I have many books that I loved growing up. The Mallory Towers series for example was the first series I remember reading. My sister used to sit and read it with me. However, nothing has stuck with me quite as much as The Sweet Valley High series.
Originally created by Francine Pascal, this series made up the majority of my reading for a long time.
I discovered one of these books in the library at school. I think it was the one called Too Good To Be True. I can’t remember how old I was but from that moment I was hooked.
There was nothing I liked better than to come home from school and disappear into the world of Sweet Valley for a while.
Jessica and Elizabeth were like the cool friends I didn’t have (I was quite shy at school and definitely not a cool kid although everyone seemed a lot cooler than me. The perils of senior school.)
There was something just so exciting about these stories that I couldn’t get enough of them. I devoured as many as I could find from the school or local library.
You can imagine my excitement when I also discovered the TV series. Looking at that now, it was all so poorly acted but I still couldn’t resist watching it. If you know of it, is the theme tune stuck in your head yet?
The stories to me at the time were so complex and interesting and above all, even for a teenager living in the south of England, the themes and issues explored in the books were all relatable.
I wanted to be confident like Jessica but I was more an Elizabeth (Elizabeth is also my middle name so I always felt a little cool by association.) I didn’t mind school, I loved to read and I loved writing stories.
I think I was also a little bit of an Enid too – she could be a little awkward.
That was what I loved most about this book series. Every character was someone you knew in real life. We all know a Bruce or Lila right?
I’ve not read one of these books for years but it will remain one of my favourite book series. I might have to dig one out for old times sake.
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