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Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way. Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year- Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way. Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . . How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began. Admit it, you're already falling for me. You know you love me. gossip girl


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Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way. Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year- Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way. Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . . How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began. Admit it, you're already falling for me. You know you love me. gossip girl

30 review for It Had to Be You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    This was an okay contemporary story, but it felt really long. The characters in this were all okay, and it was nice to see them before the events in the series, but the storyline just felt rehashed and kind of redundant. We had Vanessa shaving her head and meeting Dan, Jenny growing massive boobs, and Blair’s father announcing that he was gay, but as we already knew all this stuff, it seemed like there was nothing new going on at all. We also got the start of the love triangle between Blair, Nate This was an okay contemporary story, but it felt really long. The characters in this were all okay, and it was nice to see them before the events in the series, but the storyline just felt rehashed and kind of redundant. We had Vanessa shaving her head and meeting Dan, Jenny growing massive boobs, and Blair’s father announcing that he was gay, but as we already knew all this stuff, it seemed like there was nothing new going on at all. We also got the start of the love triangle between Blair, Nate and Serena, and I did get a bit annoyed at the way Nate strung them both along just so that he’d finally lose his virginity. He really did come across as thinking that whoever was closest would do. 6 out of 10

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    I borrowed this from the local library because there's been a lot of talk about the Gossip Girl series, especially since the telly show came out. Now, it is VERY rare that I won't finish a book if I start it, and even rarer that I won't at least give it a good chance, but this book? I wouldn't want to waste another minute on it. Seriously, the writing in here makes my beloved Sweet Valley High look like Shakespeare in comparison. Want some examples? "Nate dove on top of her, all five foot eleven I borrowed this from the local library because there's been a lot of talk about the Gossip Girl series, especially since the telly show came out. Now, it is VERY rare that I won't finish a book if I start it, and even rarer that I won't at least give it a good chance, but this book? I wouldn't want to waste another minute on it. Seriously, the writing in here makes my beloved Sweet Valley High look like Shakespeare in comparison. Want some examples? "Nate dove on top of her, all five foot eleven inches of his perfect, golden-brown-haired, glittering-green-eyed, fifteen-year-old boyness." "...Nate's snow-dampened, godlike curls..." "He rolled onto his back and wriggled like Serena's long-dead golden retriever, Guppy..." All from the very first page. And it doesn't get any better. Turn the page and you can read all about the time "Serena kicked off her baby blue Uggs and scuffed her bare, Urban Decay Piggy Bank Pink-toenailed feet down the long hall to the stately town house's enormous, barely used all-white Italian Modern kitchen." Better yet, you could just not bother. I've read some pretty bad YA Fiction in my time, but this? Ugh.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annabella

    I really enjoyed this book because it is so unlike my life! This is the prequel to the "Gossip Girl" series. (So its what happened before all the stuff in the series). I haven't read any other ones besides this one, and now I want to read the rest of them. But someone said that I shouldn't read the prequel before the whole series because it gives something away...but I understood everything and stuff so I was fine...but I guess it might ruin the rest of the series a little...but probably not. I real I really enjoyed this book because it is so unlike my life! This is the prequel to the "Gossip Girl" series. (So its what happened before all the stuff in the series). I haven't read any other ones besides this one, and now I want to read the rest of them. But someone said that I shouldn't read the prequel before the whole series because it gives something away...but I understood everything and stuff so I was fine...but I guess it might ruin the rest of the series a little...but probably not. I really liked this book and would recommend it! Although there is a lot of sex and drugs in stuff in it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yasmina

    This book is about how Serena van der Woodsen started falling for Nate and what led to their affair, and why she left Constance Billard School for Girls. When Blair Waldorf began to like Audrey Hepburn and when her dad left her mom for another man, when she first fell in love with Nate, and what caused her to have bulimia. How Nate Archibald came between Blair and Serena. When Nate first learned how to do drugs. How Vanessa got into film making and when she shaved her head to make sure she had l This book is about how Serena van der Woodsen started falling for Nate and what led to their affair, and why she left Constance Billard School for Girls. When Blair Waldorf began to like Audrey Hepburn and when her dad left her mom for another man, when she first fell in love with Nate, and what caused her to have bulimia. How Nate Archibald came between Blair and Serena. When Nate first learned how to do drugs. How Vanessa got into film making and when she shaved her head to make sure she had little to do with the girls at her school. Jenny, before her "growth spurt" kicked in. And of course, when Dan started his caffeine and cigarettes addiction and when he wrote his first poem. My text to self connection is how me and Blair both love Audrey Hepburn and I just got the DVD for christmas! I really love the movie Breakfast and Tiffany's!!!! I give this book ***** 5 stars! It was so great and entertaining and especially fun to read. It's defiantly a must read after the series itself!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiny Pants

