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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-17 03:18
Review: The Long-Lost Brother - Francine Pascal
The Long-Lost Brother - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Looks can be deceiving ...

It's no secret that pretty, popular Sara Eastborne has a twin brother named Tim. Sara had told her friends at Sweet Valley High that Tim chose to live with their father on the East Coast when their parents were divorced. But she didn't tell them that Tim was in reform school!

Now Tim's out of reform school and ready to start a new life in Sweet Valley with Sara and their mother. Sara desperately wants Tim to keep his criminal past a secret. When Tim becomes friends with Elizabeth Wakefield and starts dating Sara's best friend, Amanda Hayes, Sara is afraid that the truth will come out and her social life at Sweet Valley High will be ruined.

Tim has betrayed her before, and she isn't going to let him do it again, no matter what. (from Goodreads)

 

Get ready for some rage reviewing. 

 

I had a lot of issues with this book, all of them named Sara Eastborne. When a book is literally based around the shame of a family member and that character's stubbornness to not let go of it, it bothers me. A lot.

 

The Long-Lost Brother follows Sara as she struggles with her brother Tim's arrival in Sweet Valley, and the fear that everyone will learn about his past of drinking, drugs and stealing a car.

 

She's also struggling with an egotistical lovechild of Bruce Patman and Scott Trost named Bob Hillman. He's her boyfriend. For some reason she thinks it's a really good idea to date him, even though he's openly a jerk, openly flirts with other girls, and treats her as if she were created to be a puppet under his control. All in all, my least favourite type of person.

 

Sara is shocked that Tim wants to tell people about his past, because how dare he ruin everything she has worked so dang hard to establish. And then everyone finds out when a van is stolen and he's arrested yet again. This book relies on way too many coincidences. Honestly, it's worse than Captain America: Civil War.

 

At the end of the book, Bob and Sara breakup, Amanda (Sara's best friend and Tim's crush) stops talking to both of them only to start talking to them again and send Tim home covered in her lipstick... Elizabeth Wakefield acts as everyone's best friend and is the only person who doesn't hate Sara. Sara decides she's happy being single and with her family just the way it is.

 

There are two subplots in this one, the main focusing on Elizabeth Wakefield as she writes an article based on the shelter for abused women and children and all the meetings that can go with it, like AA. There it ties into the main plot, where she meets Tim and is able to get Sara to go to a meeting for teen family members. 

 

The second subplot is featured around Jessica Wakefield, who is 100% done with her duties as Miss Teen Sweet Valley, as she keeps having to turn down dates. She coerces Elizabeth to take her place so she can have fun, because Jessica never has to deal with consequences. 

 

The set up for the next book features April and her boyfriend Mike as they prepare for a dirt bike race. 

 

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text 2018-07-17 01:19
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
The Long-Lost Brother - Kate William,Francine Pascal

I understand it would be hard to forgive someone who's done that, but I think Sara is taking it a little too far.

 

Also, Bob's a jerk.

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text 2018-07-17 00:48
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Long-Lost Brother - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Would Elizabeth consciously putting her hair in a French braid make her think of Jeffrey because his last name was French??

 

(Yeah, I know, this is what my brain thinks about)

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review 2018-07-16 22:02
Review: The Dating Game by Francine Pascal
The Dating Game - Kate Williams,Francine Pascal

Neither Jean West nor her friend Claire Middleton has had a date in ages. So when they each receive a passionate love letter, they're thrilled. But when the girls compare the letters, they discover something horrible: The letters come from the same guy-Scott Trost! Jean and Claire confront the handsome, arrogant Scott. Instead of apologizing, he suggests a dating contest with him as a grand prize.
Elizabeth Wakefield is stunned when Jean and Claire agree to the outrageous plan; her twin sister, Jessica, sees nothing wrong with a little romantic competition. But what neither Elizabeth nor Jessica knows is that their friends are secretly plotting to use the contest for revenge. Everything goes as planned, until the unthinkable happens. It looks as if Jean is falling in love with the enemy. (from Goodreads)

 

I wanted to review this yesterday, but it wasn't on BookLikes. Now that I have found my secret superpower (that all of you also share, so whatever) you will be spammed with even more reviews!

