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Sweet Valley Diaries

After years of wide-eyed blogging about the surreal 1980s perfection of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High book series (and the surprising psychodrama that lurks below the town's perfectly-tanned surface), host Marissa Flaxbart is now forcing people to read the series with her. But beyond its obsession with the ubiquitous-yet-obscure book series, SWEET VALLEY DIARIES is a podcast about nostalgia — '80s nostalgia in particular — and the ways this nostalgia can (spectacularly, hilariously) fail us. It's a riotous cultural conversation about which parts of the past we long for and which ones we want to leave behind for good. It's about friendship, honesty, and learning to speak your truth in the face of a boyfriend-stealing cheerleader or an evil triplet. It's all the life lessons you could ever hope to learn from two size-6, blonde-haired, aqua-eyed, identical 16-year-old twins. Strap in.

Episodes

Extra Drama #66: A Trio of Elizabeths Fails to Run Away
Show Details13min 36s
Book #66: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Show Details1hr 5min
Extra Drama #65: Comedy in the 2000s & Divorce in the '90s
Show Details25min 45s
Book #65: TROUBLE AT HOME
Show Details1hr 9min
Extra Drama #64: Tell a Friend
Show Details11min 38s
Book #64: THE GHOST OF TRICIA MARTIN
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #63: The New [Insert Name Here]
Show Details17min 29s
Book #63: THE NEW ELIZABETH
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #62: The Valentine's Day Dance
Show Details14min 56s
Book #62: WHO'S WHO?
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #61: It's All Jim's Default
Show Details20min 3s
Book #61: BOY TROUBLE
Show Details1hr 10min
SUPER STAR: LILA'S STORY
Show Details1hr 34min
BONUS: Think Twice! The Sweet Valley High Dolls
Show Details13min 11s
Extra Drama #60: The Ken Matthews Story
Show Details15min 47s
Book #60: THAT FATAL NIGHT
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #59: Luxury Compact Disc Players
Show Details22min 49s
Book #59: IN LOVE AGAIN
Show Details1hr 13min
Extra Drama #58: Don't Call Him Jeff
Show Details21min 37s
Book #58: BROKENHEARTED
Show Details1hr 4min
Extra Drama #57: A Comfortable Petard
Show Details17min 30s
Book #57: TEACHER CRUSH
Show Details1hr 3min
Extra Drama #56: Too Much Humor
Show Details17min 55s
Book #56: LOST AT SEA
Show Details1hr 2min
Extra Drama for Super Thriller #3: Hitchcock, Jigsaw, Pascal
Show Details23min 13s
Super Thriller #3: NO PLACE TO HIDE
Show Details1hr 15min
Extra Drama #55: Betty White’s Teen-Age Dance Book
Show Details16min 41s
Book #55: PERFECT SHOT
Show Details57min 41s
Extra Drama #54: Twin Powers and Trigger Warnings
Show Details20min 35s
Book #54: TWO-BOY WEEKEND
Show Details1hr 8min
Extra Drama #53: Seizing the Day is Totally Beat
Show Details22min 15s
Book #53: SECOND CHANCE
Show Details59min 54s
Extra Drama for Super Thriller #2: The Second Taco
Show Details19min 6s
Super Thriller #2: ON THE RUN
Show Details1hr 30min
Extra Drama #52: I Guess It's Okay to Go Home with John for Now?
Show Details19min 29s
Book #52: WHITE LIES
Show Details1hr 15min
Extra Drama #51: So You're Raising a Jessica
Show Details27min 17s
Book #51: AGAINST THE ODDS
Show Details1hr 16min
Start Here: What is Sweet Valley Diaries?
Show Details2min 17s
Super Edition #6: SPRING FEVER
Show Details1hr 17min
Super Thriller #1: DOUBLE JEOPARDY
Show Details1hr 25min
Extra Drama #50: Paging Dr. Wu
Show Details14min 52s
Book #50! OUT OF REACH
Show Details1hr 5min
Extra Drama #49: XOXO, Jessica
Show Details15min 43s
Book #49: PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #48: SWEET VALLEY HIGH SLAM BOOK!
