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Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives. Now they're coming home for the holidays. A lot can change in a few months... but some things never do. It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we've coveted, what we scored on the SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We've learned new things, mad Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives. Now they're coming home for the holidays. A lot can change in a few months... but some things never do. It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we've coveted, what we scored on the SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We've learned new things, made new friends, and maybe even met the loves of our lives. We've changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break-especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups. Lucky for you, I'm here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games begin! You know you love me, gossip girl


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Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives. Now they're coming home for the holidays. A lot can change in a few months... but some things never do. It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we've coveted, what we scored on the SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We've learned new things, mad Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa went off to live their lives. Now they're coming home for the holidays. A lot can change in a few months... but some things never do. It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we've coveted, what we scored on the SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We've learned new things, made new friends, and maybe even met the loves of our lives. We've changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break-especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups. Lucky for you, I'm here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games begin! You know you love me, gossip girl

30 review for I Will Always Love You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    Considering this was the last book in the series, there wasn’t much resolution! (view spoiler)[ Everyone ended up broken up! (hide spoiler)] and how come we never found out who Gossip Girl was? 6 out of 10["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]> Considering this was the last book in the series, there wasn’t much resolution! (view spoiler)[ Everyone ended up broken up! (hide spoiler)] and how come we never found out who Gossip Girl was? 6 out of 10

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    THIS WAS THE MOST UNSATISFYING ENDING TO ANY SERIES EVER UUGGHHH It's like they left it open for another spinoff, but never followed through. I don't mind an open ending, BUT NOT THIS FUCKING OPEN. THIS WAS THE MOST UNSATISFYING ENDING TO ANY SERIES EVER UUGGHHH It's like they left it open for another spinoff, but never followed through. I don't mind an open ending, BUT NOT THIS FUCKING OPEN.

  3. 5 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    The entire "Gossip Girl" series was created to be a guilty pleasure and a "Sex and the City for the younger set" and they have achieved their goal. This latest installment of the original Gossip Girl cast is everything the others were: fun, light and breezy. It is not a book to be taken seriously, none in the Gossip Girl series is, and it is an easy read that doesn't require much thinking or analyzing. It certainly lived up to my expectations: it was fun. For the first time, a book in this series The entire "Gossip Girl" series was created to be a guilty pleasure and a "Sex and the City for the younger set" and they have achieved their goal. This latest installment of the original Gossip Girl cast is everything the others were: fun, light and breezy. It is not a book to be taken seriously, none in the Gossip Girl series is, and it is an easy read that doesn't require much thinking or analyzing. It certainly lived up to my expectations: it was fun. For the first time, a book in this series follows its characters for four years, from their first holidays after leaving for college to their senior year at college. It is definitely fun to catch up with everyone and see how everyone is doing. I know the writer didn't give a proper closure whom Nate chose but I think it's not the essence of the book series. The wrap-up was fantastic showing how life goes on in unexpected ways. Book Details: Title Gossip Girl # 12: I Will Always Love You (Gossip Girl Series) Author Cecily von Ziegesar Reviewed By Purplycookie

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Shields

    Finally I finished the Gossip Girl book series. Personally, I have to say I prefer the show. The books are not very organized and tend to have the same dull plot each time. There are no twists or surprises, no mystery or scandal. I have to say that out of all of the books, I liked this one the best. Most of the book is organized in three parts, each fast forwarding to New Years at the beginning of the new section. All of the characters are maturing (if you could even call it that), and each year Finally I finished the Gossip Girl book series. Personally, I have to say I prefer the show. The books are not very organized and tend to have the same dull plot each time. There are no twists or surprises, no mystery or scandal. I have to say that out of all of the books, I liked this one the best. Most of the book is organized in three parts, each fast forwarding to New Years at the beginning of the new section. All of the characters are maturing (if you could even call it that), and each year the cast is a little different: Serena works on her acting career, Blair focuses on college and her new boyfriend(s), Nate learns his destiny is to sail around the world, and Dan and Jenny...well they have always stayed the same in my opinion. So overall, the Gossip Girl books could use some major editing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiny Pants

