The hand is the only part of me that can reach this shelf…and just barely.
Up high on one of my shelves lives the start of a collection of books that remind me of my junior high years. I loved and read the whole Sweet Valley High saga. As I put down my Barbie dolls, I picked up Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and fell right into their world.
All my friends who read them identified as either a Jessica – wild, spontaneous, carefree – or an Elizabeth – responsible, studious, thoughtful – even though no one I knew actually fell into only one category. My friend C was a Jessica. My friend K was an Elizabeth. I thought I was totally an Elizabeth but wanted to be more of a Jessica. Jessica seemed to have more fun.
The one aspect of Elizabeth that I really coveted was her boyfriend Todd. Alas, there was no Todd in my life.
Some people gleefully devoured Sweet Valley Kids and Sweet Valley Twins, but I was a purist. I stuck to canon.
My goal is to own the whole series. I keep watching for them at library sales and keep track of prices on Amazon and various other used book sites.
Do you collect any series? Which one(s)?