Grumpy Words

July 22, 2008

Going back in time…

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Ever since I started working at my current job, a children’s publishing company, I have been swimming in nostalgia for the books I used to read growing up. I even ordered a raft of Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley Twin books from eBay (and I’m a bit shy to admit how much I enjoyed re-reading them!). It’s like every day, I remember another book that I loved.

The problem now is that I’m remembering fuzzy characters and strange sentences, and I cannot, for the life of me, remember which books they’re from. One in particular is driving me crazy; so, any people in their 20s or 30s who read a lot as a tween or teen, you may be of assistance:

There was a 3- or 4-part series I read back in 1993-ish. The books at the time felt pretty modern, so I doubt they were much older than that. It was a mystery series for Young Adults, and the narrator, a teen girl, was trying to figure out who killed her cousin and best friend April. As she uncovers clues, she realizes April had some secrets — including a secret boyfriend, Spike, whom she used to sketch often. There was also a character named (I think) Lacey, who was popular and rich and friends with April at one point. They used to swim at Lacey’s pool and drink diet soda and eat cookies. (Sidebar: it’s amazing what stands out 15 years after reading a book…I remember specifically that the Lacey character would always say “save the calories for the cookies, babe”!)

I am desperate to recapture this series. I don’t have a name or an author, and since I borrowed the books from the library I don’t even have a visual for the book cover. If anyone has any leads or answers, leave a comment!



  1. I should add: I left a plea for help on The Dairi Burger and Jezebel’s Fine Lines will be including it in this Friday’s post. So hopefully within a few days I should have some leads. I’ll update this when and if I find out the series name!

    Comment by badenbaden — July 22, 2008 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  2. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Most of my mysteriously unnamed books have ended up being Anastasia Krupnik. 🙂

    Comment by The Mayor of Bethville — July 22, 2008 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, man, I have no idea, but I wish I did, because these sound crazy and amazing in the best/worst kind of YA way.

    It might be worth posting it here, too:

    Comment by *h — July 25, 2008 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  4. Beth – ha! I love Anastasia, and you’re right – there are whole plotlines and paragraphs floating in my head that can probably be attributed to her.

    *h – thanks for the rec – I’m going to go post over there now!

    Comment by badenbaden — July 25, 2008 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  5. Success! The lovely readers of Jezebel informed me that the book series is Who Killed Peggy Sue by Eileen Goudge. It was indeed a 4-part series, and April was indeed murdered, and there was a character named Lacey. I just might have to go find a used bookseller with these gems and purchase them to see what else I didn’t remember about them.

    Moral of the story: you can find anything on the internet.

    Comment by badenbaden — July 28, 2008 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  6. I just want you to know you’ve gotten me on the internet, looking for old SVH and BSC books. I loved those things with a passion!

    Oh, and y’all are welcome to come over and play my SVH and BSC board games. Yes, I still have them both.

    Comment by dorothyzbornak — July 29, 2008 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  7. did you ever sweet “Sweet Valley High Twins: The Cure of the Ruby Necklace” ? best SVH book – well, at least of the mystery ones.

    Comment by angiesyounglover — July 30, 2008 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  8. DottyZ, if you’re kidding about the games, you will break my heart.

    Comment by badenbaden — July 31, 2008 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  9. AYL – no, but I’m adding it to my list.

    Comment by badenbaden — July 31, 2008 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  10. don’t read during a thunderstorm! x_x
    anyone gotz Dream Phone? now there’s a game.

    Comment by angiesyounglover — July 31, 2008 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  11. Dream Phone is the BEST! “I know who it is, but I’m not telling, ha ha.”

    Comment by *h — August 1, 2008 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  12. “he looks cool in whatevah he wears…he’s not wearing glasses”
    you have no idea how hard i had to press my ear up against that massive phone to hear that!

    Comment by angiesyounglover — August 1, 2008 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

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