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Gossip Girl #1: A Novel (Gossip Girl Series) Paperback – April 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Sound interesting? Well, it's not. Unlike other people I was not "shocked" or "appalled" at the dirty nature of this book. Personally I've read far worse and have not been offended. The thing that really got me about this book was the sheer bad writing. The characters, which should be the backbone of any novel, are shallow and far too two-dimensional. They're popular, dress in fabulous clothes (which the author can't help but describe, the only real detail you'll get in this book), get drunk, have sex, get high, and spread rumors. Each one of them are the stereotypes of every character you'll find in any trashy teen novels. We have the "popular girls" the "deep poet" the "former popular girl with the bad reputation" the "theater geek" and the infamous "shy naieve girl who wants to be popular."
Recent great YA novels like Speak, and Love and Four Letter words have shown the world that teen books don't have to be shallow. In fact they can have some heart. Gossip girl falls back on the stereotypes that all teens are shallow and have nothing better to do in life than to worry about popularity.Read more ›
The beautiful Serena has returned from a sojourn in a ritzy private school and some time in France. Pretty bulimic Blair is dismayed by this, as Serena has unconsciously usurped the position that Blair had been occupying. Even worse, Blair's boyfriend Nate once slept with Serena and is still interested in her, but Serena is not really interested in Nate. Dan is besotted with her, and Jenny looks up to her.
Rumors begin to fly about Serena -- that she's slutty, that she has enough STDs for several people, that she had a baby in France, that she was thrown out of her boarding school, that she's had several abortions, and just about every other kind of vicious rumor. And presiding over all of this is Gossip Girl, a mysterious omniscient observer who reports online about the tangled lives of her friends and peers.
It seems that readers will never tire of the antics of too-rich Manhattanites, especially if they live depraved, empty lives. Like Nick McDonell's "Twelve," this book is filled with shallow, obnoxious characters who do drugs, sex, alcohol, and mourn the problems of their privileged lives. The drugs, sex, alcohol, bulimia and angst serve no actual purpose in the plot; they are merely attempts to shock. The problem is that they are handled in such a haphazard manner that they don't shock at all -- they are merely diversions to spice up the lack of plot. Strip them away, and there's pretty much nothing left.Read more ›
These kids drink a lot and some of them smoke pot, but the story isn't about alcohol or drugs, it's about growing up. These teenagers could be your friends.
The best part of the book is how well-written it is. It's about teenagers, but it isn't "written down" to their level. The author obviously knows what she's talking about. Is she the Gossip Girl?
Furthermore, the descriptions get way too flowery for the emaciated storyline. When a new person comes into the room, we get a two-paragraph description of what they're wearing, what company it's from, how their hair is arranged, what their countenance looks like, how they walk, what their voice sounds like when they speak, etc. Another spurt of inspiration could have led this author to go on describing whether their eyes were too far apart, if one shoe had a lopsided tie, and if a button had a speck of dirt on it.
The characters are the biggest disgrace of all. Sluts, drunks and flimsy boyfriends compose the sorry cast. Blair, Serena, Jenny--basically, all of the girls--lead nearly flawless lives ruined just a bit by the fact that they can't find the perfect dress for that party...The boys are cliche, and aggresive drinkers who cheat, snub and befuddle their unsuspecting girlfiends. The author is too busy matching up him with her and her with him and divorcing random couples to remember that this is indeed a book and not high school reminiscing.Read more ›
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On time, on quality and great value. I am satisfied with my order!Published 1 month ago by Fernando Pessoa
I watched the TV show first, book so far is different from the TV show, but similar in some ways too. I loved the first book, couldn't put it down, already onto the second book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca
I just got into the Gossip Girl tv show, so I thought I would give the books a try. They are super fun, and different enough from the tv show at this point that I can easily... Read morePublished 2 months ago by abrown
I read a bunch of Gossip Girl books in high school in absolutely no order. They were all rentals from the library. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AshTrue
I am addicted to these books. They constantly have you wondering what is going to happen next. Great books for young adults.Published 4 months ago by M. Hill
Anyone who knows me - IRL or whatever - knows I'm absolutely obsessed with Gossip Girl. Literally, I have four seasons of the show on DVD and thirteen of Cecily's books, including... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peach @ Rebelle Reads