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Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  6,835 Ratings  ·  478 Reviews
Will Jessica steal Todd from Elizabeth?

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins at Sweet Valley High. They're both popular, smart, and gorgeous, but that's where the similarity ends. Elizabeth is friendly, outgoing, and sincere -- nothing like her snobbish and conniving twin. Jessica gets what she wants -- at school, with friends, and especially with boys.

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Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Bantam Books (first published 1983)
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Jessica
Nov 10, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: little girls with appropriate protective/educational influences in their young lives
"Francine Pascal," or whoever actually wrote these books, taught me how to read. Nancy Drew was my angel in first grade; by third, the Wakefield sisters were my guiding light, and if it weren't for them, I'd be television literate today. As it is, I cannot hold an informed conversation with members of my cohort about the Snorks or Family Ties, and I spend all my free time on a book-themed social networking site....

O, Jessica! O, Elizabeth! How unjust it seemed at the time that I must share my na
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faeriemyst
SVH: WTF?

Cover Models: Jessica and Elizabeth

Page count: 182

Special Event: Some sorority thing.

Number of times "a hundred and thirty-seven" was mentioned: Two, plus five hundred and thirty-seven and seven hundred and thirty-seven. See below.

Mental Illness Winner of the Week: Jessica. Is there any surprise there?

Jessica's Bitchyness scale: ***** (out of five)

WTFery Meter: ****1/2 stars (out of five)

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Quotes & Snarky comments:

What a peach:
"How can you be best friends wi
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Laura
Dec 12, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
these books made me feel worse about myself than my parents, the media and every man i've ever known combined. i mean, talk about a self esteem body slam, these books damaged pretty much every lady i know in the 24-34 age range. I mean, some really fucked up shit...I think they even made fun of retarded people. Terrible.

But fuck it if I still don't want to be them. UGH THAT FRANCINE PASCAL IS GOOD!!!
Mariah
I remember reading this in High School, but I can't remember if I enjoyed it or not hahaha
Lara
Apr 02, 2009 Lara rated it it was ok
Sweet Valley High, Book 1: Double Love

It's no wonder that
I had unrealistic views
Of the world after

Reading this bullshit
Series so avidly. Jess
Is a bitch; Liz is

A doormat. The Sweet
Valleyans are moronic
Gossips. Jessica

Tries to steal Liz's
Crush. Liz cries a lot. Jess jumps
Into a Porsche with

A cheeseball wanna-
Be date rapist who takes her
To a bar (gasp!). Cop

Takes her home. She lets
The cop believe she's Eliz.
Much gossip ensues.

The whole school believes
This BS; not one soul stops
To think, hey, maybe

W
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Heather
Feb 24, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle schoolers and higher
Recommended to Heather by: don't remember
I read a lot of these books, so this review goes for the entire series.

I found these books in middle school and fell in love with them. I hadn't been a big reader up to this point, but these books drew me in and wouldn't let me go. I read nonstop. I read during class when I was supposed to be learning. I read during dinner. I read in bed. I loved these books. I was convinced that when I had children I would have twin daughters and name them Elizabeth and Jessica. One of my friends bought all the
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Sarah
Jan 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Nostalgia! I LOVED these books as a schoolgirl!!!! This series helped me become the avid reader I am today. My Mom or Dad would take me every couple weeks to buy one at the local B Dalton Booksellers at the mall once I had saved up enough of my allowance to get a new one.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 26, 2016 Maxine (Booklover Catlady) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teens-and-ya
I was obsessed with this series when it was first released. I was about 11/12 years old when I got hooked. I'd sit on the floor in the bookshop and have half the newest book read by the time my mum said it was time to go.

My high school life was nothing like these books so these were pure escapism for me. Pure fantasy. I recall loving all of the series and had my set on display until I hit my Goth years at 15 when they went to be replaced with much darker books like Dracula and Poe.

5 stars for t
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Mari
Dec 29, 2011 Mari rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood-trauma
The entire premise behind "Childhood Trauma" is to go back and re-read the books we grew up with. I, however, never actually read Sweet Valley High as a kid, which gave me the unique perspective of being able to read these for the first time as a(n) (almost completely) functioning adult.

