Adaora Nwandu Earl returns to discuss pre-reading predictions for Book 43: HARD CHOICES, the challenges of asserting yourself with family, and strong female relationships in Sweet Valley...all in just over 10 minutes.
"Enid's grandma moves in" might sound like the least interesting chapter of our soap opera, like, ever. But think again: Nana's a citizen of Sweet Valley now and she brought the drama along with her from Chicago. Guest reader Adaora Nwandu Earl returns!
Manuel Lopez is the first Latinx character in Sweet Valley who gets any kind of spotlight. And he's the greatest guy in history! Aisha Bhoori is back for a quick look at Manuel's perfection and how it illustrates the "model minority" myth.
Sweet Valley Diaries: overanalyzing '80s tween pulp since 2006!
A love triangle where the third party is Parental Prejudice
Sandra Bacon and Manuel Lopez may not be the stars of the Sweet Valleyverse, but if SVH is going to attempt to dip its toes in the murky waters of racial prejudice and interracial romance, you'd better believe that Diaries is ready to talk SO MUCH about it. No mere hour can contain Marissa and her guest, the brilliant Aisha Bhoori, on this week's extremely special and (weirdly/unfortunately) timely episode. Added bonus discussion of Jessica Wakefield, Shadow Gemini.
Season 5 Premiere! We’re back, baby! And all our Sweet Valley Friends are back too. Except…you know…Regina. Who better to focus on in the aftermath of a beloved character’s untimely death than the background player everyone is holding responsible for said death? Lifetime Original Movie podcaster/enthusiast Megan Tripp joins Marissa for a particularly Lifetime Original episode of our teen soap pulp.
Hiatus is nearly over...Season 5 of Sweet Valley Diaries is returning on August 13! That means you have just over a week to catch up on the on going drama at Sweet Valley High...and if you haven't tuned in to hear what happened in the Season 4 finale (aka Book 40, OUT OF CONTROL), I've got some really terrible news for you...RIP [character name redacted, no spoilers, but the book did come out over 30 years ago so get on top of it].
In other podcast news, look who's Big* in Estonia
*"big" = "spent a day among the top 10 book-related podcasts"
What’s so special about Special Editions? Usually it’s travel to an exotic location, or an old enemy returning to town for Christmas. But WINTER CARNIVAL is the Super Edition that proves all it takes to be Super is a Super-Duper High number of ways that Jessica betrays Elizabeth! With over 200 pages to work with, that’s a lot of betrayal. But you know what they say about Jessica: That’s just Jessica!
Marissa is joined by her cousin, original Sweet Valley Superfan, Erika (Flaxbart!) Poulos.
The world is in quarantine. The podcast is on hiatus. But promises were made. Now, one woman must take on the personalities of two California teens in crisis...but not the California teens you're thinking of. In this world, Valley is the rival high school.