Double Love

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rvnerdstorm
 Feb 14, 2020
Funny 1980s nostalgia, with wit, warm camaraderie between the hosts. They're Irish and I could listen to them all day.

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Do you have sparkling blue-green eyes that are the colour of the Pacific Ocean? Do you have hair like spun gold? Are you tanned, energetic and a perfect size 6? Neither are we. Join us, Karyn and Anna, as we head back to the sensational1980s book series and explore the strange and terrifying world of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, one Sweet Valley High book at a time.

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110: STEPSISTERS
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There's a new girl in town - and she's the most relatable character in the series so far. When Annie Whitman's mom marries Walter Thomas and announces that her new husband and his daughter are moving to Sweet Valley, Annie finds herself with a new stepsister. Cheryl, a talented pianist, and Walter, a photographer. are black, and Annie is all too eager to ensure Cheryl fits in in the WASPiest town in America. But Cheryl finds it hard to get used to a town where everyone drives and is obsessed with sport - and where most of them are white. Brace yourselves, this is another book in which SVH attempts to explore issues of race. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Aug 03, 2022
109: SHE'S NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS
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It's a particularly dramatic episode this week, in more ways than one! Jessica is determined to play Lady Macbeth in the school play, which is inexplicably being produced by a famous director. Shy new girl Paula is apparently eager to help the psychotic Wakefield twin step into the spotlight and quickly wins the hearts of the whole Sweet Valley gang - even Lila. An increasingly isolated Jessica is convinced that Paula is, well, not what she seems - but is she being paranoid or is Paula really planning to steal her chance at stardom as well as her friends? This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jul 21, 2022
108: IN LOVE WITH A PRINCE
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Hola amigas! Salut les copines! Prince Arthur of Santa Dora is coming to town, and while we have many questions about that mysterious Mediterranean country, the girls of Sweet Valley just care about one thing: winning the handsome prince's heart. Arthur's fans include Jessica (Sam who?) and Lila, but not Dana Larson, who makes her anti-monarchy feelings known. The prince is impressed by the strong-willed rocker, however, and against her better judgement Dana finds herself falling in love with him. But when Arthur proposes, will she agree to be his bride, or will she join us in building a guillotine? This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jul 07, 2022
107: PERFECT SUMMER
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We're back! And we're heading on a bike road up the California Coast as the SVH gang - plus 🎶 Mr Collins 🎶 and Ms Dalton - take to the open road. But things don't go smoothly - newcomer Barry Cooper is bullied (Saint Liz does f-all to stop this), there's tension between the two teachers, Jessica is getting nowhere with the amazingly named hunk Robbie October, and worst of all, hilariously villainous rich girl Courtney Thomas joins the group and sets her sights on Todd! All this and Jessica nearly gets eaten by an actual bear. A perfect summer indeed! 

