Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

by Francine Pascal
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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 256 reviews.
Cathy_H98 More than 1 year ago
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.
alphabetmommy More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous bad reviews. I was such a huge fan of the series and this is not how I imagined any of the characters turning out. I felt like the author was going for a shock factor and just threw in bad language, sex scenes and the word facebook or twitter just to make it seem more adult like and with the times! I am going to act as though I never read this book and go back to pretending that the characters were left how I remembered them!
Amanda31 More than 1 year ago
This had to be one of the worst books I have ever read!!! Not only were there very obvious grammatical and spelling errors there was no consistency with the characters or even anything that happened in the sweet valley high series!! I had really hoped to get some closure or at least some idea on what happened to everyone..instead there were 100+ pages of Elizabeth pondering the meaning of love, and on the rest of the pages everyone talking about how Elizabeth is some sort of goddess...I mean I really think the writer is truly obsessed with Elizabeth, it was so boring and kinda disturbing!! Todd is a complete Jerk and my favorite character, Lila, was barely mentioned. The best part about all of this was the terrible "follow up " to some characters...Who Cares about Nicky Shepard and Betsey Martin - they were in all of 1 or 2 books!!! The best is Suzanne Devlin - she dies in a champagne induced car crash after being diagnosed with MS....hmm...I seem to remember that just being MONO!!! Hahaha Also Lila's fathers name is not RICHARD its GEORGE - that was only mentioned in EVERY SINGLE SVH BOOK!! And Enid ..Please..how do you become a Gyno in 10 Years!! HAHAHAHHA too much.... oh wait and I forgot...Apparently AJ Morgan is a BAD BOY and has been with the twins since Grade School Feeling Up Jessica, yet I distinctly remember a whole book devoted to him being A New Student!!!! WOW GET IT RIGHT! The book itself shows no depth of characters or even consistency...in one chapter jeffrey french ( again who cares about him? ) is married, but at the end, in the all important follow up, he was never ever married ---- was this book even edited???? I also love the brief referrals to SVU and then the blatant disregard for some of the series most important events --- apparently Enid drank hard in high school but was never Alexander...C'mon!! Oh and Mr Collins quit right after S. Devlin----Really? And am not going to even discuss poor Winston!It has the feeling of being hurriedly put together in a weak attempt to make some money and its pathetic. At least tell me what happened to the characters who were actually in the books --- Amy Sutton, Maria Slater, Dana Larson..Not Losers Like Roger Barret Patman! By the time I got to the end, I thought for sure I was going to read how Margo was adopted by the wakefields ( yes I know she's dead but at this point in pascal's head anything is possible ) and Olivia Davidson ( dead too I know - although lets not forget she managed to come back to the SVH Class Reunion in a SVU book!! ) is back together with ken. Oh and by the way, did you know Jessica was NEVER to Europe before? I can go on and on and on...Please Don't Waste Your Money on This Book!
mollypop77 More than 1 year ago
I don't know why Francine Pascal couldn't have gotten a ghost writer like she did back in the dad for the Sweet Valley Twins/High/University books. She is a dreadful writer and if Jessica or Elizabeth has said "so" or "like" or "totally" one more time i was going to throw my Nook against the wall. These characters weren't Lizzie and Jess. I don't know who they were. Maybe there could have been some enjoyment if Liz and Jess shared more than 2 scenes together. Mostly this book was just total OMG and in my personal opinion a total violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Abigail Gilbert More than 1 year ago
So disappointed!
Safari_Poet More than 1 year ago
I pretty much knew what I was going to write about fifty pages into the story and I've been dreading it and trying to figure out how to sugar-coat it. I didn't enjoy this book at all. My favourite part was the excerpt I read online, I type while cringing. This book's potential readers are those who read the Sweet Valley High series when they were younger and are looking forward to seeing how the twins have grown and mature. I didn't read the series, but it wouldn't surprise me if the characters haven't changed much since then. For most of the story I felt like I was reading about kids and not people in their late 20s/early 30s. The word "like" was on every other page, if not every page. The only thing missing was the "totally" that usually comes after it. It wasn't just that which made them seem immature, but their behaviour and attitude. I knew when I starting this that Jessica had done something to hurt Elizabeth and that they weren't speaking to each other, but I never knew and what I got to see through glimpses into their past was that she has been vicious to her all their lives. She is selfish and conceited and only does something if there is something in it for her. She hates that everybody prefers Elizabeth, but why wouldn't they since she's not the devil reincarnated. Okay, that was very harsh, but it just shows you how much I didn't like her. I always try to finish a book that I've started, but I didn't want to continue reading and had to flip through the last chapters. The ending and how everything just fell into place so easily was too unrealistic to me, just like a lot of events in the whole book are. Why do the people who hurt somebody they claim to love so much get the best HEA? I want to explain more, but I can't without spoilers. Don't be surprise if I delete this review. It's hard to write about a book I didn't like, but I'm just giving my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read Sweet Valley since elementary school and I was so excited when I heard another book was coming out. I was so disappointed. I feel like my view on the characters I once loved was ruined. I see what the author was trying to do but I didn't like it at all.
