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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

2.47  ·  Rating details ·  6,830 ratings  ·  1,901 reviews
A "New York Times" Best Seller!
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 adul
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Those who want their beloved childhood series stomped on, given a swirly&then flung into a dung heap
"What a stupid book."

That was my initial thought after turning the final page of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later.

As a pre-teen, I was addicted to the Sweet Valley High series, and then later, the Sweet Valley University series as well. Before that even, I had read some of the Twins and Kids series, so when I heard this was coming out last year, I just knew I had to read it. I was excited beyond compare and went into full geek-out mode. Where are the perfect size-six Wakefield twins,
Jennifer Ross
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
To say I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. To say that I felt my childhood was dragged out, beaten and raped and then set aflame would be more accurate. These are not the characters I loved. (view spoiler) I just...can't even begin to explain.

Above and beyond the falsification of my childhood, was the manner in which this book was writte
Feb 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't care, laugh, but I am going to read this. I loved SVH books when I was young! Now if they would only give us "Trixie Belden: The Adult Years" I'd be set.

I downloaded the first chapter for free yesterday on iBooks! Just got a gift card for my bday, can't wait for 3/29...

April 2011: Sad to say this was GOD AWFUL. Not even nostalgia could make it tolerable. If you insist on reading it, do yourself a favor and borrow it from someone. Although that would not leave you the option to burn after
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I am possibly more excited about this book than ANY other coming out in the next few years. What does that say about me...


So the library was taking entirely too long to get this in, and the reviews (and spoilers) were all over the Internet and hard to avoid. So I actually went and bought it this weekend, which I haven't done since the BSC prequel. How I love my childhood books, I guess.

This book is kind of impossible to rate. It was not very good, but come on, it's a Sweet Valley book. Wh
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2011, young-adult
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
*Additional note 06/12* For whatever reason, the subject of this book has ended up in a couple of conversations of mine this week. Apparently, people aren't aware that the book was so extremely far off from the original Sweet Valley High series. Maybe it won't be a big deal to some people but I wanted to say again to those who didn't know : If you feel like you wouldn't be able to handle major character/personality changes from your beloved childhood book friends, keep your memories intact by av ...more
Vrinda Pendred
Absolutely terrible. Where do I start?

Elizabeth's character has changed so much that she is unrecognisable. And I appreciate that people change and develop in life, but this book gave no indication of how such a change came about. I refuse to believe that just being betrayed would suddenly turn her into the sort of woman who has constant one-night stands.

There really wasn't much to the story at all, and it was written really badly. You hardly 'saw' anything, but instead were subjected to endless
Apr 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Now I grew up with Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Being a pre-teen in the late 80's, who didn't? Now by the time Sweet Valley High the Senior Year or Sweet Valley University came along I was well into high school and much too cool so this series, but what can I say? When you hit the mid-thirties you look back on the things that are associated with our youth- at least I do.
I was very excited to see this available and downloaded it quickly to the Nook. I began reading and was prepared to meet m
Jess The Bookworm
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this book a few years ago, but I never got around to adding it to my Read list.

I was the ultimate Sweet Valley fan growing up. I mean, I was *obsessed* with the entire series, from Sweet Valley Kids, to Twins, to High, etc. I worked out the other day that I have read 250 of the Sweet Valley books. I mean, that's crazy. I'm a little bit sad that I didn't hang onto my collection, and that I ended up donating them.

So when this came out a few years ago, I was really excited to see where ever
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I've had just one personal day from the office forever. I've been holding on to it and just dreaming of when to use it. You see, the fiscal year doesn't start until April 1, and I used up all my other vacation days by last July. I have been so patiently waiting...

Meanwhile, my planner since mid-2010 has marked in red ink on March 29th, "SVC comes out."

Did I dare take my last personal day to use solely for a book release?

I did, and it was delicious.

Sure, I did other things--grown-up, responsibl
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
OK, even when I read these at age eleven, I had no illusions about the quality of SVH. I remember my fourth grade teacher saying they were akin to fast food, but I would say that's an insult to fast food. This book is akin to a shit sandwich. It makes Twilight look like The Sound and the Fury. The writing was waaaaay worse than I remember. Feast your eyes on the dreadfulness:

"He fell in love for the first time. But he wasn't ready for that kind of exclusive love, and he screwed up. He hadn't los
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, 2011
I finally understand what nerdboys felt towards George Lucas after the release of Episode 1. In fact, I'd rather Francine Pascal had written about Jar Jar Binks than this. But here's the thing -- I still would've read it. Sweet Valley High is...was such a fond childhood memory for me that no amount of 1 or 2 star reviews would've deterred me from getting it right when it came out. And I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way. Maybe because I read SVH when I was so impressionable and youn ...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
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Apr 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Originally posted at Sweet Treats & Thrilling Tales

Let me begin this review by saying that I am an 80′s child. I started reading The Babysitter’s Club, Fear Street and Sweet Valley High when I was about 7. I grew up on Sweet Valley books. From SVH to Sweet Valley Twins to Sweet Valley University (released when I was about 14). So yes, when I saw that Sweet Valley Confidential was coming out, I had to have it. Even though I had to read SVC, my expectations were not high and that was definitel
Apr 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, readit, sweetvalley
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Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't think this book was as awful as the other reviews are making it out to be. However, the author makes really bold choices about her beloved characters, and some of the choices are bound to make long time fans angry. While the book isn't rocket science, it's the equivalent of a juicy soap opera. Lots of fluff, and all the drama you need for a relaxing afternoon read.

