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Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  51,760 Ratings  ·  2,336 Reviews
Part of The Gossip Girl series, which covers glamour and cool, this work is set in New York's glamorous Upper East Side. It follows the thrills and spills (with Jimmy Choo shoes and shopping at Barneys mixed in along the way) of its richest and most beautiful teenage residents.
Paperback, 201 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published April 1st 2002)
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Madeline
The following is a public service announcement sponsored by The Committee For Teens Who Read Real Books:
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
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Bluesequin
Mar 22, 2012 Bluesequin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2007 Renee Cahill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Larissa
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
Sarah
This was an enjoyable story, but the pace was a little slow; there seemed to be lots of scene setting and not so much action.



6 out of 10
Courtney
May 25, 2008 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
La Petite Américaine
Sep 23, 2008 La Petite Américaine added it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
So, I basically just read the pilot episode. Snobby girls and boys doing inappropriate things for sixteen year olds and there's nothing much else to it.
Kate
Jul 06, 2007 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amber
Sep 18, 2007 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara
Jul 30, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mon
Feb 06, 2010 Mon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
BookishBoy
DNF'd this at 38%.
Kinda boring. It's actually worse than the show. Book Blair is nothing compared to TV Show Blair. Book Serena is booooooring and super unlikeable. Book Dan is extremely annoying and pretentious (at least in the show he was funny) and everything the show changed, it made the whole story better. Maybe my opinion is biased because of my love towards the show and I cannot fathom how some things were different. But I still feel that if I had read the book first, I wouldn't even like
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Niki
Dec 21, 2007 Niki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Trisha
May 18, 2011 Trisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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لیلی
May 18, 2017 لیلی rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگر يكي از رسالت هاي كتاب خوندن رو لااقل زندگي كردن تو دنياهايي كه از دنياي خودمون خيلي دور ه بدونيم، اين كتاب به بهترين شكل اين رسالت رو در حق من به انجام ميرسونه خب:))
دنياي آپر ايسد سايد ي هاي نيويورك، با اون اوضاع زندگي و اون لباس ها و اون غذاها و اون روابط، شايد از پنج دنياي برتر از نظر دوري به زندگي من ه مثلا:)) و خب براي همين دونستن درباره ش، و به طور موقت زندگي كردن توش برام هيجان انگيزه مسلما.
به علاوه، بايد اعتراف كنم ديگه، از اين تم گاسيپي داستان هم خوشم مياد خب، و كلا از داستان اين ط
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Chelsea
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
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Stephan
Nov 12, 2007 Stephan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Evey
I don't really know why I read this book. Maybe because I had it, maybe because every now and then my brains asks me for a trashy read.
And this one is really, really trashy. Cardboard cut-outs as characters (including Chuck Bass—now with 100% more rapey-rapist vibes), superficiality all over the place and a plot that goes nowhere. And, still, I want to keep reading. Goddamn you, brain.
Peach
Nov 01, 2015 Peach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Genre:
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!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Ok, i know i usually complain about MCs who aren't the smartest or have any action scenes, but some
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Tim
Apr 08, 2008 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Leonie
Sep 27, 2016 Leonie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es war unterhaltsam und ließ sich leicht lesen. Trotzdem bin ich ein wenig hin- und hergerissen ob ich die Reihe weiterlesen soll oder nicht. Sie weicht einfach stark von der Serie ab und die Charaktere sind mir im Buch alle nicht so sympathisch. Diese Reihe hat auch noch soooo viele Bände!
Kat
Apr 07, 2015 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What beautiful, beautiful trash.
Baudelaire
I don't know why I used to watch the tv series. I can't relate to any of the characters, except Humphreys and Vanessa, don't want to live in New York either. Drinking alcohol, partying, thinking about bodily pleasures, creepy gossiping stalker all the time would kill me in a week if I lived in Upper East Side. (But reading about it isn't so bad). Life like this, frivolous, dramatic obviously doesn't fit every soul, but I am curious, do richer families in the United States truly live freer. Somet ...more
Aaven
Oct 23, 2013 Aaven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Camilla Isley
Jul 22, 2017 Camilla Isley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addictive
Cristina Boncea
Primul volum al seriei echivalează primul episod al serialului, cu o suferință prelungită atât a Serenei cât și a lui Blair. Sinceră să fiu, m-a obosit puțin psihic toată această tevatură dar totuși Gossip Girl va reuși mereu să mă scoată din lumea mea și să mă ducă direct în New York, printre adolescenți bogați și mereu tineri.

Așadar, Serena van der Woodsen se întoarce de la școala cu internat și nu este deloc privită bine fiindcă toți foștii ei colegi cred că a făcut niște lucruri oribile ce i
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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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“Blair liked to think of herself as a hopeless romantic in the style of old movie actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. She was always coming up with plot devices for the movie she was starring in at the moment, the movie that was her life.” 227 likes
“Just because we can't be together doesn't mean I don't love you” 202 likes
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