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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not a bad book

I think if I went back and re-read a lot of the SVH books I read as a teenager I would find the writing style spot on with the new SVC book. I was not looking for a poetically written book, I was looking for a fun read to find out where the Wakefield twins were now. D...
I think if I went back and re-read a lot of the SVH books I read as a teenager I would find the writing style spot on with the new SVC book. I was not looking for a poetically written book, I was looking for a fun read to find out where the Wakefield twins were now. Do not go into this books expecting Dickens and you will not be disappointed.
I will try not to give out any spoilers here...
Elizabeth and Jessica are estranged from each other over something Jessica did and Elizabeth is now living in New York City attempting to earn a living as a writer. Jessica is still in Sweet Valley working for a cosmetics company and doing rather well for herself there.
We get a good glimpse of life for the twins now that they are 27 years old as well as the story behind what happened between Jessica and Elizabeth in flashbacks. I actually like when the author switches 1st person from Elizabeth to Jessica, it seems like they are each writing their own story using their language. For example, Jessica uses the word, "like" a lot and that is just something I would see her saying.
I like hearing about the former characters that I grew up with, I do hope this becomes a series because I would like to see more information. For some characters it really is a quick update on what they are doing and then nothing more is mentioned. It is funny in some cases, when I heard about this book I envisioned where I would see certain characters and was not at all surprised the direction the author took them. Some other storylines just really come way out of left field (such as the Steven Wakefield storyline) but I imagine that Ms Pascal is just setting up a brand new series and will examine deeper as time goes on.
I would recommend the book to any Sweet Valley Fan though!

posted by Kelz72979 on March 30, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

34 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

ABSOLUTELY DREADFUL. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

If the option to give this book no stars had been possible, I would have rated it as such.

As an avid reader and collector of the SVH series in my teens, I was intrigued by the premise of revisiting the SV gang ten years later. The opening was intriguing and showed ...
If the option to give this book no stars had been possible, I would have rated it as such.

As an avid reader and collector of the SVH series in my teens, I was intrigued by the premise of revisiting the SV gang ten years later. The opening was intriguing and showed promise...

The problems become evident almost immediately. First of all, Francine Pascal, or her ghostwriter, does not know her audience. The title and the marketing suggests that the book is aimed towards fans who grew up reading the SVH, SVU series and who are now in the 20-40 age range (around the same age as the twins in the book, or women who started reading the SVH series when it first came out). There are adult situations which preclude the idea that the book is written for younger readers. This is NOT a young adult novel. As such, I would expect the writing for this audience to be thoughtful, stylistically and grammatically sophisticated, and certainly more detailed.. Instead, we're treated to sophmoric, dumbed down writing that rushes through every important plot point and lacks any depth that would suggest the writer even cared about her demographic. The adult language, which appear to be used for the purpose of emphasizing that this is an "adult" novel are instead jarring and about as ridiculous as kindergartener cussing.

The plot device of using flashbacks to underscore current events and relationshpis is a cheap and lazy tactic. Instead of taking the time to unfold the events in narrative, Pascal/ghostwriter has the characters reminisce about particular events. There are way too many character viewpoints and flashbacks! We never really get to care about the characters because their motives are never fully explored or explained.

There's a completely out-of-left field storyline featuring the twins' brother that could have been a GREAT storyline but instead is throwaway fluff. Ultimately, that's one of this book's biggest faults: the plotting is clumsy and there are too many stories underway. Jammed into 205 pages, none of them are resolved with any real depth or intent. Instead, Pascal/ghostwriter wraps everything up with an epilogue that is wince-inducing and awkward. And frankly, infuriating. Why bother investing in characters who aren't even invested in themselves?

And finally - who and WHERE was the editor? This book is chock full of gramamtical and continuity errors that are annoying.

What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to revisiting old friends. Instead, I found myself discovering why some people should be left in the past: they're better in our memories. Instead of the story I hoped to read - what Pascal/ghostwriter delivered was crap.

I've never felt compelled to write a review before but this book is so horrendous that I strongly suggest you save your money and borrow it from the library instead.

posted by Cathy_H98 on March 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SVH FANS!

    If you're looking for profound literature, this is not it- nor is it meant to be. This book was written for Sweet Valley fans who, for decades, always wondered what happened to Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.
    It seems as though a lot of people are disappointed in the way the twins turned out, however, I am here to remind you that the girls turned out the way they were meant to- as created by the author. Sure, you might have expected Todd and Liz to end up together but honestly, that is much too predicable. I didn't wait this long to read this book only to find out that nothing and no one changed in 10 years.
    This book immediately brings you back into the world that is Sweet Valley. I was so excited to revisit SV and am in NO WAY let down.
    Sadly a lot of these reviews are tainted by what some fans WANTED this book to be.
    Enjoy this book for what it is! I couldn't put it down and it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    A GREAT READ!

    I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint! I had all of these ideas of how each of the characters would turn out and was so happy to see that it wasn't at all the same!
    These characters are flawed just like us humans and it was so nice to see them be less perfect (although just as beautiful) than in their high school years. Just like when the prom queen of your high school turns out to be an overweight drug addict. Things change and sometimes not for the best-- but appreciate the REALNESS of this story and it's characters.
    I read it in one sitting and might have to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything!
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR SVH FANS!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Wonderful Homecoming!

    I always love a good sequel. Returning to these wonderful characters ten years later was as rich, warm , exciting and heartwarming as they were originally . It is so terrific to grow ten years with these characters as I grew ten years as well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    When I heard that Francine Pascal's new book, "Sweet Valley Confidential....Ten Years Later" was hitting the stands, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Having grown up reading all of the "Sweet Valley High" books, and the spin-offs, I was so happy to see Francine was back at it only this time, a novel. I went to Barnes and Noble, grabbed a copy, started reading and honestly never stopped until I was done. I LOVED it! It was great reading about them as adults. Finally, they're grown up. Francine really knows how to tell it like it is! I always wondered what happened to all those characters and there are quite a few shockers in there. Now I can't wait to find out what happens in the next ten years! Great read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    highly recommended

    Worth the wait. Loved it!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Loved it! Read in one afternoon!

    I loved this book and could not put it down. It is terrific for die hard SVH/SVU fans. It was great to revisit the characters. I hope this is developed into a new series directed at older fans! :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Woods

    The forest in Camp Half-Blood, this area is extremely dangerous, filled with hellhounds, furies, harpies, etc. Only very brave demigods would go here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Easy, fun read!

    Enjoyed as a kid & brought me right back! Loved, loved, loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    For true Sweet Valley fans

    I LOVED this book!! It brought back so many memories. I could still see the characters. The only thing I didn't like was the going from Elizabeth's point of view to Jessica's. It was hard to keep straight some times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2011

    wow! i was hooked by page 2!

    I loved this book. A real page turner with so many twists and surprises! You just have to read this book. It's really good.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    Great read!

    Wow- what a blast from the past! I love the all-grown-up versions of Jessica and Elizabeth... A lot can happen in 10 years it seems :) This book did not disappoint!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    YES YES YES!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVEDDDDDD THIS BOOK!!

    True Sweet Valley fans will agree. So nice to catch up with the gang!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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