It's hard to say that the Wakefield twins have "grown up" but it is ten years later. Elizabeth and Jessica are still caught
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
If ever I had a guilty pleasure, it would be this book. Yes, I was a Sweet Valley High fan back in the day, and when I saw this for $5 in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble, I just couldn't resist. I'm almost embarrassed to have this on my list, but then again I'll bet some of my GoodReads buddies secretly would want to read it too! Something tells me this is going to be a piss-poor disappointment, but I'll give it a go anyway.

Review as of May 10, 2012 - OK, I've finished the book, and des
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book. At one point I actually threw the book on the floor and fumed for a bit before picking it up and forcing myself to finish. I haven't done that since I wasted my time on two Phillipa Gregory novels. I didn't think there was anything as bad as Phillipa Gregory, but this book is.
I knew that it was going to be bad, because I'd read other reviews. But I was hoping it would be funny-bad, like watching Twilight movies when drunk. It was not. My eyes hurt from rolling them so hard at Elizabet
Nana Kessie
Apr 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I remember reading SVH and SVU as a middle school student, somewhere between my baby-sitters club phase and my anne rice phase. I was looking forward to reading this book like I look forward to seeing old friends. Sweet Valley Confidential was a slap in the face to nostalgic fans of old. It read like a parody...Francine Pascal obviously has her issues with the sweet valley series and went out of her way to ruin it by making her characters unrecognizeable and unlikeable (even elizabeth!). The plo ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Someone needs to tell Francine Pascal that she shouldn't write about things she obviously despises because there is no doubt in my mind after reading Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later that there is no love left in her heart these days for Elizabeth, Jessica, or anyone else from the Sweet Valley world she created.

This book reads like a poorly done Jackie Collins novel. It's badly written (should have let the ghostwriters write this one too, Pascal) and changes the characters personaliti
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

If there was a book that I could blame for my being a bookworm, it is definitely Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley. I didn't start with SVH like most people (and I hardly read them, now that I think about it) -- I started with Sweet Valley Kids after I saw my classmate reading it back when I was in 3rd grade. When I grew older, I started on Sweet Valley Twins, and read so much more Sweet Valley after that. I remember even getting random Sweet Valley books from Book Sal
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I have to open up explaining that I was a die hard Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High fan. I still remember walking into a Waldenbooks and picking up Dear Sister, not realizing it was book 7 in the series of Sweet Valley High. I devoured it and immediately started going through all the books that were out in the series. At another trip to Waldenbooks I realized there was also the Sweet Valley Twins series and was so excited that I mowed through those as well. These books were inst
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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I can't do it. It breaks my heart, but I don't think I will be able to finish this book. I have forced myself to page 138, but to be honest, that was only because I was stuck at the hospital with nothing else to do while I waited for my mother to come out of surgery. This is, quite possibly, the worst book I've ever read. And I've read a lot of crap.

I can sum up the majority of my distaste for this book in one annoying little word. "Like." This series was like written in the like 1980's and lik
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've heard terrible reviews on this book, but I just had to read it for myself! Sweet Valley! Oh my gosh, I loved these books when I was young! I read all the Sweet Valley Twins when I was in 5th and 6th grade, then started the Sweet Valley High set in 7th grade. I'm sure I've read them all!

Well, I was pleasantly surprised! It was a really good visit back to Sweet Valley! I'm guessing the reviews had to do more with people's reactions to their favorite characters. But what is Sweet Valley witho
I owned practically all the Sweet Valley High books when I was a teenager, so of course I had to read this. Was it terrible? Yes. Did I expect it to be good? Nope. Is that ok? Definitely. Just please, tell me SVH wasn't this bad (who am I kidding, of course it was!)
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Can I give this "book" less than 1 star? No? OK. This "book" is an insult to my Sweet-Valley-loving soul. Sweet Valley stands for Quaint-Wholesome-Inclusive-Warmth to me, and none of that is here. I have been reading Sweet Valley High since 1989, when I was 9, and 23 years later I still read them every year, (books #1-A Night to Remember, the series pretty much went to pot after that, excluding #115 and #116 and Murder in Paradise.)
Anyhoo, how could the creator of Sweet Valley NOT know the orig
Feb 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I really can't believe I rated this book one star. I mean, I was so excited for it, and despite the rather terrible reviews from other readers, I still held out hope that I, being the diehard Sweet Valley fan I was growing up, would still enjoy it. As you can see, I was wrong.

Reading this book would be the equivalent of taking one of your favorite childhood memories, then going back in time to relive it, only to discover it was not a good memory at all. Let's say your favorite childhood memory
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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