 

 

Okay, so this book was based around the characters of Claire Middleton, who was the first female in Sweet Valley High history to try out for the football team, and Jean West, a cheerleader. Claire has never had a date while at Sweet Valley High (she's a new student so it's not that big of a deal) and Jean, according to the summary, hasn't had a date in ten years when in reality she literally just broke up with her boyfriend like 4 books ago. 


Any who, Claire and Jean both receive love letters from the same dude, but we only follow Jean's perspective (I don't think the ghostwriters know how to write Claire, because if my memory serves me correctly (which isn't the greatest but whatever) I don't think we got a point of view from her in her book). 

 

Claire and Jean compare letters and realize that one of the quarterbacks, Scott Trost, has sent them both. They confront him and he sets up a game, he takes them both on a series of dates and chooses his date to the upcoming dance the day before in front of the entire cafeteria. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly), Jean and Claire accept. There's only one problem: Jean has fallen for Scott, and fallen hard.

 

The rest of the book is her dealing with her feelings, battled with Scott's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personalities, where he's a sweetheart with her and a jerk with his friends. Scott chooses Jean. Jean rejects him. Scott apologizes (*gasp*) and they go to the dance and live happily ever after.

 

The subplot featured Jessica's obsession with dreams where she's convinced that The One for her is a dude named Jackson who lives in Hawaii. She becomes a dream interpreter and ruins a couple of lives, only to realize that her honey bunny Jackson was a model in a travel magazine she was looking at for her English project.

 

The set up for the next book features new character Sara, as she struggles with the pain of memories of her twin brother, Tim. 

 

This book wasn't terrible, by Sweet Valley High standards. I feel like I say that a lot, but there are a lot of books where I want to kill Jessica or something, but I didn't feel that way toward anyway except for Scott and that was my inner feminist speaking. It normally feels that way.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-14 20:36
Review: Cheating To Win by Francine Pascal
Cheating to Win - Kate William,Francine Pascal

When track star Tony Esteban tears a tendon in his knee, it looks like he's lost his chance of being an Olympic star. But Tony refuses to give up. Against his doctor's advice, he trains harder and harder. Not even his girlfriend, Annie Whitman, can convince him to slow down.
Then a weightlifter gives Tony "magic vitamins," and suddenly Tony is running faster than ever-and acting mean and aggressive. When Annie discovers Tony is taking a dangerous steroid drug, she knows she has to help him stop-before he destroys his whole life along with his Olympic dreams! (from Goodreads)

 

Series: #77 in Sweet Valley High

Rating: 3 stars

 

The farther this series goes, the worse the continuity is. Seriously, I'm not joking. Annie and Robin are apparently best friends but we just had a book about Robin's personal struggles and she never turns to Annie and now Annie's going through a hard time and she never once turns to Robin. If they weren't on the cheerleading squad together, I'd have a hard time believing they even knew each other.

 

This book focuses on a kind of new character, Tony Esteban, and his struggle with steroids. The dude takes a random fall and hurts his knee. He's stuck on crutches for a bit and then has to take things slowly so his knee can heal. He doesn't do that and takes "Magic pills" from a dude at his gym and they end up being steroids. Oh my gosh, I'm so surprised. His girlfriend, Annie Whitman, finds out and pulls off the perfect plot with the help of Tony's new best friend Roger Barrett-Patman and Elizabeth Wakefield, who is best friends with whoever the book needs her to be. Everything turns out okay and no consequences are needed. Go Sweet Valley.

 

The subplot focuses on Elizabeth Wakefield and Todd Wilkins, having Todd be furious that Elizabeth is always too busy helping other people so they both plot the exact same scheme to get a romantic date by themselves (after a couple of chapters of Todd pouting like an immature child).

 

The setup for the next book focuses on Scott Trost, a football player, and his sexist behaviour towards women.

 

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