Blurb (from Goodreads):
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it-we were born this way.
Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair's loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . .
How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began.
Admit it, you're already falling for me.
You know you love me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay contemporary story, but it felt really long.
The characters in this were all okay, and it was nice to see them before the events in the series, but the storyline just felt rehashed and kind of redundant. We had Vanessa shaving her head and meeting Dan, Jenny growing massive boobs, and Blair’s father announcing that he was gay, but as we already knew all this stuff, it seemed like there was nothing new going on at all.
We also got the start of the love triangle between Blair, Nate and Serena, and I did get a bit annoyed at the way Nate strung them both along just so that he’d finally lose his virginity. He really did come across as thinking that whoever was closest would do.
6 out of 10