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Gossip Girl 1 - TV tie-in edition

Gossip Girl 1 - TV tie-in edition [Kindle Edition]

Cecily von Ziegesar
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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'At the lighter end of the scale, those of you who've been waiting for a new BFF to fill the gaping OC/Dawson's/90210 hole in your lives could do far worse than sign up for an upper east side preppy education in Gossip Girl (March, ITV2). Based on Cecily von Ziegesar's string of novels. It's Cruel Intentions with a noughties Abercrombie sheen - and as it's adapted by Josh Schwartz (the Seth Cohenalike behind The OC), you'd be right to expect a string of zippy one-liners, powerhouse teen bitchiness and a general fascination with the lives of the urban rich' Guardian

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‘Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live and go to school and play and sleep - sometimes with each other. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, and we know how to party. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it.' The Gossip Girl series is the ultimate in glamour and cool - set in New York's glamorous Upper East Side the narrative follows the thrills and spills (with Jimmy Choo shoes and shopping at Barneys mixed in along the way) of its richest and most beautiful teenage residents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; TV tie-in ed edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BTC546
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cecily von Ziegesar grew up in New York City and attended a private girls' school. She always wanted to be a writer, and she was always a gossip, so the GOSSIP GIRL and THE IT GIRL novels were inevitable.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth 4 Stars 13 Nov 2006
Just like all the other good reviews I have to agree that this book is bitchy, disgraceful, superficial and just amazing.

At first you're introduced to Blair Waldorf who is portrayed as a young, snivelling bitchy kind of girl but you see underneath that cold demeanour she really is just a young girl trying to make her life as smooth as possible and wanting to keep her boyfriend Nate away from the seductive Serena.

Serena on the other hand is then shown as a very beautiful girl, who likes to have fun, be with her friends and is a nice girl in general who is the main focus of all the rumours after returning to her former school Constance due to being kicked out from her new boarding school... people throughout the book make up numerous rumours but the truth in fact is not so scandalous.

Blair and Serena were best friends before Serena went off to boarding school but when she returns all she's greeted with is one cold shoulder after another and no-ones seems to want to talk to her or party like the good old times. I found the break-up in Blair/Serena's relationship kind of sad as we saw that Serena isn't really how everyone makes her out to be and Blair keeps misunderstanding Serena's real motives.

However the book is absolutely wonderful to read with interesting characters such as Dan [obsessed with Serena] Nate [stuck over who he wants to be with -- Serena or Blair] Jenny [the girl with the enormous boobs!] and Chuck [the disgusting hormonally charged pervert] making a great plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply addictive. 11 Jan 2009
I got this book out of the school library as I had heard good things about the TV series. I thought it might be appallingly written in manner of other teenage books such as "The Princess Diaries" however, while it isn't Shakespeare, it is well crafted.

The book centres around teenagers living on the Upper East Side and despite what other reviews have said, I feel there is at least one redeeming quality in each of the characters. I think it proves that even girls who seem to have it all and be really catty at the same time, still have their likeable traits and problems.

I found myself completely addicted to this book and read it within three or four days. I also found myself unusually grabbing every opportunity to read, on the bus, eating breakfast and even while waiting for an order in the fish and chip shop.

I would say that it would probably be most enjoyed but girls aged 14- 17, even ones who are not usually prone to reading. Saying this, it would be a great book for any parent to get for their teenager to get them interested in reading.

The only downside to this book is that it's expensive at full price, particularly as it isn't long and definitely won't take you much time to read. My advice is to get it really cheap from an Amazon partner seller, borrow it from the library or source it from a charity shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt Be Better! 31 Oct 2005
By Claudia
I gave this book four stars because it related so much to me and had similarities with my life and I enjoyed the constant rumors and lies with a dash of secrets and love for flavoring. The way everything just seemed to go along together and I never expect whats going to happen next everyone in the story seems so calm and sweet untill you hear their inner most secrets revealed or when you hear what your boyfriend did with your ex-best friend OH the lies just never end your captured in the first line but if you think gossip is wrong and cheaters never prosper or that two wrongs dont make a right than you better not look twice at this book because in this story its more like the more you talk about others problems the better you look its not considered gossip and its more of a keeping your options and not geting caught not cheating and its like an eye for an eye not to wrongs dont make a right. I loved this book and if you have any sense at all you'll read it to if it tikles your fancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Asskiking gossip! 15 May 2004
By LiLa
This is like the best book eva! i swear i couldnt put it down from da start!
Blair and Serena were always the best friends, until one day serena moved to a boarding school. With serena gone it was a lot easier for Blair to shine... But after about a year with no contact at all serena is misteriously back,and Blair knows that now she is going to go back to being the second best again. there is gossip everywhere, and absurd storys of why serena was kicked out of boarding school, wich turn out to be completely wrong! But doesnt mean Blair is going make up and kiss with serena! no, instead she will make serenas life a living hell! But that wont stop her from having fun! oh no!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW GREAT!!! 5 Mar 2004
This book is amazing. The story of teenagers living in New York; some so rich that they don't know how to spend their money, some so much in debt just so they can behave like the little rich kids. A book that captures you right in the middle, leaving you unable to let go. A book that understands the mind of teenagers, especially girls, in their trials and tribulations that obtrude their lives everyday. And don't forget to read all of the others in the series - they are just as spectacular!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st a PSA... 29 May 2006
I am not entirely clear as to what type of world considers this a "teen book". While it deals with young people and some relevant situations, it deals with all of them in a fairly adult way. I do not think that the subject matter is too mature for a teen of sixteen or seventeen, however, I strongly suspect that this series biggest followers are a tad bit younger than that. So if you are a parent interested in buying this book for someone younger than sixteen I suggest you wait a year or two. Okay...that was my PSA.

Now, onto my actual review.

'GOSSIP GIRL' started off a little slow, much to my surprise, but toward the middle it picked up and sucked me right into the high class world of these privileged young girls. I think Cecily Von Ziegesar has created a series with a very honest look into the world and the minds of not only upper class teenagers but teenagers in general. It highlighted how even the most apparently put together and well polished girls can be insecure, and most importantly, human.

'GOSSIP GIRL' is also chock-full of juicy tidbits referring to it's main characters that will keep you wanting more. Von Ziegesar will surely have readers of all ages coming back for more. Definitely a very guilty pleasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Julie scope
2.0 out of 5 stars TV programme was so much better...
I watched the TV show first and loved it. Once I was finished, I thought I'd buy the first book to see what it was like. I'm afraid I won't be buying the rest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R.M.Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star
Product came quickly. Was very pleased with the product as it was exactly what I was expecting and the product was delivered in excellent condition .
Published 4 months ago by Megan Bishop
1.0 out of 5 stars The television series is better than the book
This poorly written book is not as good as the television series. Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey, is poorly developed and states that he's never had a fight before. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Samuel Barber
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the TV show
I adored the TV show and found the characters' onscreen lives to be interesting entertainment. However, I couldn't enjoy the book at all. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hannah Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
I watched the series before reading the books and they are totally different... the characters are totally different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachael Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
The storyline was amazing so much tension! It used so much expressive language and switched between storylines. Read more
Published 7 months ago by grace
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
Very easy read, practically read it in a day. The story line isn't obvious, but it's not exactly hard literature. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leona
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully soaring life of the upper east side
As a fan of the TV show I'm a little late coming to the novel world of gossip girl but I was in no way disappointed! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss GJ Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's soooooooooo good!! For ages 12 and up really good read for girls I love it it was really interesting
Published 13 months ago by scarlett
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