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Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Sweet Valley High indoctrinates children into the Christian faith in an enticing way!

Sweet Valley High was first recommended to me by my pastor in the early 1980s. I remember hosting youth group book clubs where my friends and I devoured these books and their Christian messages. This series is kid-friendly and inspiring; instilling Christian values and morals in all readers. Both twins study the Bible daily and are active members of their Baptist Church. They pray daily and exemplify the morals that Jesus preached to his disciples. This series has helped my children rediscover their faith in Christ after seeing the positive examples both Jessica and Elizabeth set in Sweet Valley High! #JesusSaves!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Kind of fun.

Do not spread rumors and be mean to people! Think before you act!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1):

The light-and-fluffy series every girl read in the '80s -- and way before high school -- is back with a 2008 makeover. The Sweet Valley kids now have cell phones and blogs, a school Web site instead of newspaper, a Jeep Wrangler instead of a red Fiat Spider, and occasional mentions of Botox and MTV. But modern junk does not a modern teen-dream fantasy make. The dialogue is still corny (The "Infamous Rick Andover [is]... Trouble with a capital 'T.'"), the parent pep-talks are still very Brady Bunch, and the stories are too simplistic to intrigue fans of Meg Cabot -- and not nearly scandalous enough for the Gossip Girl crowd.

The most likely audience is tween fans of High School Musical. But while the idealized view of high school is the same, the tone isn't. Jessica acts like the over-the-top catty, conniving girls they cast on reality shows -- she's both annoying and fake. And bad-boy drunk sideshow driver Rick seems like he's straight out of the rival gang from Grease. Liz and her innocent romance get lost in the bizarre melodrama. Tweens, teens, and even nostalgic adults can find much better light reads.

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