    This was interesting as it was the first GG book I had read for the first time after seeing the tv show, so I kept seeing and hearing the characters as they are on TV (which obviously does not work well for Rufus or Vanessa, for example, nor really for Jenny). It's quite entertaining, and actually does tie pretty well into the rest of the series -- they make very few mistakes with events, chronology, etc., which is pretty impressive given that the quality of the ghostwriting (or in some cases ju This was interesting as it was the first GG book I had read for the first time after seeing the tv show, so I kept seeing and hearing the characters as they are on TV (which obviously does not work well for Rufus or Vanessa, for example, nor really for Jenny). It's quite entertaining, and actually does tie pretty well into the rest of the series -- they make very few mistakes with events, chronology, etc., which is pretty impressive given that the quality of the ghostwriting (or in some cases just with the editing) in that series has not always been especially great. The one thing that is weird in this book, which is weird in all the Gossip Girl books, is that even though the books take place over the course of a year (and in the case of this one, a year and a half before that year even!), they came out over the course of seven years -- and everything from the clothes to the booze is always current with the year the book came out. Thus in the prequel, the characters have access to more advanced technology than they do a year and a half later in book one! Now, I know I'm a big nerd that I even think about stuff like this, but I do. And since I've always found the constant brands in the books distracting, when they also just seem wrong, they're doubly so.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    I read some of the Gossip Girl series when they first came out, and then stopped. I've completely forgotten everything about them, and when venturing to the library with my grandma, I saw the prequel & decided I might as well read it, then begin to re-read the series. . . I have never seen a single episode of the show, and have no idea what has gone on. But, I love the writing style the author brings to the table. She gives a very objective, clear omniscient view, followed at the end of paragrap I read some of the Gossip Girl series when they first came out, and then stopped. I've completely forgotten everything about them, and when venturing to the library with my grandma, I saw the prequel & decided I might as well read it, then begin to re-read the series. . . I have never seen a single episode of the show, and have no idea what has gone on. But, I love the writing style the author brings to the table. She gives a very objective, clear omniscient view, followed at the end of paragraphs by snippy remarks, saying what we're all thinking, or clarifying what should be gathered. The spying "Gossip Girl" herself is just a way to be caught up on the boring, yet suggestive parts of all the lives you follow. the story itself has substance, and tangled, surprising tales that keep your interest. Serena, a golden-hair "goddess" & "angel", who is trying to keep from leaving her home for boarding school. Blair, a spunky, crazy pretty girl, who has always lived in her angelic friend's shadow, while now dealing with some. . . daddy issues. Both girls are in love with Nate, their strapping best friend, who discovers a new hobby, and with a twist, is in love with them both as well. (definitely not getting the short end of the stick) But, it looks like he may be in love with one a little bit more. Then Vanessa, an off the wall artistic type who comes to find herself in love with a younger man, Dan, who is working on his struggling, tortured, bound-to-die-young artist image. Dan's younger sister is also a subject of the novel, who ends up feeling a little . . . left behind, so she buys some . . . supplements and has quite a big. . . problem. I'm exciting to begin reading the series again, just to see where it all pans out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richie

    Actual rating: 2,5 stars Actual rating: 2,5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Annnd I'm finally done. Not going to read anymore of the series. Nothing happens, I don't care about high school drama, and half the book is brand names. Annnd I'm finally done. Not going to read anymore of the series. Nothing happens, I don't care about high school drama, and half the book is brand names.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that at my age I bought this book! I fell in love with the tv series (yes embarrassed) but what can I say, I am hooked! This book, however, promises to reveal what happened before the tv series started and it revealed literally nothing new.... nothing! It was also very full of weird things like three best friends (one male and two female) who slept in each other's beds (nonsexually of course) constantly since like elem school - what??? This book in No WAY compares Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that at my age I bought this book! I fell in love with the tv series (yes embarrassed) but what can I say, I am hooked! This book, however, promises to reveal what happened before the tv series started and it revealed literally nothing new.... nothing! It was also very full of weird things like three best friends (one male and two female) who slept in each other's beds (nonsexually of course) constantly since like elem school - what??? This book in No WAY compares to the tv series. If you are looking for secrets - look elsewhere!

  10. 5 out of 5

    L

    Can't believe Jenny used to be even more annoying! Can't believe Jenny used to be even more annoying!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ilsen Leon

    I'm so glad it's over. It gave me a headache. Obviously not my favorite. I'm so glad it's over. It gave me a headache. Obviously not my favorite.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Platero Diaz

