Bookish Discussions: Growing Up in Sweet Valley

Posted May 25, 2015 by Zeee in Discussions0 Comments





We all know that Sweet Valley is a fictional town in Southern California, home of the most famous twins: Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, right?  Well, if you haven’t heard about said twins, please crawl out form under a rock that you have been living under for the last 20 years!  Because SWEET VALLEY!  I guess that statement marks my age – or thereabouts.  Let us take a trip on the way-way back and revisit the famous twins of Sweet Valley!


sweet-valley-kidsI remember way back in elementary school when a friend introduced me to Sweet Valley Kids, a think it was this special edition (because they have a LOT of those) about the whole gang going to space to save an alien princess.  Space? Alien? Twins?  I was HOOKED!  I gobbled everything Sweet Valley!  I started a little late in the series and I think about in third grade.  Growing up in a small city where the only bookstore that we had was one that only sold textbooks, I did not have quick access to this series.  Good thing we had a small department store that sold the Sweet Valley series and I bought ALL of them!

I’d also like to  share a small secret, I used to color the pages of SVK book because there were line pictures of the characters in every other page.  GOLD!


I quickly outgrew SV Kids in a few months and started reading Sweet Valley Twins!  Ah, the memories.  I loved that I was able to relate to Elizabeth, the bookish twin.  And waaaaay before the term book boy friend was coined, I had my book boy friend in Todd Wilkins (blush)!  I remember thinking their special editions where the bomb! – The Unicorn Club books especially since I got a peek into the world of the popular kids.  I remember loving Lila Fowler, the brat we loved to hate.  It was at this time where I became a member of a lending library (soooo historical romance, yeah?) and was able to read more SV books.

sweet-valley-sagaBefore I was in high school, I was already reading SV High and SV University.  At this time, I had started to outgrow the entire world but I can still remember the bits and pieces of SVH and SVU.  This was already in the last 90s and I had already started reading more adult books (hello Harlequin!).

I fondly remember reading the Sweet Valley Saga, most especially the four books: The Wakefields of Sweet Valley, The Wakefield Legacy, The Fowler’s of Sweet Valley and The Patman’s of Sweet Valley because they chronicle the ancestry of my favorite characters.  I could say that this was one of the books that influenced me in loving historical romance (yaaaaaz).

sweet-valley-highThis series also spawned a TV series, aptly named: Sweet Valley High.  I think this was during the time of Friends, Melrose Place, and then right after that Dawson’s Creek.  I could not get enough of this series!  Seeing all my favorite characters on TV was freaking awesome!  I devoured this every Wednesdays despite it being a school night.  It was a pretty short lived series but I could NOT get enough of it.  I guess this is also why I loved One Tree Hill and Smallville.

Every time I see or hear someone talk about the Sweet Valley series, it brings back a lot of nostalgia.  I remember saving up my snack money just so I could purchase one book, to the point of not having eating snacks just so I could buy one.

svh-a-night-to-rememberOne of the most notable books that I remember is A Night to Remember and Return of the Evil Twin.  Oh the drama.  The plot holes and thrills.  Secrets.  Selfishness.  Ah-freaking-mazing!  I remember that I could not put these two books down!  I know I probably will not read another Sweet Valley book ever again, I know I still remember these series with fondness.  I feel like back then, I always had a nose in a book and I read a LOT.  Despite the impossible plots, I devoured this series like you couldn’t imagine.  In fact, if I had the guts, I would have dyed my hair blonde and dressed like Lizzie Wakefield (hello scary Margo).

I think my draw to this series stemmed from all the diverse characters, and all the special editions.  Despite it being a SUPER LONG series, it wasn’t boring at all!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read the books in sequence, I  was still able to enjoy it.

Have any of you read the Sweet Valley series?  What did you think?

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    • I grew up in the 90s and it was really the IT series at that time and everyone was reading it. I loved it though. But I'm definitely sure that I will not be picking up any Sweet Valley books at this time! 🙂