Tuesday, April 26, 2011
unfinished: Sweet Valley Confidential
I wasn't always a dedicated literary fiction reader who enjoyed exploring diversity and prize lists. As a child and teenager, I was a single-minded, contemporary teen fiction series reading fiend. I devoured all of the Sweet Valley Twins, Baby-Sitters Club, Sleepover Friends, Fabulous Five, and Sweet Valley High books . I knew what day the shipment should come into the bookstore, and I often pulled the new ones straight from the shelving cart. I even spent hours playing the Sweet Valley High board game. By myself. I spent hours pondering if I was more like Jessica or Elizabeth (and then which one I really aspired to be.) I spent many years enthralled by the Wakefield twins (yes, I watched the tv show too.)
When I heard Francine Pascal was writing a book about Jessica and Elizabeth as twenty-somethings, I think I actually squealed. Reason soon took hold of me, and I reminded myself my reading tastes are a bit different than they used to be. I decided to patiently wait for a copy from the library instead of spending money on a book I may not like. Still, I was excited when I picked it up at the library and secretly hoped it would be a guilty pleasure that was delightful enough to spend an afternoon with.
I started Sweet Valley Confidential over coffee last week. I made it to page ten. Yes, page ten. It's just not in me. Some books are better left to nostalgia. I'll take my guilty pleasures in tv and film instead.
Have you read Sweet Valley Confidential? Should I give it another chance?
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