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Do you have sparkling blue-green eyes that are the colour of the Pacific Ocean? Do you have hair like spun gold? Are you tanned, energetic and a perfect size 6? Neither are we. Join us, Karyn and Anna, as we head back to the sensational1980s book series and explore the strange and terrifying world of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, one Sweet Valley High book at a time.

Do you have sparkling blue-green eyes that are the colour of the Pacific Ocean? Do you have hair like spun gold? Are you tanned, energetic and a perfect size 6? Neither are we. Join us, Karyn and Anna, as we head back to the sensational1980s book series and explore the strange and terrifying world of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, one Sweet Valley High book at a time.

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Ireland

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Do you have sparkling blue-green eyes that are the colour of the Pacific Ocean? Do you have hair like spun gold? Are you tanned, energetic and a perfect size 6? Neither are we. Join us, Karyn and Anna, as we head back to the sensational1980s book series and explore the strange and terrifying world of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, one Sweet Valley High book at a time.

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@svhpodcast

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English

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0863871557


Episodes

69: BOY TROUBLE

11/26/2020
Patty Gilbert's looking forward to seeing her boyfriend Jim for the first time in weeks - but when Patty's sister Jana returns home with the news that she's getting married in, like, five minutes, Patty's attempt to balance family obligations and romance leads to some typical Sweet Valley contrived drama. Luckily sensible khaki-clad Liz is there to provide sage advice. Meanwhile Jessica literally loses her mind in her latest unsettling attempt to snag a grown man when she takes the credit...

Duration:01:41:24

68: THAT FATAL NIGHT

11/12/2020
It's Karyn's worst nightmare - Amy Sutton has set her sights on everyone's favourite himbo, Ken Matthews! But when Ken is involved in a car accident that leaves him blind, evil Amy is keen to move on - and she's not the only one at Sweet Valley High who is uncomfortable with Ken's situation. Thank goodness for Karyn's kindred spirit Terri Adams, who has had a crush on Ken for ages and is there to support him as he adjusts to his new life. And as for us, we're so delirious with joy at the...

Duration:01:38:15

67: IN LOVE AGAIN

10/29/2020
Reunited and it feels so good! Or does it? Todd and Elizabeth are back together, but it looks like Todd's swanky new lifestyle will come between them - or at least it will if Courtney Kane has her way. Yes, the gloriously OTT yet strangely incompetent villain is up to no good in her typically cartoonish style and we enjoy every minute of it - especially when she makes a shocking declaration. Meanwhile, Jessica turns traitor in her determination to join Lovett Academy and Karyn is outraged...

Duration:01:44:49

66: BROKENHEARTED

10/15/2020
Guess who's back, back again? Todd is back! Tell your friends! Elizabeth is in turmoil at the news, though not as much as poor Jeffrey (two words we say a LOT in this episode), who rightly figures his days are numbered as soon as Whizzer Wilkins returns to town. Meanwhile rich bitch Courtney Kane sets her sight on Todd, who is now living in a mansion that's almost as fancy as Fowler Crest. Courtney sneers at Lila so you know we hate her. As for Jessica, she's planning to trap a rich boy of...

Duration:01:29:59

65: TEACHER CRUSH

10/1/2020
First of all, don't worry - this book isn't as dodgy as we feared it would be. Yes, Olivia Davidson, who seems to have had a personality transplant, is madly in love with hunky art teacher Stuart Bachman, but Stuart has no interest in her. Olivia, however, convinces herself that he does - after all, who could resist her funky new giant earrings? This is a scenario that could actually do with Elizabeth meddling with other people's personal lives but for once she decides to stay out of it....

Duration:01:55:56

64: LOST AT SEA

9/17/2020
When the SVH gang set off on a science field trip to a remote island, Lila sneers at the non-luxurious boat taking them there - and our flat-faced queen's jibes are justified, because it doesn't take more than a few big waves on the way home before the boat starts sinking! When Jessica and Winston's lifeboat capsizes, they vanish in the foggy sea and the denizens of Sweet Valley fear the worst. Have we finally got rid of Jessica Wakefield forever? Don't get your hopes up, listeners - Jessica...

Duration:01:22:14

63: PERFECT SHOT

9/3/2020
We had low hopes for this one given that it's another sports story but we were very pleasantly surprised! We meet basketball star Shelley Novak and her friend Cathy, the coolest person in SVH (give Cathy her own book, you cowards!). Will self-conscious Shelley, who actually acts and thinks like a real teenager, find love with photographer Jim Roberts, yet another SVH boy who won't take no for an answer (when it comes to taking photos of Shelley, anyway)? Luckily Mr Collins is there to...

Duration:01:43:12

62: TWO BOY WEEKEND

8/20/2020
Oh no, A.J. is leaving town for four whole days! Of course Jessica can't be expected to keep it in her pants for that long, so she picks up a random bloke on the beach and embarks on a weekend of romance. But when she tells hunky Christopher her boyfriend is coming home, he starts bombarding her with phone calls and threatening to reveal all. If AJ finds out about her betrayal, Jess will be denied the chance to be queen of yet another dance! Yes, after a string of dull books about characters...

Duration:01:21:57

61: SECOND CHANCE

8/6/2020
It's been a long time since we last discussed the strange and terrifying world of SVH, but we're BACK! With an extra kidney, a special post-lockdown theme tune and a book all about....Kristin Thompson? Yes, it's the ultimate anticlimax as we return to Sweet Valley with a book about a randomer who is so obsessed with tennis she's never even heard of 1BRUCE1. Will joining Elizabeth and Enid's Big Sisters problem help her to live a normal life? Meh, who cares. Meanwhile there's so little of the...