    I had low, low, low expectations for this book -- I was worried the ghostwriters would come up with something crazy, that they'd ruin the way the series had originally ended (which I'd found if not satisfying then at least unexpected), or worst, that this was going to become some kind of hideous tie-in with the TV series, which while I enjoy it on its own terms I feel like is sacrilege in terms of the way the characters were developed in the books. And yet -- surprise -- I LOVED IT. I was worried I had low, low, low expectations for this book -- I was worried the ghostwriters would come up with something crazy, that they'd ruin the way the series had originally ended (which I'd found if not satisfying then at least unexpected), or worst, that this was going to become some kind of hideous tie-in with the TV series, which while I enjoy it on its own terms I feel like is sacrilege in terms of the way the characters were developed in the books. And yet -- surprise -- I LOVED IT. I was worried that the premise -- winter break for the four years the core characters were in college -- would be a bit precious and too elliptical, it actually worked really well, enabling them to cover a large amount of ground in a pleasing way. I was also thrilled that in addition to capping off the Gossip Girl series (what will I do without it!?!) that it also provides a bit of a coda for The It Girl, which is ending this spring with it's tenth book, Classic. Strange I know, but shallow, narcissistic, and nihilistic as these characters are, I've become quite attached to them (as likely have many other readers). Finding out a bit more about how things turn out for them is genuinely pleasurable -- I had to spread out reading this book for as long as I could, forcing myself to take long breaks between reading each of the four sections. I can only hope that sooner or later, everyone gets over vampires, werewolves, etc., and we come back around to this. It's happened before -- R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike killed off Sweet Valley et al., only to wind up themselves falling victim first to Harry Potter and then to Gossip Girl. The other big hope is hinted at in the New Yorker's recent article about Alloy Media -- that they are considering another Gossip Girl sequel that looks at the characters ten years out (so in their early 30s). I can't believe I'm waxing so rhapsodic over Gossip Girl, but whatever -- THAT would really be something.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I went into this one with fairly low expectations. They were...met, I guess? I certainly wasn't all that disappointed, mostly because not one thing that happened was surprising. I've actually become a fan of the tv show, after reading the books in high school and college. This is ostensibly the last one, so I was curious enough about how it all ends in book-world to pick this one up. The plot (if one can call it that) is the same that can be found in the other 11 novels in the series: Blair and S I went into this one with fairly low expectations. They were...met, I guess? I certainly wasn't all that disappointed, mostly because not one thing that happened was surprising. I've actually become a fan of the tv show, after reading the books in high school and college. This is ostensibly the last one, so I was curious enough about how it all ends in book-world to pick this one up. The plot (if one can call it that) is the same that can be found in the other 11 novels in the series: Blair and Serena fight over Nate. Other people are there too. That's pretty much it. The biggest difference was the time frame: while the other books cover only a portion of the year, this one spans four years, checking in with the characters during Christmas break for the duration of their college careers. What bugged me about this was the author's apparent assumption that school ends in January. Her grasp of time wasn't the greatest, and though reality has never been much of a concern in these books, it bothered me that the next year of school seemed to be starting every January. All of the same characters make appearances, and though it's been a few years since I read the previous book, these people don't seem to have changed that much -- nor have they by the time the book ends and they're evidently done with college (don't even get me started on the whole "Serena can graduate from Yale after 2 years, even though she still hasn't declared a major! Because she...took lots of classes? Or something? Aren't Ivy League colleges, like, just like high school?" nonsense. Seriously, if you're going to send your characters to major universities, at least do some research. Read a pamphlet or something). Anyway. One of the changes from book to screen that I always appreciated was that the characters on the show actually have some depth to them. They seem like real people, while the characters in the book are caricatures at best. Not that the show is a shining emulation of reality, but I know more about them than what brand of shoes and dress and shade of lip gloss they have on in any given scene. To give a tiny bit of credit, I get the theme she's going for here -- for some of us, it's hard to escape who we were in high school. And if you have to go back to that place (as many of us do around the holidays), it's very easy to become that person and fall into those patterns again. Granted, we don't see them during the school year in this installment, just Gossip Girl's recap before each section starts, but you get the feeling they've somewhat progressed as human beings. Once they return to Manhattan, however, they all regress to the people they were in high school. I'd be willing to give the author more credit if she somehow spun this into a "you can't go home again" sort of lesson. After all, these people are now adults. As much fun as it is to stay up all night eating ice-cream, we do eventually have to grow up and get real jobs. And yet the two people who DO actually move on are the "weirdos". Dan and Vanessa's choices are sort of glossed over like "well, they're going to grad school, whatever losers." Evidently the better choice is to put off making a decision and travel around the world like Blair and Serena. Not that there's anything wrong with not having your whole life figured out, but I resent the fact that it's treated as though knowing who you are and what you want is "lame." It's far more cool to waste mommy and daddy's money on expensive vacations because you're too scared to be an adult. Finally: the ending. Did anyone not see it coming? Blair and Serena will always choose each other. Isn't that the outcome of every book? They spend 200 or so pages fighting over Nate (I can't imagine why, as book-Nate seems incredibly dull, especially since he's evidently stoned all the time), and when it comes time for him to "finally" choose between them, they give him the proverbial finger and choose each other. Until the next book. I like that the show very quickly put that storyline to rest somewhere in the first season. I wanted to say it's about as satisfying as cotton candy, but I realize I also compared Spoiled (which I really liked) to cotton candy, in a good way. The main difference here (because Spoiled is clearly referencing Gossip Girl) is, as I said in my review, Spoiled doesn't take itself seriously. This book does.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela Delaney

