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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London (16 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074756342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747563426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"A nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself – once you enter, it’s hard to extract yourself" -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Cecily von Zeigesar attended herself one of the smart private schools in Manhatten, New York, and much of the tales told in 'Gossip Girl' as a result ring with great authenticity. She is currently writing further titles in the Gossip Girl series. Bloomsbury will be publishing the series at regular intervals throughout 2003 with a high profile, energetic and suitably cutting-edge marketing campaign. This deliciously catty and engrossing series will be the spicy vanguard for Bloomsbury pushing the boundaries into young adult fiction.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Masood on 13 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Claudia on 31 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
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 By LiLa on 15 May 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By "melon_head_89" on 5 Mar. 2004
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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 By DevJohn01 on 29 May 2006
Format: Paperback
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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By Claire Lewis on 9 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
'Gossip Girl' is obviously the first in the series of quite famous novels by Cecily von Ziegesar about the lives of wealthy teens in Manhattan's most exclusive suburb, the Upper East Side. Because of the success of the TV show based on this novel, 'Gossip Girl' is definitely considered queen bee of its genre, which is why I was slightly disappointed when I read it. It just isn't as funny as 'Mean Girls' or its British equivalent 'Popular,' and 'Gossip Girl's' lead characters aren't anywhere near as likable or even believable when compared to characters from shows or books like 'Clueless,' 'Glee,' 'Popular,' 'Pretty Little Liars' or even 'The Gallagher Girls'. Part of the problem is that it seems to be all about clothes and labels and who's sleeping with who, which made me think the glamour had taken over from the characters/story. At times, I also found Blair Waldorf to be a little bit annoying and much preferred other queen bees like Regina George, Meredith Harper or Sharpay Evans (HSM = guilty pleasure!) But, some of the other characters, especially Serena, were really great and even if you didn't care about most of the people in 'Gossip Girl,' Cecily von Ziegesar is definitely a good enough writer to keep you interested in the storyline so you keep reading 'Gossip Girl' to the very last page.
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