#ThrowbackThursday - Sweet Valley High

In the late '80s, my Saturdays looked something like this: get up, wander up to local shop for 10p mix-up, pop into library to pick up dog-eared copy of latest Sweet Valley High book, come home, curl up on cabin bed with said book and sweets for rest of day. Perfect!

Looking back at some of the covers. Errrrmmm...
Pretty much everyone I knew read the Sweet Valley High books. Bearing in mind that I went to a local junior school where the most exotic thing that ever happened was the French exchange programme, the lives of teenage Californian twins seemed impossibly glam. I can't recall much about what happened in the books, other than the usual teenage angst, where everything was all ok in the end, without a hair out of place. To refresh my memory, I had a little peek at the Sweet Valley high page on Wikepedia, and came across the following which made me smile:

'Criticisms include: The twins and a majority of their high school peers being unrealistically beautiful, and physically perfect, without suffering from greasy hair, body odor, weight issues, acne and other typical teenage problems. However, Robin Wilson was overweight, Peter De Haven was described as having acne, and Betsy Martin had greasy hair.'

So, just like all of us, then.

On my trip down memory lane, I noticed that there have been further books published in the last couple of years - Sweet Valley Confidential revisits the twins ten years later, and it seems things aren't so rosy any more. In fact, Jessica's run off with Elizabeth's fella, so it's all kicked off. I can't help but wonder if this particular plot is in response to the criticism mentioned on Wikepedia. Whatever, I'm totally calling to the Spar for a Curly Wurly then hitting the sofa with this bad boy on my kindle.
Did you ever read the Sweet Valley High books?



  1. I think I only read one or two books and maybe one or two SVH Junior books (when they were tweens) but I did watch the TV show religiously. I might have to look into a recent book to revisit my childhood! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Oh you should! I've just started reading it and it's a bit racy! Wasn't expecting that!!! :) xx

  3. oh my!
    I read a few of the books, but was more a fan of the TV show.. I'm actually humming the theme tune in my head as I write! ha!


  4. I can't believe I never actually watched the show! I used to get totally lost in the books though. After I've finished this one I might go back and read a few more, just for old times sake ;) x

  5. Just so you know, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster award :)


  6. This is why I LOVE your Throwback Thursday! OMG I WAS OBSESSED WITH SVH! I wanted to be a blonde twin living in California! Me and my sisters used to spend hours at weekends making SVH plays on tape (that's a little sad eh?!)

    Loved the TV show too .... and I might have it on DVD ;)

    1. Haha me too! Although I wanted their lives I also kinda wished something awful would happen to them, like a huge zit or something. Never did. I read the new book in a day! There's a whole series of other new books I've just discovered aswell! x


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