Somewhere, at the top of those tall,
gorgeous buildings in the heart of New York City, lives a breed of human being unlike
anything most of us have ever encountered. They’re filthy rich. They have platinum
cards and housekeepers and personal drivers. And they’re still in high school. These
girls are the things of MTV reality shows—and Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl
In Nobody Does It Better, high school is winding down, and
the girls of Constance Billard’s senior class are preparing for Senior Spa Weekend—and
trying to decide which Ivy League school they’ll grace with their attendance. Supermodel
Serena wants to go to Yale, but she’s afraid to tell her best friend, Blair, who’s still
on the waiting list. Blair spends her days (or at least those few moments of the day
that she’s not spending with her boyfriend, Nate, in some satin-covered bed) fretting
about her chances with Yale—especially since her boyfriend and her best friend (who used
to be a couple) are already in.
Meanwhile, sensitive poet Dan finds
himself as the lead singer of the city’s most popular band—though he’s not sure how he’ll
pull off his first performance. But his little sister, Jenny, is all for it—because
it’ll help her meet the band’s hot lead guitarist.
All of this happens
under the watchful eye of gossip e-columnist Gossip Girl, who reports it all in Page
Six fashion to her faithful gossipmongers.
Nobody Does It
Better is like the old MTV show Rich Girls—with some Sex and the City
mixed in. The characters are rich and spoiled and beautiful—but none of them are
satisfied with what they’ve got. They’re as shallow and backstabbing as the girls on
The Bachelor, and their stories are filled with sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and
Will readers be able to relate to the characters? Only if
they’re 17 and living at the Plaza. Will they be fascinated? Of course. They may not
be the best role models for their teenage readers, but they’re as unavoidably intriguing
as the Hilton sisters.