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New Sweet Valley High Series Sweet Valley Confidential

Sweet Valley High Grows Up — Will You Read It?

Young adult novels are definitely not just for young adults; when we asked you which YA novel you'd read again, you had no shortage of suggestions. But what if, rather than staying frozen in time for you to nostalgically revisit, your favorite YA series grew up along with you? That's what the Sweet Valley High series is doing, and creator Francine Pascal tells the NY Times it's getting mixed reactions.

In Pascal's new series, Sweet Valley Confidential, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are now 27 years old (OK, so they're not exactly aging in real time), and have had a serious falling out. Plus — brace yourselves — they drink and have sex. And orgasms.

If you read the Sweet Valley High books as a teenager (which 88 percent of you say you did), you'll remember that although there were a few miniseries-within-the-series that got a little intense, the books and their plots were pretty tame. Arguments were petty, reconciliations were quick, and relationships were chaste. Even "bad" twin Jessica was basically just a snotty and self-centered teen. The new series is definitely a departure from that, but if the Wakefield twins are going to grow up, their plotlines have to grow along with them.

Are you interested in reading the series? Or would you rather stick to the original and leave well enough alone?

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The reviews say it wasn't that good!! I am waiting to get it from the library... Some of the reviews said information was contradictory from the beginning of the book till the end...
Allie-Merriam Allie-Merriam 6 years
I am definitely reading this! I can't wait to see how they grew up... I also might wait though til you can buy a cheaper used one on Amazon
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 6 years
Katie, I still have my SVH books, too! And spacekatgal, you're in luck, Audible does have it.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
I'd probably read this if one of my friends bought a copy, but I don't know if I'd buy it myself. Now if The Baby-Sitters Club had an adult sequel...
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'm curious, but probably won't bother putting it in my queue of books to read.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I am so reading this! I still have my top five favorite SVH books of all time.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
sounds like a good beach-read!
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
Good bad chick-lit? Sure, why not!
LTodd818 LTodd818 6 years
Hated it. Nostalgia only got me to page 81. These are not the same characters I knew I loved. Not even close.
lrakins54 lrakins54 6 years
I bought this the day it came out and it was so bad it was good. Good to know where all the Sweet Valley kids are these days.
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