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Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl #1)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  45,049 ratings  ·  2,074 reviews
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 . . .

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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Attention teenage girls! Looking for a book to read for your English class, but don't know where to start? I know what you're thinking: you want to read about fashion and celebrities, but Seventeen doesn't count as a book (like, how unfair is that?!). You want a book that doesn't have a plot (too confusing) but J.D. Salinger is too complicated. What to do?
Fear not, dear readers: Gossip Girl h
There's one thing that you must accept before you read these books: lives like those written about in Gossip Girl exist. And I know this because I live it. Granted, I'm much more like the Jenny Humphrey type who witnesses the drama from the outside, but I still hear about it. And yes, that's what the "popular" kids do. They rent limos and get drunk or high in them on their way to Manhattan clubs where they then hook up with all their friends and their friends' friends. What you wear defines you, ...more
Renee Cahill
i thought about giving this book five stars, not because it's so great, but because i think everyone with daughters should at least look at it -- my 14 year old has devoured all eight or nine in the series (good god!) and i felt like i ought to know what she was reading. gossip girl is absolutely the biggest piece of crap i've ever slogged through, but, that said, i did finish it, mostly out of a horrified curiosity at what interests 9th graders these days. it really was absolute dreck -- by pag ...more
During the particularly bleak summer of my 11th year, I spent a month hiding from my wicked step-mother in the basement bedroom I shared with my sister. No TV, no movies, and very little radio reception meant I read more than usual, and when I went through my own summer reading, I started borrowing from my sister, whose taste ran mostly to Goosebumps and Choose Your Own Adventure books (which were, admittedly, totally awesome). But she did have some racier titles tucked away. The book I remember ...more
La Petite Américaine
Dec 03, 2013 La Petite Américaine added it
Recommends it for: The recycle bin
Recommended to La Petite Américaine by: Free torrnet download online
Shelves: sucked
Look. I don't want to sound too much like Tipper Gore in the 80's, or too much like Maude Flanders of The Simpsons, tearing out my hair and screeching "WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?" ... but this book? Are you fucking kidding me? Have teenagers really grown up so much in the 9 years since I was one, when I was content with R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, and scandalized by Sweet Valley High? I mean, COME ON.

Not only is this book written with the intelligence of a monkey on acid, there's just some
This is very possibly the worst book I have ever read. The author clearly knows nothing about 16 year olds aside from what she's seen in horrible television shows (all the ones just like the show this series spawned). The characters are all 2 dimensional and predictable - all super hot, super trendy, super rich, super popular and few if any have any redeeming qualities. Even the kids who are supposed to be 'different' are cookie-cutter 'artsy kids' who spend all their time sitting in corners bro ...more
Erika Schoeps
"Gossip Girl" is a richly detailed look into the lives of Upper East Side teenagers. I enjoyed getting into the more "hipster" characters, the ones who read poetry, drink black coffee, and aren't extravagantly wealthy (Dan, Vanessa, Jenny). Jenny is adorable and likable as she constantly strives for a place in the "It" crowd. Dan is a scruffy hipster with an infatuation for a pretty, popular girl he doesn't really know. As you read through Dan's feelings and narration, you root for this awkward ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Kate rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Masochists bent on understanding Kids Today
I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I expected to devour it. I heard the author speak on a panel at ALA this year and found her articulate, charming, and thoughtful about her series. Many of my co-workers at a suburban library hated the Gossip Girl books because of their vapid influence on already spoiled readers, but I wanted to give the books a chance. I’m sorry to say that I have to agree with my colleagues, even as someone whose guilty pleasure is reading highly speculative celebrity ...more
Tiny Pants
I don't seem to much like actual teenage girls. Then again, the Gossip Girl characters don't act much like actual teenage girls. Or actual humans really. They are all basically insane in their own individual ways. The main character, Blair, is probably the most insane. I think the reader is possibly intended to be sympathetic to her, but it's never been clear to me why. She's obsessed with Audrey Hepburn, throwing up all her food, and the fact that she is consistently outdone by Serena, her best ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody - watch the TV show instead!
How can I love the show so much, but think the books are horribly written and duller than dishwasher? I don't know how that can be, but obviously Josh Schwartz is a better TV producer/whatever he does than Ceceily Von Ziegesar is an author. It's funny because before I read the GG, I read Stephen King's memoir "On Writing" and CVZ pretty much does everything SK says writer's shouldn't do. Over explosion of adjectives? Check. Unnecessary descriptions of non-entity characters and clothes? Check. (T ...more
Jan 16, 2008 Niki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls/Teens
The book Gossip Girl the first of the Gossip Girl series written by Cecily Von Ziegesar, was one of the best books i have ever read. The gossip girl series is already my favorite series, and ive only read the first book. The most important characters in the series so far are Blair, who is a down to earth teen, who loves to party and has a skater boyfriend. Blair's boyfriend's name is Nate. He is into drugs and he isnt the best in school, but blair still loves him. The book goes on about the peak ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Amber rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: daydreaming girls with no sense of reality
Ugh. I read this in a few hours, and it's pretty horrendous. I found a few punctuation mistakes—without looking, which bothers me—like "...Cyrus Rose was a completely annoying, fat, loser." Honestly; that's one of the first things you learn about punctuation.

