I was trying to avoid Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar but the library peeps wanted it so I finally ordered it. I figured I should give it a chance and read it for myself. On the back it says something like “Sex and the City for the younger set” but I found it more like Hollywood Wives featuring teen agers. It’s not so much the drugs, drinking, and sex that bothered me about this book (since I love books like The Perks of Being A Wallflower )…it’s that there are few redeeming qualitites about these kids. All the guy characters made me think of Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink. The kids who I do like are really on the outside fringes of these rich, spoiled teens. I guess I like the format of the book…the idea of a gossip website which is the basis for the book…it’s original and contemporary, but I don’t think that’s what’s appealing to kids… I read Hollywood Wives as a teenager and part of the thrill was the forbidden nature of it all … it was also completely unrelatable to me … but with Gossip Girl I wonder…. is it too close to home for some kids to even be intriguing or thrilling … what do the real-life rich, spoiled kids read when they want something “naughty”?

I have to admit though….days after finishing it I came across the 3rd one in the series, a patron had returned it here from another library, and I was drawn to it…reading the back cover then putting it down…then walking by it later and reading the first page … if it had been the 2nd book I’m pretty sure I would have read it… are these books like heroin? I know it’s bad for me but I can’t stop!


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