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The Complete Gossip Girl Series

(Gossip Girl #0.5, 1-11)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,988 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The Gossip Girl series complete in 12 books. All are softcover except the prequel to the series: "It Had To Be You" which is only available in hardcover. Titles included are:
Gossip Girl #1
You Know You Love Me
All I Want Is Everything
Because I'm Worth It
I Like It Like That
You're The One That I Want
Nobody Does It Better
Nothing Can Keep Us Together
Only In Your Dreams
Published 2007 by Poppy
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Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THESE BOOKS!!! My high school friend and I were obsessed with the books (and this was before the TV show). On Spring break we told everyone our names were Blair Waldorf and Serena Vanderwoosen. Blair is the best character, which is why I was so surprised Serena was getting all the hype when the TV show first ran. Miss Waldorf is a constantly conflicted character that is often confused about her identity, or how much of it to reveal.
Jan 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book burners
I've got 1-3 if anyone's interested.

At first, they are satire, and it's funny. The constant brand-name-dropping, the weird interpersonal interactions, all the half-cocked plot points and flimsy characters.

Then, about book nine, it all starts to drag, and by book 12 maybe you are calling for the head of Nathaniel Archibald on some kind of designer china plate because of all the stupid, uninteresting characters he is BY FAR the WORST, and yet there are SO MANY WORDS devoted to him, so very many wo
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
DEFINITELY a great series. NOTHING like the show. The tv show is great and all, but it barely sticks to the books! I could write a whole blog about how they are completely different. These books are really light hearted but keep you interested at the same time. Too bad Serena and Blair's stories only lasted 12 books. I would have liked to see more! ...more
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this series when I was about 12 years old, stumbling upon it at a local bookstore. That's when I definitely fell in love. The whole series was wonderful, exposing me to a world I never knew existed. The author definitely did her homework, as I recognized many of the brands used in the book. The descriptions were nothing short of lavish and detailed, and I was thoroughly impressed.

The only fault with this series was the fact that the plot could be a bit draggy and that the chara
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
oh Gossip Girl. you are this decade's Sweet Valley. and Cecily von Ziegesar you have created a monster. this is light. frothy. a bit heavy on the name brands (okay, a LOT heavy). some of the books were terrible, but others were so fun that i had to keep reading.

and i will just say...the tv series is much better. i know, i know, i'm a total Blair/Chuck fan! don't bring the monkey into the series! please for the love of God.
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Check out my reviews on the main page of each individual book!
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lesley by: Alissa
Okay, I admit it. I read all of these books and have the "pre" book on hold at the library. Nothing better than a good Serena and Blair adventure in New York. Although it makes me feel inept with my JCPenney clothes and all of their sassy clothes and expensive purses. I LOVE THESE BOOKS! It is a guilty obsession. If you have free time and want to turn your brain off and read something just so over the top WONDERFUL, read the Gossip Girl books. You won't be sorry. ...more
Aug 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
These books are completely different from the series. It is interesting to read them because minus all the money they have, they are really just like us so that is fun. But if you don't like cadiness then don't bother reading them. If you want something fairly easy to read then read them. F.Y.I. they are a bit slow in the begining. ...more
Chloe Thomas - Evans
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you’re looking for a gripping story with less generalized and non-specific descriptions that actually intend to gravitate your mind towards the scenery being depicted then DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SERIES. I tried extremely hard to fall in love with the series and the character development but I just had to admit it to myself: it just wasn’t working. At first, I believed that her writing style was whimsical and unique but then I quickly came to the realization that it fell flat and caused dialogue ...more
Cassie Ferguson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I read these through high school in between classics and must-reads. They were my guilty pleasure. With this in mind, Cecily von Ziegesar is great at descriptive language and wrote well-written characters. Unpopular opinion, I prefer the books to the television show.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There was a lot that irked me about the writing, editing, and characters that had little depth... But I still feel an attachment to these books. Started them over 11 years ago and finally got around to reading 1-11 (didn't get my hands on the prequel) and, while I loved the show more, I still did enjoy the books. ...more
chary ❀
I watched the series adaptation of this book, but the book will always be the best no matter what.😊

。・:*:・゚ malley・゚:*:・。
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

The characters are deeply flawed and sometimes awful people, but I love THESE books. I really thought that these were sooooo good.

Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book version of KUWTK. But I dont care. I read the whole thing.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read these years ago when they first came out, I enjoyed them more than the show.
Jackie Gasc
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not much in common with the TV show. Originally airing on The CW, they took liberties with all of the characters, especially Chuck Bass. Regardless, I ended up loving both. The show had to grow on me, but the books were instantly addicting.
Jordan Vordtriede
This book takes place in modern day upper east side, New York. This is all about the journey of a couple high school students, covering everything from relationships, to mischief. The main characters Include the following: Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan, Nate, and Jenny. I would say the theme is typical high school drama because there is constantly a new rumor or problem with their lives. But the biggest problem? I would say it's Gossip Girl, the anonymous website sharing all of upper east side's ju ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the Gossip Girl series that include the original characters. Almost instantly after completing one book i would go to the next because they were so good. A few of my close friends and i would share them and take turns buying the next one and it became part of one of my fondest memories when i was in highschool.

