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I remember this book so well, and I probably last read it when I was 11 or 12. I thought it was such a compelling story, & it is probably one of the reasons I am terrified of motorcycles. This is the kind of crazy effect SVH can have on us 80s children. Now of course, looking back, I see all of your criticisms clearly. Hehe.

By the way, I recently discovered your blog, & I think it's fabulous--both the content and the presentation.
(Monday, September 28, 2009 - 03:37 AM)

Marissa Flaxbart

Thaaaaank you! Great comments!
(Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 09:03 PM)

Miss Soggy Smog

Hello Hello!
Okay. So, I obviously love your blog. I mean, I'm obviously in love with your blog. Obviously an old time SVH lover. Copies of the old books are few and far between IRL and I've twice had t/o restrain myself from amazon.com binges amounting to hundreds of dollars worth of 1¢ books... anyway I recently had a birthday (my 27th, also in order with you and SVH) and my 16 year old sister tried to do the right thing... she bought me some of the new (2008) copies of the books. She gave them to me in a very Jess-esque way, saying "I bought the last 3 in the series for you".... Yes, it's books 4,5, and 6. The "LAST BOOKS"??? I didn't even have the heart to tell her what a poor sap she was. Later she brought it up and I was forced to reveal to her that they were indeed not the books I was wanting but that I was eager and excited to read them (reassuring her but not myself) Well yeah. So, I read them. And they are totally totally totally horrible and just the worst possible thing ever. I read the three of them during the duration of my boyfriend watching Tango & Cash and by the end, I gave him the books and told him to get rid of them. I don't care how, just get it done.
So of course I had to come to your blog and read your awesomeness about them. BUT MOST ESPECIALLY!!!!!!! I want to say that I cannot believe this is the LAST book!!! You never get to find out if Liz lives or dies!!!!! It is just totally totally unacceptable. I actually thought they might have killed her off in the last paragraph and condensed this amazing series down to a 6 book set. Unforgivable.
I probably should have written this as an email but what's done is done. I'm typing the verification and adding comment. Marissa, you are freaking awesome. I hope this site never ever ever goes down, even when I'm old and like in my 90s and reminiscing about the good old days.
Miss Smog
(Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:03 PM)


I don't even know if anyone else reads this anymore but I'm in the midst of reading and rereading through all these books again so I'm finding the blogs and finding all kinds of fun details - especially when reading back to back! So many fun things.

So Toddy buying the motorcycle - and later another character - Jonathan? having a motorcycle - can 16 year olds drive motorcycles at that time? I thought you had to be 18 to have a motorcycle license....

But I also realized that during the writing of most of these books the actual drinking age was 18 not 21 so a 16 year old being in a bar isn't as far fetched as you'd think (I guess). Maybe that's the thing with motorcycle licenses?

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