Friday, January 1, 2010

Gossip Girl #1 by Cecily von Ziegesar

Title: Gossip Girl  
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Publisher: Little, Brown
Paperback, 201 pages
Date Published: 2002

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Older teens and adult readers can't get enough of Gossip Girl, the anonymous narrator who made her catty debut in the bestselling Gossip Girl and titillated readers in the juicy sequel, You Know You Love Me. Now in All I Want Is Everything, readers will love her even more as Gossip Girl dishes up dose after hefty dose of dirt on all her friends-New York's wealthiest private school teens. Sharp wit, intriguing characters, and high-stakes melodrama drive the action of this wildly popular new series. 

Serena van der Woodsen is everything a girl should want to be. Serena’s tall, blonde, and gorgeous; with a sultry smile and an infectious personality. Everyone seems to adore her. So how come Serena comes back home to NYC and all her friends refuse to talk to her? She’s been away at boarding school for the past year or so and everyone’s convinced she was slutting it up with as many boys as she could handle. So what happens when the IT girl comes back? Gossip Girl is all over the case and spreading as many rumors as possible.
The Gossip Girl book is so different from the show and I was a bit unprepared for it. The high school students are even more wild and catty in the books than they are in the show and I kind of liked it. The book is bitchy, funny, and in your face. Cecily von Ziegeser doesn’t hold back when talking about the lavish lifestyles these teens lead and though I found most of it unrealistic, I think I found a new guilty pleasure.

The characters are completely shallow and self-absorbed (and different from their counterparts in the show), but it didn’t seem to bother me. Most of the stuff I’ve read recently has been very heavy, but Gossip Girl is a light, funny read that I enjoyed.

Opening line: Ever wondered what the lives of the chosen ones are really like?

Favorite line: “When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.”
3.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it

3 comments:

Melissa said...

I'll admit...I have the entire series. I've read them all haha I hate the show, but I love the books. They're easy reading, awfully shallow, but so much fun :)

Dani. said...

Yay for your first review of 2010! :]

misskallie2000 said...

Sounds like a lite book for easy reading and humor. I have not watched the show but have heard it is great.
Thanks for the review.

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