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Gossip Girl Collection [Paperback]

Cecily Von Ziegesar
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Oct 2003 Gossip Girl
The first three books in von Ziegesar's Gossip Girls series are packaged together in this paperback boxed set. Includes "Gossip Girl, You Know You Love Me," and "All I Want Is Everything."

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Poppy Books; Box edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316722715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316722711
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,000 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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Cecily von Ziegesar has always lived in New York City. She's written lots of things about lots of people. This collection includes her first three Gossip Girl novels. She's already working on her next book, so be careful what you do or say and who you're seen with...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 26 Aug 2014
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I really recommend the Gossip Girl series if you're looking for something easy and fun to read! I absolutely loved the TV-show, so I always imagine Leighton Meester & Blake Lively as Blair and Serena whenever I read it. I would say the books are very different from the show. I guess in some ways they have kept the most important key points; like Serena returning from boarding school, Chuck being a womanizer and Blair acting all prim and proper while she feels broken inside... But other than that, it's quite different. But... I still love it anyway!
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gossip Girl Collection 18 Jan 2004
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After reading the gossip girl books, I had a heightened taste for glamour and sofistication. The characters in the novels seem extremely unrealistic at first as they are all beautiful, rich and popular. however, the more character revelations that comes out with time , the more the reader realises that all of the characters have been logically written by an author who appeals to every girl's fantasies of a high flying life full of fashion boys and of course, glamour. I would recommend these novels to any girl in particular those who either have a dream world life or those who want to be absorbed into a perfect world. That is, perfect for those who control it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious series that will definitely give you something to talk about! 29 Sep 2007
By Erika Sorocco - Published on
The Upper East Side used to be overrun with plastic surgery happy society women, and spoiled tots torturing their high-priced nannies. But times have changed. While these people still occupy a small portion of the sidewalks, they have been pushed aside for a new generation of beautiful people. Teenagers brought up in the lap of luxury, who spend their days buying overpriced La Perla undergarments at Barney's, and indulging in frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. But spending money isn't all that's on their mind. There's always...gossip.

GOSSIP GIRL: Ever since the flawless Serena van der Woodsen departed from New York City to take up residence at a boarding school in Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Blair Waldorf has ruled Constance Billard School for Girls. As the daughter of a prominent lawyer turned gay, Blair has always gotten her way. And, with Serena out of the picture, was able to snag the gorgeous, green-eyed Nate Archibald for herself. Unfortunately, as much as Blair would like to deny it, Nate has always had a thing for Serena. A secret passion for the blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty. And now with Serena back in the picture, Blair doesn't know where their relationship will stand. So she has to take drastic measures...hand Nate her V card and he'll be hers forever. The only problem is that Nate is a stoner who has a very short attention span, and even sacrificing herself to Nate won't let him forget the passion he feels for Serena.

But he's not the only one. Dan Humphrey isn't your typical rich kid. For one, while he attends school with some of New York City's most privileged, he actually resides in an apartment on the Upper West Side with his chesty younger sister, Jenny, and his eccentric writer father, Rufus. Dan is a dark, brooding poet, whose penchant for cigarettes and Folgers coffee crystals leave much to be desired. But, like Nate, Dan is infatuated with Serena. The only difference is that he has never so much as spoken to her before, and she doesn't know he exists. Now that Serena's off the A-List, and treading outcast waters, however, the only thing he can hope is that she'll find her way to him and they can live happily ever after. In his dreams, of course. 5 stars.

YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME: Everyone is in the midst of applying to Ivy League Colleges, but Blair Waldorf is planning a little something extra...her seventeenth birthday. Unfortunately, her mother has sprung a big announcement - she's getting married to Cyrus Rose, and the wedding will take place on Blair's birthday. So much for special days. Then there's Serena, who is being constantly pursued by Dan, a disturbed poet with intense affections. Sure, Serena is used to being pursued by guys of all ages, but Dan is slightly creepy with his morbid poetry. Of course, Serena is a girl, and what girl doesn't love having poems being written about her.
Although these teens are rich, obviously money can't buy you everything. At least it can't buy Blair Waldorf everything. For Blair's seventeenth birthday bash is coming up, and she knows that the only thing that she can possibly wish for is Nate Archibald, her troubled, yet gorgeous, boyfriend, of course. But little does she know that while she's sending out college applications, Nate is fooling around with Jenny Humphrey, a ninth-grader! Looks like Blair's birthday is destined to be a blowout of epic proportions. 5 stars.

Blair Waldorf is having the worst time of her life. She has just completely flubbed her Yale interview, even going so far as to kiss her interviewer; she must contend with a dreadlock-bearing new stepbrother named Aaron, who seems to have some ulterior motives up his sleeve; her mother is marrying a loser whom she has known for hardly no time at all; and, to top it all off, Nate has ditched her for a chesty ten-year-old - well, she looks ten. Luckily, she and Serena van der Woodsen are back on speaking terms, and living it up as BFF's once more. But who knows how long that will last.

