Over time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a littleOver time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love -- and hate -- one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. But now, we get to go inside their private world, and see just how our favorite socialites became so fabulous. "It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" takes readers back to a time before Nate Archibald hat taken his first hit. Before Serena van der Woodsen abandoned her cushy life in the city for boarding school living with her older brother. Before little Jenny Humphrey was burdened by an over-large chest. Before Blair Waldorf's father came out of the closet. It provides answers to our questions, except to the one thing I'm curiously about: who exactly is Gossip Girl?
At fifteen-years-old, Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and Nate Archibald were basically attached at the hip. The Three Musketeers-esque clique did simply everything together - from partying to sleepovers, and everything in-between. Both Serena and Blair had been madly in love with Nate, and his hypnotizing green eyes, since they were in diapers. The only question that remained was who would be the lucky girl to snag him as their boyfriend; and who would end up the odd woman out.
"It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" paints each character in a different light. Serena displays such an uncanny amount of vulnerability, loneliness, and sadness throughout the story, that you can't help but love her, and want to see things work out in the end. Blair, on the other hand, comes off as being completely self-centered and self-absorbed. However, the underlying family problems she finds herself going through, and the fact that she is struggling with an eating disorder - even if she refuses to come to terms with it - show just how much she is crying out for attention; which actually makes you feel badly for her. Nate, as always, is so dashing and adorable. However, his penchant for being totally out of it in just about every situation makes him seem like a total waste of a life. I will admit, though, that his looks make up for whatever his personality happens to be lacking.
Without a mother to care for them, Dan and Jenny Humphrey simply had each other to rely on. And, without any known friends, it was essential that the two stuck close to one another. Luckily, they both had one very important thing in common: their unhealthy obsession with the ethereal Serena van der Woodsen. While neither had ever spoken to Serena, they both admired her from afar, and watched her every move - like sibling stalkers.
Vanessa Abrams was always an off-the-wall girl. However, with her flowing black hair that reached past her waist, she had the potential to be beautiful; if only she would take up a new hobby. When she shaves her head completely bald, she finally gets the recognition she wants - especially from Dan Humphrey. Unfortunately, he seems to be more after her friendship than her body; and would rather spend his days mooning after Serena - much to Vanessa's chagrin. But she knows that, with a little effort, she may just be able to snag his heart - before it's too late.
Title It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel (Gossip Girl Series) Author Cecily von Ziegesar Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Blair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of tBlair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of the NYC life of those anxiety-ridden kids whose only consistency is private schools which over-cultivate and ignore them, charging them to the -nth degree in preparation for Ivy League colleges and life in the fast lanes for which they've been born and bred for.
Some of the really entertaining parts are reading about the trendy fashions, the menus, the over-the-top drinks, and the museum "artistes." I loved the raucous descriptions of baby blingers, day school uniforms, hair dressers, college placement counselors; and, maids who covered and cleaned up without blinking an eye; naturally, because to admit awareness would mean they'd be looking for alternative employment.
This was such a mistake; I wish Shepard didn't sink herself to such shoddy plot writing as this just to extend her series. This does not contribute anThis was such a mistake; I wish Shepard didn't sink herself to such shoddy plot writing as this just to extend her series. This does not contribute anything to the story nor is it interesting. It was so painful to read and I'm thankful that I didn't buy the book yet since I feel it just wrecks my collection.
Sure some new secrets were added, but there was no interaction between characters and half of what was going on was predictable. Also the stories just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the series very well. Only read this if you're an utter completist and if you'd like to lower your opinion of the author.
"Bloodline" spins the tale of a family-run pharmaceutical conglomerate. When Sam Roffe (an experienced climber) dies in a mysterious mountain climbing"Bloodline" spins the tale of a family-run pharmaceutical conglomerate. When Sam Roffe (an experienced climber) dies in a mysterious mountain climbing accident, his daughter Elizabeth inherits his controlling interest in the company.
Suddenly, life-threatening events begin to happen to her as she holds onto her great-great grandfather's wishes after finding a book telling the story of Samuel Roffe's life and the tense, emotional and physical struggle he endured to build the company from the ground up. In her great-great grandfather's memory and approach, she is determined to keep the company private and uncover the person responsible for the evil doings within the upper echelon (that being one of four of her cousins) or possibly her father's right-hand man, Rhys Williams.
Rhys, not being a member of the family, was brought into the company by Elizabeth's father, however, unless he married a Roffe, in this case, Elizabeth (since she was the only female left), would be unable to sit on the Board of Directors. Williams was always kind to Liz (is it merely business or personal?) who grew up without a father's presence in her life (just the comforts of his money). Liz felt, even though she harbored strong feelings for Rhys, she could not afford to trust him or anyone until she uncovered the person out to destroy all that Samuel Roffe had built.
Each cousin has their own issues; Anna Roffe's husband is out to destroy their children, Ivo Palazzi is leading a double life with two families, Charles is being lead around by Helene as a boy toy, and Sir Alec has married Vivian, a wild, crazy party girl.
Another fantastic, mind-gripping read, holding its audience from page one.
Although i still have some unresolved questions: (1)What was the exact relation between Williams and one of the cousins? (2)When was the microphone placed in the office and by whom? (3)What was the role of the personal secretary in the conspiracy?