Book Review 'Gossip Girl' by Cecily von ZiegesarGossip Girl is a book for people who crave glamour, style and riches. The novel is written by Cecily von Ziegesar, a 25 year old self proclaimed gossip girl herself. She loosely bases the story on her own experiences growing up in the Upper East side of Manhattan. Gossip Girl, the novel, is set in contemporary Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York.
It tells the story of a group of high school seniors whose parents happen to be some of the most glamorous people in New York and tells what their day to day lives are like. The book's main character is Blair Waldorf. Blair is the bitchiest and coolest girl in the Upper East Side crowd. She lives her life thinking that she is in some kind of old time movie where she is the leading actress and her boyfriend, Nate, is her leading man.
Blair and her close knit group of friends are the main focus of the book. Gossip Girl also talks of Serena van de Wooden who is described as the girl all boys want and the girl all girls want to be. Serena used to be Blair's best friend until she spent a year at boarding school. Serena discovers that Blair no longer wants to spend time with her and that Blair believes Serena is some kind of threat to her social status. Blair ignores Serena and goes out of her way to make Serena feel unwelcome on her return. An example of this is how Blair treats Serena in the cafeteria at lunchtime one day.
When Serena walks in she waves at Blair (who is already seated). Blair sees her but chooses not to acknowledge her. When Serena has her food and sits down, Blair and her new friends make up excuses as to why they have to go and leave Serena sitting at the table all by herself. This book is a guilty pleasure. It has the effect of gossip itself and once you start to read it you can't stop. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 12 and 20 who wants a quick and enjoyable read.
It covers a lot of aspects that young adults face in their lives. It also shows that everyone, as teenagers, go through the same things no matter how rich or poor you are..