Saturday, January 9, 2016

Review: You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl #2) by Cecily von Ziegesar


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
In You Know You Love Me, the sequel to Gossip Girl, it's brunette vixen Blair Waldorf's seventeenth birthday, and she knows exactly what she wants— Nate, her studly troubles boyfriend of three years. But Blair's been too busy filling out Ivy League college applications to notice that Nate has found himself another playmate.
MY TAKE:
I reread this book on a whim, and now I have the urge to reread the other books in the series too.

In You Know You Love Me, Blair is focused on the future but her plans are falling apart in front of her eyes. One of those is her future with Nate, who is feeling the pressure and turning to someone other than Blair for relief. Meanwhile, Dan is in love with Serena, and while Serena likes him, their level of affection for each other are at very different points and this causes some problems.

I had forgotten how addictive this series was. While, as a whole, I prefer the television series more since the characters are more complex and realistic, there is still something charming and interesting about the characters in the book. I also love the snarky comments that pepper the book, and how the book makes me feel like I'm in New York living the high life with them.

As not nice as Blair can be sometimes, it's hard not to sympathize with her as well. She really goes through some crappy things here. Nate is a stoner and a jerk, and I pity Jenny because it can only go downhill from here for her. As for Dan and Serena, they seem like a terrible fit. Serena is so flighty and Dan is a brooding, hopeless romantic, Since it's been a while since I read the series and watched the TV series, I can't remember if they end up together in the books. I do remember that they do get into relationships with people I don't really like, something which dampers my enthusiasm to reread a little bit.

THE GOOD:

  1. It's an enjoyable read.
  2. You feel like you're a part of the action.
  3. There characters are fun to read about.

THE BAD:

  1. If you watched the series first, you may be disappointed that the books are so different. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You miss watching Gossip Girl.
  2. You like reading about rich characters' lives.
  3. You wish you lived in New York. 

RATING:
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