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Product Details

  • Series: Gossip Girl
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316020648
  • ASIN: B002GJU5OY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cecily von Ziegesar has always lived in New York City. She's already working on the next Gossip Girl novel, as well as the next It Girl, so be careful of what you do or say and who you're seen with...

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It was hard to stop reading this book.
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The previous books seemed much more glamorous than these and the characters aren't very likeable.
Blayne Levin
As if Vestry is saying "Let me prove to you how uppity I can make these characters be."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on May 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time, the Upper East Side was ruled by three glamazons - Serena van der Woodsen, Blaire Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. But, upon growing up, our favorite drama queens, fashionistas, and stoners up and left the enchanted New York City playground they called their home, off to bigger and better things. Someone has to take their place, of course. Which brings us to a new trio of troublemakers - the Carlyle's.

The Carlyle triplets - Baby, Avery, and Owen - may have been born with silver spoons in their mouths, but they never had a chance to make their mark on the world - until now. Raised in the countrified Nantucket , the triplets were always comfortable, residing on piles of money; but were more used to the country bumpkin ways of public school and crawfish catching. Since the death of their grandmother, however, they have relocated to the Upper East Side , and they're looking to take it by storm. Well, at least two of them are.

Baby is too wrapped up in the boyfriend she left behind to do anything remotely ladylike, preferring to spend her days torturing the Constance Billard teachers, and skipping class. Avery is determined to take over her deceased grandmother's role of society hostess, doing what she can to make friends via updated tea parties. And Owen just wants to find the girl he hooked up with over the summer. But finding her may just cause bigger problems than he could have ever imagined.

Jack Laurent is just back from Paris where she was kicked out of an illustrious ballet program that could have set her budding dancing career on fire. Instead, she preferred snacking on petit fours, and dreaming about her boyfriend, J.P. Cashman, ravaging her. But suddenly J.P.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Crawford on October 5, 2008
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Avery, Baby, and Owen Carlyle moves into Blair Waldorf's old place on the Upper East Side. Avery immediately wants to be a teen socialite, Owen is desperate to find the girl he fell for the summer before who lives in NY as well and Baby just wants to go home to Nantucket. As they all quickly find out what they want isn't easy. Avery's makes enemies with the wrong girl in school: popular girl Jack Laurent. Owen quickly finds out that the girl he wanted is the girlfriend of his only friend Rhys Sterling and Baby tries to get herself in trouble so she can be expelled and go home.
It's a good start to a new series and a lot of people are going to make the mistake of comparing the Carlyles and the other characters to the old characters of the now retired original series but you have to see it in a different light as a different series which is what it is. There is very little mention of the old characters in the blog and readers will have to know that the B in the book isn't Blair and the J isn't Jenny. Unlike in The It Girl, the characters aren't cookie cutters of the ones in the original Gossip Girl series. Although this book is mainly about the triplets, the character that makes the book interesting is Jack, who is supposed to be the Blair (or queen bee) of this series although if you ask me she's more like Cammie from the A-List. Jack stands out in the series and I can't wait to see what she does next since I know she wants revenge on the Carlyle girls after what happens at the end. So far none of the guys work for me. Just like with the original series there are only two main ones: Owen and Rhys and one supporting one, J.P. (Jack's boyfriend) whose point of view we don't get to read.
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Maybe this series just needs some time to really take off, but I didn't find this latest series quite as cattily addictive as the other ones were. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it a lot, it was a fun, light beachy read that followed a lot of the same types of storylines that I have come to expect.

But for some reason, it all felt less fresh than it did in the other Gossip Girl books. Like the author knew what had to happen for drama's sake and plodded through writing that storyline regardless of whether it felt real. When I read author interviews, they often say that the characters took on a life of their own and that they, the author, often didn't know how it was all going to turn out.

The lack of that unscripted freshness really did damage to this book, I think.

That said, I sound like I must not have enjoyed it, but I did. I read it in a couple days and it was nice having something light and fun to read. I liked having new characters to get to know and having them go to some familiar places.

It's just that after enjoying the other series so much for its newness and freshness, it is disappointing to find this one lacking sizzle. I'll probably buy the second one and see if it picks up, but if I feel the same about that I won't continue reading. I didn't like the manufactured feeling of the drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Babcock on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Now after all this time of Gossip Girl, we think of Serena, Nate, Blair, Chuck, Little J and so on but we are staring over fresh with triplets that make up the Carlyles. Avery, Baby and Owen.

Is it a little hard to get used to the idea that there is a brand new cast for Gossip Girl and sometimes the original is always better but give this book a chance. It is pretty good and I did enjoy it and will continue reading.
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