Friday, 16 October 2009

Gossip Girl: The Carlyses - Take a Chance on Me by Cecily von Ziegesar

From Amazon: The third book in the deliciously scandalous GOSSIP GIRL THE CARLYLES series. Owen, Avery and Baby Carlyle are really finding their feet on the Upper East Side. Owen's secret is out and he and Kelsey can live happily ever after. Can't they? Avery is set to take her place as Queen Bee now she has an internship at Metropolitan magazine. If she could just sort out her love life... And Baby has finally realised that J.P. is just too, well, 'perfect' for her - she wants someone a bit more interesting and surprising. Maybe she needs to look a little further a field...

In The Carlyles series, we've been introduced to Owen, Avery and Baby -- three young socialites causing quite a stir in New York's Upper East Side. They're driven, popular and self-involved, all of which are traits they no doubt picked up from their predecessors.

Take a Chance on Me picks up where You Just Can't Get Enough left off, and mostly focuses on Avery's internship, Baby's therapy, and Owen's hoes over bros dilemma. Though the characters are exaggerated and act a lot older than their sixteen years, all these are realistic teenage problems and experiences. The connection to the new characters isn't quite as strong as with the original Gossip Girl series, though my attachment is growing with each book. Their bad judgements and wrong choices ultimately make them more personable and easier to identify with, which always helps when faced with protagonists at the very top of the social ladder.

Although this series isn't my favourite of Ziegesar's creations, I still love it, and get a huge sense of excitement whenever a new installment arrives on my doorstep. They're fantastic, entertaining reads, and almost feature more backstabbing and bitchiness than an episode of the TV show.

6 comments:

Chicklish said...

I haven't read any of these but I think I'd like them. Thanks for the great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I haven't read any of these either but they like such escapism! Great reveiw, Jen!

Andrea said...

I've read all the original Gossip Girl books but have only had the chance to pick up the first Carlyse book. I need to read the others, I think.

Thao said...

I have to say that although I'm not thrilled about books like these real much, I adore their elegant covers ;D

Becky said...

I'm with Chicklish and So Many Books, I haven't read any Gossip Girl. I wonder if its like the OC or 90210. I like those but only get to watch them if my husband is not home!

Kate said...

Great review. I've not read any Gossip Girl books either. They sound like something that'd be fun to read though.