Hello Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl Here, and this is your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.
Well, okay, maybe not… but Banned Book Tuesday has returned and with it, comes one of my favorite young adult series- Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar. While I have only read the 1st book in the series, I am a faithful follower to the T.V. series of the same name. For those who have not had the chance to see this gem of a show, it follows around a group of friends who have all of the privileges in the world. They are beautiful, rich, and have anything and everything at their fingertips. Their world is alluring and mesmerizing. So what did Chuck, Blair, Dan, Serena, and Nate do to get them on the top 10 banned book list? They are too involved in drugs and sexually explicit themes.
From the book itself is the following excerpt: “Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live and go to school and play and sleep–sometimes with each other. We all live in huge apartments with our own bedrooms and bathrooms and phone lines. We have unlimited access to money and booze and whatever else we want, and our parents are rarely home, so we have tons of privacy.”
Well, you can guess what happens when a bunch of teenagers are given money and privacy… drinking, drugs and sex. However, is this book really that different than the Young Adult books previously posted about on this page? We don’t think so. However, these books have so much notoriety, parents are petitioning school boards to keep them out of the libraries because they are so in demand and, well, the characters don’t exactly face the consequences of their actions most of the time. So while some school boards have banned the book series from school libraries, teens are still able to access the book at any bookstore and, let’s face it, they probably do. It’s an extremely popular series with a huge following.
Now… to end this post as any good follower of GG would: You know you love me (and Banned Book Tuesday)… XOXO Gossip Girl.