Saturday, April 14, 2012
Book Review of #13 Elizabeth's First Kiss by Francine Pascal
Author: Francine Pascal
Publisher: Bantam Skylark
Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Twins and Friends
Type of book: Sweet Valley, California, 1985, boys, growing up
Year it was published: 1990
Elizabeth Wakefield has known Todd Wilkins since kindergarten, but she's never noticed how cute he really is, until she sees him dancing with her sister, Jessica. Now Elizabeth cant' stop thinking about him- and everywhere she goes, Todd turns up, to. Could he actually like her as much as she likes him? Elizabeth wishes she knew more about boys. But when she finally asks her twin for some advice on the subject, she makes a terrible discovery: Jessica has a crush on Todd, too!
How can Elizabeth fall for a boy that her sister already likes? There's only one honorable thing to do: forget Todd and never let Jessica know she cares. But that's not going to be such an easy thing to do...
The characters stay the same as always, Jessica careless and ready to avenge, while Elizabeth is sweet and caring and sacrificial. It is mentioned that Steven does change in the novel as compared to previous Sweet Valley by being more sweet but that's it.
Umm not sure what I was supposed to learn from this novel.
At the start the book briefly summarizes the previous book, Jessica's secret, and then moves on to more Sweet Valley Twins drama of beginning stages of boys and girls dating, and also has a plot of Steven trying to figure out how to be with two girls. (Wait a minute, why isn't Steven confronting his homosexual feelings in the book if he's gay in Confidential?!) The narrative is in third person and its from multiple characters.
Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.  There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)
Just like the predecessor, Jessica's Secret, this does seem to be slightly realistic, but still, I didn't appreciate the Steven plot of having two girlfriends, or of the boy drama between the twins. What does seem realistic is the behavior of teens, somehow hesitant yet at the same time bold in approaching one another. The kiss is nothing to write home about and it was on a cheek not the lips. (Does that count as first kiss?)
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)