    *** SPOILER ALERT*** Hey people! Ever have that totally freakish feeling that someone is listening in on your conversation, spying on you and your friends while you sip latters on the ivory-colored steps of the metropolitan Museum of Art, following you to premieres and parties, and just generally stalking you? Well, they are. I am. And the truth is. I've been here all along, because I'm one of you. One of the Chosen Ones. Don't get out much? Hair so processed it's fried your brain? Perhaps you'r *** SPOILER ALERT*** Hey people! Ever have that totally freakish feeling that someone is listening in on your conversation, spying on you and your friends while you sip latters on the ivory-colored steps of the metropolitan Museum of Art, following you to premieres and parties, and just generally stalking you? Well, they are. I am. And the truth is. I've been here all along, because I'm one of you. One of the Chosen Ones. Don't get out much? Hair so processed it's fried your brain? Perhaps you're not one of us after all and you have no clue what I'm talking about or who "we" are. Allow me to expound. We're an exclusive group of indescribably beautiful people who happen to live in those majestic, green-awninged, white-glove-doorman buildings near Central Park. We attend Manhattan's most elite single-sex private schools. Our families own yachts, estates, and vineyards in various exotic locations through out the world. We frequent all the best beaches and the most exclusive ski resorts in Austria and Utah. We're seated immediately at finest restaurants in the chicest neighborhoods with nary a reservation. We turn heads. But don't confuse us with Hollywood actors or models or rock stars-those people you feel like you know because you read so much about them in the tabloids they sing. There's nothing boring about me or my friends, and the more I tell you about us, the more you'll be dying to know. I've kept quiet until now, but something has happened, and if I don't share it with the world I'm absolutely going to burst. The genre of this book is Young-adult fiction. My favorite part of this book was when in the book cover it said that " Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . . How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. This was my favorite part because I can't keep a secret, well I can but it depends on who the person who is telling me the secret it. Also, that was my favorite part because when I was picking a book I saw that one and got my attention, then I started reading the book cover ( the little summary they give about the book, and I read it. When I was done reading it I was left with a curious feeling...) So, then I read it. This book is about three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, and When Serena and Nate accidentally kiss one night while in the same bed as Blair, things begin to get complicated for the threesome. How will they tell their best friend that their relationship has been taken to the next level? Serena begins to feel more and more guilty when Blair confesses to Serena how in love with Nate she is. Her best friend’s life is falling apart. How can Serena steal a guy from her, too? But maybe Serena doesn’t need a guy. Dan would gladly take Nate’s place in her life. If only poor Vanessa, who is quickly falling for him, knew that. After she and Dan share an awkward first kiss in his apartment, she’s smitten, but she doesn’t realize that the poems of his she keeps reading are meant for Serena. The setting of this book is in New York (United States). This prequel to the Gossip Girl series reveals how Serena left Constance Billard School for Girls after falling in love with Nate. The story also explores Blair's obsession with Audrey Hepburn, and how Nate came in between best friends Serena and Blair. And it revolves around the lives and romances of the privileged teenagers at the Constance Billard School for Girls, an elite private school in New York City's Upper East Side. The books primarily focus on best friends Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, whose experiences are among those chronicled by the eponymous gossip blogger. The novel series is based on von Ziegesar's experiences at Nightingale-Bamford School and on what she heard from friends. The theme of this book is friendship/ romance because in the book it says that "Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush." And "three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald." The author’s word choice makes the story more understandable for example these lines "three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds." those lines help me understand that they are very good/close friends. and these lines too "Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush." those lines help me understand that the story or that that piece of writing is talking about romance and that's one of the reasons why I chose to read this book. I liked the way the author wrote this book because I really enjoyed it because when I was reading the romance parts I felt like I was the one falling in love. And I really like these lines " I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way." I like those lines because I want to be like them, like wear fantastic clothe, or how they know how to party... I rated this book 4 stars because I really liked it and I thought it was interesting and wonderful. I would recommend this book to people who like books about romance/friendship because I thought it was mostly about that. Have you ever thought, do friends last forever? Would we be able to fall in love or date/marry someone you really love? Do love ones last for long time...?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Em(ily) Ann ♡︎♡︎♡︎ - theglitterybookworm_

    This was crap. Moving on.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Alvarez

    Ugh! Nonono I don't even know where to start First of all, all ALL the characters are really gross and bad I don't know how to described Blair, she seem like twelve years old, she just have ONE! thing in her mind, N A T E That's it she just live for him Serena, omg, you little slut, man she doesn't care about her best friend, she's like I love Nate, and we're gonna be together like what? Bitch! Nate, OMG! This is it, this is the worst characters I have no freaking idea why they love him, he's such Ugh! Nonono I don't even know where to start First of all, all ALL the characters are really gross and bad I don't know how to described Blair, she seem like twelve years old, she just have ONE! thing in her mind, N A T E That's it she just live for him Serena, omg, you little slut, man she doesn't care about her best friend, she's like I love Nate, and we're gonna be together like what? Bitch! Nate, OMG! This is it, this is the worst characters I have no freaking idea why they love him, he's such a white man, like yeah I can sleep with the two of them because I want to, he does what he freaking wants, it's just UGH! Dan is a psycho yeah, she is way worse than Blair, she have a freaking wall just for Serena, he just watch a picture of her and OMG, he can't control himself Jenna is kinda the only "relatable" character but still I don't like her It's not even the first book and I already hate it I really hope this is not a really bad series

