Sweet Teen Club
If your salad days were filled with Alanis Morissette songs, body glitter, and romantic fantasies starring Leonardo DiCaprio, you might well enjoy this dandelion of nostalgia. Australian ladies Carly Jacobs and Stacey Roberts - once 90s teens, now full-grown adults - are reading their way through the Sweet Valley novels and reflecting, in the process, on that not-so-long-ago-but-somehow-far-distant-seeming decade. For those not already acquainted with the series, it follows the interminable exploits of high-school-aged twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, and with more than 600 books' worth of source material to hand, there's plenty of ground to cover. Our hosts' book reports are filled with funny asides, gossipy tangents, and moments of cringing, retrospective horror, as are their more general dissertations on 90s films and fashion. A gentle pleasure.
Gateway episodes: Secrets - Book #2 (2 Feb 2016) / Playing with Fire - Book #3 (3 Feb 2016) / Reality Bites (22 Mar 2016) / Racing Hearts - Book #9 (29 Mar 2016)