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Sweet Valley Diaries

By Marissa Flaxbart

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After years of wide-eyed blogging about the surreal 1980s perfection of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High book series (and the surprising psychodrama that lurks below the town's perfectly-tanned surface), host Marissa Flaxbart is now forcing friends and family to read the series with her. Every other week, Marissa and a new guest – many of whom are new to the very idea of a "Sweet Valley" – unpack one of these soap-operatic tales, starting with book #1. It's all good fun for both die-hard fans and new blood...but watch out, because nostalgia can get ROUGH.

Customer Reviews

Sweet Valley rides again

Marissa is one of the best podcast hosts I have ever listened to. She’s very cool and she doesn’t hesitate to be funny or cutting as required.

Fun Nostalgia

Decent podcast, worth a listen. Both fun and nostalgic of the books I read as a kid in the 80s and 90s.

Where have these books been all my life?

I stumbled across this podcast over the summer, binge listened to the entire first season, and not so patiently waited for new episodes to premiere. As someone who missed the craze surrounding these books due to being a 90s baby, this was the perfect introduction to the series, and it left me wanting to know more. I'm getting ready to do some binge reading so I can catch up to the podcast and then read along with Marissa Flaxbart and her various guests as they dive into the beautiful insanity that is Sweet Valley High. I honestly can't recommend this podcast enough. Flaxbart makes the perfect host because while she's not afraid to shy away from talking about the problematic bits of this series, her humor and her critiques are the perfect fit, and they help to show why these books are so enthralling. Whether you've been a fan of the series for years or are a new reader like me, anyone who loves the cheesy goodness of a crazy teen drama will love this podcast.

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