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The Sweet Life

(The Sweet Life #1)

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  133 reviews
For Jessica and Elizabeth, the sweet life begins at 30…

From Francine Pascal, creator of the bestselling Sweet Valley High series and author of the NY Times bestselling Sweet Valley Confidential, comes the continuing adventures of beautiful blonde twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield in an exciting new six-part e-serial, The Sweet Life.

The first novella-length episode - Th
ebook, 128 pages
Published July 15th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2012)
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Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, here it is, gals. When the last Sweet Valley book was published (Sweet 18, SV Sr. Year), Francine wrote a note in the back promising that she would one day revive the series ten years later. That time has come. I was a hot mess today, absolutely glued to my phone and sucking this first installment up. It was like what I imagine the experience of taking crack cocaine to be. Assuming I would get addicted to crack cocaine. I probably would. I must say I think this time around SV will only be ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
As I understand it, this edition encompasses all six books. As such, here is my review of the six edition series as a WHOLE. It includes a lot of the material I included in the review I wrote for the first portion of the serial, with some added commentary. I do expect to publish separate reviews for each of the six novellas. This review is for the entire mini-series. I hope you enjoy!

You Can't Go Home Again

I am a major Sweet Valley fan from way back (think 1988 and no I am not revealing my age h
Aug 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh dear. This is just bad.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Jessica Wakefield-Wilkins is the vice president of VERTPLUS.NET, a green marketing and promotion company. Jessica's latest campaign is for Revlon. Jessica and Todd Wilkins are currently seperated. They have a two year old son named Jake. Jessica and Todd's relationship did not start off on the right foot with Jessica up to her usual schemes and tricking Todd. If Jessica has any plans of hanging on to Todd, she better watch herself as she has competition. Her name is Sarah Miller and she is the n ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, I know when you read these little book-lets (hardly a full book, more like an extended short story) you should set the bar low. It IS Sweet Valley and not meant to be some life-altering story. With that being said, I am still disappointed. (Spoiler Alert - Some ahead)

The book opens up with Jessica apparently being wildly successful. Ironic given what a failure and schemer she always was in the high school and college series. Suddenly she's a savvy business woman?

That really sets up this i
Oh wow.

I read Sweet Valley Confidential a while back and it was pretty terrible. And then I found out about the Sweet Life e-serial and for some reason I decided to pay Francine Pascal for her efforts to rape and pillage my childhood memories.

My biggest concern is that Francine Pascal thinks people actually talk like this, in conversations peppered with "like" and "so totally" and, worst of all, "like so totally." I'd be afraid to have a conversation with her, honestly, lest I kick her in the te
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'd like to rate these higher, but I'm afraid "It was ok" is about the best I can say about it. I can't say it truly felt like a waste of time, but it definitely would have felt like a waste of money if I'd had to pay for it, especially considering the whole book is going to end up costing you $12. (Thanks again, Barnes & Noble Read In Store!! You're awesome!) At $.99 apiece, or if there were to be fewer episodes, maybe you wouldn't feel ripped off, but definitely not six volumes at $1.99 ea ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps appropriately for a review on a Francine Pascal book, I'm gonna cheat and review The Sweet Life books 1-6 together all on book 1. Goodreads doesn't have an edition with all six together and I'm way too lazy to individually review each pile of flaming dog shit. This is five stars for being such an amazing fun, horrible, dramatic, horrible, exciting, horrible ride through Sweet Valley. But they are five very angry stars as the ending fucking sucked. Five very angry, very tired stars as I s ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
The first installment of The Sweet Life e-serial starts three years after the events of Sweet Valley Confidential. Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield's lives remain laughable, yet oddly compelling to me as a long-time fan. I guess you can't escape Sweet Valley. I laughed out loud several times at the ridiculous descriptions of Jessica's new "green" career, fueled by her "idea gene." Yet I read the first two installments quickly on a recent plane trip to Portland, so something about it makes me unab ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with these girls. Collected just about every single Sweet Valley High book ever in existence so when this book and it's predecessor Sweet Valley Confidential came out I was ECSTATIC! I felt like my childhood was coming back to me. And really, it has, but in a form that at the age I'm at now I can truly appreciate and relate to. Francine Pascal was able to do that when I was a kid as well. I love that she is bringing the twins back to us!! Anyone who has grown up with these two characte ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: purchased
The Wakefield twins are no strangers to scandal. In fact, I'd go so far as to say they attract it. The Sweet Life is better than Confidential, but still terribly written. I wish Pascal would go back to ghost writers. She's good at coming up with story ideas, but executing them? No.
Still...these characters are my guilty pleasure and have been since I was 8 years old. I'll read the next one, of course *grin*
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Much better than "Sweet Valley Confidential," but that's not saying much. I feel like it is the author's goal to make the reader hate every character. However, it was a fast read and I can't give up on SV. I'll be sure to read the rest of the series.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Growing up, I had several favorite series, but nothing held a candle to Sweet Valley. I read every single one, from Kids to Twins to High to University to even the semi-boring historical Sagas. I grew up with these characters, and I love that they're back.
Kate Gorman
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
You best believe I am reading the e-serial.

