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Review: Secrets by Francine Pascal

SecretsBeautiful and ruthless, Jessica Wakefield is determined to be chosen queen of the fall dance at Sweet Valley High. If she can win the contest, she’s sure to win Bruce Patman, the most sought after boy in school.

The only person standing in Jessica’s way is Enid Rollins. When Jessica discovers the truth about Enid’s past, she knows the crown is within her grasp. She doesn’t care that Enid is her twin sister Elizabeth’s best friend or that revealing the secret may cost Enid both her reputation and the boy she loves. Only Elizabeth can save Enid from Jessica’s vicious gossip but can she stop her scheming twin in time?

Maybe it’s because I read some of the later books before I ever read these earlier ones, but as I was rereading this last night I couldn’t help but wonder how these ever got popular. Jessica and Elizabeth are too polar opposite from one another that it’s actually annoying to read about their different takes on things. Jessica is so self-centered, you’d think her sister would have learned to never trust a single word out of her mouth. I’m not even quite sure how she hasn’t pissed off the wrong girl in the past and had her butt whooped.

As for the story itself, as an adult, it seems so childish and juvenile. As a teenager, I guess I could sort of relate to it. This book is about gossip and Jessica’s inability to earn something for herself. Instead it’s her inability to care about anyone other than herself that gets a teacher in trouble and nearly ruins her sister’s friendship with Enid. She has no empathy or compassion for others and the way she manipulates people clearly shows she’s clearly a narcissist.

I’m not entirely sure why I liked these books when I was younger. Perhaps these were my trashy young adult books, much like my mother use to read trashy romance novels? Either way, I can’t wait to get to some of the books I actually liked in the series.


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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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