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All I Want is Everything: A Gossip Girl Novel

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All I Want is Everything: A Gossip Girl Novel

It's Christmastime in New York, but the gossip is hotter than ever. Who's getting what for Christmas? Who's going to what exclusive tropical island to get a fabulous tan? 'Tis the season to make up and break up. As always, the girl in the spotlight is the beautiful, blonde and sophisticated Serena van der Woodsen. She's caught Flow's eye. Yes that Flow, the sexy lead singer of the band Komunik8. He sends her presents, sings to her, and causes everyone at the exclusive all-girls Constance Billard School to have some severe jealousy.

Blair, Serena's best friend, hasn't the time to worry about Serena and Flow. She's destined to go to Yale. The only problem is that she made a complete fool of herself in the first round of interviews, and her essay as it stands isn't exactly stellar. To complicate matters, her mother is pregnant at 47, her ex-boyfriend is dating a girl with really big breasts, and her stepbrother's friend Miles is interested in her when she so doesn't have time for a boyfriend…or does she? And don't forget about Dan, the poet, or his filmmaker girlfriend Vanessa, or his sister Jenny, who is dating Blair's ex-boyfriend Nate. It promises to be a wild Christmas for everyone.

The third Gossip Girl book lacks the sparkle of its predecessors as characterizations fall flat, the writing feels rushed, and many consistency errors appear. Gossip Girl's omniscient voice is boring rather than snarky. Name-dropping of brands becomes more important than the story, as though this were a Neiman Marcus catalog rather than a novel. Who is Gossip Girl? Who cares? All I want is some plot development.

Reviewed by Carlie Kraft on May 7, 2003

All I Want is Everything: A Gossip Girl Novel
by Cecily von Ziegesar

  • Publication Date: May 7, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • ISBN-10: 0316912123
  • ISBN-13: 9780316912129