Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Gossip Girl - Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl
Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown and Company

Young Adult (ages 15 and up)

At almost 17, Blair Waldorf appears to have everything. She lives in a fabulous apartment (with her family, but still) on the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile. It’s the only place to live. She has hot and cold running credit cards, freedom, privacy, and, now starting her senior year at the exclusive all-girls school she attends, she is the “it” girl. She’s the prettiest, the hippest, the one everyone wants to be. Oh, and she has an adorable longtime boyfriend, Nate Archibald. Nate is not only Abercrombie & Fitch gorgeous, he’s from another wealthy family, they’ve known each other since childhood, and Blair knows they’re destined to spend their fabulous lives together.

But all that comes crashing down around her when Serena van der Woodsen, Blair’s best friend since forever, comes back to the city. Serena is a true “it” girl, without even trying; tall, blonde, gorgeous, and irresistible. She spent last year at boarding school, and the summer traveling. While Blair’s parents were going through a horrible divorce (Blair’s dad now lives on a French vineyard with his boyfriend) Serena was sending breezy postcards, telling her how much fun she was having in Europe. Of course, Blair can’t admit that she’s hurt. That would crack the cool façade. There are all kinds of terrible rumors about why Serena is back, but Blair’s only worry is the heated looks that Serena and Nate are sending each other. This is so not how Blair’s senior year is supposed to start!

There are plenty of other characters, like Jenny, the freshman from the “wrong” neighborhood who idolizes Serena and would pretty much do anything to be accepted by the “in” girls. And her brother Dan, a self-styled tortured poet type who meets Serena during a student film casting and is, of course, instantly smitten. And Vanessa, the filmmaker who wears black and shaves her head, who has a wicked crush on Dan and is forced to watch him moon over Serena. The whole story is narrated by the unnamed Gossip Girl, who runs a website of the same name, spilling the good tidbits about various characters. If you’re in high school, you know people exactly like everyone here. If you’re a bit past high school, you’ll remember them. And you’ll want to get your hands on the next book in the series immediately.

Rating: 8
April 2002 (also available in 3-volume boxed set)
ISBN# 0-316-91033-3 (trade paperback)


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