It Girl (It Girl Series #1)
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It Girl (It Girl #1)

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Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don't let the rules get in the way of an excellent time.

Determined to leave her Manhattan past behind her, Jenny sets off to Waverly with big plans of reinventing herself. She'll be a goddess—she'

Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Okay, so I have to admit it. Every time I went into the library, there was always the long row of Gossip Girl books that took up two shelves, and I'd always scoff at them as I went by. I don't watch any of the shows created by this author, and while everyone else is talking about the latest 90210 I'm spacing out about painting my nails or something else I deem more worthy for attention.

However, when I noticed that this other series, a knockoff of Gossip Girl, sitting right next to the Gossip Gir...more
Nour Al Hakim
Have you ever encountered a book that makes you want to flip page after page nonstop just to see what happens next? Well, The It Girl written by Cecily Von Ziegesar has written an interesting story filled with juicy gossip, great tone, and an amazing passion between the characters. Writing from her own experience, Von Ziegesar makes this book believable and entertaining at the same time. Published in November 2005, The It Girl is part of a bestseller that young adults will most likely love to re...more
I'm secure enough in my reader-hood to admit to total addiction. This is a perfect lavish, white bread, brand-name-dropping, boy-obsessed teen novel.
I really wish goodreads would allow half stars. Because frankly Cecily Von Ziegesar deserves a "pass mark" for her efforts, however, The It Girl doesn't quite deserve a 3. Von Ziegesar manages to write in a steady style: I've never been let down by any of her books, they've always entertained me enough to want to read the next in the series. However, this is no high-class literature. The books are shallow and trashy, and entertainment only in the sense of the gossip they contain. That being said...more
I really liked this book. Granted, in a guilty pleasure sort of way as opposed to it being amazing literature but that's only to be expected and I'm only judging it for what it is- light and girly.

I've read but didn't enjoy Gossip Girl so I wasn't sure how I would feel about The It Girl but it was way, way better. The characters are all really fun and interesting and actually seemed to have a lot more depth to them than I expected. The narration took a little getting used to- it switches charac...more
It was so exciting to see the most human Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey get to branch out on her own, getting away from the catty girls at Constance Billard, and having a chance to sort of start over on her own terms. Of course, boarding school is full of the same kind of rich, catty, beautiful girls with their own agendas -- and it seems that wherever Jenny goes, rumors fly around her. Her new roommates are interesting and mysterious: Brett, the secretive redhead who may be starting somet...more
Deyse (Deyse Says)
In The It Girl we follow Jenny into the Waverly Academy, a boarding school that she's going to attend after being expelled from Constance Billard (leaving GG series).
I thought this book would be only about Jenny when I started the series, but it has different point of views on the chapters. The narrator is on third person omniscient, so we know the feelings of everybody and their secrets. For me this was a good point because it was fun to know these new people. One thing that also make me like...more
Baley Petersen
>>Original Post:

I am pretty far away from high school popularity. I attended high school in a very small town were popularity was incredibly relative. I don't recall any one particular girl whom everyone wanted to be or be with, and if that girl existed, she certainly wasn't me. My high school experience was such a unique one that I'm intrigued by girls who are willing to do and say and wear things outside their comfort zone for the sake of populari...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I found von Ziegsar was completely in-tune with the teenage social scene, and their dialect, customs and ways, so much so it scared me - I felt like I was reading an anonymous guestbook of a ritzy, shockingly scandalous boarding school.
The plot is full of drama, money, and deception. I love how each character is so different, but complements the characters closest to them. Brett, a fierce and modern girl seems to bring out Jenny's warm spirit, whereas Jenny seems...more
Apr 24, 2012 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's sick of the YA fantasy fiction going around.
It felt great to be so interested in a book after taking a day off reading because I had no idea what to read. I picked up The It Girl off my shelf and dove right in. The first book in the series was focused on Jenny Humphrey coming to a new school where she meets Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Jenny feels like an outsider and while Callie fakes a friendship so she'd keep a secret for her and not get her expelled Jenny finds herself falling for someone she shouldn't. In fact everyone in...more
Aiyanna Eileen
Read the It Girl novels when I was in middle school. I got up to the 7th book and stopped reading because it just started feeling like one of those soap operas on daytime television. Yes, I know you all know what I'm talking about - "Days of Our Lives" the ones you can start watching in your teens and they'll still be on when you get married. The series was just overly drawn out, however for a middle school student these books kept my interest for quite some time, long enough to read all of the...more
The first time they mentioned Jenny's apprearance they talked about how big her breasts are. Ok, expected, possibly even a crucial detail, fine. But by the 40th description of them, I was getting a little creeped out. I mean I am sure that a well endowed 15 year old at a boarding school does have them as an identity marker and they are noticed like 760000 times a day but seriously dudes really, really, every chapter has a paragraph where the narrator is like OMG BIG BOOBIIESS. I'm ok with the dr...more
*SpoilerAlert* This is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. This Gossip Girl spin-off is far better than the original series. After getting expelled from Constance Billiard, Jenny Humphrey applies at Waverly Academy, a prestige boarding school. Jenny was admitted late and was forced to share a room with juniors even though Jenny was a sophomore. Her two roommates are what you would consider 'popular', but not as popular as their former roommate Tinsley Charmichael. She was expelled...more
If your ready to step up in your reading and experiment on having a good time, this book is for you. I recommend it to students who are older. The content isn't the best for younger kids though. This book is such a good book, i read the whole series! The it girl is about a girl who transfers to a new school. She gets caught up in all the action some what and people really start to notice her. In the book, they have emails between the kids and it's very funny. If you are ready to laugh out loud a...more
Jamese Smith
Jenny Humphrey is what a good girl gone bad looks like. She was sweet, nice, shy, and still hasn't found her place in the world. But once Jenny moved to the lower West side in Brooklyn, New York, she felt the need to fit in all because of the school she goes to--- Constance Billard. The girls are walking and talking perfect girls straight out of a magazine, and Jenny thought it was exciting to go to school with socialites, divas, etc. Once Jenny met Blair, she thought she had the ticket to it cr...more
Keisha Keenleyside
Not normally a book I would go for but I needed something out of the usual fantasy style novels so I chose this.

