The cover of Francine Pascal’s forthcoming Sweet Valley Confidential was just revealed on People.com.
Did you go look at it? Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Not too shabby, I think. I’m pleased that the entire faces of the twins aren’t shown, which leaves room for mystery (I for one always picture the twins with their James Mathewuse-painted faces). That said, all I can think when I look at the lips and hair on this cover is Dianna Agron (Glee’s Quinn Fabray) Looking at the full wrap for the book (which will be hardcover, yay!), it looks a bit like one of my favorite Sweet Valley High covers, the one from Power Play.
I was shown an early version of the cover back in June (because I am a very lucky girl). I was a big fan of that version’s simplicity – it featured one of the twin’s famous lavaliere necklaces, with the chain broken. It was subtle, and I thought that was terrific. There’s clearly been TONS of work done on the cover since then, and this final version will likely get the message across to more people than the one I saw this summer. Ultimately, that’s the goal, right? To get people to read the book? So good on you, design team.
Further nitpicking? Okay, I can muster up some of that sweet nerdy detail orientation: There is no way the lavaliere had a diamond in it. We heard about this necklace in every single book for literally hundreds of books, and if there were a diamond in it, we would have heard about that, the same way the Wakefields’ kitchen is never mentioned without reference to its Spanish-tiledness. That said, the necklace on the cover is much more modern and Jessica-y than the ones in the Sweet Valley High novels, BUT if the girls are 27 in this book, they were ostensibly given the necklaces in 1999 (for their 16th birthday), so current fashion trends in necklaces don’t really apply to this situation.
Still excited for this book? Yes. Very, very.