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review 2019-12-29 05:27
Review: Double Love by Francine Pascal & Kate William
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) - Francine Pascal

Title: Double Love
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High, 1
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Who will Todd choose—the glamorous Jessica or the gentle Elizabeth?

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins—beautiful, blonde, perfect—but they couldn’t be more different from each other. Elizabeth is friendly, good-natured, and kind, and the complete opposite of her clever, conniving sister. Jessica believes the world revolves around her…and the problem is that most of the time it does. Jessica always gets what she wants—at school, amongst her friends, and especially with boys.

This time, she’s got her eye on Todd Wilkins, the good-looking star of Sweet Valley High’s basketball team—and the one boy Elizabeth really likes. Now the twins are in a game of double love, with Todd as first prize. Will Elizabeth fight for the Todd? What will Jessica stoop to in order to get what she wants? Can the bonds of sisterhood stand up to the pangs of a broken heart?

Welcome to Sweet Valley High…

 

Favourite character: N/A
Least favourite character: Jessica Wakefield

 

Mini-review: This wasn't bad, but man I forgot how horrendous Jessica Wakefield is in the first 100 books. She gets a bit better with time, but she really takes the cake in this one.

 

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text 2019-11-12 02:55
Fan Cast: Double Love by Francine Pascal
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) - Francine Pascal

Elizabeth/Jessica - Lili Reinhart

Steven - James Maslow

Todd - Timothee Chalamet

Enid - Joey King

Lila - Danielle Campbell

Cara - Sofia Carson

Bruce - Gregg Sulkin

Mr. Collins - Armie Hammer

Alice - Laura Dern

Ned - Patrick Warburton

Ken - Brandon Larracuente

Winston - Joey Bragg

Caroline - Shannon Purser

Tricia - Katherine McNamara

Ronnie - Lucas Hedges

Emily - Lulu Antariksa

George Fowler - Jeff Goldblum

Hank Patman - Dominic West

Dana - Dove Cameron

Mr. Russo - Ralph Macchio

Rick - Kian Lawley

Mr. Cooper - JK Simmons

 

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text 2019-06-19 13:17
TeaStitchRead's 25 Essentials - The First Five
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
Double Love - Francine Pascal
The Fowlers of Sweet Valley - Francine Pascal,Kate William
Kristy's Great Idea - Ann M. Martin
Much Ado About Nothing - Paul Werstine,Barbara A. Mowat,William Shakespeare

To know me is to look at my bookshelves....

 

Juvenile Fiction

1. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - the book that started it all. Read this in Kindergarten (the second time - I had to repeat this grade due to a move that included losing my school records). Re-reading this book a couple of years ago helped me gain patience when dealing with my kids because it reminded me that little people need understanding as much (or more so) than they can understand at the time. Ramona was NOT the chose one, she was not the popular or fashionable one, she was the rest of us and that was okay with her. 

 

Middle Grade/YA

2. Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1)/Secrets (Sweet Valley High #2)/Dear Sister (Sweet Valley High #6) created by Francine Pascal - I bought the first two books in the series the summer between first and second grade. My mom didn't notice that these books were rated for sixth grade (12 years) or older, she was just happy I was entertained by myself. The third book has the first "intimate" scene I have read (at age 8 - what would Ramona think?) and it has stayed with me long after I have read a ton of racier stuff - the scene where Bruce Patman gets to second base with Elizabeth Wakefield is by now the stuff of SV legend. I ended up reading any book in the series I could get at the school and public libraries and then moved on to the first eight books of Sweet Valley University by the time I hit 13 years old. 

 

And because everything is new again, I now listen to two podcasts that go book by book through the series and we (podcast hosts and listeners alike) think - WHY DID I READ THIS STUFF? So much toxic masculinity....

 

3. The Fowlers of Sweet Valley (Sweet Valley Historical Sagas #3) created by Francine Pascal - this book is special to me because it was my first historical romance book and it told the story of events in French history from the French point of view without adding in American or British biases into it. This is where I learned about French resistance during the World Wars - not my history books/class. I became a bit of Francophile in my teens and ended up taking five years of French (8th - 12th grades) because of this book. 

 

4. Kristy's Big Idea (The Babysitter's Club #1) by Ann M. Martin - this book started the series that was 180 degrees from Sweet Valley and the idealized California life in the 1980s. Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jessie, Mallory and the others were much more relatable to a kid growing up in NJ and PA. And surprising for kid lit in the 1980s, really diverse - disability/medical conditions (Stacey has diabetes), Asian-American family (Claudia and her family, including her grandmother who was in the internment camps of the 1940s) are just two examples of how Martin gave real girls a voice within the series.

 

Classics

5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - for me this is the story of Benedick and Beatrice and the rest of the cast is just there to witness their awesome banter and saving Hero. This is the play that made me realize I really love the enemies-to-lovers trope.   

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review 2019-06-08 07:20
Review: Double Love by Francine Pascal, Kate William
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) - Francine Pascal

Title: Double Love
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High, 1
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Who will Todd choose—the glamorous Jessica or the gentle Elizabeth?

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins—beautiful, blonde, perfect—but they couldn’t be more different from each other. Elizabeth is friendly, good-natured, and kind, and the complete opposite of her clever, conniving sister. Jessica believes the world revolves around her…and the problem is that most of the time it does. Jessica always gets what she wants—at school, amongst her friends, and especially with boys.

This time, she’s got her eye on Todd Wilkins, the good-looking star of Sweet Valley High’s basketball team—and the one boy Elizabeth really likes. Now the twins are in a game of double love, with Todd as first prize. Will Elizabeth fight for the Todd? What will Jessica stoop to in order to get what she wants? Can the bonds of sisterhood stand up to the pangs of a broken heart?

Welcome to Sweet Valley High…

 

Favourite character: N/A
Least favourite character: Jessica Wakefield

 

Mini-review: This wasn't bad, but man I forgot how horrendous Jessica Wakefield is in the first 100 books. She gets a bit better with time, but she really takes the cake in this one.

 

Fan Cast:

Elizabeth Wakefield/Jessica Wakefield - Lili Reinhart

Steven Wakefield - Munro Chambers

Alice Wakefield - Laura Dern

Ned Wakefield - Patrick Warburton

Todd Wilkins - Timothee Chalamet

Winston Egbert - Joey Bragg

Enid Rollins - Joey King

Mr. Collins - Armie Hammer

Bruce Patman - Gregg Sulkin

Cara Walker - Sofia Carson

Emily Mayer - Lulu Antariksa

Lila Fowler - Danielle Campbell

Dana Larson - Dove Cameron

Ken Matthews - Brandon Larracuente

Tricia Martin - Katherine McNamara

Caroline Pearce - Shannon Purser

Mr. Russo - Ralph Macchio

Mr. Cooper - JK Simmons

George Fowler - Jeff Goldblum

Rick Andover - Kian Lawley

Ronnie Edwards - Lucas Hedges

Hank Patman - Dominic West

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text 2019-06-08 01:57
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1) - Francine Pascal

I'm rereading and refancasting for this series and I'm kinda excited honestly.

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