I read about the relaunch a while back, promptly forgot* about it, and then received review copies of the first two in the mail yesterday. I read the first chapter of the very first book. (That was all I could handle at the moment. I'll go back for more later.)
They may have changed some things -- the Wakefield twins are no longer "a perfect size six", now they're (get ready...) "a perfect size four"** -- but wow, they haven't changed Jessica Wakefield. She's still a bitch.
Massie Block would love her. And that, I guess, is exactly why they're being re-released.
I'd be tempted to read them purely for snark purposes, but that's what we've got The Dairi Burger for. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll probably break down anyway.
There's a fantastic round-up of responses (as well as Gwenda's own response) over at Shaken & Stirred. Don't miss it.
*I, personally, wasn't a SVH girl -- I read a couple of them in middle school, said "Wow, these suck!" and went on a two year fantasy*** and Stephen King kick.
**Yes, yes, sizes have changed. You know what? I don't care. It's gross.
***Not that read my share of the craptastic over my middle school years -- I went through all of the Xanth books. Four times. Each. At least. Also, I read four billion Doctor Who novelizations, but I still maintain that those all achieve a very high level of literary excellence.