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Double Love

(Sweet Valley High #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  8,637 ratings  ·  656 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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Nov 10, 2007 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

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)


Quotes & Snarky comments:

What a peach:
"How can you be best friends with
Dec 12, 2007 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.

But fuck it if I still don't want to be those dumb twins ugh!! THAT FRANCINE PASCAL IS GOOD!!!
Apr 02, 2009 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

Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-read
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
Mariah Roze
I remember reading this in High School, but I can't remember if I enjoyed it or not hahaha ...more
Feb 24, 2008 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
3 STARS for a blast from the past! While I didn't find that the writing was good, I had fun with this trip down memory lane. One of my fondest book memories is reading these in Elementary School thinking I was so cool reading books about High School kids. I remembered a little about these blonde bombshell twins, but of course I didn't remember how corny and ridiculous much of the book can be. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the time in which it was written and the age group it's written fo ...more
Jan 13, 2011 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.
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Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

Sweet Valley High is a young adult book series set in the 1980s. Most of the characters are 16 year-olds trying to get by, either by avoiding or contributing to the typical, everyday drama teenagers tend to attract.

The plot revolves around the gorgeous and popular Wakefield twins, Elizabeth and Jessica. While Elizabeth (Liz) is sweet and kind-hearted, Jessica (Jess) has a tendency to be selfish and malicious.
It’s the classic good twin-evil twin cliché
Jess doesn’t seem to care about
Dec 04, 2012 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
Lindley Walter-smith
Jan 26, 2012 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 she' ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
The good news is I read a BUNCH of these as kid and still grew up to be a feminist.

The bad news is basically everything else??
Emma M.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't a huge Sweet Valley High fan growing up, but the summer before college I discovered Sweet Valley University. It left me with some seriously unrealistic expectations, but man of man those books were so stinking fun.

I had more or less forgotten about the Wakefield twins until I listened to an episode of the SSR Podcast about one of the books. I then listened to Paperback Crush and was filled with an intense desire to revisit the twins. I'm now the owner of the first twelve books in the s
Rachel Brand
Feb 12, 2012 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
Dec 29, 2011 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
Nov 25, 2007 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
Apr 07, 2008 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
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars

Maybe it’s because this book was published so long ago, but like how does anyone like either of these twins?

Jessica is a total bitch, who actually seems to think attempting to steal her sister’s would-be boyfriend is no big deal.

Meanwhile Elizabeth wouldn’t know a spine if it walked up and inserted itself into her back.

Neither of these girls were likeable and it wasn’t even a good thing like it can be for some novels. Instead they were two girls that I wanted to yell at, entire book.

And yet
Kris - My Novelesque Life
I want to reread this series from my childhood, hopefully will review this then.
Doris Ware
Jan 03, 2015 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.
Tara Calaby
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance, favourites
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
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
No wonder I am so messed up if this is what I was reading as a pre-teen. Jessica Wakefield is a terrible human with sociopathic tendencies. And Elizabeth? She needs a therapist stat for that codependency. Incredibly unrealistic is the nicest thing I will say about it. The casual misogyny and astronomical white privilege exhibited make it nearly unreadable.
I’m going to hate read #2 because I can’t believe how much I loved these as a kid.
Robbin Hanson
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sheesh... this did not hold up over the years. I read a lot of these books in junior high and I’m a little appalled by that fact. I remember enjoying them! Reading this as an adult was a very difficult task. Jessica is absolutely vile. She’s an awful person, especially towards her own sister. Elizabeth isn’t as bad but really has no depth of character. The body-shaming, cattiness, and over the top storylines are just too much.
Aug 11, 2013 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 th ...more
Sep 30, 2010 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
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Well adjusted teens
Shelves: children-s
When I saw this book I just had to pick it up, it was a nostalgia overload, it reminded me of going to the library at weekends with my mum & she would go her way and pick up a crime novel and I would go my way and pick up one of these novels and devour it, I absolutely adored these books as a 12 year old and couldn't get enough of them.

As an adult I really wanted to hate this book, after all I am hardly the target audience but try as I might I just couldn't hate it and ended up loving it, now do
Feb 15, 2008 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
Jan 25, 2015 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 f ...more
Alicia Croft
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was very interesting to re-read with adult eyes. Its a very idealised, barbie-esque, american dream, classic teenage drama soap opera. I dont remember Jessica being so underhanded and manipulative, it was suprising. Its like the classic devil on one shoulder, angel on the other written into human form. I have to say it was still pretty enjoyable - You really root for Elizabeth but secretly enjoy watching Jessica's chaos. I can see why I read these ...more
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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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