Show Details21min
Book #48: SLAM BOOK FEVER
Show Details1hr 3min
Extra Drama #47: 2 Marissas Talk about DRIVE ME CRAZY
Show Details17min 37s
Book #47: TROUBLEMAKER
Show Details1hr 21min
Extra Drama #46: Get Outta Town
Show Details14min 23s
Book #46: DECISIONS
Show Details1hr 3min
Extra Drama #45: SECRET Dreams
Show Details13min 37s
Book #45: FAMILY SECRETS
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #44: Baggage Handlers
Show Details16min 54s
Book #44: PRETENSES
Show Details1hr 13min
Extra Drama #43: Just Plain Crotchetiness
Show Details10min 28s
Book #43: HARD CHOICES
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #42: Manuel Overdrive
Show Details9min 11s
Book #42: CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
Show Details1hr 26min
Extra Drama #41: GUILTY PARTY: The Molly Hecht Story
Show Details19min 32s
Book #41: OUTCAST
Show Details1hr 17min
Super Edition #5: WINTER CARNIVAL
Show Details1hr 39min
SbtB Hiatus Bonus: ZACK I NEED THEM
Show Details9min 57s
Book #40: ON THE EDGE – Season 4 Finale!
Show Details1hr 38min
Extra Drama #39: Flirty DMs for Science
Show Details13min 17s
Book #39: SECRET ADMIRER
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #38: Time, Travel
Show Details14min 41s
Book #38: LEAVING HOME
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #37: Regency Rumours
Show Details8min 51s
Book #37: RUMORS
Show Details1hr 23min
Extra Drama #36: A Social Enterprise
Show Details18min 51s
Book #36: LAST CHANCE
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #35: Spuriouser and Spuriouser
Show Details19min 19s
Book #35: OUT OF CONTROL
Show Details1hr 13min
Extra Drama #34: Two Stars for Fun
Show Details16min 42s
Book #34: FORBIDDEN LOVE
Show Details1hr 2min
Extra Drama #33: Umbersss!
Show Details12min 2s
Book #33: STARTING OVER
Show Details1hr 11min
Extra Drama #32: Express Yourself
Show Details16min 58s
Replay: SPECIAL CHRISTMAS w/Marissa's Dad
Show Details59min 40s
Book #32: THE NEW JESSICA
Show Details1hr 3min
Extra Drama #31: Tell Us Apart
Show Details14min 23s
Book #31: TAKING SIDES
Show Details1hr 3min
Super Edition #4: MALIBU SUMMER
Show Details1hr 28min
Super Edition #3: SPRING BREAK
Show Details1hr 7min
Extra Drama #30: Shook
Show Details22min 11s
Book #30: JEALOUS LIES
Show Details55min 41s
Book #29: BITTER RIVALS (For Real!)
Show Details59min 7s
Dear Miss Lovelorn...I Mean Marissa
Show Details17min 27s
NOT Book #29: "JESSICA'S REVENGE"
Show Details30min 45s
Extra Drama #28: Through the Silver Door
Show Details17min 38s
Book #28: ALONE IN THE CROWD
Show Details1hr 4min
Extra Drama #27: Daphne Sighed
Show Details18min 28s
Book #27: LOVESTRUCK
Show Details1hr 8min
Extra Drama #26: JESSI AND THE STONEYBROOK PARADE
Show Details12min 37s
Book #26: HOSTAGE!
Show Details1hr 4min
Extra Drama #25: The Droids You're Looking For
Show Details12min 55s
Book #25: NOWHERE TO RUN
Show Details1hr 4min
Extra Drama #24: SPLASH PARTY (Just Pool Stuff)
Show Details17min 13s
Book #24: MEMORIES
Show Details1hr 5min
Extra Drama #23: Welcome to Hometown Honeys
Show Details14min 35s
Book #23: SAY GOODBYE
Show Details1hr
Extra Drama #22: Codependency Intervention!
