Gossip Girl — the television series more than the book — has to be one of the most popular topics amongst my female classmates. Interested in finding out what all the chatter was about, I checked out the first book in this bestselling series from the library.
I should have just avoided it like I did in the first place. Gossip Girl is plain trash, and serves only as a glorification of a life few do (and should) lead. The main characters — rich and beautiful Blair Waldorf and rich and beautiful Serena van der Woodsen — spend their time drinking, smoking, getting high, and partying till the wee hours of the morning. These girls and the rest of the characters are all two-dimensional and predictable, and even the kids who are supposed to be “different” are cookie-cutter kid’ who spend all their time sitting in corners while writing awful poetry and reading Russian literature.
The writing is absolutely atrocious, and reads like really, really bad FanFiction. For a book where the story is about scandal and drama, not much seems to happen. And the fact that so many tween and teenage girls idolize this book, these characters, this lifestyle makes me sick.
- von Ziegesar, Cecily. Gossip Girl. Boston: Little, Brown, 2002. Print. 200 pgs. ISBN: 9780316910330. Source: Library.