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The Sweet Life #1: An E-Serial (Sweet Valley Confidential) by [Pascal, Francine]
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Book 1 of 6 in Sweet Valley Confidential (6 Book Series)
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"The Sweet Life books...are as packed with cliffhangers as any Sweet Valley fan could wish."―The Guardian

About the Author

FRANCINE PASCAL is the creator of the world of Sweet Valley and is one of the most popular fiction writers of all time. As a theater lover and Tony voter, Ms. Pascal is on the Advisory Board of the American Theatre Wing. Her favorite sport is a monthly poker game. She lives in New York City and France.

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  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 2, 2012
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FYI, this is a review of "The Sweet Life: 1 - 6," not just the first installment, because I read them all back-to-back and cannot be bothered to write reviews for all six. That being said...

...I grew up on all things Sweet Valley High. I know so much about the Wakefield twins that I am practically the third sister. I SO looked forward to "Sweet Valley Confidential" last year, and that book was so horrifically bad I almost could not believe it was for real. Yet I still read "The Sweet Life" because I just cannot say no to anything remotely Elizabeth and Jessica related. And...I loved it. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! I could not put the book down. Is it a poorly written piece of crap that makes the original "Sweet Valley High" books seem like Henry James masterpieces? Well, yeah. But this book is much improved over the last one in that the author actually seemed to take the time to review the old books that bear her name, and thus "The Sweet Life" doesn't contain the many, MANY character inaccuracies that filled "Sweet Valley Confidential." That made things a lot more bearable right from the start. Yes, there are still some things I do not agree with, though I have had a year to get used to these insane plotlines, including (warning, many spoilers ahead!!!) that Jessica and Todd are not only a couple now, but they have married and procreated. Elizabeth is with Bruce Patman, of all people, and Steven Wakefield is GAY (I will never accept that one, sorry). Still, all that aside, I was totally swept up in the book, which is more dramatic than a soap opera.
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You Can't Go Home Again

I am a major Sweet Valley fan from way back (think 1988 and no I am not revealing my age here) and when I found out about Sweet Valley Confidential and the ensuing six part miniseries, I was beyond excited... despite how weird my friends and family find it, I never stopped reading Sweet Valley, from the time I was 10 until it's sad ending in 2002. That's 20 or so years of Sweet Valley so the promised update on the lives of the twins was, for me, a present of EPIC proportions. Unfortunately, these books failed to live up to my expectations. As soon as I cracked the page of Confidential, to find former virgin-for-life Lizzie bawling during sex (oh, btw, this proves Pascal totally watches Grey's Anatomy) I realized this was not going to be the Sweet Valley I remembered. The miniseries does a slightly better job, but overall I found this return to my idealistic youth a sad disappointment and a shadow of its former glory.

It's three years after the events of Confidential and Elizabeth and Jessica are back to being best friends and living in good old Sweet Valley Heights, which has become a suburb of Los Angeles. Jess is still married to Todd, with a two year old child, and Lizzie is (gasp!) living in sin with her lover/boyfriend, Bruce Patman. Life is relatively calm and happy for the twins and friends, though resentment is brewing in the Wakefield/Wilkins home. Boring, conservative Todd can't stand it that his beautiful, successful wife is managing to be both a successful advertising executive AND a great mom to little Jake. Jessica's reluctance to leave her job and stay at home with the baby causes trouble for the happy couple.
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Having read Sweet Valley books for what feels like my entire life - from the Kids series, to the the Twins series, through all the high school and university books, I had a lot of anticipation when I first heard about this six part serial! The inconsistencies and outright strange shifts in characters that appeared in Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later dampened some of my initial excitement, but I have to say this book felt like the authors wrote it almost in direct response to the many negative reviews that Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later garnered. And one Amazon review for Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later is titled "Francine Pascal still hates fat people" and for the first time, a character who is a size twelve is introduced as not needing to lose an ounce. The laziness in editing that was so rampant disappeared, and errors were corrected (like Lila's dad regained his rightful first name on the very first page) throughout. Obviously, there are five more to go, but I hope that this same attention to detail is shown throughout!

Unfortunately, Ken Matthews is a shadow of the character he once was - perhaps pro-football has led to so many concussions that he literally is no longer himself... But there is hope for his redemption at the end of the book... Elizabeth still doesn't feel quite herself, either - some very shady journalism and outright lies were pretty shocking.
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