First off let me say that I was perhaps not your normal Sweet Valley High reader. I read SVH at a young age. My parents didn’t quite know what to do with me…my reading level was extremely high and I went through books like they were going out of style. In about fourth grade I picked up my first SVH book and it continued on from there. I can still see my little bookshelf with all my pastel titles lined up in a row (in perfect order of course…the librarian within was already emerging). At that time I still played with my barbies sporadically and I remember my favorite Barbie which rotated on a weekly basis was always blonde and always named Jessica. Even at that age I had a desire to be like the beautiful and popular Jessica Wakefield although I knew in my heart I was more of a mix of the famous twins with my book devouring ways and quiet side showing just a hint of Elizabeth Wakefield as well.
When I learned that Francine Pascal was going to be releasing Sweet Valley Confidential, a follow up of the twins ten years later…I was pretty excited. How did the twins turn out? What did life in Sweet Valley ultimately end up being like as adults?
And a question that really popped into my mind was…Why now? Why bring the twins back ten years later? Luckily I was fortunate enough to be able to ask the author this very question. Her response was simple and insightful:
“I’ve been thinking about having Sweet Valley make the leap from teenage to adulthood for a while now, but what really motivated me was the Facebook searches. Everyone seemed to be looking for their high school mates. I began to think they might be just as interested in their fantasy high school friends in Sweet Valley and what had happened to those people. I found that for many young women today, those characters had been their adolescence.. And I guess I was right. The sales of the book have been fantastic. It made the New York Times bestseller list two weeks in a row. And we’ve gone back for another printing.” ~Francine Pascal
Nothing could be closer to the truth. In our world of technology such as Facebook and Twitter….Sweet Valley High still exists and in major ways. If you’re a Twitter person….you can actually immerse yourself in the world of Sweet Valley. Nearly every character including the major,minor and even dead ones have their own Twitter account where Sweet Valley fans indulge in chatting about the series in character mode. Some of there fans are really knowledgable so you might want to do some re-reading to get the full effect. Also a Sweet Valley High movie adaptation is in the works by Diablo Cody. Whether you’re a fan or not…You have to admit it truly is amazing how the series has endured.
So now go pick up a copy if you haven’t already and I would love to know what you think. I myself really enjoyed the trip down memory lane but I have heard mixed reactions from other readers. There is no denying things have changed in Sweet Valley and in the twins lives. And Francine Pascal has been brave in really truly advancing the twins into their older years and not holding back. There is betrayal of the ultimate kind, love lessons learned and also question of which twin will come out on top in the end? Fans of Elizabeth and Jessica alike will finally find out just what happened to their “friends” from long ago.
Here at Stiletto Storytime I am happy to be giving away a copy of Sweet Valley Confidential to one lucky reader. To enter just leave a comment below sharing your favorite Sweet Valley High memories. Or if you were not a big Sweet Valley fan what other series holds a special place in your adolescent heart? What series would you love to see come back in modern times?
Giveaway ends midnight EST May 18, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!
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