Apr 30, 2011

Review - Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later...


Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
March 29th, 2011 from St. Martin's Press

From the Publisher:
Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood. WANT MORE SWEET VALLEY RIGHT NOW?? Become a fan of Sweet Valley Confidential on Facebook or Twitter.

Review:
Well that was....weird. I'm kind in some kind of shock right now as I attempt to write this review. There are several things about this book that irritated me.

1. The grammatical errors are off the charts. I am not a linguistic genius by any stretch of the imagination, so when I find more than one or two errors...there is a problem. The last quarter of this book was filled with about 5.

2. I guess my brain wasn't ready for the "grown-up" version of Jessica and Elizabeth. I was a little surprised to see the word orgasm on page 7. "She cried after every orgasm..." All righty, then. Fine, they grew up and had relationships, but I wasn't ready for the multiple sex scenes and the word nipple just looked crazy on that page! Great, now I sound 80.

3. The story line was good at best. I don't think a lot of readers will accept the betrayal in this book. Also, the love interests. I think it was a little far fetched.

4. I had a hard time with the narration changes; Elizabeth, Jessica, Todd AND Bruce...a little much. The flipping of the storytelling didn't go very smoothly. I had to reread several passages to make sure I knew what was happening.

5. The entire senior class goes back for the wedding? I talk to maybe 50 people from high school... Everyone still knows each other - ?? Just another example of how some things were too forced and unrealistic.

This book is for the Sweet Valley die-hard that just wants to know something about the Wakefield twins. Even if that something is implausible.

2.5 Stars

9 comments:

  1. Weird.

    I haven't heard too many great things about this book. :/ It kind of bums me out, being that I was such a fan growing up.

    Oh well. I'll probably read it eventually, just to know what happens.

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

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  2. I'm so disappointed. Having read both the Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High series, I was really excited when I saw this at the store and it was on my to-read list. I may still read it, but at least now I won't go into it expecting too much.

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  3. Hmmm sounds like maybe Francine was trying to channel a little Jackie Collins? LoL

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  4. I can accept the whole high school still being friends, because it is Sweet Valley High, so it was always a little cultish. But I really didn't like any of the story lines (well, except Bruce's, because his was the most SVHish). It felt like the author was trying to marry Sweet Valley books with Jackie Collins books. And don't even get me started on the character assassination of Winston Egbert, or poor Cara!

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  5. I've been thinking about the review and probably could say a lot more. I think the Jackie Collins comments are spot on...lol! I agree about Winston...some of the updates on characters was just off the wall. Poor Cara is right!

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  6. That's so tragic. I was really looking forward to this book. Thanks for the honest review, hon!

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  7. Weird... So sad to hear this. I was really looking forward to this book! :/ Ah well.

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  8. Love the review. I love comparing everyone's responses to this book. I just can't understand why Pascal. Did she not like these characters anymore?

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  9. This is the first review that I read about this book. hhmm..there's something unsual here. I did not get any clue what this book talked about. Didn't they wrote longer synopsis that can attract the reader to grab it?

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