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Centre of Attention (Sweet Valley Twins #18)

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Stepping over the line...

Jessica Wakefield just can't stop her wild imagination. Her mother is very ill, and Jessica thinks it's much worse - she might even be dying! Soon, the news spreads all over Sweet Valley Middle School. Elizabeth, Jessica's twin sister, is furious, but Jessica loves being the centre of al that attention.

Even the teachers feel sorry for Jessica, and
Paperback, UK edition, 104 pages
Published November 18th 1988 by Bantam Books (first published April 1988)
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Jul 23, 2014 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I was a fan of Sweet Valley Twins and read this book back when I was 10. I liked the plot about Jessica wanting to win the lead role in the school play and using her mother's illness as a way to gain sympathy from her school. This book was not particularly memorable to me from the other Sweet Valley Twins books until I turned 21. I had a lump on my arm which was thought to be cancer and immediately thought of the less optimistic, Mandy Miller Fights Back. Two biopsies later and after the all cle ...more
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Jan 17, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
The basic theme is that Mrs. Wakefield is ill and ends up pretty much confined to bed. The students and teachers at the school are very nice to the twins, having heard about what was going on. Unfortunately, the person they heard it from was Caroline who loves to gossip but often stretches things a lot.

Before long people get the idea that Mrs. Wakefield is dying. At home, the twins and Steven try to maintain things (their father is away on business), but Jessica does more bossing then work, alt
Mar 01, 2016 Emmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Shelves: owned
The end was really fucking weird and this being a re-read for me, I remember reading the part when Jessica actually performs, but perhaps I made that up as a kid.

However, they are very easy and entertaining books, I have to admit, but they feel a bit like those horse-books you read as a kid/teen. They're all pretty much the same.
Tara Calaby
Okay, Jess gets a bad rap on the cover blurb for this one. It makes her sound downright evil, when in the book she's mostly just extremely upset about her mother. She does ONE THING bad, and that's only after (view spoiler)and it's more a sin of omission than her being super devious. Which she can absolutely be, but not so much in this book.
Sheila Read
Jun 22, 2013 Sheila Read rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth seems to be the center of attention.
Jun 24, 2014 Anneke rated it it was amazing
I love reading about desperate cases.
From "Books I have read this summer" list that I found at home in NJ.
Apr 24, 2014 TRACEY rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
In this one, Jessica uses her mother's illness to get attention. Even more, she believes her mother to be terminal! And uses it! For attention!!
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Shelves: the-early-years
I never thought about how much a part of my childhood these books were, but they helped create an even bigger love of reading in me.
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