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The Carlyles (Gossip Girl: The Carlyles #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  2,901 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Owen, Avery and Baby Carlyle have just moved into a notorious Upper East Side penthouse and they're about to take the city by storm with their decadent behaviour. Manhattan's resident pretty young things better keep a close eye on their assets or hearts will get broken.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Headline (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sabinaj
after all the better books in the gossip girl this was a huge letdown.
The earlier books were so much better than this bundle of crap.
It was like she wanted to continue her books because, goshity, people still like her
stuff and this was like: I couldn't think of more complex characters.
Some of them were the same:
-The head honcho beeotch-addicted to shopping
-New girl-perfectionist, oblivious to New York's popularityness
-New girl-boho rebel (of course), hates school, hates mainstream
-New boy- in l...more
Amanda
Jul 26, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: My friend Ash
Sometimes I get in reading ruts.

You know, the ruts where it's just annoying to read anything that takes actual thought and reading seems like a chore.

A book like this solves all of that. I could not put this down, and found myself sneaking a page or two during work. I love the Gossip Girl series on the CW, (Doesn't everybody have their guilty pleasures?) and this book was just as good, if not better, than watching an episode of the show.

Sure, it's always the same thing: Descriptions of outfits...more
Cornelia
First off; the things that bother me. It's really hard to keep these new characters straight. Also, sometimes the writing style gets to the point where the author tries too hard to mimic Cecily von Ziegezar's style. There's just no perfectly imitating someone's writing style, and the over-the-top attempts get annoying after a while. I guess I'm just not a fan of the ghost writer concept in general. And the names bother me so much. It's like every new name introduced is more outrageous than the p...more
Janelle
I've never read the Gossip Girl series, so I figured I would give the second series a try. I really liked this book, and the whole overall plot of it. I really enjoyed the Gossip Girl updates and thought they were really fun. This book was basically just an introduction to the characters, and I can't wait to read the next one to find out how everything unfolds for everyone in New York!
Sarah pavlou
I like that book when I read it is so cool so everone get this book
Anna
Good-bye Nate, Serena, and Blair. A new group of juniors have moved into New York City's Upper East Side as the others are off to college. And Gossip Girl is there to document their every move.

Avery, Baby, and Owen Carlyle have just moved to New York City from Nantucket because their Grandmother Avery just passed away. Coming with them, they bring a heck of a lot of drama, however. Avery wants to become Student Liason to the Board of Overseers - against Jack Laurent, of all people, who basically...more
Kristi
Meet the Carlyles, a new trio to hit the Gossip Girl Scene! Owen, Avery and Baby! Get ready for the triple threat!

Owen, the testosterone of the three, is very hot and a swimmer (I like him already)! Envied in Nantucket by his player persona, he only has eyes for one girl. The girl of his dreams.

Avery. Poor Avery all this girl wants is to fit in! Is that too much to ask?! Her scheme of perfect attempts leaves her no better off than before, it isn’t until she really lets loose and things get a lit...more
Olivia
I haven't read the original Gossip Girl books, but I've watched the TV show. So from what I know about the TV series, Gossip Girl the Carlyles and the original Gossip Girl are pretty similar. You get all the drama, love and backstabbing. And of course Gossip Girl is there to tell us all about it. The stories are even set in the same places. The only things new are the characters.

Owen, Avery and Baby are triplets. They've just moved from Nantucked to the most luxurious part of Manhattan. Avery is...more
Tiger
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PurplyCookie
Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen were the reigning princesses of the Upper East Side. Until now.

Following the great success that was "Gossip Girl" book series, the inimitable Gossip Girl introduces the most fabulous sixteen year-old triplets to ever inhabit the Upper East Side. When the Waldorfs move from their apartment at the end of "Don't You Forget About Me" the Carlyle triplets of Nantucket, Massachusetts--Owen, Baby, and Avery-- move in.

In the new titles of the Gossip Girl series...more
Jana
Filled with characters rich as all hell, some with domineering personalities and some with ambitious streaks that could rival Lucifer, this novel should have been filled with drama page-by-page and made me want to read this until the very last page, whereupon it should make me want to try out the next book.

Suffice to say, it didn't really fulfil the expectations I laid out for it when I first picked it up. Then again, maybe I set the bar too high. There was drama, after all, but not enough that...more
Holly
I came upon this book by accident. Originally I set out to read the first series in the Gossip Girl series. I was a long time watcher of the show (before the flustercluck that was season 6) so I thought I would pick up the books and see what they were all about.

When I started reading the first few pages I was thinking who the heck are these people and why do I care? But I have a love for the name Avery from other sources and so I stuck with it.

The writing is, lets face it, not all that great. T...more
Dana
The book Gossip Girl: The Carlyles was writen by Cecily Von Ziegesar. This book is basiclly about romance and a lot of drama. So if you like those topics you might like this book. I also liked this book because it is very realistic, so i can imagine the whole story very easily. It tales place in the Upper East Side in New York. There is a new family in time, they come from Nantucket. This family is composed by Edie, the mom and her triplets: Aver, Owen and Baby Carlyle. Then, there's Jack, short...more
Giselle
A great book! A good start to a new series. It was such a page turner and all i can say after reading it was "OH MY GOD!" I totally fell in ♥ with the Carlyles. I'm an avid fan of the Gossip Girl series, though i wasn't able to read the last three books of the famous Cecily von Ziegesar. It wasn't a surprise that the book was written differently compared to original Gossip Girl. I find it quite interesting to know new characters and bound to develop an addiction to the characters afterwards. The...more
Ali
Its a new season on the Upper East Side..

Enter the Carlyle triplets. Avery, whom much of the story focuses on, the gorgeous, blonde good girl. But is she all sugar? Owen, the handsome, quiet swimmer. Baby, the beautiful, brunette twin, the free spirit (With a loser boyfriend.)

The course of this book takes place in about 9 days. They enter a few days before school starts for the girls at Constance Billiard. Owen goes to St. Judes Boys School. But much of the story focuses on Avery and her race fo...more
Tiny Pants
It took me longer to read this than probably any other book in the series -- I really was not feeling the new characters until toward the end, when it picked up. I will say, I'd heard they were going to make them public schoolers, which seemed like a mistake (the whole private school milieu is one of the more well-drawn aspects of this series) and they didn't -- Constance Billard is back in session.

So why such a hard read? For one, there are so many it's hard to keep them straight, since their...more
♥Meaty♥
I was at the library and really hoping to find a book that I have been wanting to read. It was a completely different book from a completley different series, anyways I searched and searched and the book I wanted had been checked out. So I opted for a different book a shorter one I could read in a few days so that I would have something to read for when my book was in and I could go get it. I had found this book and saw the cover and read the back and thought it looked pretty interesting. I had...more
Lucie
Even though I started the book thinking it's the first Gossip Girl series, the one about Serena & Blair & the others, I wasn't disappointed when I found out it's about the Carlyle triplets. I love them, though I'll wait some time before reading the next ones. 3 stars - liked it, even though it's a book for the teens, and it definitely has everything a young teenager looks for in a book. I wouldn't mind something better, though.
Yasmina
Now that Blair and Serena have graduated, new queen bees will reign. Jack thinks the job will fall to her. After all, she has the wealth, the hot boyfriend, and the side kick friends. But she's about to get a rude awakening. First her father sells the house, stops her credit cards, and demands that she gain a sense of responsibility. Meanwhile triplets move into town and they have the town buzzing. She's going to have some competition with Avery over queen bee status. Her boyfriend might be inte...more
Ebony Lacy
May 25, 2012 Ebony Lacy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Ive been reading this book for a month or so. I like it, but I dont like it as much as i like the previous Gossip Girl books. In this Book theres 3 twins , Baby Carlyle , Avery Carlyle and Owen Carlyle. They're the hot new things in New York moving from Nantucket. Avery is busy trying to fit it in. She feels this is really her scene. But everyone seems to hate her already. Baby just wants to move back home where she can be with her boyfriend Tom. And all the girls are going crazy for the hot swi...more
Heather
The Carlyles is the first installment in the new series of Gossip Girl books. The old crew has moved out and in come the younger generation. I picked this up out of sheer curiosity; I enjoyed the original series lightly and have become a fan of the show so I decided to just check the new series out.

