Sunday, 15 July 2012

Review - The Sweet Life #1 An E-Serial

Sweet Valley Confidential: The Sweet Life #1 An E-Serial
By: Francine Pascal
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: July 15, 2012
Pages: 121

After the horrible Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later novel last year, here comes six new e-serials picking up three years later. Jessica Wakefield is now a mother of a two-year-old named Jake, and she is recently separated from her husband, Todd. She now has a successful job as vice president of and a big deal with Revlon is coming up.  She still loves Todd, but he is now dating a co-worker.

Elizabeth Wakefield is still adjusting to the whole Jessica/Todd situation, as Todd is her ex, but she is happy writing a small column for the L.A. Tribune, and spending time with her multi-millionaire boyfriend, Bruce Patman.

The lives of the Wakefield twins are turned upside down when Bruce Patman is accused of sexually assaulting a young female intern. Elizabeth is determined to clear her boyfriend’s name by finding this mystery accuser. By using her journalism connections, she tracks down the intern, and after an interview with her, Elizabeth starts to question where or not Bruce is innocent or guilty of the crime.

After last year’s disastrous Ten Years Later, I am a little surprised that there is a new Sweet Valley out. This time it is coming out in a six-part serial series this summer and later in the fall, it will be released in hardback. The Sweet Life #1 is somewhat of an improvement over the Ten Years Later book, as the plot and the majority of the characters are similar to the old Sweet Valley High series. I got a kick out of Lila who is a part of the reality series True Housewives of Sweet Valley as it fits her character perfectly. There are a few inconsistencies here and there, but nothing that will distract the reader from enjoying this new addiction to the Sweet Valley franchise.


  1. I was SUCH a Sweet Valley addict as a kid. I don't think I want to go back though.

  2. @Rachel Cotterill

    I read any book I could get my hands on as a kid, and that included books aimed for girls. I went to a school with a small library, so it didn't take me long to go through the boys books, so I started reading the girls books. I actually owned a few BSC and SVH books as a kid. My mom bought a boxful of kids books at a garage sale, which contained SVH.

    As for the new books being released, they are written for adults, mostly likely aimed toward the SVH fans that are now in their 30s and 40s.


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