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The Sweet Life: The Serial (The Sweet Life, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6)

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For Jessica and Elizabeth, the sweet life begins at 30…

Beautiful blonde twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back in The Sweet Life, now available in one volume!

Three years after the events of Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are back in Sweet Valley and inseparable once more. Things are looking up for both twins: Elizabeth
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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This is more like it. If you're a Sweet Valley fan from way back who was disappointed with Sweet Valley Confidential, The Sweet Life is for you. The main problem with Sweet Valley Confidential was the Jessica/Elizabeth relationship. If the twins aren't getting along then they obsess over each other, all we hear about is how they feel like they've lost half of themselves and everything and everyone is geared towards reuniting the best twins ever. It's sorta dull. However if they're friends like t ...more
When I was a kid, I lived a very sheltered life in a very rural area and liked to imagine that most of the bigger world around me was accurately reflected in pop culture. I wanted to go to school in what I saw as the idealistic world of TGIF, TNBC, and, yes, Sweet Valley. Something about the relative autonomy of the teenagers, the constant excitement of even the most mundane activities, and the easy access the teens had to almost anything was very romantic to me.

That's probably why I also got s
LOL you wouldn't believe how things are popping off in Sweet Valley now that everyone is grown. There is so much delicious drama, poorly written prose, melodramatic nonsense, and everything we've grown to love about SVH over the years. Also, Elizabeth is still the worst worst worst ever. She has no loyalty at all. TEAM JESSICA 4 LYF.
The 6 Sweet Life e-novellas that were released over the summer are now in print in one volume. I really enjoyed this book even more than the author's first book about the Wakefield twins in their 30's, Sweet Valley Confidential. This novel really drew me in more so than the first book

The book follows all of our old favorites from the Sweet Valley High series, some haven't changed at all, like Liza, and some are on a new path, like Jessica and Todd. My favorite story was Elizabeth and Bruce's sca
Christine Ho
Great, trashy, brainless fun. Can't believe I read all 6 in this E-series in 48 hours. Loved the ending- I love Liz, but glad that she might finally realize that being a spineless wimp and just hoping that everyone realizes that you are Such! A! Great! Girl! doesn't always work out. (don't tell Bruce! But I hope Bruce knows! But I don't want him to know that I want him to know!) Perfect cliffhanger, and hoping that another E-series comes out soon.
Good gosh, this was terrible. The writing was repetitive and boring and predictable and just awful. Even worse than the originals, which I loved back in the day - but in retrospect - were drivel.

So why 4 stars? The last sentence of the last page. Freaking priceless. Made me laugh out loud and I continued to chuckle for the rest of the day.
Kristin Fleischmann
I absolutely loved the Sweet Valley series growing up and would obsessively check the out at the library. I was excited to see that we were going to be able to check in on Sweet Valley now that everyone was grown up. (Sidenote: I was a little depressed that the twins were not older than me in this updated installment. They're 30. It was a sad day.)

The good news is that all of the main players from back in the day were back in action. The bad news is that none of them seemed to have actually mat
Not as good as the first one, and I can't believe I'm even calling the first one good.
This was just over-the-top dramatic. I couldn't wait to finish it, but I guess in a way I couldn't put it down either.
Laura Lawson
Made me very angry really. I thought I would like but the more I read they angrier I got with the characters in the story.
Rhiannon St. Clair
I couldn't finish this book. For many reasons.

I've read every Sweet Valley book that's been printed. I own almost all of them. This was my favorite series as a kid and teenager, I know these characters inside out, I know their stories, struggles, triumphs ... And this book blew everything to bits. I can't finish it because if I do, it's going to ruin everything for me.

Francine Pascal obviously used ghost writers for the majority of the series, because she doesn't know the characters or former
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Ellen Stenzler
I have always loved the Sweet Valley series...started reading Sweet Valley Twins, read a few Sweet Valley kids, and graduated to Sweet Valley High. I was STOKED when Sweet Valley University popped up in the bookstore one day, and read a plethora of those in high school. And then Sweet Valley Confidential?? Oh man, I couldn't have been more excited...except now that I'm 32, the unbelievable storylines don't hold as much pizzazz as they once did. I downloaded the first 2 books of the e-serial last ...more
Charlotte Lynn
A few years after Elizabeth and Jessica graduate high school, we catch back up with them and their lives. Jessica and her husband, Todd, have separated. Jessica, being Jessica, has been playing around with a hot young star. She has her son find themselves in danger. Will true love save the day?

Elizabeth turns her back on Bruce Patnam when he is accused of rape. Realizing that all may not be as it seems, Elizabeth puts her reporter skills to work and tries to find out the truth and save Bruce’s r
After reading every Sweet Valley book in the 80s and 90s, I was excited to pick up the series again. Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later from the library. I have mixed feelings about it, but I can definitely say that I have no mixed feelings about The Sweet Life. All I can say is that Ms. Pascal should remain retired.

