Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
I loved this book! I devoured Sweet Valley High books while growing up (and Sweet Valley Twins and, for a little while, Sweet Valley University), so the thought of a new adult entry in the series was mouth-watering. This follow-up novel was even sweeter than I expected. After waiting so long for the dessert, it was all the more delicious to finally see Elizabeth truly mad at Jessica, to hear the shitty side of being a twin discussed, to witness the Wakefields swearing, and to find out a series worth of new drug deaths, affairs, secret crushes, and boyfriend stealing.
There were parts where I wondered whether the back story had already been written about in a Sweet Valley book that I hadn’t read, or if it was just bad exposition on the author’s part. But then I decided that if I didn’t want to ruin my treat I shouldn’t look too closely at the nutritional label.
How many times over the years had she herself been fooled by a recording? For just a flash she would think, Was that me? Or worse, when she had to pick herself out of a family picture. How pathetic was it not to recognize yourself?
But Todd didn’t mind at all. Whatever Jessica wanted, he wanted, and taking that extra step of a man in love, he came to think he actually liked it.
It continued with no sign of letup until Alice Wakefield threw down her napkin and, louder than anyone, in a voice few had ever heard, stunned them all into silence. “Ned!” she shouted. “Bring out the fucking cake!”
Ten years after graduating from Sweet Valley High, the Wakefield twins have had a falling-out of epic proportions. When Jessica commits a complete and utter betrayal, Elizabeth flees to New York to escape the pain and immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a journalist.
Jessica remains in California, dealing with the fallout of her heart-wrenching choices. She has a career she loves and lots of old friends, but she misses her sister, her oldest best friend. With Elizabeth as her enemy, Sweet Valley is no longer the idyllic town of their youth.
Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. She decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the “good” twin, the one getting her reckless sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables.