Gossip Girl #1: A Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar

Paperback | April 1, 2002

byCecily Von ZiegesarAs told byCecily Von Ziegesar

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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

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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 wa...

Cecily von Ziegesar is the creator of the #1 bestselling Gossip Girl and #1 bestselling It Girl novels. She has always lived in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.62 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316910333

ISBN - 13:9780316910330

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review Absolutely loved the book, after gossip girl ended it felt as if there was a hole in my heart. After reading this book the hole is filled.
Date published: 2013-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my type of books. What more could I have expected to come out of this? Haha. These teen girl novels disgust me.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gossip Girl One of the best teen series ever. Full of drama, and rich spoiled brats!! Its a good book, very entertaining and very much fun to read.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gossip Girl This was an exellent book, At first i thought it was kinda wierd, but after getting to know the characters, i loved it. It was very dramatic, but a normal teenage girl book. Very good!
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from the TV show is much better I actaully read the books before watching the TV show. They were okay, but too gossipy for me. I know, it's called GOSSIP GIRL, but it jumped around too much. I love the TV show however, the books, not so much. The characters arn't very real in the books and I didn't care what happened to them.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! - SERIES!!! I think this is a fabulous book. This book was fun and flirty and I think this book is great for teens and adults. I would recommend reading the whole series.
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Note to Giftlist-Toting Grandparents and Parents: Think Twice. As the Christmas season approaches, I find grandparents and parents who are blindly buying this book for tweens who are in love with Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, of the popular Gossip Girl TV show. Blindly buying this book is disturbing and irresponsible because of these reasons: -Blair Waldorf is openly bulimic throughout the entire book -Blair Waldorf's stepfather-to-be and her boyfriend mock her for not losing her virginity -Serena van der Woodsen is suspected of dealing drugs, of having babies abroad, and of getting kicked out of boarding school for immoral acts -The girls are oversexed, overprivileged, and desensitized to their harsh actions to others and to themselves. Perhaps I am an idealist, but I don't believe that any grandparent or parent would openly give this book if they had were concerned for the healthy development of the teenage girl on their giftlist. If you have to buy this book-- I implore you to read it first. And be prepared to promptly return it.
Date published: 2008-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horribly entertaining. Gossip Girl is so devilish it keeps you wanting more. The story line is so....whats the word...mean, that you can't help but want to get in on more of the gossip!
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, fluffy beach read! I had to grad something to read on the beach and I remembered all the hype surrounding this "sex in the city" for the younger set. The book was a light, quick read full of brand name dropping, back stabbing and of course GOSSIP. It was similar to the Shopoholic series (with the brands being tossed in the mix). I will have to continue the series just to see what happens. I wouldn't recommend this for teens under 15.
Date published: 2007-09-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Latest gossip: this book is bad I used to kind of like the series... -- This is what I think now: okay, lets face it. This series sucks..who cares that B wants to get into Yale? Its soo obvious that she will..and S and N? be real, its not meant to be..D and V they hate each other when they're together, and love each other when they're not.. WHO CARES. B is a stuck-up you-know-what, S is the one who gets everything, even though she doesnt want it.. every girl is in love with N...this is how it will always be, mkay? All the books are the same; same problems; same secrets; same stupid story.. I cant believe Ive wasted my time reading the first 8...it was only during the 9th one that I realized it wasnt getting any better.. I was just lying to myself like 'Oh, it'll get better, something good will happen' Guess what? NOTHING HAPPEND. I stopped in the middle of the book..I just couldnt continue.. Shallow girls who are obsessed with money and Coach bags and Clinique or whatever the latest trend is, will love this book..as for me? Id rather read something that has a plot and a point.
Date published: 2007-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Well i absolutely loved this book. It made me want to read more and more. It's the perfect book for your 13-to-17 year old daughter. Its a book about teens so teens can really relate on these kind of books. Its absolutley fantastic to me!
Date published: 2007-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Refund. Hearing about this acclaimed “hot” and “gripping” series, even comparing it to Sex and the City but for the younger readers, made me curious to see what the fuss is all about. What I found out however, after a 3 hour nonstop reading, is how superficial and shallow the series is. If there is anything accurate about what is said on the front and back cover of the book, it is that the book is indeed just plainly full of gossip: however, gossips that I did not at all care about. The characters lack dimensions; the plot lacks interest, and then finding myself turning page after page, hoping to find the reason why it became a bestseller. It was all about who’s hooking up with who, who’s wearing designer clothes, the wants and needs of popularity, wealth, fashion, boys, sex, drugs, and attention. May I add how this series is targeted to fifteen year olds? It’s exactly like a Weekly US magazine, reading about the latest gossip about your most loved or hated celebrity. As some people defend this book as a mirror image of today’s teenage life: sure, sex – fashion – popularity – are the way of life for some, or most teenagers, but if I was to read a book about it, I would expect a little more substance and depth for worthwhile reading. Which in this case, ended up being refunded. Now, after reading the whole book, relieved that it was done and found out what the fuss was all about… I was wondering how a book like this became a bestseller, especially with all the sex, the drugs, and the booze that these fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen year olds consume: and with all the superficiality that they cared about so much, no wonder our generation is so deeply “screwed” up. This is definitely not my idea of light reading. However, I give one star for ... the thrill... before reading it.
Date published: 2007-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting When I first picked up this book i had my doubts about it. But once i started to get in this novel I found myself becoming interested in the characters and the plot line. Yes this book is kinda "dirty" but its for teenagers and what we are experincing. These topics in this book hit most of those things.
Date published: 2006-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its a great book! Okay, this book is soo good! Its not cheesy and its so well written! The format is totally creative. Also, what the characters go through is just like what happens in real life. My friends and I dont live in Ney York but we all go to private schools and our lives are soo like this!
Date published: 2006-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dissapointted sorry everyone but this book surpirised me and not in a good way becasue i have heard it reccomended and i thought i would try these books out but its not great ..i didnt think so..it doesn't compare to other books suh as the a-list and the clique..i will try few more of the series but as for now im kinda disapointted:(
Date published: 2006-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Awesome This book [series] is the best book and series ever! The author had a great way of writing the book. I totally recommend it to other teens out there! It's an awesome series! You have to read it!
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! I say that this books is a bit to matured and is meant for older teens, because of the content, although it is very interesting to look into the lives of the popular, pretty, rich, girly girls out there that act in such a way! It kind of sends a message that certain thing they are doing really aren't so good, and sets an example what you shouldn't do! Other parts can be good, and let you feel for a short while that you are them!!! Excellent Book!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scandalous This is one of those books about the girls we all want, and wanted to be. They seemed to have everything and get everything but this book gives you an inside look at the "pretty perfect lives" of the girls we all want, and wanted to be. It shows that their lives are far from "pretty and perfect" their lives are full of scandals
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my type? This is one of those books that you stop reading after the first few chapters. It is much to like a lot of those other books out there. If your going to read this i would recommend it to older teens because it talks alot about the characters their sexual lives.
Date published: 2006-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why? I do not, and never will understand how anyone can sit down and read a load of crap like this. The people in the book had no point to their lives and were shallow and stupid. Anyone who would sit down to read one of these should go and find something to do with their life!
Date published: 2006-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sucks! This book sucks! It's pointless and disgusting! Honestly, who cares why some girl got kicked out of boarding school? If you do, find something to do with your life!
Date published: 2006-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gossip Girl Series Amazing series!! I would reccomend this book to ALL teenage girls!!...my way of describing it the o.c. in book!! no joke, these novels are an incredible read, can't put them down, read in a day kind of book. Especially good for those who don't nnormally enjoy reading!! guaranteed to get you hooked!!!
Date published: 2005-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book=) I really love this book series, it's amazing and pulls the reader in. Once you pick it up, you'll find that you can't put it down! I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens however...
Date published: 2005-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was amazing! I finished it in a few hours and I can't wait 'til I get the 2nd book! We need more books like these!
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Book! I loved the gossip girl book so much that once i started to read it, i couldn't put it down! i cant wait to get the next book to continue with the everyday adventures of high classed teens living in new york's upper east side!!!
Date published: 2005-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good... but not for kids under 17! This book is very good, but not for an audience under 17 or 18. A thirteen year old should definitely NOT be reading this- it has way too many adult references. Enjoy your youth, you have many many years to read or experience some of the things discussed in this book.
Date published: 2005-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The worst book i've ever read!!! I love books alot, girly-girl books especially. My friend started reading the gossip girl series and liked them, so she thought i should read one sometime...BIG MISTAKE!!! I dislike the fact that on every page there is swearing, smoking, or cruel attitudes. Her best friend comes back and they havn't seen eachother for a while, and the main character 'Blair' can't even say hi?!? Skipping school, making herself trow up, I had to put this book down as i would have rather read about the Holocost!!!
Date published: 2005-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I swear greatest book in the world.. I think these books are awsome the first one took me two days to read as did most of the other ones. I realy think all teen girls should read this book if you like stuff about snotty upper east side rich girls... This but is a must read... I LOVED IT and any other teen will love it to.
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Its hard for me to get into books, however, my friend started reading it and she said it was great, and reading Teen People Magazine I saw great reviews on it and I read it. I finished reading it in two days, which was fast for me, I couldn't stop reading. The amazing story lines kept me reading and the characters are so interesting. This book is great for girls who don't even like to read. I think guys would even enjoy it.
Date published: 2005-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I love this Book!!! Omg I love this book I'm on number 6 right now and can't wait till 7&8 come out. I really think that its a great book for teens like 14 and up. They are so addictive. I had seen the books before but never bought one then i saw a ad in my mag. and decided to buy I finish it in 2 days. I love the books. p.s. to auther Please keep on makeing more. :)
Date published: 2005-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read This book is awesome! It's mostly for more mature girls, usually teens but its a must read. As soon and you read #1, you HAVE to read #2, #3, and so on. It's great, start reading it, I guarantee you will be here in a couple of days writing the exact same review! Again, you better read it : P!
Date published: 2005-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome oh my God, i loved this book. i just couldn't put it down. the author really gets into the way teens today think. it was totally awesome. i had tried reading it before and i just couldn't get into it, but i picked it up yesterday and i was like, how did i not like it before? i think that it is appopriate for people between 14 to well, whenever! i can't wait to get the others!!
Date published: 2004-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really good read... gossip girl took me by suprise...i thought it would be some boring girly-girlish book but i found it reallly really good...i want to read all of them!
Date published: 2004-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ^_*Incredibly Amazing*_^ Wow. Ok. Where do I begin? This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down. I'll admit. There were some things that weren't appropriate for certain ages. But c'mon. This book was so terrific. It's like Ziegesar went into the brain of a teen in high school and told you everything that was happening. This book couldn't BE any better. It was a terrific book. And i loved every second of reading it! I can't wait until I get the next one. I recommend this book to people between the ages of 14-18. But I have to say. I'm 13 and I read it. But I am forever moved and changed by this book. I'm now going to make these gossip girl books. My bible!=)
Date published: 2004-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gossip girl is amazing!! =) i jus wanted to say that gossip girl books are soo awesome!!! they just want to make me read on and on and on!! i jus love em'!!=) I think that its a great series and an awesome read!! Rock on!!
Date published: 2004-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible This book is one of the worst books i have ever read. It was so bad at capturing the esence of New York. I go to a private school, and none of the stuff in this book happen in real life. I don't think i should have been exposed to stuff like the content in the book. It had innapropriate terms that i should never have had to read at 16. Stop writing you are a blair wannabe. Nobody cares.
Date published: 2004-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK The Gossip girl books are amasing! I totally recommend them. All of my friends have read them and we all love them! Girls can tottalyy relate to them and they are so addictive. You never want to put them down because after each chapter you want to find out what comes next. I've read all four and am waiting for the fifth!!! MAY 2004. Anyways, These are the best books ever!
Date published: 2004-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! The whole gossip girl collection is just amazing. I started reading it and I couldn't stop I have just finished the last one in the series so far and I cannot wait for the next one to come out. I have shared these books with a few friends of mine who do not enjoy reading and they cannot put them down! This is a definite must read!
Date published: 2004-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! WOW!!! this was an awesome book, didnt take long to finish, i relate to blair very much as i have a boyfriend i absolutely love, Anthony!! Anyways just on here to look for more gossip girl books, AMAZING>>>>>A MUST READ!!!! *kisses*
Date published: 2003-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gossip girl I love this book so much i can't put it down. i finished it in a day and a half. I hate reading but this book is hard not to read. You should go out and buy it. It's worth it:)
Date published: 2003-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Socialite's Delight This book was so scandalous!! I absolutely loved it!! Reading it reminds me exactly of life living in Downtown Toronto. All I have to say that life without such bittersweet deciet would be soo boring, and these books are just the ticket to it all.
Date published: 2003-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good to be true!! I borrowed this book from a friend in reading class, so I wouldn't get in trouble for forgetting my own book--oops! and i just couldnt stop reading it!!! I went out and bought it last night!! It reminds me a lot of myself, without the major drinking, and smoking! But it's a great book, that I'm sure a lot of like at least 13 year old girls could relate to!!!
