Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 1st 2003
Genres: Girls & Women, Young Adult
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
Welcome to the Upper East Side, where nothing is cheap, except for their degrading sneers. This is the place where societies’ rules don’t apply and Gossip Girl thrives. Gossip Girl, an anonymous blogger, follows the lives of the children of some of the richest people in New York City. Every single scandal, heartache or heartbreak, and con is broadcasted for the entire world to see. When the infamous Serena van der Woodsen returns to her family’s penthouse across from the Met, things really start happening.
Netflix has every single season of Gossip Girl, and after listening to people talk about how good it was on every single social media outlet, I had to give it a go. Needless to say, I quickly understood what they were talking about. The show became addictive and something to watch when I knew I had better things to do.
After the show, I decided to give the book series a try. There were a lot of similarities, but I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I would have hoped. The show is scandalous, but the book is worse. I like when books have tension, suspense, and unknown happenings surreptitiously whispered from ear to ear as much as anyone, but this book went above and beyond anything I’ve ever read. Gossip Girl could easily be put on an adult shelf. Most of the characters are only seniors in high school but act older and more experienced. They live in a world where children don’t exist, and when they are only kids, the nannies are the only people who pay attention to them.
Like in the show, I’m rooting for Dan Humphrey to get the girl of his dreams. I’m definitely curious to see how that all ends and if it’ll be anything like the show. The book ended with a lot of unresolved conflict, Serena reflecting and evaluating her life in a taxi in New York. Since there are around thirteen books, anything could happen.
This book is not for everyone. There’s a lot of drama, and gossip, of course, takes up the entire book. If I hadn’t already seen the show, I’m not sure if I would have picked up the book—they had never caught my attention before—but I liked using it as a comparison to a show that I enjoyed so much. When books are turned into movies or TV shows, things are subject to change, but it’s interesting to see others’ interpretation.
Nevertheless, Gossip Girl will suck you into the world of the New York elite and leave you guessing and gasping until the end.