The book was about Jessica and Todd's separation. They have this 'will they?' kind of relationship. Trust me when I say, it's not romantic at all. It's not like Matthew and L
I will confess that I was one of those girls who read Sweet Valley Twins when I was a pre-teen (never really got into Sweet Valley High though), so I was intrigued when Francine Pascal came out with Sweet Valley Confidential. I listened to that book on tape and became interested enough in the characters that I picked up the e-serial; however it has been sitting on my book shelf until I needed a light read. I am now thinking that maybe I subconsciously knew that this was not going to be a good re ...more
Rashmi Tiwari
My name is Rashmi and I am a childhood Sweet Valley addict. I first read this adult version of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield's lives when it came out as an e-series of six novellas in 2012. It was summer. My kid was six months old. My newly formed little family and I were visiting my childhood home for six weeks and I happened upon this in the Kindle store, and promptly read one a week immediately when they came out (Hey B. Dalton's monthly release of SVH books).

I forgot about them (even the p
I was surprised when I came across this book in the library. I grew up on the Sweet Valley High series and had read Francine Pascal's follow up book, Sweet Valley:Ten Years Later. I would say this novel is only so/so. Yes, the characters that we have all come to love are layered into the book, but the storylines between them tend to fall flat in my opinion. A very shallow, self centered storyline is presented with all of the women having marital/relationship troubles with their partners. Instead ...more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
This book was compiled of six short e-books, and I think it probably would be better read that way, as it can get a little repetitive when reading all of it in one big novel. I enjoyed catching up with the Sweet Valley residents, not quite as much as I enjoyed the Sweet Valley Confidential book that came before it, but I still definitely snuggled down in my favorite chair and devoured it in a few reading sessions. The plots are very soap-opera, some faster moving than others, some left unresolve ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Jackie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I am slightly embarrassed to have read this. I guess I didn't learn my lesson when I read 'Confidential'. But, let's review why I chose to read it:
-It was November when I came across it, and I work in retail. The start of the holiday season calls for extra light, mindless reads.
-I am a sucker for things that give me a nostalgic feel.
-The other book I have been reading is a dark, social commentary that is quite a bit depressing and haunting all at the same time. In other words, not at all conduci
I never expected much from this eseries. I knew as a teenager that SVH was not necessarily well-written or well-developed. I feel the same about these books. The Sweet Life eseries is exciting albeit predictable.

I did not expect every storyline to be solved, and they weren't, but considering the final scene, I may be disappointed if the story does not continue for a few more episodes. I expect THAT particular story to be wrapped up good or bad.

Sweet Life doesn't have to last as long as SVH. I
Ok, so we knew I was going to read this after I read and reviewed Sweet Valley Confidential. This is the same brand of guilty pleasure that the SVH books were when I was a kid. In fact, because there are more subplots (this was originally published as a 5-part e-serial), it feels like several of the books put together. The biggest problem is that some of the subplots work, and some are just duds. Perhaps it would have been better in installments, but for a book I read in two 1-hour settings it j ...more
Emily Dean
Why did everyone in Sweet Valley turn into selfish, manipulative liars??

Jennifer Green
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I read the whole series in less that a week! (Expensive when compared to a ebook) But it was worth it, a real blast from the past, spending a bit of time with the swwet valley characters. As true Sweet Valley stories are, full of suspense - where you have to wait another 4 chapters to find out what happens to that cahracter next, meanwhile getting hooked on the next sub-story! I'm such a sucker!
That ending. Oh. Em. Gee. There better be another book. I can't deal. I forgot that Sweet Valley books always end in a cliffhanger. This one is so not OK. I kinda saw it coming, but I was hoping it wouldn't happen.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's much better than "Sweet Valley Confidential." I couldn't put this one down, whereas it took me forever to finish "SVC." But there better be a sequel!
Amy Marbach
Ugh- after I was about 50 pages into this book I remembered why I stopped reading SVH books in 4th grade! The writing hasn't matured much over the years and neither have the Wakefield twins. It was a struggle to just get though the book- the only thing that really made me press on was that small mystery that intrigued me. Definitely not worth the money.
This series is totally ridiculous, but I loved every second of it. I am not sure if it actually deserves 3 stars but I'll give it that because I felt like I was catching up with my long lost friends. The Sweet Valley series has been a part of my life from childhood, so I'll always have room in my heart for more of my favorite twins!
I was a big Sweet Valley High fan and a friend got me this for my birthday. It was cheesy but I loved every minute. It reminded me of a grown up version of SVH though I'm still baffled that Todd & Jessica got together and Elizabeth and Bruce. Overall, it's a fast read that's fun.
Sweet Valley Confidential was bad. Really bad. I would say that this is equally bad, but in a better way. Ridiculous stupid trumps boring stupid every time.

I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to anyone.

P.S. Francine Pascal still hates fat people.
The simple fact that this book was even published, seemingly to grant my one literary wish, that the Wakefield sisters and their friends continue to entertain me with their hilariously bad judgement in EVERYTHING, warrants this novel five golden stars.
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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the ...more
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