Year 6, Book 39

39. Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
If you’re female and you grew up in the 80’s than you probably read one of the Sweet Valley series (Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, Sweet Valley University), which are series of books based around the lives of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. They are twins who are very different from each other, Elizabeth always being the studious, reserved twin while Jessica was always the partying, popular, outrageous twin. This book picks up 10 years after the end of the earlier series. Elizabeth is living in New York having we learned recently broken up with her long-time boyfriend Todd, whom readers of the earlier books will remember. What we soon learn is that the reason for the break-up is that Todd on Elizabeth with Jessica and they are still living back in Sweet Valley about to be married. The story goes back and forth between what is happening the present and all the things that happened in the past leading up to Todd and Jessica being together. I was kind of confused about the flashbacks at first as I had never read any of the Sweet Valley University books. I wasn’t sure if they were just pointing back to things that had actually been written about in those books or not. I could be wrong, but I finally decided there were way to many of them to actually have been previously written. It was definitely a fun trip down nostalgia lane reading the book. I highly recommend it for anyone who was a fan of the earlier Sweet Valley series. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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