I spent waaaay too much time in my tween and early teen years reading the Sweet Valley High books. I did. I should probably be embarrassed but I’m just not. I read and re-read them and stalked the local book store until the next installment arrived. Reading them was a high point in my apparently pathetic little life.
The books were good, dirty fun. There was the angelic twin (Elizabeth) and the bad twin (Jessica), both of whom were always described as looking like the teen equivalents of Heidi Klum, although it was written that they were “a perfect size six” (morbidly obese by today’s standards). The bad boy, Bruce Patman, zoomed around in his Porsche, unless he was on a motorcycle (ooooooohhhh, danger!). They had their good friends (with names like Enid, natch) and their bad influence friends. But despite the danger and the drama, it was always the twins together in the end. I wanted a twin. And a Porsche-driving boyfriend (and I kind of still do).
Sure, the Wakefield twins got into trouble, but it was so G-rated compared to the “Gossip Girls” and “90210″ high schoolers. I’m not which came first — if the books ended or I got too old to read them (although it was likely the former) — but I look back on them with much fondness. So what a thrill to know that there’s a whole new line of SVH books being released!
Sweet Valley Confidential has been released and picks up 10 years after Jessica and Elizabeth left high school (translation: they’re probably having sex), and apparently one of them has left town and the sisters are not on good terms.
Author Francine Pascal says the following about the updated series:
“This is the first time in history that a kids’ book has made the leap into adulthood. And it’s a very difficult thing because the people who used to read the books are people of importance, they’re grown adults, and they have a certain ownership of ‘Sweet Valley’ because it was their adolescence. With the new book I hoped not to outrage them and I don’t think I have. But I think I have surprised them in a lot of ways and I hope I have touched them.”
Outrage me! Touch me! I’m all for it! My daughter is way too young for the books and I’m way too old to be seen reading them, but that’s what my Kindle is for.
Will you or your daughters read Sweet Valley Confidential?
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