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Sweet Valley High series,

A young adult book series created in 1983 by Francine Pascal

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Living vicariously through Sweet Valley High

  • Dec 17, 2008
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Before the days of Twilight and Harry Potter, young adult fiction was as it should be: uncomplicated, filled with good-looking white people, and boosters of after-school-special morals. That's why I loved reading Sweet Valley High series, which star blue-eyed, blonde identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. As each and every book never fails to point out, their eyes "sparkle like the Pacific Ocean."  

Tucked away in my room, my four-eyed self lived vicariously through Lila Fowler's unbridled spending, Bruce Patman's obnoxious persona, and the romance of Elizabeth and Todd Wilkes, who drove up to the Wakefield house on Friday nights in — what else? — his BMW.  

Thanks to this series, my third-grade self learned what OD'ing on crack was like, how to cheat on your boyfriend, and betraying your best friend.

Oh Francine Pascal, what the kids read these days might supercede your series in literary sophistication, but I'll never forget my first taste of high school intrigue and drama in the picture-perfect world of Sweet Valley High. My third-grade self thanks you!
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December 26, 2008
ahhahaha! OMG I use to read all of these, AND the SVU ones too! ANDD watch the show on TV afterschool. brings me back to the days of goosebumps and boxcar children! hahaha
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Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
These were some of my favorite books growing up. They were quite entertaining. I loved Sweet Valley High so much that my mom subscribed to a book club and I got 2 new Sweet Valley books a month. I would devour both books in three days and be waiting eagerly for the next month's books.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Not as good as the Baby Sitters Club!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Seeing this series listed brought a smile to my face. I spent plenty of time reading through this series as a teenager.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Another series I can't believe I actually read
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
Oh my gosh! I haven't thought about these books in years. They were always a bit on the weepy side for me. Someone broke up with him to be with her and this and that. Entertaining when you're young and seeing it played out in school yards and hallways. Not so much when you are an adult or at least you pretend to be.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
it was interesting I read this in my "younger" days
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
I enjoyed these as a young adult. Not meaningful but stimulating.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
fun but lacked real depth, plot. all pretty much the same
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I think these were fun reading growing up. Deal with a lot of issues young teens deal with.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
These are pretty cheesy
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Sweet Valley High is a book series created by Francine Pascal, who presided over a team of ghostwriters for the duration of the series' creation in 1983. The series ended twenty years later with over 152 books to its name. Over the years, the books were written by many ghostwriters (including Emmy-award winning screenwriter Rodney Vaccaro), and revolved around the lives of teenagers Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, twins who live in Sweet Valley, California. The series quickly gained popularity and spawned several spin-off series. The last Sweet Valley book, Sweet Valley University, was published in January 2003. The books are generally classified as young adult or kids' fiction.
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