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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.

Recent Episodes

Oct. 22, 2021

BONUS: Think Twice! The Sweet Valley High Dolls

On this very special narrative-style hiatus bonus episode: A listener’s email leads down an internet research rabbit hole of ridi…

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Sept. 30, 2021

Extra Drama #60: The Ken Matthews Story

In which two professional filmmakers/screenwriting professors attempt to break story on a film adaptation of Sweet Valley High Bo…

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Sept. 23, 2021

Book #60: THAT FATAL NIGHT

It's the (main episode) Season 6 finale and all the stars are out: Terry Adams! Zack Johnson! Skip Harmon! You know, all your fav…

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Sept. 16, 2021

Extra Drama #59: Luxury Compact Disc Players

Sweet Valley High may not be historical fiction, but it IS fiction from history. Novelist Libbie Hawker is back to talk rich hist…

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Sept. 9, 2021

Book #59: IN LOVE AGAIN

So, Liz and Todd are IN LOVE AGAIN, and all is right with the world...except for the fact that Todd goes to a fancy school an hou…

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Sept. 2, 2021

Extra Drama #58: Don't Call Him Jeff

Shey Zanotti is back, and memories of (the very much still alive) Jeffrey French abound. Remember the time he scared away those t…

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Aug. 26, 2021

Book #58: BROKENHEARTED

#1 Jeffrey French fan Shey Lyn Zanotti is back, and she's not the only one! Remember Todd Wilkins, Elizabeth's first love, who mo…

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Aug. 19, 2021

Extra Drama #57: A Comfortable Petard

Chris and Paris from Terrible Book Club return! Jessica slums it in electronics class and Lila scams her pedagogically lazy dress…

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Aug. 12, 2021

Book #57: TEACHER CRUSH

Terrible Book Club’s Paris and Chris dare to join Marissa to tackle this downright nerve-wracking tale of Olivia Davidson and her…

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Aug. 5, 2021

Extra Drama #56: Too Much Humor

Haley Tubbs returns to talk about the science field trip that wasn't, and whether Jessica is right about guys with "too much of a…

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