Magazine article Newsweek

In the Valley of the Dolls

Magazine article Newsweek

In the Valley of the Dolls

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Byline: Jessica Bennett

There was a three year period during my adolescence when Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, the heart-stealing twins of Francine Pascal's "Sweet Valley High" series, were, like, my best friends and biggest idols. I'd curl up in the library and speed through their adventures with boys and boobs. They were everything I wanted to be: pretty, popular and fun, with beach-bum boyfriends who all had names like Todd. To this day, those books are still a nostalgia bomb for most girls (sorry, women) my age. So when I heard they were being rereleased this month-- updated to reflect modern teen tastes--I was giddy. As series editor Beverly Horowitz puts it, "School dramas, sister issues and California beaches never go out of style."

Actually, they do--at least for this former fan. The series updates are pretty minor (Liz writes a gossip blog on top of her duties at the school paper; the girls ditch their Fiat for a Jeep), but the characters I once loved now remind me more of the ice queens from "Gossip Girl" than figures from my own childhood. …

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