Yup, you read the subject line correctly: it’s Victoria’s Corner on a Monday! Sorry for the lack, last Thursday, but I was dealing with a cold. And it wasn’t dealable. Ugh. Anyway, I’m back, I’m going to try to post several reviews this morning, and also of course, our topic.
As you probably have guessed, the book cover I’m featuring is one of the books that impacted me most. I was a Sweet Valley a holic in the 1980′s. Be it Sweet Valley Twins or Sweet Valley High, I loved ‘em for a few years. But this particular book, On the Edge, is probably the one that had the greatest impact on me. Here’s the blurb:
Headed for trouble…
Regina Morrow and Bruce Patman have been going together for months. But when beautiful, devious Amy Sutton is paired up with Bruce on a school project, she schemes to steal him away from Regina. Little by little Bruce’s resistance to Amy’s charm begins to crumble.
Regina is furious when she discovers that Bruce has been seeing Amy behind her back. Hurt and betrayed, she turns to Justin Belson, a troubled senior at Sweet Valley High. Regina’s friends are worried. They think Justin and his crowd are bad news. It’s rumored that some of them are drug users. Is Regina on a dangerous course?
See, Regina was born with a heart defect (never specified, that I recall) and so was I. And this is the book where she did drugs (heroin, and SPOILER ALERT) and dies, in part because of a bad reaction by her faulty heart to the drugs. Being an impressionable girl, the fact that she died from her bad heart and doing drugs, I then quickly decided I would never do drugs. Why take chances, right?
And so, I ended up never even being remotely interested, even had I known who to talk to about getting into drugs. I wouldn’t know a crack pipe if I saw one (though I think I did at a mixer for a sorority I considered pledging. I saw this little crystal pipe and asked about it: one of the girls quickly removed it and vanished).
There were other books (including a Sweet Valley Twin book which involved stealing a lesson planner book from a teacher as an initiation into a secret club – yeah, when I tried that one, the one I dared to do it ratted me out to the teacher. Why didn’t that happen in the book?), but none that have stuck with me quite the way Regina’s book/death did.
So, my question for you all today is this: what book(s) has/have impacted your life most? It can be dramatic or not at all.
And hopefully, I’ll get a couple of reviews up this morning as well!