This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jun 23, 2022
106: Pi Beta Alpha: Another Quick Announcement
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Sorry gang, Covid said it's Anna's turn to catch it so we won't have a new episode for you this week. But we'll be back soon to chat about Blunder Alley and the Moon Beach diner's new fortune telling machine!
Jun 09, 2022
105: DON'T GO HOME WITH JOHN
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Well, this day was always going to come. We've been booing his name for over 100 episodes and now you get to hear why we loathe John Pfeifer. When John asks Lila out on a date, she's thrilled - she's had a crush on him for some time. But things turn very nasty when he sexually assaults her at Miller's Point. A shattered Lila is initially too traumatised to speak out - and when she does, not everyone believes her. It's grim stuff, but there are still some genuinely moving, uplifting moments when others rally around our flat-faced queen. Plus a hilarious and strangely sweet subplot about Jessica's general horniness! If you're up for listening to this episode despite the subject matter but want to skip the detailed description of the attempted rape, there's a heads up when it starts and it ends at around 54 mins This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jun 02, 2022
104: ELIZABETH BETRAYED
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We feared this would be another convoluted tale of pointless misunderstandings but we were surprised yet again because this book was an absolute delight! When Penny heads to DC, there's only one Oracle staffer who's fit to take her place: Elizabeth. At least, that's what Rod Sullivan thinks. Olivia's boyfriend has become worryingly obsessed with Liz. When a flu epidemic (yikes) leaves her shortstaffed and overworked, Rod offers to help her with an essay for Mr Collins (who is way too harsh on his students in this ep). But when Mr C reads the essay he accuses Liz of plagiarism! Is this the end of her journalism career (of course not, but she's a total drama queen)? Meanwhile, in the highly entertaining B and C plots, Jessica vows to tell the truth at all times, and Ned develops a surprising new obsession. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
May 18, 2022
103: LOVE LETTERS FOR SALE
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Well, we knew that a dud was coming in this run of books, we just didn't realise it was this one! Jessica and Elizabeth set up a letter writing service for the troubled denizens of Sweet Valley and against all logic, it's a runaway success. But when Shelly Novak writes in to request a love letter for none other than Todd Wilkins and his coffee coloured eyes, Jessica has to spring into action with a typically convoluted plan in an effort to save her sister's relationship. Yes, unfortunately it's another book about Liz and Todd having the same argument over and over, but luckily there's a surprising amount of outfits to discuss! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
May 04, 2022
102: MY BEST FRIEND’S BOYFRIEND
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For weeks we’ve been assuming that this book would be a drop in quality after a run of bangers - but we were wrong! When Ginny becomes the latest ill-trained recruit at Project Youth, she bonds with one of the callers, a boy called Mike. But when Mike wants to meet up, Ginny fears he’ll be disappointed by her, so persuades her super-hot friend Denise to take her place. But she finds herself regretting it Jen Denise falls for Mike. Ginny, Denise and even Mike are so likeable we feel bad about calling them randomers! All this and a truly fantastic b-plot about sexual harassment and freedom of speech that almost causes us to cancel our favourite teacher. 
Apr 20, 2022
101: JESSICA AGAINST BRUCE
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The sexual tension is off the charts in this one, as Jessica faces off against her ultimate foe 1BRUCE1. When Bruce starts a new club whose members have to prove themselves in (frankly stupid) dares, he announces that no girls are brave enough to join. Jessica's determined to prove him wrong - and soon she's a member of Club X, a gang comprised of the worst dickheads in school, all wearing embroidered leather jackets. Liz is horrified by Jessica's exploits, especially when they disrupt the visit of a group of international teachers which Liz is inexplicably thrilled about. Can she persuade Jess to abandon Club X?  This book may be short on outfits (apart from those iconic jackets) but it's got lots of Jess whispering dramatically to herself, so we didn't mind too much! Plus there's the iconic wheel of misfortune, and the triumphant return of our favourite teacher. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Apr 06, 2022
Quick Announcement
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Sorry we won’t have a new episode for you this week. But we’ll be back next week! 
Mar 29, 2022
100: SPRING FEVER
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It's our 100th episode! And what better way to celebrate than to head to Walkersville, Kansas, where the Wakefield twins are spending spring break with their great-aunt and uncle. Liz wants some R&R, while Jess wants to pick up some local hunks and dazzle the locals with her truly exceptional outfits. To the twins' shock the local girls, led by the terrifying Annie-Sue, give them the cold shoulder, but the Wakefields aren't lonely for long. Jessica bags herself a hot horse wrangler, who conveniently happens to have a twin brother whom Liz dates despite the fact that she has a boyfriend at home (#poorjeffrey). There's something in the water in Walkersville because everyone in this town is either a total drama queen (we're looking at you, Aunt Shirley) or an actual psychopath - which makes for a highly entertaining book! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Mar 17, 2022
99: SOAP STAR
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When Jessica sees that her fave soap opera is looking for identical twins to appear in the show for a week, she's determined that she and Elizabeth will get the parts. But Liz despises soaps and their ridiculous plots, silly characters and contrived misunderstandings (pot, kettle etc etc). Of course Jessica tricks her (twice!) into taking part in the show and soon the twins are stars. But when Jessica's head is turned by her hunky co-star Brandon, she risks losing Sam forever. This fantastic book not only contains some of the most entertaining scenes in Sweet Valley history, it's also got the greatest collection of outfits so far. Jump in the lime green triumph (it's got a car phone now) and enjoy the ride! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Mar 03, 2022
98: THE STOLEN DIARY
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Elizabeth is devastated when Todd tells her he wants to take a break - and then immediately starts dating dimwitted Peggy. So when moody artist Kris Lynch asks her to the big dance (yes, yet another one), she takes him up on his offer. But when an angry Kris realises Liz has been using him to get over Todd, he decides to get revenge - with a little help from Liz's beloved journal. This book has it all: it's got Todd being terrible (as usual). It's got a villainous boy who doesn't like sports (gasp!). It's got Enid being delightful and Lila being magnificently bitchy. It's got some genuinely cute banter. It's got a silk blouse. And it's got a Jeep-obsessed Jess on top form, as she embarks on a mission to save her sister's reputation. We loved it! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Feb 17, 2022
97: STEVEN'S BRIDE
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We're back! And we've gathered here today to witness the nuptials of Steven and his child bride Cara. Cara and her mom are going to live in London, and Jessica decides the only way to stop this move is for her friend and Steven to tie the knot. The lovebirds are up for the idea - but when Cara really thinks about what married life will mean for both their future prospects, she starts to feel trapped. Will she go through with the wedding? Meanwhile Jess's attempts to keep their secret are hilariously inept, and yet again Liz has contrived worries about her and Todd's relationship. All this and some actual discussion of S-E-X. We're as surprised as you are! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Feb 03, 2022
96: THE WAKEFIELD LEGACY
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It's Christmas! And that means we're breaking out the jingle bells for one last trip down memory lane, as we finally delve in to the Wakefield Legacy: the Untold Story. Yes, it's Ned's ancestors' turn to take centre stage, complete with a LOT of revisionist family history! Saddle up Theodore Wakefield's stallion Raven and gallop into the past, from the Yorkshire moors to the American mid-west, from jazz clubs to reservations and of course Sweet Valley California. There are yet more runaway aristocrats, but there are also trapeze artists and single mothers and crusading journalists and brave POWs and political protestors, reminding us that Elizabeth and Jessica's ancestors are way cooler than they are. Oh the humanity! Merry Christmas, everyone. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more
Dec 16, 2021
PI BETA ALPHA: A VERY SPECIAL SWEET VALLEY INTERVIEW
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You know and love them as Enid and Winston on the Sweet Valley High TV series, and now Amy Danles and Michael Perl join us for a very special interview! Find out what iconic character almost made it to the screen, what special gifts Francine Pascal gave the cast, how a pair of borrowed glasses helped Michael get the part of Winston, and much much more. We absolutely loved chatting to these two very sound people - enjoy!  This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Dec 09, 2021
95: KIDNAPPED BY THE CULT
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When she's grounded for a few weeks, Jessica feels like the world has turned against her - and then she meets a group called the Good Friends. They may live on the wrong side of town and they might be *spits* vegetarians, but their charismatic and hunky leader Adam Marvel constantly tells Jessica how brilliant she is so of course she can't resist.  Soon she's lying to both Sam and her family, tidying the Hershey Bar, wearing clothes that make Elizabeth's chinos look like the height of glamour and, most shockingly of all, claiming she wants to help other people! Liz knows something's wrong - but can she deprogramme Jessica before it's too late? When not trying to save her sister, Liz becomes obsessed with bowling and meets yet another SVH boy who can't take no for an answer - where are you when we need you, fists of fury? This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more 
Dec 02, 2021
94: ROSA'S LIE
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When the Pi Beta Alphas invite new girl Rose Jameson to join the sorority, Rose is ecstatic - but she's also scared that this WASP's nest will discover that she was born Rosa Jiminez in (gasp) Mexico! Rose is determined to keep her heritage a secret - even if that means denying her own grandmother, who's visiting from a parallel universe where Mexico has no shopping malls and everyone is a subsistence farmer. Meanwhile the fraternity pledge season becomes a battle between Todd and Bruce, and Jessica finds herself in trouble when she fails a maths test. Lila truly disgraces herself in this dramatic tale. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Nov 18, 2021
93: THE GIRL THEY BOTH LOVED
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Michael Harris was already in the Sweet Valley Bad Boyfriend Hall of Fame, and he's staying there for the foreseeable future after his appalling carry on in the misleadingly titled The Girl They Both Loved! Michael is obsessed with two things: dirt biking and his friend-turned-nemesis Artie Western. When  his girlfriend April meets Artie in a cinema queue (sadly not to see an arty western), she discovers that he's a genuinely nice guy who inexplicably misses his obsessive, rage-filled old pal Michael. In fact, April and Artie are both far too good for Michael and we spent much of this book wishing they'd just leave him to his dirt bike! Meanwhile Liz and Todd give each other three challenges, Ned and Alice are surprisingly delightful, and Jessica falls in love for the first time (sorry, A.J.)! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Nov 04, 2021
HALLOWEEN SURPRISE: THE CURSE OF LAURENCE MANSON
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Happy Halloween, listeners! To celebrate, we're sharing a very special spooky episode of our Headstuff+ bonus series Pi Beta Alpha - and if you like what you hear, you can sign up to Headstuff+ and join us in the Pi Beta Alpha clubhouse every fortnight, where we've been having a LOT of fun. Get ready for some truly superb Halloweencostumes (we were very pleasantly surprised by Todd and Liz), some top panto villain scheming from Bruce, some excellent Lila/Jess bitchery, some hot Lila/Winston action and a montage that's even more unhinged than usual. It's Sweet Valley High meets Scooby Doo and we loved it! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Oct 30, 2021
92: MURDER ON THE LINE
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It's Halloween! Well, almost. And as promised, we're reading a Super Thriller  chosen by our listeners! You told us to read Murder on the Line, and we're glad you did, because this one is solid gold. Jessica and Elizabeth are interns at the Sweet Valley News, a newspaper with highly questionable work practices.  When Jess discovers she can hear the phone calls of other people in the building, she has fun eavesdropping - until she hears a drug-dealing OTG called Greenback planning a murder!  Will the twins be his next victims? Sadly, the answer is no. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Oct 21, 2021
91: THE LONG LOST BROTHER
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Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by a Sweet Valley book. This was not one of those times! Yes, The Long Lost Brother is a snooze-fest featuring a bunch of people we don't know and don't care about. Newcomer Sara's brother Tim has been released from the big house and is coming to Sweet Valley, which freaks Sara out. None of her new Sweet Valley pals are aware of his criminal past, and all her friends back east dumped her when Tim was convicted (he just stole a car, lest you think he's a murderer or something). Will the truth destroy her new life? Seriously, we don't care. Luckily for both Sara and Tim, Saint Liz is there to do lots of shoulder patting. Plus Jess is getting fed up with her Miss Teen Sweet Valley duties. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Oct 07, 2021
90: THE DATING GAME
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Yet again, two Sweet Valley girls are competing for the same guy - but this time there's a twist! Jean West is thrilled when she receives a love letter from Scott Trost - until she discovers he's sent the exact same message to Claire Middleton. The two girls team up to get revenge on Scott with a scheme that has so many holes in it  Whizzer Wilkins could use it as a basketball net. Meanwhile, in one of the most entertaining b-plots in ages, an increasingly unhinged Jessica becomes obsessed with a literal dream boy, Liz and Todd clash over whether boys or girls are more shallow (this is Sweet Valley - they're all shallow), and the ghost writer wins our heart with their many digs at Amy Sutton. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.


Sep 23, 2021
89: CHEATING TO WIN
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We had low expectations for yet another sports-centric book, but that was before we discovered that it featured what we can only describe as an OTG wrestler! When star athlete Tony Esteban injures his knee, he buys "magic vitamins" from a shady character called Lou . But while Tony is delighted with the results, his girlfriend Annie is worried by his new aggressive, obsessive demeanour. Meanwhile, Liz and Todd attempt to rekindle their romance with some truly unhinged - and surely PTSD-inducing - schemes. Plus we share some listener fan fic! Are you ready to find out what Todd really got up to in Vermont? 



Sep 09, 2021
MERCH ANNOUNCEMENT
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Karyn and Anna have a special announcement about Double Love merch!

