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Dear Sister (Sweet Valley High #7)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,732 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Sweet Valley is stunned by the news: Beautiful young Elizabeth Wakefield lies in a coma, on the brink of death after a horrible motorcycle accident.Elizabeth's boyfriend Todd is consumed by guilt; he was driving and escaped unharmed. He feels totally helpless. All he can do is wait for a change in Elizabeth's condition--a change that might mean the loss of the only girl he ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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This was literally one of my favorite books growing up.
It starts out with Elizabeth Wakefield glamorously coma-struck following a motorcycle accident. I was probably 10 when I read this book, and OH MY GOD how I wanted to be in a coma. My in-depth medical knowledge told me that it was like sleeping, but with all kinds of dramatics like hospitals and doctors and stuff. Also, when you wake up and start acting just like your identical twin sister – and polar opposite – Jessica, no one really blink
Jun 12, 2012 Mari rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood-trauma
Orginal recap for the Snark Squad here.

I've taken to consistently rating these books two stars but THIS BOOK HAS A COMA. GUYS. A COMA.

Clearly this elevates its star level to fabulous, which isn't actually a choice, so we'll stick with two stars.

In book #6, Elizabeth breaks her parents' "no riding motorcycles ever" rule and takes a ride on the idiotic side. Naturally, about one second after she hops on sans helmet on, her and Todd get run down by a drunk driver.

We open book #7 with Jessica c
Mar 29, 2007 Ainsley rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Let me give you a brief rundown. Dear Sister begins with Elizabeth in a coma following a motorcycle accident with Todd. When she finally wakes up, her personality has completely changed! She's suddenly acting like Jessica, forcing Jessica into the Elizabeth role. It's crazy. A lot of stuff happens in the middle, including Elizabeth dressing in skanky Jessica clothes and Jessica dressing in staid Elizabeth clothes. Then, at the Patman mansion, the story comes to a climax. First, Bruce Patman touc ...more
Warning: This is more book report than review but I just couldn't help myself. :P

In a fit of nostalgia I decided to pick up a Sweet Valley High book. I used to read these nonstop starting when I was eleven or so. Part of the reason I decided to read this particular one is of a supposedly risque scene between Liz and Bruce Patman, and even though I know I had read this exact book before, I had no recollection of this event.

So even though this is really an immediate sequel to number six in the ser
(This was the first SVH book I ever read, when I was twelve or so, and managed to conceal it in a pile of other non-scandalous books from the Mid-Continent Public Library.)

Elizabeth wakes up from her devastating coma and is good to go, despite a traumatic brain injury and a tingly vagina. She dumps all her responsibilities on Jessica while trying to alleviate the tingle, engaging in all the activities you'd expect a horny teenage girl to do except have ess-ee-ecks. Everyone in town is either too
Annie Cat
Jun 21, 2007 Annie Cat rated it it was ok
We used to sneak into the back of the library to read this book when I was like 8 because it says "breast" in one random part. haha.
Jun 08, 2015 star_fire13 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this one. Obviously Elizabeth wasn't ever going to die. I like the twist that the bump in the head/PTSD has turned her irresponsible, and has her not acting like herself, but I wish they would've done more with it. Had more people concerned with her or questioning her or something. What I hate most is that the next book will probably not address it at all. I would've liked to see Elizabeth having to deal with the fallout. Even if the doctors explained it away and everyone ea ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
There's good news and bad news...

The good news: Lovely Liz is no longer in that pesky coma that was caused by a single act of disobedience. (She rode on the back of boyfriend Todd's motorcycle of death against her parents' explicit wishes.)

The bad news: Liz has experienced a dramatic personality switcheroo, becoming more like her slutty twin Jessica.

In fact, Liz "out-Jessica's" Jessica. She dumps steadfast beau Todd Wilkins, goes on a boyfriend-stealing rampage, publishes false gossip and plagia
Source: I read this online via OpenLibrary.
Cost: Free

Title: Dear Sister
Series: Sweet Valley High #7
Author: Kate William & Francine Pascal
Overall Rating: 2.9 stars

Hmm, and in today's Sweet Valley Fat Shaming Special we have the term "Blimpo."

What is a blimpo?

Basically, the plot of this one is that Elizabeth slipped into a coma after her motorbike accident in book 6 and when she wakes up, she has a...slight personality change into Jessica as Jessica becomes more like Elizabeth.

I real
Apr 11, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable installment in this long-running series.
Apr 08, 2008 Alicia rated it liked it
The quintessential Sweet Valley High novel. In a stunning move by writer Francine Pascal, Elizabeth Wakefield comes out of her coma and takes on the personality of self-absorbed (slutty) twin Jessica. Liz even goes so far as to let Bruce Patman touch her boob before she falls off the bed, hits her head on the corner of the table, and regains her old sensible self. What a relief!
I wasn't allowed to read the Sweet Valley High books so I think I did a lot of sneaking around with this one!
Dec 04, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, svh
One of the top 10 SVH books ever. I re-read this dozens of times when I was a kid.

Elizabeth wakes up from her coma on page 12 and immediately segues into being her sister, all short skirts, promiscuity and missed homework assignments. And, because there is apparently a one-skank limit in Sweet Valley, that means Jessica needs to put on the Oxford shirts and pressed jeans and be the "responsible" one.

The day is saved when klutzy Liz almost goes "all the way" with Bruce Patman (1BRUCE1!) but inst
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Bwahahaha...what the hell does "dish out applesauce" mean? Oh Mr. Collins you're just too cool for school. This one features a creepy, leering neurosurgeon, too.
Jenny Zhang
Apr 04, 2007 Jenny Zhang rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: a horny fourth grader, aka ME in 1991
This book is my wet dream described in amazing platitudes.

SPOILER: Bruce, the arrogant, wealthy boy with hair in his eyes gets to 'lightly graze' Elizabeth's boob!
Cassidy Harrison
Feb 25, 2013 Cassidy Harrison rated it it was amazing
i thought the book was great i got hooked instantly READ I TELL YOU! READ!!!!!
Tara Calaby
This is basically the classic Sweet Valley High book. In which Liz is in a coma *gasp!* because she disobeyed her parents and rode on Todd's motorcycle.

Actually, she's only in a coma for the very beginning of the book. After that, she's busy parading around Sweet Valley acting like Jessica on Viagra. She tries to steal pretty much everyone's boyfriend, even her precious Enid's George, and ignores Todd completely. (To be fair, the latter is no real indicator of a head injury, because he is extra
Apr 26, 2015 Nerija rated it did not like it
Elizabeth wakes up from a coma after disobeying her parents and riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend, and of course getting in an accident. Jessica is so relieved to have her sister back, but something seems off about Liz…

(view spoiler)
Meera Nair
Oct 14, 2012 Meera Nair rated it liked it
Identical twins – Jessica and Elizabeth. Both as individualistic as characters of a book ought to be. Where Jessica is the hot shot cheerleader material, Elizabeth is the shy nerd who aces all tests. Due to an unfortunate incident, Elizabeth falls into coma. Now Jessica can’t help but feel guilty, as she repeatedly blames herself for her sister’s condition.Day after day she sits by her sister’s bed wishing for her betterment. Hoping that she would soon wake up from this unconscious state.
Nicole Dunton
Dec 14, 2015 Nicole Dunton rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book was intense and sad. I wondered what would happen. Then, things got better. Or so it seemed. Elizabeth foregoes a personality change after recovering from the accident. A part of me wonders if it's her subconcious letting loose from always being the responsible one while her twin ran all over her. This is just my theory though. I loved this book. I fully recommend it. This is a great series to get into!
Nov 04, 2015 Myah rated it it was amazing
This Sweet Valley High was a very intriguing one. In this book Liz comes out of her coma, but is totally not herself. She knows she is Elizabeth, but has the reckless personality of Jessica. Todd thinks she has lost her forever. This Sweet Valley High has many plot twists and things you thought Liz would never do. I highly recommend this book.
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.
Dec 28, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
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Apr 27, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
3 stars for the funny factor. A head injury that causes a personality change. One good whack to the head and a person is back to normal. No damage done.
Jun 29, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Elizabeth wakes up from her coma and starts dating Bruce Patman! Plus, there is some heavy petting.
gosh, head trauma sure does make a person act strange!
Nov 05, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Wow. That got really rapey at the end.
Alexis Kasznia
Apr 12, 2015 Alexis Kasznia rated it it was amazing
Touching, Extremely emotional.
Apr 23, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
I'm like, 85% sure I read this.
Aug 28, 2015 Faith rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing book series. I despise anybody who wrote an updated version of this series. Your lucky you are anonymised!!!
Cate Marsden
Five stars are not enough to convey the glorious awfulness of this trainwreck.
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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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