This week I was so excited to get my hands on a vintage Sweet Valley High novel again. It has been 23 years since, aged 11, I collected every single one as they came out, dreaming of what it might be like to be a size six blonde haired Californian twin girl living the all-American lifestyle with a pool in the backyard.
Tragically, just a few years later, I sold my entire prized collection of Sweet Valley High books at a car boot sale. I thought I’d outgrown them. But it turned out I never really left behind that powerful myth of the twins with the perfect American lifestyle, and I’ve wondered about it ever since.
Power Play (here’s the vintage edition for just 1p) was the fourth in the series and it’s a classic. Bitchy cheerleader type Jessica gets pitted against goody-goody book-reading twin Elizabeth. If you loved SVH, you’ll remember the story – it’s almost unbelievable. Robin Wilson is a girl at school who wants to join Pi Beta Alpha, the snobby sorority headed up by Jessica. But Jessica won’t let her into the club. The sole reason? Robin’s chubby. Horror of horrors!