I started The Nostalgia Project a couple of years ago when I decided to reread some of my old favorites. High school Lauren loved dramatic teen series involving rich kids, boarding school, and/or Hollywood and fame. I haven’t been super successful so far in rereading too many of these series, but I jumped on the chance to start this particular reread with Cristina when she tweeted about it. We decided to use a similar format to my Nostalgia Project posts, since the idea of it is pretty much the same.
As far as expectations go, I really had no recollection of this series! I didn’t expect to completely binge it in the course of a couple of weeks (especially because my reading has been spotty lately). To be honest, I expected to be exasperated by all of these teenagers and their absurd early-2000s-book behavior. Most of these kinds of books don’t hold up for me over time. I knew they’d be quick reads, but I clearly had no idea how quick.
I remembered the main character was Anna and that the books centered around her journey to California. I vaguely remembered the names of other characters and the love interests. Of course, there are multiple love interests throughout the 10 book series. I didn’t remember AT ALL how the books ended but sort of recalled not liking the ending? I could be wrong on this because I read the series 10 years ago, but still. I always felt like I was getting a glimpse into a completely new world with this series. The amount of product name drops for what these rich kids wear was INSANE.
I started reading the books right at the start of the month and finished them just in time for this feature to begin. In two more posts throughout this week, you’ll see some mini reviews/ a recap of the series and our overall feelings about the conclusion.