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The Sweet Life by Francine Pascal
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Jul 18, 12

bookshelves: 2012, adult-fiction, novellas
Read from July 16 to 17, 2012

I have been eagerly awaiting this for YEARS! After Sweet Valley Confidential was released last year, featuring the Wakefield twins as 26 year olds fighting over Todd, I was unsure what to expect from this. After all, it's a Sweet Valley book, so what's not to love? But then again, while SVC featured the twins and their friends as adults and it was entertaining to see how they'd grown up and turned out, it also didn't have the same "feel" to it as the original Sweet Valley High novels. This, the first of a 6-part e-serial featuring the twins as 30 year olds, was awesome!

Jessica's married to Todd and they have a 2 year old son, but they're separated because of their very different expectations. Todd, always a winner, seems unhappy that Jess has a stellar career and isn't just staying at home. Liz lives in a mansion with Bruce and things are going well until a former intern claims Bruce attacked her a year ago. Bruce denies it, Liz thinks it's a business rival trying to smear Bruce... but then Liz - always quite the meddler - decides she needs to investigate the claims and suddenly isn't sure who to believe. Lila's married to NFL quarterback Ken Matthews and is basically a rich, beautiful, trophy wife until the day she decides to audition for a reality show (think Real Housewives of Sweet Valley) and play the role of Rich Bitch, but she plays the part so well that it drives Ken away.

More characters from the original SVH series are featured in here, and they all had the same sort of "feel" to them as they did in high school, only older and with new problems. This was so trashy and such a quick read, and yet it was so addicting because I loved the characters and how ridiculous everything was. Just like SVH books, this featured plenty of drama and over-the-top characters. I even loved what a busybody Liz was (as usual), getting up in everyone's business in the name of "journalism" or whatever.

Although some of the plot maybe would have irritated me if it hadn't been happening in the world of Sweet Valley, the fact that this did take place in Sweet Valley and brought back the same drama and nostalgia that those books provided made this a total winner. Yeah, it's ridiculous and crazy, but what would a Sweet Valley book be without that?
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