  15. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    Over time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love -- and hate -- one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. Over time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love -- and hate -- one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. But now, we get to go inside their private world, and see just how our favorite socialites became so fabulous. "It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" takes readers back to a time before Nate Archibald hat taken his first hit. Before Serena van der Woodsen abandoned her cushy life in the city for boarding school living with her older brother. Before little Jenny Humphrey was burdened by an over-large chest. Before Blair Waldorf's father came out of the closet. It provides answers to our questions, except to the one thing I'm curiously about: who exactly is Gossip Girl? At fifteen-years-old, Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and Nate Archibald were basically attached at the hip. The Three Musketeers-esque clique did simply everything together - from partying to sleepovers, and everything in-between. Both Serena and Blair had been madly in love with Nate, and his hypnotizing green eyes, since they were in diapers. The only question that remained was who would be the lucky girl to snag him as their boyfriend; and who would end up the odd woman out. "It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" paints each character in a different light. Serena displays such an uncanny amount of vulnerability, loneliness, and sadness throughout the story, that you can't help but love her, and want to see things work out in the end. Blair, on the other hand, comes off as being completely self-centered and self-absorbed. However, the underlying family problems she finds herself going through, and the fact that she is struggling with an eating disorder - even if she refuses to come to terms with it - show just how much she is crying out for attention; which actually makes you feel badly for her. Nate, as always, is so dashing and adorable. However, his penchant for being totally out of it in just about every situation makes him seem like a total waste of a life. I will admit, though, that his looks make up for whatever his personality happens to be lacking. Without a mother to care for them, Dan and Jenny Humphrey simply had each other to rely on. And, without any known friends, it was essential that the two stuck close to one another. Luckily, they both had one very important thing in common: their unhealthy obsession with the ethereal Serena van der Woodsen. While neither had ever spoken to Serena, they both admired her from afar, and watched her every move - like sibling stalkers. Vanessa Abrams was always an off-the-wall girl. However, with her flowing black hair that reached past her waist, she had the potential to be beautiful; if only she would take up a new hobby. When she shaves her head completely bald, she finally gets the recognition she wants - especially from Dan Humphrey. Unfortunately, he seems to be more after her friendship than her body; and would rather spend his days mooning after Serena - much to Vanessa's chagrin. But she knows that, with a little effort, she may just be able to snag his heart - before it's too late. Book Details: Title It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel (Gossip Girl Series) Author Cecily von Ziegesar Reviewed By Purplycookie

  16. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    Over time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love -- and hate -- one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. Over time I've grown to known and love our favorite Upper East Side scandal-makers. We have followed their every move - thanks to the help of a little birdie named Gossip Girl - and accompanied them as they played the field, played hard to get, broke hearts, found love, shopped 'till they dropped, and partied until the sun came up. The one thing we were never privy to, however, is how it all began. How they came to love -- and hate -- one another; and why their relationships were so tumultuous. But now, we get to go inside their private world, and see just how our favorite socialites became so fabulous. "It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" takes readers back to a time before Nate Archibald hat taken his first hit. Before Serena van der Woodsen abandoned her cushy life in the city for boarding school living with her older brother. Before little Jenny Humphrey was burdened by an over-large chest. Before Blair Waldorf's father came out of the closet. It provides answers to our questions, except to the one thing I'm curiously about: who exactly is Gossip Girl? At fifteen-years-old, Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and Nate Archibald were basically attached at the hip. The Three Musketeers-esque clique did simply everything together - from partying to sleepovers, and everything in-between. Both Serena and Blair had been madly in love with Nate, and his hypnotizing green eyes, since they were in diapers. The only question that remained was who would be the lucky girl to snag him as their boyfriend; and who would end up the odd woman out. "It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel" paints each character in a different light. Serena displays such an uncanny amount of vulnerability, loneliness, and sadness throughout the story, that you can't help but love her, and want to see things work out in the end. Blair, on the other hand, comes off as being completely self-centered and self-absorbed. However, the underlying family problems she finds herself going through, and the fact that she is struggling with an eating disorder - even if she refuses to come to terms with it - show just how much she is crying out for attention; which actually makes you feel badly for her. Nate, as always, is so dashing and adorable. However, his penchant for being totally out of it in just about every situation makes him seem like a total waste of a life. I will admit, though, that his looks make up for whatever his personality happens to be lacking. Without a mother to care for them, Dan and Jenny Humphrey simply had each other to rely on. And, without any known friends, it was essential that the two stuck close to one another. Luckily, they both had one very important thing in common: their unhealthy obsession with the ethereal Serena van der Woodsen. While neither had ever spoken to Serena, they both admired her from afar, and watched her every move - like sibling stalkers. Vanessa Abrams was always an off-the-wall girl. However, with her flowing black hair that reached past her waist, she had the potential to be beautiful; if only she would take up a new hobby. When she shaves her head completely bald, she finally gets the recognition she wants - especially from Dan Humphrey. Unfortunately, he seems to be more after her friendship than her body; and would rather spend his days mooning after Serena - much to Vanessa's chagrin. But she knows that, with a little effort, she may just be able to snag his heart - before it's too late. Book Details: Title It Had To Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel (Gossip Girl Series) Author Cecily von Ziegesar Reviewed By Purplycookie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lionella

