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Book Review: Gossip Girl By Cecily Von Ziegesar

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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Gossip Girl
By: Cecily Von Ziegesar
Series: Gossip Girl #1
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: January 1, 2002

I had high expectations for “Gossip Girl” by Cecily Von Ziegesar. I am a fan of the tv show, but I have never read the books. I figured it was about time to give them a try. I know that the books are normally a whole lot better than the tv show or movies, but in this case I thought “Gossip Girl” was terrible. The story line is completely boring; I felt like the characters didn’t have a whole lot to them and the writing was extremely simple. Simple like I’m not sure there were any big or interesting words used. I was just severely disappointed by this book. I honestly think these books are written on a middle school level but they are for a high school/new adult audience. There is no way I would recommend these books to a middle school child.

It is hard to say whether or not I would have liked the “Gossip Girl” books if I would have read them before I watched the tv show. I can understand why so many people didn’t like the tv show because of all the changes from the books. I don’t blame them at all. When books are turned into movies and they start changing everything it bothers me too. Because I don’t think these books were executed very well, I can’t say that I would have liked them better before seeing the tv show. All I know is that I though it was very poorly done.

The characters honestly didn’t have a whole lot of depth to them. I felt like I was reading very flat, very static characters. The only goals these characters had were sex. It didn’t seem like anything else in the world was important. I never really liked Serena in “Gossip Girl” the tv show but I began to feel a little bit of sympathy for her in the books because she really did seem completely clueless of how Blair felt about her. Serena was getting singled out to be on her own and not be part of the group of friends that she once knew. I was also disappointed to find out that Eric was Serena’s big brother rather than little brother. Eric was one of my favorite characters on the show. I wish these books were written better, I can see why they changed so much for the tv show.

I give "Gossip Girl" one out of five bookshelves.

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