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Secrets (Sweet Valley High #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,990 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Beautiful and ruthless, Jessica Wakefield is determined to be chosen queen of the fall dance at Sweet Valley High. If she can win the contest, she's sure to win Bruce Patman, the most sought after boy in school.

The only person standing in Jessica's way is Enid Rollins. When Jessica discovers the truth about Enid's past, she knows the crown is within her grasp. She doesn't

Mass Market Paperback, 118 pages
Published December 31st 1983 by Bantam Books (first published 1983)
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Dec 16, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: sweet-valley
I cannot believe they've re-released and updated these books to fit the times. Seriously? Do the characters really need cell phones and internet access to make them relatable to today's teen? Has Gossip Girl really ruined everything? They better not have messed with the fashion descriptions. I want to know that Liz has her hair feathered and pinned back with two barrettes, that match her polo shirt, which is tucked into her pleated khaki pants.

Disclaimer: I am not a teenager or preteen, but an adult. Supposedly. Everyone keeps telling me I am but I'm not sure I'm buying what they're selling. Therefore my views are based from that perspective rather than someone in the target age range. I inhaled these suckers when I was young, hale, and hearty, so in an apparent moment of weakness have decided to re-visit one of my favorite old series in a fondly-remembered, tongue-in-cheek, and mostly sarcastic approach. So since I couldn't manage to ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-valley
Oh, Jessica, Jessica, Jessica! She really sticks her foot in it this time. as the motto goes, 'What Jessica wants, Jessica gets' simply must come true in this one. Jessica is wants two things right now Bruce Patman and the title of queen for the next school dance. She figures the easiest way to Bruce is to get that title as he is a shoo-in for king. The catch is that Elizabeth's best friend Enid is also a candidate.

What Jessica does in this book to get her way is low and plain cruel to several
Feb 20, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
Another good installment in the series.
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Homecoming time has come! Surprise, surprise, but Lyla and Jessica have made the list for homecoming queen. The real shocker is that Edin and Elizabeth did too. Thinking they only got the nod because they are dating hot boyfriends, Jessica is determined not to let either one of them show her up. No matter what. Seriously, why hasn't one of her parents taken her behind a shed yet and beat some manners into this girl? If I had d
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jessica wants to be homecoming queen. She's dying to dance in the spotlight with the shoo-in for king, Bruce Patman.

While Jessica has the popular vote locked up, she learns that other people are rooting for Enid, her sister's best friend.

But Enid has a dark secret that she shares with Liz.

Jessica will do anything to win, but will she take down her sister's best friend and make life miserable for her sister in the process?

The second book in the
Luckily these books are not getting any less ridiculous!
Amy Kitchell-Leighty
Well I wrote a long review on the first book Double Love, so this won't be as detailed. I read both of these books back to back--pretty easy to do when they're only about 150 pages long.

One thing I forgot to mention on the first review, that I had forgotten about, was how each book ends. On the last page there would be a closed ending to all that had happened in the previous pages and then a paragraph or two of something "new" and then at the bottom of the page in italics and bold font it would
Keriann Davey
Ok so I know these books have there faults, there not well written, there probably not the best books for teenage girls but if your like me and appreciate them for what they are they are a fun read.

Jessica really annoyed me in this book and she stopped to a new low even for her. I liked the strong message in the book about how starting and spreading rumours can be so damming and how to over come that if you're the victim, I also loved that Jessica got her just deserts and the whole situation mad
Maria Elmvang
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Taylor Troncin
Nov 19, 2016 Taylor Troncin rated it it was amazing
I read the original version (rumor had it that they have been re-released?). I have to say - the books are great. On one hand they're a blast from my childhood ... and on the other hand they're fun books that allows me to turn off my mind for a bit. The plots aren't terribly complicated - and I really love that! Sometimes a simple drama-filled story is all I want/need in a book ...
Caralyn Rubli
Oct 21, 2016 Caralyn Rubli rated it did not like it
I can't believe I used to like these books. Jessica is a narcissistic sociopath. The story was ridiculous.
Sep 28, 2016 Emilyradke rated it it was amazing
I read the book Secrets by Francine Pascal. This book is centered around two twin high schoolers. Secrets are flying around when Elizabeth's, one of the twins, best friends has a big secret that she doesn't want anyone to know. Jessica, the other twin, figures out the secret and uses it to her advantage to further herself in getting her dream boy.
I absolutely love this book. I love how they make the twins polar opposites. It gives the book a certain uniqueness because most twin stories make t
Dec 01, 2010 Brittany rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sweet Valley fans
How I Came To Read This Book: I salvaged it from a pile my mom was going to donate, wanting to prep for the forthcoming Sweet Valley Confidential!