    Actually 2.5 stars :) Ok...I have a weird relationship with this book. I kind of like it, but I haven't finished it. I had like 100 pages left, but I couldn't contiunue and I returned it to the library. The TV show is so much better. The book seems so different. I liked Jenny. :) But the ''big boobs'' thing was sooo weird. It made me wander if it is the Jenny I know. Blair is so not like in the TV show. I loved that Blair. In the book she is so Serena :D . I mean doing drugs, drinking, smoking b Actually 2.5 stars :) Ok...I have a weird relationship with this book. I kind of like it, but I haven't finished it. I had like 100 pages left, but I couldn't contiunue and I returned it to the library. The TV show is so much better. The book seems so different. I liked Jenny. :) But the ''big boobs'' thing was sooo weird. It made me wander if it is the Jenny I know. Blair is so not like in the TV show. I loved that Blair. In the book she is so Serena :D . I mean doing drugs, drinking, smoking blah, blah... . So is Nate. I mean really? Nate smoking and doing drugs is so not Nate. And Chuck being in love with Serena...ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Do I even have to talk about Vanessa? I hated her in the TV show, but in the book mI can't stand her. I could not read the chapters about her. I gave it 2 stars, because if I could erase and reimagine the book without comparing it with the TV show it would be a fine book. But the TV show is still in my head and sorry for the ones who liked the book. I am not judging you and I actually can totally see why you like it, but I just can't...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophie T

    This book,It Had to Be You, is the prequel to the Gossip Girl book series and television series. My opinion has always been that the books are almost always better than the movie/television show, and this is no exception. I adore the Gossip Girl television series, and had always wanted to read the books because the books always give more detail and explanation of emotions. I've always loved the idea of a prequel. I just like the concept of giving a backstory. The television show starts right aft This book,It Had to Be You, is the prequel to the Gossip Girl book series and television series. My opinion has always been that the books are almost always better than the movie/television show, and this is no exception. I adore the Gossip Girl television series, and had always wanted to read the books because the books always give more detail and explanation of emotions. I've always loved the idea of a prequel. I just like the concept of giving a backstory. The television show starts right after the prequel ends, and I couldn't be more grateful for the existence of this book because Gossip Girl is off the air now so I'll take anything I can get. The way Cecily von Ziegesar builds character development is great, but it's even cooler than she can do it backwards. I loved learning more about the actions, consequences, and feelings of the characters from my favorite television show. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the Gossip Girl series like I do.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This prequel takes us back before Vanessa moves to New York and shaves her head, before Jenny had boobs, before Dan started smoking and became a poet, and, most importantly, before Nate, Serena and Blair became the most messed up love triangle ever. In addition to how all those things began, the three watch Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time, Blair begins her bout with bulimia, Blair's dad comes out of the closet, and Serena decides to go to boarding school. It was a little obvious to any This prequel takes us back before Vanessa moves to New York and shaves her head, before Jenny had boobs, before Dan started smoking and became a poet, and, most importantly, before Nate, Serena and Blair became the most messed up love triangle ever. In addition to how all those things began, the three watch Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time, Blair begins her bout with bulimia, Blair's dad comes out of the closet, and Serena decides to go to boarding school. It was a little obvious to anyone who's read even one other Gossip Girl book before that those things were going to happen. I wish that I could say that the interesting part was how they happened, but I really didn't find it all that interesting. I guess maybe I've read too many of these all in a row, but I've gotten to the point where I'm just tired of all of them, and glad the series is over so I can read more edifying books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com In the prequel to the GOSSIP GIRL series, Blair, Serena, Nate, Jenny, Dan, Vanessa, and Chuck's nasty little secrets are exposed. Why Serena left, what attracted Nate to Blair, and every detail about our favorite rich kids are told. And nothing is left to the imagination. How did Serena and Nate end up hooking up before Blair and Nate? Is Vanessa really in love with Dan? What other dirty little deeds has Chuck participated in? Is Jenny really as inno Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com In the prequel to the GOSSIP GIRL series, Blair, Serena, Nate, Jenny, Dan, Vanessa, and Chuck's nasty little secrets are exposed. Why Serena left, what attracted Nate to Blair, and every detail about our favorite rich kids are told. And nothing is left to the imagination. How did Serena and Nate end up hooking up before Blair and Nate? Is Vanessa really in love with Dan? What other dirty little deeds has Chuck participated in? Is Jenny really as innocent as she seems? Why does Blair seem so psycho? All of your burning questions are answered! I really liked this book but it wasn't one in the series that I got addicted to. It was a good end to the series, though, even if I am disappointed to see it go. This is definitely one to read if you are a GOSSIP GIRL fan like I am!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittni

    I read this after finishing the series, which may have been a bad idea, but I don't think it was out when I first started this series. The prequel just delves deeper into the characters' lives before the first book started, but the subsequent books explained the important parts. The prequel was a bit less interesting because of that; I knew what was going to happen. Not so fun, but still likeable. Also, I'm a bit annoyed at the discrepancy with Serena's character. It takes till the second-to-last I read this after finishing the series, which may have been a bad idea, but I don't think it was out when I first started this series. The prequel just delves deeper into the characters' lives before the first book started, but the subsequent books explained the important parts. The prequel was a bit less interesting because of that; I knew what was going to happen. Not so fun, but still likeable. Also, I'm a bit annoyed at the discrepancy with Serena's character. It takes till the second-to-last book for Serena to have a revelation that she loved Nate all along, but in this prequel, she knows this from the start. Wut wut?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine Voss

    This book was not what I expected. I had watched the tv show before and expected the book to be the same as the movie, but what I read was a treat that the show never explains and the book answered so many questions. If I were to use this book as a learning tool in school I would recommend this book to middle schoolers and high schoolers. It was a delightful read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    I regret not getting into this series when I was younger.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Cloud

    This book was so good. I think you're supposed to read it after the series but I didn't want to do that. I read it last night. I saw the series at school and I was like this looks good! and I was like I want to try out this series. This is the book series before the show Gossip girls. I've read the book series "Pretty Little Liars" that was later turned into a TV Show. Okay, so an overview of the book. While I was reading it I was very into and emotionally. I remember times of excitement and tim This book was so good. I think you're supposed to read it after the series but I didn't want to do that. I read it last night. I saw the series at school and I was like this looks good! and I was like I want to try out this series. This is the book series before the show Gossip girls. I've read the book series "Pretty Little Liars" that was later turned into a TV Show. Okay, so an overview of the book. While I was reading it I was very into and emotionally. I remember times of excitement and times of anger. There was a relationship with 1 guy and 2 girls that was romantic. I love romance but that really bothered me. I don't mind sex and all that kissing / romantic stuff but Nate, Blair, Serena were both with Nate. They were both physically involved with him at the same time. It's really gross and highly disturbing. Like all 3 of them would be in bed together. I love the drama though of Nate trying to choose what girl. So in between every few chapters, there's a little like email set up and then a summary/update on the characters. But instead of putting the name in, they put the letters. Like S - Serena. N - Nate, etc. Anyways so character/relationships: Serena& Blair are both hot/popular girls. (this all takes place in NY City - of course). Also, all these characters have rich parents & rarely see their parents. They're all in HS. So characters: Nate. Nate in this book like Blair & Serena but loves Serena more. Dan & Jenny are brother/sister. Then Vennessa who likes Dan. Jenny is spending her time trying to make her boobs bigger LOL. Blair & Serena have weird romantic moments with Nate. There's a point in the book that Nate wants to go to a party/ dance with L'Wren (which is a weird/stupid/ugly girl name) Then Blair& Serena are trying to get him not to go and so Serena kisses Chuck (gross) just to make Nate jealous and want her but then Blair takes that time to kiss Nate. I was so pissed. I wanted Serena with Nate not Blair with him. UGH but then Blair & Nate get together but all they do is kiss. Blair keeps saying she's not ready for sex but it's so annoying! Nate should've just gotten with Serena she was ready for sex. Blair & Nate separate for the summer and Serena ends up having sex with Nate! I was so excited! Anyway this bok was super good! Excited about the rest of the series. I usually don't write this long of review but I really liked this book :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Everything we need to know that leads up to the the first Gossip Girl book, is in this book. Serena, Blair and Nate are the best of friends. But Serena starts to realize that she's loved Nate all along and is trying to figure out a way to tell him and Blair, but Blair's family life is crumbling. Her parents are separating and we see the reason behind what started her eating disorder. Serena doesn't want to bring any more tragedy to Blair's life and doesn't tell Blair that her and Nate belong tog Everything we need to know that leads up to the the first Gossip Girl book, is in this book. Serena, Blair and Nate are the best of friends. But Serena starts to realize that she's loved Nate all along and is trying to figure out a way to tell him and Blair, but Blair's family life is crumbling. Her parents are separating and we see the reason behind what started her eating disorder. Serena doesn't want to bring any more tragedy to Blair's life and doesn't tell Blair that her and Nate belong together. Nate thinks that he loves Serena too, but when he's kissing Blair, he loves her as well. Who will he choose? We see Dan's first work of poetry and his addiction to smoking. Jenny buys breast enhancement supplements online and realizes that they may have been a huge mistake. Vanessa didn't always have a shaved head, in fact, her hair was coveted by many. But she bravely shaves it off and we see how her and Dan meet and form a beautiful friendship. This prequel was entertaining but WAY too long. There are some plot holes in the story line. I'm pretty sure in the first book, it's mentioned that Chuck has a brother (I could be wrong) but in this one, it is mentioned that he is an only child. We still never found out how Serena and Georgina know each other. I totally forgot about Georgina's character until I was reading the skiing chapters and I remembered her from one of the previous books. Blair and Serena's friendship seemed really strong in this book but not as strong through the rest of the series. We also see how Nate's smoking addiction got started. And we still don't know who Gossip Girl is! I still have one more book to read, but I'm still overall really disappointed in this series. I wanted to see manipulation from Blair. I wanted to see Blair and Serena's friendship strong like it sometimes is in the show. I much prefer the show to the book series. Stay tuned for one more book review to come!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Derek C.

