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  • Written by Francine Pascal
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WELCOME TO SWEET Valley High—a world of good girls and bad girls, hot boys with fast cars, perfect tans and natural highlights . . . all under the Southern California sun.
Twin girls, identical in every way—yet they couldn’t be more different. Jessica Wakefield is used to getting what she wants—at school, with her friends, and especially with boys—and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Elizabeth Wakefield is used to letting her twin sister have her way. There’s not much that’s worth fighting her over—lost earrings can be replaced, petty problems can be resolved, and rampant rumors can be doused like a fire. But when it comes to Todd Wilkins, Liz isn’t so sure she should step aside and make way for Jessica. This time, Jessica Wakefield is going to have some competition—from her own sister.

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Chapter
1


"Okay, when did I get so hideous?" Jessica Wakefield groaned. She leaned in toward her bedroom mirror as her twin sister, Elizabeth, rolled her eyes. "Seriously, Liz, it's like somebody snuck into my room last night and whacked me with the ugly stick."
"Yeah. That happened," Elizabeth said, digging through a pile of clothes on Jessica's bed.
"I'm totally serious!" Jessica protested. "First of all, I gained, like, five pounds since last week-all in my hips and butt," she said, turning around and craning her neck to see her rear view in the mirror. Her perfect-size-four rear view. "And I hate my hair. I mean, that new shampoo I bought did none of the things it was supposed to do. I'm all split ends and frizz."
"Uh-huh," Liz said disinterestedly.
"Plus I've got a zit! A huge one! Look at this thing, Liz! It's the zit that ate Sweet Valley!"
Jessica got right up in her sister's face.
"You're right, Jess," Liz said flatly. "You're completely deformed. You should definitely stay home from school today."
Jessica's face crumpled and she collapsed face-first on her unmade bed. "You suck."
"What? I'm just agreeing with you."
"Fine. Just leave me here to rot. I'm not fit for normal society."
Elizabeth laughed and pulled her sister back up, maneuvering her in front of the mirror, where they stood side by side. With their shoulder-length blond hair, blue-green eyes, and perfect California tans, Elizabeth and Jessica were exact duplicates of one another, down to the tiny dimples in their left cheeks when they smiled. Each wore a gold lavaliere around her neck-matching presents from their parents on their sixteenth birthday last June. The only way anyone who didn't know them very well could tell them apart was by the tiny beauty mark on Elizabeth's right shoulder. Those who did know them well knew that Elizabeth's style was more sophisticated and preppy, while Jessica's was up-to-the-minute trendy. Plus Elizabeth always wore a watch, while Jessica did not. Time was never a problem for Jessica. She always felt that things didn't really start until she arrived.
"Look at me," Elizabeth said to her twin, who did as she was told. "Now look at you." Jessica did. "If you're hideous, then I'm hideous too. Are you calling me hideous?"
Jessica's brow knitted. "You're a freak, you know that?"
"Yeah. A freak who can't find her new white sweater," Elizabeth said, returning to her search. "Where did you say you put it?"
Jessica hadn't said. Because she'd worn it without asking and spilled marinara sauce down the front, then forgotten to wash it right away. The stain had set, and now the sweater was ruined beyond all hope. She was just opening her mouth to plead ignorance when the phone rang.
"I got it!" she cried, grabbing the phone from her bedside table. "Hello?"
She took the phone out into the hallway to avoid her sister's growing impatience. Why didn't the girl just give up already and wear something else? Liz could be so stubborn sometimes.
"Hey, Liz? Or is this Jessica?" a boy's voice asked.
"It's Jessica," she replied. Hmmm. A call from a guy before the first school bell had rung. Her day was looking up already.
"Oh, hey, Jess. It's Todd."
Todd Wilkins? Even better. Todd was one of the most coveted guys in school. Tall, dark, and yum.
"Hey. What's up?" she asked, leaning back against the wall with a smile. Jessica had never really considered Todd before, but hey, if he was calling her, maybe he deserved a spare thought. Or two.
"Not much. Is Liz there?" he asked.
Instantly, the smile was gone. He was calling for Liz? The star wide receiver of the football team, captain of the basketball team, a shoo-in for best-looking and most popular, was calling for her brainiac sister? What was this, some kind of reality-show prank?
 "Actually, she's kind of busy right now," Jessica said, taking a few steps away from her bedroom. "Spell-checking her latest marathon paper, of course. Such a nerd. So, how's the team? I saw that insane catch you made at practice the other day. ESPN highlight reel all the way."
Get him talking about himself, Jessica thought. Guys love that.
"You saw that?" The blush was evident in Todd's voice. Jessica glowed with triumph.
"Are you kidding? I practically missed my dismount because of it," Jessica told him. "Didn't you hear me cheering? I stopped practice and everything." It also couldn't hurt to remind him that she was captain of the cheerleading squad that went all out to support him every week.
"Thanks. That's . . . uh . . . thanks," Todd stammered.
"Can't wait for the first game," Jessica said happily. She just loved to make guys nervous. "I bet you'll have college scouts coming out for you in no time."
"I don't know about that, but thanks," Todd said humbly.
Jessica smiled. Sometimes she was so good she could hardly believe it herself. Two seconds of flattery and the guy had forgotten all about Liz. Boys were so predictable.
"Anyway, do you think you could see if Liz is free yet?" he asked.
Jessica frowned. Okay, maybe not totally predictable. "Oh, you know what? She just got in the shower."
"I could wait," Todd said hopefully.
Jessica forced a laugh. "Are you kidding? She'll be
in there forever. Liz takes the longest showers." Big
lie. Jessica was actually the hot-water hog of the family. In fact, Elizabeth usually had to take short showers because the hot water stopped half a minute in, thanks to Jessica.
Todd took a deep breath. "All right, then. I guess I'll just . . . talk to her later. Could you tell her I called?"
"No problem!" Jessica said. "See you in school!"
"Yeah. See ya."
Jessica hung up the phone and rolled her eyes. Todd Wilkins calling for Liz? What a joke. Elizabeth probably didn't even know Todd existed. She was way too serious for a gorgeous athlete like him.
"Who was that?" Elizabeth asked when Jessica traipsed back into her room. She had two neatly folded piles of Jessica's clothes in front of her now-clothes that had been strewn all over the room five minutes ago.
"Todd Wilkins," Jessica replied, tossing the phone onto her bed. "I don't know why he didn't call my cell. I'm sure he has the number."
Elizabeth paused midfold. "Todd called you?"
"Yeah. Guess he just couldn't wait another half hour to talk to me in school," Jessica said with a shrug, turning toward her reflection again.
"Oh." Elizabeth attacked another mountain of clothes, tearing through them like a tornado.
"Liz? What's wrong?" Jessica asked, staring at her sister in the mirror. She was whipping clothes at the bed as if they'd somehow offended her.
"What's wrong is I wish you'd stop taking my stuff without asking," Elizabeth blurted out.
Jessica rolled her eyes as she turned around. "So borrow something of mine if you want. I have white sweaters too, you know."
"That's not the point," Elizabeth said, irritated.
"Then what is the point?" Jessica asked.
"The point is . . . ," Elizabeth said, looking around at the mess. "The point is . . ." Finally, her shoulders slumped. She took a deep breath and sighed. "Just forget it. I'll wear something else."
She turned and walked out of Jessica's room, stepping over a pile of stuff on the way out the door. Jessica shook her head at her sister's back as she went. Liz really was way too possessive of her things.
Todd Wilkins. Huh, Jessica thought. We would look pretty hot together.
With one last fluff of her hair and a quick, appreciative glance at her reflection-hideousness forgotten-Jessica grabbed her books and headed downstairs for breakfast. There was nothing that put her in a good mood faster than the thought of a brand-new conquest.
Francine Pascal

