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Too Good to be True (Sweet Valley High #11)

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At first Suzanne seems to be the most perfect girl in the world but it soon appears that there's more to her than meets the eye.
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jan 16, 2010 added it
Shelves: 2010
Suzanne goes Medieval on everyone when she fails to seduce Mr. Collins. SEVENTY STARS.
Elizabeth really is too naive and trusting. I really wish she'd get mean and stop being stepped on.

Suzanne comes across as just some spoiled little brat who just wants attention. I mean, if her parents are as bad/neglectful as they came across when Jessica came over, I kinda get it. But still. She has no right to try and destroy Mr Collins's life and career like that.

I'm really pissed at Elizabeth for not taking his side right away. Also, didn't anyone interview Teddy? Teddy at least would have
Oct 01, 2014 added it
Jessica goes to big ole New York City to stay with Mr. wakefield's old friend. In exchange, daughter of said big-city friend comes to Sweet Valley! Jessica quickly discovers that everyone in NYC is rich but cruel, stylish but conniving. Oh no! NYC gal, Suzy, really brings the ruckus to Sweet Valley. Sure, she acts like she is as sweet as she is gorgeous, but she is just as cruel as the rest of those caviar-eating jerks in NYC. Her wily acts of deception are myriad! Elizabeth's necklace goes miss ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
I didn't remember this book being so scandalous. Suzanne Devlin is the devil, but she is bright enough to realize how crazy Leave it to Beaver the Wakefields and the town of Sweet Valley as a whole is, so her 2 week stay is filled with drama culminating in a hideous scheme targeting Elizabeth's dear Mr. Collins. Jessica meanwhile finda herself in NYC, unable to hold her booze/keep up with Suzanne's "sophisticated" friends, and finding herself in the 4th or 5th potential date rape situation in el ...more
Tara Calaby
This is the first occasion where the twins are separated for any great period of time. Jessica heads off to New York City to stay with Ned's old college friend, while the friend's daughter, Suzanne Devlin, heads to Sweet Valley to take Jessica's place.

At first, everyone thinks that Suzanne's the best thing to arrive in Sweet Valley since the Vanderbilts. She's stunningly beautiful, super sophisticated, and she has a vaguely European accent. Even Lila, who usually does her best to dispose of any
Keli Wright
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the little girls
Recommended to Keli by: ?
Source: I own this book.
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Title: Too Good to be True
Series: Sweet Valley High #11
Author: Kate William and Francine Pascal
Overall Rating: 2.9 stars

In this one, Liz stays in Sweet Valley while Jess goes gallivanting in NYC, both neither get what they bargain for.

Liz expects her new friend Suzanne to be kind, modest and considerate when in reality the girl comes with an undercurrent of crazy with a capital C. After Mr Collins rejects her advances, she decides th
From the very beginning, Suzanne Devlin seems to be too good to be true--beautiful, modest, considerate and kind--hey, sounds like Elizabeth! In fact the whole town practically worships her.They think she is Christmas,Thanksgiving and the turkey all dressed up.

As Sweet Valley is cast under Suzanne's charming spell, some things do not quite add up. Mr. Collins is accused of attacking Suzanne and Elizabeth is accused of being insane.

I have to say that Suzanne is a bonified, tried and true witch.
Apr 10, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Here are some of the character voices Arthur used for this book:

Steven Wakefield - barely opens his lips to speak
Caroline Pearce - short staccato bursts, like machine-gun fire
Aaron Dallas - cowboy