Oh. My. God.

In short, Jessica Wakefield is a bitch. A really, really pretty bitch. Her sister, Elizabeth Wakefield is a doormat. A really, really pretty doormat.

In the first SVH book, Liz has fallen head over p
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Juliet
Nov 29, 2007 Juliet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, 2007
nov 30 2007 - More than 15 years on, I still want to strangle Jessica for being a manipulative, shallow little bitch while also backslapping Elizabeth for being such a pushover little marmy twin!

So here's my SV story.

I was completely addicted to these books. It started when I was either 8 or 9 when my dad bought me a SVT from the bookstore I spied in the bookstore. From then on until I was 14, I've read everything in SVT, SVH and SVU and I had the complete collections. I went on a holiday and
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Rachel Brand
Aug 27, 2016 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it
I have a truly terrible confession to make. While I consider myself a Sweet Valley fan, have joined a LiveJournal fan club for the series and own the much-awaited sequel, I had never read 'Double Love' until yesterday. I read Sweet Valley books in the early 2000s, when most of the early books in the series were out-of-print or just not stocked at my local library. So as a result, when I graduated from the Babysitters Club on to the Sweet Valley series I ended up reading the horrible 90s add-ons, ...more
Kristen
Dec 04, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it
This book made me want to add a new shelf titled "Barfy". This was horrible! I thought I'd read a couple of Sweet Valley High books as a kid but realized it was the Sweet Valley Twins series after I started reading this. There were so many hilariously bad things to highlight! Here are a few of my favorites:

"I make it a habit to know where all the foxiest chicks in Sweet Valley live." Shudder...

"She was so beautiful and fragile at that moment, Steven thought, her brown eyes shining, her hair floa
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Kim
Apr 07, 2008 Kim marked it as to-read
Sweet Valley! Home to perfect size-six California-gorgeous Wakefield twins Jessica (the sociopath and flirt) and Elizabeth (the writer and actually, a bit of a sociopath herself).

I loved reading these books as a youngster. They seemed so grown-up! And looking back on them now, they still seem grown-up. So many tragedies, everybody was always hardcore in love (without having sex), they dressed all mature and everything was drama, drama, drama. My goal is to get my hands on as many of these as I c
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Lindley Walter-smith
Jun 05, 2012 Lindley Walter-smith rated it it was amazing
Sweet Valley was never again as Sweet Valley as in this book. Jessica was never again either so devious or so quick to change emotions as to suggest she has a serious personality disorder, Elizabeth was never so saintly or such an incredibly deadly doormat, Todd never again had anything approaching a personality. Liz is particularly awesome - she spend the entire book weeping over what a terrible person she is not to roll over and beg herself to trample on her quite quickly enough, although ...more
bmo211
Sep 15, 2014 bmo211 added it
I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading, as an adult, this pernicious, ridiculous book. I think I am going to have to keep moving through the series because 1) I cannot remember what Enid's deep dark secret was (to be revealed in the second book) and 2) this makes for great need-to-fall-asleep-or-else-laugh-trying reading material.
Doris Ware
Feb 02, 2015 Doris Ware rated it really liked it
I read this series of books when they first came out a long time ago I decided to read these books again just for fun and for a quick read. this book was still cute and fun. I read it on my kindle.
Maria
Feb 07, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I especially liked where Elizabeth got even with Jessica at the end of the book.
Angria
Aug 12, 2013 Angria rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I absolutely have no idea why I enjoyed reading SVH during my teen years. Reading it years later, I was bewildered by the superficial and super-dramatic yet unrealistic story plot. It is like finding out my high school crush turns out to be not charming anymore and that sinking feeling of having bad taste bugs me no end. It was not a bad-written book at any rate. The fact that I am still clinging to it after so many years is obviously for the nostalgia's sake. As to whether I am going to read ...more
Jen
Sep 30, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
Okay, I've read all the original SVH books a hundred times, but I'll only add this one to my list for simplicities sake. What can I say, I think it's more nostalgia than anything, but these books have a special place in my heart. I actually still have about 12 of them and recently re-read then in the span of a few days. I remember the feeling of anticipation going into the book store to buy the next installment. I so wanted to be a Wakefield.

