Sweet Valley High // Double Love
SSR is back for year TWO, and we’re kicking things off with a conversation about the first book in Francine Pascal’s beloved Sweet Valley High series, Double Love. In this episode, we (sadly) reveal a lot of problematic messages in the book about sexuality, class, privilege, and relationships. We also dive into the emphasis that these characters place on physical appearances and on the lack of female empowerment we see in Sweet Valley. There’s a hilarious game of FMK, a little Jessica vs. Elizabeth debating, and reflections on our own awkward teen years and misguided fashion choices.
Thanks so much to Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman, hosts of the Bad on Paper podcast, for joining Alli for Episode 54! Follow Bad on Paper (@badonpaperpodcast), Grace (@graceatwood), and Becca (@beccamfreeman) on Instagram, and be sure to check out more content from Grace on The Stripe.
CHECK OUT BECCA + GRACE’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:
The Idea of You: A Novel by Robinne Lee
“12 of the Sweet Valley High Books’ Most Ridiculous Plotlines” (Mental Floss, 2017)
“How the Sweet Valley girls grew up” (The Guardian, 2012)
“Confessions Of A Former Sweet Valley High Addict” (NPR Books, 2014)
“Oh Sweet Joy, The Sweet Valley High Books Are Getting A Movie Adaptation” (HuffPost, 2017)
“20 Ways The Sweet Valley Series Defined Our Adolescence” (Thought Catalog, 2015)
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