It girl follows a newbie to Waverly, her name is Jenny and she gets put in a room with two of the most popular girls in the boarding school. She hasn't had the best start though, her stuff has been dropped off in the boys dorm as the school mistakenly thought she was a Mr not a Miss, and to top it off there's already rumors going round that she was a stripper!!

It girl follows Jenny an...more
Honestly I liked it. Do I want to like it? No! But every once in a while I suppose you're allowed to let yourself indulge in some mind numbing reading like this. It Girl is a typical, no surprises, book about high society boarding school girls. The drama, the cattiness, the gratuitous spending and substance abuse are all there. A quick read that really makes you reflect on the soap-opera of teenage life, and shake your head for shame.
Fiona Gandy
I've never read the gossip girl book series, just watched the show and was obsessed with it ever since and I still am. So I decided to give The It Girl a try and it was quite satisfying.
First of all, I loved Jenny Humphrey from the gossip girl series (even if most people hated her lol) and I thought that a story about her new life at Waverly Academy was beyond awesome.
I loved the drama in the book because I mean, Cecily von Ziegesar definitely writes the BEST mean-girl-drama books ever! I also f...more
 Ruth Noemi Rojas
I thought this book was great. honestly. In my opinion, the It Girl is better than the Gossip Girl. After reading this book, I definitely want to read the entire series! I can now say that Cecily Von Ziegesar is now one of my favorite authors!! I <3 her!!:)
The It Girl is a juicy tell all gossip story about prep school. Its got scandal, romance, and dirty on everyone. Jenny just wants to fit in with the cool girls and as her luck would have it, she is the new roommate of the two most popular girls at Waverly. But these girls have more than designer cloths and popularity, they have secrets.

I'm a huge fan of the Private series by Kate Brian. I love Reed and the normal girl goes to a rich school and gets through into a dark secretes. Love It! So when...more
Short review again.

I liked it, but yeah, it was shallow. But some shallow books are pretty good, like this series. No offense, Cecily von Ziegsar, but how did she write this book series, the same author of Gossip Girl, a sick, sick series?
Because i was not interested in Gossip girls I thought i would not like the it girls series, but after the first book i was hooked in all the drama
Michelle Green
Tahle kniha byla pěkným čtením. Hlavně se jednalo o rychlé a pohodové čtení, které jsem si vážně užila. Jenny je trochu jiná, než jsem zvyklá ze seriálu, ale i tak čtení bylo užitelné. Knížku jsem si užila, ačkoli mi v ní chybělo nějaké napětí. To přišlo s poslední kapitolou, ale to už je docela pozdě. Další problém byl v tom, že bych si knihu užila mnohem víc, kdyby byla v první osobě. Chyběly mi v tom myšlenky a pocity. Přišlo mi, že autorka popisovala jen okolí a ne to, jak to vnímali postavy...more
Margo Mchugh
The It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar is about little Jenny Humphrey seeking a fresh start and a new school because she was asked to leave Constance Billard in New York City. Jenny spent most of ninth grade on the fringe of popularity. As soon as she takes off towards Waverly Academy boarding school, she’s always full of surprise’s. It was only the first night and Jenny was caught after curfew, on the edge of being expelled. Beside all the drama Jenny also found a love for art, and a talent for Fie...more
Cross-posted from my blog post here

My Review: The It-Girl is a fun, slightly trashy, guilty pleasure kind of read. The drama and scandal contained within, you just eat up like candy, while there is enough of slightly deeper stuff involving the characters' inner feelings to make it not completely trashy, and more of a worthwhile read.
When Hooked: Early-On. In the first chapter when we are introduced to Jenny, you are drawn in because of you know you either know her from The Gossip Girl series, or...more
Morgan  (=
This book was really good but I would only reccommend it as a fun book-there are no lessons in it, and no purpose except for enjoyment.

The book was mostly about this girl, Jenny, who is brand new to Waverly Academy, a prepatory boarding school in upstate New York. There she must deal with really spoiled, out-of-control kids who have been alone and practically adults their entire lives'. Jenny is from the city (New York City) and Waverly is an expensive private school the really wealthy go to....more
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Asia A.
The It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar is a contemporary novel set in Rhinecliff, NY at the luxurious Waverly Academy Boarding School. Cecily writes about protagonist Jenny Humphrey, a character who is determined to break free of her risqué past and start all over. She comes from Constance Billard Academy, the school where the bestseller Gossip Girl series takes place. I really liked this book because it was contemporary and I could relate to the characters. I also like how the author vividly descri...more
the it girl
by Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0-316-01185-1

Ms. Popular Gossip Girl, Jenny Humphrey, is leaving Constance Billard to attend a boarding school in New York called Waverly Academy. There, rich kids don't let rules get in "the way of an excellent time". She is determined to leave Manhattan so she can become a sophiticated goddess on campus. Her first obstacle is to have a good relationship with her roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Besides that...more
Aug 22, 2009 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I was looking for something out of the vampire realm of books, I have started 2 vampire books and so far neither of them are keeping my interest. So on recommendation I started this book and so far it's ok...I'm gonna keep reading and see how it goes.

Well, I finally completed this book today and must say that I'm very dissapointed. I found this book very confusing. I could never tell who was suppose to be telling the story. There really was no plot behind the book other than it being some fancy...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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