Duration:01:15:49

60: THE PATMANS OF SWEET VALLEY

12/26/2019
It's Christmas, and you know what that means - it's time to go back in time to meet the ancestors of everyone's favourite douchebag, 1BRUCE1 himself! And it turns out that some of his relatives are more interesting than anyone at Sweet Valley High. We've got runaway aristocrats (of course)! We've got actresses! We've got...underground railroad heroes?! Believe it or not, they don't handle that too badly. And forget about OTG, this Christmas it's all about the RTC - rootin' tootin' cowboys!...

Duration:01:20:16

59: WINTER CARNIVAL - LIVE!

12/12/2019
Roll up, roll up, it's our very first live show - and we're joined by a very special guest for the first time! Bestselling author Louise O'Neill is here to discuss a book in which Liz finally reaches the limit of her natural doormattery and Jess behaves particularly selfishly in the run up to Sweet Valley's annual (apparently) Winter Carnival. Don't get too excited about the carnival, by the way, because it only takes up like, ten pages of the whole book. On the plus side, a familiar face...

Duration:01:36:51

58: WHITE LIES

11/28/2019
Forget gambling and Liz's boarding school dreams - THIS has to be the most boring book in Sweet Valley history. And not just because it's all about John Pfeiffer (boo!). He's in love with Jennifer Mitchell, but she's in love with Rick Andover, who is a would-be rock star all of a sudden. We don't care about either of them, but Liz does, because as usual she just can't help sticking her nose into other people's business. Meanwhile Jessica is back to her old manipulative ways - get out while...

Duration:00:44:26

57: AGAINST THE ODDS

11/15/2019
Anna has previously claimed that this, along with the Liz in Switzerland book, is the most boring Sweet Valley title of all time, but we were pleasantly surprised when we got into the infamous story of Ronnie Edwards becoming a gambler. And that has a lot to do with the book's villains, a bookie named Big Al (!) and his team of car-pooling goons! Get ready for a lot of OTG talk as Liz gets bitchy, Jeffrey finds himself torn between his love of football and his reluctance to let Ronnie get...

Duration:01:12:11

56: MURDER IN PARADISE

10/31/2019
It's Halloween! And that means a book that's special in more ways than one. Yes, you asked for it and we have delivered - it's super thriller Murder in Paradise! It's got a mysterious luxury spa! It's got a supervillain with a wandering accent who makes ludicrous speeches! It's got Liz and Jess cheating on their boyfriends with a frankly alarming lack of guilt! It's got hypnosis and brainwashing and a secret lab! It's got an actual murder! It is quite simply one of the greatest books of all...

Duration:01:32:34

55: OUT OF REACH

10/17/2019
It's a first for Sweet Valley as a person of colour takes centre stage (literally). So of course the book has to be all about "Being Chinese-American", as Jade Wu struggles to balance her love for her family with her dreams of dance stardom and her budding romance with hardworking over-sharer David Prentiss, who should really read Edward Said's Orientalism. Meanwhile, the twins try to show mid-life-crisis Ned (who is a year younger than Anna) that it's okay to be old. He even goes to a gig!...

Duration:01:12:41

54: PLAYING FOR KEEPS

10/4/2019
Watch out Jessica - you've got a rival for AJ's affections and, in keeping with the Sweet Valley motto, she won't take no for an answer! But Jessica can't beat sexy Pamela Janson at her own game, because she's still pretending to be a serious scholar and keeps banging on about nuclear war. Luckily she's got Lila - in fine form - on her side. If that wasn't exciting enough, there's also a fashion show! But sadly no Mr Collins. Where are you, Roger? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast...

Duration:01:22:24

53: SLAM BOOK FEVER

9/19/2019
It's a first for the podcast - a Sweet Valley book neither of us have read before now! And it was worth the wait, as we find out what happens when the Sweet Valley girls discover slam books, a whole new way to be gossipy bitchy wagons. Meanwhile Jess is actually endearing as she develops a serious crush on uptight judgy new guy AJ, and there's trouble for Liz when Jeffrey starts spending time with everyone's favourite - and only - Sweet Valley bohemian Olivia. If only Mr Collins was there to...

Duration:01:00:08

52: TROUBLEMAKER

9/5/2019
We are outraged by the cover of this week's book, in which the depiction of Bruce is not the pouting John Barrowman we know and love to hate! Who is this imposter?! Whoever he is, he's smooth talking Julie Porter, and tormenting her friend Josh, who is determined to get into the Sweet Valley High fraternity. Meanwhile Jess's dramatic career takes a terpsichorean turn, Jeffrey shows his own dancing skills and we discover that Sweet Valley parties are a lot more edgy than we might have...

Duration:01:02:22

51: DECISIONS

8/22/2019
It's decision time for Robin Wilson as she has to choose between going early to college amid the bright lights of New York City or staying in Sweet Valley and going out with George Warren. Yes, we wouldn't find it difficult either, but strangely Robin really loves the town full of judgemental arseholes where she was mercilessly bullied. Meanwhile Jess falls for a music student, Liz becomes obsessed with learning the recorder, and we can't stop sniggering about fingering positions. For the...

Duration:01:16:30

50: FAMILY SECRETS

8/7/2019
What's better than two perfect blonde sixteen year olds with blue green eyes? If Sweet Valley High is to be believed the answer is "three of them". Yes, the twins' identical cousin Kelly has come to town for two whole months and they're only delighted. But Kelly has some serious (and we mean serious) daddy issues. Not only does she idolise her cheating, selfish father, but she's now besotted with cheating, selfish Kirk! Luckily there's the greatest fancy dress party in Sweet Valley history...

Duration:01:00:00