This series follows the Carlyle triplets who are new to the Upper East Side. This book has the same combination of snobby characters, angst-ridden additions, and crazy behavior (drinking, smoking, dr...more
Teodora
Great book! I read it really fast, it was really exciting.A perfect book for teens that like to read something fun.My favourite character would be Baby.I can kind of relate to her.Owen's love was quite interesting too.I would love to read the rest of the books.Hope they are as good as this one!
Rory
I think my biggest problem with this novel was it was meant to be a reboot of the series with all new characters... Which I loved because I was glad the author retired Serena, Nate, Blair and all the others but...

The fact that half of these new characters seem way too much like the "first class" was a bit bothersome. You could make a nice flow chart to show exactly who is like who--Avery = Blair, Rhy = Nate--which I found highly uncreative. That and the use of intials in the fake Gossip Girl blo...more
Kiersten
I read this book in one day because I am a sucker for the books "created by" Von Ziegesar. I put created by in quotes because I noticed it when I was reading some of the other Gossip Girl books and thought "Hmmm". Then I read a book about a Ghost Writer and yesterday (while curled up reading my cheesy adolescent fiction and thoroughly enjoying it)I thought-GHOST WRITER! So, though I can't give this writer props for the book itself I can say these puts are guilty pleasures. Yes, the characters ar...more
Anonymous Nobody
Seriously, this is not my kind of book. The Carlyles is a spin-off from the original Gossip Girl series. An anonymous blogger (Gossip Girl) blogs about The Carlyles, who are 3 rich triplets that try to fit into the NYC crowd. The Carlyles were not likable. Avery seemed too desperate to fit in, Owen dates his best friend's girlfriend, and I found Baby just annoying. Well, they all were. The way Gossip Girl blogs is extremely cliché (which is what is intended, but yet again annoying to me), and th...more
Tanya
yes I'll admit it that I'm a fan of the literary crack that is the Gossip Girl series. I'm still trying to get through the last two in the original series, but I refuse to pay full price for the books so I always get them a used book stores or Goodwill. I happened to find the Carlyles book on one of my trips so I had to give it a try. I gotta say it was kinda hokey. It's written by someone other than Cecily von whatever, and the writing is very formulaic [or however that's spelled]. Too many cha...more
Jenny
This was actually better than I expected it to be. I hate reading the Gossip Girl books generally because they're just not good. I don't see the appeal in them to be honest, but I decided to read this one just to try it out.

A lot of things in this book was different. Something about the writing especially and I realized it was because this was written by a different author (although it says different on here)! :o

Anyways, I don't really like the Carlyle triplets. It might be because they're the m...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

The Carlyle kids have moved into the neighborhood -- and things are about to get wild.

As if they weren't already?!?

Avery, Baby, and Owen are the kids to envy now. The triplets of a well-known New York socialite are here to stay.

They all have spunk, attitude, and are destined to be the next Blair, Nate, and Serena whether they want to be or not.

This was a great start to an irresistible series that you can't help but love. This series will be your...more
Kate
I can't say I've gotten into these books like I did the original series. I found it started off really oddly and you were never really introduced to the characters well. I found this book was less over the top but a lot of character types (eg. the weird artistic outcast, the bitchy popular girl) were reused and the names simply changed. I did like how the characters did have "real" problems such as fitting in and becoming poor and facing hardships like that instead of just going on about boys or...more
Kristen
More than anything, this book was just really boring. It was completely forgettable. I have the second one to read (because I foolishly bought it before I'd read this one) and I can barely remember what happened in this one.

The thing that bothered me the most with this book though was again the incongruous tone. All of a sudden, I felt like they were trying to teach me a lesson and push some weird moral on me and that's not what I read these books for. They're supposed to be fun, silly and over-...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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