I was a die-hard Sweet Valley High fan back in the day. In fact, several years ago I spent a decent amount of money on a big SVH paperback lot that I found on eBay, and once a year or so I dig them out (along with all my Baby-Sitter's Club books) and enjoy skimming through them while enjoying (several) bottles of wine.
Needless to say, I have been hoping for a "Where are they now?" SVH book for YEARS. Well, I finally got it. "Sweet Valley Confidential" came out today, and I spent most of my evening reading it in one sitting. And guess what? It was just as horrible as I thought it was going to be! Even worse, actually. I knew the writing would be awful, but I was not at all prepared for the way Francine Pascal completely butchered the lives of all these beloved characters. It is so bad, it's actually comical. The Elizabeth/Jessica situation really bothered me because this is NOT the way the Wakefield twins were supposed to end up!!! In addition to that, though, this book goes to every possible extreme to screw with people and completely change the life paths of every single Sweet Valley resident. Every possible scenario is enacted in this book, ranging from blatantly straight characters coming out as homosexuals to people's legs being chewed off by sharks. I am not joking!!!
In spite of all the ridiculousness, I award the book a whopping two stars, simply because of its fantastic comic value. To all you SVH fans out there, be warned that this book has the potential to completely ruin your favorite childhood series for you. Do what I did and view this book as a hilarious misstep by an author who hopefully wrote this book as a joke. If that was her intention, she definitely succeeded. If not, then Francine, please take my advice and make this your last book EVER!