Sweet Valley High book # 1 is titled “Double Love”. The creator of the Sweet Valley series is Francine Pascal. However, this novel is written by Kate William.
The first chapter of every Sweet Valley book always share one common thing– an almost word for word description of the main characters, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. To directly quote the book, “Both girls had the same shoulder-length, sun-streaked blond hair, the same sparkling blue-green eyes, the same perfect skin. Even the tiny dimple in Elizabeth’s left cheek was duplicated in her younger sister’s-younger by four minutes. Both girls were five six on the button and generously blessed with spectacular, All-American good looks.” In “Double Love”, the description is started off by Jessica complaining about how ugly she is, therefore calling her identical twin, Elizabeth, ugly.
So, to kick off this story, the girls are getting ready for school. It’s a big day for them. They get to find out if they make it into the sorority that they have been rushing. While the serious and studious twin, Elizabeth, is out of the room, her twin answers the phone. It is Todd. He asks to speak with Elizabeth. Jessica tells him that she is not available. She attempts to flirt with Todd. Jessica is the co-captain of the cheerleaders and Todd is captain of the basketball team. Jessica believes that she and Todd would make a great couple. Once Elizabeth is back in the room, she finds out that Todd called, and she is heartbroken. Jessica lets her to believe that Todd called to talk with her and not Elizabeth. Elizabeth secretly likes Todd.
At school, Todd catches up with Elizabeth and asks her to meet him after school. She agrees. The girls and Elizabeth’s friend, Enid, make it into the sorority. Elizabeth runs late for the rest of the day. By the time she makes it to the place where she agreed to meet Todd after school, she sees Todd and her sister getting into Jessica and Elizabeth’s shared convertible. To drive the snub home, now Elizabeth must walk. Elizabeth still forgives her sister and hides her anger. It’s not Jessica’s fault that Todd doesn’t like her, right? Her twin would never do anything to intentionally hurt her….
The next day, the girls prepare for a sorority/fraternity dance. Jessica attempts to drop some major hints to Todd, but he misses them completely. Angrily, she storms off and begins walking home. A boy in a Camaro pulls up beside her and says, “Pardon me, Heaven – which way to Mars?” She realizes that she recognizes him. His name is Rick and that he is a 17-year-old high school dropout. She gets in his car. He tells her that he is going to take her on a date the next day and to be ready at eight. She reminds him that he didn’t ask her but that she would be ready. When she gets home, she tells Elizabeth that she has a date the next day but won’t tell her who she is going with. Elizabeth assumes that it is with Todd. She tries to be happy for her sister.
Rick picks Jessica up at the corner of her street. Jessica knows that her parents won’t approve of him so there’s no way he’s picking her up at her house. He takes her to a dive bar. She’s shocked but she tries to roll with it. Someone whistles at her. Rick orders her a beer. The bar has no problem serving minors despite postings that state otherwise. Rick tries to pull Jessica closer and she pulls away. He says, “All tease and no tickle, huh? Didn’t your mommy tell you not to put anything in the window that you don’t sell in the store?” A patron in the bar comes to her rescue and a fight breaks out. The police are called. One of the policeman mistakes Jessica for Elizabeth and Jessica doesn’t correct him. The police drive Jessica home. As she is getting out of the car, a girl from school sees her and hears the officer call her Elizabeth.
When the girls get to school the next day, Elizabeth is confused by the whispers and the looks. Her friend Enid tells her that she will stand by her no matter what. Finally, Elizabeth figures out what is going on and confronts her sister. Jessica tells her that it is just a misunderstanding and she will tell everyone the truth. She does tell Todd, but he thinks that she is just covering for Elizabeth. He’s moved by what he thinks is a kind gesture and asks Jessica to go to the dance with him. Elizabeth goes to the dance with a friend. During the dance, Todd watches Elizabeth the whole time and Jessica is miserable. Enraged, Jessica tells Elizabeth that Todd tried to grope her and she had to fight him off. Elizabeth can’t imagine that Todd would do that but why would her sister lie?
Then when driving home one day, the girls realized that they were being followed. At a red light, the driver of the car gets out and it is Rick! He climbs into their convertible and kidnaps Jessica and Elizabeth. They tell him to get out, but he won’t listen. He is drunk and is driving to the Dairi Burger. He almost hits Todd and his friends. Todd sees the terror on Elizabeth’s face and jumps into his own car. He follows after their convertible that was now driving to the dive bar. Once there, Todd fights Rick and the girls are safe. Todd confesses his love for Elizabeth. Jessica admits all that she has done wrong and, of course, Elizabeth forgives her sister.