Review: Gossip Girl

Title: Gossip Girl
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Published: 2002
Page Count: 201
Rating: 2/5

Gossip Girl follows a group of people that live the luxurious life in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. Serena van der Woodsen has just come back from boarding school in New Hampshire and the rumors are instantly started. Why is Serena back? Did she get kicked out of boarding school? Why? Blair Waldorf, Serena’s best friend, doesn’t seem to be totally happy that Serena is back. Maybe it’s because she hasn’t heard from Serena for a year. Nate Archibald, Blair’s boyfriend, is secretly in love with Serena and is happy to hear she is back. Chuck Bass hasn’t changed one bit. Still harassing girls, like always. Full of drama and backstabbing friends, will everyone’s secrets be revealed?

I was a huge fan of the Gossip Girl TV series. I didn’t watch it when it first came out. I think I started watching it while the final season was airing but it was so addicting and to this day, is one of my favorite shows. So ultimately, when I heard it was based on a book series, I knew I wanted to get my hands on them. But this type of story does so much better on TV than in a book. I just found the characters to be annoying and whiny. Blair Waldorf is my favorite character from the TV show because she is so manipulative and conniving but in the book, I didn’t see any of that. Serena is probably the most annoying person in the book. She did something terrible to Blair, who is her supposed best friend, and she doesn’t seem to feel sorry at all. This first book follows them as they are preparing for a party called the Kiss On the Lips party. And when Serena comes back, Blair doesn’t want to invite her. Serena is the type of girl who gets all the attention from everyone and while she was gone, Blair started getting more attention and she really enjoyed it.

I’m going to be reading this entire series for the month of November and I will be doing small mini reviews on each book. I want to read them before re-watching the show and I love watching the show during Thanksgiving and Christmas because the Thanksgiving episodes are the BEST! I really didn’t enjoy it that much. I was struggling to push through it , but since it’s only 200 pages, I figured, why not? I’m not even sure I would have enjoyed this book in middle school. There is a lot of profanity and the mentions of drugs, alcohol, an eating disorder and sex. So I hope you will enjoy these short reviews. Even though I didn’t enjoy the first book, I’m hoping they might get better. Fingers crossed!