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Friday, 1 April 2011

Sweet Valley Confidential - Ten Years On by Francine Pascal

It's been ten years since the Wakefield twins graduated from Sweet Valley High, and a lot has happened. For a start, Elizabeth and Jessica have had a falling out of epic proportions, after Jessica committed the ultimate betrayal, and this time it looks like Elizabeth will never be able to forgive her. Suddenly Sweet Valley isn't big enough for the two of them, so Elizabeth has fled to New York to immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter, leaving a guilt-stricken Jessica contemplating the unthinkable: life without her sister. Despite the distance between them, the sisters are never far from each other's thoughts. Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can't forget her twin's duplicity. Uncharacteristically, she decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the 'good' twin, the one getting her headstrong sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables...

Ten years have passed, but now those Wakefield twins back! However, there are changes, Elzabeth and Todd are no more and Todd now lives with his new girlfriend.......... Jessica Wakefield!

My memories of my early teens include reading lots of Sweet Valley High books, time before my classes library visit was always spent working out who was having which Sweet Valley High book next! Elizabeth and Jessica had a wild and varied school life in Sweet Valley and now they are all grown up, working and living completely different lives to those that they imagined all those years ago.

The book ends with a chapter that includes all the favorites from Sweet Valley High, giving a short description of what their lives are now. Marriages, divorces, deaths and births all feature within this catchup and is nice to see what happened to all the characters from Jess and Elizabeth's school year.

Reading the book sent be back reminiscing to the time spent reading the Sweet Valley High books. In a recent web interview with Francine Pascal I was surprised to read that Francine Pascal did not write all the books herself but had many ghost writers, however she has written this one herself and I enjoyed reading this, the style was still similar to the series.

It was great to catch up with Jessica and Elizabeth, however I do not think that I will be hoping for any more in the series. This book was a great catch up and I enjoyed revisiting the characters but I don't think the appeal is there for me any longer.

Thank you to Arrow Publishing for sending me the book to review.

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