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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Posted by Irish in Guilty Pleasure1 Comment

Publisher: Poppy

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 01 April 2002
Series or Standalone: Series (order listed below)
ISBN: 0316910333
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Place(s) Traveled to: New York, New York
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: Ever wonder what the lives of the chosen ones are really like?

A group of young impossibly rich teens run amuck in New York City. No doors are closed to them and nothing is taboo. Their lives are chronicled (read: gossiped) about by one of their own on a blog by a girl known only as Gossip Girl.
This book was short and I feel a little unclean after reading it. The lives that these teens live tend to be a little sordid and over the top. And yet I found it hard to pull away. I mainly picked up this book because I recently started to watch the tv show that started this fall. The show is the guilty pleasure of my tv watching and this book shares a similar spot. It was cheesy, over the top, and a little predictable. I don’t believe that any of the characters are real people – even though the author has said that the events are loosely based on her own prep school years. The book didn’t suck but it wasn’t an award winner either. I’ll probably check out the next two in the series – since they are also short and I’ve already mooched them – but am not sure if I will continue with it after that. As of right now, I think that I like the tv show of it better.
Now I feel really dirty….after all isn’t the book supposed to be WAY better then the media output (movie, tv show, broadway musical, etc) that its based on?
Gossip Girl Series Order
Book 1: Gossip Girl
Book 2: You Know You Love Me
Book 3: All I Want is Everything
Book 4: Because I’m Worth It
Book 5: I Like it Like That
Book 6: You’re the One That I Want
Book 7: Nobody Does it Better
Book 8: Nothing Can Keep Us Together
Book 9: Only in Your Dreams
Book 10: Would I Lie to You?
Book 11: Don’t You Forget About Me
Book 12: It Had to Be You (prequel)
Book 13: I Will Always Love You

One Response to “Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar”

  1. Charley

    I, too, felt unclean (and yet shamefully satisfied) after reading this book. If I had a child, I would NOT want her reading this series, because it’s quite raunchy, but as an adult, I won’t lie – reading this book was an entertaining way to spend an evening.