I know a lot of sweet valley fans have had mixed reactions to this book but if you look closely and retread any of the sweet valley books of the past you will see that Francine has written pop culture into her books. Yes the issues of the issues that all the characters in this book are not what we have grown up with but there are issues that are happening in our lives everyday as adults. I know this book is a little hard for some fans to read but if you truly read this book and you truly see what is happing in our country today you will see that in the first place Francine in her own way was writing history in her books. Now that some of the Sweet Vally High books have been published in e reader form you will see that. I feel that the book is hard to read at points but I now after rereading some Sweet Vally High books see that Francine is a historian of sorts and she has written how society has changed over the years.
Their names may be the same, but this book panders to the idea that it's necessary to sacrifice their characters personalities for shock value. Todd leaves Elizabeth for Jessica? Elizabeth's best friend is Bruce -- the same guy who attempted to rape Jessica? Seriously?! And Enid is a junkie? Horrible, horrible, horrible and completely not worth the time it took to suffer through it.