Do you remember the Sweet Valley books? I do. And Stephanie sure does. I read a couple of the books—enough to “get it”, I think—but can’t say I was a devoted fan. Stephanie can.
The Sweet Valley books chronicled the adventures of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, a pair of blonde twins. They were identical but had very different characters, and they got into various scrapes. I remember one in which Jessica tried to sneak out to go to a concert, for example.
Recently, author Francine Pascal brought the Wakefield sisters back, in her ten-years-later story Sweet Valley: Confidential, and Stephanie took the opportunity to write a review:
I am a Sweet Valley fan. I read them voraciously as a young person (age range: ten to thirteen? I have no idea); I know that they’re both a perfect size six, and that the only difference between Jessica and Elizabeth is that Elizabeth has a small mole on her left shoulder. My ipod is named Jessica Wakefield, because it’s purple, and members of the Unicorn club had to wear one item of purple a day. So now that I’ve established my cred, and now that you’ve either gained a new admiration for me or lost what little respect for me you had, let me talk for a while about this new book.
My memory is admittedly spotty, but I remember the books as trashy yet nonsexual and unthreatening, which is probably a good thing, as I was ten when reading them, but also perhaps not such a good thing, as I spent a good part of my childhood believing that being a teenager meant nights at the Beach Disco and holding hands sometimes with Todd Wilkins, and that if I ever took drugs, even once, it would probably be because of a boy and I would very likely die tragically.
Sweet Valley Confidential is not like that. …
You can read the rest on Stephanie’s Tumblr. Enjoy!