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Sweet Valley Diaries

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 people to read the series with her.

But beyond its obsession with the ubiquitous-yet-obscure book series, SWEET VALLEY DIARIES is a podcast about nostalgia and the ways this nostalgia can (spectacularly, hilariously) fail us.

It's about friendship, honesty, and learning to speak your truth in the face of a boyfriend-stealing cheerleader or an evil triplet. It's all the life lessons you could ever hope to learn from two size-6, blonde-haired, aqua-eyed, identical 16-year-old twins. Strap in.

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Sept. 1, 2022


What could be better than a kind of hamfisted '90s attempt at tackling racism? Almost anything? Well, good (if shocking) news: th…

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Aug. 12, 2022

Extra Drama #68: Hold Me Till I Hate You

Are you a suede man or a Baja boy?

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Aug. 4, 2022

Book #68: THE LOVE BET

High school juniors Dana Larson and Aaron Dallas have sworn off of love forever. To address this crisis, Elizabeth and Todd conco…

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July 15, 2022

Extra Drama #67: The Parent Ruse

Now that The Parent Plot is behind us, Marissa, Rebecca, and Sommer talk about their relationship to a film that, despite its sim…

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July 7, 2022


Rebecca Russell and Sommer Austin are back for one last ride as we bring the Wakefield Trial Separation Saga to an end...and say …

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June 24, 2022

Extra Drama #66: A Trio of Elizabeths Fails to Run Away

The cover of WHO'S TO BLAME? suggested that it was going to be a big running away book. It wasn't (only a little running away was…

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June 16, 2022

Book #66: WHO'S TO BLAME?

It's a Chicago Ladies in Comedy Reunion, with Rebecca Russell returning and now comedian Sommer Austin joining the Wakefield Sepa…

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May 12, 2022

Extra Drama #65: Comedy in the 2000s & Divorce in the '90s

Ned and Alice Wakefield don't get a lot of love here at Sweet Valley Diaries, but they're both hurting now, so...eh, we still hav…

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May 5, 2022


Rebecca Russell joins Marissa for the first book in the Great Wakefield Divorce (!?) Trilogy. Everything's on the line (and/or th…

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April 21, 2022

Extra Drama #64: Tell a Friend

Marissa, Katie, Kat, and Kyle cram in all the YA book and book podcast nerdiness that will fit into the 10 minutes we had left in…

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