Series Review | Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegeasr

3/5 stars

The “it” crew, you know who I’m talking about. The sophisticated, the classy, the ivy-league bound, and of course, the rich. In this young adult series, Cecily von Ziegeasr creates a story full of scandals and secrets. With a cast of young private school students, Gossip Girl is a series that leads you into the lives of the elite teens; Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, Nate Archibald, and many more.

They keep their appearances clean, of course, but how many dirty secrets are each of them hiding? Wait until you find out.

I read this whole series in two weeks, and there’s eleven of them, so safe to say, I was hooked. What really drew me in was the writing style and the characters, the plot… not so much.

A lot of the plot was just bickering between Blair and Serena over Nate, which got tiring really quick. However, the tension in the first couple of novels centred around the applications to university was what made me keep reading. I’m in grade twelve, and about to send my applications in a couple months, so it was definitely relateable.

As I said, the characters really drew me in. However, it was mostly Blair that made me keep reading through out the boring plot. I just fell in love with her character, because even though she’s so bitchy and put together on the outside, on the inside, she’s just a scared, insecure girl. I don’t know what made me love her so much, because those kind of character traits are common, but the way she was written made her identifiable, and likeable, in my opinion.

The other characters I found, were way too cookie cutter. Nate was a stoner, and literally all his point of views were dull, and I had to force myself not to skip any pages. Serena was the blonde angel that got everything she wanted, and her point of view was dull as well. Her feelings were just too easy if that makes any sense? There was nothing dimensional about her. Moving on to Dan and Vanessa… it was as if the author tried too hard to add characters that were different from these “preppy bitches”. They were the typical “artsy” kids, and nothing about them was too interesting either.

Jenny was one of the characters that was most believable to me, because I think we can all sort of identify with her. She was the one on the outside looking in. The way that she tried so desperately to fit in with the “it” crowd represents everyone in a way, I think.

Moving on from characters, as I said, I really liked von Ziegeasr’s writing style. The way the book was formatted, so there was a third person limited omniscient point of view with the characters, and the Gossip Girl web pages, the story just flowed. Her writing style sort of just fit the book, if you understand what I mean. It fit the characters well, yet was identifiable as a single voice. I loved it.

The one thing I would change about this series is the ending… I hated it. If you’ve read the series, you know what I’m talking about. I want to keep this spoiler free, so I’ll just say this: there is no way their feelings could disappear just like that!

I feel like a lot of people wouldn’t like this series because it’s a bunch of rich kids arguing with each other, and it is, but it also goes deeper, such as their plans for the future. And maybe it’s because I’m a senior that I identify with it so much at this point in my life, but there you have it.

I’ve watched the first season of the show, and I can already tell that it’s going to be a lot different from the books. However, it stays true to the stress of getting into Ivy League schools which I like, because it motivates me to study. So far, I like the books better, but we’ll see how it goes.

You know you love me,
Gossip Girl

Sorry I had to.

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