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Dear Sister (Sweet Valley High #7)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,901 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Paperback, 150 pages
Published (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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
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
Mar 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
(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
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.
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
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
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
Apr 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Reading with Cats
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.
Cassidy Harrison
i thought the book was great i got hooked instantly READ I TELL YOU! READ!!!!!
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
I remember this being my favorite SVH book as a kid, and that still holds true. It is so completely awful that it is amazing. Elizabeth wakes up from a coma and has turned into a more-Jessica version of Jessica. She's selfish and careless and flirty and mean and she ditches Todd and hooks up with Bruce Patman. There's a subplot involving a younger pair of twins, kids of Alice and Ned's friends, who are staying with the Wakefields while their parents are out of town, and Jessica has to actually b ...more
Sarah Crawford
Oct 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I would call a one-trick-pony type of book. Elizabeth is in a motorcycle accident where she is hurt quite badly. When she finally comes around she has undergone a drastic personality change, thinking and behaving just like Jessica.

From that moment, if you have ever read any similar books, you know that (1) she will return to normal and (2) that will be done by hitting her head (again.)

Elizabeth actually outdoes Jessica going after every boy, lying, not doing her homework, being nast
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…

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Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Dear Sister is written by Francine Pascal. In this book there are two identical twin sisters named Elizabeth and Jessica. Elizabeth suffered a motorcycle crash with her boyfriend Todd. Elizabeth slipped into a coma,while Todd remains unharmed. When Elizabeth wakes up she suddenly becomes exactly the opposite of her normal self, like her twin sister Jessica. While Elizabeth is busy being Jessica, Jessica had to pick up the role of the responsible twin, Elizabeth.
I personally loved readi
Well, the early books in the series are a lot more risqué than the 90s books I read when I was growing up.

This story opens with Jessica tearfully at Liz's bedside in the hospital, where Liz lies in a coma after a motorcycle accident.

When Elizabeth wakes up, she has undergone some sort of personality transplant. Steady, levelheaded Liz has turned into *gasp* Jessica - or so it seems! Actually, she is even worse than Jessica here. She basically ignores Todd and starts whoring it up with every guy
Meera Nair
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.
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
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My second favorite book in the series.

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Reading these books again as an adult, I get frustrated with the twins quite a bit: Jessica for being a horribly selfish person, and Elizabeth for enabling Jessica's bad behavior. It did help to read that Francine Pascal envisioned the twins as portraying the good and bad sides of human nature. Given this, the
Nicole Dunton
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
This book was awesome when I was eight. I wasn't totally allowed to read SVH because they were a little bit naughty, but I found ways. I don't remember many details about other Sweet Valley High books, but Dear Sister really stuck with me. It also made me want to ride a motorcycle just so I could wear a hot-pink helmet.
Sarah B
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Book seven in the long-running Sweet Valley High series is one of the more memorable books in the series and rumoured to be the basis for the upcoming Sweet Valley High musical. In this instalment goody-goody Elizabeth Wakefield wakes from her coma and undergoes a major personality change, becoming badder than her twin sister Jessica.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, ya
Nancy sent me this, so I read it--it's the first Sweet Valley High book I've ever read. (When I was the right age for them, I thought they were too dirty for me. In my defense, there was a little over-shirt second-base action in this one.) It's roughly as stupid as I would have imagined. I'm pretty disappointed there were no hair-pulling fights.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Arthur read this to me. Here are some of the character voices he used:

Bill Chase: Spongebob Squarepants
Roger Collins: Creepy seductive dude
Max Dillon: Robot
Lila Fowler: Lumpy Space Princess
Bruce Patman: Italian pizza chef
Enid Rollins: Gilbert Gottfried
Ned Wakefield: Mickey Mouse
Alice Wakefield: Chain-smoking madam
Todd Wilkins: French stereotype

I laughed so hard!!
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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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