    Alas, not as good as the rest of the series. While I kind of always enjoyed the ongoing love-triangle now it just seemed unnerving. And literally the whole story was pressed into the last few pages. I expected so much more! Also, we never get to know who Gossip Girl actually is. Why is that?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Ugh. I hate these characters so much. Especially Nate. He is the literal worst. The only character who seemed to have any development was Chuck.

  9. 4 out of 5

    jocelyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Even if college didn’t leave much time for book learning, one knowledge-by-experience lesson should have stuck: We’re more alike than we think. We’ve all had to deal with broken hearts, crazy roommates, messed-up parents, disappointing grades, and all those other less-than-ideal details that make life complicated, infuriating, and, admit it, interesting. So, in the spirit of growing up, hug that girl who made your high school career a living hell. Forgive that boy who dumped you without warning "Even if college didn’t leave much time for book learning, one knowledge-by-experience lesson should have stuck: We’re more alike than we think. We’ve all had to deal with broken hearts, crazy roommates, messed-up parents, disappointing grades, and all those other less-than-ideal details that make life complicated, infuriating, and, admit it, interesting. So, in the spirit of growing up, hug that girl who made your high school career a living hell. Forgive that boy who dumped you without warning, only to date your best friend. Not only will you keep your enemies close, you may even make a new friend. Let’s all make nice for now, and who knows what tomorrow will bring? One thing’s for sure: I’ll be there when it happens. Here’s to a wild and wicked future. You know you love me, gossip girl" It's finally over! The ending was somewhat satisfying. I loved seeing Jenny back again especially with Tyler, the real member of the Waldorf family that deserved better. I forgot he existed until this book but it looks like he's done well for himself. I have a hunch that Jenny's spinoff will be much more fun for me to read. Blair, Nate and Serena finally had a conclusion to their love triangle. I suppose it was nice but did it really have to take them 12 books to get to THAT? The character development was again non existent. It was nice to see them realize that the three of them together made each other stay stuck in a time loop of some sorts where they never really grew up. I don't think any of them really got a proper ending though and was disappointed on that front. Dan and Vanessa definitely had the best ending couple wise. I always knew that they were going to end up together and that people like Hollis, Greg and Mystery Craze were just roadblocks to an inveitably satisfying conclusion. The Humphrey's were my favorite characters in the series overall and seeing Dan and Jenny being the only ones to get legitimate conclusions was nice. Gossip Girl herself remained the best character/narrator always calling the characters out on their bullshit and making the snarky comments the readers were thinking. I'm glad that her/his identity was never revealed. Gossip Girl felt like a wink to the audience more than a legitimate character. Overall, I enjoyed the series and think that the whole concept of a "Gossip Girl" documenting the lives of a group of teenagers/young adults was brilliant.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hilarystrindberg