Show Details10min 5s
Book #22: TOO MUCH IN LOVE
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #21: Bad Boy (Stuck) in High School
Show Details18min 23s
Sweet Valley Diaries #21: RUNAWAY
Show Details1hr 1min
Sweet Vall-entines Day Announcement!
Show Details3min 12s
Super Edition #2: SPECIAL CHRISTMAS
Show Details59min 40s
First Anniversary Special!
Show Details19min 15s
Extra Drama #20: Atypicals of Sweet Valley!
Show Details14min 50s
Sweet Valley Diaries #20: CRASH LANDING!
Show Details51min 27s
Extra Drama #19: Brotherhood of Frenemies
Show Details19min 37s
Sweet Valley Diaries #19: SHOWDOWN
Show Details1hr 14min
Extra Drama #18: Love Is...Sacrifice, Apparently
Show Details18min 35s
Sweet Valley Diaries #18: HEAD OVER HEELS
Show Details1hr 6min
Extra Drama #17: Natural and Unnatural Disasters
Show Details18min 21s
Sweet Valley Diaries #17: LOVE LETTERS
Show Details1hr 10min
Extra Drama #16: What Older Men Are Like
Show Details23min 57s
Sweet Valley Diaries #16: RAGS TO RICHES
Show Details1hr 9min
Extra Drama #15: What is Art? (No, Seriously)
Show Details12min 36s
Sweet Valley Diaries #15: PROMISES
Show Details1hr 10min
Extra Drama #14: It's Hard to Get
Show Details16min 3s
Sweet Valley Diaries #14: DECEPTIONS
Show Details58min 11s
Extra Drama #13: Tactlessness & Corrupted Superpowers
Show Details15min 48s
Sweet Valley Diaries #13: KIDNAPPED!
Show Details1hr 7min
Extra Drama #12: OMG [Spoiler] is [Spoiler]!
Show Details14min
Sweet Valley Diaries #12: WHEN LOVE DIES
Show Details1hr 12min
Extra Drama #11: Two GOOD Two BE Two
Show Details16min 10s
Sweet Valley Diaries #11: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Show Details1hr 11min
Super Edition #1: PERFECT SUMMER
Show Details1hr 3min
Extra Drama #10: "Wrong Kind of Girl: The Musical!"
Show Details15min 57s
Sweet Valley Diaries #10: WRONG KIND OF GIRL
Show Details53min 43s
Extra Drama #9: Memories of Valle Dulce High
Show Details21min 43s
Sweet Valley Diaries #9: RACING HEARTS
Show Details49min 10s
Extra Drama #8: Relevant Surf Terms
Show Details16min 46s
Sweet Valley Diaries #8: HEART BREAKER
Show Details1hr 2min
Extra Drama #7: DEAR Fictional '80s Highschooler
Show Details13min 55s
Sweet Valley Diaries #7: DEAR SISTER
Show Details1hr 2min
Extra Drama #6: Let's Try Something DANGEROUS
Show Details7min 1s
Sweet Valley Diaries #6: DANGEROUS LOVE
Show Details1hr 2min
Extra Drama #5: More Like ALL NIGHT WRONG!
Show Details19min 40s
Sweet Valley Diaries #5: ALL NIGHT LONG
Show Details57min 57s
Extra Drama #4: Lila Fowler Drives a Lime Green Triumph.
Show Details17min 56s
Sweet Valley Diaries #4: POWER PLAY
Show Details45min
Extra Drama #3: He's STEALING Her WIND!
Show Details25min 52s
Sweet Valley Diaries #3: PLAYING WITH FIRE
Show Details1hr 4min
Extra Drama #2: Keeper of the Sweet Valley SECRETS!
Show Details20min 50s
Sweet Valley Diaries #2: SECRETS
Show Details42min 12s
Extra Drama #1: DOUBLE LOVE's Double Standard!
Show Details9min 52s
Sweet Valley Diaries #1: DOUBLE LOVE
Show Details51min 56s
Intro to Sweet Valley Diaries: THE TEASE
Show Details2min 32s