Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sweet Valley High #1 Double Love, #2 Secrets, and #3 Playing with Fire

In Sweet Valley High #1, Double Love, Jessica Wakefield has her eye on Todd Wilkins.  Todd is Sweet Valley High's star basketball player, and Jessica is certain that she can make him fall in love with her.  Unknown to Jessica, her twin sister, Elizabeth, likes Todd a lot.  Liz is devastated when Todd appears to be falling for Jessica.

I have never cared for the first book in this series.  It was one of the books I didn't read as a teen, so nostalgia, or rather, lack of nostalgia is the reason why. 

I also no longer care much for the Elizabeth and Todd relationship.  I liked them okay together when I was a teen, but they bore me now.

In Sweet Valley High #2, Secrets, Elizabeth's best friend, Enid Rollins, fears that she will lose her boyfriend, Ronnie Edwards.  Enid tells Liz her darkest secret, that she was once on drugs, and if Ronnie ever finds out, he'll dump her.

Soon, the worst happens.  Someone has told Ronnie about Enid's past!  Enid is certain that Liz told, but Liz kept Enid's secret.  Can Liz ever sort out this mess and regain Enid's friendship?

From page 17:
Even so, Jessica doubted that Ms. Dalton suspected that Ken had a crush on her. 

Teachers could be so dense about some things, she thought.
Ha!  Little do our students realize that we know far more than we let on and that we often play dumb on purpose, at least at first.  They have no idea.

I always enjoyed this book, but now it's just okay.

In Sweet Valley High #3, Playing with Fire, Jessica has been in love with Bruce Patman for the longest time, and finally, Bruce is paying attention to her.  Jessica spends all of her time with Bruce, even cutting classes to spend time with him.  Liz is worried, because Jessica is not acting like herself.  Liz fears that Bruce is using her.  Can Liz help Jessica come to her senses before she gets hurt?

I always loved this book, but now it seems so stupid.  Jessica is such a self-assured young lady, and it's highly unlikely that she would transform into such a permissive person so suddenly.  This book is not believable, and it did not hold up well at all upon this reading.

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