Did you grow up reading Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley books? Did you read about Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield’s earliest adventures in the Sweet Valley Twins series? My sister and I sure did. In fact we read them with our cousin Sarah and–dare I admit–even had a secret club like the girls in the books. We loved those books. And we wanted to love the Sweet Valley High books–but we weren’t allowed to. In fact, to this day, I don’t think I’ve ever read a Sweet Valley High book. But I sure did watch the tv show when it was on when I was in high school.
As much as I loved these books as a kid, I’d all but forgotten about these books until I opened my Entertainment Weekly recently and saw this.
Sweet Valley Confidential, which released in March, catches up with our favorite twins and their classmates in their late 2os. The romances are new, the girls are grown up, but the drama is the same!
So a quick glance at Amazon reveals that the reviews haven’t been kind. Inner 12-year-old girls have spoken out about their disappointment. No one expected a great work of literature, I think. But sadly it’s not even meeting the most basic hopes for a lot of fans.
Okay, so I won’t be running out to pick up a copy of Sweet Valley Confidential any time soon. But it did get me thinking about some of the YA books that I loved as a kid and would like to see a Ten Years Later sequel to. My top three:
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Okay, so I didn’t read these as a kid, but I sure would love to know what happened to Katniss 10 years after (more than the very short epilogue).
2. The Sadie Rose series by Hilda Stahl – this series followed the prairie adventures of a girl who was forced to move into a soddy when her father dies and her mom remarries.
3. The American Girls books – I loved them as a kid, and I would love to hear what happened to Samantha and Molly and Kirsten.
Honorable mention: Why Harry Potter, of course! I want to read about how Ron proposed.
What books do you wish they’d write a Ten Years Later sequel to?