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SWEET! The Return of 'Sweet Valley High'

By Meredith Carroll |

Sweet Valley High

The return of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield! Hooray!

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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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “SWEET! The Return of 'Sweet Valley High'

  1. Amy says:

    I used to ABSOLUTELY LOVE Sweet Valley High books, even though I had absolutely nothing in common with the characters. Didn’t they drive a red Miata convertible or something like that? I drove a ’77 Corolla. I’m sure I will have nothing in common with the characters in the new series, either, but I’m intrigued and feeling nostalgic now. Thanks!

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Amy — So glad I’m not alone!

  3. Jessica says:

    OMG, I LOVED the books! I used to think it was funny that my name is Jessica but I was a goody goody like Elizabeth. Wow, was that as pathetic as it sounded? lol I can’t wait to read the new one, and like you, I am very grateful for my nook! :)

  4. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Jessica — You are funny!

  5. Amanda says:

    I never read too many of the Sweet Valley High books, but I loved the Sweet Valley Twins books – they took place while the girls were in middle school – when I was a kid.

  6. Gayle says:

    Word on the street is that Jessica stole Elizabeth’s wholesome boyfriend (I forgot tihs name) and that Elizabeth is now working in PR in NY.

  7. Jeff Requier says:

    I’m not Jeff Requier. I’m actually his wife on his computer, cuz mine is broken. Anyway, I LOOOOVED Sweet Valley Twins and all those books! I cannot wait to get SVC for my Kobo! OOOOUUU! I’m so EXCITED!!! Btw, I don’t care if ppl think I’m a nerd or a dork, whatever! :)

  8. Serena Trent says:

    I so loved reading SVH. I loved everything about them. And even though I was a black teen in the 7th grade, living in Detroit, I could relate to a lot of the topics that were featured in the books. It made me not only enjoy reading and to go on to read other books, it also made want to become a writer.

    I am so excited about SWC and will absolutely download them on my Kindle as well! Happy Reading to everyone!

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