Check out the beautiful Double Love swag over at the Headstuff shop.
Sep 02, 2021
88: MISS TEEN SWEET VALLEY
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What sort of town's Chamber of Commerce thinks it's a good idea to hold a teenage beauty pageant at a public school? Sweet Valley, of course! Jessica is determined to become Miss Teen Sweet Valley, which she worryingly believes will be a way to attract older guys, but Liz is horrified at the school hosting such an event and launches a protest movement with our fave series regulars. Ned and Alice try in vain to keep the peace as the twins go head to head - but who will be victorious? There's a sad lack of Lila in this book but we do get some of Jessica's most gloriously unhinged fantasies, which kind of makes up for it. All this and some outfits fit for a (teen) queen! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.


Aug 26, 2021
87: LILA'S STORY
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There's only one place we want to celebrate our fourth birthday, and that's at Fowler Crest! Our flat-faced queen finally takes centre stage in an almost-Wakefield-free book (hurrah!). Lila's dismayed when her dad hooks up with glamorous Joan Borden, a woman who inexplicably takes her insipid teenage daughter Jacqueline on all her dates. Lila comforts herself by stealing car -acing Evan Armstrong from his girlfriend, with a little help from her favourite enemy. But will she be able to stop the Bordens moving into Fowler Crest - forever?! This book has it all - scheming, fabulous outfits, Bruce in his trademark shorts and our favourite wedding guests of all time. Celebrate Lila, come on! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Aug 12, 2021
86: DOUBLE LOVE: ASK US ANYTHING BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
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It's our birthday! And what better way to celebrate than to answer the excellent questions sent in by you, our beloved listeners? Join us to find out how the podcast got started, which Wakefield is our least favourite, which moments sum up ultimate Sweet Valley for us, what book we find most ridiculous, what Lila's Olympic sport would be and much, much more. And thanks for listening! Here's to the next four years....
Aug 10, 2021
85: AMY'S TRUE LOVE
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At last, Sweet Valley has a canonically queer character - and to mark this momentous development, we're joined by two very special guests, the brilliant James and Cian from Sissy That Pod! What will these Sweet Valley virgins make of the SVH gang? There's a lot to discuss - Amy sets her sights on recently single Tom McKay, but Tom's more interested in Enid's stylish cousin Jake, whose visit to Sweet Valley triggers the most tame sexual awakening ever. All this and a very unprofessional youth counselling centre, Amy's potential diva future, and the return of you know who.... This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.

Jul 29, 2021
THE PERFECT GIRL
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Brace yourself, listeners, this is another grim book, as Francine and Co attempt to make amends for over 70 books worth of fatphobia, with unsurprisingly mixed results. Robin Wilson feels like her life is out of control, not least because of her absolutely terrible long-distance boyfriend George, who is fueling her insecurity constantly raving about his new flying class partner Vicky. Convinced that George would keep loving her if she was thinner, Robin starts restricting her diet - and ends up in serious trouble. This is another issue that not even Saint Elizabeth can solve. Luckily we have some great listener mail to serve as a palate cleanser - including a recipe for a very Sweet Valley cocktail. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jul 15, 2021
84: A TASTE OF PI BETA ALPHA: PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
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Pi Beta Alpha is our special bonus series for Headstuff Plus members - and this week we're sharing our new episode with you all, because, in a delightful coincidence, this episode of the Sweet Valley TV show is based on Regina's Legacy - and to our surprise, it's MUCH more entertaining than the original! Yes, the story of Liz accidentally documenting a criminal gang on film is pared down to the basics and is all the better for it. It's got lakeside frolics, an evil hunk, Enid being a horndog, the most ridiculous use of technology we've seen so far and of course Lila being magnificent. Okay, it doesn't have Prince Albert, but we can't have everything. Enjoy! And if you'd like to hear our Pi Beta Alpha backlist and all future Pi Beta episodes, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to our secret podcast feed as well as other bonus material from us and other Headstuff podcasts.
Jul 08, 2021
83: REGINA'S LEGACY
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Don't get your hopes up, listeners - this book's connection to the saintly Regina (RIP) is tenuous at best. Skye Morrow gives Liz a camera that belonged to her late daughter, which is highly convenient/contrived because Liz has just become the most enthusiastic member of Sweet Valley High's new photography club! After Liz takes a pic of some suspicious men on a beach, she becomes the target of criminals who are determined to get hold of the incriminating photo. But when one of the crooks mistakes Jessica  for Liz and asks her out in extremely dubious circumstances, Jess finds herself in danger. We don't want to victim blame, but we kind of do in this case. All this and the most tedious non-story B-plot of all time - and a memorable sort-of-cameo from our fave teacher! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jul 01, 2021
82: ROCK STAR'S GIRL
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There's a new girl in Sweet Valley High, and Enid and Liz are her new best friends. Yes, Andrea Slade has left boring old New York City for exciting Sweet Valley, and she never wants to leave, especially after she falls for Dennis Reynolds - oh sorry, it's creepy Nicholas Morrow. When Lila and Jessica discover that Andrea is living with the object of their obsession, rock star Jamie Peters, they jump to an even more creepy conclusion - one that threatens to wreck Andrea's newfound happiness. Meanwhile Lila finds her true calling - as a marimba player! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jun 17, 2021
81: STARRING JESSICA
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Brace yourselves, everyone: this book contains one of the best scenes in Sweet Valley History and maybe even one of the best scenes in the history of western literature! Yes, apart from a boring subplot about Liz becoming a volunteer Secca Lake park ranger, Starring Jessica is solid gold. It's got Jessica wildly overestimating how famous she'll be after appearing in talk show! It's got scheming (SO much scheming)! It's got some excellent bitchy banter between our favourite frenemies! And best of all, it's got a magnificently villainous Lila teaming up with Bruce for an amazing revenge plan! Hop into the lime-green Triumph - it's going to be a wild ride.... This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Jun 03, 2021
80: MS QUARTERBACK
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Breathe a sigh of relief, listeners - we don't have to put Ken Matthews in the bin after all! SVH needs a new quarterback, and Ken, who has mostly recovered from his accident in That (not actually) Fatal Night, is determined to try out. And when newcomer Claire Middleton announces she wants to try out too, our beloved himbo prince supports her all the way! Phew! But not everyone is cheering on the new girl - Ken's girlfriend Terri fears she's losing him to this football goddess and, less understandably, Jessica's pathological need for constant attention leads her to campaign against Claire. Who will make the team? This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
May 20, 2021
79: FRIEND AGAINST FRIEND
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Take a deep breath folks, this isn’t the usual ridiculous fare - it’s so serious there aren’t even any outfits. Yes, Sweet Valley is tackling racism, when Andy Jenkins, seemingly the only Black boy in Sweet Valley, becomes the target of horrible Charlie Cashman’s vile abuse. His white friend Neil wants to help - but when Neil feels rejected by Andy, things take a genuinely shocking turn. For once a Sweet Valley book without a perfectly happy ending! We’re as surprised as you are. Even Saint Elizabeth of the Shoulder Pats can’t solve this one.

This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
May 06, 2021
78: THE LOVE BET
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Our beloved Dana Larson is fed up with love, and she's written a song to prove it! When Liz realises that soccer star Aaron Dallas has also given up on romance, she decides to fix him up with our favourite classic-movie-loving rocker. Will these opposites attract? Liz has made a bet with Todd that they will - though this bet doesn't really make much sense, as you will see. Meanwhile, Jess and Lila get jobs as roadies for the amazingly named Spy Lazarus of Spontaneous Combustion, Anna reveals her shameful linguistic and indeed geographical ignorance, and Karyn highlights some of the best Sweet Valley outfits in a LONG time. 

This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Apr 22, 2021
77: SPRING BREAK
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Bonjour les amies! We may be stuck in Ireland but Jessica and Elizabeth are off to France on a spring break student exchange, where they stay with the worst host family ever - Avery Glize, who is nice but basically leaves the twins to their own devices, and her sultry yet surly son René, who hates the beach (gasp!) and is so rude we find ourselves defending the Wakefield twins. What is the reason for his terrible behaviour? Join us as we head to Cannes (if only!) to eat pain au chocolat and hang out in French pharmacies, as Liz befriends a glamorous old lady, Jessica does yet another twin switch, and Rene rants obnoxiously about Americans while wearing tight jeans (ooh la la). Meanwhile, back in Sweet Valley, Steven is being a massive creep YET AGAIN for reasons it would be a crime to spoil here. Allons-y! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.

