S and B and J and N are back, along with A, D, V, and assorted other rich, catty Manhattan teenagers in this third installment of the Gossip Girl series. An omniscient and anonymous narrator keeps track of the scene in www.gossipgirl.net (now an actual site), where the rumors fly, backs are stabbed, and celebrity sightings are dutifully reported. Serena (S) and Blair (B) are best friends again, shoring each other up as Blair faces life without her ex, Nate, who has hooked up with a sweet, busty 14-year-old, and Serena fends off advances from drop-dead-gorgeous rock star, Flow. Lifes rough. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Dan play the will-he/wont-he game of sex, and Aaron tries to thwart his own crush on new stepsister Blair.
Theyre the teens you love to hate, and yet its not all trash. Beneath the designer name-obsessed veneer and the nasty soap opera quality of Gossip Girl novels, theres plenty thats true and real for any teenager. Angst, creative passion, love, college applications, drinking, smoking, sex
sure, these kids are obnoxious and spoiled, but their core issues are not a million miles away from every other teens. And you know you love it. (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up-Blair, Serena, and their cronies are up to their old tricks, fitting backstabbing and gossiping into a heavy schedule of wild parties, glamorous vacations, and schoolwork. These teens are privileged, upper-class Manhattanites, so money is no object. Sex, drugs, and drinking are the norm, and all of their comings and goings are faithfully recorded and reported by the mysterious Gossip Girl on her Web site. In between school and shopping, they infect all of Manhattan with cattiness and sexual intrigues, related in a salty language. Even though this is part of a series, new readers will easily catch up with the melodrama.Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
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