Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love by Francine Pascal

Profile of a psychopath:

Has superficial charm. Is a persuasive storyteller that exudes self-confidence. Manipulative and conning, doesn’t recognize the rights of others and sees her self-serving behaviour as permissible. Grandiose sense of self, craves adulation and attendance. Has no problems lying coolly and easily. Lacks remorse, shame or guilt. The end always justifies the means and she lets nothing stand in her way. When she shows what seems to be warmth, joy, love or compassion, it usually serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remains unmoved by what would upset a normal person. Needs stimulation, lives on the edge. Verbal outbursts are normal. Unable to empathize with the pain of others, oblivious or indifferent to the devastation she causes. Has poor behavioural control and an impulsive nature, feels entitled to every wish, has no sense of personal boundaries. Usually has a history of early behavioural problems, juvenile delinquency and academic difficulties, yet gets by through conning others. Irresponsible and unreliable. Does not accept blame herself, but blames others. Frequently practices promiscuity and sexual acting out. Lacks a realistic life plan. Highly sensitive to her own pain and health.

That’s Jessica Wakefield, alright.



Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins at Sweet Valley High. They’re both popular, smart, and gorgeous, but that’s where the similarity ends. Elizabeth is friendly, outgoing, and sincere – nothing like her twin. Snobbish and conniving, Jessica thinks the whole world revolves around her. Trouble is, most of the time it does. Jessica always gets what she wants – at school, with friends, and especially with boys.

This time, Jessica has set her sights on Todd Wilkins, the handsome star of the basketball team – the one boy Elizabeth really likes. Now it’s a game of double love, with Todd as first prize. Elizabeth doesn’t want to lose him, but what Jessica wants, Jessica usually gets … even if it ends up hurting her sister.