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Gossip Girl

(Gossip Girl #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  58,904 ratings  ·  2,693 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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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Little, Brown and Company
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Branson In my opinion, the books are much better than the tv series and are well worth reading if you enjoyed the show. Be warned though there are quite a few…moreIn my opinion, the books are much better than the tv series and are well worth reading if you enjoyed the show. Be warned though there are quite a few differences between the two of them characters do not act as they do in the show and storylines are completely different. (less)

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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
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, new-york
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 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
May 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Sarah Elizabeth
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
Erika Schoeps
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
"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
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Sep 23, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: The recycle bin
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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
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I always have a hard time rating books I first read as a teenager for some reason, so I'm just not going to do it at all with this series 🤷🏽‍♀️ that being said, as always, this book is messy af and I love it for that. Everyone is garbage on some level, and it's a great guide for how not to act or treat people LOL
This is a terrible book that is making my brain leak. I used to watch this show growing up and was always Team Blair. That said, the source material is awful and I can't force my eyes to sit through this. My brain at one point I think tried to punch my skull to let me know that if I didn't' change to a different book I was not going to like the consequences.

I DNFed "Gossip Girl" at 25 percent. At this point if you haven't grabbed me, I am not going to subject myself to finishing this book.

So far
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-series
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.
Jul 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Anna Banana
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wtf I did not think I was going to enjoy this that much!

To be honest I read this because I missed Gossip Girl (the show) and while rewatching season 1 again for the millionth time (because that's the best season of the show) I started thinking about the book and wondering if there were any similarities. I'd read a few of these books back in middle school but I can't remember anything about the book and only the show.

I really love this author's writing and I love the Gossip Girl parts. This was
Feb 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Tiny Pants
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Maddie L
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was okay. I thought it would be better then it was. I started to read it, one, because it was a shorter book that I knew I could finish before the end of the year. Two, because I have seen the show and I wanted to compare them. It wasn't that bad so if you like these kinds of books I recommend this book for you.
Sep 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)

This book has definitely stood the test of time. The writing is just as smart as it was when I first read it when I was twelve, and felt so badass for reading a book about a bunch of rich 17-year-olds living the life in New York’s Upper East Side. I don’t read much contemporary anymore, and I think I finally understand why. Nearly 20 years later and this book is still better than any YA contemporary being published now. And that’s the tea.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 12, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Rose | Belletrist Anarchist
Trash fiction that I loved every second of.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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At A Glance

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!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes!

Short Review: Ok, i know i usually complain about MCs who aren't the smartest or have any action scenes, but some
Apr 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Something to read when you really don't want to follow a plot or stay awake. More geared for middle schoolers, though I hope to God they don't actually ever, as it would mislead them into very bad ways about society and what is 'cool'....

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Cecily von Ziegesar is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl novels, upon which the hit television show is based. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

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