A 30-something's lovingly sarcastic journey through all of Sweet Valley High, and then some (with lots of swears)

About Snark Valley

If you’re reading this blog, then it’s likely that you, too, grew up with Sweet Valley High and its various spin-offs. I first discovered the series at age 5 or 6. My sister had started reading them, and I was fond of browsing through her collection. The first SVH book I purchased for myself was the fourth SVH Super Edition, Malibu Summer. I still remember how excited I was to own my very own Sweet Valley High novel at the age of 6 or 7! Later on, we also started reading Sweet Valley Twins.

Now, like many people these days, I’m re-reading the entire SVH series. I’m admittedly obsessed with pop culture, especially retro pop culture, so this is more fun for me than I may let on. But why the fascination with this particular teen series? Lord knows I read a ton of series books as a kid. Well, the truth is that the trials and tribulations of the Wakefield twins, however ridiculous, are a welcome escape for those of us who feel jaded and world-weary by our adult lives. War. Global warming. The health care debate. Terrorism. The recession. Job losses climbing. Foreclosed houses everywhere. Have I depressed you yet? But in the midst of it all, we have the stories of two blonde twins who can go through any number of terrifying incidents and get over it in a snap. Being kidnapped four times in less than ten books? Hey, no big deal. It all works okay in the end in Sweet Valley. So why not escape for a bit to a favorite childhood haunt, and remember (what seemed like) a simpler time?

At the same time, many of us re-reading the books have noticed things we probably didn’t as kids. Why, for example, are the Wakefields so preoccupied with weight and physical appearance? Why is everyone else so obsessed with the twins and desperate to be and look just like them? And how many crazed killers can they escape, anyway? Yeah, the twins stand out – not necessarily for the right reasons, but they stand out regardless.

I’m a stickler for detail and a huge nerd at heart, so you are going to see lots of random details chronicled in these books. You might like this blog if you want to know whom so-and-so dated at any given time, or if you want to know the names of all those minor characters that were mentioned just once before vanishing for good. Do be warned that I have been known to cuss like a sailor and can be pretty vulgar out of the blue.

A final note: I read a lot of SVH books, but I was primarily concerned with horror novels (Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, Dean Koontz) as a pre-teen/tween (God I hate that word!). So there are a lot of them that I’m reading for the first time. I never read ANY SVH books past the early 90s – that means the whole “Night to Remember” prom bit and all the books that came after are brand new to me. Yes, this is going to be … interesting …

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: The author of this blog has no connection to, nor was paid by the brand or product described in this content.

Contact: snark.valleyATgmailDOTcom

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Comments on: "About Snark Valley" (24)

  1. I’ve been reading your blog entries about the SVH books and have been dying with laughter. I was obsessed with SVH growing up (oddly, though, reading absolutely every OTHER spin off series than the orignal; SV Twins, Kids, Unicorn club, SVH: Senior Year – my fave; SVU and even the time where Elizabeth went to the UK for six months and jessica wasn’t even a part of the series).
    I’ve recently found out that an adult version will be coming out for SVH and I absolutely can’t wait. What saddens me are the new re-releases of the series which make them even more ridiculous when reading with cell phone and social networking additions. Anyway – I think your recollections are hilarious and I can’t stop reading them.

    I will say, though, you must read Sweet Valley Senior Year, it changed everything about the series. New characters, normal storylines (no serial killers every chapter, etc) and stuff took a long time to actually happen and created suspense. I have every copy in that series and can go back from time to time. Anyway – keep up the great work!!

    Emilia

  2. This is really great! I just discovered this today and am excited about going through your recaps! @Emilia – SVHSY was definitely more real and suspense-filled, but it broke my heart. No vampires! No werewolves! No evil dopplegangers or facetransplanters coming to sweet valley to steal the Wakefield’s lives or faces. Please read the Night to Remember miniseries – it will rock your world.
    Margo forever
    Winston
    http://www.winstonegbert.wordpress.com