The Plot: Jessica wants to be named the upcoming fall dance queen, namely so she can attend all events for the rest of the year on the arm of inevitable king Bruce Patman. Her main obstacle is Elizabeth's new BFF, Enid, who happens to be dating the head of the dance committee. When Jessica discovers Enid's deep dark secret past, she decides to use it t
Jun 05, 2015 star_fire13 rated it it was ok
Again, I can't remember if I've read this one before, but I'm leaning more towards no. Enid's secret wasn't nearly as dark as I thought it would be. No one ended up dead! haha I'm guessing the first few novels aren't as dark as I remember the series turning. I'm PRETTY SURE it's in High that the characters eventually encounter suicides and drug addictions and sexual assaults. Might it might be that I have to wait for Sweet Valley High: Senior Year or even Sweet Valley University for that.

Dec 31, 2014 Britt rated it it was ok
Slightly different plot from the first book, but mostly the same. This time, though, Jessica gets jealous and manages to ruin not just Elizabeth's life, but Enid's as well. Of course, at the end, Elizabeth finally realizes (AGAIN) that Jessica's responsible for all of their problems (AGAIN) and concocts a plan to punish Jessica (AGAIN). In the end, everyone's laughing at Jessica's expense (AGAIN) and all is forgiven (AGAIN). Come on, this isn't a spoiler, people. So far these books are being for ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Tiina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give this book 1.5 starts, the lowest rating I've given on this site. Why? Well:

1) I'm so disappointed that the series I used to love as a child is so terrible, I almost regret re-reading it.
2) Can anyone sympathize with Jessica, honestly? She irritates me so much I just want to scream "I don't care about your stupid boyfriend problems, you are the phoniest and most selfish person alive!" at her face.
3) If Enid was supposed to be a former junkie, just like George, they seemed to have mana
Rachel Brand
Feb 12, 2012 Rachel Brand rated it liked it
Another one that I didn't read as a teenager. This one didn't have nearly as much drama as the first book, or maybe it was because most of it surrounded Enid and not the Wakefield family that I didn't find it quite so fun. It was also a good 60 or so pages shorter than 'Double Love', which made it shorter than some of the BSC books! I didn't realise the SVH books didn't have a standard page-length.

As usual, this book revolved around Jessica being jealous over the possibility of someone (Enid) g
Nov 08, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
I have a guilty pleasure for these books, partly because I grew up reading them. There's a naive simplicity of high school literature in those days, when being popular meant carrying out nasty, backstabbing plots against their rivals and everyone has their deep dark secret and things always work out in the end. Oh, well, I don't read them for realism. I read them for the same reason people watch cheesy soap operas and stupid movies: lowbrow entertainment that can give you a sense of feeling smar ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok
The Main Plot in 50 Words or Less: Jessica wants to be queen of the fall dance so she can win Bruce Patman. She will do anything to win. Anything.

The Second Plot in 20 Words or Less: Jessica finds out a secret about Enid, her competition for the dance. She uses it to win.

Opening Lines: "My very own sister! How could she do such a hideous thing to me?" Jessica Wakefield fumed.

Closing Lines: There was a hint of invitation in his smile, and more than a spark of interest in his sexy blue eyes. Some
Tara Calaby
Secrets is not one of my favourite Sweet Valley High novels. This is largely to do with the focus on Enid. I've never liked her, and my dislike has only grown over the years. For some reason, I always picture her lines being delivered in a whine. Jessica had much better taste when it came to choosing her close friends!

The other thing that really bothers me about this book is the casual way Enid's friends talk about her clearly abusive relationship with Ronnie. He's insanely jealous to the point
Dec 02, 2011 PurplyCookie rated it did not like it
Jessica wants to be named the upcoming fall dance queen, namely so she can attend all events for the rest of the year on the arm of inevitable king Bruce Patman. Her main obstacle is Elizabeth's new BFF, Enid, who happens to be dating the head of the dance committee.