Apr 08, 2021
76: THE PARENT PLOT
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It's election season in Sweet Valley, but the real battle is taking place between Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. Liz wants her parents to get back together, but Jess wants to fix Ned and Alice up with new love interests - and we get very excited by one of her selections! As well as lots of twin scheming, we've got an OTG political advisor, a very awkward dinner and a digression about Anna's neighbourhood cats. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Mar 25, 2021
75: WHO'S TO BLAME
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Surprise surprise, it's still mostly Ned! But poor old Liz is convinced that she's responsible for the fall of the Casa del Wakefield, and the guilt has sent her into a quite a state. Having lost her faith in love, she's ignoring Enid's sensible advice, pushing away Todd, going on dates with boys she doesn't like - and worst of all, she's even letting down Mr Collins (he's back!). Meanwhile Jessica, who doesn't care about the implosion of her family at all, finally meets the mysterious Charlie - but is he the real deal?  All this and a fancy dress party with some incredible ensembles! For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.
Mar 11, 2021
74: TROUBLE AT HOME
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Ugh, Ned Wakefield. He's having a midlife crisis and he's taking it out on poor old Alice, who is under pressure at work -  her firm are hoping to get the job of designing the new wing of the Sweet Valley Mall. Cover it in Spanish tiles, Alice! When Ned defends the Wakefields' friend, mayoral candidate Peter Santelli, on a corruption charge, tensions rise in the Casa del Wakefield. Elizabeth is stressed out but Jessica, of course, doesn't care. In fact, Jess says and does such ridiculously stupid things that frankly we're getting worried about her. Though not too worried, because she's still a sociopathic monster. All this plus some equestrian chat and an honest to god cliffhanger! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more.

Feb 25, 2021
73: THE GHOST OF TRICIA MARTIN
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This may be one of the most entertainingly ridiculous Sweet Valley storylines yet - and you know we don't say that lightly. Steven becomes obsessed with both hang gliding and Tricia-lookalike Andrea of Unique Boutique, and if he'd ended up kidnapping Andrea a la Carl the orlderly we wouldn't have been surprised. Seriously, he needs therapy and poor Cara deserves so much better! Meanwhile Jess has her sights set on a boy with principles, and all is not well with Ned and Alice. Uh oh. It's another long episode, but there was a LOT to talk about!

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Feb 11, 2021
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
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Hold the front page of the Oracle - we've got exciting news! If you'd like to support our Sweet Valley shenanigans AND get exclusive access to our new fortnightly Sweet Valley High TV recap series Pi Beta Alpha, you can join Headstuff+ for as little as 5 euro a month. Listen on to find out more - and get some tantalizing hints about the contents of our first bonus episode. 

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Feb 02, 2021
72: THE NEW ELIZABETH
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Watch out Sweet Valley! There's a new Liz Wakefield in town  - and she's got a surfboard. Yes, not content with her daring new non-permanent perm, Liz's determination to prove that she's not boring leads her to start secret surfing lessons. Her teenage teacher Sean wants Liz to win a surfing competition in order to win a bet - but his interest in Liz soon becomes more personal (and yes, he's yet another boy who doesn't take no for an answer). But  when Todd doubts Liz's frankly unconvincing cover story, she starts wondering if her campaign to show her adventurous side is worth it (spoiler: no).   Meanwhile Jessica embarks on a new campaign of "boutique terrorism" (surely the title of the debut Droids album) to get revenge on Caroline Pearce - who comes with a little revenge plan of her own. Also, we have a very special announcement - are you ready to join Pi Beta Alpha? This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus material and lots more. 
Jan 28, 2021
71: DOUBLE LOVE 71: DEADLY SUMMER
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It's Christmas! And because time has no meaning in 2020, we're celebrating with the super thriller Deadly Summer - and we were NOT prepared for how dramatic this amazing book is. It's right up there with Murder in Paradise, and we don't say that lightly. The twins are interning at the Sweet Valley News when a dangerous bombmaker escapes from a local psychiatric hospital, seeking revenge on Sweet Valley High. it would be a crime to spoil all the details, but let's just say that at one stage Liz can't tell Jeffrey something important because of her obligations to a ghost. Plus the return of both the jingle bells and a very special character! 

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Dec 24, 2020
70: WHO'S WHO?
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We've been waiting a long time for this glorious day and we weren't disappointed. At last, it's time to meet Daniella Fromage and Magenta Galaxy! Yes, Jessica has finally run out of boys at Sweet Valley High and has decided to expand her horizons by signing up to a computer dating agency and adopting two very different personas. Having borrowed some of the best outfits ever seen in Sweet Valley from Dana and some very Lucille Bluth ensembles from Suzanne, she starts dating alleged sophisticate Pierre and "goodlooking hard rocker" Brett - but no one is quite what they seem in this gloriously preposterous classic. Meanwhile Liz rightly realises she's pretty dull and decides to adopt a new look of her own - non-permanent perm, anyone? All this and a Prince Albert cameo.

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Dec 10, 2020
69: BOY TROUBLE
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Patty Gilbert's looking forward to seeing her boyfriend Jim for the first time in weeks - but when Patty's sister Jana returns home with the news that she's getting married in, like, five minutes, Patty's attempt to balance family obligations and romance leads to some typical Sweet Valley contrived drama. Luckily sensible khaki-clad Liz is there to provide sage advice. Meanwhile Jessica literally loses her mind in her latest unsettling attempt to snag a grown man when she takes the credit for DeeDee Gordon's fugly painted tee-shirts, and yet again there's no sign of our favourite Robert Redford lookalike. Bah! 

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Nov 26, 2020
68: THAT FATAL NIGHT
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It's Karyn's worst nightmare - Amy Sutton has set her sights on everyone's favourite himbo, Ken Matthews! But when Ken is involved in a car accident that leaves him blind, evil Amy is keen to move on - and she's not the only one at Sweet Valley High who is uncomfortable with Ken's situation. Thank goodness for Karyn's kindred spirit Terri Adams, who has had a crush on Ken for ages and is there to support him as he adjusts to his new life. And as for us, we're so delirious with joy at the demise of a certain orange president (we recorded this on November 8th), we don't even care that the word "fatal" in the title is false advertising or even that a certain teacher doesn't show up. You get a pass this week, Kate William! 

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Nov 12, 2020
67: IN LOVE AGAIN
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Reunited and it feels so good! Or does it? Todd and Elizabeth are back together, but it looks like Todd's swanky new lifestyle will come between them - or at least it will if Courtney Kane has her way. Yes, the gloriously OTT yet strangely incompetent villain is up to no good in her typically cartoonish style and we enjoy every minute of it - especially when she makes a shocking declaration. Meanwhile, Jessica turns traitor in her determination to join Lovett Academy and Karyn is outraged when it looks like Amy is setting her sights on everyone's favourite himbo. No wonder this is another epic episode! 

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Oct 29, 2020
66: BROKENHEARTED
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Guess who's back, back again? Todd is back! Tell your friends! Elizabeth is in turmoil at the news, though not as much as poor Jeffrey (two words we say a LOT in this episode), who rightly figures his days are numbered as soon as Whizzer Wilkins returns to town. Meanwhile rich bitch Courtney Kane sets her sight on Todd, who is now living in a mansion that's almost as fancy as Fowler Crest. Courtney sneers at Lila so you know we hate her. As for Jessica, she's planning to trap a rich boy of her own... 

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Oct 15, 2020
65: TEACHER CRUSH
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First of all, don't worry - this book isn't as dodgy as we feared it would be. Yes, Olivia Davidson, who seems to have had a personality transplant, is madly in love with hunky art teacher Stuart Bachman, but Stuart has no interest in her. Olivia, however, convinces herself that he does - after all, who could resist her funky new giant earrings? This is a scenario that could actually do with Elizabeth meddling with other people's personal lives but for once she decides to stay out of it. Meanwhile Jessica is determined to use her extremely poorly organised electronics class to humiliate Lila, Mr Collins gets the warm welcome he deserves and we end up with a genuinely exciting cliffhanger. No wonder this episode is ridiculously long! 

