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The It Girl (It Girl #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  12,557 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
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. Jenny's determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a sophisticated goddess on campus. But first she'll have to contend w ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published November 2nd 2005 by Poppy
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Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I've never read the gossip girl series, though I've seen the show, so I had a basic understanding of who Jenny was and what happened to her while she was still living in the city (the books are probably different). She goes to Waverly in hopes of a fresh start. A new place, where she can just try to be the best she is. And she really does try. That's where my problems start with her. At least in the show, Jenny was a mean girl. She had a backbone and would stick up for herself constantly. Now in ...more
Nour Al Hakim
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 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
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaida Ashia
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
The brand name dropping in this book is out of this world.
Shallow and vapid are the best words to describe the story and its characters. Nothing remarkable, but the ludicrous amount of brands that are mentioned in the span of a single page. Unbelievable.
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
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aiyanna Eileen
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Fiona Gandy
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*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
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
So if you love the Gossip Girl tv show, you are going to love this novel. I have only read a couple of the Gossip Girl books but I have seen the entire series, and one of my favorite characters was Jenny. Jenny was always interesting and stood out a lot from her family, which I always thought was very interesting because of how shy she actually was. This novel really brings in a lot of new characters that the reader learns to adore through the entire novel. Callie and Easy are by far my favorite ...more
Britt of Books
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series, it such a light and fluffy story (just like gossip girl). A perfect change from my usual Fantasy books!
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Truthfully, there isn't much I have to say. I read this book 'cause it's a cheap thrill and I just need some light fiction right now. Even if it's about boarding-school Barbies.

Anyway, It Girl is a spin-off from Cecily von Ziegesar's hugely popular Gossip Girl series (which has spawned a total of fourteen books, two spin-offs, and a TV show).

The series follows Jenny Humphrey, the short, ample-chested, Serena van der Woodsen-wannabe Brooklyn resident in Gossip Girl. After getting kicked out
Jamese Smith
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Prima Akther
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I choose to read this book because it looked very interesting and by looking at the cover of the book looks like its filled with lots of drama, and I'm really into drama.It also looks like a feminine book which I'm into as well.

I was hoping to be able to relate to it because well I like books which I can relate too.I'm hoping to be really into this book, so far I am, because it's really hard for me to be interested in books or perhaps find a book that interests me.

The main character of this bo
Olivia Monahon
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
The It Girl is the first book in the It Girl Series. It is written by the same author who wrote the popular book and tv show series Gossip Girl. The story is told through the eyes of Jenny Humphrey, Callie Vernon, Easy Walsh and Brett Messerschmidt, who are all students at the prestigious Waverly Academy. The book starts through Jenny's eyes, as she leaves her cozy home in Brooklyn and her status as the It Girl at Constance Billard Highschool. She then meets her new roommates Callie and Brett. T ...more
Asia A.
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-it-girl
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
Margo Mchugh
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Actual rating: 2.5

I really enjoyed watching Gossip Girl but I have not read the books. This is a spin-off series that follows Jenny Humphrey. What I enjoyed about the Gossip Girl series was seeing the type of lifestyle that the characters had, I love seeing this type of socialite world.

I did find this book to be a little slow in places. There are a lot of characters which I found really confusing at first as they all have really strange names.

This book is a quick read and it isn't really anyth
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jenny Humphrey has left a school to enter Waverly Academy. In my opinion, it was a bad choice because people in this school gossip, and they think that guys are the greatest things ever. I admit that I gossip in my life as well, but for Jenny, she was willing to do anything just to become the "IT" girl. Does it really matter what you become? I really want girls to know that being yourself is the most beautiful thing ever. You dont always have to follow everyone else and the most important thing ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down! An adorable little book about the continuing story of a Gossip Girl series character after she leaves the Gossip Girl series. Wouldn't recommend it for every reader, of course, but it was a wonderful little story and left me wanting more, hence I have continued reading The It Girl series and it gets better and better! While at her old school, Jenny was a kind of fumbling oops I didn't mean to be bad girl with a sort of bad rep. She was actually expelled from her last school ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
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
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I got into this series kind of by accident. I wasn't really aware when I purchased that it was for a younger crowd (I bought the first three books as a boxed set online), but I was immediately drawn to the characters and kind of lived vicariously through them in the two weeks it took me to get through the first 6 books. I quickly sided with Jenny and Brett, although, I guess since I'm older (30s), I wanted to bonk Jenny upside the head a couple of times for her density on the boy front. I also i ...more
Hannah Reed
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I'd like this book series, simply because I wasn't a massive fan of gossip girl at all, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book and a lot of others in the series. I loved how fun the characters in this book were, and how they had a lot more depth to them than I expected them to. Strangely enough I genuinely found myself caring about almost every character in this book, which surprised me because I expected them to be bland and predictable. These books will probably remain ...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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