The concept of how "Manhatten's elite" teenagers lived and all that ensued because of that was interesting and amusing. Blair was without a doubt my favorite character,
Anna Richards
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I rated it 4 stars, because of what I thought of it at the time that I read it [I started the series when I was sort of 10-ish, and finished it this year when I read the prequel]. I can't really remember what happened in which book, so I rated the overall series. I liked the books - they're a fun, name-dropping, slightly-silly, slightly-exaggerated thing to read. Sometimes I get tired of the repetitiveness of the plots, and really, GG could never exist in real life - for one thing she keep s on ...more
Sarah Wynker
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The Gossip Girls Series is silly, shallow and kind of dephtless, but I LOVED IT. It was just so funny and I loved the brand name dropping in almost every sentence, lol. I happen to be among who think the books were MUCH better than the TV show. The story better developped and the character were more interesting and more relatable in a way.

If I rated ths series purely on the level of enjoyement I had reading it, I might have given it 5 stars. However, I took into account the fact that even though
Donna Lyn
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
liked the first few books but got grossed out by some of the characters (dusty house, coffee with cat hair floating in it, cigarettes and kissing? ugh..) then bored by the 10th book. read these because i like to read what my daughter is currently into (the tv show)...i guess it's her generation's 90210...most surprised by? all the smoking...almost every character lights up frequently. really? do kids still smoke? i thought that wasn't popular anymore. maybe it's an east coast thing. what i did l ...more
Shannon Lawson
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gossip Girl was my whole world in junior high/high school. Who am I kidding? I still love these books...Blair Waldorf has, and always will be my idol. Many love to hate her, I just love her...She's a powerful woman - she doesn't take "no" as an answer. While she may be a privileged princess, every young girl could take a few lessons from this heroine. This book plays on all the important things young men & women go through in high school: love, sex, school, friendship, backstabbing, gossip & par ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this back when I was a teenager, before the show was made. This was a complete guilty-pleasure, and I loved everything from the brand-name dropping (I know everyone hated it, but I loved it!) to the characters themselves. Easy to read, fast-paced, and completely brilliant. A very different writing style to most YA books out there, and no insta-love! I even got my brother, who is 3 years younger than me, addicted to the series.

The TV series is vaguely 'inspired' by the books, but the plot
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: movies-and-tv
Ok these books and the show are 100% my guilty pleasure. There's really not much to them. The books follow the lives of a group of extremely wealthy upper east side high schoolers. They may be shallow and pretentious but I still find them engaging. I've gone back to them a few times when I wanted to read something without really thinking about it. I must say though that the show is significantly better than the books.

I don't know why, but there's something about reading about the lives of the e
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
It is one of those chick-lit that got you hooked so lightly, teenage-girl-ly you can't stop. The show is wayyy better anyhow but that doesn't mean to any extend the book sucks! They were both awesome and I am most thankful for all the entertaining and emotional experience I've had.
P.s: making all characters take it in turn to fall in love with pretty much EVERYONE else is kinda cheesy though.. :3
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read these when i was about 12 years old and totally fell in love with the lives of the filthy rich teens of the upper east side. I was addicted and completely addicted to the show. Just looking at the covers brings me back. Looking back on it now I wonder how I got away with reading these at a young age with some of the context going on in the book. But it always a place in my heart as one of the series of books that really drew me in and kept me reading no matter what.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I loved the series. Much better than the TV series on the CW. The characters are complicated and the stories and descriptions are written really well. They are quick reads - I remember flying through some of these in less than a day and then rushing to Borders to buy the next one! I was pretty much addicted. But while I first started reading these I was in high school. I'm not sure if I picked it up today as a 23 year old I would enjoy it as much. ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved every single book in this collection (the books about Blair and Serena, I haven't not read the books on the triplets). These books are incredible. You truely get to know every single character within the plot and understand them completely. You find youself in everyone, you love and you hate everyone and it really takes you for a ride. You yourself become a character in the story. ...more
Chelsea Fuller
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-3
I read this series a couple years before the show came out. I was in love with the novel series, and I have to say the show honestly has nothing to do with the books after the first couple of episodes. I still love the show but it did not follow the books AT ALL. I do love who they chose for the characters though. Awesome book series.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, pr-f-r-e, plays
I love this book and TV series. Blair Waldorf's character helped me to realise, what I wanted indeed and inspired that you never give up even if your whole life is falling apart. I learned many from the each character. This book helped me to solve my problems in high school when I had hard times, that's why it is in the my favourite's list. ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Gossip Girl (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
  • You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl, #2)
  • All I Want is Everything (Gossip Girl, #3)
  • Because I'm Worth It (Gossip Girl, #4)
  • I Like It Like That (Gossip Girl, #5)
  • You're the One That I Want (Gossip Girl, #6)
  • Nobody Does it Better (Gossip Girl, #7)
  • Nothing Can Keep Us Together (Gossip Girl, #8)
  • Only in Your Dreams (Gossip Girl, #9)
  • Would I Lie to You (Gossip Girl, #10)

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