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Rags to Riches

(Sweet Valley High #16)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,268 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Roger Barrett, the poorest boy in Sweet Valley, suddenly becomes the richest and Jessica decides she wants him.
Paperback, 151 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Bantam Books
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The book in which the Wakefield's get a VCR.

It's easy to picture Jessica growing up to be one of those women married a dozen times, whose husbands keep suffering mysteriously fatal accidents until one day the cops finally find husband numer 7 buried in her flower bed after he supposedly went out for cigarettes one night and never came home.
Tara Calaby
The most important part of this book is the Wakefields getting their first ever VCR. They got one almost a decade before my family did. Ripped off.

Anyway, this book is mostly just a slightly rejigged version of Racing Hearts, which, in turn, was an awful lot like Heart Breaker. This time it's Jessica who's after Roger, though, instead of Lila. The reason? Roger's mother has just died and he's found out that he's actually a Patman—and the richest boy in Sweet Valley. Ever the gold-digger, Jess t
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
A really weird plot line, Roger Barrett discovers he is actually a Patman after his mother dies (a story point that is incredibly glossed over- Roger apparently doesn't grieve because, well, mom is dead, but he's rich as fuck now, WooHOO!). Of course now that he's a millionaire, Jessica decides she must date him, because she's a human dumpster fire, despite the fact that Roger has a girlfriend. Beyond all this stupid story line is the best part of the book, wherein Lila Fowler is told shr has a ...more
Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from OpenLibrary.
Cost: Free

This book is #16 in the Sweet Valley High Series.

I do not care for Jessica at all, especially after this book. I mean she has been self centred in the past, but really? Just because Roger is now rich, you care? What a materialistic and idiotic main character for this series? If it wasn't for the character of Roger, I think this book would've been utterly unbearable. Thank god for him not giving into that rich Patman vibe.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it
yes, i'm admitting it. actually never read this series as a kid, but now that i'm trying to write for this age group, thought i'd see what's out there and how it's written. Lila and Jessica are awfully devious!
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Poor Roger!! Jessica is so mean.
Tiffany Spencer
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rags to Riches
PLOT: Roger Barett goes from geek to chic in the eyes of the ladies at SVH when his mother dies and he discovers that he’s a heir of one of the richest families in SVH (the Patman’s). And who should be trying to get in his pants (that is wallet) this time? The head manipulator herself, Jessica Wakefield -encouraged by Roger’s aunt who schemes to get close to Roger’s girlfriend Olivia in order to make her insecure about fitting in with Roger’s new life, under the guise of “helping h
Title: Rags To Riches
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High, 16
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Roger strikes it rich ...
No one would have guessed that Roger Barrett, the poorest boy in Sweet Valley, was really one of the Patmans, the wealthiest family in town. But when Roger's mother dies, the secret of his birth is revealed, and overnight he becomes a millionaire!
Immediately Jessica Wakefield sets her sights on Roger and his newfound wealth. Only one thi
I mean, what else can I really say about Jessica at this point. It's only book 16 and she's completely irredeemable. But Elizabeth isn't really much better, considering she never steps in to stop Jessica until it's nearly too late. Like you can't be that dumb, Liz, and actually think Jessica was sincerely interested in helping Olivia. You're a reporter! How can you not sniff out such a massive lie?
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-valley
Can money change you?
I honestly don't remember Jessica being this terrible of a person.
Jessica was such a sociopath when this series started! They eventually calmed her down as a character and I honestly do love her in the later books, but yikes she was awful here.

Also lol: "The twins were watching a movie on their brand new video cassette recorder." Hehe.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of writing a review, I did a two-part podcast on this book over at "Sweet Valley Diaries," available here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

When news hits that former poor boy (moonlighting as a school janitor after classes) Roger Barrett becomes an overnight millionaire (due to his family relations with the Patmans), Jessica wants to set her claws on him before anybody else goes sniffing. Well, if she was burned by Bruce Patman back at the start of the book series, then a long lost cousin would have to do.

Yes, Jessica's as devious as they come and she proves time and again (well, at least not during Sweet Valley Twins days) that sh
Sarah Anne
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Roger Barret, one of the most genuine and poorest boys in Sweet Valley High's true identity is revealed, as the son of one of the most richest millionaires in Sweet Valley, Roger life changes fast. He is rushed into a life that he could only dream of in the life of Roger Barret but what comes with fame and fortune as they say, is a price. Soon, Jessica Wakefield has her eyes on the prize, which is Roger, of course. Since she stroked out with Bruce Patman, Rogers now cousin, why not try hitt ...more
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jessica is a manipulative bitch and I just love to hate her. This time she is working hard at driving a wedge between Olivia "Liv" and Roger Barrett who is now Roger Patman, the newest rich boy in Sweet Valley. Obviously, so she can have Roger for herself.
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This is my spring soap opera obsession. It's strange to read these with adult eyes.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-early-years
I love this stuff. I just want to let the series go on forever...It was just a great set of stories and characters to grow up with. I enjoyed them all.
That Jessica...
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Read this back in secondary school... 'Sweet Valley High #16 - Rags to Riches' by Francine Pascal
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Sweet Valley High
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Erin

Read the drinking game and review here.
Glacebel Kaye Cello
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet nostalgia
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I know none of these are exactly relatable, but this was ridiculous. Personal dressing rooms? Servants? Tennis courts? Cuff links?????
Keli Wright
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the little girls
Recommended to Keli by: ?
who can resist a rags to riches story????
Reading with Cats
Um, I don't get it. Why in the world did Liz need to go along with Roger to apologize to Olivia? Shouldn't that be something you do ON YOUR OWN?!?!?

And Jessica is a hateful, hateful person.
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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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