When Jessica discovers Enid's deep dark secret past, she decides to use it to her advantage, causing rifts all over the place that culminate in a variety of repercussions on the night of the big dance.

One thing that bothers me abou
Desy Bachti
May 23, 2015 Desy Bachti rated it liked it
Lagi-lagi nemu buku murah di pesta buku gramedia. Sbnrnya uda pernah beli buku pertama di pesta buku lalu, eh di pesta buku kali ini nemu lagi lanjutannya seri 2-6.. Yeay, kapan lagi bisa ngumpulin seri dengan harga murah bingitss..
Sejujurnya sih utk ukuran buku terjemahan, buku ini masuk kategori terjemahan yg kurang oke. Saya kurang suka dengan buku-buku yg menerjemahkan kata-kata dari luar ke dalam bahasa indonesia yg tdk baku. Penggunaan kata "nggak" di novel terjemahan itu rasanya nggak ban
Apr 07, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Wow! I can not understand why I liked this book when I was younger. I got so mad while reading this book again.
Jessica is a jerk to her sister and also the definition of a snob. She steals, lies, and cheats in order to get what she wants, no matter what the circumstances may be. In this book, she wants to be the queen at the fall dance and is willing to break up Enid's relationship with her boyfriend to get the crown.
Elizabeth is sweet and kind. A little too kind. Even when Jessica admittedl
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Maybe it’s because I read some of the later books before I ever read these earlier ones, but as I was rereading this last night I couldn’t help but wonder how these ever got popular. Jessica and Elizabeth are too polar opposite from one another that it’s actually annoying to read about their different takes on things. Jessica is so self-centered, you’d think her sister would have learned to never trust a single word out of her mouth. I’m not even quite sure how she hasn’t pissed off the wrong gi ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Leeann rated it liked it
7-2013 (1st read - well. . .since I was a kid)
LOL! Again, SUPER dated, but cute. I'm addicted to the nostalgia. Burt Reynolds is actually mentioned as a heart-throb, and the band playing the school dance is belting out some great LINDA RONSTADT!!!! lol.

I have to say, there is NO way that I could recommend these to my students. The way women are treated, oh gosh. Enid's boyfriend Roger is a COMPLETE jerk. He is always telling her what to do and how to act. JERK. He finds out she is writing to a b
Feb 15, 2011 Monica rated it liked it
So funny that I used to love these books as a kid! Jessica is just downright AWFUL to her twin sister. She is so conniving and scheming. And Elizabeth just takes it! But, I realize as I read on, that the characters do evolve a little bit. So, this is just the set up, it's worth moving on to the next books.

I like reading that 80s versions because it's fun to see what has changed and what remains the same for teenage girls. (Which I have not been now for over a decade.)

As an adult I'm rereading t
In this book, Elizabeth Wakefield uncovers her best friend Enid's dark past and the fact that if her current boyfriend Ronnie finds out, it could end their relationship and Enid's good girl personality. Enid swears her to secrecy but when spiteful Jessica uncovers this secret, she uses it against Enid so she can hopefully emerge as Prom Queen with the beautiful Bruce Patman as her date.

These books are so easy to read, they are quick and breezy and as I loved them as a child, they bring back so
Akira Hasegawa
Oct 14, 2013 Akira Hasegawa rated it liked it
Extensive Reading6 Mathew's class

It took about an hour to read.

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Discussion Question
1. If you quarrel to your brother, which is first to apolosize?
- I always spolosize to my elder brother because I cannot defeat him.

2. If your loving person became a dance king, what will you do?
- Of course I try becoming a good dancer and being a dance queen.

Jessica is a bad girl, and Elizabeth is a good girl. however they are sister. Jessica
Lydia Rose
Sep 11, 2016 Lydia Rose rated it liked it
It was good.

Elizabeth's friend, Enid, has an ugly past, and a penpal. This penpal is a boy from that ugly past, who has turned himself around, and is coming to see her. She can't see him, or be seen with him. If she does, her boy friend with get really, really mad, and he can't find out about her past.

But nothing gets past Jessica, especially a secret letter on the floor from a boy for Enid. Jessica sees this as a perfect way to get what she wants, and she's going to get it. She can hardly wai
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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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“His eyes narrowed with scorn. “I know a lot of things about you I didn’t know before, Enid. I know, for instance, that you’re not as pure as you’d like me to believe.” 0 likes
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