is written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The book was
published in May of 2002. The setting of this story is
taken place in New York City's Upper East Side during the fall in 2001.
The story begins with Blair Waldorf attending a party at her house with her friends Kati Farkas and Isabel Coates. Soon after, Blair sneaks away from the party to her bedroom in order to have sex with her boyfriend, Nate Archibald. However, they are interrupted (an occurrence that happens several times throughout the series) by the arrival of Serena van der Woodsen, Blair's old friend who left one year ago to attend boarding school.
When Serena was around, Blair was always left in her shadow, so when she returned Blair was not particularly thrilled to see her. Especially when Blair finds out that Serena and Nate had sex the summer before Serena left. Serena does not understand why she is being ignored by all of her friends. Also all throughout the book, Gossip Girl, a popular blog site written by a girl whom many visit, spreads around rumors or gossip about this group.
Blair Waldorf was born to high society on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side is a hopeless romantic who idolizes Audrey Hepburn, Blair's sensitive side contrasts with her tendency to be devilish and controlling. She is rather vain, though her friendship with Serena van der Woodsen causes her to be insecure at times. She has a turbulent relationship with Nate Archibald. Blair uses her charm, money, and social clout to get whatever she wants.
Serena van der Woodsen is described as being very beautiful, with long blond hair and navy blue eyes. She was the It girl of Constance Billiard and the talk of Manhattan. Being the It girl of the Upper East Side, she is constant fodder to the rumor mill. Serena's older sibling Erik, whom she is fairly close to, is a student at Brown University. Serena and Blair were best friends since...