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Only in Your Dreams: Gossip Girl #9


Only in Your Dreams: Gossip Girl #9

ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS takes place during the last summer before the gang heads off to college. Blair is across the Atlantic with Lord Marcus. Serena is given an apartment as she prepares for her new movie role in the modern version of Breakfast at Tiffany's; Vanessa is also working on the film. Daniel has a job at the famous Strand bookstore, while Nate is working off his graduation deal by fixing his coach's house.

Lights! Camera! Designer action! Right? Well, fans of the Gossip Girl series know that surprises are the order of the day, along with hot clothes. Blair is put into a hotel by Lord Marcus, who introduces her to a kissing cousin who is always around. While Blair is buying everything in sight in London, including an amazing wedding dress for 10,000 pounds, where is he? When a hotel employee hints that the other woman may not be a cousin, she packs her new purchases and returns home to staggering credit card bills and angry parents. Now they actually want her to work for the summer --- ugh. Of course, work for these teens is interning with a famous fashion designer, what else?

Returning home means that Blair needs a place to stay, so she moves into Serena's apartment, which of course is above the residence of a very good-looking guy.

Serena dives into her new role, or rather belly flops. She struggles to learn the lines that her famous co-star knows without a problem. And what's up with him anyway?  She gives him every chance to get close, and he just doesn't. The apartment is pretty ratty, and Serena is getting tired of being yelled at by the director. Will her acting career be over before she even starts at Yale?

Vanessa hates that she sold out and went to work for a big commercial film, but her sister kicked her out of their apartment and she's crashing at Dan's while earning money for the fall. Dan hardly ever sees her, though, as he is busy with a beautiful girl who talks to him at the bookstore. She is introducing him to deep books and naked yoga.

Nate can't help but attract women, even Hamptons townies. They think he is a poor laborer like them, and he enjoys the anonymity while finishing his community service-type work for the coach. But when he tries to return to his elite world, he feels a big culture clash. Luckily, he will soon be off to Yale.

The ninth Gossip Girl book wraps up with invitations to the Hamptons for the rest of the summer, so there likely will be at least one more title before college begins. This series is changing as everyone grows older, but fans will still find lots to enjoy here.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 18, 2011

Only in Your Dreams: Gossip Girl #9
by Cecily von Ziegesar

  • Publication Date: May 10, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy
  • ISBN-10: 0316011827
  • ISBN-13: 9780316011822