GOSSIP GIRL by Cecily von Ziegesar
Series: Gossip Girl #1
Released: January 1, 2002
Page Count: 201
Rating: Didn't like it
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep--sometimes with each other.
S is back from boarding school, and if we aren't careful, she's going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn't fit into, steal our boyfriends' hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I'll be watching closely . . .
You know you love me,
I could not believe how vulgar this book was! Wow! I should have expected the debauchery, considering the commercials for the TV show, but I had assumed that the producers had sexed up the books for the CW audience. Obviously, that was not the case! This is not something I would ever choose to read on my own. I don’t mind reading about sex – all of the adult books I read include it. That said, I don’t like to read books that have such cavalier attitudes toward sex. I much prefer monogamy and limited/no consumption of drugs and alcohol.
I find adult attitudes toward these books fascinating. Consider this: a teenager I know read these books in middle / high school, yet her mother freaked when she read a (fairly tame) Nora Roberts series after she turned eighteen. She assumed, because the Gossip Girl books were written for a younger audience, that they would be “appropriate.” But at least the Nora Roberts books, while still including sex, have monogamous relationships and no cavalier attitudes towards drugs and alcohol. How could Gossip Girl possibly be considered more appropriate than Nora Roberts?
I would hope that only kids from the older end of the grade spectrum we are studying would pick up these books. I have no problem with kids reading about sex, but I would prefer for them to read about it in a less destructive setting. Also, I find it very difficult to believe that kids actually behave this way. That said, I can see this book appealing to a large female audience. Girls growing up today would probably pick it up because they see their older sisters reading the books and/or watching the show.