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    Updated on May 14, 2020. Posted on May 14, 2020

    7 Truly Excellent Young Adult Novels For "Gossip Girl" Fans

    Stock up on the perfect titles to celebrate the book series-turned-TV series reboot!

    1. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

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    Release date: May 5, 2020

    What it's about: Head back to where it all began with the very first title, being re-released with a brand-new cover in honor of the reboot! Serena van der Woodsen is back in town, leaving a boarding school stint, a huge secret, and endless gossip in her wake. What made S leave her friends behind? Why is she back now? And who's behind Gossip Girl, the site determined to answer every mystery of cast light on every shadow among the elite on the Upper East Side? (PS if all you know of the series is the show, be prepared for some very stark differences!)

    Get it from Bookshop for $10.11, Barnes & Noble for $10.99, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    2. Anna K by Jenny Lee

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    Release date: Mar. 3, 2020

    What it's about: You'll be hard-pressed to find a YA that captures the GG vibe as well as this debut, and you know B would approve of the fact that it takes its inspiration from classic literature! Anna K has got it all, whether she cares about the wealth and glamour or not. But however perfect her relationship looks from the outside, the chemistry doesn't compare to her feelings for the mysterious player "Count" Vronsky. And then there's her brother, who's kind of a mess, and his girlfriend, who's got her own issues, and his girlfriend's sister....basically, no shortage of Messy Manhattanites! Sound familiar?

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.46, Barnes & Noble for $16.99, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    3. We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Via Editor

    Release date: May 21, 2019

    What it's about: Two girls kind of accidentally into the same guy? Technology helping to make a mess of things? Yeah, this contemporary Cyrano reimagining is definitely a sweeter version, but if you love messy friendships with good intentions buried in there somewhere while they live in each other's shadows, you're gonna wanna hop on over from S and B to meet Aphra and Bethany for sure.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.55, Barnes & Noble for $17.99, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    4. Parachutes by Kelly Yang

    HarperCollins Publishers / Via harpercollins.com, Via kellyyang.com

    Release date: May 26, 2020

    What it's about: Claire is stunned when her parents ship her off from their Shanghai home to attend school in the States, but if she's gonna be forced to leave her best friends and boyfriend behind, she's determined to make the most of it. Between her newfound freedom with social media, her bottomless funds, her hard-partying new friends, and her lack of supervision, life in California has its upsides. But there's a dark side to all the glamour, and Claire's going to need to rediscover real friendship to get through it in this gut punch of a debut from the award-winning author of Front Desk.

    Get it from Bookshop for $17.46, Barnes & Noble for $18.99, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    5. They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

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    Release date: Aug. 4, 2020

    What it's about: You don't get to the top without stepping on some heads, and no one knows that better than Jill Newman and the rest of her Gold Coast friends. They may be the Players now as seniors, making them the elite of the elite, but Jill's best friend Shaila's death freshman year still haunts her. When the haunting comes right into her text messages in the form of proclaiming the arrested killer innocent, Jill knows she has to find out the truth, even if it might costs her the perfect life she's always dreamed of.

    Get it from Bookshop for $16.54, Barnes & Noble for $14.39, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    6. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

    HarperCollins Publishers / Via harpercollins.com, Amir Lowery / Via dhonielleclayton.com

    Release date: May 26, 2015

    What it's about:
    How vicious can life be among the elite, especially when they have to project elegance at all times? You could ask the girls of Constance Billiard, but even they could take a lesson from the ones running at the show at American Ballet Company. Bette and June will do absolutely anything to take the prima ballerina spot, but neither one can compete with Gigi's talent. As for sweet Gigi, she's never been one to play dirty, but when her competition is going this hard, will she have a choice?

    Get it from Bookshop for $10.11, Barnes & Noble for $9.99, or your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

    7. American Royals by Katharine McGee

    Penguin Random House / Via penguinrandomhouse.com, Via goodreads.com

    Release date: Sept. 3, 2019

    What it's about:
    What if America had royalty dating back to the Revolution? That's the question setting up Princess Beatrice for royal ascendancy, while her hot twin brother charms the nation (and multiple girls) and her troublemaking little sister, Princess Samantha, finds all sorts of ways to behave in a...less-than-dignified manner. Between the wealth, the spotlight, the charm, and the power, the stage is set for the perfect alternate universe to the Upper East Side ruled by our favorite mystery blogger. Another commonality with GG? This one's also a series, with Majesty's coronation scheduled for Sept. 1, 2020.

    Get it from Bookshop for $10.11, Barnes & Noble for $8.99, or from your local bookstore via Indiebound here.

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