Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Posted December 14, 2016 by Whitney in Review / 4 Comments

Gossip Girl by Cecily von ZiegesarGossip Girl
Author Cecily von Ziegesar
Narrator: Christina Ricci
Series: Gossip Girl #1
Publication Date August 1st 2005
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Library
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Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep--sometimes with each other.

S is back from boarding school, and if we aren't careful, she's going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn't fit into, steal our boyfriends' hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I'll be watching closely...

You know you love me, gossip girl

I had heard interesting things about the CW tv show Gossip Girl, instead of watching the program. The reader in me reached for the book.  I was so disappointed.  Gossip Girls was a poorly preformed Mean Girls.  It lacked a Toaster Strudel heiress and a burn book.  I’m not saying that Lindsey Lohan’s film is what all high school hussy books should be based on but Gossip Girl did not hold the same substance.  There were no warm fuzzies with labels falling away nor was there a skanky santa dance.  The book fell flat along with valley girl narrations at the start of each chapter.

I listened to Gossip Girl on audio. I wasn’t pleased with Christina Ricci’s valley girl impression, however, I could see myself listening to something else read by her that wasn’t so Elle Woods.

Overall it comes down to the fact that Gossip Girl was first and foremost a young adult book on high school cliques, a subject matter I grew out of long ago. Because of this, Gossip Girl just wasn’t for me.


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4 responses to “Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this! I haven’t read the books but I enjoyed the show. However, it was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, not really something that I loved because of the quality. I can see where the show might be more entertaining than the book. But I can also see how people wouldn’t enjoy either one if the subject matter just isn’t their thing. Great review!

    • The shows sounds very entertaining and it crossed my mind that it would have translated better on screen. If I ever need a new guilty pleasure I will have to give it a try.

  2. I know what you mean! I read the books and wasn’t a huge fan of it myself. Everything was too… childish? Don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters and the drama was always juicy but I never really connected with the story. The show, I’m watching now and it is SO MUCH BETTER than the books! I think this is the first time I’ve ever said that! Teehee!

    • Childish is the perfect word to describe Gossip Girls, I will have to give the show a try though as I have heard it is much better from several people.

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