By Melissa Amster
**Giveaway is now closed**
Before there was a set of twins living in a wealthy town in California called Beverly Hills, there was another set of twins living in what seemed like an equally wealthy town known as Sweet Valley. And just like there was drama surrounding the most popular characters at West Beverly High, there was quite a lot happening in the halls of Sweet Valley High.
When I was in fifth grade, I started reading "Sweet Valley High" books and became rather obsessed after a while. I don't even remember how many of those books I read, but they came out often and I was always excited to see what drama would unfold. They even had larger books that would take place on vacation or have some sort of murder mystery going on. I even read the more adolescent series called "Sweet Valley Twins," about Jessica and Elizabeth's junior high days.
There were some memorable situations in the SVH series. One that sticks out a lot is when Elizabeth got kidnapped. It just seemed so far-fetched, but I guess that's what made it memorable. I also remember one where this girl named Regina dies after trying cocaine. If I wasn't put off by drug use before, that really sealed the deal for me. (Nice work, Francine Pascal!) I also think there was a time that Jessica got a makeover so she wouldn't be mistaken for Elizabeth.
Now there's a new book coming out called "Sweet Valley Confidential." It takes place ten years later. I'm not sure if it's ten years after high school or ten years after they attended "Sweet Valley University" (just like in "Beverly Hills, 90210," they never stray too far from home). In any case, "Sweet Valley Confidential" will be in bookstores this coming spring, but you can read the first chapter here.
And as an added bonus, Ann-Marie Nieves at Get Red PR has one set of Team Jessica/Team Elizabeth shirts to give away to a lucky winner in the US or Canada.
How to win this set of T-shirts:
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US/Canada residents only. Giveaway ends Thursday, October 7th, at midnight EST.