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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011
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“Before there was Gossip Girl, there was Sweet Valley High…Sweet Valley Confidential makes a compelling enough companion that we actually missed two subway stops because we were caught up in its frothy fun.” ―Wall Street Journal
“Fans who grew up on SVH will delight in Pascal's return to sunny California. Seeing everyone all grown up--and stumbling through their 20s -- is a huge treat.” ―Romantic Times
“We catch up on what's been going on with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield in the just-released Sweet Valley Confidential. It's a perfect storm of decades past, and we are LOVING it.” ―MTV Buzzworthy Blog
“I can't remember the last time I ignored my cell phone, my DVR backlog and my emails (something about a Reese Witherspoon wedding?) to read a book--an actual book!--cover to cover. For one lovely Saturday afternoon in late March, it was a joy to unplug from my life and excitedly catch up with a few old friends. Pure love. Actually, make that double love.” ―The Huffington Post
“For the vast canon of works devoted to the modern gal's sexual escapades and shoe-shopping habits, including Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City and Cecily von Zigesar's Gossip Girl, we have Francine Pascal to thank.” ―The Daily Beast
“It's unexpectedly stirring--you can feel it in your heart, this fluttering memory of caring about Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.” ―The Hairpin.com--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
The Wakefield Twins―and the whole gang from Sweet Valley High―are back!
What terrible secret has torn Jessica and Elizabeth apart?
Ten years after graduation, 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 serious journalist.
"A perfect storm of decades past, and we are LOVING it." ―MTV
Jessica remains in California, dealing with the consequences of her heart-wrenching choices. She's built a full life for herself but dearly misses her sister. With Elizabeth as her enemy, Sweet Valley is no longer the idyllic town of their youth.
"Compelling…frothy fun."―Wall Street Journal
Jessica longs for forgiveness. But Elizabeth, always the "good twin," can't forget Jessica's duplicity―and soon decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to exact sweet, sweet revenge…--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Here are the inconsistancies that most irked me in "Confidential". I won't list them all because that would pretty much be the full content of this book. Some may be slightly "SPOILER"-y.
- Aaron Dallas and Jessica ever much liked each other. Um, hello, they were THE couple most of the way through Sweet Valley Twins and they dated anytime Jessica needed a last minute date in High School.
- Jeffrey French was a weird DJ/Goth in Senior Year. They never should have changed his character that drastically from junior to senior year, but they did. To have no mention of that was odd.
- Jessica and Todd never happened until college? Um, hello Secret Diaries anyone?
- Steven is married to Cara Walker in "Confidential". There is no mention of the fact that she moved to another flippin' country in Sweet Valley High. Also not mentioned a peep is Billie Walker, Steven's live in girlfriend whom he dated in both Sweet Valley High and SVU. They even suffered a life changing miscarriage together for crying out loud and she never was mentioned.Read more ›
So by all rights, I should have known what I was getting when I cracked open SVH Confidential. But the nostalgia was high, and I was dying to see where all these characters ended up. "How great," I thought, "that Francine Pascal was willing to do this for the fans."
About fifty pages in, it became painfully, upsettingly obvious that this book wasn't written for the fans at all. Please make no mistake: it was written to make ol' Francine a quick buck, and almost zero care was put into every aspect of it. Look, I'm totally aware it's kind of stupid to be mad about the quality of an SVH book, but to wit: there are TONS of typos in this book. Glaringly. Obvious. Typos. Either the copy editor spent that day napping or he's got a job at St. Martin's because he's somebody's nephew.
There are so many canonical details that were wrong, when researching the details is the sort of thing that would have taken about twelve seconds on Google.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many girls my age, I was a huge fan of the Sweet Valley High series growing up. I read so many of the books I practically felt like the twins were my best friends. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dana Hinders
Negative stars if that was an option. Fans of sweet valley will be sorely disappointed. I know I was. Hands down the worst book I have ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kelly Parker
I picked up my first Sweet Valley book when I was in 6th grade. It was Book 3 in the series: The Haunted House. These quickly became my favorite books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Thomas
I read this because I wanted to relive my youth! Jess & Liz's story was very nostalgic, but as an adult reader, I am far more critical. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Melissa
Brought back such memories to growing up on SVH!! Great to read about Elizabeth and Jessica all grown-up!!Published 10 months ago by Claudia Hamel
Wouldn't recommend- Wasn't impressed- hard to stay focused on the story as lots of playback to yesteryear. Something that easily could have been done in a prelogue. Oh well-Published 11 months ago by S. KRAMER
Just read this one and decided to borrow it from my local library....so glad I did. Wow, maybe I don't remember the characters correctly, but I really cannot stand these older and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jaime