Kelz72979 More than 1 year ago
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!
Ltr720 More than 1 year ago
I grew up reading about the kids of Sweet Valley and was very excited when I heard SVC was becoming a reality after it had been talked about for so many years. However, it didn't take long for me to realize my excitement was wasted as SVC is truly awful. Though I'm not one to scoff at an author's choices for her characters, some of the major plot points seemed to be in an effort to shock readers only, with no forethought or prior intent. I got the impression that the author was trying to update the story using as many modern societal acceptabilities as possible without thought for who her characters actually are. Even though I didn't appreciate some of the choices as far as character development and plot are concerned, I could have accepted the book for what it was and been satisfied if it hadn't been for the horrendous writing style. Flashbacks were the theme and the author often switched POV's so suddenly I found myself pausing to see if I'd missed a key transitional sentence. Additionally, grammar and sentence structure were awful, I couldn't figure out why Jessica said like so frequently, and the story was disorganized and sometimes confusing. It was almost like the author started writing without an outline but had so many ideas in her head that things got mixed up. It was a painful read. I recommend it for die-hard Sweet Valley fans who can overlook the writing style for an update on the kids we grew up with, but it's definitely a book that you'll only read once.
MandaLynnGuitar More than 1 year ago
In anticipation of this book, I went out and for some reason, bought my favorite of all--the Wakefield Saga. In the end, the twins ended up with the people they were meant to. I found this book highly overpriced and thought that the book could have been written with more insight on the characters. So, I agree with some reviews. I thought that this highly anticipated book should have had more pages, and more depth to characters. Sure at fifteen, we all wanted to skip the action, but not knowing what Todd wrote Elizabeth is downright lazy to me. It sends the wrong intrigue. The end, with all the updates on "cast members" of Sweet Valley, gave me no indication that the author is going to write more on their lives, which means the why's and the where's and the how's could or may never be answered which is frustrating when you were highly anticipating this read. For an afternoon read and then later, a night time-- let's make sure I didn't miss anything read,-- I thought it was fun and brought back memories of reading the many books of this series. I could not understand why I felt like I was fifteen reading all over again. Overall, I have mixed reviews. I agree the characters ended up with who they were supposed to. I liked the flashbacks but didn't enjoy the questions I had when the most important stuff was going on. I wish they could have answered those questions in the book....but sadly no.
Rocket26 More than 1 year ago
I grew up reading the sweet valley books and loved them all. I read the Sweet Valley High books in highschool and was very excited about this new book. However, I am only 1/4 of the way into the book and it is totally letting me down. The plot isn't very good and they way the characters have turned out is a let down. What is going on in this book? The storyline doesn't add up when compared to how the characters were in the previous books. Hoepfully it will get better?
MissyVA More than 1 year ago
I have read some pretty cheesy books--including the complete SVH series when I was younger--and I enjoyed them. However, this one is so poorly written and just plain awful that I am struggling to finish it. I read a few reviews before starting the book and had what I believed were realistic expectations of the book, but it is worse than anything I ever could have expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected more from this book. I didn't want to read about intimate stuff. The plot is similar to the one used on the last Sweet Valley University book. Elizabeth takes off because Jessica betrayed her. The second part of the first chapter talks about Elizabeth's sex life. The two men who get involved with the twins have been with them before. They were introduced in the Sweet Valley High series. You always figured that Elizabeth and Todd would get together and marry. That doesn't happen and I found it confusing as to why he would prefer someone else. I hope this doesn't turn into a series. I would definitely read it but not buy it. A waste of money.
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I love this continuation
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LadyThor More than 1 year ago
I loved the Sweet Valley books when I was younger and I was so looking forward to catching up with Jessica and Elizabeth but this book was a big let down. The story line had a lot of potential but was not executed well at all and didn't seem like it was written for an adult audience. So disappointing.
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horsegirl727 More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. Since I grew up reading the Sweet Valley books, starting with Twins and ending in University, I was so excited to hear about this book where the twins were all grown up and adults. This book really could have been something and even been the beginning of an adult series, but it fell short. The plot had me raising an eyebrow. Go to your library and see if they have it before you spend money on this one.