Like many young girls, I read the stories of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield during my younger years. I was a big fan of the SVT books, but missed out on the SVH books. I, later, started reading Sweet Valley University.
When I saw that Sweet Valley Confidential was being released, I was excited- UNTIL I read the terrible reviews. But, SVC was on sale for 2.99 for Kindle a few weeks ago, and I read it. I didn’t hate it, either. I theorize that because I missed out on the Sweet Valley High books, I wasn’t subjected to as much re-writing of history as the fans of SVH were. Sure, sure, there were things that happened in SVU that were either dismissed or changed completely for Sweet Valley Confidential; but it was not that bad.
While reading SVC, I found out that The Sweet Life would be released soon- Elizabeth and Jessica are 30 and dealing with tons of things. I’m reading them as fast as I can get my hands on them. Part soap-opera, part nostalgia- these stories are great. The drama the twins face (and make!), Lila just owning the role of spoiled and shallow rich girl, the Bruce Patman story-line- it’s all got me hooked and reminding me that no matter how old I am, the Wakefield twins still provide entertainment.
What childhood books would you like to see with the characters grown-up? Do you think you would still love them? Or, as you age, do your tastes change in books?
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Sweet Life #1 by Francine Pascal.
2. What did you recently finish reading?
Finished Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks on Monday.
3.What do you think you’ll read next?
I’ll read the 2nd part in the Francine Pascal 6 part e-serial next. I also have Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March.
As a kid, I loved the twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield- perfect size 6 with aqua eyes- they made me envious that I did not have a twin. I read the heck out of Sweet Valley Twins, but my mom would not let me read Sweet Valley High (she felt for a 3rd grader that the books might have more advanced topics than my 3rd grade mind needed). As the years went by, I never really did get into the SVH series- I went through a major Fear Street by RL Stine stint and Nancy Drew Case Files by Carolyn Keene. When I was in 9th grade, my mom gave me for Christmas the box set of the first 5 books from Sweet Valley University. I devoured the books over Christmas and was glad to see that the twins I loved so much as a kid, I still loved in my teen years.
Years later, seeing Sweet Valley Confidential was released last summer- with it being a hardcover, I decided to wait to purchase. Then it slipped my mind until I saw another blogger mentioning the book. It’s so dirt cheap price for Kindle, so I’m going to buy it and just see how terrible the book is supposed to be (hopefully, it’ll veer more toward the deliciously terrible as opposed to the just terrible-terrible!)
If I find it interesting, it’s going to be great news- because more books targeted for the older generation will be released. If it’s terrible, I’m out 3 bucks. It’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.