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Gossip Girl Readalikes

High society, high fashion, high drama…high scandal.

Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott

It’s summer. It’s hot. And it’s time to hook up. Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family’s beach house for the summer, and they’re gearing up for the wildest time of their lives. Sassy Ella is majorly crushing on a sexy older boy–who just happens to be her sister’s new boyfriend. Meanwhile, practical Beth is surprised when she finds herself falling for her best friend George. And shy, creative Jamie gets her heart broken when her summer love abandons her. Three girls, too many boys, and some seriously stormy romances…it all adds up to one unforgettable summer. (S)

Private by Kate Brian

When Reed Brennan arrives on the beautiful campus of Easton Academy, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible.  She feels like she’s on the outside, looking in. Until she meets the Billings Girls. They’re the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. (S)

Airhead by Meg Cabot

Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard. How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her,and life as she’d known it, forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally. Now getting her best friend, Christopher, to notice that she’s actually a girl is the least of Em’s problems. But what Em’s pretty sure she’ll never be able to accept might just turn out to be the one thing that’s going to make her dream come true… (M, S)

Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

What if your picture was taped inside teenage boys’ lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your “good girl” status? It’s a glamorous life, but sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke, costar of one of the hottest shows on TV, is exhausted from the pressures of fame. Then she hits on an outrageously daring solution, one that has to remain top secret or it will jeopardize everything she’s ever worked for. (M, S)

The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz

Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who’s anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons. So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They’ve got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It’s shaping up to be the summer of their lives. (S)

The A-List by Zoey Dean

Moving from Manhattan’s elite world to “Hollyweird” presents Anna with quite a culture shock. She discovers that all is not without controversy in LaLa land, and that beautiful girls are not always welcome in the inner circle, especially those who pick up the hunk whom all the insiders are lusting after. After surviving the evil competitors, bad yogurt, and a vengeful seatmate on the plane, Anna proves that gorgeous good girls can, and do, survive in L.A. (S)

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future. (S)

French Kiss by Aimee Friedman

Two beautiful girls. One sexy city. Endless opportunities for l’amour.When Alexa St. Laurent falls in love, she falls hard. Can she keep her cool after meeting a French guy who’s too good to be true and too hard to resist? For Holly Jacobson, being in love with her boyfriend, Tyler, is as natural as breathing. But there’s no denying that Alexa’s Parisian cousin Pierre takes Holly’s breath away…On a whirlwind rendezvous in Paris, the City of Love, Alexa and Holly are about to discover that everything sounds sexier in French. (S)

The Clique by Lisi Harrison

Massie Block is happily ruling her clique at her exclusive Westchester middle school when Claire Lyons, the new girl, has the nerve to show up wearing Keds and two-year old GAP overalls. She’s clearly not Pretty Committee material, and Massie and her friends have no problem letting everyone know it. Unfortunately Claire’s family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie’s family’s estate while they look for a new home, and the girls are stuck with each other. Claire’s future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel Mademoiselle… (M, S)

Hotlanta by Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller

The Duke twins, Sydney and Lauren, live the life: They attend the fanciest school in Atlanta, they live in Buckhead, the most exclusive neighborhood, and they only date the hottest guys. And their secrets? Are the darkest of all. When their estranged father is released from prison and a murder is committed, their lives are plunged into a whirlwind of tabloid scrutiny, vicious gossip, and shocking revelation. Lauren, always such a party girl, and Sydney, bent on perfection by way of the Ivy League, can’t trust anyone. Not their mother, not their rich stepfather. Maybe not even each other. (S)

Kiss and Blog by Alyson Noel

After another miserable year of standing on the sidelines, Winter and her best friend Sloane make a pact to do whatever it takes not to go unnoticed in their sophomore year, promising each other that whoever makes it into the cool group first will bring the other along. But once Sloane gets a taste of life on the A-list, she slams that door in Winter’s face.  Suddenly cast out of her former best friend’s life, Winter takes revenge the modern way: by announcing all of Sloane’s dirty little secrets on an anonymous blog.  Then the blog becomes more popular than she ever dreamed and Winter must decide if her retaliation is really worth the consequences—and if the price for popularity is one she’s willing to pay.  (S)

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s boyfriend. Aria’s fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they’ve all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished. How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were and the naughty girls they are now. And guess what? I’m telling. (S)

It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Jenny’s determined to leave her Manhattan past behind. But first she’ll have to contend with her self-absorbed roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. (S)

 
 

Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

 
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