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 […]
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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...
Talk of the Nation interviews author Amy Boesky about ghostwriting over 50 Sweet Valley High books. "I've been getting these wonderful letters from readers, who are women now — who are lawyers, who are doctors, who grew up reading these...
Also: Alice B. Toklas' fudge recipe; a fireproof edition of Fahrenheit 451; and a Milton scholar on ghostwriting the Sweet Valley High series.
In a lengthy, worth-your-while essay, Amy Boesky reminisces on the six years she spent ghostwriting Sweet Valley High books. Boesky was a poet and a graduate student in literature at Oxford before she attended a life-changing dinner party and was introduced to SVH creator Francine Pascal. More »
Remember the Sweet Valley High book where Elizabeth gets in a motorcycle accident and wakes up and thinks she’s Jessica? Apparently, this happened to Patricia Arquette, except when she woke up, she thought she was Helena Bonham Carter. Read More...
The Outsiders: You were the first member of your peer group to discover, and later write, fanfiction. Sweet Valley High (any title): You had an older sister. Depending on how much older she was, you found the books thrillingly racy or strangely foreign. Show More Summary
First the Baby-Sitters Club and now Sweet Valley High? We might just explode from a fit of teen lit nostalgia. Sweet Valley
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As many Sweet Valley High series fans know, the hit YA books (and multiple spin-off series) were primarily written by ghostwriters. The Hairpin interviewed one of those writers, Marijuanamerica author Ryan Nerz. During the interview, Nerz named several successful teen writers who had also worked on the series. Show More Summary
Sex questions from seventh graders. -The Stir Amazing covers (and better headlines) from the Helen Gurley Brown era. -Buzzfeed Guessing the song titles on Taylor Swift's new album. -BlackBook To ghostwrite Sweet Valley High books, you have to be super high, apparently. Show More Summary