It's a book about a bunch of sixteen- and seventeen-year-old kids who are richer than rich, go to private school in New York, and are, of course, immensely popular. It's written like a cheap fantasy, complete with overt descriptions of the h
Dec 14, 2011 Mon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my dog
Recommended to Mon by: The wonderful world of open source
Shelves: ya
Normally I don't judge people based on the choice of books they happen to enjoy. But this is an exception, anyone who managed to finish this book without feeling an intense need to put to it down and scream, or at least cringe at certain parts that resemble the Stuff White People Like blog, congratulation, you have a literary taste equivalent to overnight McDonald burgers. The characters are about as human and profound as my wallpaper (decorated with European brands I can't pronounce) and it pro ...more
Ugh, this was awful. Closer to a magazine minus the pictures.
There are so many wrong morals ~ sex, drugs, eating disorders. And everyone seems so dumb.
And the men! Wow, one girl is pretty much raped in a bathroom (but everyone knows that about that guy so it's okay!? WHAT!!!!) And one guy is a stalker! He is so crazy infatuated with a girl HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW that he follows her.He tries to strategically be near her at places so he can watch her! Ack! That's not love! YUCK!

I wouldn't recommend
Jan 09, 2015 Suneha rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like drugs, booze and ridiculously shallow hormonal teenagers
Recommended to Suneha by: myself
Ughhhhh! What is wrong with me!?

I know I don't do chick-lits, especially when the main characters are selfish and I knew exactly what I was getting into. Trust me, I did. But I never imagined that Gossip Girl would be this bad!
I didn't finish it. I don't think I'll ever finish this or go back to this or even think about this. I'll pretend that Gossip Girl was a terrible nightmare, that I never read this book.

The show was amazing. I loved it very much. I was sad that it was over and I thought "H
I picked this up at a book sale, determined to give it another chance. I was disgusted by it when I first read it in 2004, but I got drawn in to the television show based on the series, and wondered if I had just been in one of my "anti-fluff" phases. Maybe it was more entertaining than I remembered.

Well, it wasn't by much. For a book where the whole point is that it's all SCANDAL and OMG and DRAMA, not much happened. There was plenty of rehashing of previous events, but in this book Serena retu
I read this book in my local Raleys grocery store.

(a) It was available in a Raleys

(b) I could quickly read it (and I'm usually not a particularly fast reader) during the course of shopping

I thought it was utter garbage.

However, I realize I am not the target market. If you are addicted to spicing up your pathetic life by living vicariously through others' titillating encounters whilst simultaneously feeling smug about your perceived moral superiority, so much so that you've exhausted the details
A student left a copy of this book in my room, and one afternoon I picked it up and read it. While I'm sad to say that I probably stuck with it for 100 pages or more, I couldn't have been less thrilled. The way this book glamourizes drugs,sex and alcohol makes me realize why TV is getting as bad as it is. I don't know why young women would want to read about such shallow, tawdry lives. Perhaps I just don't get it because I'm not "in the demo", but unless the point is to show how sad and empty th ...more
Anyone who knows me - IRL or whatever - knows I'm absolutely obsessed with Gossip Girl. Literally, I have four seasons of the show on DVD and thirteen of Cecily's books, including one of the spinoffs.

