“Every generation thinks that standards are slipping – in my childhood it was Enid Blyton in the line of fire, for my sister it was the Sweet Valley High series, and today it’s The Hunger Games. All have been roundly condemned for stopping children reading good books. And yet children keep reading. “
Somehow we stumbled on the topic of the Sweet Valley High series in Frisky group chat this week and I found myself arguing the merits of various characters from the series. I’ve read most of the books multiple times and used to collect them — I was forced to give up about 20 of them [...]
On The Walking Dead, Josh McDermitt’s character, Eugene, is a skilled liar—and also still alive, at least going into the
When the Licking Valley High School band wore t-shirts with “Salvation” emblazoned on them, they merely meant to call attention to the piece they had chosen to play for the Sweet Corn Festival. The selection they entertained the crowd with was Tchesnokov’s “Salvation is Created.” But someone in the crowd complained and the Freedom From […]
Roxane Gay’s raw, unflinching writing is now up for mass consumption. She published two works this year: Bad Feminist, a collection of essays that run the gamut from Chris Brown to Sweet Valley High, and her first novel, the critically...Show More Summary
After the Times Magazine published their interview with Roxane Gay — in which the Bad Feminist author and Year in Reading alum delves into the title of her latest book and talks about her love of Sweet Valley High — the crew at McSweeney’s dug up a humor piece the author published in 2010. If you can read […]
The writer on embracing her flaws and loving “Sweet Valley High.”
I really, really wanted to go to high school. And who could blame me? After spending much of junior high inhaling John Hughes movies and devouring copy after copy of Sweet Valley High, I was pretty sure I would spend prom night wrapped...Show More Summary
Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High Outcast Pascal 1987 I am a little too old for Sweet Valley High, but I have many friends that say this is THE teen fiction of the 1980s. One librarian friend and I used to debate the merits of keeping this series in the collection. She started taking pictures of teens […]
Topics include the TSA, college tours, sex in marriages, slavery, Ryan Leaf, Sweet Valley High, life after prison and so much more!
This is a series of super heroines/villains on the covers of fictional romance novels (plus one Sweet Valley High knockoff) as imagined by artist Tony Fleecs. It's a great idea. You think there isn't a giant market for erotic superhero...Show More Summary
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later (I obviously have because I have no life) then don't continue unless you want some key plot twists revealed. Then again, you probably don't care about what...Show More Summary
Over at The Hairpin, yesterday, an essayist complained that Sweet Valley High … Read More
by Fiona Helmsley In Double Trouble, book one of Francine Pascal’s seminal 1980's Young Adult series, Sweet Valley High, series protagonist Elizabeth Wakefield is slut-shamed by proxy. Here is how it happens: Jessica Wakefield, Elizabeth's...Show More Summary
Were you a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books as a child? Last winter, I went on a scavenger hunt in my parents’ basement and dug up my beloved Sweet Valley High books and some of my fave CYOA books. One was an off brand version about an aspiring model who, at one point, [...]
You know who I blame for my never-ending pursuit of the perfect tan? Francine Pascal. The author behind the widely popular ’80s teen/tween book series, Sweet Valley High, instilled me with the belief that to be beautiful meant I needed to be bronzed. After all, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, the most beautiful 16-year-old twins on [...]
by CarrieS I was thrilled to get to interview E.C. (Eugene) Myers at the Nebula Awards Weekend. His book, Fair Coin, won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Eugene filled me in about his work, the challenge...Show More Summary
Boy, YA novel covers from the late '80s and '90s are a lot more subtext-y than expected. (Although I remember thinking: Enid Rollins from Sweet Valley High maybe?) Read more...
Oh my god, you guys. Remember the Sweet Valley High where Elizabeth comes out of a coma and thinks she’s Jessica (until she cracks her head on the coffee table)? Apparently, Ciara recently came out of a coma and currently thinks she is Robyn. No one make any sudden moves — I want to see Read More...