    Finally, the end to the almost plot-less, airheaded book series. I only read the books to see how the author portrayed everything and really? It was utter nonsense. The characters were basically all the same: ambitious airheads. Even Blair and Dan, supposedly 'smart' people, were just dumb and annoying. Nate .... he's hot, sure, but he deserved to be ditched by the girls. That was the only realistic thing in the whole ENTIRE SERIES. You could pull the characters out of the setting and put them i Finally, the end to the almost plot-less, airheaded book series. I only read the books to see how the author portrayed everything and really? It was utter nonsense. The characters were basically all the same: ambitious airheads. Even Blair and Dan, supposedly 'smart' people, were just dumb and annoying. Nate .... he's hot, sure, but he deserved to be ditched by the girls. That was the only realistic thing in the whole ENTIRE SERIES. You could pull the characters out of the setting and put them in some middle class environment. The result? NO CHANGE! The setting of Manhattan and Brooklyn is just a superficial attraction for people who want to live like that. If you really think about it, these characters, Blair especially, are every where, all over the world. The Upper East Side just makes the whole series more appealing - that's all. I live on the UES and I've been to a all girls Prep School. Sure, we had our own fun being occasional pot-heads or the 'rebels' that skipped school to shop, but these characters were extremes of already unlikely people. And Serena.....where to begin?! In the whole entire series of 12 books, she's said to be beautiful. But I don't see that at all. She might be physically attractive but there's nothing attractive about her inner self. Which is why through out the entire series, no one has loved her for the girl she truly is. Even Nate gets confused only because of her looks when he clearly, truly, loves Blair. Serena is favored in the series only because of her looks, which makes us all want to be like her: beautiful, blond and blue-eyed. But come on! Blair, however nuts and insecure she is, is definitely the more real and more genuine person. Sure, we learn how beauty gets you places in this modern world but to encourage something like that in a book....that too a book for teens?! No wonder the bulimia and anorexia cases went up so much!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Finished the whole series in a week. Definitely not a series to binge because it is pretty much the same thing in every book. But pretty much, I read these to get caught up on my goodreads challenge because I was seriously behind. it was a good brain break from the stuff I usually read and now I'm ready to get back to my normal stuff. Or maybe I will just go on to Pretty Little Liars next. Finished the whole series in a week. Definitely not a series to binge because it is pretty much the same thing in every book. But pretty much, I read these to get caught up on my goodreads challenge because I was seriously behind. it was a good brain break from the stuff I usually read and now I'm ready to get back to my normal stuff. Or maybe I will just go on to Pretty Little Liars next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley ❣️

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really thouroghly enjoyed this book way more than any in the series I loved watching them all go thru their college experiences and comming together and the ending was the best choosing friendship over love was amazing. I’m glad that this series ended the way that it did

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maite

    A lot better than what I was expecting (by now my expectations were really low), they finally found a writer that could give some character growth to the characters, and that at least tried to pretend this isn't a repetitive mess, even tried to give some meaning to it. They also tried, probably as a joke, to give the characters the tv series treatment, what clearly would never work out since they are completely different from their tv show counterparts. I still don't understand what's so magical A lot better than what I was expecting (by now my expectations were really low), they finally found a writer that could give some character growth to the characters, and that at least tried to pretend this isn't a repetitive mess, even tried to give some meaning to it. They also tried, probably as a joke, to give the characters the tv series treatment, what clearly would never work out since they are completely different from their tv show counterparts. I still don't understand what's so magical about Nate's dick. Or how milking cows made Chuck not gay. Whatever.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leianne Stevens

    My Original Post Warning: SPOILERS! Hello Dear Readers! And Happy Lazy Sunday! I'm at Scruff's this weekend but I thought I would break up the monotony of my weekend with one of the book reviews I promised you in this post. As most of you know, I was a huge fan of the Gossip Girl television series and I had been wanting to read the books. Well, I finally got a hold of them and started reading them at the end of January. I finished up book 11 recently and am finally ready to write out the review. A My Original Post Warning: SPOILERS! Hello Dear Readers! And Happy Lazy Sunday! I'm at Scruff's this weekend but I thought I would break up the monotony of my weekend with one of the book reviews I promised you in this post. As most of you know, I was a huge fan of the Gossip Girl television series and I had been wanting to read the books. Well, I finally got a hold of them and started reading them at the end of January. I finished up book 11 recently and am finally ready to write out the review. As a fan of the show let me start by saying that the artistic license taken by the WB was wonderfully applied. I found the books to be severely.... Lacking. In everything that the show was about. For a series that is touted to be about spoiled rick kids who drink, do drugs, have sex and betray each other over and over - all before noon! - I felt like this series could have been written about the MHS class of 2000. Honestly, I'm no Upper East Sider but my friends and I accomplished just about as much as the main characters in the book series did. We just didn't do it at Barney's or on our own private sail boat. Let me explain: Blair Waldorf, Nate Archibald, Vanessa Abrams, Dan & Jenny Humphrey & Serena van der Woodson all live in posh houses in the equally post Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY. They all attend private schools an they all have parents they wish would just leave them alone. Focusing on the senior year for each of them and the summer prior to heading off to their respective Ivy League colleges, we learn what it is to be a snob as seen through the eyes of an anonymous blogger calling herself "Gossip Girl". Despite the television portrayal of these high school (into college and then post college) kids as ego eccentric, rich snobs doesn't come close to the cigarette smoking, fashion unconscious (unless it's for a party), rude and undeveloped characters. Although we are told a small bit about each main characters background, the truth is that each is vapid, clumsily written and underwhelming. I won't outright call it a waste of time to read, but at least go into expecting the series to defy all your expectations. If you are a fan of the show, don't read the books. And then there is Chuck Bass... Oh Chuck. What did they do to you in transition from book to TV heartthrob? I honestly don't know but somewhere down the road Chuck became a leading man and not just a secondary character who had absolutely no character development other than his acquisition of a per snow monkey. Straight? Gay? Rapist? High School flunkie? Ms. von Ziegsesar certainly can not be held accountable for the Chuck Bass we all fell in love with. Her version of chuck was more underwhelming than the character of Dan Humphrey. I don't know. Maybe it was simply that I fell in love with the actors playing the characters or that the show had a six season run but I honestly felt that in 11 books, she could have created an environment that would suck the reader in an not push them away. Unfortunately, if you read the books before starting on old reruns of the show, you will probably hate the show. Which is unfortunate because it really was a well written television drama. WTF? All in all I have to label this series as read at your own risk. It only took me a week to finish all 11 books and that was with having a life and reading other things as well. It didn't grasp my attention the way The Clique (Lisi Harrison) did. And those books are aimed at YA readers with a splash of snobbery as well. But at least the characters weren't one dimensional. The show will go down as one of my favorites with Chuck Bass being one of my favorite leading men. It's such a disappointment I couldn't fall in love with the books the same way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karoliina Hietala