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Oct 01, 2020
64: LOST AT SEA
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When the SVH gang set off on a science field trip to a remote island, Lila sneers at the non-luxurious boat taking them there - and our flat-faced queen's jibes are justified, because it doesn't take more than a few big waves on the way home before the boat starts sinking! When Jessica and Winston's lifeboat capsizes, they vanish in the foggy sea and the denizens of Sweet Valley fear the worst. Have we finally got rid of Jessica Wakefield forever? Don't get your hopes up, listeners - Jessica and Winston wash up on a tropical island where Jessica indulges in some of her usual deluded fantasising, Winston shows surprisingly impressive survival skills and Jessica even gets a bit OTG (though that may be wishful thinking from Anna).

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Sep 17, 2020
63: PERFECT SHOT
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We had low hopes for this one given that it's another sports story but we were very pleasantly surprised! 

We meet basketball star Shelley Novak and her friend Cathy, the coolest person in SVH (give Cathy her own book, you cowards!). Will self-conscious Shelley, who actually acts and thinks like a real teenager, find love with photographer Jim Roberts, yet another SVH boy who won't take no for an answer (when it comes to taking photos of Shelley, anyway)? Luckily Mr Collins is there to provide wise counsel. Meanwhile, in an extremely entertaining sublot,. Amy and Jess become obsessed with a hunky ballroom dancing teacher and, after the recent Sweet Valley fashion drought, there are some truly outstanding outfits.

 Hurrah! 

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Sep 03, 2020
62: TWO BOY WEEKEND
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Oh no, A.J. is leaving town for four whole days! Of course Jessica can't be expected to keep it in her pants for that long, so she picks up a random bloke on the beach and embarks on a weekend of romance. But when she tells hunky Christopher her boyfriend is coming home, he starts bombarding her with phone calls and threatening to reveal all. If AJ finds out about her betrayal, Jess will be denied the chance to be queen of yet another dance!

Yes, after a string of dull books about characters no one cares about, we're back in classic Sweet Valley territory. Hurrah! Meanwhile Liz takes her doormat ways to dangerous new levels, everyone's favourite flat-faced bitch is on top form, and we reveal the Sweet Valley equivalent of big d**k energy.

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Aug 20, 2020
61: SECOND CHANCE
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It's been a long time since we last discussed the strange and terrifying world of SVH, but we're BACK! With an extra kidney, a special post-lockdown theme tune and a book all about....Kristin Thompson? Yes, it's the ultimate anticlimax as we return to Sweet Valley with a book about a randomer who is so obsessed with tennis she's never even heard of 1BRUCE1. Will joining Elizabeth and Enid's Big Sisters problem help her to live a normal life? Meh, who cares. Meanwhile there's so little of the Wakefields in this book we almost (but not quite) find ourselves wishing for more, and a much-missed character makes an all-too-brief return. 

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Aug 06, 2020
60: THE PATMANS OF SWEET VALLEY
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 It's Christmas, and you know what that means - it's time to go back in time to meet the ancestors of everyone's favourite douchebag, 1BRUCE1 himself! And it turns out that some of his relatives are more interesting than anyone at Sweet Valley High. We've got runaway aristocrats (of course)! We've got actresses! We've got...underground railroad heroes?! Believe it or not, they don't handle that too badly. And forget about OTG, this Christmas it's all about the RTC - rootin' tootin' cowboys! Also, Anna gets very, very angry about the lack of cans - or rather, the lack of the Patman canning factory. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Dec 26, 2019
59: WINTER CARNIVAL - LIVE!
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Roll up, roll up, it's our very first live show - and we're joined by a very special guest for the first time! Bestselling author Louise O'Neill is here to discuss a book in which Liz finally reaches the limit of her natural doormattery and Jess behaves particularly selfishly in the run up to Sweet Valley's annual (apparently) Winter Carnival. Don't get too excited about the carnival, by the way, because it only takes up like, ten pages of the whole book. On the plus side, a familiar face returns - Mr Collins is back! Oh yeah, and so is Todd, whose visit causes tension. Load up with a bag of cans - as we and our audience did - and enjoy! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff 
Dec 12, 2019
58: WHITE LIES
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Forget gambling and Liz's boarding school dreams - THIS has to be the most boring book in Sweet Valley history. And not just because it's all about John Pfeiffer (boo!). He's in love with Jennifer Mitchell, but she's in love with Rick Andover, who is a would-be rock star all of  a sudden. We don't care about either of them, but Liz does, because as usual she just can't help sticking her nose into other people's business. Meanwhile Jessica is back to her old manipulative ways - get out while you can, A.J.! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Nov 28, 2019
57: AGAINST THE ODDS
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Anna has previously claimed that this, along with the Liz in Switzerland book, is the most boring Sweet Valley title of all time, but we were pleasantly surprised when we got into the infamous story of Ronnie Edwards becoming a gambler. And that has a lot to do with the book's villains, a bookie named Big Al (!) and his team of car-pooling goons! Get ready for a lot of OTG talk as Liz gets bitchy, Jeffrey finds himself torn between his love of football and his reluctance to let Ronnie get beaten to death, Jess has dreams of fashion stardom and we discover just how little the ghostwriter knows about soccer. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff

Nov 15, 2019
56: MURDER IN PARADISE
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It's Halloween! And that means a book that's special in more ways than one. Yes, you asked for it and we have delivered - it's super thriller Murder in Paradise! It's got a mysterious luxury spa! It's got a supervillain with a wandering accent who makes ludicrous speeches! It's got Liz and Jess cheating on their boyfriends with a frankly alarming lack of guilt! It's got hypnosis and brainwashing and a secret lab! It's got an actual murder! It is quite simply one of the greatest books of all time. You're welcome, listeners. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Oct 31, 2019
55: OUT OF REACH
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It's a first for Sweet Valley as a person of colour takes centre stage (literally). So of course the book has to be all about "Being Chinese-American", as Jade Wu struggles to balance her love for her family with her dreams of dance stardom and her budding romance with hardworking over-sharer David Prentiss, who should really read Edward Said's Orientalism.
 
Meanwhile, the twins try to show mid-life-crisis Ned (who is a year younger than Anna) that it's okay to be old. He even goes to a gig!  You can follow Double Love on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Oct 17, 2019
54: PLAYING FOR KEEPS
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Watch out Jessica - you've got a rival for AJ's affections and, in keeping with the Sweet Valley motto, she won't take no for an answer! But Jessica can't beat sexy Pamela Janson at her own game, because she's still pretending to be a serious scholar and keeps banging on about nuclear war. Luckily she's got Lila - in fine form - on her side. If that wasn't exciting enough, there's also a fashion show! But sadly no Mr Collins. Where are you, Roger? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadStuff

Oct 04, 2019
53: SLAM BOOK FEVER
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It's a first for the podcast - a Sweet Valley book neither of us have read before now! And it was worth the wait, as we find out what happens when the Sweet Valley girls discover slam books, a whole new way to be gossipy bitchy wagons. Meanwhile Jess is actually endearing as she develops a serious crush on uptight judgy new guy AJ, and there's trouble for Liz when Jeffrey starts spending time with everyone's favourite - and only - Sweet Valley bohemian Olivia. If only Mr Collins was there to enjoy the drama! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff


Sep 19, 2019
52: TROUBLEMAKER
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We are outraged by the cover of this week's book, in which the depiction of Bruce is not the pouting John Barrowman we know and love to hate! Who is this imposter?! Whoever he is, he's smooth talking Julie Porter, and tormenting her friend Josh, who is determined to get into the Sweet Valley High fraternity. Meanwhile Jess's dramatic career takes a terpsichorean turn, Jeffrey shows his own dancing skills and we discover that Sweet Valley parties are a lot more edgy than we might have expected - sex alcove, anyone? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff 

Sep 05, 2019
51: DECISIONS
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It's decision time for Robin Wilson as she has to choose between going early to college amid the bright lights of New York City or staying in Sweet Valley and going out with George Warren. Yes, we wouldn't find it difficult either, but strangely Robin really loves the town full of judgemental arseholes where she was mercilessly bullied. Meanwhile Jess falls for a music student, Liz becomes obsessed with learning the recorder, and we can't stop sniggering about fingering positions. For the recorder! Get your minds out of the gutter! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff 

Aug 22, 2019
50: FAMILY SECRETS
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What's better than two perfect blonde sixteen year olds with blue green eyes? If Sweet Valley High is to be believed the answer is "three of them". Yes, the twins' identical cousin Kelly has come to town for two whole months and they're only delighted. But Kelly has some serious (and we mean serious) daddy issues. Not only does she idolise her cheating, selfish father, but she's now besotted with cheating, selfish Kirk! Luckily there's the greatest fancy dress party in Sweet Valley history to lighten the mood. 

