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,913 ratings  ·  94 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...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by Sweet Valley (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.
jenna
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
Lisa
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...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.
Peacha
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 - http://cliqueypizza.wordpress.com/) 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
Emelie
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...more
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...more
Partridge Public
Oct 08, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: JAF Pas
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Kyla Crowley
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
Justin
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
PurplyCookie
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...more
Swankivy
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
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...more
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
Melanie
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
Kit
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
Christine
Zoe and I read this together. very much enjoyed sharing it with her. a stroll down memory lane.
Rd
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
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...more
Jyoti
always reminds me of my teens!! i dont think there was any book in this series i didnt like!!
Megan Gray
This series began the year I was in 6th grade and was where I found all my advice on being what we then called a pre-teen (now: tween). Also prompted my best friend and I to begin our own private Purple Unicorns and wore purple every day somewhere on our bodies to show we were member for six months. We even made a clubhouse. Um, we were the only two members lol.
Shaunda
when i was much much younger, i read almost the entire series of these books, and i know i liked them all. these books probably would be far from thrilling to me now, but as a child they were great reads! i dont think im going to take the time to rate the entire series here, but instead i will rate this one book as a signifier of the whole series.
Melissa
These were my favorite books growing up! Through all our teenage years my sister and I were good girls and we're convinced that it is partly due to the fact that we read these books :) Seriously, Elizabeth is good, Jessica is the rebel- and Elizabeth always "wins", Jessica always "loses".
Cheyenne Johnson
Another series which I loved upon entering High School. Francine Pascal was one of my favourites and I loved going to the library every week to pick up the next book in the series. My mum also read these when she was growing up!
Sweet valley high for life
Danielle
Growing up, I loved the Sweet Valley series. I read all of the books until I outgrew them! They were the best! I found a ton of these on the free table at a local book store and I couldn't help myself. Wow! Does it take me back!
Thandeka
I know what u thinking "you! sweet valley" but yeah man from sweet valley kids to sweet valley high to sweet valley university when Jessica starts having an affair with her married professor who has a psycho wife...intrigue...
Rosanne
I don't remember much about these books except for enjoying them when I was a preteen. No recollection on their literary value, but they passed some time away when I was looking forward to being an adolescent girl myself :)
Shannon
"Shannon 1991." I think that by the time I whizzed through all the Sweet Valley Kids books, Mom said it was OK for me to read Sweet Valley Twins, as long as we talked about any questionable stuff. Totally fair.
Lauren
This is my favorite series of all time. It's incredibly cheesy, but the twins were like two sides of the perfect coin and you could relate to the smart twin and the cool twin at the same time. Brilliant.
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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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