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Gossip Girl: It Had to Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel (Gossip Girl Novels) Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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At fifteen-years-old, Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and Nate Archibald were basically attached at the hip. The Three Musketeers-esque clique did simply everything together - from partying to sleepovers, and everything in-between. Nate was viewed by his older St. Jude's School for Boys classmates as being the man-about-town, considering he had managed to hook not one, but two smoking hot girls to hang on his every word. And, in turn, Blair and Serena were viewed as goddesses by their Constance Billard classmates for having the privilege to hang out with someone as dashing as Nate. But each girl was harboring a secret. Both Serena and Blair had been madly in love with Nate, and his hypnotizing green eyes, since they were in diapers.Read more ›
I just want all my readers to know that the GG prequel, It Had to Be You, WAS really great and I WAS really proud of it, until the copyeditors and proofreaders changed words that shouldn't have been changed and created mistakes in the book that shouldn't be there. I worked really hard and spent a year writing the book and I was so excited when it finally came out, but now I just want everyone to read the book I wrote, not the tampered-with version. For instance, there's this whole chapter where the word "ululate" which is actually a really funny word, was changed to "undulate" like six times. Now the chapter isn't funny anymore and makes no sense. You guys are all really smart and I'm pretty sure you'll know something is up when you come across these mistakes. I just wish my copyeditors and proofreaders were as smart as you are. Needless to say, this isn't the last you're all going to hear about this.
You know I love you,
As the series comes to a close (to be replaced by Gossip Girl 2.0 that follows a group of triplets), Cecily Von Zeigesar picks up the pen one last time to write about how it all began for our favourite Upper East Siders. There isn't much by way of plot other than explaining a lot of the future plotlines we love and loathe, but the crux of the story probably comes from Serena, Nate, and Blair being BFFs until the two girls realize they're both jonesin' for the same boy. Of course the usual minor characters are in play - Chuck, Isabel, Kati, Jenny, Dan, and Vanessa - but their storylines are even thinner than what the main trio are going through.
I enjoyed this book because I haven't been into the GG series for several years now, but going back to the beginning like this was a delightful surprise as key traits and quirks for each character popped up as part of their character histories. Additionally, because the purpose of the book was to explain the characters future motivations and personalities, they were written as much more logical, reasonable, grounded, and most importantly relatable. The uber-flightiness we see in the later books isn't quite as prominent here, and it works.Read more ›
It was a little obvious to anyone who's read even one other Gossip Girl book before that those things were going to happen. I wish that I could say that the interesting part was how they happened, but I really didn't find it all that interesting. I guess maybe I've read too many of these all in a row, but I've gotten to the point where I'm just tired of all of them, and glad the series is over so I can read more edifying books.
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Love the series. Great for a young adult . . . do not watch the TV show as it ruins the writing and characters.Published 1 month ago by Momma10024
I read all the books in this series and I couldn't ever put them down. Great books for young adults!Published 4 months ago by M. Hill
On its own, it's a great light-hearted easy read. However, compared to the rest of the Gossip Girl series, I could tell the author's heart was not in this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Iris Lindsay
Good story to see of most of this just of the middle part of instead of the first one at all.Published 9 months ago by Odessa
All Gossip Girl novels seem to be the quick, light-hearted, easy reads. Not a lot of depth, but interesting characters that you can't help but love.Published on May 21, 2014 by Melissa
it was supposed to be "new" but the corners are slightly worn showing a sign of being used. the inside looks new.Published on April 19, 2014 by iloveEiffelTower
I love the Gossip Girl series. I loved the show. This is my way of re-living the Gossip Girl experience! (With even more info!)Published on December 30, 2013 by Victoria Molnar
I really enjoyed the whole Gossip Girl series. A good series for teens, but it might be a bit outdated today, considering how they dressed!Published on December 29, 2013 by Elise Johnsen