Wednesday, January 03, 2007

All I Want Is Everything - Cecily von Ziegesar

All I Want Is Everything
Gossip Girl #3
Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown and Company

Young Adult (ages 15 and up)

Note: If you haven’t read the first books in the series, this review contains plot spoilers.

Christmastime in Manhattan is a magical time. Especially if you’ve got your parents’ credit cards and an unlimited spending limit. Or you’re planning a little Christmas trip to St. Bart’s, like Blair and Serena. Since the two made up at the end of the last installment, they’re doing everything together. And Blair needs Serena now, because she and Nate are no longer together. Aaron, Blair’s new stepbrother, is secretly fighting his attraction to his incredible new stepsister. As if that’s not bad enough, Nate is dating a freshman nobody with huge bazooms. Not that Blair cares. At all. Right.

In other news, filmmaker Vanessa and tortured poet Dan have finally come to their senses and are together. But Dan is freaked out and threatened by the fact that he’s a virgin and Vanessa is not. Vanessa is getting impatient with Dan overanalyzing everything in life. Jenny, the aforementioned freshman is just thrilled to be with the god-like Nate. Nate is mostly baked, and honestly doesn’t know what (or who) he really wants. Typical teenaged boy. And Serena? Well, naturally, Serena is being pursued by the hottest rock star on the planet. So, really, everything is pretty much the way it should be.

If you’ve read the first books in the series, you know that they’re like popcorn. Light, fluffy, and you simply can’t stop reading. You may not be in the same income bracket as these teens, but their problems, while slightly more expensive, will be familiar to high school students everywhere. And Gossip Girl, the anonymous owner of the site everyone reads, keeps all the information flowing. If you’re looking for a fun read, you’ve come to the right place.

Rating: 8
May 2003 (also available in 3-volume boxed set)
ISBN# 0-316-91212-3 (trade paperback)


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