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The Sweet Life #1: An E-Serial (Sweet Valley Confidential) Kindle Edition
"Truly Madly Guilty" by Liane Moriarty
The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late. Learn more | See author page
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...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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think unexpectedly really . Enjoyed the Lila Fowler plot. I always wondered what Jessica and Elizabeth would be like as grownups....now I know.Published 1 month ago by Stacy J Yarger
DON'T READ IT! JUST DON'T!
If you read Sweet Valley: Confidential, I strongly... no, I plead you... to stop there. Read more
Shipped quick. I was so excited to see this finally came out in book form since I didn't have a kindle. Loved the originals and Sweet Valley Confidental. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karyn F.
Didn't expect this to be good anyway esp after reading Sweet Valley Confidential, but it made me question whether even the old books were good or I was just young. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ysabel Yuzon
As many previous reviews stated, this book is a serious let down for fans of SVH. Personalities completely altered, numerous inconsistencies with names, dates, & past... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chasity Lopez
I liked it a lot. These books are very well written. I could honestly say that I didn't even wanna stop reading.Published 20 months ago by Michelle
Great book! Loved seeing what happened with the characters.Published 21 months ago by Amanda Abraham
Picking up where Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later left off, this serial should be avoided by everyone who hated the updating the characters received in that book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by morehumanthanhuman