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I have never read all those werewolf/face transplant books, but I’ve heard plenty about them, and I’m looking forward to them … yes, looking forward, those are the right words. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m also excited to read your blog. I wish I could reread the series, but I am missing a good chunk and I can’t seem to find them anywhere. I was also obsessed with the series (I was determind to befriend the new girl in 7th grade because her last name was Wakefield. LOL. I was more into SVK and SVTwins though. Senior Year was wonderful! I still love Adam (I think that was his name). Definitely check it out when you get a chance. But be sure to take a break after to finish the SVH series. I am sure you will need it. Anyways, sorry for rambling…can’t wait to catch up on older entries. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Alyssa! I bought most of mine off of Ebay or Alibris.com, and found some in thrift stores. No problem with the rambling – I’m aces at being a rambler, myself πŸ˜‰

  4. I just LOVE your blog, you make me laugh every time! Keep it up πŸ™‚ btw, I actually like Nalice, can’t quite explain why but I like the books they feature in……*runs outside slamming door*

    • Ha ha ha! You may be the only person who has ever said that … ever. EVER. πŸ˜‰ It’s all good, thanks so much for the comment πŸ™‚

  5. i know they’ve told u this before, but PLEASE PLEASE review Senior Year!! i’v been dying to see some reviews; i’m new to this site and i just read the SVC review u did: so truee! anyways thanks for taking the time out to review this books πŸ™‚

  6. I posted on your main page with the booklist as well! I am elated to have found that I am not the only chick reading these books at ‘my age’ πŸ™‚
    It is a VERY welcome escape from the world and all the crazy stuff going on. I look forward to my 30 minutes to 1 hour in the evenings getting to read a bit.
    I am loading up my ebay watch list as we speak. I cannot remember which book was based in New Orleans. It was one of my faves! It might have been one of the super editions, maybe the evil twin??
    I got all into suspense novels for a while. Mainly Stephen King (The Stand is one of my all time favorite books) and then got into Jane Green novels, the Shopaholic series, SATC, and a few others. Once I finished those up, I was like, now what and I came up on the new Sweet Valley Confidential and that sparked my interest in re-reading all of them.
    Very nice to read these posts! I felt kind of foolish buying the first 4 SVU books to start me off as well as the magna editions, A Night to Remember and The Wakefield Legacy. I am getting ready to start reading The Wakefield Legacy tonight I hope.
    Have a great night and happy reading ladies!!

  7. I love that you started this blog! I have recently started to re-collect the SVH series (the originals are the only ones I read as a kid). I cannot wait to get them all again! I have not started re-reading yet, but I am going to in a month or so. Keep up the humor, it is great!

  8. hi there, i absolutely love your blog. your sarcasm and dry sense of humor has had me laughing to my self a few times. (and trying to explain to other people in the room what im giggling at.) i loved the svh serious growing up and came across this website when researching sweet valley confidential. (ok, so yes i get a little bored, what of it)
    anyways keep up the good work i have really enjoyed reading πŸ™‚

  9. I am loving your blog. Its hysterical. I see myself avoiding LOTS of work due to you.

  10. Erica Chestnut said:

    I am loving your site. I, too, and re-reading these books and have been laughing hysterically at your observations.

  11. I love your blog. Any more post coming?

  12. Can I just ask you did you work at a nursery? Oh and nice blog

  13. I just randomly came upon this blog while searching for SVH books – I LOVE IT! I discovered a while back that my mother had donated a bunch of old books, which included my SVH collection. Since the beginning of this year I have been trying to collect them back! Thanks for the comprehensive title listing – this will help me a lot! Keep up the great work.

  14. I have been wanting to read the entirety of SVH since I was in middle school. Really got into it because of SVJH, and the ken/jessica/surfer guy trilogy. I cannot find the books anywhere, not even in the library. This blog helps relieve that need to read. Thank you! I hope you’re still doing it. You haven’t since May, that’s why I’m saying. A night to remember is one of ,y favorites!

  15. Sheila Beebe said:

    These reviews – they’re like freaking crack. Crack, I tell you. I have to hide my phone from myself at work because I’m all, “Just one more. After this one.” How long has this been here? I’m totally sharing this.

  16. Shannon L said:

    Please do more! I know it’s years later… I just love this site so much.

  17. “Am I really wearing a prairie hobag dress and spinning around a big old field waiting for a farmer boy to come pay me a sweet penny?”

    Seriously Miss Snark, if you’re not a comedian you have missed your calling. Classic!!

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