    Entertaining, easy read. Nothing special.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Naina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm not really gonna review the book, more like the end of the series. So this was an amazing end but I think its neccesary to read between the lines. Just so you know technically B and S chose each other over N and walk away in the sunset. B has graduated from Yale, Serena is a semi famous actor and N has graduated from the same school of C. Speaking of C he hooked up with Blair at one point and he has completely changed for good. And D and V break up but still love each other. D is still a depr I'm not really gonna review the book, more like the end of the series. So this was an amazing end but I think its neccesary to read between the lines. Just so you know technically B and S chose each other over N and walk away in the sunset. B has graduated from Yale, Serena is a semi famous actor and N has graduated from the same school of C. Speaking of C he hooked up with Blair at one point and he has completely changed for good. And D and V break up but still love each other. D is still a depressed writer and V is an uber artsy filmmaker. This is what I reason in my head: Nate + Serena- Ultimately, I think Serena should get Golden Boy. They'll find each other in like 10 years in an unexpected place(prob not new york) and commence a long lasting relationship. They'll both have changed as people: Serena is no longer the it girl and Nate will have a legit career. Despite everything they'll be drawn to each other because they were each other's first loves, after all. Also they were best friends from the start, and loved each other minus all the crazy drama. He chose her in the third part, and she was out the door first in the last part so that had to mean something. I refuse to accept otherwise. Chuck + Blair- They play games with each other but ultimately they're the loves of each other's lives. They fit each other perfectly, and can keep up with each other. One day they'll rule New York together. She'll eventually return to New York and run into Chuck. She'll be over Nate who was more like her childhood dream. Dan + Vanessa- They're a very artsy couple, so I think as a result they kinda have to have a unique relationship. They will always be on again off again and will inspire each other. Maybe they will settle one day, who knows? Jenny + Eric - They're around the same age, and there's a sense of peace when they're together. They'll have a fun time partying together for awhile and it doesn't really matter to me if they ultimately work out. Dan + Serena never struck me as an end game couple a)it felt like a crush b)she was only ever intimate with nate c)their dynamics just weren't there Nate + Blair don't seem right for each other a) blair would rub it in serena's face b) they weren't quite happy together and always felt they were missing something c) they're better with other people d) they didn't seem to want the same things from life Serena + Blair- I think they're the greatest couple of the books. Seriously, they're perfect the way they understand each other and love each other anyway. I love the notion of them choosing each other, but it can't be permanent. I mean c'mon this is B and S we're talking about, how could they stay away from their lives forever? I think that it means they'll put their friendship over everything which threatens their balance and choose to forgive each other and ignore each other's flaws so they can always maintain a beautiful friendship.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    IQ "And that's what I feel like college is all about. Figuring out what's important to you in life, the thing you'll follow to the end of the earth. Figuring out what you care about most", Dan pg. 191 So was this book not actually written by Cecily von Ziegesar? Because the cover just says 'created by'....the writing didn't seem as funny nor as satirical as it usually does so that's why I ask but then again its been about 2 years (I think) since I've last read a book in the Gossip Girl series. An IQ "And that's what I feel like college is all about. Figuring out what's important to you in life, the thing you'll follow to the end of the earth. Figuring out what you care about most", Dan pg. 191 So was this book not actually written by Cecily von Ziegesar? Because the cover just says 'created by'....the writing didn't seem as funny nor as satirical as it usually does so that's why I ask but then again its been about 2 years (I think) since I've last read a book in the Gossip Girl series. Anyway, I'm glad Dan at least got something out of his college experience. The problem with the book always taking place over Christmas break in between college years is that it was hard to tell if the characters progressed at school and then just regressed back at home or if they really went through 4 years of college without maturing (which is possible I suppose, especially when we look at certain members of Congress, or just other adults we see on the news doing dumb things). The ending wasn't a surprise, I just wish the plot hadn't been just 'who will Nate choose' especially I've never felt that Nate has been given a personality that makes it easy to understand why everyone loves him, he's a boring stoner! I also hated that for about a year Vanessa does nothing, we don't even hear about her college classes she just mopes after a guy. Ugh I did like the gossip girl tidbits/check-in/advice given as usual, and like the characters, I actually didn't care if we learned about gossip girl's true identity. The site (in the book) is just a fun, guilty pleasure that the characters no longer even mention. None of the various relationships seemed that forced (even with Nate, it was more so when the book droned on about how Nate couldn't choose a girl), it makes sense that you would go through various relationships with friends in your same group or on the outskirts of your group. This book was enjoyable but not as much as I remembered and I actually wish we had followed Vanessa and Dan more. I did like the nod to Jenny, I read some of the novels about her at Waverly but I stopped and have no intention of picking them up again (not because they were bad but because I'm no longer interested) and I felt her storyline was really cute and genuine. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is a good in-between read, especially during the school year when you have less time to read for pleasure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    It was a while ago that I read Don't You Forget About Me — four years ago, I believe. I didn't realise I'd suddenly read the Gossip Girl books I hadn't yet. Maybe it was when I watched a couple of episodes of the television show that inspired me to finish the series after all this time. I know it was, but even if it wasn't, it was a long time coming. I remember the ending of the television show oh-so well — you don't just forget about it — and that was one of the only drawbacks of the show. I don It was a while ago that I read Don't You Forget About Me — four years ago, I believe. I didn't realise I'd suddenly read the Gossip Girl books I hadn't yet. Maybe it was when I watched a couple of episodes of the television show that inspired me to finish the series after all this time. I know it was, but even if it wasn't, it was a long time coming. I remember the ending of the television show oh-so well — you don't just forget about it — and that was one of the only drawbacks of the show. I don't mean the happily ever afters — I can't be any more happy for the likes of Serena, Blair, Dan, Nate, and Chuck. It was the reveal of Gossip Girl that was irritating. I wouldn't have minded if it was someone else, but the person they chose . . . yeah, I think they would've been better off leaving her identity a secret. To be honest, I was expecting it to end with her identity still a mystery to everyone else, but the audience gets a peek into her headquarters, and Kristen Bell is seen typing away at the Gossip Girl blog. Anyway, enough rambling about the show — although, I do prefer the show more than the books; I like the way characters are portrayed way more. I Will Always Love You is the conclusion to the Gossip Girl novel series. I must say, despite the four year hiatus from reading this series, I remembered the ending of Don't You Forget About Me quite well. In this installment, the threads are picked up, and they are taken through four breaks. One of the things I absolutely hated were all of Blair's bratty moments and the silly, silly decisions she made. I don't want to be too specific, but it was the kind of moments that made me roll my eyes, that made me grit my teeth, and that made me think "How can you be so stupid?" thoughts. Seriously, she annoyed me that much, and I was so glad they improved on her character in the show. I have to say, I was thinking we'd finally discover who Gossip Girl is — and I was hoping if that did happen that it was someone who wasn't the person in the show. Even though that didn't happen — at all — I was still happy with how it ended. It wasn't the most satisfying, but it was still a good ending. And that's what counts, right?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lawford

