Review: Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only V 2 by Cecily von Ziegesar & HyeKyung Baek

 

Title: Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only Vol 2

Authors: Cecily von Ziegesar & HyeKyung Baek

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759530270

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Queen B has fallen off her throne and landed in Brooklyn (of all places!), where she’s sharing an apartment with V. It’s hell at first, but somehow they find a way to make it work – and B even discovers that she has some domestic talents she never knew existed! But now N and S are a couple, and heartbroken B’s desperate attempts to maintain her reputation have put her on "sweet" little J’s foul side. And when it comes to these girls, revenge is a dish best served HOT!
Can you take a little heat?

Review:

I will be the first person to admit that I hated the first volume of this manga series.  The characters rubbed me the wrong way, and I found the plot boring and trite.  Fast forward to volume two, and guess what?  I enjoyed this outing much, much better.  The plotting was better, Blair had to eat humble pie, and the rest of the cast were a little more agreeable.  I gobbled this up in one sitting, and now I have a new appreciation for the series.  I can hardly wait to read the next installment.  What a difference from my first venture into the Gossip Girl franchise.

Blair, Blair, Blair, you finally got a teeny bit of what was coming to you.  How does it feel to have no money and to see how the other 99% live?  Without your mommy’s AMEX card and access to your endless closet, you really had to learn how to rough it.  After moving in with Vanessa, you were even forced to share a bathroom, eat weird new things that were fried in fatty goodness and, horrors, you were recruited to do the cleaning in order to earn your modest vittles.  And best yet, you discovered something that you excel at!  Who knew that Molly Maid was lurking in your not quite pure soul?

I found this volume much more humorous, but mainly because Blair, who really is a Queen B, was the butt of most of the jokes.  Things don’t go her way here, and because I didn’t like her the first time I met her, I was overjoyed.  Go clean the toilet, witch!  Wear the same jeans twice in one week!  See how the rest of us do things!  lol – yup, Blair is one character that is fun to hate on.  So imagine my surprise when I actually started to like her by the end of the book?  I never saw that coming!

Now that I am in Blair’s corner (for this volume, at least!), I am looking forward to seeing her go up against her new adversaries.  While she certainly deserves to be reviled,  I now want to see her get her revenge against her tormentors.  Since she can be so mean herself, I am sure that she will cook up a tasty dish of vengeance pie.  I am just hoping that she retains some of her newly discovered perspective on life, but I have my doubts.  The next volume should be jam-packed with really bad behavior, and, to my chagrin, I find myself looking forward to it.

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher