Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Summary: Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools. We’re smart, we’ve inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can’t help it-we were born this way.
Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair’s loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair’s beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she’s keeping from them both. Hmmm, something tells me these best friends may not be as close as we thought. . . .
How do I know all this? Because I know everything-and lucky for you, I can’t keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began.
Admit it, you’re already falling for me.
You know you love me.
Sorry if the spacing between paragraphs looks massive. My formatting is being weird
Okay! So, It Had to Be You was my second Bout of Books read. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. I went into this book clueless, because prior to reading it, I’d never seen the show (I just finished the Pilot episode of the show :D), so I didn’t know how this was going to turn out. The summary really intrigued me, so I decided to give the Gossip Girl prequel a chance.
It was a really interesting, entertaining, and funny read! It grabbed me, and there were rarely boring parts. At first, I didn’t like how we were jumping from POV to POV in each chapter without much warning, but it was essential to the book, because it kept the reader informed on all of the separate characters’ secrets, which kept us even MORE on the edge of our seats, waiting for the big secrets to be revealed, since we already knew them. If that makes any sense.
One of my biggest book pet peeves is when the author spends a lot of time describing clothing. The detailed descriptions of the characters’ designer clothing had me rolling my eyes. Probably because I’m not really into fashion. But I guess it helped to show their financial stability…? Considering they were rich and all. And their personalities. But, seriously, it was a bit over the top:
“Blair looked at the mirror, scrutinizing her outfit. Her Marc Jacobs shell pink sheer cotton blouse was fine, as were her peg-legged Seven jeans. It was the fuchsia La Perla bra that was the problem.”
“Jesus,” Blair muttered, yanking her vibrating cell phone from the pocket of her kelly green Marc Jacobs Jackie O coat with the gigantic tortoiseshell buttons.
“The pocket of her conch-shell-pink-and-cream seersucker Lilly Pulitzer tennis skirt vibrated.”
You get the idea. How do you feel about lengthy apparel descriptions in books? Do you like them? Do they bug you?
The characters were definitely interesting in this book. I really, really disliked Blair. The thing with Blair is, the author made you feel sorry for her because of all the craziness going on in her life. Serena was a little better, I guess, though the TV show made her seem super nice. (I swear, I did ONE search for Gossip Girl on YouTube and was bombarded with spoilers -.- not cool. Which means I already know many of the conclusions. Gahh.)
I also liked our little rebellious Vanessa. Dan was cool, though he was, uh, very… stalkerish? Dan kind of reminded me of Holden from The Catcher in the Rye. His personality really isn’t depicted right in the show, though, so you’d have to read the book to really catch on. His and Jenny’s dad was hilarious, though 😀 I also loved the blog posts in between the chapters. Who is gossip girl? (Hahahaha, I think I already know. Thank you, YouTube, for providing me with those brilliant spoilers. Love ya.)
I noticed that the characters in this story had a thing for daydreaming. That was cool, and sometimes amusing.
It Had to Be You was a funny and crazy and downright strange sometimes, but it was a really fun read. Drama, drama, drama everywhere, though.
This book left me feeling strangely curious for more. I’m rating it somewhere between 3.75 and 4 stars. Difficult decision, haha. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see a review for book one in the Gossip Girl series sometime soon.