Saturday, 23 April 2011

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal

It's been ten years since the Wakefield twins graduated from Sweet Valley High, and a lot has happened.

For a start, Elizabeth and Jessica have had a falling out of epic proportions, after Jessica committed the ultimate betrayal, and this time it looks like Elizabeth will never be able to forgive her.

Suddenly Sweet Valley isn't big enough for the two of them, so Elizabeth has fled to New York to immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter, leaving a guilt-stricken Jessica contemplating the unthinkable; life without her sister.

Despite the distance between them, the sisters are never far from each other's thoughts. Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can't forgive her twin's duplicity. Uncharacteristically, she decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the 'good' twin, the one getting her headstrong sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables ...

OK, first things first ...... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! *deep breath* It's off my chest now.
I was such a HUGE Sweet Valley fan when I was a kid. I read Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University, I owned most of them but gave them away many years ago .... this makes me sad, as I now wish to own them all again!

I almost wet myself with happiness when I first read that Francine Pascal, now aged 72, was releasing a new Sweet Valley book. I read that she used ghost writers for the actual writing but that the story was 100% hers (not confirmed, just read it somewhere on the internet).

The book was typical Sweet Valley, very light and fluffy. Jessica's betrayal was very easy to guess, even just from reading the blurb. The story of the actual betrayal happening was told through little flashback scenes that were, almost haphazardly, placed in every chapter. One thing that really bugged me was the first person Jessica parts, she still comes across as a 90s valley girl (e.g. Clueless) even though she's 27 and really should be a wee bit more mature.

From a fan's POV, it was major fun just reading this series again, getting to catch up with all the old favourites (who are obviously all succeeding in whatever they're doing). I would love if this was the start of a new series but, judging by the recap of everyone's lives at the end, it doesn't look like it will be.

Book Depository: Sweet Valley Confidential
Amazon UK: Sweet Valley Confidential

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