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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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Book 0 of 14 in the Gossip Girl Series

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Cecily von Ziegesar has always lived in New York City. She's already working on her next The It Girl novel as well as a new Gossip Girl series featuring a whole new cast of scandalous characters, coming in Spring 2008, so be careful of what you do or say and who you're seen with...
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Product Details

  • Series: Gossip Girl Novels
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031601768X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316017688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Over the years we have grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privvy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love - and hate - one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. But now, we get to go inside their private world, and see just how our favorite socialites became so...fabulous. IT HAD TO BE YOU takes readers back to a time before Nate Archibald hat taken his first hit. Before Serena van der Woodsen abandoned her cushy life in the city for boarding school living with her older brother. Before little Jenny Humphrey was burdened by an over-large chest. Before Blair Waldorf's father came out of the closet. It provides answers to our questions, and gives us a little piece of mind. At least for now.

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.
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Hey people, Cecily here.
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,
Cecily
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It's been several years since Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and all of their a-list (or wannabe a-list) pals burst onto the scene. Since then, Gossip Girl has basically been credited for spawning the entire young socialite/it girl/prep school explosion that's come out of the last few years including many-a-copycat book series and several TV shows to boot, including our very own Gossip Girl.

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.
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This prequel takes us back before Vanessa moves to New York and shaves her head, before Jenny had boobs, before Dan started smoking and became a poet, and, most importantly, before Nate, Serena and Blair became the most messed up love triangle ever. In addition to how all those things began, the three watch Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time, Blair begins her bout with bulimia, Blair's dad comes out of the closet, and Serena decides to go to boarding school.
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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