Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Series: Gossip Girl #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
If I hadn’t watched the television show on and off, I probably wouldn’t really care about this series. It’s a look into New York City’s elite Upper East Side. So, believe it or not, it’s full of spoiled rich kids concerned with being invited to the biggest parties and wearing the latest fashion and hooking up with the hottest people. Basically, it’s the opposite of my own life of working hard to be a middle class American while wearing clothes from Target and being married to a nerd.
Still, like the show, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure if you can get over how self absorbed and ‘important’ these characters are. Blair is only concerned with being the queen of her preppy school and of losing her virginity to her boyfriend, Nate. Nate is a stoner kid with less than stellar grades that really has nothing going for him except that Chase Crawford plays him in the TV series. Serena would almost be likable, despite all the rumors flying around about her, except for the one thing she did that isn’t a rumor but is true – mainly, sleeping with someone else’s boyfriend. Jenny is a popular girl wannabe, desperate to do any and everything to get a peek into the lives of the elite. Dan is a sappy loser completely obsessed with Serena though it seems they’ve hardly talked at all, if ever. And Chuck? Well, Chuck is Chuck. What else is there to say?
The prose is light and trivial, but it’s supposed to be, as it’s told from the POV of a secret high school blogger. This series is literally for people who live for gossip, but it’s a light, quick summer read for me that’s easier than trying to ever finish the TV show (because, let’s face it, that’s never going to happen). There shouldn’t be anything really enjoyable about it, and yet the characters are just interesting enough to make me want to continue the series. I can imagine that a lot of teenage girls eat these novels up though. Who wouldn’t want to be rich and semi-famous with their portrait plastered all over the side of buses in the city?