Recently, I started re-watching the show on Netflix. Currently, I'm on Season 4. Blah, blah. Other insignificants events. Anyway, I seriously lost my sympathy for this cast. At least, the TV version.

Today's review will be formatted a bit unconventionally. As in, differences between the book and s
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At A Glance

Young Adult; Chick Lit
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Triangle!
Cliff Hanger: nope.
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 9
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 7

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Bitchy girls.
Worst Part: Shady girls!
Thoughts Had: Lets do this; dumb boys!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Ok, i know i usually complain about MCs who aren't the smartest or have any action scenes, but some
Jan 06, 2014 Aaven rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who needs to be weaned off tabloids and introduced to real books
Oy. I think I lost a couple brain cells while dragging myself through this one.

Why did I keep reading then, you may ask? Why didn’t I just close the book and go do something more fulfilling, like watching the tea water boil or chucking pennies at teenagers from the upper balcony at the mall? Those are fair questions...but what can I say? It’s like opening a bag of Doritos – you take a small handful and you know it’s bad for you, but that cheesy, salty goodness is just too hard to resist and befo
What beautiful, beautiful trash.
Gossip Girl -- the television series more than the book -- has to be one of the most popular topics amongst my female classmates. Interested in finding out what all the chatter was about, I checked out the first book in this bestselling series from the library.

I should have just avoided it like I did in the first place. Gossip Girl is plain trash, and serves only as a glorification of a life few do and should lead. The main characters -- rich and beautiful Blair Waldorf and rich and beautiful Se
Cecily Vonziegesar wrote the book Gossip Girl. It is a fictional book that is about a group of kids living in New York. Theses kids either go to an all girls school or an all boys school in the Upper East Side. They live in huge, fancy apartment buildings, buy expensive things, and do whatever they want. (As long as they don’t embarrass their family.) When Serena Vanderwoodsen came back from “boarding school” she quickly realizes things are not the same as they used to be. Her old best friend-B ...more
Myra Khan
In New York's Upper East Side, there live the people that have it all. They're the ones wearing the name brand gorgeous clothes you could never afford. They're the ones that look amazing without even trying. They're the ones that have all the money in the world and use it to their advantage. They're also the ones you hate.

Due to my habit of frequenting used book stores, I somehow always came across a random Gossip Girl novel. Soon enough, I owned most of the collection- except for book #1. I fi
Maria Teresa Agudelo
Definitivamente no hay como la serie a la que estamos tan acostumbrados. Los guionistas, directores, productores y el elenco, hicieron un maravilloso trabajo mejorando todo en ella, por casi primera vez a parte de Catching fire y Game of thrones la adaptación no se convirtió en un total asco.

En el libro sólo transcurre el piloto de la serie, a parte de muchas escenas que para mi gusto, tuvieron poca gracia. A nuestros amados personajes los convierten en figurillas de revista mucho más frivolos
I can't remember the last time I was this horrified by a series of young adult novels. I mean, no, I'm not naive and stupid and yes, I do realize that there are teens out there like this (My Super Sweet Sixteen, anybody?) but honestly, just because they're out there doesn't mean they need to be immortalized in quite this fashion. They're selfish, self-centered, interested only in drinking and drugs and what the world can do for them, and there's nothing in the book that checks that lifestyle and ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess

5 Words: Rich kids playing stupid games.

So yeah, that kinda sums it all up.

Gossip Girl is light and fluffy, and kind of a nothing-story. I didn't care for the characters, so I didn't care what happened to them. And nothing really did happen.

The narrator was pretty good, ensuring that each character had a distinct voice. But DAMN, Jenny set my teeth on edge.

I won't read on. While the show is a guilty pleasure for a rainy day, the book certainly is not.
Dec 20, 2007 Jennie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Upon reading this book I was saddened by its staggering appeal with young girls. Every page is littered with references to sex, drugs, eating disorders and hateful behavior among young women. Not being naïve about teenage behavior, I was more shocked by the pitifully poor quality of the writing. The plot is flimsy and the characters are little more than tired Sex and the City stereotypes. It’s amazing that a book this “shocking” could actually be so boring.
Kristin Ogarp

It was really bad but it was never too boring if you hated one character you never had to stay whit them too long.
I laughed many times fore how bad I feel fore everyone they are so stupid ...

The story line is just lames the book is lame everyone is lame but stil I hate other books 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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