Back in Junior High and High School, there were many times after school that my brother and I would have to wait at the library next door to the school until our Dad was able to pick us up. That meant hours each day surrounded by thousands of books. After I would finish my homework, I would head over to the “teen” section of the library and grab a Sweet Valley High book. I loved them so much that I would read the books over and over again until the next book in the series was available.
When Ashley was 3, she and I moved back to Ohio from the Chicago area, and I went to yard sales all the time. At one yard sale, I found a girl my age that was selling her entire collection of Sweet Valley High books, so I just had to grab them. I hoped that someday Ashley would share my love for reading, and these would be a fun escape from the day-to-day. It’s ok. You can tell me that I’m a dork. I know that. The books were full of nothing educational or fundamental to life as we know it, but it was a great way for me to escape my normal geeky little life.
Imagine my delight when I received word that Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years Later was set to be released, and the publishers wanted to send me a copy! I was thrilled! It had been years since I even thought about Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and the rest of the Sweet Valley High gang.
Before I get to my review, here’s a synopsis of the book:
Ten years after graduating from Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield twins have had a falling-out of epic proportions. When Jessica commits a complete and utter betrayal, Elizabeth flees to New York to escape the pain and immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a journalist.
Jessica remains in California, dealing with the fallout of her heart-wrenching choices. She has a career she loves and lots of old friends, but she missis her sister, hor oldest best friend. With Elizabeth has her enemy, Sweet Valley is no longer the idyllic town of their youth.
Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. She decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the “good” twin, the one getting her reckless sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables…
Author Francine Pascal finally unfolds the continuing story of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield – and the whole gang from Sweet Valley – in this exciting new contemporary novel, sure to be a delight and a surprise for the millions of fans of these beloved characters.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312667574
- ISBN-13: 978-0312667573
There are things that I liked – and didn’t like – in the book.
First, I liked the fact that Sweet Valley is still an escape from the every day. I also like the back and forth in the book between New York and Sweet Valley. And the book is written in the same type of context as the Sweet Valley High books. Back and forth from one person’s perspective to another. So much the same, and yet so very, very different.
I did not like the language in the book. Call me a prude, but I truly believe that just because you “grow up” doesn’t mean you need to use foul language. There are beyond-trashy details throughout the book that made me cringe. And one story line could have been completely left out. Then there’s the fact that Jessica uses the words “like” and “so” more than any other creature on this planet. I was like so over it by like chapter 2.
Overall, it was a pretty good book. Something I would pack in my suitcase to read by the pool on a vacation. I would have purchased this book had it not been sent to me to do this review, just because I loved Sweet Valley High so much as a kid.
If you’d like to escape the every day and drift off back to Sweet Valley, definitely check out the book. Just be warned, it may not be exactly what you were hoping for…
To learn more about Sweet Valley Confidential, check out their website: www.SweetValleyTenYearsLater.com Sweet Valley Confidential can be purchased at your local book stores and retail stores nationwide. You can also find it online at the following places:
- Amazon.com (available for just $12.50 and eligible for free shipping.)
- Barnes & Noble
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Get Red PR on behalf of Sweet Valley Confidential. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.