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a terrible end to a terrible series. I read the books because I like the show, little did I know how different they are! The first few books were okay, but after that it went steadily downhill. I tired of the same love triangle drama, only the year and semester being the difference between books. After well over a year of seeing the last in the series still sitting on my book shelf unread, I finally got around to reading it. Mostly I just wanted to find out if the Gossip Girl revealed in th What a terrible end to a terrible series. I read the books because I like the show, little did I know how different they are! The first few books were okay, but after that it went steadily downhill. I tired of the same love triangle drama, only the year and semester being the difference between books. After well over a year of seeing the last in the series still sitting on my book shelf unread, I finally got around to reading it. Mostly I just wanted to find out if the Gossip Girl revealed in the books was the same as the show. Well spoiler alert, Gossip Girl never reveals her identity!! WTF I just tortured myself reading another book for no reward! Over than that massive failure, this book combined all that I hated about the series into one boring story. The amount of brand names being dropped was pathetic. Can't the author just say that a girl stepped out of her apartment, without a full run down of what she is wearing complete with which designer the garments are from? This happens every single time anything happens. *yawn*. The worse example of over branding was naming the brand of a refrigerator that someone gets a beer out of. Not only is that pathetically unnecessary, because it's clear the characters are rich and would have the best of everything, to repeat it the very next page is ridiculous overkill! The final book is life post high school. This time though, time moves forward in large unspecified months or years, trying to cram all of college into one book. Even the author knows the series is dead. I could practically write down the formula used to create the lackluster drama. Cycle though each main character pairing a boy and a girl up. Create said romance. Create said breakup. Repeat with different characters. Intersperse with Serena and Blair loving then hating each other. None of this is new material. I no longer care who ends up with who. I just want it to end. You could basically skip the first 11 books and just read this one and not miss a thing. Especially because there were constant recaps back to past story lines. Strip out the past, the brands, and the expected relationship dramas and this book has absolutely no substance. None at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I'd have to say after reading the last of the series in a fairly consecutive order with little other material in between, things flowed nicely, but the repetitiveness and the name dropping did get old REAL quick. I can happily say I'm done with the series, with the exception of the prequel. I'm going to hold off reading it and read other novels for the time being. I need a bit more substance! With this novel it didn't feel like the author was grabbing at straws as much. This novel felt much close I'd have to say after reading the last of the series in a fairly consecutive order with little other material in between, things flowed nicely, but the repetitiveness and the name dropping did get old REAL quick. I can happily say I'm done with the series, with the exception of the prequel. I'm going to hold off reading it and read other novels for the time being. I need a bit more substance! With this novel it didn't feel like the author was grabbing at straws as much. This novel felt much closer to the first few books in the series, so I enjoyed it a bit more than the last few. Some of the plot lines were still a bit far fetched, and I did find it a bit easy that the "couple" of the past made a reappearance. I felt that was too easy in that the author could have switched things up a bit better. The Blair and Chuck coupling was a nice change of pace, for me unexpected and it worked. At first I wasn't sure, but it worked in the end for the time being. Overall I'd say this novel didn't seem as bad as the last book. The last one was just terrible in my personal opinion. The format of the book was something I liked. The novel was broken down into four sections, and I liked the idea of strictly coming back to the characters at the same time four times for their college years rather than be bored with their day to day going to classes spread across the world and there would have required too much jumping around.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I love the Gossip Girl books and TV show and i was more than happy that they decided to use Chuck and Blair in this book. I don't see why many people whine about this decision but i personally enjoyed it. However, what i didn't enjoy was the ending. The 11th book ended leaving many answers unanswered and the point of a sequel is to answer those questions. Still i find myself asking the same questions as i did when i read the 11th book. Being a big Gossip Girl fan, i think that another book (th I love the Gossip Girl books and TV show and i was more than happy that they decided to use Chuck and Blair in this book. I don't see why many people whine about this decision but i personally enjoyed it. However, what i didn't enjoy was the ending. The 11th book ended leaving many answers unanswered and the point of a sequel is to answer those questions. Still i find myself asking the same questions as i did when i read the 11th book. Being a big Gossip Girl fan, i think that another book (this time ten years forward) would be needed, so i can read about Chuck and Blair's married lives. And there it is another thing that i didn't like- you can't have something this beautiful in the storyline only to tear it off in the end. This is why i gave it four stars- because the ghost-writer can't rip off a beautiful storyline in the end and squash it as if making smashed potatoes. MY CHAIR ISN'T POTATOES, THEREFORE THERE IS NO NEED TO SMASH IT! Other the little disappointing ending i enjoyed the book (until they decided to make a mash out of my chair), it was funny but i really hoped that after 12 books the characters have learned to make better choices and to don't trust Nate, and that Chuck and Blair are meant to be.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angelia Fransisca Rusli

