August 9th, 2011

Gossip Girl

by Cecily von Ziegesar

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Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)


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Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep–sometimes with each other.

S is back from boarding school, and if we aren’t careful, she’s going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn’t fit into, steal our boyfriends’ hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I’ll be watching closely…

You know you love me,
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Maybe it’s the fact that Gossip Girl was turned into a hit TV series. Maybe it’s the fact that I read Cecily von Ziegesar’s other series, The It Girl, and loved it. It may even be the fact that Gossip Girl is mentioned in other YA books, such as The Clique. Either way, this book really disappointed me.

Blair Waldorf, the main character, has a very unattractive personality. She is an ignorant, cowardly, selfish control freak, and I couldn’t relate to her at all. Maybe the drama of Blair’s life is supposed to entertain readers, but I found myself scowling at the book while I was reading her parts.

Serena van der Woodsen, on the other hand, is your typical Mary Sue. Tall, blond, beautiful, and perfect in every way. She is written about as if readers are supposed to sympathize with her because she has few friends, but her lack of faults really turned me off.

The plot of Gossip Girl was juvenile and ordinary; The characters are rich. They can drink without being carded. They have cat fights. We get it.

However, I can’t say that Gossip Girl was all bad. I really liked Jenny, the determined, I-wish-I-were-popular, big-boobed freshman, and Vanessa, the bald, I-hate-the-world-but-at-least-I-have-the-unrequited-love-thing-going-for-me character. Additionally, Gossip Girl (the character), was a big mystery, and I can picture teenage girls reading the whole series just to find out who she is. I might.

All in all, Gossip Girl is great book if you need a light read and have low standards. 1/5 stars.

I’ll keep you posted,

Gossip Girl, 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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