SWEET VALLEY CONFIDENTIAL
Ten Years Later
Author: Francine Pascal
Source: Library Loan
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 29, 2011)
Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic 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 remember back when I was in high school, the Sweet Valley High series was the series of choice for teen girls. I was addicted to them and whoever had the most books in the series was the ultimate fan in our town. Everyone knew who Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield were even if they were just characters in a book. At that time in my life, Sweet Valley High was my drug of choice. I couldn’t get enough of them! I had to see what scheme Jessica was going to come up with next and what drama would unfold on the pages between the covers. Then as I got older, I got involved with other things and lost the addiction to the series.
When this book came out, I was thrilled to be able to recapture that feeling I had whenever a new book in the series came out! I finally got my hands on a copy and dived into the drama and angst that this author likes to create for her characters. So many things have changed in the lives of the Wakefield twins. I couldn’t believe that Todd was not with Elizabeth anymore! Jessica and Elizabeth are not speaking to each other as well. Instant conflict within the first few chapters. The author provides flashbacks to fill in the gaps that we have missed, but it still didn’t feel right to me. For some reason I just couldn’t picture the character developments that the author gave to us. After reading so much of the series earlier in life, I had in my mind a perfect picture of what the out come should have been. Then with this book, the author throws my fantasy away and creates another one.
While it was nice to reminisce with the Wakefield series and friends, this book was just okay for me. It wasn’t what I was expecting and at parts it seemed to drag on. While it had a nice ending that was sweet and romantic, as a long time reader of the series, it wasn’t the one I was wanting.
If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS