Gossip Girl: The Carlyles, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Welcome to the high life...Owen, Avery and Baby Carlyle have just moved into a notorious Upper East Side penthouse (if only the walls could talk...!) and they're about to take the city by storm with their decadent behaviour.

Manhattan's resident pretty young things better keep a close eye on their assets or hearts will get broken.




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I figured on this book being simple, mindless fun. I didn't count on quite so much mindless, with an emphasis on the simple. But, I must admit, Ziegasar's debut Gossip Girl novel was kind of fun. At least the dialogue was believable... mostly. The cattiness, the foul mouths, the passing notes, the thought that this guy, right NOW!, is the be all and end all of your universe. Yeah, we've been there. Head socialite, Blair, is finally, FINALLY, going to give it up to her handsome (and somewhat brainless) boyfriend, Nate, while her mother throws one of her many parties downstairs. Ah, but what is any good YA novel without some conflct? Moments before the consummation, Blair's (former) best friend shows up, and the announcement of her arrival leaves Nate a little... distracted? So, instead of accepting Serena back into the fold of upper-crust Manhattan society, petty Blair and her petty friends turn on the oh-so-perfect Serena. Woven through this deep plot-line is the gossip blog of some as-yet-unnamed author who seems to have eyes and ears everywhere. Could she perhaps be one of the characters we are reading about!? Dum dum DUUUUUM!We get some sort of resolution at the end but not much. Hey, Cecily has to have something left for the rest of the series. Can't get all her gems out in one book! Touted as the Sex in the City for the high school sect, Gossip Girl won't shake any foundations. But, if you don't take yourself too seriously, the book has its moments and is a quick read. And we really can't fault it for trying to be any more than what it is: simple. mindless. fun.