    Over my spring break, I read it had to be you by Cecily Von Ziegesar and I really liked it. I decided to read this book because I am in love with the tv show that was inspired from this book series. I discovered this book because after re-watching the show again for the eighth time, I saw words that popped on the screen that said, “ inspired from the gossip girl novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar”. This book was great because it is a series and includes lots of drama.The book also gives great insight Over my spring break, I read it had to be you by Cecily Von Ziegesar and I really liked it. I decided to read this book because I am in love with the tv show that was inspired from this book series. I discovered this book because after re-watching the show again for the eighth time, I saw words that popped on the screen that said, “ inspired from the gossip girl novel by Cecily Von Ziegesar”. This book was great because it is a series and includes lots of drama.The book also gives great insight on what it’s like to be an outsider and want everything the rich and elite have. I fell like the book can better if their wasn’t a lot of profanity. Although I feel like the cursing and rudeness is a great element to the story, I feel it can do even better with less. I think the people who would love this book or series would be the kind of people who love drama, and who love forbidden love.. In this book, the main character is going to move to boarding school but has a crush on her best friend and her best friend also has a crush on her. But, her other very close best friend has a crush on him as well and she doesn’t want to upset her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raven and Beez

    Read on blog!! My judgement of the book is very biased. Maybe it's because I am currently watching the 5th season. And I love it(ask raven about it- its my mission to make her fall for it too). Okay so truth be told, as much as I love watching gossip girl I did not like this book that much. Its when Blair, Serena and Nate are naive. And knowing what would happen just made me furious cause I couldn't sop it. The characters in this book enraged me. Lets take Nate for instance. He has 2 beautiful best Read on blog!! My judgement of the book is very biased. Maybe it's because I am currently watching the 5th season. And I love it(ask raven about it- its my mission to make her fall for it too). Okay so truth be told, as much as I love watching gossip girl I did not like this book that much. Its when Blair, Serena and Nate are naive. And knowing what would happen just made me furious cause I couldn't sop it. The characters in this book enraged me. Lets take Nate for instance. He has 2 beautiful best friends and he's utterly in love with one of them. Yet he does absolutely nothing to be with her. And whats more he likes the other best friend too. And on top of that he's always stoned. In the series Nate is so much better. The only thing I don't like about him is that he doesn't take decisions But he's a really good guy and would never do anything morally wrong to his family and friends. If I continue I'll probably end up talking about the show so I better stop now and focus on the book. I felt Nate was stupid and thick in this book. He doesn't decide who he wants to be with though its obvious and he goes around smoking pot with his new friends. I felt like shaking him thoroughly and telling him to open his eyes, what was he doing??! Blair Cornelia Waldorf. Blair is my favorite character in the show. I love Blair(I pronounce it like Louis did, because even though I hate him I am a sucker for french accents) because of her everything. I love the way she talks, orders people around, acts bossy, is Queen B, how nothing else matters when she wants something and all of her personality. I love how shes a bitch and has such amazing schemes on her sleeve. Recently I have made up my mind to be like Blair in most ways. Though obviously not full on Blair cause that would be way off base. But it always puts a nice ring to it when I think, "What would Blair do?". But Blair in this book... was not my Blair. Blair's almost pathetic in this book. Shes naive, vain and made me want to so badly tell her to stop being like that. I mean who would have thought that this Blair would in the future be in love with Chuck who she very much dislikes at the moment, marry a real prince and also fall in love with the guy who is so stupidly in blind love with Serena(Dan). Blair is also stupidly in love with Nate. Its the kind of love that is mostly one sided(but she refuses to acknowledge it) and pathetic. If it weren't for my history with Blair I would have hated her but since there is a part that is so in love with her character on the show I couldn't help but be biased. I didn't really like any character in this book, period. But there were some parts that were nice. So here they are: Vanessa in the start. Vanessa in the start of the book was cool. She's an amazing photographer(I hope to be one too) and an artist. The way she shaves her head of is soo cool. And that too in front of Blair. Her personality which is a loner and I-don't-care-so-go-fuck-yourself makes her different. Till she falls heads over heels with Dan who's miserably in love with Serena. Serena. There are several things I like about Serena. I like how she's so picture perfect and how people view her as all round perfect. I love that she is a true friend to Blair despite Blair being Blair. I like how even though she loves Nate she doesn't fight with Blair over him. I like how despite being popular she's not rude and is caring. And to some extent her small little bubble world. I feel what she did for Blair was quite selfless. Though its what best friends do for each other giving up Nate just after she has the smallest yet most magical part of him would be. She cares deeply about Blair and can not bear the though of taking Nate away from her cause shes going through a tough time. She's not selfish. You could ask what not to like then? Even though what she did was just be a good friend I think she took being selfless to another level. She suffered and mopped because she let who she loves and who loves her back to someone else.How much ever she loves Blair that was a stupid act on her part. And all those pent up feelings let to other things and what she and Nate did in the end is just way worse. I mean first you're lying to yourself and your best friend and then your cheating on the guy she loves! That's about it. I hardly liked anything more in this book. Which is why under is a list of my most hated parts which I make gladly. Overly pathetic Dan Humphrey. Dan is madly and blindly in love with perfect Serena when he hardly even knows her. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. He sticks drawing of Serena the angel on his wall!!! He starts chain smoking like an idiot. He faints when Vanessa kisses him for the first time!! He has a loser best and only friend. I have no words for him. Stoned Nate who always thought about having sex. He has literally thought about sex every 6 seconds! Insecure Blair. With shopping with Serena, if S had an amazing something B would be super competitive and hunt down the shop for something better. Really, B? Indecisive Serena. Make up your mind Serena and don't let it bend because Blair's going through a rough patch, cause if she were in your place she wouldn't think twice. Smitten Vanessa Did you have to fall for Dan? Jenny I don't really hate Jenny, I just felt like screaming no at her because what she was doing was utterly stupid and she'd regret it so badly. I felt sorry for her. After reading this you're thinking that I absolutely hate these series but it couldn't be farther from the truth, I'm totally in love with gossip girl, the series not the book. And if you're wondering I'm not going to be visiting these book series again or any time soon. And I feel you should do the same and stick to the tv show, its mind blowing-ly fun(ask Raven about it). Lots of love and super squidgy chocolate brownies Beez

