Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gossip Girl #2: You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar

Title: Gossip Girl: You Know You Love Me
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Publisher: Poppy (Little, Brown)
Paperback, 227 pages
Date Published: September 1, 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.

Lifestyles of the rich and shameless should be full of partying and good times, but Serena, Blair, Nate, and the not so rich Dan, Jenny, and Vanessa are anything but. Sure, good times are had, but drama is the main course on the menu. Dan is stalkerishly in love with Serena, while she’s just looking for some friends. Nate and Blair are growing further apart with every passing minute as Nate’s eye begins to wander to…Jenny? And Vanessa is still hopelessly in love with the ever unaware Dan. Someone gets married, more than a few someone’s may have blown their chance at their dream schools, and some may just be moving on to bigger and better things.
You Know You Love Me picks up right where the first Gossip Girl left off and it is just as drama-filled and insane as the first. The characters each began to develop so much more in this installment and Dan shows his true stalker colors. Out of all the characters, I like his the least. The poetic, sensitive, depressed artsy thing he has going just does not work. I still kind of love Serena though. She’s just as captivating as ever. Nate is still a stoner, but is getting a little more depth with his new thing for Jenny. As for Blair, well, I can’t say that I particularly love her character, but I do feel sympathy for her. Or maybe I just pity her. The Gossip Girl series is definitely a guilty pleasure for me. It’s not the best written series or thought-provoking and original, but it is completely engrossing. I read You Know You Love Me in one sitting because I just couldn’t find a good place to stop and put it down.

Opening line: Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I all live in huge, fabulous apartments and go to exclusive private schools.

Favorite line: (This is in reference to a dog) “I had to leave him at home, but he’d definitely want to hump your leg in that dress.”
I don't think I really want to give this a 4, but it is an improvement from the first one


Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Not sure I could get into these books but I love that quote you gave.

Melissa said...

I'm so glad you liked this one! They keep getting me :)

Lea said...

I think this one was my favorite out of the series. (although, I prefer the tv series more)

Great review!

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