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Von Ziegesar, Cecily. I Like It Like That.

von ZIEGESAR, Cecily. I like it like that. (A Gossip Girl novel.) Little, Brown, 17th Street Productions. 201p. c2004. 0-316-73518-3. $8.99. S

Follow the continuing exploits of Gossip Girl (who is she, really?) and her friends as they drink, get stoned, and spend their parents' money on lavish spring break activities. Blair temporarily moves in with Serena to escape her pregnant mother and the loss of her bedroom in preparation for the baby's arrival. Nate struggles to stay off drugs while he watches Georgie destroy herself with any substance she can get her hands on. Looking for success as a poet, Dan suffers through a disastrous internship at the offices of the prestigious literary journal Red Letter. Best friends Jenny and Elise spy on Leo to discover his secret--is he as rich as they think he is? As each subplot unfolds, the lives of these jet-setting teens are revealed to be full of angst and alcohol. This book reads like an adolescent soap opera, with each chapter serving to introduce a new, equally one-dimensional scenario. Physical description of the world each person inhabits serves as a substitute for any character depth. The author wastes much of each page on discussion of shoes and clothing. Recommended for series fans only.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

Olivia Durant, Adult/Teen Svcs. Lib., Webster P.L., Webster, NY
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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