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.