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Banned Books Week Spotlight – Gossip Girl Series

What: Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Zeigesar


Banned for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, being unsuited to age group and offensive language.


This series has been on the most challenged books list since 2006, and often for the same chain of reasoning, as stated above. Yes, this is a mature and somewhat graphic book. It does glamorize drugs (weed) sex (the never ending quest to lose one’s virginity before the age of 18) and friendship, backstabbing and shopping binges.

Is this book realistic? Not in comparison on my high school. Is this book over the top? Comletely. And the funny part, is that these characters doing these controversial things are flawed, clueless and immature. They are not role models, nor are they meant to be role models. The series has since transformed intself into a milder TV show. I wouldn’t recommend this book for teens under the age of 16, because of the mature content, but no matter how outlandish, the issues the teens these book deal with are symbolic of the same issues all teens deal with: peer pressure, friendship, puberty and maturity.
Instead of challenging these books, why not sit down with your child and discuss the issues and consequences and how they could relate to your child.


You can read my review of the series by following these links:

Gossip Girl here

You Know You Love Me here

All I Want is Everything here

Because I’m Worth It here

I Like It Like That here

Because I’m Worth It – Review

***If you haven’t read Gossip Girl, You Know You Love Me and All I Want is Everything, then this review will most likely be a spoilers for you, so please skid ahead!***

Book 4 of the Gossip Girl series takes us on an adventure of love. Winter break is over, and now the month is February. Seniors are in a bad case of “senior slump” and are now making new friends. Jenny befriend’s Elise during a mentoring meeting the two attend with Bloair and Serena as their senior mentors. Nate gets busted buying weed from his dealer and is sent to rehad where he falls for the dangerously alluring Georgina Sparks. Blair is on an never-ending mission to find her way guarenteed to Yale, and Serena, well, Serena is the embodiment of the word spontaneity.

4 books into the series, and I’m still loving it. Serena is starting to get incredibly annoying and vapid. I roll my eyes whenever the author talks about Serena’s beauty and demeanor (it gives me flashbacks of Stephanie Meyers’ incessant descriptions of Edward as Godlike). Up until this book, many of the character situations and circumstances seemed somewhat believable. But Serena being pulled into a fashion show and all of a sudden being the hottest thing to hit the runways, is well in teenspeak – gag-inducing. I’m not exactly sure what Cecily von Ziegesar’s intention is with Serena, but for now, she’s a throwaway character, the opposite of Blair. Whereas the first few books were focused on Serena’s return to Manhattan, we saw a girl with depth, vulnerability and insecurities. The new popular Serena is aimless and now all the focus of the books is on Blair. The sexual shock-factor of the series has calmed down at this point, and we wait for now is to see what happens to Blair and how far she’ll go to get into Yale.

For anyone keeping track, the series is nothing like the TV show, and I like them both equally.

Because I’m Worth It
Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown and Company, 2003
ISBN 0316909688
234 pages


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All I Want is Everything – Review

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All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar
Age: Teen
Genre: Fiction
Location: New York

If you haven’t read Gossip Girl, and You Know You Love Me, then this review might be a spoiler for you, so please skip on if you plan on reading the series at some point.

Book three of the Gossip Girl series finds us at the cusp of midterms and winter break at Constance Billard School for girls. Newly reunited best friends, Blair and Serena navigate through the high school waters of gossip and boy trouble well dressed and knowing exactly what they want, which is as the title says, everything. Blair is furiously focused on writing her early admissions essay for Yale, despite the family vacation to the elite St. Bart’s. Serena is yet again the inadvertent focus of attention of famous frontman for the hit band 45, Flow. Dan and Vanessa decide if they want to the next physical step in their relationship and Jenny falls even more head over heels managing to snag Nate away from Blair at the end of book 2.

This series is really addicting. I have a bias towards it mostly because I got caught up in the TV series last season. I have the characters already pictured in my head and have some sort of idea of what their future is. It is fun comparing the differences between the on-screen characters and the written characters. Blair Waldorf is still my absolute favorite with her snide sarcasm and her earnest desire to get into Yale and find true love and be just like Audrey Hepburn, and I adore her fashion sense in the TV show. Von Ziegesar does a fantastic job of capturing the teenage crush mentality; when the boy you adore is seeminly perfect and every single thing they do makes them more perfect than they were 5 seconds ago (see Jenny and Nate’s baby-romance budding in this book). While sex, and booze are the hallmark habits of most of the teens, this book takes a step back and focuses more on the personalities and quality traits of the characters over the more superficial and distracting qualities. A great series for teens and adults as well.

All I Want is Everything
by Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown and Company, 2003
ISBN 0316912123
215 pages


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