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Aug 08, 2019
49: MALIBU SUMMER
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It's summer time! And where better to spend it than on a Californian beach? Not the sands of Sweet Valley, though, because Lila, Jess and Liz are heading to Malibu, where they have been employed via a worryingly casual childcare agency to work as "mother's helpers". You might need some mother's little helpers in the Rolling Stones sense (just keep Enid away from them) to get through all the DRAMA in this book, as Jess finds herself changing nappies, Lila finds a man who isn't quite what she was expecting and Liz finds romance with an older boy who is not all he seems. And if you've been missing the Old Timey Gangster Talk, today is your lucky, lucky day - just wait until you meet Frankie La Salle... You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff

Jul 25, 2019
48: PRETENSES
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"Mystery, Cara! Mystery!"
It's Jessica's new mantra, but the biggest mystery in this episode is how Abbie Richardson managed to be completely invisible to her classmates during the two years she was going out with a boy from Palisades.
Are they physically incapable of seeing anyone who dares to date outside their school?
Anyway, she's single now and her attempts to make friends with the Sweet Valley gang backfire when she and Steven get a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile Cara creates totally pointless drama, Tricia comes back from the dead (or does she) and Abbie dazzles Mr Collins (sadly in an off-screen role) with some frankly mediocre newspaper cartoons.

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Jul 11, 2019
47: HARD CHOICES
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It's what we've all been waiting for - a book about Enid Rollins and her grandma! And it's just as thrilling as that sounds, ie not at all. Join us as we try and sadly fail to have sympathy for an elderly grieving widow who is, it must be sad, a massive pain in the hole who is horrible to everyone. Plus Liz turns documentarian as she makes a film about the only thing that ever inspires her creativity - Sweet Valley itself. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetworkand @ThisHeadstuff

Jun 28, 2019
46: CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
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You wouldn't think you could write a whole book about racism without ever using the word "racism" but "Kate William" proves us wrong in this tale of forbidden love - forbidden by Sandy Bacon's horrible parents, that is. Yes, WASP Sandy has fallen in love with Mexican Manuel, and is willing to do some pretty awful things to keep it a secret from her parents. Manuel deserves better! Meanwhile, Jess is determined to surprise Lila and shows a surprising knowledge of trade union history. 

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Jun 13, 2019
45: OUTCAST
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How does Sweet Valley deal with the tragic death of saintly Regina Morrow? Why, by turning on the girl whose party she died at and making her life a living hell, of course! Poor Molly Hecht is turned into an outcast by a school population who are somehow totally fine with Amy and Bruce. Yes, we get very annoyed about this. Meanwhile Liz is actually realistically torn between grief and her desire to meddle, Mr Collins gives good advice, and Jess reminds us what a massive  hypocrite she is. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff

