As a child and a teen, I was a voracious reader (still am, come to think of it XD). Since third grade, I’ve read books by Roald Dahl, Archie comics, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Animorphs, and the list goes on forever. I can tell you that my Goodreads account is not complete. There are so many books I’ve read that haven’t made it onto my account. One of the series I forgot to include is the Sweet Valley books, and lately those are some of the books I’ve been really missing. Growing up, I read some of the Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and the Unicorn Club books. Didn’t quite make it to Sweet Valley University books, but oh well. In any case, I actually enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club and Animorphs series more than them, but there are three Sweet Valley books that hold a special place in my heart. Two of the books are presented below.
The Wakefields of Sweet Valley and The Wakefield Legacy focus on the family history of the Wakefield clans before Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica are born. The first book documents the maternal line, starting with Alice Larson in the 1860s; the second book shows the paternal line through Theodore Wakefield. Basically, Alice and Theodore meets and falls in love, but circumstances keep the two away, and they each find someone else to love. Their descendants then all meet each other at various times, but more circumstances keep them away until Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica’s parents finally get together.
Ignoring the terribly contrived and soap opera-like romance with betrayals, angst, and whatnot, the chapters are divided into generations, so the different time period are shown. We get to see what San Francisco is like in the 1910s, what the 1920s are like somewhere in the United States, and even experience wartime romance during World War II in Europe and the Pacific! As someone who likes history, I enjoyed reading about the different time periods. I think if I were to re-read these books, I’d appreciate the historical aspect of the books. The romance? Not so much . . . Either or, these two books were devoured by me on a regular basis back in the past. I think I got rid of my physical copies, but I found e-book copies, so I think I’ll re-read them sometime soon — just to get rid of an itch XD
What are some books you liked growing up? Are there any you really miss? I’d like to know what you lovelies liked :)