Parents' Guide to

Gossip Girl Books

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Addictive high-society fluff with iffy messages.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

For teens and up only!

I can't believe people are saying that it's okay for 8 year olds! I would say 8 is fine for Twilight, but Gossip Girl? No. Do you really want your 8 year old exposed to drugs, smoking, swearing, underage drinking, sex, and everything else? It's not even the content - it's the way it's portrayed. You are basically giving your kid a book that says, drugs are fine, underage drinking is fine, everything's fine - just look good and don't make a scene. If that's not glamorizing teenage life, I don't know what is. Unlike Pretty Little Liars, another teen series like this, no one gets punished. At all. The reason I gave this 4/5 stars is because of one word: entertainment. It's fun to read about the life of the rich and powerful. You should read it, just make sure you know all the content first...
age 9+
I think kids over nine should know about this stuff already, my daughter loves this show so much

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (39):

This is really superficial stuff, but it's no wonder it's such a hit; these rich kids' designer lives are the stuff we've all fantasized about. It's just as easy to relish the high moments (Serena hooks up with a rock star; Dan and Vanessa finally get it on) as it is the disasters (Blair dates her Yale interviewer, only to find out he's the married father of one of her classmates; Nate gets busted trying to buy pot in Central Park). While none of the characters are particularly noble, it's fun watching them throw fabulous benefits (complete with Kate Spade gift bags!) or jet off to a tropical island for the holidays.

The author expertly weaves their various storylines together for maximum energy. But do your kids -- the ones you trust not to take this world too seriously -- really have to read the whole series? (Probably just one or two will do.) The interludes are the perfect device, because they remind sophisticated readers of their place in the whole mess: We are not these characters. We are not their friends. We are simply gawkers.

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