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Hysterical start, mediocre finish
on 19 October 2013
This was a freebie on Amazon and I immediately bought it because I was a massive Sweet Valley High fan in my teenage days. I used to dream of living in perfect Sweet Valley and remember thinking the twins were just the coolest ever.
This book had me laughing out loud in the first few pages. My kids even begged me to stop laughing as we are taken through an introduction to life in Sweet Valley and the authors reflections upon the series as she revisits them as an adult.
Commenting upon the often political incorrectness and the fact that the characters seem to be akin to Ken & Barbie - full of sexual innuendo but with no genitals. It was hysterical in the outset and I had very high hopes.
Much of the book then moves on to be a book-by-book account of the lives of the Wakefield twins and the authors reflections on how anyone with brown hair is unattractive, how characters with single parents or of ethnic descent are always poor or troubled and just how the Wakefield twins are so beautiful they are always being kidnapped, stalked or avoiding murder meaning Sweet Valley isn't all that perfect.
I lives the start of this book but I got bored about 50% of the way through, I can see how as a blog it worked but to read as a book it was too repetitive and I just lost the will to read a blow by blow account of over 100 books. It was lovely to revisit old friends like Lila, Bruce, Enid & Todd but not in one sitting. It became a little samey but it was awesome to giggle at the outset over something that was such an integral part of my youth and to quote the author just what would Bella Swan or Katniss Everdeen have made of Liz & Jessica Wakefield?