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jayse

    Background: I’ve NEVER seen Gossip Girl. The local goodwill had half the series when I was in high school and I bought them on whim thinking I would read them and watch the series. Time got away from me. The pandemic arrived and there was no time like the present to read a trashy, gossipy, bitchy teen-drama and reminisce on my high school years. It’s been a wild ride, and I still have the holiday special, the Carlyle spin-offs, and the IT GIRL spin offs. But I say all of this to say, I really li Background: I’ve NEVER seen Gossip Girl. The local goodwill had half the series when I was in high school and I bought them on whim thinking I would read them and watch the series. Time got away from me. The pandemic arrived and there was no time like the present to read a trashy, gossipy, bitchy teen-drama and reminisce on my high school years. It’s been a wild ride, and I still have the holiday special, the Carlyle spin-offs, and the IT GIRL spin offs. But I say all of this to say, I really like Serena. I root for her. She’s pretty and spoiled but she has so much heart. Pretty privilege is a thing yes! But we often forget that sometimes behind gleaming eyes and perfect smiles is a human who at the end of the day wants to be truly seen and loved just like the rest of us. I’m curious to see if I’ll like her as much in the CW series as I do in the books. Until then. . . You know you love, xJayse

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Shek

    Full Review with spoilers here The origin story of how everyone came to be who we all know and love. It was a cute read but I gotta say I wasn't expecting all these things to happen, seemingly in one go. It felt too fast for me, I would prefer a more gradual pace. This one actually has the longest timeline of any of the books and I think that's what threw me off. Still, we are so close to the end and I'm looking forward to moving on from the series, we've been here a while and the last few books ha Full Review with spoilers here The origin story of how everyone came to be who we all know and love. It was a cute read but I gotta say I wasn't expecting all these things to happen, seemingly in one go. It felt too fast for me, I would prefer a more gradual pace. This one actually has the longest timeline of any of the books and I think that's what threw me off. Still, we are so close to the end and I'm looking forward to moving on from the series, we've been here a while and the last few books haven't been great so I'm hoping we can end on a high note with the last one. Let's see how it goes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lapalme

    I started this series with Gossip Girl years and years ago. I never read this prequel or even knew there was one. I did binge watch the entire show a couple years ago so I’m curious to finally reread the few books I managed to finish in this series and to actually finish it to compare to the show. This prequel was alright but I feel like it dragged on to the inevitable event that started the drama in the first book. It was amusing as it kept me reading till the end but I forgot how thoroughly me I started this series with Gossip Girl years and years ago. I never read this prequel or even knew there was one. I did binge watch the entire show a couple years ago so I’m curious to finally reread the few books I managed to finish in this series and to actually finish it to compare to the show. This prequel was alright but I feel like it dragged on to the inevitable event that started the drama in the first book. It was amusing as it kept me reading till the end but I forgot how thoroughly messed up the characters were. Decent book all in all.

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