    This seems to be the last book of Gossip Girl. This book was divided into four parts, each telling us about a year end holiday -and how they screw things up. Blair and Serena, couldn't get over Nate -as ever. Nate couldn't choose between them. But they weren't the most interesting character here, because Chuck, Jenny and even Dan and Vanessa were. Vanessa was no longer bald. Dan was depressed, as usual, but as the story goes, it's quite interesting to see how he managed things up and how he mend This seems to be the last book of Gossip Girl. This book was divided into four parts, each telling us about a year end holiday -and how they screw things up. Blair and Serena, couldn't get over Nate -as ever. Nate couldn't choose between them. But they weren't the most interesting character here, because Chuck, Jenny and even Dan and Vanessa were. Vanessa was no longer bald. Dan was depressed, as usual, but as the story goes, it's quite interesting to see how he managed things up and how he mend things etc. Even though Jenny was only seen in the last few parts of the book, story about her was still quite interesting. Oh! And it ws after she graduated from Waverly! Chuck had a big personality change, which was really disbelieving. Enough about the character. Upon reading this book, I keep growling WTF in my mind. Oh well, not the entire book, though. But the part where Serena and Blair kept fighting for Nate, especially in the four years time, was very annoying. And Nate was, I don't know, jerkish as ever? Oh well, this book is a quick read and can be considered as a guilty pleasure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Okay, so I know I bitched about the last book or two (or three), but I really, really liked this one. The plot didn't get boring at any point, and I kind of loved how it was set over several years, as opposed to a week, as in the other books. It really allowed the characters to develop, for the first time. Although I feel that the couples in this book were inspired by the TV show, since there's been absolutely no inkling that Blair and Chuck and Serena and Dan will get together in any of the prev Okay, so I know I bitched about the last book or two (or three), but I really, really liked this one. The plot didn't get boring at any point, and I kind of loved how it was set over several years, as opposed to a week, as in the other books. It really allowed the characters to develop, for the first time. Although I feel that the couples in this book were inspired by the TV show, since there's been absolutely no inkling that Blair and Chuck and Serena and Dan will get together in any of the previous books, I didn't mind it at all. They were different from in the TV show. And the ending. Ugh, finally. I found myself getting pissed off when both Blair and Serena responded to Nate, but ended up loving the ending. Finally, the characters see some sense!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nila

