Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sweet Valley High: Academic All-Star? (Graphic Novel)

Written by Katy Rex, Art by Devaki Neogi

When Jessica falls in love with her Shakespeare teacher, she begins to act like her studious twin sister Elizabeth to impress him. Now it's up to Elizabeth to make sure that all's well that end well - but with Jessica playing her role, will anyone be able to tell which twin is which?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Based off of Francine Pascal’s bestselling novels, . Sweet Valley High has been updated in a graphic novel format for 2019 (pub date July 2019) with social media and more risquΓ© plotlines. However this is still Sweet Valley. Jessica is cooking up a crazy scheme that’s destined to fail with  and Elizabeth is martyring herself trying to rescue everyone in town as Lizzie always thinks she knows best.  I also loved the subtle nods to Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley Kids that long time fans will appreciate.

The illustrations were adorably fantastic. Click on the publisher link in the summary above to see some of the pages. The artist truly captured the twins’ personalities and the Wakefield home in their work. It was also really cool to see new renderings of the twin's friends.

Don’t miss this delightful graphic novel adaptation. It’s perfect for long time favs and a fresh generation of fans to be. I can’t wait for the Part 2 that’s teased at the end.

Special Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Dynamite for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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