Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Carlyles - review

The Carlyles (Gossip Girl: the Carlyles # 1)
by Cecily von Ziegesar
Rating : 4/5

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Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen were tha reigning princesses of the Upper East Side.

Until now.

In Gossip Girl, Tha Carlylwa the inimitable Gossip Girl introduces the most fabulous sixteen year-old triplets to ever inhabit the Upper East Side. When the Waldorfs move from their apartment at the end of Don't You Forget About Me, the Carlyle triplets Owen, Baby and Avery move in. In the new titles of the Gossip Girl series, we will follow the Carlyles, plus three other teenagers living in gorgeous apartments, attending the most exclusive private schools - the familiar Constance Billiard School for Girls and St. Jude's School for Boys - and treating New York's Upper East Side as their personal playground. Welcome to the new era.

Lucky for you, Gossip Girl is there to wisper all their juicy secrets ...

I haven't read the original Gossip Girl books, but I've watched the TV show. So from what I know about the TV series, Gossip Girl the Carlyles and the original Gossip Girl are pretty similar. You get all the drama, love and backstabbing. And of course Gossip Girl is there to tell us all about it. The stories are even set in the same places. The only things new are the characters.

Owen, Avery and Baby are triplets. They've just moved from Nantucked to the most luxurious part of Manhattan. Avery is ready to do whatever it takes to be popular, but after an incident in a high brand fashion store with the school's most popular girl watching, her attempts crash with her popularity status.

Baby hates it in Manhattan. And she's ready to do whatever it takes to get out of there, back to her boyfriend in Nantucket. Owen is a womanizer, a real player. He's barely ever had any real friends since he's always been busy with all the girls. But last summer he met a girl he just can't get out of his mind. A girl that he's probably never going to meet again, because the only thing he knows about her is her name, Kat. And that she's the only one he wants.

I thought that this would only be a decent read, but I really, really enjoyed it. The drama was wonderful, the pranks amazingly cruel. I felt sorry for Avery the whole time and got mad every time the bad girls were planning something new. I just couldn't stop reading to find out what would happen next. 

Overall this was a very fin light read with a lot of drama. If you like the Gossip Girl TV series I imagine you would like this. At least I did.

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