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08 May 2006


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I thought the Gossip Girl folk provided an essential service at ALA one year when they handed out free lipgloss with advance copies of the series. I didn't think the books were fabulous, but I gave them to my little sister (who was in high school at the time) and she liked them a lot.


It makes sense that they'd do that -- I really think that their (Alloy, etc.) real strength is in marketing. After all the Naomi Wolf hype, I really was expecting more of a horrifying snorting-coke-off-some-girl's-boobs kind of book. But instead, it was just... boring.

I even toyed with the idea of not finishing it, but then I wouldn't have been able to write it up, and I really wanted to vent about the brand-names.

The Amazon reviews surprised me -- not that they were so positive, but that the fans seemed so invested in the characters. Maybe I should have started at the beginning? Or maybe, just maybe, I'm too old to appreciate them.


In contrast, Westerfeld's So Yesterday was so anti-brand that at times you weren't even sure what he was talking about. Not that that's a bad thing.


I looooooved So Yesterday. The purple shampoo killed me. I also loved it when he tried to avoid saying Google and just gave up.


Absolutely! That Google bit was hilarious. And how many times have I wanted to slip potent hair dye into the shampoo of people I don't like? Too many, too many.


No. Please. Don't start at the beginning. It's not worth it. You won't like the characters better, you'll just find yourself reading the rest of them hoping the characters get better. And they don't! And then you'll have to move two states away from a library in order not to read any more of them and it just gets worse. Please, take my word for it. I know from whence I speak.

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