May 30, 2019
44: ON THE EDGE
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It's finally here. The one you've all been waiting for. The one that put you off cocaine for life (we hope). Yes, we are gathered together today to celebrate the life and times of the beautiful and saintly Regina Morrow who, when Bruce reverts to his old 1BRUCE1 self and gets off with shameless Amy Sutton, turns to tormented outsider Justin Belson and ends up doing two lines of coke at a party which...well, you know the rest. Don your mourning attire as we, like Regina, head to Kelly's (turns out you can get there without being hijacked!) and raise a glass to the second most perfect girl to ever grace Sweet Valley with her presence. The ending is so emotional we can't even take the piss out of it! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
May 16, 2019
43: SECRET ADMIRER
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Penny Ayala is feeling left out. She's smart and cool but she gets shy around boys and never had a boyfriend, which as you can imagine makes socialising difficult in the bizarre world of Sweet Valley. The solution? Challenging the weird heteronormative system that dictates no one can leave the house without a date, of course! Oh wait, we're in Sweet Valley, so instead she puts a personal ad in the Oracle to meet a boy and ends up getting catfished. Warning: Jessica's fatphobia gets ugly in this one. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
May 02, 2019
42: LEAVING HOME
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Oh god. It's the one where Elizabeth becomes obsessed with Switzerland. And we mean seriously, unhealthily obsessed - like, she literally talks about nothing else throughout this book. She's so focused on forcing her friends to look at library books about the Alps that she doesn't even get involved when Winston faces a serious moral dilemma. You know things are bad when Liz can't be bothered to do some meddling. All this and an adorable old man, a snooty interviewer and further proof that Liz and her boyfriends have the same taste in clothes and jewellery as 80 year old retirees and/or nuns. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Apr 18, 2019
41: RUMOURS
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You can go your own way, but do listen to this episode, in which we discuss the best Sweet Valley book to share a name with a classic Fleetwood Mac album. Don't stop thinking about tomorrow, but do think about Susan Stewart, the mysterious beauty who is apparently incredibly popular despite never having been mentioned before! Join us as we discuss the incredible naivity of the Sweet Valley students, and ask why they constantly assume random people are secretly aristocratic millionaires. Warning: this book actually acknowledges the existence of SEX. Yes, we were as surprised as you are. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Apr 04, 2019
40: LAST CHANCE
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Move over, Nicholas Morrow and Emily Meyer's dad - there's a new contender for the crown of Worst Man in Sweet Valley! And that man is Peter de Haven, self-obsessed blowhard and supposed science genius. He's the inexplicable object of former high school drop out Johanna Porter's obsession (yes, we've reached the "randomer" period of the SV books, when they had to just start inventing characters to write books about). Johanna's experience at SVH is further proof Mr Hanlon was right about the Sweet Valley education system. Spoiler alert: this book actually has a really positive message and we kind of loved it! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Mar 22, 2019
39: OUT OF CONTROL
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We thought we knew just how annoying Elizabeth Wakefield was, but it turns out we hadn't seen the true depths of her awfulness until this book, where we see Liz at her most judgemental AND hypocritcal. Luckily a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on, and that hero is fashion genius and decent human being Heather. Hooray! Meanwhile Jess is convinced that she'll soon be a millionaire - yes, it's the Tofu Glo subplot! Warning: we literally become speechless with outrage in this episode.  You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Mar 08, 2019
38: FORBIDDEN LOVE
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OMG you guys, Maria and Michael are engaged! You know, Maria who's just been a background player for the last 37 books and Michael who has never been mentioned before at all? Yeah, we can't say we were too excited either, but everyone in Sweet Valley is losing their shit about it. Meanwhile, we lose our shit at how completely terrible Michael is. Also, how did it take Francine and her team this long to do a book called Forbidden Love? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Feb 21, 2019
37: STARTING OVER
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Oh, Dana. Dana, Dana, Dana. We had such high hopes for you in this book, the first to feature our favourite classic-movie-loving, outrageous-fashion-wearing rock goddess in a starring role. And yet you let us down! Because when your poor cousin Sally moves in with you, after spending years in the care system, you kind of act like a dick! Luckily Jess and Liz are at hand to save the day with an adorable fluffy B-story - we mean puppy. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Feb 07, 2019
36: THE NEW JESSICA
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You may think you are ready for the outfits in this book, but believe us, you are not. Yes, it's time to meet the New Jessica, or should we say Jessa Fields, as Jessica has a makeover and adopts a whole new persona to go with her glamorous new "European" look! Everyone loves it - apart from Liz, the big sap. Grab a copy of Paris Match and join us as we rant about Liz's contrived problems, discover a Sweet Valley shop with a realistic name and come up with an appropriate new slogan for our favourite California town. Oh, and did we mention the outfits? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Jan 24, 2019
35: THE FOWLERS OF SWEET VALLEY
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It's finally here - the story of the many flat-faced bitches who made Lila Fowler the glorious diva we know and love! History experts look away now, as we head back to the French Revolution to meet Lila's aristocratic French ancestors and wonder why the hell she isn't constantly boasting about all these poshos. This book has it all - rural guillotines, cross-dressing bohemians, multiple secret marriages, and family feuds. And we loved it! Hop into your lime-green triumph and enjoy... You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Dec 28, 2018
34: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2018
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It's the most wonderful time of the year in the most wonderful place on earth (at least that's what all the locals think)! But Liz's dreams of a perfect Christmas - including a visit from Todd - are shattered when Suzanne Devlin, last seen wreaking havoc in Too Good To Be True insists on coming to stay for an entire fortnight. Not even the most ridiculous, elaborate Secret Santa scheme ever (what were you thinking, Mr Collins?) can make up for this nightmare before Christmas. The jingle-bells return to the studio as we discuss this festive fiasco. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Dec 13, 2018
33: TAKING SIDES
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It's Wakefield versus Wakefield when the twins become rival matchmakers in a book that turned out to be WAY more entertaining than we expected. Will Liz be able to unite Enid with hunky (but increasingly problematic) new boy Jeffrey French or will Jess manage to fix him up with Lila? Spoiler:the answer to both questions is no! Meanwhile the twins' cousin shows up to make a show of Jessica, questions are raised about the lack of public spending in Sweet Valley, and there's a very special charity auction that no one - least of all us - will ever forget. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Nov 29, 2018
32: JEALOUS LIES
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Sandy Bacon is jealous of her perfect best friend Jean, and not just because Jean has a name that doesn't sound like a disaster at a beach picnic. Will Sandra successfully sabotage Jean's attempts to join Sweet Valley's stupid sorority? Meanwhile Steven Wakefield decides he's dropping out of college to sail the world working on a cruise ship. Yes, really. Join us as we return to the Tennis Shop to discuss all of the above plus Sandra's frankly amazing PBA jacket. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadStuff
Nov 15, 2018
31: BITTER RIVALS
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The classic sitcom was wrong - three's definitely not company, as poor old Enid finds out when Elizabeth's childhood best friend Amy Sutton moves back to town. Meanwhile Jessica uses her new agony aunt powers for evil, Lila displays a frankly worrying obsession with her hunky cousin, and a fancy dress party inspires some amazing - and amazingly boring - ensembles.  You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Nov 01, 2018
30: ALONE IN THE CROWD
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It's finally here - the greatest ever title and the best ever cover in the Sweet Valley canon. This books has got Elizabeth at her most patronising. It's got musical loner Lynne Henry writing a masterpiece and embracing the jumpsuit life. It's got Guy Chesney being way more of a dick than we remembered. And it's got Jessica...in a rocking chair? All this and a musical surprise!  You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadStuff
Oct 18, 2018
29: LOVESTRUCK
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Will Suzanne succeed in changing Ken? He likes pizza and rock and roll, she likes fancy food and classic music, and according to the rigid rules of Sweet Valley you can't possibly like both, so you know things are going to go wrong. Especially when the entire population are losing their shit over the town's centennial celebrations. Will Ken be inspired by the literary genius of Elizabeth Wakefield? Will Jessica make a mess of the Centennial picnic? And is Suzanne's dad right about SVH's obsession with sports? We discuss it all. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Oct 04, 2018
28: HOSTAGE!
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It's another exclamation mark title! You know what means - drama, excitement and batshit insanity. And Hostage! doesn't disappoint, as Regina is kidnapped, her parents are held captive in the most casual kidnapper's lair ever, and Bruce, Nicholas and the twins concoct a rescue plan that's so stupid and impractical we get totally confused. Also, where's Roger? You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Sep 20, 2018
27: NOWHERE TO RUN
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Move over Nicholas Morrow - Emily's dad Ron has taken your throne as the Worst Man in Sweet Valley. He's married to Evil Karen (not to be confused with our Good Karyn) and they're making poor Emily's life a misery. Meanwhile Liz discovers her true calling as a nosy meddler, Jess gets inexplicably excited by a visit from her annoying grandparents, and Alice is in despair. We know how you feel, Alice. We're reeling from the lack of outfits in this one. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Sep 06, 2018
26: MEMORIES
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It's episode 26 but book 24 so prepare for us to get increasingly confused at the beginning of each ep from now on. This week it's all about Steven, who suddenly fancies Cara now that she's all miserable. Ugh. But will Betsy let him move on? Spoiler alert: not until the end of the book. Elsewhere Elizabeth is entranced by a mysterious Todd lookalike, Jessica's dreams of fame (yeah, she's remembered she wants to be an actress) lead her to spend a lot of time with Winston, and we discuss the best way to ask someone out on a date. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Aug 23, 2018
25: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
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Can you believe it's been a whole year since we took to the podcasting airwaves? It's been a wild ride, full of onion dip, outrage and of course lots of Old Timey Gangster talk. In this special birthday episode, we discuss what we and you, our listeners, have learned from Sweet Valley over the last twelve months - and Karyn introduces Anna to the wonders of the Sweet Valley boardgame. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Aug 10, 2018
24: SAY GOODBYE
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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone - Todd is leaving Sweet Valley! Liz is a mess (understandably, in fairness), Nicholas is even creepier than usual (which is saying something) and Jess embarks on one of her best ever schemes, attempting to fix Steven up with an "old woman" who is basically the same age as Anna. Oh, and we're reminded yet again that you can't even cross the road in Sweet Valley without a date. Don't blame us, we don't make the rules. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Jul 26, 2018
23: TOO MUCH IN LOVE
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Following the last episode's bombshell revelation that we were feeling sorry for Jessica, we have another shock for you all this week: it took 22 books to get here, but we're finally reached a Sweet Valley tale with a genuinely healthy message. AND it features a person of colour! I KNOW! Join us in a rousing chorus of "Gee, Officer Krupke" as we head to the Wakefield's free gaff to discuss American washing machines, DeeDee's many epiphanies and Dana's general awesomeness. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Jul 14, 2018
