I started reading this to my daughter. The book is written to a flat formula. The characters are like cardboard cut-outs and the plot is so clumsy it must have been written with a fence post. This was written in 1989 but Sweet Valley High feels like 1950 Happy Days country. The idea is Sweet Valley High with all its sorority houses and American football is teen heaven. It actually sounds like a real `comply or die' nightmare to me. The girls are both blonde and lovely and one is sweet and the other a bitch. I prefer the bitch. I'm going to finish the first book of the three and then try and lose the book down the back of the bed. There are so many excellent books British kids can read that it's not necessary or desirable to give them this stereotyped and dated American garbage. It sends a very bad message to girls who are not blonde or blue eyed or the `prom queen'. It's just bad altogether.