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10 Literary It Girls You May Have Forgotten About

Serena van der Woodsen. Mia Thermopolis. All those Pretty Little Liars. Before they became characters of hit TV shows, we knew them as our fictional BFFs. If you didn't beg your mom to take you to the nearest Barnes and Nobles to get the latest Clique book, what DID you spend your time doing? (Probably cooler things than I did.)

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Obviously, we start off our list with Gossip Girl.

The series that defined a decade and eventually brought Chace Crawford into all of our lives. (Thank god.) We know them now from their CW portrayals but who could forget this 11-part series with titles like "Nobody Does It Better" and "Only in Your Dreams". (Not to mention a short-lived spinoff later on, The Carlyles). These books were so scandalous, I had a friend who's mom forbid from reading them. So naturally we devoured every single one.
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The series that defined a decade and eventually brought Chace Crawford into all of our lives. (Thank god.) We know them now from their CW portrayals but who could forget this 11-part series with titles like "Nobody Does It Better" and "Only in Your Dreams". (Not to mention a short-lived spinoff later on, The Carlyles). These books were so scandalous, I had a friend who's mom forbid from reading them. So naturally we devoured every single one.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I don't believe you if you tell me you and your friends didn't try to start a Sisterhood of the Traveling [insert object here] when you were in sixth grade. (Also, can we take a second to point out that Blake Lively has played two of the most bad-ass blonde bitches in YA novel history? Not jealous or anything.)
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I don't believe you if you tell me you and your friends didn't try to start a Sisterhood of the Traveling [insert object here] when you were in sixth grade. (Also, can we take a second to point out that Blake Lively has played two of the most bad-ass blonde bitches in YA novel history? Not jealous or anything.)

Pretty Little Liars

The OG troublemakers.
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The OG troublemakers.

The Princess Diaries

The original inspiration for of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of all time, obviously. Though The Princess Diaries 2 went in a decidedly different direction compared to the books. (I love you Chris Pine, but what happened to Michael???)
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The original inspiration for of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of all time, obviously. Though The Princess Diaries 2 went in a decidedly different direction compared to the books. (I love you Chris Pine, but what happened to Michael???)

Private

Death, murder, and betrayal set against the backdrop of a prestigious boarding school? Sign me up.
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Death, murder, and betrayal set against the backdrop of a prestigious boarding school? Sign me up.

TTYL

Tell me this book (composed entirely of AIM text messages and emoticons) wasn't the COOLEST thing you'd ever laid eyes on in 6th grade.
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Tell me this book (composed entirely of AIM text messages and emoticons) wasn't the COOLEST thing you'd ever laid eyes on in 6th grade.

It Girl

A spin-off from the wildly successful Gossip Girl series, Jenny Humphrey goes to boarding school. Fun fact? The model on cover of the series' first installment is now Donald Trump's Communications Director at the White House (Hope Hicks). I know. Middle school me is reeling too.
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A spin-off from the wildly successful Gossip Girl series, Jenny Humphrey goes to boarding school. Fun fact? The model on cover of the series' first installment is now Donald Trump's Communications Director at the White House (Hope Hicks). I know. Middle school me is reeling too.

Secrets Of My Hollywood Life

What teen girl didn't want to fantasize about being famous? And um, those Louis Vuitton-inspired covers? J'adore.
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What teen girl didn't want to fantasize about being famous? And um, those Louis Vuitton-inspired covers? J'adore.

The Clique

The same year we got "Mean Girls", we also were blessed with "The Clique". Who can forget the wrath of Massie Block (and her minions Alicia, Dylan and Kristen) on poor Claire Lyons? Or that Burberry-inspired cover.
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The same year we got "Mean Girls", we also were blessed with "The Clique". Who can forget the wrath of Massie Block (and her minions Alicia, Dylan and Kristen) on poor Claire Lyons? Or that Burberry-inspired cover.

The A List

Basically Gossip Girl: West Coast (without an actual "Gossip Girl"). Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of the Los Angeles elite. Out of this entire list, THIS is the series I still can't bring myself to drop off at Goodwill.
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Basically Gossip Girl: West Coast (without an actual "Gossip Girl"). Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of the Los Angeles elite. Out of this entire list, THIS is the series I still can't bring myself to drop off at Goodwill.

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