22: RUNAWAY
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Something very peculiar happens in this episode. Something that disturbs us both. We actually - can it be true? - FEEL SORRY FOR JESSICA. Poor old Jess (I can't believe I'm typing these words) feels so underappreciated by her awful family that she falls for the extremely dubious charms of sensitive bad boy Nicky. Meanwhile, Ned and Liz are basically competing to see who can be most unethical, and we learn that the Sweet Valley News will employ children as family court reporters. Can anyone blame Jessica for being tempted to run away from it all? We certainly were... You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Jun 28, 2018
21: CRASH LANDING!
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It's been a while since our last episode because we were off, you know, changing Ireland for the better. But now we're back, back, BACK, and we've got another title with an exclamation mark! That can only mean one thing: DRAMA. And boy, does this episode deliver, as Enid is paralysed in a plane crash and George feels too guilty to dump her as planned. Meanwhile, Robin gains weight (GASP!), Jess becomes obsessed with a sexy French chef (ooh la la), Mr Collins allows Liz to use his child in a very irresponsible scheme and Lila inexplicably keeps wearing silk blouses to a cookery class. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Jun 15, 2018
20: SHOWDOWN
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If you met a random construction worker who wore deck shoes, would you assume he was secretly a prince? No, you wouldn't, because you don't live in Sweet Valley, where everyone is a deluded fantasist! This week we grab our popcorn and enjoy the extreme drama and crazy scheming as Jessica Wakefield faces off against Lila Fowler in a battle for the heart of the mysterious Jack. Is he really a prince? (No) Will Jessica win his heart? (Also no) And will Liz discover the identity of the Oracle's mysterious photographer? (Who cares) Plus! The Clam Special returns, and Ken is suddenly really into windsurfing! This one is so exciting we forgot to describe the cover until the very end. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
May 17, 2018
19: HEAD OVER HEELS
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**EPISODE 19: HEAD OVER HEELS** Jump into 1BRUCE1 and fasten your seatbelts because it's going to be a bumpy ride through this bona fide Sweet Valley masterpiece! We've got Bruce and Regina in melodramatic love, a ridiculous carnival run by children, Todd and Liz being even more buffoonish than usual, Jessica failing to notice a huge flaw in her latest scheme, and some very incoherent stuff about Skye Morrow's psychosomatic headaches. All this and Bruce in tiny shorts!   You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
May 03, 2018
18: LOVE LETTERS
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Why is Caroline pretending that she has a long-distance love? Well, she's basically been driven to it by the SVH wankers, who think anyone without a boyfriend is worthless. Meanwhile Liz and Jess are shaken when they're told that - gasp! - the Wakefields might have to say goodbye to their Spanish tiled kitchen and leave Sweet Valley forever! Join us in one of Sweet Valley's ten million Italian restaurants as we ponder how the Wakefields would fare in a big city where no one worships them, unpick Caroline's tangled web of lies, and give out about her mean big sister.  Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and if you like the show, please rate and review and then spread the word down at The Dairi Burger to fellow SVH fans! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork & @ThisHeadStuff
Apr 18, 2018
17: RAGS TO RICHES
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Why do so many of the Sweet Valley shops have such ridiculously generic names (not you, Foxy Mama's, we love you)? That's just one of the many questions we ask in this week's episode, in which Roger goes from rags to (spoiler alert) riches. Can Olivia and her dangerously floaty outfits fit in with Roger's new world? Is there anything Jessica won't do to get a rich boyfriend? And why the hell is Todd so interested in Regina's comings and goings? We attempt to find answers. Also, the lime green Triumph makes its debut!  You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Apr 05, 2018
16: PROMISES
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Welcome to Sweet Valley, where the town "bad girl" dresses like a nun. Literally - she has both the hair and clothes of Anna's old school principal. Join us as we marvel at the depths of Jess's sociopathy, discuss Winston 'Starch King' Egbert's hypocrisy, and ponder the Sweet Valley drinking scene. Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and if you like the show, please rate and review and then spread the word down at The Dairi Burger to fellow SVH fans! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork & @ThisHeadStuff
Mar 22, 2018
15: DECEPTIONS
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We hate Nicholas Morrow. No, we really, really hate him. Find out why in our new episode, in which Nicholas is a creepy harasser, Liz is pressurised into making a promise she doesn't want to keep, Jess is even more deluded than usual and we visit the fanciest restaurant in the world. Or at least California. Oh, and we discuss an amazing addition to the Sweet Valley universe.  You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Mar 08, 2018
14: KIDNAPPED!
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There's an exclamation mark right there in the title so you KNOW this one is going to be exciting. And it is! Jessica falls in love at first sight, Max Dellon of the Droids is falsely accused and Carl the Orderly KIDNAPS ELIZABETH. All that and the easiest English exam ever. Plus! We finally meet Regina Morrow. Don't get too attached to her, folks, because she's only going to be around for 26 more books. So much drama! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Feb 22, 2018
13: WHEN LOVE DIES
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Get your hankies ready, everyone, this is a tearjerker. Well, sort of. Maybe. Join us as we head to the wrong side of the tracks (the roads are uneven!) with Steven Wakefield to discuss why dumping someone rather than telling them you're dying is never a good idea, and find out what happens when Liz and Jess become candy stripers and Liz joins forces with a TV star to plot a revenge plan that's ill-judged even by Sweet Valley standards. You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the Headstuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork and @ThisHeadstuff
Feb 08, 2018
12: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
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**TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE** We're back! And there's a lot to talk about as this week Sweet Valley is shaken by the arrival of glamorous Suzanne Devlin. Is she, as the title suggests, too good to be true (spoiler alert: yes)? Meanwhile Jessica heads to New Yoik City to hang out with the '80s equivalent of Lena Dunham and her mates. And if that wasn't enough, there's also Winston going into full stalker mode, a missing lavalier and a scantily dressed Mr Collins. Oh yes. Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and if you like the show, please rate and review and then spread the word down at The Dairi Burger to fellow SVH fans! You can follow us on Twitter at @svhpodcast and follow the HeadStuff Podcast Network on @HSPodnetwork & @ThisHeadStuff
Jan 26, 2018
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: THE WAKEFIELDS OF SWEET VALLEY
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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: THE WAKEFIELDS OF SWEET VALLEY It’s Christmas! And we’re celebrating by sampling Jessica Wakefield’s trademark onion soup mix dip. What will the verdict be? Join us as, high on dip and Old Timey Gangster talk, we shake our sleigh-bells and take a trip through time to explore the lives of the Wakefield twins’ […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #11 | CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: THE WAKEFIELDS OF SWEET VALLEY se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Dec 21, 2017
WRONG KIND OF GIRL
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WRONG KIND OF GIRL Does Jessica hate “Easy” Annie Whitman because she reminds her of herself? That’s just one of the questions we ponder in our tenth episode. Jessica is outrageously monstrous even by her own standards (and has a fit of rage that’s almost too much for Anna), Ricky Capaldo accidentally invents the musical […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #10 | WRONG KIND OF GIRL se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Dec 14, 2017
RACING HEARTS
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RACING HEARTS Do you care about the inner workings of the Sweet Valley High track team? Neither do we, but unfortunately there’s a lot about it in this book. Luckily we’ve got Lila being gloriously evil, Bruce prancing about in tiny shorts and a surprisingly convincing romance to balance it all out. On your marks, […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #9 | RACING HEARTS se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Nov 30, 2017
HEARTBREAKER
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HEARTBREAKER Jessica is back to her old evil self in episode eight, Heartbreaker, as she plays games with poor old Bill Chase, a big eejit with a tortured past. Add a wildly unsuitable school play, a glamorous love rival for Liz, and a surprising amount of flashbacks and you’ve got some Sweet Valley gold. Listen to the […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #8 | HEARTBREAKER se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Nov 16, 2017
DEAR SISTER
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We tackle one of the greatest entries in the Sweet Valley canon and it doesn’t disappoint. DEAR SISTER Liz goes wild, Jessica gets responsible, Todd cares about whales, Ned and Alice are terrible parents and Bruce uses his Old Timey Gangster powers for evil in the most dramatic book yet. All this and we come […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #7 | DEAR SISTER se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Nov 02, 2017
DANGEROUS LOVE
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Put on your hot pink helmets (ahem) and hold on tight, we’re going on a wild ride in episode six: Dangerous Love! DANGEROUS LOVE Todd’s new Yamaha motorbike isn’t the only novelty in Sweet Valley as we are introduced to a wide range of characters who have never been mentioned before and will never be […] La entrada DOUBLE LOVE #6 | DANGEROUS LOVE se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Oct 19, 2017
ALL NIGHT LONG
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It’s episode five, and we’re channeling Lionel Richie All Night Long as we discuss a book that doesn’t live up to its truly spectacular cover. Seriously, hardly anything happens in this one. But we’re diving in anyway, to talk about one of the most unattractive men in Sweet Valley history, the twins’ inexplicable desire to be […] La entrada Double Love #5 | ALL NIGHT LONG se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Oct 05, 2017
POWER PLAY
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It’s episode four, and we’ve arrived at one of the most offensive books in the entire series. Which is saying something. Join us as we discuss Power Play, in which pretty much everyone in Sweet Valley High is a hateful bully, Mr Collins actually gives some pretty good advice, Liz goes on what must be […] La entrada Double Love #4 | POWER PLAY se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Sep 21, 2017
PLAYING WITH FIRE
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Playing with Fire is the first bona fide classic in the Sweet Valley series and there is a LOT to talk about, from Bruce and Jessica’s incredible dance skills and their close encounters by the cafeteria bins to the raciest moment in Sweet Valley History (yes, the b-word is used, though it may not be […] La entrada Double Love #3 | PLAYING WITH FIRE se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Sep 07, 2017
SECRETS
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Secrets is a book that expects us to believe Enid Rollins once zoomed down a highway while hopped up on bennies in a GTO going eighty miles an hour, and that’s just one of the many implausible plot points discussed in our second episode. Join us as we talk about one of the lesser books […] La entrada Double Love #2 | SECRETS se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Aug 24, 2017
DOUBLE LOVE
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It’s our very first episode! Join us as we lead you through Jessica and Elizabeth’s debut “adventure”, in which Jessica is a terrifying gaslighter, Liz is a sap, all the Sweet Valley High kids are lightweights, Todd is a big eejit and Sweet Valley is, as ever, the WASPiest town on earth. Starting as they […] La entrada Double Love #1 | DOUBLE LOVE se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Aug 10, 2017
Double Love | The Sweet Valley High Podcast – Trailer
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Exploring the terrifying world of Sweet Valley High, one book at a time. Do you have sparkling blue-green eyes that are the colour of the Pacific Ocean? Do you have hair like spun gold? Are you tanned, energetic and a perfect size 6? Neither are we. Join us, Karyn and Anna, as we head back […] La entrada Double Love | The Sweet Valley High Podcast – Trailer se publicó primero en Headstuff.
Aug 04, 2017