Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
GENRE: Contemporary, Romance | PAGES: 293
My rating: ★★★
In true guilty-pleasure fashion, I hide my face as I quietly admit to having enjoyed this book. Sweet Valley Confidential reads like classic Pascal with a random swear word thrown in here and there in an attempt to qualify it as adult fiction. The writing was often wanting in places and I found myself yearning for grittier prose and more satisfying action but nevertheless, the story as a whole drew me in like a good piece of gossip.
It was often predictable, save one (rather juicy) surprise — no spoilers — but I enjoyed the adult elements of the girls and the flip-switch personality in Elizabeth.
On prose alone I’d have been tempted to dish out a single measly star; but add in the fact that I have a sizable stack of Sweet Valley fan years behind me, and also the fact that we FINALLY see character development in the Wakefield sisters, I’m gonna go ahead and rate this a three!