About Francine Pascal

Francine Pascal - Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love
Fun Facts About Francine!
Favorite colors:
beige and blue
Favorite food: Maryland crabcakes
Favorite clothes: casual – jeans
Favorite animal: dog – my German shepherd, Sophie
Education: New York University
Hobbies: walking, movies, theatre (plays)
Birthday: May 13

Interview with Francine Pascal

Where did you grow up?
New York City.
Where do you live today?
New York City and the South of France.
Did you always like reading?
What was your favorite book growing up?
I always loved reading. Growing up, my favorite book was A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, since I was a small child, I was always writing either poems or plays. . . plays in which I had the starring part.
Have you written any books besides the Sweet Valley series?
I've written Hangin' Out with Cici (which became an ABC AfterSchool Special called "My Mother Was Never a Kid"), The Hand-Me-Down Kid (also made into an ABC AfterSchool Special), My First Love and Other Disasters, and Love and Betrayal & Hold the Mayo. I've also worked on a musical and several adult books.
How did Sweet Valley begin?
I originally planned to sell the idea for a daytime drama featuring teenage characters to television networks, until a friend suggested that a book series, rather than a television series, might be the best way to fully develop the fictitious Southern California town of Sweet Valley. The rest is publishing history – and now a TV show, too!
Where do you get your ideas?
I get some of my ideas from watching my three daughters, but most of them come from my own memories of growing up. I can remember how romantic I was, not just about love, but romance in the classic sense – the romantic ideals: of honor and truth, of loyalty, sacrifice and fairness. Those were the elements that made a story satisfying to me. And that what I try to put in all my books. Plus action. Everybody likes action.
How did you come up with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield?
I always had a fascination with twins. The trick is to think of Elizabeth and Jessica as the good and bad sides of one person.
Which is your favorite Sweet Valley book?
Sweet Valley High #12, When Love Dies.
What is it like to have the characters you created come to life in the TV show, Sweet Valley High?
It's marvelous! Just the way I had pictured it. The characters have grown and the acting is good and I am very pleased.

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