Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer (Gossip Girl, #13)
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Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer (Gossip Girl #13)

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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. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it . . . until they die.

So begins Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first groundbreaking Gossip Girl novel, featuring all new grisly scenes and over-the-top

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2011)
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Celine
This is exactly what the title says. This is a parody of the first book in the Gossip Girl series, but the weird thing is that the parody is written by Cecily von Ziegesar herself. I find this both courageous and extremely weird. It must feel uncomfortable to butcher your little baby book.

Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer is heavier on the killer part than the Gossip Girl part. All the original characters are in it: Blair, Serena, Chuck, Nate, Jenny and Dan. The book loosely follows the original story...more
Manoja K.
I tried to finish the book, I really did. But it's just so bad!!! I kept rolling my eyes and scoffing. The writing is horrible. When I first read gossip girl I was 13/14 and I really liked, and I still do (less so, but still like it), and I knew that this psycho killer adaptation was going to be a mistake, but I thought it would be a fast read so what the hell. I seriously could not get past the first quarter of the book. The author's idea of being a psycho killer is having serena say how naught...more
Brenna
Way back in the day, when I was young(er) I read Gossip Girl. All the time. Constantly. I felt like I was always waiting on the new one to come out and I just had to know what was going to happen. And thirteen books, two spin off series, and a TV show later I thought it was over.

Reasons to Read:

1. Longtime fans:
Honestly, this book probably won't mean much to you if you aren't already a fan of Gossip Girl (either the books or the TV show). It isn't necessary to have read the books before reading...more
the golden witch.
The original “Gossip Girl” has always been one of my guilty pleasures. Don’t tell anyone. The TV show, too. So when I heard that they were coming out with this bastardized/parody version with serial killers, I squealed with joy. And it was worth the wait. This is a fun little romp through the original decorated with killings right and left, mentions of “Dexter”, and a new look at the term “frenemies”. I enjoyed myself a little too much, though it could have been better than it was.

I guess my big...more
Bridget Lamonica
My friend really wants me to like the Gossip Girl show or books, but the genre isn't my thing. Then she mentioned this book and I was curious enough to give it a try. Murder and mayhem? Excellent!

Well, not so excellent.

I really cannot tell if this book is meant to be humorous or horrifying, because it accomplishes neither. Just because you repeat the word "blood" 50 times in a chapter does not do anything for the prose or a creepy atmosphere.

And the book is so dreadfully written that it is eyer...more
Alex
What... the f? This is going to be a real book?

UPDATE:

I tried, I really did. I was a huge fan of the Gossip Girl books when they first came out, (the later ones were terrible) and I knew that this retelling of the first book was going to be awful. But I expected it to be so bad it was good, and this was just bad. Sliding in all of these murderous thoughts and feelings was just ridiculous and made no sense. It was supposed to be funny and creative, and instead it just showcased how dumb the first...more
Teela
gossip girl psycho killer is a #1 New York Times bestselling novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar.

About the Author
Cecily von Ziegesar grew up in Manhattan and attended a small, private girls' school on the Upper East Side. She began writing poems and short stories and fantasizing about murdering people as soon as she could hold a pen. Gossip Girl was her first novel. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter and son, and two nearly hairless cats named Pony Boy and Woody. She hasn't actually kill...more
Kate
Oh, to be rich, beautiful, and a psychopath. I must admit, I was a HUGE fan of the early Gossip Girl books. Back when it was all just good ole fun and boyfriend swapping between friends (mostly when von Ziegesar was actually writing them). But, then came the spinoffs and the TV show and things just got way too dramatic and serious.

This parody of the first book brings back the humor and adds a good dose of disgusting beheadings, disembowelments, and knife fights. A good entertaining read that ha...more
April
Oct 11, 2011 April marked it as did-not-finish
I found this book to be impossible to finish because really relies far too heavily on its gimmicky appeal. I really wish the book had been a more imaginative re-working of the original, but just reading the same thing with some morbid thoughts sprinkled in was incredibly boring.
Brianna Ryan
This book is such a tongue and cheek this is slayed me (wow bad pun). I have read the whole GG series and also read American Psycho. So I figured who doesn't enjoy reading the gruesome details about the wealthy killing each other. This book is so over the top and ridiculous that it makes so a quick entertaining read. If you are looking for some in depth, meteorically, thought provoking read, this is not the book. But if sometimes you read a lot of that thought provoking stuff and need your brain...more
Megan
Jul 22, 2011 Megan marked it as to-read
...they're kidding right?
just because kate brian can pull off serial killers with privilege doesn't mean cecily von ziegesar will be able to with gossip girl.
Jennifer
Jan 05, 2012 Jennifer is currently reading it
I'm going to be kind of bummed if this doesn't end with Serena & Blair realizing they are MFEO. Lady serial killers in love! *crosses fingers*
Savita
Um, yikes. Wow. Better than the original, certainly. But, wow. Disturbing. Definitely disturbing. Gah. I'm slightly afraid of Manhattan now. Geezum.
Jessica
Full review/potential spoilers alert: http://bookgirl.co.vu/post/7452138739...