I love the painting on the cover of this one. Suzanne's right hand and forearm look way too huge. Both Suzanne's and Elizabeth's torsos look really huge and barrel-chested. It's like one of those weird Mannerist paintings where everything is out of proportion and bizarre-looking. It is one of my life dr
Elizabeth and Jessica have a chance to either go to New York or show Suzanne all around town. At first each girl has a great time- Jessica in New York and Elizabeth with Suzanne. But then Jessica gets embarrassed by a boy and ends up being alone most of the time. Elizabeth at first thinks that Suzanne is great but then she accuses Mr.Collins of taking advantage of her. Things begin to come clear to Elizabeth when she talks to Mr.Collins and when she finds her necklace in Suzanne's suitcase. Suza ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, borrowed
Reading this was nostalgic. SVH had sustained me throughout my growing years providing drama, romance and adventure. I used to lap up the details reg. the lives of the two desirable twins - Elizabeth and Jessica. I have been with them through all their ups and downs. If I had judged this book 2 decades earlier, it would have been 4 to 5 stars. But now my taste has changed, and I cannot but help thinking what was so extra ordinary about this never ending series, that I used to eagerly read a book ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kami Bee
This one is good fun. A lot of witty lines and fun camaraderie between the usual cast.

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Suzanne lies, steals, manipulates people for her own selfish ends and falsely accuses someone of trying to rape her. According to DoormatLiz she is an evil monster.
PsychoJess lies, steals, manipulates people for her own selfish ends and falsely accuses someone of trying to rape her. She is one of the "heroines" of this story and DoormatLiz is "fiercely loyal" to her.
Ruthie Jones
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I read the first twelve in the Sweet Valley High series along with a cousin who was a preteen at the time - so we could talk about them together. Even though I was past my teenage years when I read these books, I had a lot of fun reading them. Very entertaining.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the best one yet, probably because Jessica's role was so minimal and mostly consisted of her getting put in her place.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-valley
The introduction of the infamous Suzanne Devlin! My first inkling as to what a nemesis really was.
Man, maybe I just read all of these. Ha.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Erin

Read the drinking game and review here.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Is it me or does Liz cry a lot? I'd like to see what happens to the twins in 30 years. SVH: The Therapy Years.
Nicole Dunton
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The twin's father gets in touch with one of his college buddies! While talking, they agree to have a trade-off of children so that their children can visit each other's home states. One of the twins gets to visit the magnificent New York City and the other gets to show Suzanne around Sweet Valley! Will it be a dream come true for both of the twins? Or will the perfect dream turn into a nightmare?

Amazing as ever of course! I really just adore this entire series. I love the foreshadowing in each a
From the moment I read the summary ("But when Suzanne accuses Mr. Collins of seducing her...") I knew this was going to be a shitshow, and I was not disappointed. Cool, thanks, yet another false rape accusation (is this a spoiler? Was there ever any doubt that Mr. Collins would be innocent?) furthering the narrative that women lie about these things all the time just to ruin poor, unsuspecting men's lives.

So I'm not even going to touch that, but can I just lol at the exchange between Elizabeth a
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
What exactly is a lavaliere?
Woohoo, the introduction to the evil and infamous Suzanne Devlin!
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...these books have always been garbage, but this is one where they cross over into actual TRASH. Like, whatever-the-pre-teen-equivalent-of-soft-core-porn-is, Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins TRASH. The only reason I'm giving this the same rating that I've given all of the others I've read in the series so far is because there is no rating I can give that is less than one star. Jessica is shallow and whiny and almost gets date-raped - AGAIN (but this time in New York! Such glamour!). Elizabeth ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, svh
The first spring break of the twins' never-ending junior year and the introduction of Suzanne "The Devil" Devlin. We should have known she was evil because she's a brunette from New York City and not an all-American blonde from Sweet Valley.

And she stole Elizabeth's lavalier! Shocker!

Jessica is a complete idiot and throws herself at Suzanne's boyfriend, but survives attempted date-rape number 3 because there are never any consequences for Jess's idiocy. And Suzanne is a mega-bitch who gives us f
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is more exciting than deceiving appearances and mean girls. Jessica would’ve never went as far as Suzanne had. Speaking of Jessica, she didn’t deserve to be played like that, even she is a player herself. Also, the book had some very essential quotes too.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. i hope Suzanne learned her lesson. what she did to the Wakefield family and friends was really wrong!
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
A good story...but the themes were very "PG-13".
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this one a lot, I love the sneaky characters :)
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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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