You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel
Cecily von Ziegesar
Little, Brown & Co., 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ou Know You Love Me
is the 2nd in the
series, the title taken from GG's trademark parting remark in her chat room discussions, which are interspersed through the books and full of catty scoop on the latest gossip, of course.
lair is still not amused by her life. First her father came out with the announcement that he was gay and her parents divorced, while her best friend Serena van der Woodsen partied in Europe. Then her mother announced a wedding in the wings - her own to Cyrus. He was going to be Blair's new stepdad and he '
smelled like bleu cheese and sweat.
' While all this has been going on, poor Blair has been foiled repeatedly in attempts to lose her virginity to boyfriend Nate. It's enough to make her throw up her dinner even more than usual.
solated and hurt by Blair's rejection of her, Serena has met and befriended Dan '
from the West Side
', who drinks too much cofee, smokes, and pens poetry to her. Unknown to Dan, Vanessa, an artsy young woman in black, has had a terrible crush on him for years. Dan's younger sister Jenny (the one with the well-developed chest) reveres Serena, and is attracted to the half
Nate, big time. Then the announcement of the '
Wedding of the Year
' causes an escalation of gossip, and musical pairs becomes an unplanned part of the wedding reception entertainment.
uring all this, the seniors spend varying amounts of time agonizing over their college admissions and interviews. Confused by everything happening in her life, and by Nate's absence, Blair takes a ride to Connecticut with her soon-to-be stepbrother Aaron, with a disastrous impact on her admission to Yale ... or is it really so bad? Surprisingly Nate's Brown University interview goes well, but none of the others do and the descriptions of the interviewers and dialogue are hilarious.
hen Blair finally foregoes her fangs and reconciles with Serena, they watch Audrey Hepburn and
Breakfast at Tiffany's
into the sunset, in a celebration of the importance of old, tried and true, friendship.
You Know You Love Me
is a super sequel about young people skimming the surface of life, juggling their fears, friendships and futures as they cope with the intensity of one-sided passions.
You know you'll love GG!
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