    Sad I finished this book and the series :( I love the four different parts of them transitioning to college freshmen to college seniors. That was really nice. I felt like the end of the book was open to interpretation. Although, I just really wanted to know who Gossip Girl is!! It was tiring with the same plot being recycled, like every chapter Blair and Serena were fighting over Nate. The cheating and childish shenanigans were so high school. But other than I loved the book and the series. I wi Sad I finished this book and the series :( I love the four different parts of them transitioning to college freshmen to college seniors. That was really nice. I felt like the end of the book was open to interpretation. Although, I just really wanted to know who Gossip Girl is!! It was tiring with the same plot being recycled, like every chapter Blair and Serena were fighting over Nate. The cheating and childish shenanigans were so high school. But other than I loved the book and the series. I will always love you Gossip Girl

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    At times, this book was a bit all over the place, but I was very happy with the conclusion. I was surprised that Gossip Girl was not revealed like in the show. Also, I have to give the author props for writing Dan’s poetry. A lot of it is really good!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Mae

    The ultimate Gossip Girl book, on a completely higher level of execution, poignancy and character development than the previous entries. Some may balk at the lack of closure but it's kind of the whole point and theme of the series. Compared to the abysmal ending of the Luxe series, this is a lesson in how to do it right; it feels like an ending as much as it feels like a beginning and either way it feels right for the characters and our investment in them. Excellent! The ultimate Gossip Girl book, on a completely higher level of execution, poignancy and character development than the previous entries. Some may balk at the lack of closure but it's kind of the whole point and theme of the series. Compared to the abysmal ending of the Luxe series, this is a lesson in how to do it right; it feels like an ending as much as it feels like a beginning and either way it feels right for the characters and our investment in them. Excellent!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Bazzett-Griffith

    Surprisingly fun last book in the Gossip Girl series, detailing 4 years of Winter Breaks post- high school for Blair, Serena, Nate, Chuck, Dan, Jenny, and Vanessa, this one ties up lots of loose ends, leaves some untied, and felt like a glamorous, festive, class reunion. Some nostalgia, some surprising romantic twists, some pairings we needed to see, and a conclusion that makes sense. 3 stars. A must read for tbe fans of the franchise, but nobody else would likely care.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This one dragged even more for me, as it was longer than the rest. Can't say I was impressed with the ending either. This one dragged even more for me, as it was longer than the rest. Can't say I was impressed with the ending either.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This was a good book with well developed characters. Some you will love some you won't like at all. But, you will definitely root for the main characters! This was a good book with well developed characters. Some you will love some you won't like at all. But, you will definitely root for the main characters!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Maybe I've grown out of this series but this was so boring. I remember being so intrigued with the group (minus Chuck, I always hated him) but now it's like nothing happened this entire book. Maybe I've grown out of this series but this was so boring. I remember being so intrigued with the group (minus Chuck, I always hated him) but now it's like nothing happened this entire book.

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