149 episodes

After years of wide-eyed blogging about the surreal 1980s perfection of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High book series (and the surprising psychodrama that lurks below the town's perfectly-tanned surface), host Marissa Flaxbart is now forcing people to read the series with her.

But beyond its obsession with the ubiquitous-yet-obscure book series, SWEET VALLEY DIARIES is a podcast about nostalgia — '80s nostalgia in particular — and the ways this nostalgia can (spectacularly, hilariously) fail us. It's a riotous cultural conversation about which parts of the past we long for and which ones we want to leave behind for good. It's about friendship, honesty, and learning to speak your truth in the face of a boyfriend-stealing cheerleader or an evil triplet. It's all the life lessons you could ever hope to learn from two size-6, blonde-haired, aqua-eyed, identical 16-year-old twins. Strap in.

Sweet Valley Diaries Marissa Flaxbart

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 67 Ratings

After years of wide-eyed blogging about the surreal 1980s perfection of Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High book series (and the surprising psychodrama that lurks below the town's perfectly-tanned surface), host Marissa Flaxbart is now forcing people to read the series with her.

But beyond its obsession with the ubiquitous-yet-obscure book series, SWEET VALLEY DIARIES is a podcast about nostalgia — '80s nostalgia in particular — and the ways this nostalgia can (spectacularly, hilariously) fail us. It's a riotous cultural conversation about which parts of the past we long for and which ones we want to leave behind for good. It's about friendship, honesty, and learning to speak your truth in the face of a boyfriend-stealing cheerleader or an evil triplet. It's all the life lessons you could ever hope to learn from two size-6, blonde-haired, aqua-eyed, identical 16-year-old twins. Strap in.

    Extra Drama #65: Comedy in the 2000s & Divorce in the '90s

    Extra Drama #65: Comedy in the 2000s & Divorce in the '90s

    Everyone's a great fictional parent in hindsight!

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    • 25 min
    Book #65: TROUBLE AT HOME

    Book #65: TROUBLE AT HOME

    Everything's on the line (and/or the party line) and no questions will be answered!

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Extra Drama #64: Tell a Friend

    Extra Drama #64: Tell a Friend

    But do they touch butts?

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    • 11 min
    Book #64: THE GHOST OF TRICIA MARTIN

    Book #64: THE GHOST OF TRICIA MARTIN

    Go for it Steve. It must be great to fly!

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Extra Drama #63: The New [Insert Name Here]

    Extra Drama #63: The New [Insert Name Here]

    Inspired by Elizabeth's attempts at reinvention in book 63, Caitlin and Marissa compare notes about times they've made big change (plus a lengthy tangent about high school theater typecasting).

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    • 17 min
    Book #63: THE NEW ELIZABETH

    Book #63: THE NEW ELIZABETH

    Get punished! (By waves)

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

john loui ,

Very cool podcast

I love your story and keep it up

Roman Knows ,

Are you a Jessica or an Elizabeth?!

I read these books in the 80s. I reread them in recent years realizing just how bonkers fun they actually are! Now having discovered Marissa Flaxbart’s indepth (yet light hearted) show- i’m loving the laughter and tears all over again. Marissa knows how to carry a show! It’s a Fun Listen and I’m hooked!

chosenone76 ,

So much nostalgia!

I was absolutely obsessed with these books when I was a teenager and I recently bought a lot of books 1-91 and have decided to read them all in order. This podcast is the perfect companion to my endeavor. I’m only through book 5 but felt compelled to write a review because Marissa and her guests are so much fun to listen to. There’s just the right amount of snark but also just the right amount of discussion of the actual issues that the series brings up. Very thoughtful and very fun. This is the best SVH podcast out there. 10/10 would recommend.

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