Date published: 2003-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My fav Book! Wow! this book wuz absolutely amazing! I loved it sooo much! I couldn't put it down. I read the first and second one. I just started the third one and it's as great as the first 2! The third is my favourite so far! More scandals and an awesome story line! More dirty too! If you're 12 and under, don't read this book! not recommended! especially for book reports or reading to your parents! Well, i'd say buy the book cuz it's awesome n i luv it!
Date published: 2003-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Gossip Girl absolutely enveloped me! This exceptional book was positively absorbing; I just couldn't put it down! Like many of the characters in the story, I found myself caught up in the scandal, the deceit, the absolute glamour that is Gossip Girl.
Date published: 2003-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! This book was amazing! I got so caught up in all of the scandal, I could not put it down! Me and my friends can hardly wait for the third one in May! I've made the gossipgirl website my homepage- it keeps me updated and interested until the third book arrives!
Date published: 2003-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I didn't expect the book to be that addicting, but it was. Storylines are great. It's a mini soap opera in a book. I have read the sequel and hope to see more coming!
Date published: 2003-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~Wow!~ This was a very addicting book!!! I would not recommend this book girls under 12 or people that can not read this book without their parents! I thought it was amazing! Go and get this book if u want to see what it is like to go to a private school. It hit it right on! All the gossip and cliques. It also shows that private school girls are not all that innocent. It's a Great book - I hope you enjoy it as well!!
Date published: 2003-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Cool Book I loved this book! It's got its own genre. It gives you a look at what it's like to live in NYC. Plus, all the details make you feel like you've seen the characters and have been to the places. If you're under 12, don't read! Bad book for book reports! ;~)
Date published: 2003-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Need The Sequel Wow! This Book was amazing! Im dying for the sequel. I would definetly recommend this book towards teens, it has the mysteries and surprises of gossip...in a good way! Yeah Gossip is bad! but hey this books got all the facts! Im surprised of all the love hate and admiration in this book!, and thats what makes it interesting and eventful, I cant help relating it to Betty and Veronica mags! 2 girls 1 boy! and alot of stuff in between! Seriously if your looking for a good read this book should be #1 on your list! Just as a reviewer said, Its sex and the city for the younger set!
Date published: 2002-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gossip Girl Gossip Girl is one of the most enticing books I have read in my life. All about rumours and deceit it makes you wonder about those situations if they were to happen or if they are really happening.
Date published: 2002-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gossip's never been so good This is basically a word of mouth book. It was recommended to me by my cousin, I recommended it to my friend and I don't know where it went from there but the point is, everybody loves it. It has the perfect mix of maturity and childishness (assuming that's a word) to keep everybody happy. It connects with people my age because no matter where they are, New York City, Lyndonville, Vermont or Sierra Madre, California, all teens have the same problems. Dealing with drugs (not the best example set here but who cares), boyfriends, first times, old friends, and family. Gossip Girl couldn't be considered 'just another teen angst book'. No way, the problems are too real when you have such a connection to the characters. I mean come on, who doesn't want Nate? Be honest. I promise not to tell.
Date published: 2002-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfection in a novel :) this book is really great. i can honestly say it is one of the best books i've ever read and i thought it was really enjoyable. YAY GOSSIP GIRL!!
Date published: 2002-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a really amazing book This book is GREAT!! It's different but wonderful! You really feel like you know the girls in the book and it gives you a chance to know what it's like being a 17 year old girl living in the upper east side of NYC! I definitely recommend this book, but to girls over the age of 13 and definitely do not read this book for school!
Date published: 2002-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scandalously Surreal After first hearing about this novel, I thought it was a teen drama about a group of beautiful, popular, shallow high school students and their scandalous daily lives. My guess about the book was dead on. It is a trashy book targeted for older teens, and I don't think any of the characters have good human qualities. Instead, all they possess in their hearts are jealousy, selfishness and their obsession over appearance. The characters really are that terrible. But hey, that's what makes the book interesting.
Date published: 2002-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection in a Novel! I loved Gossip Girl. It wasn't at all like I'd thought, but it was an extremely pleasant surprise. von Ziegesar's style is completely unique, and she creates lovable and equally detestable characters. I impatiently await a sequel.
Date published: 2002-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not For School Projects! Gossip Girl surprised me, it was different from what I thought it would be. It's more of a peek into the private life of New York's most elite than a full novel. It's full of scandal, gossip, and rumours. It's not a book for those under 12. It's a good read, and it makes you want to read more, but it seems kind of insensitive. Definitely not a book to do a book report on, if you left out all the grown-up parts, you wouldn't have a report!
Date published: 2002-06-30