It's basically like your old SVH books, but now they're in their 30s.

Same ridiculous plots and same ridiculous characters, but now since they're 30 we can read about their sex life and marital problems! HOORAY!!!
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
To say I loved the Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High books while I was growing up would be the understatement of the decade(s). I'm loving the opportunity to read about them again now that they're nearly the same age as I am.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Guilty pleasure. Awesomely horrible!
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Addictive. I grew up with the Sweet Valley twins and I'm so glad to have become reacquainted.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's impossible for me to rate these books. They're terrible. However, I'm totally going to read the next one. so there's that...
Laura Stakelum
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
Pure guilty pleasure. I loved these books when I was a kid and I love them now.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it

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The Sweet Life #1 is the first novella in the 6 volume E-serial. It looks like all 6 will be published in October in hardcover, but it is still cheaper to buy them as separate e-books for $2 each.

Three years after the end of Sweet Valley Confidential (which I reviewed on my other blog), Jessica and Todd have a two year old son but not much of a marriage. They have been separated for over 4 months. Elizabeth is living with Bruce Patman and everything is great until he is sl
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having read Sweet Valley books for what feels like my entire life - from the Kids series, to the the Twins series, through all the high school and university books, I had a lot of anticipation when I first heard about this six part serial! The inconsistencies and outright strange shifts in characters that appeared in Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later dampened some of my initial excitement, but I have to say this book felt like the authors wrote it almost in direct response to the many n ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Sweet Life starts up three years later from where Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later ended. Jessica Wakefield and Todd Wilkins have a 2yr old son named Jake , Bruce Patman is dating Elizabeth Wakefield ,Lila Fowler is married to Ken Matthews and Steven Wakefield and his partner Aaron have an four month old daughter called Em.
It seems though , that living the sweet life in Sweet Valley is a lot harder than it sounds.
Jessica and Todd have been on rocky ground and it seems that their ma
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
The first installment of the Sweet Life series sets up all sorts of plot lines (but resolves none!) – Jessica’s marriage to Todd is on the rocks; Lila is the star of a reality show, ‘True Housewives’; and Bruce Patman has been accused of sexual assault – an accusation that journalist and amateur sleuth Elizabeth wants to get to the bottom of.

As well as the progression of the main storylines, there are a few subplots within each book. In trademark Pascal style they are unashamedly ludicrous and
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Picked this up at the library yesterday thinking it was just a sequel to that 10 years after college Sweet Valley book I read a few years ago (Sweet Valley Confidential). Now that I've added it to goodreads I see it's book #1 in a new series. Ugh, seriously? A series is so much more embarrassing than just an individual book. I haven't actually started it yet but figured I'd keep it around for when I have nothing better to do, and if I happen to read it during my 3 week loan, I'll write something ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Wow. Wow. I somehow managed to read the entire "Sweet Valley High" series--as an adult--with a minimum amount of stomach upset, but at last I draw the line.

The twins are rich and gorgeous and talented and awesome. Did you know they're rich and gorgeous and talented and awesome? And their best friends are rich and gorgeous and talented and awesome. Do you want to know how rich and gorgeous and talented and awesome? The majority of what I read was an over-explanation of all the ways they're so ri
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm a Sweet Valley fan! There, I've said it.

Yes, they have next to no literary worth (except for getting kids reading) and are pretty cringeworthy when you do. The characters are predictable and...need I go on? So why do I like them?

Well, it is like slipping on a comfy pair of old pjs on a cold winter's night. They are familiar, they aren't taxing, and you know what you're going to get. You can read one and watch tv at the same time.

The new series of e-books released are set when the twins are
I didn't know this e-serial existed until very recently. But then again I wasn't really looking forward to other Sweet Valley books after having read Sweet Valley Confidential. The book wasn't that great and the only reason I rated it three stars was because even though I thought it was pretty bad and ridiculous and I hated the ending, it still made me laugh because of how awful it was. You know how some things are just so bad, they just make you laugh because you can't believe what you're readi ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of like really bad sequels.

I am sure many women on GR read the sweet valley high books as a kid..I know I sure did..almost all of them. I am also sure many do not know that a whole new "reunion" series was started..Jessica and Elizabeth all these years later..what fun! I could not wait to embark on this new journey with the twins.

And the books were so bad. I am sorry..hate to be that awesomly wonderfully beautifully bad.

What is worse is after reading book one, and despising it
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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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