As cheesy as they were, I loved the twins and their fr
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Milka
Apr 06, 2014 Milka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I won't write a proper review about this, because then I would probably have to go to things that are not so good about this one (the characters run into conclusions, the superficiality of the characters etc).

These books are a huge contributor to my love for books - I remember going to the library with one of my friends, picking up like 10 of these, and spending our sleepovers in silence, reading these books (I sound like the lamest child ever). I always remember identifying with Elizabeth to s
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Danielle
Mar 25, 2008 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Look who's back! It's our favorite twins Elizabetha nd Jessica Wakefield. I got this pre pub in and I thought it was a joke. Cougar thought Francine Pascal was dead. My guess is that they are rereleasing these gems of my childhood. I'm so happy!

So it looks like Bantam is trying to compete with Gossip Girl and all the Priv. Chick Lit out there. This book has been edited so it's less 1987 and more 2008. Jessica and Elizabeth are now a size 4 instead of a "perfect size 6." I guess they were too fat
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Rochelle
Jan 25, 2015 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Ah, the Wakefield twins. I read over a hundred SVH books when I was actually in Jr High, many many years ago. I remember going to the library every week or so during the summers and getting another 8 or 10 books to devour. SVH was undoubtedly in that pile, somewhere. Because of the Wakefield's, I have had a lifelong obsession with wanting to own a Fiat. I never even knew what one looked like, but it sounded exotic and fast. LOL. I may need to revisit these in the future and see if they were as ...more
Tara Calaby
I read this book so often that I have resorted to the trick of reviewing under different editions in order to have it count in multiple years' reading challenges.

Yes, I read it yet again. I was taking study notes.

I enjoyed it anyway ;p
Skylar Burris
Continuing my stroll down memory lane, I'm adding the first Sweet Valley High to my read list. I'm not going to go on to add the other twenty or so books in the series I'm semi-ashamed to have read. I think this was a 6th grade project of mine....
Kristilyn
Jun 05, 2015 Kristilyn rated it really liked it
4 stars for nostalgia ... Obviously compared to the YA we have now, these books can't compare, but they do have a special place in my heart. Love the memories!
Scatterbooker
Nov 21, 2014 Scatterbooker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This series was another big favourite of mine growing up. Some awful writing at times but I got so much enjoyment from reading these.
Jerry
Feb 04, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
Sort of like an episode of a Disney Channel show, but with a more convoluted plot and a cliffhanger ending.
Tara Calaby
I think this would be the book I've re-read the largest number of times. As the first book in the Sweet Valley series, it demonstrates perfectly what the series is going to be about. It's not well-written, it's enormously corny and I love it to death and probably always will, even if I know it so well that I can almost recite each sentence before I get to it.

The Plot
Elizabeth and Jessica are both chasing after the same guy – the stunningly dull Todd Wilkins. While Elizabeth relies upon blushing
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Kari Ramirez
Oct 12, 2016 Kari Ramirez rated it liked it
I wish I could recapture my obsession for these books! I was barely a teen when I read them and now that I'm older I still enjoyed it, but I thought 'How are these 16 year old kids?!'. I mean, it worked when I was younger and thought this must be what high school is like, but now I wonder how many high schools have sororities and fraternities. Craziness. And I forgot about the amazing "on the next episode of Sweet Valley High" blurb they would put at the end of the book to get you to read the ...more
Sharon
Dec 15, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
Popsugar Reading Challenge: A Book Published the Year You Were Born (First Published 1983)

I devoured the SVH books as a kid. I remember owning two or three, then borrowing them from the "teenage fiction" shelf in my local library. I was so afraid that the librarian wouldn't let me read the teenage books aged 10 or 11 that I brought my own books in to show her that I already owned some from the series. I followed the adventures of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and their blue-green eyes and lava
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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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“After all, she told herself, if Todd preferred Jessica—and that certainly was how it looked—she would not stand in the way. She’d do the decent thing. Die.” 2 likes
“Where’s Mom? I can’t wait to tell her all about this.” “She’s going to be late. An appointment, I think.” “Again?” Jessica pouted. “That makes three nights in a row! I thought mothers were supposed to stay home and fix dinner once in a while!” 0 likes
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