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Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  41,951 ratings  ·  1,966 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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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
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
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
La Petite Américaine
Dec 03, 2013 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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Courtney
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
As an English major, people look at me funny when I tell them that this is one of my favorite books. And I'm tired of it. Yeah, this work isn't a modern masterpiece. It isn't a novel of literary genius. But it is a delicious, intoxicating escape into the lives of glamorous New York high schoolers. Some books are deep, well-written journeys into the human psyche and the meaning of life. And some are just escape fantasy. Sometimes a girl needs a break from cold, harsh reality. And these books ALWA ...more
Kate
Aug 09, 2007 Kate rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sara
Jul 30, 2010 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Trisha
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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Niki
Jan 16, 2008 Niki rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Amber
Jan 26, 2008 Amber rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Mon
Dec 14, 2011 Mon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Suneha
Jan 09, 2015 Suneha rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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Tim
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
Kenny
I finished reading this book last month. I had spare time today and decided to write a review. I have not yet written a review of a book that I gave a low rating here at Good Reads, so I decided to do one. However, I will not just rant and complain about the book. I will try to be objectionable about it, and be more thoughtful on why I gave the book a low rating of 2-stars.

This is a very polarizing book. Half of Good Reads rated this book high (4-stars & 5-stars) and the other half rated thi
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Christina
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
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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
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Merrin
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
Kat
What beautiful, beautiful trash.
Jennie
Dec 20, 2007 Jennie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
2.5

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
Paul
I read Gossip Girl because it keeps appearing on the American Library Association's annual top ten list of frequently challenged books. These are books that are challenged by parents and religious groups who want them removed from school libraries and reading lists, often for brief mentions of sex or masturbation. Generally, when I read such a book, I find it to be honest, well written, and moral. Many are written with a young adult audience in mind and are meant to teach teenagers to think crit ...more
Lauren
I was at the library with my little sister, giving her recommendations for books when I saw that she picked up this book. I admit, I sort of laughed at her for it, but she shrugged and said she wanted to see what it was like. The next day while I was sitting on the couch, she came over and began to read this book. A few minutes later, she got up and left. Then she yelled at me from her bedroom: hey Lauren, what book should I read next? I answered: what happened to Gossip Girl? She said: I don't ...more
Meghan
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
Nepeta Leijon
"And then Bob slept with Aerith, but it was totally cool because you know, no one ever gets pregnant if they're rich and white. And they let us drink even if we're underage. And it was so cool, and Nettie fell on her ass and I called myself 'Roxa' instead of my real name and some dude named Garrison fucked the living daylights out of chicks except me because I'm protecting my virtue."- Roxie Rex on Gossip Girl .

What the fuck did I just read? Honestly, I think I've learned more life lessons list
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Liz
Yikes, what are these kids doing? Who the heck behaves like that ALL THE TIME? Why do I actually hate Serena when the book is meant to be sympathetic to her? Why did the author try to write a 'deep' character like Vanessa when she obviously doesn't have a single deep thought inside HERSELF that she can let Vanessa have?

Actually, I kind of liked Vanessa. Sympathised with her, even. She kind of fell into the wrong author's head. In somebody else's hands, she could have been given a few unusual tra
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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.” 215 likes
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