Gossip Girl #2 book

You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel is the second installment of the hugely popular book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. It’s the story of some extremely wealthy high school students from New York’s upper east side that is narrated by a mysterious blogger named “gossip girl” that seems to have the inside info on everyone. The main characters are Blair Waldorf, who is the most popular girl in school and use to getting what she wants. Serena van der Woodsen, the most beautiful girl in school and former best friend to Blair and Nate Archibald, Blair’s pot smoking boyfriend. There is also Jenny Humphrey, a freshman who has eyes for Nate and lastly, her brother, the somewhat nerdy Dan Humphrey who is love with Serena. This installment focuses mainly on the seniors preparing for college interviews.

As most of you know, Gossip Girl is also a very popular television show (see my reviews here). Normally, I’m the type of person that will check out the books before the TV, but in this case I got interested in the TV show first. I wasn’t sure what to expect before checking out the book. One of the reasons I love Gossip Girl the TV show so much is all the actors, the outfits, the mansions, and the parties. So for me, the show is very visual. Although some of that is lost in the books, it’s still very enjoyable and well worth checking out.

There are also some pretty big differences between the books and TV show. Chuck, who is a main character on the show, was only mentioned a few times in this book and only had about a sentence of dialogue. Blair has a younger brother in the books and Serena has an older brother instead of a younger one. Also, Vanessa is way more punk rock in the books. Shaved head, combat boots, the whole nine yards. Even with all these differences, the core story is the same and it flows really well. I think I finished this book in about a day and half and am already looking forward to checking out the rest. I worry for anyone who might take these books or characters too seriously. For me, they are guilty pleasures. I get a lot of grief off my friends for being a fan of Gossip Girl, but I think a little junk food in your diet never hurts!

Rating: 3 out 5 stars | Publisher: Poppy | Pages: 256 | Buy on Amazon

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