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Promises (Sweet Valley High Book 15) (edition 2016)

by Francine Pascal (Author)

Series: Sweet Valley High (15)

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Bad girl in town ... Steven Wakefield is crushed when his girlfriend, Tricia, dies after a tragic illness.  The only things that keep him going are the memory of their love and his promise to Tricia to take care of her sister, Betsy, after she's gone. Betsy Martin's wild exploits with drink, drugs, and boys have left her with the worst reputation in Sweet Valley.  But when Steven takes her into the Wakefield home, Betsy makes a promise to change.  And as her goodness grows, so does her love for Steven. Jessica, Steven's conniving younger sister, doesn't like this one bit.  She makes a little promise of her own to get Betsy out of the house and out of Steven's life... forever!… (more)
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Title:Promises (Sweet Valley High Book 15)
Authors:Francine Pascal (Author)
Info:(2016), 104 pages
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I love the SVH franchise, and Promises has a tougher storyline than perhaps we're used it.

I've reviewed this book, and lots of other vintage children's fiction, for my blog, John C Adams Reviews. ( )
  johncadamssf | Nov 24, 2022 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Tricia Martin, Steven Wakefield's first and only love is dead of leukaemia. Steve's devastated, Elizabeth and their parents are sad, and even Jess manages to squeeze out a tear. On her deathbed, she makes Steven promise to look after her sister Betsy. Seems fine, right? There's just one problem: Betsy's the wildest girl in town.

People who know Sweet Valley are probably already beginning to cringe at this point. After all, the books aren't usually very sensitive when it comes to girls who drink, do drugs or mess around with boys. Surprisingly, Promises manages to depict Betsy as a three dimensional character, complete with very solid (and pretty tragic) reasons for why she does the things she chooses to do. She's had a drunkard for a father ever since her mother died of cancer and there's a great exchange with Jason Stone towards the end of the book that shows just how many times men have lied to take advantage of her.

While Betsy drinks, does drugs, and sleeps around, she's also a highly talented artist. And, after missing Tricia's final hours while out on a bender, she's ready to turn over a new leaf.

The trouble is, Jessica's having none of that. Her parents have taken Betsy into their home, and now Jess is dealing with the extreme embarrassment of having the girl with the worst reputation in town living in the Wakefields' study. Worse still, Betsy's hanging all over Steven and everyone's beginning to talk. Jess decides that the easiest way to get rid of Betsy is to prove that she's still taking drugs. The trouble is, it's not that easy, because Betsy's staying sober.

Meanwhile, Steve and his friend Jason have decided that they know better than Betsy (ah, the men in these books) and have submitted her art to a prestigious college scholarship. But before they can tell Betsy the exciting news that she's won, Jess tells her that Steven's only been paying attention to her because Tricia made him promise to do so.

Tricia leaves and tries to go right back to her old ways. Will Steven and niceguy Jason save her before she does anything really stupid?

It's Sweet Valley. Of course they will.


This actually has surprising depth for the Sweet Valley series and consequently it's one of my most liked books. Betsy is an interesting and likeable character and her journey feels unusually realistic.


Moral of the Story? People really can change.

[re-read; previously read about 3 times]
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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Bad girl in town ... Steven Wakefield is crushed when his girlfriend, Tricia, dies after a tragic illness.  The only things that keep him going are the memory of their love and his promise to Tricia to take care of her sister, Betsy, after she's gone. Betsy Martin's wild exploits with drink, drugs, and boys have left her with the worst reputation in Sweet Valley.  But when Steven takes her into the Wakefield home, Betsy makes a promise to change.  And as her goodness grows, so does her love for Steven. Jessica, Steven's conniving younger sister, doesn't like this one bit.  She makes a little promise of her own to get Betsy out of the house and out of Steven's life... forever!

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After Tricia Martin dies, her sister Betsy moves in with the Wakefields. Jessica is against this from the start, given how trashy she thinks Betsy is, while Elizabeth is more worried about how Betsy's influencing Steven.
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