Gossip Girl is getting a reboot on HBO! The iconic show is being updated for 2021, and we can’t wait to watch. We’re ready for more private school shenanigans, more backstabbing and betrayal, and all the relationship drama. Did you love the original show? Are you excited about the reboot? Where can you get a reading list for Gossip Girl fans? That’s a secret we will tell. Come sit with us here on the steps and we’ll reveal our favorite YA books with a Gossip Girl vibe. XOXO!
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Like Gossip Girl, I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre features an ensemble cast, is set in New York City, and has an opposites-attract romance. When a group of friends enters a film festival competition, it’s partly a scheme to get two squabbling members of their squad to realize that they’re perfect for each other.
Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham
A lot has changed since Gossip Girl first aired in the 2000s. Smart phones replaced flip phones and social media has become an essential part of our lives. Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham follows a group of young vloggers and influencers navigating fame in the 2020s. One thing that hasn’t changed? The faster you rise, the harder you fall. . . .
The Ivies by Alexa Donne
The students of Gossip Girl’s Constance Billard School have nothing on the cutthroat clique in The Ivies by Alexa Donne. Applying for college can be stressful, but for a group of girls called the Ivies, the competition turns deadly. As all Gossip Girl fans know, when you challenge a queen bee, you’re going to get stung.
Killer Content by Kiley Roache
Killer Content has a story for you: six famous TikTokers + one beachfront Malibu mansion + a dead body in the infinity pool = one amazing read. Add some cryptic messages to the mix, and watch the drama unfold.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
A group of high school students with secrets and a blogger ready to expose them all. What could possibly go wrong? In One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, the blogger ends up dead and everyone’s a suspect. If you’ve read One of Us Is Lying, be sure to check out One of Us Is Next, the second installment in the series about a deadly game of truth or dare.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart features a tight-knit group of friends who call themselves the Liars and are bound together by a terrible secret that Cady can’t quite remember. Gossip Girl once said that while you can’t choose your family, you can choose your friends. Maybe she should have reminded us to choose wisely. . . .
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
Gossip Girl once said that Serena and Blair did besties better than anyone. Friends and frenemies, competitors and confidantes, these two were often at odds but always found their way back together. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk takes a look at a female friendship that imploded. Can Cleo and Layla move past their differences and rebuild their relationship?
The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney
Gossip Girl said it best: “Sometimes all it takes is a little key to open the door to the wild side.” In The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney, Mary stops looking for the meaning of life in her GPA and starts exploring outside the library.