241. Gossip Girl Vol. 1: For Your Eyes Only

Gossip Girl Vol. 1: For Your Eyes Only by HyeKyung Baek. Based on Cecily von Ziegesar

Pages: 245
Ages: 18+
Finished: Nov. 6, 2010
First Published: Aug. 2010
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: manga, YA, chick lit
Rating: 0/5

First sentence:

Hey people! Ever wondered what the lives of the chosen ones are really like?

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from the Calgary library while on vacation.

Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

I'm not writing one of my usual reviews for this manga because, I'm sorry to say, I've never said this about a book before, but this was simply "trash". Follow the lives of rich high school students with no adult supervision who party, drink, smoke and sleep with each other as they plan devious revenge against anyone who ticks them off, whether it's their BFF or not. The publisher recommends for Older Teens; in my estimation that would be adult (18,19 and up). If it weren't for the Cybils I wouldn't have read the book in the first place. The title was a good clue, but turn the book over and the picture on the back cover is similar to something from a girlie magazine. And to prove my point on calling the book trash, in my estimation, (I can't believe I'm going to write this) but an example is that one of the girl's mother's gives her boyfriend a bj under a table in a restaurant. The rest of the book is no better. I have not read the books or seen the TV show so cannot make any comparison. The end.


  1. Yep, that's pretty much what the tv show is like. Somehow the pretty people on the tv seem to help you how trashy the show is but this season I've been really noticing how awful it really is.
    I've never read the book but I've heard it's just as bad if not worse.

  2. yuck, well i know what show to stay away from now, for sure! I just can't believe i made it through the entire book.


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