Because I'm Worth It: A Gossip Girl Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar returns to the chatty, catty world of Upper East Side teens. February in New York City should be cold and gray, but things are heating up in the world of Gossip Girl, on the eve of Fashion Week and just after college applications deadline. Now it's time to put the moves on that hottie before Valentine's Day arrives. PW called the debut book Gossip Girl "a nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself-once you enter, it's hard to extract yourself." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This fourth installment of the incredibly popular Gossip Girl series takes up where the third installment, All I Want Is Everything, left off. Couples have been reshuffled, the stress of early decision results is here, and through it all the anonymous weblogger, aka Gossip Girl, posts her Hedda Harper-like commentary and satisfies everyone's inner yenta. The lives of our various protagonists boggle the mind with their limitless wealth and privilege, but these Upper East Siders continue to have plenty of skeletons in their spacious closets. The reader receives a front and center view of Blair's simmering bulimia and Nate's marijuana addiction gets addressed, but not in any way a parent would find edifying. While many adults will cringe at the breezy depiction of drugs and sex, the fact remains that this series is not based on the teen problem novel genre. Rather, it is a novel of elite society relationships, with the Manhattan fashion and nightclub scenes as its colorful backdrop. Von Ziegesar has done a wonderful job keeping up the Gossip Girl tempo and even gives a surprise hint at the end of the novel toward decoding who Gossip Girl really is. As always, the content of the series limits it to a more mature audience, but senior high schools and public libraries should consider ordering multiple copies because of the popularity of the series. KLIATT Codes: SRecommended for senior high school students. 2003, Little Brown, 231p., Ages 15 to 18.
Gr 9 Up-All the regular cast is present in this fourth installment in the series. Situations and alliances have shifted, but these are still beautiful, rich kids whose lives are the stuff of fantasy, and whose achievements seem effortless. Almost by accident, Dan gets a poem published in the New Yorker. Vanessa's film New York is used as a backdrop for an important fashion show. Serena lands a modeling job just by entering a clothing store. However, there is also a darker side to the characters' lives. Neglected and unloved by their self-centered parents, these teens are dying to be noticed. Nate gets busted for drug use. Within hours of meeting a new girl in group counseling, he ends up saving her life when she overdoses. Things don't go well for Blair, either. She's still trying to get into Yale after botching her interview in a previous book. In this installment, she's about to fall for the older man helping her repair the damage of her first interview-until she discovers that he's not separated from his wife and that his daughter is a freshman at her school. Soap operalike, the trials and joys of these kids continue. Teens interested in reading about the lives of Manhattan prep-schoolers are sure to devour this book.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.