Sweet Valley High Sequel – Sweet Valley Soccer Moms?
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but when I was age 11-13 or so, I read every Sweet Valley High novel I could get my chubby little hands on. My friends and I stormed used bookstores and spent our allowances on them. For those not familiar, Francine Pascal‘s series detailed the often scandalous lives of identical twin sisters and high school students, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and their friends, who ranged from the bookish, shy Enid to the arrogant and wealthy Bruce Patman, and every cliche in between. Imagine a written soap opera for pre-teens, and you’ve got the basic idea.
My friends and I must not have been alone in our love of the blonde duo and their adventures, because the series boasts somewhere in the vicinity of 500 titles, starting in 1983.
Now, Pascal has announced that she is reviving the series and trying something new in the form a novel set a dozen years in the future of the high school years, when Jessica and Elizabeth are nearing their 30s. The novel, Sweet Valley Confidential, is slated for release in early 2011. I imagine the book will see Jessica (the wild twin) off somewhere having romantic adventures as a movie star or the mistress of a mafia mogul or something, and Elizabeth married to her love Todd and expecting (of course) twins or something. But is it too much to hope that Jessica had a botched Botox that left her frozen and unable to smile, and Elizabeth has developed a personality disorder, and both of them have become at least a little disillusioned?