All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar

Kindle Edition | 225 pages | Gossip Girl #3 | 2003 | Chick Lit, YA, Contemporary | 3 out of 5 stars | Goodreads

It’s Chrismastime and Blair and Serena are best friends again and up to their old tricks–partying hard and breaking hearts from Park Avenue to the Caribbean. Blair’s mom and Cyrus are having their honeymoon in Salt Key. And when school lets out for the holiday, Blair, Serena, Aaron, and company head down there to blow off steam after their midterm exams. In between Pina Coladas and topless sunbathing, Blair and Serena plot revenge on super-jerk Chuck Bass. Everyone jets back to NYC for Serena’s New Year’s party, during which Nate and Blair may or may not finally go all the way, and Serena may or may not be discovered to be the secret fling of Hollywood’s hottest young leading man.

Beware of (mild) spoilers! There isn’t a lot of stuff happening that would count as being spoilers and isn’t mentioned in the synopsis. Actually, let us start off with the synopsis. It is so bad, let me tell you! It makes it sound awfully eventful and exciting, but it really isn’t. Was I not even paying any attention or when did they plan any revenge on Chuck Bass? Who didn’t even appear in this book to an extent I would have liked.

Within one chapter and maybe one page we also get the answer to the question of Nate and Blair getting back together. (very spoiler-y stuff in white) They shortly stand together at a bar, smoking. Jenny shouts at Nate for half a minute and then leaves them. Blair now thinks he is a loser and goes away, too. That’s it. Ugh!

The characters were unlikable, not like they are in the TV show, where they are glamorous and all. They were trying to portray these fabulous ideas of characters. The fact that they all smoked nonstop didn’t make it that much better, too. They didn’t take care of themselves while not caring about anyone else either. They just want to have fun and they don’t even give the slightest care in the world about the feelings of others, while being the most pretentious teenagers can be.

The story was very character-driven. The story strongly focuses on Nate being stoned and always thinking about Blair and how hot her ass is while he is in a relationship with Jenny who has these gigantic boobs. Other than that Dan was one of the most pretentious characters, with unbelievable amounts of luck for getting his (extremely stupid) poem published, while constantly drinking, smoking and not taking showers or changing clothes and humiliating his girlfriend.

The writing is flimsy and has a distinctive style. Although the narrator is omniscient, after a certain character is named, the following few sentences will be out of the perspective of said character. Mentioning their thoughts and opinions.

Addtionally, you have no chance of forgetting anything, since it keeps repeating itself quite a lot. After a character is introduced again or something happens, at least one line follows describing an event in the past that this character was involved in.

Blair observed as she watched her ex-boyfriend, Nate Archibald, dancing with Jennifer Humphrey, the short and extremely buxom ninth grader for whom Nate had unexplainably ditched Blair only a few weeks ago.

It was a strange thing for Serena to say. After all, she and Nate had lost their virginity together behind Blair’s back the summer after tenth grade.

Since I was reading it on my Kindle I could easily look up all the words I didn’t know, and there were many of them. An interesting and different language to some part, for me personally. There was much namedropping, which made it fancier and was well fitting for the whole novel. I didn’t find it to be annoying, although many seem to do.

Let us now compile a short list of things that I found to be problematic and negative in this novel:

Calling girls sluts for varying (invalid) reasons

Girls (and boys I think) are being way too objectified

Saying stuff is gay as a way to say it is uncool or stupid

No actual gays

Apparently K as well as are POC in the TV show as far as I know, however either they changed it, it was mentioned in the earlier two novels, which I cannot remember too well or it wasn’t described very well in this one

So, did I like it? I fear so, yes. As stupid as it may sound, I can see how problematic this novel was but I still enjoyed it to some extent. When I wasn’t annoyed with it anyway. I liked the overall feeling and I am curious to find out more, since not a lot of stuff happened. Will I continue with this series? Yes, for at least one more volume, which will hopefully make me feel better about the whole series.

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