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Publisher's Summary

This is the first installment in a deliciously catty and engrossing teen series that has been a hit around the world.

"Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live and go to school and play and sleep, sometimes with each other. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, and we know how to party. It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it."

The Gossip Girl series is the ultimate in glamour and cool - set in New York's glamorous Upper East Side, the narrative follows the thrills and spills (with Jimmy Choo shoes and shopping at Barneys mixed in along the way) of its richest and most beautiful teenage residents. Gossip Girl is the ultimate in sophistication, scandal and luxury.

©2002 17th Street Productions (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"A nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself once you enter it's hard to extract yourself; teens will devour this whole." ( Publishers Weekly)

"A fast, easy reading that's both funny and sad...high appeal for older teens." (School Library Journal)

Featured Article: Gossip Girl—Books vs. Show


Whether you've recently discovered Gossip Girl through the HBO Max reboot, binge-streamed the original hit show that made stars out of Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, or are just curious about all the... gossip, you'll want to dive into this guide to the juicy differences between the audiobook and screen versions. This article will review some of the major, most scandalous differences between the Gossip Girl books vs show. But first, and especially for those who haven't dipped their toes into the franchise as of late, let's take a look back at those inimitable Gossip Girl characters.

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  • Flink
  • 10-11-15

Nice bit of fluff

It's the equivalent of one tv episode, rather than a season. This sets the scene nicely for the characters we'll follow. But not that much actually happened here. Can't believe it's an actual book. should have been the opening chapters of something more substantial. I hope the rest of the books flesh things out more, narrative-wise.

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  • 04-06-22

unlikely

I read this because I loved the fabulously slick Netflix series. In contrast this is mostly crass and rather a caricature than a reality. Having said that, however, it is fairly well read. Also the story line is very strong. so it will hold your attention if you are not completely put off by its unreality and its crudity. I thought I would listen to the whole series. The first few minutes cured me of that but because of the strength of the story telling I did enjoy it at least some of the time.

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  • Lyra
  • 02-08-22

Really not a good book

After watching the series I thought I'd read the books. However, this book is quite bad. Not a patch on the series. And I shan't be bothering with the rest of the books.

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  • TeaPartyPrincess
  • 01-13-15

5 Words: Rich kids playing stupid games.

So yeah, that kinda sums it all up.

Gossip Girl is light and fluffy, and kind of a nothing-story. I didn't care for the characters, so I didn't care what happened to them. And nothing really did happen.

The narrator was pretty good, ensuring that each character had a distinct voice. But DAMN, Jenny set my teeth on edge.

I won't read on. While the show is a guilty pleasure for a rainy day, the book certainly is not.

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  • Ruby
  • 03-10-22

Watch the show instead

Oh god did this book suck! The voices for the male character were very girly and the overall story was just horrible. As a super fan of the show, I highly recommend just watching the original show. Don’t even go near the 2021 knock off.

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  • Zoe
  • 12-07-17

Terrible performance

The reader makes this almost unbearable to listen to with her annoying accents. Better of reading!