The holidays are just around the corner, and with the Upper East Side absolutely freezing, everyone who's loaded is planning on ditching their Marc Jacobs coats, and slipping into their Missoni string bikinis for a Christmas in a tropical place. With Nate Archibald having called it quits with Blair in order to take up a romance with freshman Jenny Humphrey, Blair is anything but ready to say goodbye to the city, and head off to St. Bart's with Serena, where they can sunbathe topless, and, perhaps, have a winter fling. Unfortunately, Serena is being stalked by Flow, the hottest rock star on the planet - at least at the moment - and can't seem to shake him off, and Blair, armed with her iBook plans on holing up in the hotel room writing the essay for her Yale application. Looks like this vacation won't be as sizzling as originally planned. But with Blair's new stepbrother, Aaron, and his pal Miles in tow, you never know when the sparks will fly.

Back in the city, Nate and Jenny are having the time of their life. But with Blair's sudden appearances at every turn, Nate finds himself more and more drawn to the girl he has known and loved for so many years. But then there's Jenny. Sweet, innocent, voluptuous Jenny. Maybe if Nate spent less time being baked, and more time being straight, he'd be able to decide who he's truly lusting over.

Then there's Jenny's older brother, Dan. Since admitting their passion for one another, Dan and Vanessa have been having a whirlwind romance - albeit a dark one - filled with foreign films, cigarettes, strong instant coffee, and lots and lots of black. But since falling in love, Dan finds himself at a standstill regarding his poetry. Suddenly, he's experiencing writer's block firsthand, and it's not a pretty picture. But when Vanessa supposedly does something that betrays both him and Jenny, he wonders if this is the push he needs to get his writing back on track - and to get even. 5 stars.

Let's put it bluntly, Cecily von Ziegesar is a genius. She has taken the simple subject of rich, spoiled, troublemaking teens, and managed to produce a series that is both irresistible and infuriating. Each of the characters bring a sense of upper class to the table, along with a bit of scandal, and, dare I say it, trashiness. They have created a virtual playground of the Upper East Side, and dominate every hotel, club, or bar from Manhattan to Williamsburg. But they're oh so delicious. Serena is carefree and easygoing, however, she possesses a selfless and tragic air that makes her irresistible. Blair, on the other hand, is stuck-up and pretentious, but she knows how to let her hair down. Unfortunately, she usually lets her hair down at approximately the same time that her claws come out. Nate is a bad boy in good boy's clothing. His gorgeous looks make up for the fact that he has little between the ears due to how much of his time he spends high. Jenny and her older brother, Dan, on the other hand, are artistes who add a sweet touch to the series; and Vanessa manages to turn heads by brandishing her bald one. Each character converges together to weave an amazing story that leaves you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. A delicious series that will definitely give you something to talk about!

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out! 25 July 2004
By R. Aliabadi - Published on
These books will take you to another world (or perhaps your world if you're extremely lucky!). These books tell a hilarious and fun account of growing up in the wealthiest part of the upper-east side of New York, New York. Blair Woldorf, the main character, is a controling imaginative, and ambitious girl from a family of old money. Watch her deal with her perfect "best friend," boys, the college admitions process, and her complex family life. While she is the main character you also get a glimpse of this lifestyle from other various points of view. You see it from the eyes of Nate (a burned out heart-throb), Serena (a carefree beauty), Dan (a poetic romanitc), Vanessa (a talented, esoteric artist), Jenny (the young inocent one), and Aaron (a stranger tossed into this scene by an odd marrage). You will not be able to put these books down and each one will leave you begging for more! Read these books immidiately, and you won't be sorry!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gossip girl 12 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
I'm da 1st reviewer. This set contains the 1st three books in the series. If you havn't read it yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it. Buy this set, b/c you will end up liking it and then buying the next book, but it saves you more money if you bought the whole set instead of each book seperately.
If your looking for a gulity pleasure to read then here it is.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly addictive high-society fluff. 19 Aug 2005
By Rosan - Published on
This is really superficial stuff, but it's no wonder it's such a hit. These rich kids' designer lives are the stuff we've all fantasized about. It's just as easy to relish the high moments (Serena hooks up with a rock star, Dan and Vanessa finally get it on) as it is the disasters (Blair dates her Yale interviewer, only to find out he's the married father of one of her classmates, Nate gets busted trying to buy pot in Central Park).

The [...] interludes are the perfect device, because they remind readers of our place in the whole mess: We are not these characters. We are not their friends. We are simply gawkers.

While none of the characters are particularly noble, it's fun watching them throw fabulous benefits (complete with Kate Spade gift bags!) or jet off to a tropical island for the holidays. The author expertly weaves their various storylines together for maximum energy. But do your kids really have to read the whole series? Probably just one or two will do. They're really fairly similar, except for the fabulous outfits, of course.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Books! 25 Jun 2004
By Kylee - Published on
I absolutely love the Gossip Girl book series! I read all five of the books in about 8 or 9 days ... they were that good!! Although the characters in the Gossip Girl series are mind-blowingly rich, it seems that they deal with the same problems as average teens, such as drugs, back-stabbing friends, and break-ups. When you think about it, that's really the messege of these books: that we're not all as different as we think we are. Also, Cecily von Ziegesar is such a convincing writer, sometimes I feel like I know Blair, Serena, Nate, and the rest of the gang, instead of them just being fictional characters! I recommend the Gossip Girl series to anyone who enjoys romance, drama, comedy, and rich people making fools of themselves!
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