Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (book review)
Written by Francine Pascal.
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later was a book I just HAD to read. Many years ago (many more than 10 years ago!) I read the original Sweet Valley High series when it began. That was in the early 80s (ACK!). It is very possible I was about 11 years old when I started the series. My Nanny (grandmother) would buy me the books as they came out. I remember hating having to wait for the next book to be published. I was always excited when she would tell me she found a couple more books.
From the Sweet Valley Confidential facebook page:
Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic town of Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood.
I'm a bit at a loss for words on how to describe this book. I WANT to say "I loved it!!! It was so fabulous!!!" But, let's just say that for the quality of writing and story... I'm embarrassed that I read this. But... for purposes of nostalgia... there is no way I wouldn't have read this book. It is exactly how I remember the Sweet Valley books. Elizabeth and Jessica and all of their "friends" might be 28 years old now... the books may have been intended for an adult audience... but they brought me right back to being a pre-teen girl.
I know it's being called an "adult novel" but I have trouble calling it that. Maybe it can be categorized as that because it's being marketed towards the readers from the 80s who are all adults now. But I don't believe it's in anyway "adult". A lot of the young adult fiction I've read lately was far more "adult" than Sweet Valley Confidential.
I will point out my main complaint about the writing; it jumped all over the place. It moved all over the time line: present day, flashbacks to a few years before, flashbacks to high school and college. It moved betweeen character points of view: Elizabeth's point of view, Jessica's pov, Todd's pov, Bruce's pov, EVERYONE's point of view. AND they would repeat the same scene from different points of view. Multiple views of multiple time periods from multiple characters. It made me a little dizzy.
So... was Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later a great book that I would recommend? Not to everyone. But, if you read the original series... I have to say it might be worth the nostalgia factor.
And, if they release Sweet Valley 20 years later? With 38 year old Elizabeth and Jessica? I'll be right in line to buy my copy.