Omg I'm so happy I found this here! Hahaha! I read Sweet Valley growing up. From Sweet Valley Kids to Twins to High and University. I even watched the series (which was kinda not so good..) I'm so gna read this one! :)
Just read this one. I admit the Sweet Valley High books were a guilty pleasure but this book was awful ... even for a beach read.
It didn't seem 'true' to the original characters and the flashbacks written in present tense were painful to read. Oh and there were a lot of ambiguous pronouns used, so sometimes it took me a paragraph or two to figure out who the narrarator was supposed to be.
I think it's just been so long that Francine Pascal herself forgot a lot of the details (and it's not as if she could've re-read her entire series to refresh herself!). I haven't read the book yet, but I've read an indepth review, and it seems the author contradicts things she's written in previous books in this.
I read it & while I was quite underwhelmed with the story & the writing, I got a warm fuzzy reading about my favorite childhood characters. Prior to finishing this book, I probably closed my last Sweet Valley book around 1988. Not sure I like the idea of age-progression; I think these characters should have remained eternally young & (in my world) in the 80s. Having said that, I'm not a huge fan of 'reunion' type shows (like 20 years later) either! LOL!