As many know, before there was the CW’s loose adaption Gossip Girl was a set of bestselling novels that ran from the 2002-2007 and eventually went on to release both a prequel and a follow up/sequel novel (the follow up novel was released during the shows run, and featured plotlines that were out of character for some book characters to attract fans of the television series, and spanned through the entire college chara...more
Lisa
Oct 26, 2011 Lisa added it
Gimmicky and illuminating. Does it get more postmodern than rewriting your own book?
Donna-Lee  Hughes
just as hilariously bad as it was the first time.
Patricia Karounos
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Paula  Phillips
Are you a fan of the Gossip Girl books ? Sick of your favourite characters turning into the supernatural like Little Vampire Women and Romeo and Juliet and Vampires ? Where's the good old Serial Killer novels ? Author Cecily Von Ziegesar has released Gossip Girl Pyscho Killer. I advise if you have not yet read the first book in the Gossip Girl series, then read that first before attempting this book as you will understand the storyline a bit better as it is basically the first book rewritten wit...more
Bethany Larson
Alright, I'll be honest—I've never read the Gossip Girl books. I watched the first couple seasons of the TV show until I couldn't stand it any longer—which was around season three or four, I think. Whenever it was that Hilary Duff joined the cast. NOT that I have anything against Hilary Duff—actually, I quite like her—but for some reason I just got really uninterested in the story lines at that point.

ANYWAY. That's all to say that when I heard about Gossip Girl, Pyscho Killer I was very, very e...more
Ericafoferica
I wish I could rate this book at a negative star. It was so bad. I was HIGHLY disappointed that the author couldn't make up a whole new story for this "thriller." Why would she EVEN take the first book in the series and turn everything around to make it "scary?" First off, it's what I would like to call LAZY. Second, it wasn't even scary. Most of it was actually disgusting. It was gross to read about how Jenny liked to eat raw meat and it was gross to read about the gory details of someone being...more
Tiffany
Ugh.

I was really excited when I first heard about this book coming out. I've read all of the Jane Austen horror remakes, and thought that this one would be along the same lines. Unfortunately, I was gravely disappointed. Where to start?

First, the writing was so poor, I can't believe this woman is published. I don't know if it's because I read the original series when I was in high school and so I didn't notice how bad the writing was then, but it got so that I had such a difficult time reading i...more
Kayla Guyette
Let me start this review by saying I’ve never read any of the Gossip Girl books (I do watch the show) and have only watched a couple of episodes of Dexter, which was one of the influences for the book, but for some reason I was drawn into the whole idea of Psycho Killer. Perhaps it was because I found out about the mash-up book in October and while I’m not a big fan of horror movies I still wanted something a little horror movie-esque to celebrate the Halloween season. Choosing a book over a mov...more
Rachael
Feb 22, 2012 Rachael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gossip Girl fans, comedic horror fans
Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer has everything you love about the Gossip Girl series, and adds a whole new layer of light-hearted horror that makes it a frightful good read. Cecily von Ziegesar's latest addition to her acclaimed series follows the style made popular with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, adding to the orignal book of the series, Gossip Girl, to much success.

While it has been too long since I read the original book for me to comment on how closely this one follows it, I can say that it...more
Jenn Tested
I'm sure many of you have heard of the Gossip Girl series. It started out as a popular teen series that was turned into an even more popular TV Show. Well as I was checking in book drop last week, I ran across Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar. Imagine my joy when I read that this was a horror take on the original Gossip Girl book. Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer also got rave reviews from Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, and Jason. Yes. they are fictional reviews from fictional chara...more
Lindsay Heller
I did not hate this book. In fact, it was hilarious. It was terrible, but in the same fashion as the original books. Now, I read all of them, though I could recognize, even at the time, that they were horribly written with contrived plots. But for some reason I couldn't seem to look away. It's true, of course, that I was older than the target audience. And now that this has been released I am older still. What's funny, to me, is that it's been sufficiently long enough since these books have been...more
Dana
Oct 26, 2012 Dana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Gossip Girl. You know I love you. xoxo.
I feel like you have to have read the original book to actually enjoy this one. It started out the exact same way, with a few murder puns thrown in - actually, a ton of them. It was pun overkill (couldn't help myself). These murder innuendoes were sometimes perfect, but almost always unnecessary and annoying.
Witty example: Pretending not to be the biggest gossip in the room when you so obviously were was like standing in a room full of slashed-up corpses w...more
PurplyCookie
Blair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of the NYC life of those anxiety-ridden kids whose only consistency is private schools which over-cultivate and ignore them, charging them to the -nth degree in preparation for Ivy League colleges and life in the fast lanes for which they've been born and bred for.

Some of the really entertaining parts are reading about the trendy fashions, the menus,...more
PurplyCookie
Blair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of the NYC life of those anxiety-ridden kids whose only consistency is private schools which over-cultivate and ignore them, charging them to the -nth degree in preparation for Ivy League colleges and life in the fast lanes for which they've been born and bred for.

Some of the really entertaining parts are reading about the trendy fashions, the menus,...more
Brittni
I think a lot of people out there would turn their nose up at this book because the concept's silly. Well, that's the idea. I think that goes over people's heads sometimes when they take something seriously that's not supposed to be.

On the contrary, I thought this book had the potential to be great, especially since Cecily von Ziegesar was the one writing it. At some point in the series, she sold rights for someone else to continue writing the books under her name, which created a difference in...more
Elizabeth
When I saw this book on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I’ve read all of the Gossip Girl series books (except one), so I wanted to see how this book fit in. And as I found out, it fit quite well into the universe Cecily Von Ziegesar created.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s a perfect book, but the characters and the universe were on point with the original series. Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer is an adaptation of the first book of the series. It starts off much like the original book, and goes o...more
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Cecily grew up in Manhattan and went to an all-girl's school on the Upper East Side.
She resides in Brooklyn with her husband Richard, the Deputy Director of the Public Art Fund, their children, Agnes and Oscar, and their two Cornish Rex cats. Von Ziegesar also owns an Appaloosa horse, Golden Rain. She is dreams of having a 'ranch full of cattle' when retired.

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